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AROUND POINT COOK Community Newspaper Issue 8 The Around Point Cook Community Newspaper is distributed in Point Cook.

RAAFMUSEAM POINT COOK New Exhibition Opening on 18 May 2010. OPERATION MAGPIES RETURN “Should be no problem its pretty good up here tonight…” Flying Officer Michael Herbert, Pilot, A84-231, ‘Magpie 91’, 3 November 1970. The Royal Australian Air Force deployed No 2 Squadron Canberra bombers to the Vietnam War between 1967 and 1971. Canberra bomber A84231, Call Sign ‘Magpie 91’, disappeared from radar while flying a typical night bombing mission near the border between Vietnam and Laos on the night of 3 November 1970. Following a thorough search, Flying Officer Michael Herbert and Pilot Officer Robert Carver were declared Missing in Action. What happened to Canberra A84-231 and her crew has remained a mystery for almost 39 years until renewed investigation in 2008 led to an aircraft crash site in the central Vietnamese highlands. This exhibition presents an outline of the investigation and some of the evidence used to identify the crash site as that of Canberra A84-231. This operation, Operation Magpies Return, was to lead to the repatriation of the last two Australian Servicemen listed as Missing in Action in Vietnam on 31 August 2009. Contact (03) 8348 6040 for more info or visit:

Picture: Andy Griffiths & Jill Hennessy MP with students from Seabrook Primary School..


Prep to Year 10 students across the state have taken up the challenge to read more books with nearly 650,000 books already read for this year’s Premier’s Reading Challenge. Among them are students from Seabrook Primary School who have embraced the Challenge with gusto, reading an impressive 4000 books between them. State Member for Altona, Jill Hennessy MP joined celebrated Children’s Author and Premier’s Reading Challenge Ambassador Andy Griffiths at Seabrook Primary School to congratulate students and celebrate the school’s participation in this year’s Premier’s Reading Challenge. Andy Griffiths writes books “to delight amuse and disgust the whole family.” Among his titles are, Flat Cat & Big Fat Cow. More information on Andy Griffiths can be found at the following website: Ms Hennessy said “Literacy is such an important life skill and it’s terrific to see students so enthusiastic and taking up the Challenge with such enjoyment.” “We want to equip modern students with the skills they need to succeed and shine in the 21st Century and what better way to do it than to foster a love of reading,” Ms Hennessy said. The Premier’s Reading Challenge encourages students to discover the wonder and excitement contained in a good book.”

QUICK NOTE FROM THE EDITOR I had an enjoyable talk with Bev who runs the Walking Group (advertisement included) and she was a real community spirit. Clearly one of those people that do not think twice about putting into her local community. Bev can be contacted via the Jamieson Way Community Centre or on the phone should you wish to get further involved in your local community. Congrats go to Bill and the many other people who played a part in getting the Hobsons Bay Mens Shed Network a great new facility to play in. Bill tells me he gets the Keys tomorrow. I have heard a lot of positive comments about the paper and how it is progressing. It is exciting to be part of something new. I hope that if you like this paper you do show it to your friends, and perhaps if you are able to deliver to a street or two, give Will a call (the Sales Manager) and let him know your location to organise to deliver some papers.

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PUBLISHERS COLUMN Great news this month! By now the new Mens Shed Network building at the EPA in Queens Street Altona should be open and the groups should be in the process of setting up the wood machining workshop, the computer room, the training room, the printing room, and the social facilities for use by members of local Mens Sheds and community groups such as the Altona Theartre group, together with the Williamstown Performing Arts group. The community workshop is located at 240 Queen St in the old EPA building located midway between the Sports centre and the sea, opposite the Karingal golf course. While we are getting set up, if the gate is open, we are open – call in and find out what ���������� is happening and check if something planned interests you.

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The tenants of the building would like to express their appreciation and thanks to Council and the State Government for their wisdom and support in establishing the EPA as a new vibrant community centre and their contribution to this new National Mens Health project. Gardeners will be pleased to learn that it is a simple process to obtain a permit by phone to remove seaweed from the beach. It can be obtained by phoning Council at 9932 1000.


