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ISSUE 89, NOVEMBER 2015 Distributed throughout Altona with distribution points in Altona North, Seaholme and Altona Meadows LIKE Around Altona on Facebook! Stay informed and view the paper online faster: ACDC PERFORMED IN ALTONA 1975 – AND WE ARE STILL CELEBRATING!





PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN MEDIBANK AND THE KITCHEN GARDEN FOUNDATION BEARS FRUIT The existing partnership between The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation and Medibank, has grown more fruitful with Medibank’s commitment to invest a further $1million into food education programs over the next year. “We want to be involved in community organisations that can improve the health and wellbeing of the next generation of Australians,” said George Savvides, Medibank’s Managing Director and CEO. The innovative partnership means kindergartens, childcare centres, and more primary and secondary schools nationwide, will gain access to pleasurable food education programs. “This new commitment means hundreds of thousands of children, from early years through to adolescence, can be supported to adopt health and wellbeing behaviours that will feed them throughout their whole lives,” said Ange Barry, CEO of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation. Medibank’s generous contribution means new programs will be created to combat the growth of childhood obesity, and could include running cooking lessons for parents afterschool. “We shouldn’t underestimate the power of the social aspects of the program, the diversity of cultures that come around this common topic, of the garden and the kitchen and then the social engagement of the meals that come from that teamwork and effort,” said George Savvides.

The Victorian Parliamentary Secretary for Health, MaryAnne Thomas MP, attended the launch held in the Kitchen Garden of Altona Meadows Primary School. “I know kids absolutely love picking their own veggies and learning how to cook, thanks to the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation,” Ms Thomas said. This school’s garden began seven years ago with only a few beds, but is now one of the largest. Students commented on how they like the mulching and harvesting, using the recipes and trying new foods. One grade five student, Zaynab said, “I like working with others and taking care of the plants, so they can stay healthy.” The Foundation has already surpassed its mission to reach 10% of Australian schools, within the primary curiculum. There are now more than ‘1000 pleasurable food education sites’ countrywide, with 835 of those located in schools ranging from remote to urban, independent to indigeous. “It’s going to [get] bigger and better,” said Stephanie Alexander, founder of the Kitchen Garden Foundation. Her vision is for every school in Australia to have a Kitchen Garden Program. All schools, kindergartens, preschools and childcare centres can join the Kitchen Garden Classroom. Details: Kyla-Jayne Rajah

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PUDDLING WITH THE PUBLISHER Recently I had a call from a reader with a request for help. Apparently her husband was featured in an article about the chess competition in the West, printed in our October edition. He is Derek and she is Jill. Many years ago, Derek was attending a function wearing a jumper, the pattern of which attracted the attention of Jill. Jill was obviously present at the function and developed a sudden desire for the particular pattern design on Derek’s jumper, to add to her collection.

To the rescue came the latest copy of the local community paper, and the jumper reappeared before Jill’s eyes. Naturally she jumped on the phone and we quickly became friends. I admired her ability to throw out the old jumper - I can’t do that. I’ve still got my old jumper at home in a small shed; the elbow has burst out and I cannot repair it, but I’m confident I’m going to, when I get a ‘roundtoit’ one day. P.S. I’ve still got the last ‘roundtoit’ I bought years ago!

Not being a backward lass, Jill marched up to Derek, introduced herself and made a request to photograph said jumper, which Derek quickly agreed to, and in due course, they married. The trigger to this marriage, the jumper in question, remained a coveted item in their household, until it was finally declared too old and in a recent clearing out, sent off to the local opp shop (shame shame, the great grandchildren will say.) Bill McPherson

A QUICK WORD FROM THE EDITOR There seems to be a running theme with this month’s paper – smile, be happy and take care of yourself. It wasn’t planned, I can assure you, but as my team of writers started sending through their efforts, it became pretty clear that general health and well being was on every one’s mind at the moment. It isn’t surprising really – when the warmer weather kicks in, people have a tendency to re-evaluate. It usually comes from a place of wanting to look good in a bikini – for me, that ship has sailed. Lately I’ve been on a real mission to Just Eat Real Food. It sounds so simple, but with the amount of processed foods clogging up our supermarket shelves, it is actually harder than you think! I am up to the challenge, though and the reward has been terrific!

It is hard to think about making such big changes, but even small changes can make a difference. Try buying free range eggs, or something organic – it is not only good for you, but it’s also really good for the environment. Have a read through this month’s paper and hopefully we can inspire you a little. Health and happiness go hand in hand, so put a smile on that face of yours and the rest will fall into place!

Just last week I made my own jam, cream cheese and the most incredibly delicious zucchini butter – all fresh and preservative free.

