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ISSUE 90, DECEMBER 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: THEN, NOW, TOMORROW – 120 YEARS OF MOBIL






REMEMBER THE DAYS OF THE OLD SCHOOL YARD Just like the famous Cat Steven’s song, there was a lot to reminisce about, at the Altona Primary School centenary celebrations. The celebratory week began with a sea of purple and yellow cakes delivered to each classroom. Students and teachers dressed in ‘old school’ threads and role played what it might have been like, being a student or a teacher many years ago.

“During the war, we used to go over the road to my place for air raid practice,” Smith said. “We got practice for ducking in the dips in the back yard.”

“We played cats cradle, marbles and knuckles,” said APS Administrator, Liz Brown. “At lunch there was no one playing ball - all the children were sitting on the ground playing these games. It was phenomenal!”

On the playground, they played basketball, Release and marbles.

At the end of the week, a reunion was attended by past students from all ages. WynFM 88.9’s Presenter Rob Richardson, whose 99-yearold mother Marjory Sculley celebrated with the APS children earlier that day, praised the development of the school since his own childhood there in the forties. “In my day, the brick building was all we had,” he said. “It’s amazing what they’ve done here.” Rob’s grandfather was a carpenter involved in that initial build. Ron Smith and his schoolmates, his wife Alwyn Smith (yep, there’s a friendship that has lasted), Kevin and Lorraine Sorrell - each started their education with Altona Primary School in the late 1930s.

The area looked a little different to the way we see it now. Blyth Street finished at Pier Street - it was all sand dunes. To the west, the houses stopped at Rose Street. The trains stopped at Pier Street. “If I lost my marbles in the daytime, I’d win them back after school,” Lorraine Sorrell laughed. Sisters Diana and Janet Rice recalled playing ‘gutterball’ and climbing the surrounding trees and being smacked on the bottom on the first day of school! Jennifer Williams added her memory of a school camp on the train, called the ‘Train of Knowledge’, which took them to Warrnambool to see the mutton birds and visit a television station. The school has always been progressive according to Margaret Rice, whose children went to the school in the ‘60s and early 70’s and who has remained in contact ever since. From my own experience as a past parent, Altona Primary School continues to have a strong connection with the larger community and this event, will in its own right have made its own place in history. Petronella Boonen

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PUDDLING WITH THE PUBLISHER Recently I was travelling from Point Cook to Seabrook, having visited the gorgeous Freda, my wife of 66 years, (who has become a trifle eccentric) - when the batteries in my electric scooter decided to give up the ghost. I found that if I got off the ride-on machine, I could walk beside it and there was just enough power to drive itself, with me walking alongside - only a little difficult really. As I paused for breath, a resident who introduced himself as Guy, appeared and helped me push the machine to his garage. He plugged it in to the power to recharge and then offered to drive me home - an offer I couldn’t refuse and for which I was most grateful.

before and she said, “Hop in the car and I’ll drive you there!” Here the niceness was happening again! Upon arrival, the family rescue-team were all expecting me and came out to greet me! I could not have been more touched. Christmas is usually the time of year,when kindness abounds, but this ‘Good Samaritan Story’ had nothing to do with Christmas Miracles – it was simply a sign that People Do Care!

In the morning I set off to walk to the bus stop, to go pick up my scooter, just as my gorgeous neighbor drove up and asked me, “Where are you off to?” I told her the story from the day

Bill McPherson

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR Christmas is my favourite time of year! I love it more than my birthday and you would not believe how much I love my birthday!

With so much devastation in the world, it can be easy to lose sight of the positive, but I refuse to be consumed by negativity!

I feel like Christmas is the one time of year where everything is a little shinier, people are a little kinder and singing in public just feels right. I put my tree up too early, (at least that is what people tell me,) but why should I delay happiness?! In fact, I cannot think of a single reason why anyone should put off being happy.

So take time out this year to smile at strangers. Offer a helping hand to anyone who may need it. Be grateful for what you have and the people you know. Look after yourself and each other. Just the tiniest act of kindness can make such a difference.

Happiness is what I want for Christmas – it is actually what I want for everybody all the time – is that too much to ask? So what can I do about it? You can’t buy happiness from a store – I should know, I’ve tried. Happiness comes from unexpected interactions and random acts of kindness.

I really hope that you enjoy this month’s edition of the paper, our first official Christmas issue. I know that not every body celebrates Christmas in the official sense, but if you celebrate togetherness, kindness and the hope for Peace on Earth, then we are totally on the same page! Thanks in advance and Merry Christmas!