Thingle Toodle visits Russell Court Kinder The Thingle Toodle mascot is part of VicRoads’ early childhood road safety program ‘Starting Out Safely’. This program provides resources including stickers, posters, information sheets and activity books. These are available for parents and carers involved in early childhood settings. Thingle Toodle can also be seen on TV. Organise a visit by calling: 13 11 71 Thingle Toodle taught children at Russell Crt Kinder to stop at the kerb, hold an adult’s hand, stop look listen and think for traffic and buckle up in the car.

Contact Rebecca: 0421 724 736

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Curves of Point Cook Town Centre Hosts Food Drive to Benefit Local Families

With Curves you can get fit, have fun, and help your community.

Curves Point Cook is encouraging women in the area to show their charitable strength by participating in the annual Curves Food Drive. And, even though donating food to families in need is its own reward, the club is offering compelling incentives for both existing and potential members who participate. From June 1 - 19, Curves of Point Cook Town Centre will collect non-perishable items and donations for the Salvation Army. The goal, according to Nicci Adams of Curves Point Cook, is for the community to come together to help families in need. “At the core of our business is the message that women are stronger when they rally together.” said Adams. “We want to show our community just how powerful the generosity of our members can be.” According to Adams, members who donate a bag of groceries or make a donation during the month of June will receive a reusable Curves grocery bag for free. Non-members who do likewise between June 1 and 19 can join Curves for free. Curves will waive the cost to join, a savings of $199. Ph: 9395 7177

Curves is the fun, fast, effective and affordable way to a healthier life - a 30-minute workout just three times a week is all it takes. You’ll have the guidance of a helpful circuit coach and the support of your fellow members in our friendly all-women clubs.

JOIN FOR FREE* WHEN YOU DONATE A BAG OF GROCERIES. *Food or cash donation required to a local charity determined by the club. Offer based on first visit enrolment, minimum 12 months direct debit programme. New members only. Not valid with any other offer. Valid only at participating locations from 1/6/10 to 19/6/10. © 2010 Curves International, Inc.


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Article Submission by Shane Tindal After I attended my first Courts-Martial, in Malaysia as a nineteen year old, I changed my idea of doing conveyancing to becoming a RAAF Legal Officer. I spent eight years in the RAAF and what I enjoyed most was helping servicemen and women with their minor legal problems. Car accidents, wills, leases and some family law, were the usual things. I felt I was doing something of value. I was also getting paid good money for doing work that I loved. When I left the RAAF, in 1988 after discovering that marriage was not a good career move for a woman, I worked in Family Law exclusively. After six months I feared for my safety and sanity. Plus I did not like charging people who were crying their eyes out. I decided family law was not for me. I did some reserve work for a year which helped pay the bills. To satisfy my yearning to do something useful I started working as a clothes sorter at St Vinnies in Kingswood. We moved to Canberra and four years in Defence, as a civilian lawyer was enough to deaden my legal aspirations. To keep involved with people I worked part-time at St Vinnies in Tuggeranong sorting and selling clothes. A posting to Sale gave me the opportunity to write the Australian version of Gone With the Wind. The publishers liked the title. I worked as a volunteer at the

Art Gallery, in the shop and as a guide. I had a lot of fun working with a group of young disabled people. We would go to the movies, bowling, shopping and have games and craft days at the local Centre. My husband and I managed well enough on one income. From 1998 to July 2009 I was studying, first Creative Writing, then an Arts Degree and finally Honours. I really loved the writing and study but I missed interacting with people. When we moved to Melbourne in 2005 and lived on the RAAF Base at Laverton, I started doing Sausage Sizzle at the Thrift Shop. I have to admit I am not that keen on peeling and cooking onions but I enjoyed the friendship of the volunteers, and chatting to the mostly young service personnel. We moved to Point Cook in March 2009. I started a seminar business in July and published my novella, Fur On The Inside three months later. The money I earned from both these ventures was to pay off my HECS. In the last month I have branched off into running volunteer Creative Writing Workshops at Point Cook and Wyndham Vale. It is more mentally challenging than a sausage sizzle. On Thursday I will be back at the Thrift Shop, probably sorting clothes. So I think I have come full circle.