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The benefit of charity walks, runs and rides was made clear to me as I participated in the inaugural Walk Over Cancer Challenge, a 7-day event held at the beginning of October. Run by the Cancer Council of Victoria, the Challenge allowed me to do something tangible about a disease that touches 30,000 Victorians every year, by doing something I love to do – walking.

cancer in their day-to-day life. It’s friends, family and community that make that challenge more manageable and every little bit counts towards the making of success stories in the future. Petronella Boonen

My goal was to cover 75-100kms over the week, which was a challenge, given I needed to fit it around full-time work and family commitments. I became mindful of the support of my family and was grateful to my partner Dan, who had been cooking our dinner as I landed at night. I was mindful of the extra energy needed by a person fighting cancer – around the ordinary stuff life requires – not just for seven days but every day. During the event, I took in some amazing sunrises and sunsets and I even found a more interesting walking route to my local shopping centre. At the end of the Challenge, I met my goal with a total of 82.92kms or 98,128 steps. The support and encouragement of friends, family and colleagues meant I was well on my way towards my fundraising goal of $1000.00. At the time of writing, the overall funds raised were $45,476.28 – real dollars for cancer research, prevention programs and support services. On Saturday November 14th, through to Sunday November 15th, Point Cook will undertake its fourth 18-hour Relay for Life, at Featherbrook Oval. Whether you are there to participate, or offer support, this successful community event is worth a visit. For more information on how to get involved, visit their Facebook page. We are all touched by cancer in some ways and there are some amazing people facing the real challenge of managing

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THIS MONTH IN 1949 Williamstown Chronicle Friday 4th November 1949 ALTONA WOMAN’S UNIQUE ACTIVITIES Carrying out the functions of lighthouse keeper, meteorologist, rescuer of foundering boats and drifting oars, all without fee or reward, Miss Gwen Luly, of the Esplanade, Altona, exemplifies a spirit of altruism, of a very rare order. On her lawn is a remarkable assortment of gadgets for gauging tides, indicating phases of the moon, measuring rainfall, forecasting changes in the weather and for guiding to safety the fishing boats in the bay. In the boating season, she hangs ship’s lamps aloft, to show the state of the tide - for this purpose red, green and white lights are utilised. Her ingenious system is also utilised for the guidance of land lubbers, as she saves the tradesmen many a needless walk up the garden path, by flying the blue and white ensign, which means the larder is full and no bread is to be delivered.

Immense quantities of seaweed were washed up on the beach, and so that the boats could move in and out, she formed canals on the beach, and kept them open. She keeps a dinghy, which she corked herself, as she hopes to devote time to fishing, a pursuit in which she has had a good deal of experience. Many are the sinking boats and lost oars retrieved from the sea by Miss Luly, who on one occasion waded fully clothed through the waves to rescue a strange dinghy. In due course it was returned, intact to the owner.

Miss Luly’s father, a resident of Altona for twenty years, died last year. In his memory, the land adjacent to the home has become known locally as Luly’s Corner. On the anniversary of his death, Miss Luly flies the Welsh flag, while on the anniversary of her mother’s death the New Zealand flag is flown.

Among the several flagstaffs which grace her front lawn, is one surmounted by a good sized fish of doubtful species. All this is her own handiwork, and so is a weather vane over the front gate, as well as a garden table neatly shaped out of a ship’s rudder and seats made from an old buggy. During the war, her home was a first-aid post, and she gave her services as a nurse. By way of a hobby Miss Luly keeps bees, and she was gratified this week to notice that they had swarmed. As she does a man’s work, she finds it convenient while at home to don man’s attire, but when she does her shopping, she discards it for the apparel peculiar to the gentler sex. Despite her strenuous mode of life she retains feminine charm in generous measure, being slim of figure and possessed of a quiet, pleasing voice. Though living alone, she never experiences a sense of solitude and finds plenty to sustain her interest.

During the storms in January, Miss Luly had a busy time.

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Forty years ago, iconic Australian rockers ACDC, fronted by the legendary Bon Scot, performed a series of lunchtime concerts at Altona North Technical School, Paisley High School and Altona North High School. Now the local Altona Film Making Group (AFMG) are creating a documentary film, interviewing students who were there and compiling the experiences and impact of those concerts on so many lives. The group is currently seeking people, both students and teachers, who attended the concerts – to tell their stories, for this exciting local film project.

AFMG coordinator John Lawrence, from the HEtA consultancy group, reports, “since our original invitation, we have been inundated with expressions of interest in this project and from people across Australia, and even New York! We still want more however, to tell the full story.” To find out more about this wonderful local project, or to participate in it, contact John Lawrence, Project Coordinator, Ph 040809 6447 or email:

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CLEAN SOLUTIONS Nowadays we can buy solutions to clean our homes, but how safe are they? Many people have not thought to use some of nature’s best cleaning solutions - these are non toxic and often do a better job than the manufactured chemicals we invade our homes, cars and environment with. IN THE KITCHEN 1. Chopping boards should be cleaned with cold water. Never use the same board to cut meat, salads and bread. Odours in chopping boards can be removed by rubbing with salt. 2. To remove a build up of calcium in kettles, put some cut up lemon inside the kettle and fill with water. Boil, leave for two hours, then empty and rinse. 3. Clean the oven after using it - turn off the heat and place a small bowl of cloudy ammonia inside. Leave for several hours, remove the bowl and wipe the oven out thoroughly. Wipe the oven doors with bicarbonate of soda on a dampened cloth. 4. When wiping down benches and cleaning the floors, add a tablespoon of eucalyptus oil to the bucket for the floors. On a dampened cloth, a few drops of eucalyptus oil will clean and kill most germs.

cold water or soda water. Rinse immediately and wash as normal. 5. Grass stains should be dampened, rubbed with methylated spirits, rinsed and soaked in vinegar. 6. Red wine stains should be quickly treated with soda water. Sponge washable garments with glycerine, then wash. 7. Dust mites can cause allergies and sneezing. Add 50ml of eucalyptus or tea tree oil to your washing machine, when washing sheets, pillowcases and nightwear. FOR THE BATHROOM 1. Plain white vinegar can keep your bathroom mildew free. Remove clogged shower heads and put into boiling water with a cup of vinegar. Keep shower screens soap free by washing with a solution of one cup vinegar, two tablespoons of ammonia and one litre of water. 2. Soak new shower curtains in a salt water solution before hanging, to prevent mildew. 3. Clean bathrooms with hot water and eucalyptus oil. Wipe taps and rails with eucalyptus oil. To stop mirrors fogging over, add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to a dampened cloth and clean the surface of the mirror.