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HARK! THE HOBSONS BAY ANGELS SING Between preparing costumes for those ‘end of year performances’, signing your children’s excursion forms, making Christmas shortbread, buying the favourite teacher chocolates, and styling your hair for the Xmas work do, you’ll probably have 5 minutes to down a glass of wine and even less time to ponder, ‘what it is that Christmas is about.’ Which is why, listening to a Christmas Carol or two can be a door into a divine moment of peace and reflection - Even while out Christmas shopping. For when you focus on the words of a joyful carol, it can actually settle the flurry of stress that comes around this time of year. Faithfully, and for fifteen years, the network of Hobsons Bay Churches has provided two fabulous nights of Christmas Carols for communities in the locality. The events are predominantly supported by church members, as well as volunteers from the community. Mainly, it is because of the resources pulled together that the Altona Meadows and Williamstown Carol events happen.

appeared to the shepherds the night Jesus was born. There will be the usual old favourites to look forward to, like Silent Night, Joy to the World, O Holy Night, etc. But for a real treat, listen out for a new carol written by Pastor Helen, “I think it will be called, Emmanuel,” she said, “meaning, God is with us.” The Altona Meadows Carols will be held on Saturday the 19th December, at Trafalgar Avenue Community Park. Pre Carol entertainment starts at 7pm with the Carols beginning at 8pm. The Williamstown Carols will be held on Sunday the 20th December, at Commonwealth Reserve Rotunda, Nelson Place. Pre Carol entertainment starts at 7pm with the Carols beginning at 8pm. Kyla-Jayne Rajah

Altona Christian Centre coordinates contributions from other churches in the region. From organising logistics, and arranging music, to painting children’s faces on the night, many are the helpers mucking in like elves, all for a good cause, and all for love. “You always receive something when you give,” said one volunteer, “I’ve learnt so much about singing technique - more than when I took lessons.” Pastor Helen Holt from Altona Christian Centre said, “Every year new volunteers join the choir, and we strive to bring out the best in them.” Her daughter, Stephanie, also assists with leading the choir and teaching members new songs. However, without audience participation, the choir merely is few. The contributions of all on the night (whether soprano or tenor, pitch-perfect or off-key) is the high-note making the Carols special. “It’s always incredible,” said Rev Megan Jung of the Williamstown Church of Christ. And, why is that? One suggestion, it’s simply a reflection of a fantastic community. While we all have different reasons for packing our picnics and congregating in the open air on Carols night, the truth remains that when we participate together in the singing of carols, our voices unite in a divine harmony. In essence, we are celebrating and heralding the birth of Christ … for those moments, we are focused on something spiritual, personal, divine and not that far from those heavenly hosts, who


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A WORD FROM AVALON AIRPORT’S CEO – THE YEAR THAT WAS… What a fantastic year it’s been at Avalon Airport! It began stunningly with the hosting of the Australian International Airshow, which brought beautiful planes to the sky, hundreds of thousands of visitors to the area, and injected millions into the region. That was quickly followed with Jetstar’s renewed commitment to flying out of Avalon. The Gold Coast was named as our first new destination, and we eagerly await the announcement of the next. Avalon has also been thrilled to welcome Jetgo, flying in and out of Dubbo. It’s a temporary arrangement that offers a terrific opportunity to invite people from a new region into ours, and to establish a great relationship with a great new airline. Our onsite jumbo and hangars were used for countless ads, film, TV and events this year, and we were pleased to welcome new tenants. Our terminal had an upgrade, and the addition of free WiFi and charging stations, means we’re easier than ever for business travel. And we’ve welcomed more of the most important people in our lives - our passengers, who want easy access to the airport and to fly local. Our planes are full and the airport is buzzing. The year has been a ripper, and we now look towards 2016 with excitement and optimism for expanding relationships


and new horizons. We want to thank our passengers in Wyndham for your on-going support. We wish you all a very happy Christmas, a safe and wonderful New Year and look forward to seeing you in 2016. Justin Giddings CEO, Avalon Airport Follow us for the latest on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. And if you have feedback, suggestions or questions, feel free to write to

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THEN, NOW, TOMORROW – 120 Years of Mobil