JAMIESON WAY ACTIVITIES Jamieson Way Community Centre are committed to the ever growing seniors moving into the area and have the following FREE activities for them TAI CHI for Arthritis - Each Thursday 3 - 4pm commencing 15/4 - no cost - qualified instructor Monthly Creative Writing Group “Jamieson Jotters” commencing 23/4 11am - no cost - published author running this group

Wyndham Playgroups Get An Online Home Wyndham parents looking for vacancies in a local playgroup need to look no further, as Council has its online Playgroup Vacancy Register. The Playgroup Vacancy Register is located on the Council’s website, and provides a list of all known playgroups and three year old activity groups that operate in the Wyndham area. Follow the For Residents > Early Years & Youth links on the website.

The Point Cook Market celebrates its 3rd Birthday this year - held the 1st Sunday each month 9am - 2pm - great community event.

Wyndham Mayor, Heather Marcus said that playgroups provide support for parents and a social outlet for children.

Point Cook 3+ Activity Group now open - 2 great sites

“Playgroups are slightly different to mother’s groups because they stress the importance of play, which is essential for children’s optimal development. Playgroups build social skills, ego development, language skills and motor skills,” she said.

“Cookie Kids” Enrolments welcome - contact the centre for details Melinda Collins

Join a playgroup and see the results.

Centre Co-ordinator

More info at

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Pirates Softball Club The Pirates are looking for new crew members to join in the fun ready for the new season!

We are looking for players of all ages and abilities, for both our men’s and women’s teams. We also cater for Juniors.

First correct answer receives a

$50.00 Big W voucher Enclose your answer, name address and phone number to:

Games are once a week on a Saturday at Presidents Park in Werribee, so come along and watch or join straight in, once you play you’ll be hooked.

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Closing Date for competition is 30th June 2010

If you’re interested in playing, or if you have questions about joining should contact Captain JB Ballestrino at Kenny’s Cardiology (Point Cook Town Centre) or First Mate Vicki Morris on 0422264749

Whats happening at the Point Cook Library? Story Time Rhyme Time Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday

Tuesday, Thursday 10.30am-11am.

10.30am -11.15am.

For the Under 3’s

Aimed at children 3-5 years

Grandparent’s Day Friday 4th June 2010, 10.30am – 11.30am Grandparents are invited to share this special themed storytime with their grandchildren. Storytime will be followed by an activity and morning tea.

Fast Food & Fiction Teenage (13+) Bookclub. The third Thursday of the month. Food and drinks provided.

Family History online Thursday 10 June 7pm – 8pm Learning Room, Point Cook Library. Want to research your family history but don’t know where to begin. This class will teach you how to use the Ancestry database available through the Wyndham Library Service and give you tips for online searching at home. Bookings essential 9395 7966.

English Conversation Class Tuesday Morning 10am to 11am. Practice your English in a fun and relaxed setting with participants choosing the topics for discussion each week.

Thursday night book chat Last Thursday of every month from 7pm to 8 pm (beginning April 29). Do you love talking about the books and finding out about what others are reading? Thursday Night Book Chat will provide an opportunity to discuss favourite books and authors as well as embark upon shared reading experiences. PC Start and Solve Sessions Do you need help to: • Get started with basic PC skills such as email, online searching, chat or itunes? The Point Cook Library is offering one-on-one half hour sessions where our IT savvy staff can help you to take small but confident steps towards conquering your PC and the internet. These sessions are free but bookings are essential. More info at:

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Tuesday and Wednesday at 9am Leave from Point Cook Town Centre Dry Cleaners Thursday and Friday at 9am Leaving from Jamieson ��������� Way Community Centre Enquiries 03 9394 7905 03 9395 1953 - Bev

Accommodation right here at Sanctuary Lakes Friends and Family visiting? Need accommodation for a night or longer?