UNWELCOME GUESTS Weevils can destroy dry goods in your kitchen cupboards. When you purchase rice or flour, thoroughly chill in the freezer, before putting into airtight containers in the cupboard. Discard any foods that you feel may be contaminated. Carefully check containers, especially inside corners and the lids. Wipe down shelves with peppermint oil or bay oil, or simply bruise and scatter some bay leaves in the cupboard. FOR THE LAUNDRY 1. Ballpoint ink can usually be removed with methylated spirits. Another effective remedy is to spray with some hair spray, leave for a minute, then wipe off. 2. Bloodstains should be covered with a paste of bicarbonate of soda and water - leave to dry then brush off. On washable fabrics, rub the bicarbonate soda on the area and wash with salted water. 3. Chocolate can be sponged with cold water. For old stains, sponge with glycerine. 4. Fruit and fruit juice stains need to be sponged with


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Yours in good health, Cherie de Haas

THINK YOURSELF SLIM If you are struggling to lose weight, you could be missing the crucial role that your mind plays in overeating. Emotional eating, eating because we feel bad, sad, anxious etc, rather than hungry, is a major trigger for overeating. As our eating habits are deeply engrained in the subconscious mind, the excess weight will usually remain, until emotional factors are addressed. Dieting involves conscious deprivation or denial (banned foods, calorie counting) and only serves to condition the mind to think more about food, sometimes obsessively. As the subconscious triggers for overeating are ignored, a cycle of deprivation, overeating/binging, guilt and weight gain often ensues.

similar results to gastric surgery, without the surgery and its associated risks. It changes how people think about food, whilst enabling them to form new sustainable eating habits. Trials indicate that, with its focus on developing a healthy, natural weight-control system, based on the natural biological signals of eating when hungry and stopping when full, rather than on forming an emotional attachment to eating, this innovative approach offers renewed hope for those who struggle to lose weight. For more information, visit Fabienne Chevalier

With latest figures from the World Obesity Federation estimating that nearly 60% of the Australian adult population will be overweight or obese by 2025, innovative approaches to weight loss that address these eating habits are essential. The Virtual Gastric Band (VGB), a pioneering method from the UK, has seen remarkable success in delivering weight loss. The VGB combines hypnotherapy, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques to harness the power of the subconscious mind. It convinces people that their stomachs have been shrunk hypnotically to the size of a golf ball and retrains the mind and the body to be satisfied with much smaller portions, leading to lower food intake. The VGB is a drug-free program designed to bring about permanent changes to eating habits that achieves

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HELP US TO THANK OUR COMMUNITY’S LOCAL CHAMPIONS Nominations are now open for the 2016 Citizen of the Year Awards. If you know someone who works tirelessly in the community, has made an impact in some way to our civic life or just enjoys sharing their talents and expertise, then nominate them now for the Australia Day Citizen of the Year Awards. Mayor of Hobsons Bay, Councillor Colleen Gates said the Citizen of the Year Awards recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution or given outstanding service to our local community. “Australia Day Awards offer a real opportunity for our community to recognize and reward people that have made a difference,” said the Mayor. “We all have neighbours, friends, family members or work colleagues who give selflessly to improve our community, often without fanfare or thanks. Well here is our chance to acknowledge those great people who are making a difference here in Hobsons Bay.”

2016. Nominees for the Young Citizen of the Year Award must be 26 years or younger on 26 January 2016. Nominees for the Citizen of the Year Award must be 27 years or older on 26 January 2016. You can pick up a nomination form from the Hobsons Bay Civic Centre, your local library or downloading one from Nominations close on Friday 27 November 2015. For more information, call the Council on 9932 1000.

“This year we honoured Mr. Geoff Mitchelmore as Citizen of the Year and Ms. Hue Man Dang as Young Citizen of the year. They both were great examples of individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Hobsons Bay and we know there are many more people out there who are doing the same in their own special way. There are many more people out there doing great things so I encourage you all to help us promote the good work being done in our community.” Nominations are invited for the Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year. The winners will be recognized by the Mayor at a Citizenship Ceremony on Australia Day 26 January


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MESSAGE FROM THE CHERRY LAKE WARD COUNCILLORS It wasn’t business as usual at the Williamstown Town Hall on Friday 9 October. It was the 2015 Hobsons Bay Business Excellence Awards, recognising the most diverse and innovative companies in Hobsons Bay. Congratulations to Altona-based Inver Engineering for winning Business of the Year. And well done to the other Cherry Lake winners: Louis Joel Arts & Community (Not for Profit), Paz Group (Trades and Construction) and Eco Laundry (New Business).

the Kororoit Creek Trail from the Princes Freeway to the Altona Coastal Park, supports the completion of both the Laverton and Skeleton Creek Trails.