In this world of instant gratification, where everything is available at the swipe of a screen, it is rare to encounter anything truly lasting, but Mobil Oil is managing to go the distance – 120 years of distance to be exact. In celebration of this truly magnificent achievement, Mobil chose to reach out to the people who helped to make their company what it is today, gathering their stories and pictures, in the culmination of a commemorative book entitled, Then, Now, Tomorrow – Fuelling Australia for 120 Years. On Thursday 19th November, the Exxon Mobil Building swung open it’s doors, playing host to past and present employees. Old and young alike mingled enthusiastically, sharing stories, whilst pouring over the impressive collection of images collated for the book. As many locals would be aware, the Altona Refinery has played a very pivotal role in Mobil’s rich history and that has

been aptly reflected in the book. 84-year-old David Dylan lives in Williamstown now, but back in 1947 he could be found in and around the refinery, doing his part to put Mobil and Altona on the map. Mr Dylan was clearly so proud to be considered a part of the Mobil family and was all too happy to share his memories of a bygone era. Mobil’s Australian Retail Sales Manager, Kim MacMillan and past employee, Ron Anderson spoke of a company that prides people as it’s greatest assets. Mr. Anderson gave an endearing speech, detailing his time with the company, acknowledging that Mobil had ‘changed his life.’ Ms. MacMillan summed up the sentiment of the day beautifully, ‘History is not just something that happened a long time ago – it is happening now, and we are a part of that continuum…then, now and tomorrow.’ Melissa Longo Photo credit: Duncan Thorne

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The official launch for the 2016 Altona Beach Festival was opened by Geoff Stokes, creator of the 2015 winning film ‘One Small Flight’. “In the words of Scorsese”, he quoted, “’movies are the memories of our lifetime. We need to keep them alive’.” Inspired by Altona’s place in aviation history, Stokes described the process from his vision to its final cut, as “a lot of fun and a lot of bouts of sheer frustration.” “How do you fit such a great story into seven minutes?” he asked. Having read ‘Altona, the Long View’, by Susan Priestly, Stokes was intrigued not only by the story of JJ Hammond’s inaugural 1911 flight from Altona to Geelong, in his Bristol box kite plane, but he was surprised by the fact that many residents here in Altona didn’t know the story. Stokes also made the point that film-making need not be expensive. In the case of this winning film, use of a standard Canon SLR, hired microphone and production equipment, combined with a small, but talented team, brought history to life in a meaningful way.


When Anthony Dillon, creator of ‘A Little Business Trip’, was asked why he makes films, he said the importance of film cannot be understated. “I think films and television these days have replaced the campfire,” he said. “Even in the way the campfire has moving light; in the flickering on screen.” Host to the launch, Altona Sports Club’s David Smith, commented that this event gave the Stephen Spielbergs of the world a chance and an opportunity. “I take my hat off to the judges,” he said. “I liked every one of the films.” Deputy Mayor, Cr Sandra Wilson commended the efforts made by all those involved, in making the festival a success. The committee, the supporters, the volunteers, the sponsors and the participants all had a part in ensuring the festival’s future and in bringing it “from a fledgling flight to a colossal wave.” Petronella Boonen Photo credits: Jenny Bates

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Helping Hand Day Point Cook Senior School Saturday 5th December 10am – 12noon This Christmas there are many in the Wyndham area doing it tough, due to the rising cost of living and job loss. At this event we will provide families who hold a current pension or healthcare card, a free food parcel, quality second-hand clothing and a new toy for their children. For more info call Rico 0421 634 154. Carols at Featherbrook, Saturday 19th December, 7:00pm Come and join us at the Featherbrook Oval, Windorah

Drive, Point Cook, for a great night of singing and Christmas festivities. BYO picnic, rugs, mats and chairs. A night for the whole family, there will be: traditional carols, performances from local cultural groups, kids’ items, and guest children’s performer, Natalie Miller. There will be Food Trucks, an animal farm, donkey rides and a jumping castle for the kids from 6pm. For more info call Liz 0422 016 621.

Christmas Day Service, Friday 25th December, 9:30am Come; celebrate the birth of Jesus together with us in a one hour communion service at Point Cook Senior School, Corner Boardwalk Blvd and Bergamot Drive. Morning tea provided and every child receives a gift. For more info call Liz 0422 016 621 or visit