Special Point Cook residents rate Give Quest Sanctuary Lakes a call on

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POINT COOK EVENING VIEW CLUB About 19 months ago the National View Organisation decided to start a club in our area as it was recognised that the Point Cook and surrounding suburbs were growing at a rapid rate. This obviously means that new connections have to be made as we women need each other for support and friendship. If you would like to belong to a group of ladies in your area, then come and join us. To contact us ring Diane on

0407 100 171

VIEW is a national, self-governed women’s organisation with 21,000 members in 400 communities. View is a valued part of The Smith Family.

Quotations! – Do you know the source of these quotes?

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Quote 1. “The time has come”, the Walrus said, “To talk of many things: Of shoesAnd shipsAnd sealing waxOf cabbages and kings Of why the sea is boiling hot And whether pigs have wings.”

Quote 2. “When the first baby laughed for the first time, the laugh broke into a thousand pieces and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.”

Quote 3. “Better sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian”.

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Carranballac College Fine example of State Education in Victoria Fifty-three head teachers from ‘ The Excellent Schools of Terengganu, Malaysia’ visited Carranballac College recently to gain an understanding of state education in Victoria. These headteachers were treated to several presentations from senior staff and individualised tours of both campuses.

Picture The college director, Mr Peter Kearney, accepts a traditional craft gift: ‘The Terrengganu Songket’

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Today’s wisdom, tomorrow’s peace of mind Planning your funeral with the help of a professional funeral director is a simple and sensible undertaking, just like making a Will. It need not be a sad sombre thing to do; many people take the opportunity to have an honest family discussion about their preferences for their funeral. This ensures that everyone is aware of your wishes. You should also ensure that your family knows whom to contact and where important documents are kept. Preplanning a funeral means that you choose the type and style of funeral service you want and decide how much you wish to spend in advance. It is after all, your funeral. When considering the features and details of your funeral service, it is best to arrange a meeting with your funeral director. This meeting may be at your home or at the funeral director’s office, whichever you find more comfortable and convenient. Your funeral director will guide you through each step in planning your funeral. You can take all the time you need to decide on any aspect. Your funeral director will explain the products and services they provide and the cost of each item. You arrange the funeral you want. Your funeral director can provide you with further information concerning the appropriate investment of your Pre-paid Funeral Plan monies. In the unlikely event that your original funeral director is no longer in business, all you need to do is write to Funeral Plan Management, who will assist you in organising the transfer of your Plan to another funeral director or payment of the monies towards the cost of alternative funeral services. Likewise, if you move residence your funeral director will be able to assist you with the arrangements that will suit you and your family, or where necessary, the transfer of your Plan to another funeral director in your new place of residence.

Always keep several get well cards on the mantle.. So if unexpected guests arrive, They will think you’ve been sick and unable to clean!

Point Cook’s needs fit well with Budget priorities This months the Rudd Government delivered its third Budget. This Budget sets a course to get our finances back in the black three years ahead of schedule and ahead of every major advanced economy. I realise that the Point Cook community was not immune from the global recession, but the strength and resilience of the local region means that we are better positioned to take advantage of the opportunities ahead. Our shared successes of the past year put us in a position of strength from which we will build growth and opportunity and secure the future. I want to talk today about how we are building on the strength of our health system and how those reforms will benefit families in Point Cook. Point Cook residents want a strong, responsive and accessible health care service. It is a particularly important service for residents in our region and I know it’s a topical local issue. The additional investment in health will mean some important changes for the way people access health care. That investment in health will mean more doctors and nurses, better hospital services and improved access to primary health care such as GPs.

MACULAR DEGENERATION AWARENESS WEEK Around 35,000 Australians aged over 50 years old fit into the legal definition of blindness.