Beach cleaning

Budget consultation

With summer coming up, we are ramping up the summer management plan for our beaches and litter ‘hot spots’ to ensure the beaches, toilets and amenities look their best for the summer season. We’ve been identifying some of the hot spots around Hobsons Bay. Altona beach is a hot spot. Williamstown beach is a hot spot, as is Cresser Reserve and the Altona Boat Ramp. This will help us ensure that our beaches and foreshore are presented to the highest standard and we encourage all community members to do their bit and keep our beaches and public spaces clean.

Finally, it’s time to talk budget 2016-17! You can get involved by joining Participate Hobsons Bay Council’s online engagement hub; by coming along to the Hobsons Bay Civic Centre on Monday 23 November (6pm to 8pm) to hear from Councillors; or by suggesting an idea to Council. Individuals and groups who submit their idea by Wednesday 18 November will be able to present their idea to Councillors on the night.

Enjoying the s-s-s-s-s-s-sun The hot weather is not just inviting for humans, it’s inviting for snakes as well. Should you see a snake in a situation that could be dangerous to people – such as in a public toilet or on a sports reserve during a match – please contact Council on 9932 1000. We will have the snake safely removed and release it into a conservation reserve away from residential and recreational areas. Western Metropolitan Regional Trails Strategic Plan draft report And speaking of recreation and our reserves, if you like walking or cycling, you’re invited to have your say on the draft Western Metropolitan Regional Trails Strategic Plan. Specifically for Hobsons Bay, this plan recommends for example the development of the 7.5 km missing links of

The plan and the nomination form are available online at and a hard copy of the plan can also be viewed at the Hobsons Bay Civic Centre and all library branches. Feedback is welcome until Friday 20 November.

Anyone wanting to get involved can register online at If you would like to discuss these or any other matters please feel free to contact your Cherry Lake Ward Councillors:

Cr Sandra Wilson - Contact details: 0419 287 117 or

Cr Jason Price - Contact details: 0438 871 814 or

Council’s website –

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A MAN AND HIS PINT The habit of drinking beer straight from the bottle is one of the more distressing features of modern life. It started with Gen Y and I blame it on the lack of a male role model in the lives of many of that generation. Let me take you to a snug in some small Irish town to observe how a real man drinks his beer. Let’s call him Arthur. He comes in wearing a tweed cap and boots that indicate work in muddy fields. He nods to the barman; they know each other, and the nod is the silent order for a pint of the national beverage. The French would like to change the measure to 568 ml, but not even the might of the EU can change the sacred significance of THE PINT. The barman fills the tumbler slowly, resting it at 45 degrees in the palm of his hand, a process that, done properly, takes between 119 and 122 seconds, spread over two instalments. Then he sets the offering down. He has been doing this for years, but somehow manages to put it in the wrong place. So Arthur picks it up as carefully as if it were the holy chalice and moves it five cm. After some minutes, without looking at the glass, his right hand moves slowly and deliberately to pick it up. He looks at it with something between disinterest and reproach, like a nun picking up Playboy, if you can remember Playboy.


Then instinct takes over; he brings the glass to his lips, tilts it to an angle of 9.4 degrees and the black stuff flows smoothly as if obeying some obscure principle of hydrodynamics. There is no urgency, the only movement an almost imperceptible rise and fall of the Adam’s apple; this is the kind of smoothness that you could use to sell engine oil. When the glass is three-eighths empty (some virtuosos go to seven-sixteenths), he puts it down on the counter and slowly wipes his lips. He is content. He will read his paper for some time before his hand reaches for the pint again. This time he will drink five-sixteenths before settling back to his paper. The remainder of the drink will be finished in one go, and if your arithmetic is up to scratch, you will work out that this will involve either one-quarter or three-sixteenths. Only women or rank amateurs require more than three visits to the glass to finish a pint; only university undergraduates or Australian Prime Ministers do it in less than three. You wander out to the evening traffic, to the world of everyday things, content that you have watched a master at work. You feel better for it. And you promise yourself that you will never again drink beer from the bottle. Frank O’Shea

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YOU CAN BE HAPPY WITHOUT LAUGHING... BUT IF YOU LAUGH FOR LONG ENOUGH YOU BECOME HAPPY become AT EASE, breathing deeply, enjoying the moment - a healthier body and mind will be the outcome. In the 30 years of choosing all of the above in my own life and also helping others, I know this works. Nearly 12 years ago, I trained as a Laughter Yoga leader and teacher, with the World founder, Dr. Madan Kataria. Since then, I have spread laughter wherever I go. It has become a natural part of me and has completely changed my life.

Research shows that regular laughter is good for the brain. When we laugh while learning something new, we become more relaxed and therefore learning becomes easier and faster. Neuro plasticity, (the study of the brain as being plastic and can change itself,) proves scientifically, that if we regularly laugh and challenge the brain, by learning new things and even travelling – the brain grows new neuro pathways. If we keep doing this, the new pathways remain and our memory and life is enhanced. Regular laughter also relieves pain, lowers heart rate, lowers blood pressure, strengthens the immune system, improves our memory and most of all, makes us Happy. Add to this a positive attitude, focusing on what you have and not the things you don’t have. Appreciate every day, choose to smile often and miracles will begin to occur in the body, mind and life. I believe disease occurs after many years of being not at ease - if we make a choice to do all of the above, and also to