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LOCAL TEEN TO RECEIVE LIFECHANGING GIFT THIS CHRISTMAS Aidan Vanderlinden is about to have the best Christmas of his life. He’s doing something he wouldn’t have dreamed of doing at 15 years old – graduating! You see Aidan isn’t a big fan of traditional school. ‘I never really liked sitting around in a classroom all day,’ he explains. Yet he is about to graduate on December 16th, with a Certificate II in Automotive Body Repair Technology, offered by Hand Brake Turn. He then plans to go onto Vocational Education Training (VET) in building and construction. ‘I enjoy it,’ he says simply, ‘It’s hands on.’ Hand Brake has changed the lives of thousands of at-risk teenagers, for over 20 years. Every year, the team give around 200 teenagers hands-on automotive experience, personal development, mentoring, and employment in the industry. What’s even more long-lasting, is the community that

the teens belong to. During and after their course, it is a community that recognises life doesn’t always follow the same linear path for every teen - of school to university, and then onto work. Hand Brake Turn believes every teen deserves a genuine opportunity to get their lives on track. And with a strong sense of self-confidence and self worth, teens gain valuable work and literacy skills, to make a living and go onto further study. Are you a teen aged 15+ who is better with your hands and loves cars more than books? Take Aidan’s advice and ‘give it a try’. This may be the opportunity that will change your life! Visit or call (03) 9311 6273. Cynthia Marinakos

A WORD FROM HON. JILL HENNESSY As the weather warms up, and our schedules become packed with family catch ups and end of year celebrations, it can be easy to forget to ‘Slip, Slop, Slap.’ Skin cancer is a major health issue for Australians, yet it’s mostly preventable. That’s why Victorians need to be sun smart. Being sun smart doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a day at the beach, or a barbeque in the backyard - these activities can be what makes this time of year so enjoyable for a lot of us – we just need to protect our skin from damaging UV rays, by wearing protective clothing such as hats and sunglasses, and reapplying sunscreen every two hours. Staying in the shade where possible is also really important, and the Government recently opened the first round of grant applications for sports clubs, local councils and community groups to provide much needed shade in public areas such as parks, playgrounds and sports club. I encourage all eligible local organisations to apply.

Be aware of the dangers of leaving children and pets in hot cars. We all know that cars are no place to leave children unsupervised, but it’s particularly dangerous in the summer. Within minutes, the temperature inside a car can almost double on a hot afternoon, potentially reaching up to 60 degrees. If a child is left alone in a car in this heat, they could suffer from severe dehydration and heatstroke… or worse. Please don’t leave your child or pets in the car, not even for a moment. It’s not worth the risk. This time of year is a time of celebration, and by taking special care of ourselves and our loved ones, we can ensure that it will be just that. I wish you all a safe, happy and fulfilling holiday season, and start to the New Year. Jill Hennessy

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A GREAT ADDITION TO OUR WESTERN SUBURBS Alan, our roving reporter, wandered into this great looking building in Hoppers Crossing and met a group of lovely local people. He came out with this great story about how disabled people in particular were being helped. Maybe you know somebody they can help?

who have previously failed their license up to eight times, join our program and finally been successful in gaining their full licence, and have found employment,” Mr Griffin said. “We can assist anyone to drive, so we would like the community to think of us when they need driving experience. Our passion is to help people who have a disability, a mental health issue or are disadvantaged, who need assistance in moving forward to full time work, or study,” Dion said.

Dion Griffin, who has been a youth worker for over 10 years launched his business Ability2drive and Career Assist Australia, in Werribee last month - “We assist disadvantaged people to gain independence with our driving programs, and also help participants overcome life and employment barriers,” he said.

“We currently have 20 driving scholarships available in Werribee and surrounding areas, for people with a mental health issue, disability or disadvantage. We will pay for your Learners, professional driving sessions to gain up to 120 hours, Hazard test and Probationary test, as well as supplying cars, fuel and insurance! This is a big opportunity!” Mr Griffin said.

Ability2Drive was launched in Warrnambool nine months ago and has already expanded from Warrnambool to Geelong, Braybrook and Werribee, with future sites including Hamilton, Ballarat, Melton, Camperdown, Bendigo and Colac. Mr Griffin said he had plans to expand the business, but didn’t expect it to grow so quickly. When the program was launched it had over 290 enquiries in 1 hour. Over 120 students have completed Ability2Drive and 150 students currently engaged in our driving programs. Ability2Drive has already changed the lives of many participants and there are many success stories to be heard. “We have had participants with significant barriers,

Career Assist Australia have qualified career consultants, to help all people identify future employment and study options, to help you move forward with your career! So, if you are interested in Ability2Drive and Career Assist Australia’s opportunities, visit their new office at 107 Elm Park Drive, Hoppers Crossing, or contact them on 9749 0000. Source Margie O’Laughlin, as interviewed by Bill McPherson and Alan Webster.