One of the key improvements announced in this Budget Optometrist Jenkin Yau from Point Cook is a $772 million commitment to improving access to GP Eyecare says a high percentage of these services and primary health care.

cases are linked to the eye condition Macular

That funding will boost after-hours access to GP and Degeneration. primary care services and establish Medicare Locals – Age related macular degeneration is a ensuring every Point Cook resident and their family has condition which affects the central area of the access and advice they need, when they need it. the retina called the macula. This may lead It’s easy to get lost in the headline figures of major to suffers being able to see the outline of a Budget announcements, but it is important we remember street sign but not what is written on it.

that these commitments mean real dividends for local communities – just like here in Point Cook.

“Initial symptoms of macular degeneration may include a difficulty reading and needing It will mean residents can feel more confident about the brighter lights to see clearly,” Jenkin says.

health care their loved ones will get when they really need it.

There is currently no known cure however treatment will ensure a slower progression Of course, this improvement to GP services is supported of the disease. The warning coincides with by significant spending on nurses, eHealth as well as Macular Degeneration week which starts 24th the Rudd Government’s commitment to take greater May and provides a timely reminder of the responsibility for our hospitals. significance of regular eye examinations.

I know the health investments will be welcomed by many For more information contact Jenkin & Jason Point Cook residents, and if you have any questions about at Point Cook Eyecare (or Sanctuary Lakes how this will affect you, please contact my office on 9742 Eyecare, Point Cook Town Centre (Sanctuary 5800. Lakes Shopping Centre). For more information Julia Gillard

phone 9395 8600.

Music Fun with Leezon Q+A 1.

What was the number one single in Australia 25th June 2000?


What was the number one single in Australia 23rd June 1980?


How many record sales make a platinum record?

4. Which late Australian country singer released a total of 107 albums that when put together make a map of Australia? 5.

What album has sold the most copies worldwide?

6. Who was the ďŹ rst Australian band to debut at number 1 on the ARIA Charts with three successive albums?

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MUSIC FUN Definition… BPM (Beats Per Minute) the speed of music, measured by the number of beats occurring in 60 seconds

MUSIC QUIZ ANSWERS 1. Spinning Around – Kylie Minogue 2. Turning Japanese – The Vapours 3. One Million 4. Slim Dusty

What IS…?

5. Thriller by Michael Jackson

A condenser microphone?

6. You Am I

The title ‘condenser microphone’ actually refers to a capacitor system, in which two plates with voltage between them are used to create sound. The outer plate (or ‘diaphragm’) is typically made of a thin material that vibrates when sound waves strike it. The vibration changes the distance between the two plates, thereby changing the capacitance. In order for this to occur there must be voltage present between the two plates, meaning that condenser microphones must be powered and therefore use ‘phantom power’ or batteries. Skeleton Creek Trail Improvement Member for the Altona Electorate Ms Jill Hennessy MP, today announced funding for of an underpass at Sayers Road Bridge on the Skeleton Creek Trail. “I am delighted to announce this substantial allocation of funding to develop this pivotal link in the trail network,” Ms Hennessy said. $50,000 will be provided from the State Government to construct the link. Completing links in the Skeleton Creek Trail will help build on this ��������� area’s fantastic recreational opportunities for cyclists and pedestrians. The metropolitan trail network will eventually provide a fully off-road experience for trail users across Melbourne. For more information visit Parks Victoria at www.parkweb. or call 13 1963.