Norman Cousins wrote a book many years ago, about how he healed himself of cancer by laughing all day, every day, all by himself, until all cancer disappeared. He watched comedies! If you have any doubts about my words, please read his book. Over the past 12 years, I have founded and facilitated four Laughter Clubs. My current Laughter Club, is at Cherry Lake, via the Millers Rd entry, in Altona. It is every Saturday at 10am and it is completely FREE! It is important to give yourself permission to laugh, because as we grow older, we get out of the habit and we need to retrain ourselves to laugh, for longer than just a he he he. You could choose to have Laughter nights, where you just watch comedies – you know you ARE worth it. Make it your daily choice to find a way to laugh and get Happy. Carolyn Nicholson International Ambassador of Laughter Yoga. Founder/Leader Cherry Laughter Club – Altona. Mobile: 0413821636

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Notices ALTONA LADIES PROBUS CLUB FUN, FELLOWSHIP & FRIENDSHIP We meet every 4th Thursday At the Altona RSL – 10am start. We have monthly speakers, Theatre outing every 4th Monday Lunch dine out every 3rd Wednesday Occasional trips and outings New members will be made very welcome Enquiries to Merle – 9398 3640 Or Jenny – 9398 3379

ALTONA NORTH COMBINED PROBUS CLUB: Retired or semi-retired? Interested in developing new friends, or interests. Join our friendly group at the Community Hall, Cypress Av., Brooklyn -10.00am on 3rd Wednesday of each month. Guest speakers, trips and other activities are organised. Enquiries: Lois 9399 2554 or Pam 9314 4640

WANTED: People who attended ACDC concerts at Altona North Tech and Paisley Park Secondary School in July 1975 This is the 40th Anniversary of that concert. Altona Film Making Club want to interview you about it and present Angus and band with the documentary, when they come to Melbourne in December! Text or Phone: 0408096447. 12


Laverton Community Centre (the Hub) 95-105Railway Ave Laverton Every Wednesday, 12noon-1pm Altona Meadows Community Centre 28 Trafalgar Avenue, Altona Meadows Every Friday, 12noon-1pm 3 course meal, both days cost: $8/$5 (conc) Bookings essential by Monday/ Thursday Phone:8368 0177

ADAVIC ANXIETY & DEPRESSION SUPPORT GROUP Connect with others in a safe environment to share experiences and coping strategies.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Is drinking costing you more than money? 24 hour helpline 1300 22 22 22 No matter where in the area someone rings this number from, it will be answered locally.

PETANQUE GAME APPOINTMENT? I am a volunteer at Jamieson Way Community Centre. To organize an appointment, to understand how to play Petanque: - Contact: social.french. - On the second Tuesday of each month at 10am - At the Jamieson Way Community Centre

Every Tuesday 7:30-9:30pm at the Louis Joel Arts & Community Centre, Sargood St, Altona.

For more information call the Community Centre on 9395 7922.

$5 Casuals / $3 Members


For more info phone: (03) 9853-8089 | email: | visit:

DO YOU ENJOY SINGING? The Altona Community Choir invites you to come along and join us on Monday evenings from 7:30-9:30 at the Altona Seniors Citizen Centre on the corner of Sargood and Queen St. No singing experience required, we have a conductor and pianist to teach us the music. Anyone over the age of 16 is welcome to come along. Interested? Call or SMS Paula on 0409 215 352. Issue 89

ANNUAL SPRING FLOWER SHOW Youth Hall, Civic Parade, Altona. MONDAY 19th. OCTOBER, 2pm. Entry: $3 Official opening & presentation of prizes at 2pm by Cr Sandra Wilson followed by viewing of the display and afternoon tea Any inquires please ring Val on 9398 2002 or Bernice on 9314 2593.

THE ALTONA FRUIT AND VEGIE SWAP Takes place on the second Saturday of every month from 10:30am to 11:30am at the Rotunda in Logan Reserve PierStreet, Altona.

Altona Kids

Hi Kids, This month we have a fantastic treat. Here is a fiction story written by a young writer, Ahmad Babar. Ahmad began writing when he was in grade one. He also writes poetry and started writing, because he was inspired by a teacher at school. I hope you enjoy his story. KJ

PEIXE GRANDE By Ahmad BABAR Leaning forward against the thrust of blades in the water, Leprolio began to row softly out the harbour. Sontinato, his wife, stood there sobbing as his vibrant blue eyes faded away into the subfusc ripples of the water. She watched after his zille, covered in fresh petals of Guzmania, as it eventually turned into tiny slices and then disappeared into the dawn mist. She headed back to her shack’s open door. Their nest was well organized with two beds, a small stove in the middle with charcoal, and a long driftwood plank as a table. Meanwhile, Leprolio was rowing softly. His zille was now convenient for exploring instead of roaming the sandy banks of Armona Island, Portugal. He was calm and let the gentle breeze comb his hair. He thought there must be a blessing in that gentle dawn’s breeze, although he’d rowed until afternoon with not even a single sign of a truly big fish. He’d caught a few albacores and tuna and that was it. He sighed and tied the long, thin fishing line to his toe and took a nap. He dreamed of the time when there were no sorrows and when Mantono, their pet ring-neck parrot was with them; when they had shared love, laughter and joy. Suddenly, the line gave him a yank, as it pushed him off the thwart and onto the bow of the zille. Being a seasoned fisherman, Leprolio knew that a few fathoms below, a greedy Marlin had caught his bait. One hand, then the other pulled the line. It was heavy and he tugged and heaved, until a bright blue Striped Marlin breached out of the water. Leprolio was surprised, but after a few years he gave a proper smile. For now, he rowed back to Armona with the Marlin tied at the stern of his zille. As soon as he reached his shack, he grabbed his gaff and hooked the oversized fish onto the bank. It was like an angel - a light at the end of the tunnel, meant for them. He beamed and upon return to his shack swung Sontinato around and danced. It wasn’t long after that, only a year or so, when God granted them with a gift - a baby boy who they named Peixe Grande (Big Fish) in honour of the Marlin, who’d blessed them that day with hope.