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YOUR TONGUE Your tongue can tell tales about your health, so your doctor or acupuncturist may ask you to poke it out during a consultation. For centuries, medicine, both traditional and conventional, has relied on the tongue to help diagnose common medical problems. TONGUE DIAGNOSIS DRY MOUTH: A dry mouth can be caused by inadequate fluid intake and may lead to soreness over time. Most of us, particularly the elderly, don’t drink enough water, which is essential for passing toxins through the body, and for healthy skin. Medication, and many other medical disorders can also cause a dry mouth. Always check with your doctor to treat the underlying cause. A series of blood tests can be done, to eliminate diabetes and other conditions that may affect tongue and mouth. BROWN AND BLACK PATCHES ON YOUR TONGUE: This could indicate that you may have taken a course of antibiotics, which can cause a fungal infection, or thrush. Take plenty of acidophilus, found in yoghurt - tablet and powder form are also available. This helps to balance good and bad bacteria in your gut, both of which are destroyed by antibiotics. Rinse daily with sage mouthwash: crush a handful of sage and steep in boiling water for 10 minutes. MOUTH ULCERS: These could indicate problems with diet, digestion or

bowel/gut problems. It could also indicate a Vitamin B12 or folic acid deficiency. Eat foods high in B12 - brown rice, red meat, eggs, mushrooms and plenty of leafy green vegetables. A RED SORE TONGUE: Often accompanied with ulcers and cracks and is also associated with an inadequate intake of foods high in B group vitamins and folate. Cut back on sugar, coffee, tea, alcohol and refined, processed food. A GEOGRAPHIC TONGUE: This looks like an undulating landscape, complete with road maps and uneven surfaces - it may be caused by a magnesium deficiency. Antioxidants and leafy green vegetables can help. Magnesium powder or tablets can also assist. A WHITE OR FURRY AND PATCHY TONGUE: Thrush could be the instigator of this tongue colouring. It can feel dry and thick and may have painful red patches around the white area. As the mouth is the entrance to the body, it can indicate a low immunity, stomach or bowel problems, or medication and diet. All of the changes indicated should always be checked out medically if symptoms persist. When in doubt - check it out! In good health always, Cherie de Haas

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As 2015 approaches its end, I cannot help but wonder yet again, how quickly another year has flown by. I come across individuals trying to fit so many activities into such little time - shopping, cooking, entertaining, etc. This can often be stressful and at times may take the enjoyment out of the festive season. I find it useful to undertake a few tasks, rituals if you may, towards the end of every year, to allow you and your family to reflect on the year gone by. Reflecting makes you an observer. It enables you to objectively view the highlights and challenges of the year gone by. Here is my list of the top three things to do, in order to make the year gone by more meaningful: 1. Organize individual dates - one on ones with absolutely everyone that matters. Book these dates in

advance if you can - they can be quick and mission-driven. Say the things you need to in order to strengthen the relationship. 2. Family meeting - spend a few hours with your immediate family to discuss how the year has been. Point out the year’s highlights for each of you and things that could have gone better. Go through the pictures, or other memorabilia from the year, plan the next year and create a memory jar (google it!) if you haven’t already, as it makes the task easier and more fun for next year. 3. And don’t forget to do something extra nice for yourself! Wishing you and your family a Happy Festive Season and a fruitful end of the year! xx Neha Dave

SURVIVING THE SILLY SEASON WITH CATERINA MORRISON With the silly season almost upon us, leading NATUROPATH, Caterina Morrison shares six tips showing how, with a little preparation, you can stay healthier this Christmas. 1. Eat first Never drink alcohol on an empty stomach. Eating something first, preferably protein, will slow down the absorption of alcohol into your bloodstream. 2. Pace yourself Drink no more than one alcoholic drink an hour, to give your liver time to process the alcohol, preventing a build-up in your blood. Drink water in between. 3. Avoid dehydration Alcohol causes dehydration, via loss of fluid and electrolytes like magnesium and potassium. To combat hangover symptoms, drink plenty of water when out and have an electrolyte drink (coconut water) before bed. 4. Vitamins & antioxidants Alcohol depletes the body of important nutrients such as

vitamins B & C, magnesium and zinc, and our eating may be less than adequate during the festive season. Taking a good-quality Vitamin B & multivitamin daily, is a good way to help protect your general health and improve elimination of alcohol. Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, is found in citrus fruits, guava, parsley, berries, rosehip tea, green and white tea, red and orange fruits and vegetables. 5. Chill out Chillaxing keeps your digestion happy. Stress hormones serve as chemical mediators and signal your blood to focus on your extremities, like arms and legs, (not digestion), in case a quick getaway is needed. Low stress = better digestion. Taking a probiotic supplement daily will also help boost good intestinal bacteria and therefore digestion too. 6. St Mary’s Thistle & Chlorella Removing toxins (alcohol) from your body will help your liver and help reduce hangovers. Take St Mary’s Thistle tablets daily over the party season and try the super sea algae, Chlorella. Take about five grams before heading out.