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What’s On Electrotherapy – Friday 11th June @ Wah Wah Lounge Queens Birthday Extravaganza Friday 11th June @ Brown Alley Winter Sound System 2010 Sunday 13th June @ Melbourne Park Airport – Friday 2nd July @ Billboard LCD Soundsystem & Hot Chip Thursday 29th July @ Festival Hall SUNNY – Friday 17th September @ Billboard

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Point Cook P-9 College and Stella Maris Catholic Primary School To Benefit from $100,000 Recycled Water Pipeline Connection Point Cook P-9 College and Stella Maris Catholic Primary School are set to benefit from facility and ground upgrades, thanks to a Victorian Government funding program to help keep community sport alive and provide long term, sustainable, low water use community sporting facilities. Member for Altona, Jill Hennessy MP, said $100,000 from the latest round of the Drought Relief for Community Sport and Recreation Program TIRED, STRESSED, would be spent on the Innisfail Reserve Class A Recycled Water Pipeline Connection, providing the DEPRESSED? opportunity for the Point Cook P-9 College and Stella Maris Catholic Primary School to connect to the recycled main. NOT ANYMORE!! “Initiatives like these help local communities develop sustainable approaches to water management at their sporting facilities, enabling them to support higher levels of use and participation, especially in times of drought,” Ms Hennessy said. “By improving the quality and water efficiency of local facilities, we are encouraging even greater participation for all Victorians in sport and recreation,” Ms Hennessy said. For more information about the Drought Relief for Community Sport and Recreation Program, visit Around Point Cook Community Newspaper would like to thank all those that send us information each month.


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GARDENS by Helene Wild Helix aspersa, otherwise known as the Common Garden Snail, is a fact of life for Altona gardeners. A native of the Mediterranean, western Europe, Great Britain, north west Africa and Asia Minor, Helix aspersa has been introduced and naturalised to many areas elsewhere in the world. If you can only see past its annoying habit of decimating your favourite garden plants, the Common Garden Snail really is a fascinating creature. The adult snail carries a hard calcareous shell that is somewhat variable in colour but, generally, dark brown or chestnut with pale yellow-ochre stripes, flecks and streaks. Its body is soft and slimy, and the animal will retreat entirely into its shell if alarmed or when resting. To retain moisture during dry or very cold weather, the snail seals the aperture of its shell with a thin membrane of dried mucus. During times of activity, the head that bears four retractable tentacles and the foot emerge from the shell. The upper two tentacles are eye-like light sensors and the two smaller, lower ones are olfactory sensors. Positioned below the tentacles, the snail’s mouth contains a chitinous radula which the snail uses to scrape and manipulate food particles. To facilitate locomotion, the snail’s muscular foot contracts and secretes mucus, thus removing friction on the substrate. The Common Garden snail can move at a rate of 1.3cm per second, and it has a strong homing instinct, regularly returning to a favourite hibernation site. Common Garden Snails are herbivorous creatures with a wide range of host plants, including cereals, vegetable crops, fruit trees and garden flowers. However, the snail doesn’t always get its own way because it, in turn, is a food source for some birds, small animals, lizards, frogs, centipedes, predatory insects and predatory terrestrial snails. In some societies, humans consider snails a gastronomic delicacy. Then, of course, gardeners use a variety of control measures to reduce snail damage to their plants.

Helix aspersa is a hermaphrodite and produces both male and female gametes. While reproduction is normally sexual, self fertilisation can occur. During a mating session that can last several hours, two snails exchange sperm then, around two weeks later, approximately 80 pearly-white eggs are laid, and up to six batches of eggs can be laid within twelve months. That’s a heck of a lot of baby snails! The young snails take two years to reach maturity. An additional point of interest - Helix aspersa is related to oysters, mussels, clams, squid and octopi.

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reduce energy use, establishing a shared transport scheme such as a bike hire cooperative or introducing an energy cooperative to trial a new clean technology.

Small projects will be able to have a big impact on climate change thanks to $10 million made available through the Brumby Government’s Climate Communities Program.

“The Climate Communities Grants program will consider new projects that meet one or more of the key objectives:

Member for Altona Jill Hennessy MP said the Victorian Government was committed to assisting grass roots community efforts to meet the challenges of climate change.