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ALTONA LOOP FORUM – “IT’S A BIT MORE COMPLEX THAN JUST ALTONA” There is no doubt that we are a polite community. Perhaps we should have followed the example of Question Time in Parliament. Instead, during the Altona Loop Forum held at the Altona RSL on October 14th 2015, the community of Hobsons Bay mindfully followed the Cr Sandra Wilson’s request, to “treat our guests with respect.”

received a resounding applause, “Five years ago the timetable was changed,” she said. “For five years we’ve put up with a substandard rail service. This is five years of bad service… When are we going to get a service that is decent and reliable?”

In return, the speeches were reminiscent of a Bart Simpson book report: padded out with acknowledging the presence of each of the other speakers on the night, assurances that they were here to listen to our stories and the presentation of information slides, which were for the most part illegible and convoluted. Once again, the Werribee Line and Altona Loop statistics were bundled together and were far away from the user experience. In the few minutes remaining, there was nothing. A date could not be given for the line’s new timetable, as it requires a whole of network overhaul. Despite being ensured that the Regional Rail Link would bring our services back, there was no timeframe - just a reminder from Gary Liddle, Acting CEO of PTV that ‘it’s a bit more complex than just Altona.” MLC Western Metropolitan’s Hon. Colleen Hartland


Some points raised by community members also had the respectful audience clapping very noisily. Stories about poor access and the need for ramps at Laverton, leaving disabled commuters dumped, cold and stranded at night; visitors landing in Williamstown due to noncommunication; a father, who three times in the past month, needed to ask neighbours to pick up his children from childcare, because the train let his family down. The Hon. Jill Hennessy MP Member for Altona said while she understood the challenges of a whole of network change, this diverse community should be able to use the services with greater confidence, “I’m conscious this discussion feels like Ground Hog Day.” Interestingly, the ‘It’s About All of Us’ Forum at Newport Substation, was scheduled at the same time. One of the key findings of the night was the need to affordable and reliable transport. Petronella Boonen

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AVALON GETS COMFORTABLE! “This upgrade will significantly increase passenger comfort, in what is already a very accessible and friendly airport,” says Avalon Airport CEO Justin Giddings. “We want the people of Melbourne’s west to be proud of their local airport, by providing facilities and access which exceeds expectations.” It begins with a new lounge outside check-in for early arrivals, or people who are waiting to pick up passengers. The terminal lounge is now bordered by pristine white work benches, with power and USB charging stations the entire length, so that travellers may recharge their devices, without having to find and unplug the nearest massage chair – as is known to happen in airports around the country!

Avalon Airport has just unveiled its latest exciting project – a $200,000 upgrade of the terminal and departure lounge. The refurb has been timely, with direct flights to the Gold Coast to begin from October 26, as well as the very recent Jetgo announcement of a temporary flight schedule, to and from Dubbo from October 27. The make over means the airport has become incredibly functional, as well as comfortable.

Travellers can stay connected with free Wi-Fi, which is delivered through a partnership with Deakin University. Students can also access Edu roam through this feature. Lounge seating by the window makes for a relaxing start to any journey, and by Friday afternoon, (with the café’s Friday Slider special each week,) the place is vibrant and humming. Stay in touch with Avalon Airport news by following on Facebook, Twitter (@AvalonAirportAU) and Instagram (@avalonairport). Book flights to Gold Coast or Sydney: Book flights to Dubbo:

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Pets Corner

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is one of the most popular natural remedies, for both internal and external use today. So what is ACV, and how can we use it for our pets? ACV is made using organic apples which undergo a long fermentation process, over the course of weeks or months. The longer the fermentation process, the greater the accumulation of important enzymes and nutrients that occurs - this is known as the mother of vinegar. Benefits for pets include: - Relieves stiff joints and muscle cramping. - Improves digestion. - Helps to relieve allergies. - Acts as a urinary tonic - helping to clear urinary tract infections, and prevent the formation. of kidney and bladder stones. - Improves growth and condition of fur/coat. - Clears skin of bacterial and fungal infections. - Reduces skin flaking and dander, which alleviates itching. - Helps to clear and prevent ear infections when applied to the ears. - Repels insects and fleas.

are raw. This can also be used as a rinse after a bath. Use solution and let air dry for best results. - For flea and tick repellent, use a 50/50 solution of ACV and water. - As an ear cleaner - use 50/50 solution of ACV and water and clean the ear, using cotton balls soaked in solution. Enzymes and nutrients which exist in unpasteurized apple cider vinegar can be very beneficial when added to your pets existing diet. Make sure to get a raw, unpasteurized AVC, as it is more likely to contain the mother of vinegar. Everyone can benefit from this amazing supplement, so why not add it into your diet and enjoy the positive effects as well? Cindy Bremner Natural Pawfection- Animal Naturopath 0421 446 764