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Dear Santa, As one old fogey to another, greetings and good wishes and I hope the cold isn’t getting to your arthritis. No trouble with cold down here, but bring sunscreen for the reindeer. Everything is ready at this end. The wrapping paper was bought in January and is last year’s design, but they are too young to notice. And the parcels are locked in the whiskey cupboard – they know that the only sin in this house is any attempt to investigate grandad’s whiskey stock. In your enterprise, you can count on my discretion and I am happy to act as your local representative for another year which is probably about as long as I can keep up the deceit. I have to tell you that there are suspicions, muffled whisperings that probably originated, not from the sevenyear old and her friends but from one of the pagans at pre-school. The parents are not enthusiastic about the subterfuge and when I remind their mother that she was ten before she gave up her profitable credulity, it is met with a watery laugh. But there are other heresies that threaten the continuation of your benign contribution to fellowship. The word commercialism is often used to describe them, but it is more serious than that: it is a reduction of the pageant of which you are one of the more prominent players, to a fable of no likelier veracity than Troy or Camelot. Time was, as you know, when the world or that part of it we used to think of as Christian, was lit at this time of year by red window candles to guide a fleeing family, a time of carolling more than carousing, when we wished strangers happiness rather than merriment. But they told us the lights were dangerous and they replaced them with blinking neon and they changed you from a benign giver into a rogue merchandiser. By right of course, you should have departed the scene once Columbus discovered America and Newton explained gravity and we learned that we share 98.4 per cent of our DNA with chimpanzees. But you have hung on, you hoary old fraud, because as much as we need science and discovery, we need fable and myth and imagination too. So I am still, in spite of the cost of living, happy to be your representative and depot manager. What I will do when they find me out, I’m not sure. Maybe I will admit to a lie but excuse it on the grounds that it was a cloak for a bigger truth. They won’t believe it, of course and will probably think that what I tell them about global warming is equally fanciful. While I’m on it, Santa, you wouldn’t have another Al Gore stacked away somewhere, would you? Your fellow conspirator, Frank O’Shea

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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: Murray 9314 2593

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.

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. 14


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. Every Tuesday 7:30-9:30pm at the Louis Joel Arts & Community Centre, Sargood St, Altona. $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 90

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 For more information call the Community Centre on 9395 7922.

FRENCH TEACHER U3A Altona would welcome a community member to volunteer to teach French, commencing 2016. Our members are in the ‘3rd part’ of their lives and very keen to learn. Many have been attending previous groups, and are beginners with the language. We get together Monday to Friday during the day and follow school terms. If you are able to help us, please contact the U3A office Monday - Friday 10 - 12pm and leave a message. Altona U3A Office Beryl Hevey Centre. 2 Sargood Street, Altona. 9398 1346

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Hi Kids, A long time ago, I had a step-mother who gave me many gifts. Often, they felt like random things, plucked out of a magic Christmas present cupboard - I always found it difficult to accept her gifts. Many years later, I realised how thoughtful and kind some of them were. That’s when I wished I’d been more genuine in thanking her. My hope this Christmas is you will enjoy receiving your gifts just as much as giving them. After all, giving and receiving is a call to action - The person receiving accepts what is given. This Christmas, try for a moment to Stop ... Think … Ask: Why was this present given to me? Nice to Get, Lovely to Give Dear Santa, Mummy said it’s nice to give presents, but I think it’s nice to get them - so, here is my Christmas list: For me, a Princess Car, a Tea Party Set, and a new Bike Helmet. For my Uma and Thutha who are coming from Africa to stay, an enormous Blankie, a humongous House, and a giant Chalk Board, I think. For my Mum, a Snow Builder. And Daddy, some Crème and Perfume. For my Best-friend, a Panda Bear. And for my Nana and Grandad, a Fox Train and a Thomas the Tank Engine Track. I’m pretty sure they’ve always wanted these. Thanks for your lovely giving, Paisley - age 4. Baby Jesus Baby Jesus swaddled in straw Inside your spirit, a lion’s roar, On your birthday were you aware, Baby Jesus, Of our every care? Was it drawn on a diagram? Mapped on your heart, the Creator’s plan.