· Build community resilience by adaptation to climate change; and

This program is designed specifically to assist climate change projects undertaken by community groups in Victoria. It recognises the important contribution these groups have as well as the role Government must play in partnership with them. “I encourage community groups to work with local networks – including councils, business, schools and service groups – to identify practical sustainable local projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.” Ms Hennessy said. Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan MP said projects may include retrofitting a community hall to




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The Climate Communities Grants Program will be allocated $6 million to fund projects for communities with grants of up to $50,000. The remaining $4 million will be used to provide expert advice, research and information through 9 Climate Communities facilitators who will be located across Victoria and to provide statewide education and support programs”. Ms Hennessy encouraged residents and community groups who want to do their part and are interested in applying for a Climate Communities grant to visit the new website -

I was speaking with Ken Ken Who? Ken Tun of course, owner of Cocochine premier Chinese Restaurant in Point Cook, about the opening of Cyclo de Saigon. Ken’s new Vietnamese venture opposite Cocochine. Cyclo de Saigon is named after the cycle taxis used for conveyance and are an experience to be enjoyed I was asking Ken why this was happening and found a true passion for his previous homeland, Vietnam. He told of the culture of this ancient land, particularly in the food, influenced by historic development including the French colonial occupation mixed with traditional Vietnamese cooking and locally obtained produce. He told me of Pho, a traditional noodle soup of South Vietnam and for the more adventurous diner there is Banh Hoi, a very popular dish, which gives the customer the challenge of testing their skills at wrapping rice paper rolls

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I understand his new staff are in training to convey descriptions of the offered dishes to diners not familiar with the tastes and nuances of Vietnamese food, Other succulent items will follow under the guidance of the serving staff who will be trained to advise about the dishes in order to help those new to Vietnamese food and encourage them to try new tastes in the search for their favourites. Ken’s eloquently expressed aim is to bring the elegance and ambience of City dining to Point Cook and present food as he has experienced it, growing up in Vietnam. To quote him, ’Vietnam remains an undiscovered gem by comparison with neighbouring Cambodia, Laos and, China. He enjoys regular trips to his old country to soak up the culture and friendliness of what he has left behind him and desires to bring to Point Cook. He expects to spend lots of time in the restaurant to guide his staff and ensure the diners enjoy the experience of an evening discovering the delights of Vietnamese food and hearing of the ancient culture, the flowers, and even some of the ancient history. I’m sure he will encourage you to visit his now second favourite country. If you’d like to meet Ken contact Cyclo de Saigon for a booking on 9395 9048

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Point Cook Lions Club Information


Point Cook Lions Club is looking for members. The club formed during October last year. The Point Cook Lions Club will welcome local people to join and partake in community life in our lovely area. Clubs are easily identified by their distinctive logo, the trademark of the Association. Clubs as a rule may either provide service or raise money for their local communities. Most of the money raised goes back into the community, either directly or indirectly through National or International Projects. Fellowship, good times, meeting people, lasting friendships, service to the community, new skills, leadership and personal development, these are just some of the benefits of being a member of the Lions Club, the world’s largest and most active service club organisation. Contact Mr Gibson for further information on: (03) 9395 7180

Shop 107, 5 Main Street, Point Cook Town Centre

Point Cook VIC 3030

PH: (03) 9395 9884 Fax: (03) 9395 0480 Email:

(Q1. Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson) 1832-1898 from ‘Through The Looking Glass’; Q2. J. M. Barrie (1860-1937) ‘Peter Pan’; Q3. Herman Melville (18191891) ‘Moby Dick’.)


Answers to this months Quotes;

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ALTONA MEADOWS/ LAVERTON UNITING CHURCH 61 Central Avenue, Altona Meadows We invite you to join us any Sunday at 10am for worship. Many of our families live in Point Cook and you will be made very welcome. We cater for all ages, seated in a circle.There are 3 Sunday School groups- FROGS, KUCA and COGs suitable for ages 2 upwards,plus Bible studies and discussion groups during the week. We run a low-cost playgroup on Wednesdays from 10-11.30. Contact: Rev. Bill Lidgett on 8368 2785 Our Fijian congregation worships in their own language at 1pm most Sundays. The multi-purpose building is available for regular hire. It is carpeted,woth kitchen facilities and a fenced playground. Enquiries to Lauris on 9360 0439 or Helen on: 9360 9145