Some ways to treat your pet with Apple Cider Vinegar: - Simply add 1tsp for cats and small dogs, 2tsp for medium dogs or 1tbsp for large dogs into food or water once daily. - For itchy skin, use a 50/50 solution of ACV and water in a spray bottle and apply it directly onto itchy spots. Do not use on open wounds as this will sting if the wounds


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Health page

What is Anxiety? Anxiety is commonly described as feelings of worry, nervousness or uneasiness, regarding lack of control over any particular situation. While everyone experiences stress or worry in some form or another, ‘anxiety’ is when these feelings stay put for extended periods of time and have some impact on an individual’s ability to function. Symptoms of Anxiety: Some common symptoms include overthinking, compulsive behavior, hot or cold flushes, increased heartbeats, feelings of tightening in the chest or stomach, sweating and shaking of hands. Common Causes: Depression and Anxiety sometimes go hand in hand. Other common factors in-clude family history of mental illness, physical health issues, substance use, ongoing stressful situa-tions, such as relationship issues, work related stress, change of jobs or living arrangements, death or loss of a loved one, or experiencing any form of trauma. The FIVE Steps to Managing Anxiety:

Basic Self Care - Get back to the basics! Eat well, exercise and get enough sleep. Increased Awareness - Symptoms associated with anxiety can be different for everyone. Be aware of your own symptoms and take action to manage them, before they increase in intensity or fre-quency. Manage Adrenaline - There is a surge of adrenaline in the body when a person experiences anxiety, as the brain is preparing the body for fight or flight. Undertaking physical movements will help regulate the adrenaline in your body quicker. Natural Remedies - Change in food habits and intake of natural supplements can help manage an-xiety. Psychological Treatments - Speak to your GP about your experiences and gain a Mental Health Care Plan to see a Psychologist. Therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance Commitment Therapy provide individuals with insight into their thought patterns and behaviors, as well as provide them with skills to better manage their symptoms. Neha Dave

REDUCING ANXIETY with Caterina Morrison Anxiety can be triggered by both psychological and biochemical factors, and while seemingly irrational, is very real for sufferers. NATUROPATH, Caterina Morrison talks on ways to reduce our anxiety. Biochemical factors such as high lactate levels, are linked to anxiety and as such, reducing lactate should be a priority in therapeutic outcomes. 1. Reducing Lactate Levels can be assisted through six nutritional factors and has been found to assist in reducing the symptoms of anxiety. I. Avoid/reduce stimulants such as alcohol, caffeine, sugar, and food allergens; (one study of people with generalized anxiety, who drank 1.5-3.5 cups of coffee per day, avoided caffeine for one week, resulting in significant symptom relief). II. Address deficiencies of B vitamins niacin, pyridoxine, and thiamin. III. Increase calcium. IV. Increase magnesium as it is essential in more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body, and a deficiency has been linked to anxiety. V. Increase Omega-3 Fats. One study found 2.5 grams daily

of omega-3 fats produced a 20 percent reduction in anxiety symptoms. Sources of omega-3 include flaxseed and fish oil, with flaxseed being a vegetarian source. VI. Increase the following foods in your diet, as they supply valuable minerals, which are depleted by anxiety and stress: apricots, asparagus, avocados, bananas, broccoli, blackstrap molasses, brewer’s yeast, brown rice, dried fruits, dulse, figs, garlic, green leafy veggies, legumes, raw nuts and seeds. 2. Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is a neurotransmitter and low levels are associated with anxiety. Significant anti-stress effects have been shown in clinical studies, utilizing GABA with patients experiencing changes in brain wave patterns, consistent with a state of relaxation. 3. Relaxation techniques such as Progressive Relaxation, Emotional Freedom Technique and Breathing Techniques that target anxiety, are easy to learn and highly effective in reducing anxiety symptoms. The above is generalized information only. It is recommended to address anxiety under the supervision of a qualified health professional.

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DONALD DUCK, THE SEA AND ME - (A STORY OF SURVIVAL) my arms were caught in the ring, with my hands flapping madly.

The weather is warming up and thoughts of summer and time at the beach, start coming to mind. Back in the sixties, on warmest summer evenings, it was common for my family just to gather ‘down the beach’. This would include mum and dad, married sisters, brother-in-laws, uncles, aunties and grandchildren. It seemed like in those days, half of Altona was down the beach and of course, everyone knew everyone. Thoughts turned to ice creams from ‘Camps’, or Hot Chips from the shop. And of course there was the kiosk out the front of the old Life Saving Club, with the Peters Ice Cream sign on the front. This was staffed by life savers and only opened in summer. If the weather didn’t tell you it was summer, then the ‘open’ sign on the front of the kiosk certainly did. This part of Altona only had two seasons - open and shut. Another part of summer, was the visits to the Beach by the radio stations like 3UZ, 3XY or 3AK. They offered freebies like records, food and drinks, or even live music, and of course live broadcasts. They used to broadcast that they were on their way and it seemed like all of Altona would rush to the beach.