When you wailed, could God see Baby Jesus Calm frantic seas. Vulnerable, teeny, insecure, inside You a secret, eternal door A gift for us among our presents Is a baby, Jesus – Heaven’s essence.

Happy Holidays, and a very Merry Christmas. Love and Blessings, Kyla-Jayne Rajah. XXX

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THE JOY OF CHRISTMAS Christmas is a time for family. Three years ago we celebrated our first Christmas without my grandparents in almost forty years, and decided to change it up a little while still embracing family traditions. Inevitably, each year after dessert, the girls would return from the kitchen advising they’d forgotten at least one element of the meal–like the gravy. This has happened many times and I recall one story, when even the potatoes were overlooked -obviously so important, nobody noticed their absence. So Hubby and the children decorated the garage like an Industrial-Christmas-wonderland, complete with festive tablecloths and handmade holly candles, Mum had created years before. Each year we’re issued a hat from Mum’s box of goodies, and Gran always wore a ridiculous one that looked like it was stolen from Heidi the Goat Herd. After lunch, Dad made a toast to Gran and Pa, noting all the Christmases spent forgetting food and finding hidden gifts on Boxing Day, falling off bikes and choking on coins slotted into pudding.


players came to her rescue.

We trekked outside for cricket, but shortly after, Mum realized she forgot her wine. Returning to the garage she found the holly candles had burned down further than one would consider safe, setting the tablecloths alight. As flames leapt into the air she raced back yelling “fire”! By this time of day most of us were on the way, so Mum’s words were met with an uplifted roar of delight, until the reality of what she said hit and a few of the sober

When asked why she didn’t throw her drink onto the flames she replied, “God no. I’m not wasting good wine on a fire!” No wonder my name means Goddess of Wine in Greek. Have a safe and happy Christmas, one and all xx Denise Simpson For more stories, you can find me at

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Recipes page I love making seasonal cakes, and I’m always inspired to make cheesecake at Christmas time! When it comes to this particular recipe, I find it to be an all time favourite with family and friends! The taste of a good baked cheesecake should be creamy, smooth, rich and dense - this cake achieves all that, so enjoy!! Christmas Cheesecake Ingredients: 200g Nice biscuits 60g Melted butter 1 tsp. Cinnamon ¼ tsp. Nutmeg 750g Cream cheese 4 cups Thickened cream 3 Eggs 1 cup Caster sugar Lemon zest 1 Tbsp. squeezed lemon ½ cup Icing sugar 1tsp. Vanilla essence Method: Base: • Preheat oven to 180 degrees. • Grease and line a 20cm cake tin with baking paper.

This shortbread recipe is so simple to make and really easy to make adjustments to, so don’t be afraid to tinker! There really isn’t anything better than Christmas baking, and for me, shortbread is the simplest way to impress guests. Ingredients: 120g Unsalted butter ½ cup Caster Sugar 1 Egg 2 cups Self raising flour Vanilla essence Cloves, Cinnamon and Nutmeg

• Place biscuits in freezer bag and bash with a rolling pin until a fine crumb is formed. • Mix in melted butter, cinnamon and nutmeg and a tbsp. spoon of caster sugar. • Press evenly into the base of the cake tin and chill for 30 minutes. Filling: • I like to use an electric mixer, set to medium to cream the cheese and sugar together. • Add eggs one at a time, making sure that it is completely combined. • Gently fold in the cream, grated lemon zest and juice of the lemon into the mixture. • Spoon mixture over the biscuit base and bake in the oven for 45 minutes, or until the cake cracks slightly in the center, then turn off oven, open the oven door and let the cake sit for a further ten minutes. Topping: • Whip the remaining cream in a medium chilled bowl. • Add icing sugar and vanilla essence, whipping until thick. • Decorate as you please – seasonal fruits always look lovely, topped with mint leaves. Angela Longo

Method: • Turn oven to 1700C • Using a handheld mixer, cream butter and sugar. Mix in egg. • Sift in flour and spices. Add vanilla. • Knead into ball and allow to rest in fridge for 20 minutes. • Roll out, and cut into Christmassy shapes – stars, bells, trees, etc. • Bake until golden – 10-15 minutes. I like to decorate mine with melted chocolate, or icing sugar – do whatever you feel. They are delicious!! Melissa Longo