Vietnamese cuisine is a style of cooking derived from the nation of Vietnam with fish sauce, soy sauce, rice, fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables all commonly used. Vietnamese recipes utilize a very diverse range of herbs, including lemongrass, mint, Vietnamese mint, long coriander and Thai basil leaves. Traditional Vietnamese cooking is greatly admired for freshness of the ingredients and for the healthy eating style. The most common meats used in Vietnamese cuisine are pork, chicken, fish and various kinds of seafood. The Vietnamese also have a strong vegetarian tradition influenced by Buddhist values.

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State Budget 2010 Altona Electorate Member for Altona, Jill Hennessy MP has welcomed a 2010 State Budget that invests heavily in services for Victorian families, cuts taxes and builds for the future – including a record $4 billion boost to Victoria’s hospitals and health system.

administration facilities, library, classrooms at the senior campus. This builds upon the $11.1 million appropriated in the 09-10 budget to commence stage 1 works. This is a terrific initiative that will benefit many of the families in my electorate, who attend and will attend this school.

· Manor Lakes P - 12 Specialist College to receive 9 million for stage Ms Hennessy said the Brumby Labor four works. Manor Lakes caters for Government’s 2010 State Budget was students from the West with specific delivering in a range of vital service areas learning needs. for local communities. Tarneit 10 - 12 to receive 9 · “The Brumby Labor Government is million for stage-one works. A new standing up for Victorian families by school to be built at Tarneit. investing in our suburbs, our towns and “I am particularly enthused about the our regions,” Ms Hennessy said. early childhoods services investments, Highlights from the 2010 State Budget given the baby boom in Point Cook,” for the Altona Electorate and surrounding Ms Hennessy said. areas included: · Williams Landing Train Station Part of a $188.5m program - New Stations in Growth Areas $37.7m toward a total program cost of $188.5m to complete funding for 4 new station in growth areas. Construction to commence on all stations before end of 2010.

Other highlights are:

· Health and Hospitals: a record $4 billion boost to Victoria’s health and hospital system in partnership with the Commonwealth; · line

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Tax Reform: $461 million · Hopper Crossing Station – Part · of $85m Program – Funding to upgrade worth of tax cuts, cuts to WorkCover Hoppers Crossing Station to a Premium premiums and tax incentives to create Station. Premium Stations are staffed aged care and disability facilities; from first train to last. · The Best Start for Victorian Children: $271.3 million invested · Regional Rail Link - $4.3 billion In partnership with the Commonwealth to exceed by 53 schools the pledge Government, to construct a dual track to fund the rebuild, renovation or link of up to 50km from West Werribee extension of 500 government schools to Southern Cross Station, via Sunshine. by 2011. It includes the construction of a new “This Budget is a great result for our rail line from Werribee to Deer Park, local communities as this Government new stations at Tarneit and Wyndham continues to invest heavily in Vale & the duplication of track between healthcare, education, community Sunshine and Kensington. It will allow safety and world-class events that regional rail services to run express into underpin family life in Victoria.” Ms Melbourne and reduce congestion on Hennessy said. the metropolitan network, taking a lot of More information on the State traffic of the Werribee line. Budget can be found at · The Altona/Bayside regeneration of Bayside College in Altona North (stage 2) (10 million) funding to construct

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�� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� Future Kids Chilcare Point Cook �� Future Kids Childcare Point Cook will take part in �� Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea on the 27 of May �� 2010 at 8:00 am. �� �� We are located at 12 Paradise Parade, �� (Alamanda Estate) Point Cook. �� You are welcome to participate with us.

Soledad Andrade Centre Manager Future Kids Child Care & Kindergarten Point Cook P 03 9395 7780 F 03 9395 7781



AROUND POINT COOK Community Newspaper

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Around Point Cook 8  
Around Point Cook 8  

Community Newspaper Issue 8, June 2010