With my wild flapping, Donald all of a sudden broke free, him going one way and me another. I really was struggling - technically I think it’s called drowning. As I occasionally surfaced I could see Dad on the jetty looking quite anxious and I thought to myself, as my life flashed before my eyes, Dad really does care. Eventually people started to get near me and I thought, ‘I’m going to be saved’ - all this in about a foot of water. As my saviours almost got to me Dad started yelling, “Don’t save him, save the duck! He cost me three quid!” The good news was Donald and I survived and while I know where I am, I have no idea what happened to Mr. Duck. So if you are walking along the shore, at Altona Beach, and come across a duck, looking a little down - maybe a bit deflated - it could be Donald. Please stop and say hello, pump him up a bit. Give him my regards and ask him to give me a ring. Perhaps even ask him how much of this little tale, is true! John Dawson

It was thinking of those days that reminded me of the day I nearly drowned. Mum and Dad had bought me a lovely little floater ring and it had a Donald Duck head on it - they used to come with various character heads on them and I was lucky enough to get Donald! Quack, Quack - at least ducks can swim! In those days, the pier had a little jetty half way along- it’s gone now. So one warm summer’s night Dad said, “Here son, try this out,” as he pushed Donald, and his ring over me. As he pushed me off the jetty he said, “There you go John, have a swim.” We hit the water, Donald and I, and bobbed up and down with the waves. I was struggling a bit, because

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Film Review Quickly shaping up to be one of the films of the year, The Martian is everything you want in a film and more.

This film is funny, intense and thoroughly enthralling from beginning to end.

No stranger to outer space, director Ridley Scott takes us on a journey that is quite literally out of this world.


The always likeable Matt Damon, plays astronaut Mark Watney, one of a team of astronauts, exploring the surface of Mars. The mission turns south fairly quickly, leaving Watney stranded on the little red planet, with little hope of rescue or survival. In the face of insurmountable odds, Damon’s Watney utilises a wonderful mix of science, humour and courage to make life on Mars a reality. What follows is a survival guide with a twist, and it really is quite genius. With an absolutely stellar support cast, The Martian manages to keep the audience entertained and engaged, even when the action returns to Earth. Melissa Longo


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In Brief • ROSE AND SHINE! – With approximately 5000 roses expected to be in bloom, this year’s Victoria State Rose and Garden Show is not to be missed! Running over the course of two days, this free event is the perfect place to enjoy the beauty that spring has to offer. With live music, food trucks, a garden party set up for all to enjoy, with lawn games and face painting for the kids, there will be no shortage of entertainment. The event also boasts a host of experts, such as Vasili from Vasili’s Garden, to talk you through any gardening queries you may have. Wyndham City Mayor Cr Peter Maynard expects huge numbers at this year’s event, “Set among the roses, this event is the ideal location to get advice on your garden or buy some new plants and supplies, including rose varieties you won’t be able to buy anywhere else.” So embrace your inner gardener, pack a picnic rug and come soak up the atmosphere with friends. Event details: When: November 14-15 2015, 10am to 4pm Where: Werribee Park, K Rd, Werribee South (onsite parking available) Cost: Entry is free. For more information on the State Rose and Garden Show, visit • THE LAVERTON FESTIVAL! – A Community in Harmony – that is the message of this year’s Laverton Festival, being held on Sunday November 22nd, between 11am and 4pm, on Aviation Road. A great family day full of entertainment, the heart of Laverton will burst into life with plenty of activities for all to appreciate. Face painting, animal farms, plaster painting and sand art will be free for the kids to enjoy, as well as $10 ‘all day’ ride passes! Of course there will be a multitude of food vendors, helping to keep the masses satisfied and plenty of stall holders, doing their best to keep you spending your hard-earned! With the weather finally warming up, it is sure to be a fantastic way to spend your Sunday! • WERRIBEE CRAFT FESTIVAL – The Werribee Craft Festival is on again, the weekend of November 7th and 8th. Arts and crafts will reign supreme at this Handmade 2 Day Fair, at the Wyndham Civic Centre. With FREE Admission and parking, the fair will keep craft-lovers entertained, with more than 80 stalls from across Victoria, showcasing and selling many top class, different and interesting Crafts. Come and join in the fun of the Fair, with Children’s Craft Activities and Devonshire Teas. Time: From 9am - 4pm More information: • THE ANGLICAN PARISH OF ALTONA/LAVERTON – are conducting their annual bazaar on Friday, November 14th. This year’s event will be a Twilight Bazaar, running from 3pm to 8pm. It will be held at St. Eanswythe’s Church, Queen Street, Altona, (behind the Altona Post Office.) Home made cakes, pickles and marmalades will be on sale, together with books, plants, crafts and a sausage sizzle. A Children’s Wonderland will be an extra special feature this year. Afternoon tea will be served and an evening meal will be available, in the St. Eanswythe’s ‘Cafe for a Day’. It is a fun day for parishioners and the community. Funds raised are used in the provision of community services, such as soup and sandwiches, play groups, home, nursing home and hospital visits and refugee support.

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SPRINGTIME IN MELBOURNE Spring is a wonderful time Of renewal and rebirth. Down here in our southern clime Is like nowhere else on Earth. Here in marvellous Melbourne, Metropolis of the south, Nature is being reborn: This news spread by word of mouth. Birds proclaim it in their trees; The bees are making honey. Have some fun, Nature decrees: For that you don’t need money. There’s footy finals fever, Fans full of expectation. ‘Twill be history come November When a horse race stops the nation. There’s nothing like Melbourne’s spring, The Garden State’s capital. If outdoor living’s your thing, It is here you’ll have a ball. There’s surely plenty to do: Picnics in an urban park, Or a visit to the zoo; A harbour cruise; that’s a lark. You can fill up idle hours By seeing wonderful sights; But take time to smell the flowers. Melbourne has balmy Spring nights. Wherever you happen to be, There is lots of activity. Go to Altona by the sea, Nice part of this friendly city. Jack Nystrom


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