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Pets Corner

Direct supervision is important to help prevent injury or escape. If possible, try and be home with your pets during firework events, as this will make them less anxious. If you are unable to be home, try and get a pet sitter, or consider boarding, to ensure they will be supervised. Try and take your dog out for exercise before the fireworks, as a tired dog will be less likely to get anxious during the night. Avoid fussing over your pets excessively and try to engage them in normal activities. Make sure to reward them when they are calm, with treats and their favourite toys. Nothing says it’s the holiday season like a beautiful display of fireworks, however a lot of pets can find fireworks extremely frightening, resulting in thousands of pets demonstrating destructive behaviour, escaping from their properties and injuring themselves. It is very important to ensure your pet is safe and secure when fireworks are anticipated, and ensure that some steps are undertaken to help reduce any negative experiences. Make sure that your pet is completely identifiable with a micro-chip, collar I.D tag and most importantly, that all contact details are up to date. Try to keep your pets inside during fireworks. It might be a good idea to close any blinds or curtains and create a comfortable hiding place, where your pets can feel safe. Having the TV or some music on, may help to distract them and mask the noise outside.


Synthetic pheromone products such as diffusers or collars are worth trying. These products imitate the natural pheromones of their mothers, helping to give a sense of reassurance, reducing anxiety and stress. Rescue Remedy Bach flowers can be beneficial in reducing stress and anxiety, along with using a diffuser with essential oils such as Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Ylang ylang, Neroli and/or sweet Marjoram. Staying calm and providing a safe and relaxed environment during these festive seasons, will lead to happier pets and owners and most importantly, a reduction of lost and injured pets this year. Let’s all have a safe and Happy New Year!

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Cindy Bremner Natural Pawfection- Animal Naturopath 0421 446 764

MESSAGE FROM THE CHERRY LAKE WARD COUNCILLORS Welcome to this warmer and festive time of year. It’s over these summer months that Hobsons Bay really comes alive, with young and old enjoying our amazing beaches and many community events. Christmas in the Cherry Lake Ward To get into the Christmas cheer you don’t need to go far outside your own backyard this December. A traditional religious procession leaves from St Mary’s Church in Altona at 5.30pm on Sunday 6th December. The everpopular Carols by Candlelight is on Sunday 13th December from 7.15pm at Logan Reserve, Altona, presented by Altona Laverton Council of Churches. There will be another chance to raise your voices with Carols by Candlelight in Altona Meadows on Saturday 19th December. This special event, held at the Trafalgar Avenue Community Park, starts at 7pm with children’s activities and the Carols starting at 8pm. Bring the kids and grandkids for a special story time in the park, on Monday 14th December from 6.30pm to 7.15pm. A librarian from the Altona library will enchant the little ones, with the delightful story of ‘Little Santa and the Bookends.’ Cr Sandra Wilson elected Deputy Mayor In November, Cherry Lake Ward Councillor Sandra Wilson was elected unanimously as the Deputy Mayor of Hobsons Bay, with Strand Ward Councillor Peter Hemphill elected as Mayor.

Cr Wilson was elected to Council in 2012 and served as Mayor in 2013-14. Dog’s Breakfast and Micro-chipping Day – Saturday 16th January 2016 We’ll be making a dog’s breakfast out of Apex Park on 16th January. Join us for a fun filled morning and learn about how you and your dog can enjoy our wonderful coast, while protecting our precious local wildlife. Dogs and their owners are invited to Apex Park in Altona, for a free breakfast from 8.30am to 11.30am. Local vets and dog trainers will be on hand to offer advice and teach your old (or young) dog some new tricks. Discounted microchipping and free dog registration will be available on the day. Visit for details and conditions. Wishing you and your family a happy festive season in Altona, Altona Meadows, Altona North, Brooklyn and Seaholme. 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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Nestled on the banks of the Lerderderg River, Blackwood is more than a couple of mineral springs - the journey itself is an adventure of discovery. The township of Ballan is worth a second look, the Greendale pub deserves a visit, and the Garden of St. Erth will need a fair amount of attention. Built as a mining village in the 1860’s, it now has a large nursery and boasts the best coffee and cake, however, due to a strict time budget, that boast remains untested. Blackwood Mineral Springs and Caravan Park is a huge eye opener; having visited decades ago, preconceived ideas and assumptions had to be dispelled very quickly. All and sundry know the saying regarding “assume”, well this ass was most impressed. The road to the caravan park is also the road to the mineral springs, where rotunda’s, barbies (the ones you cook on, not the dolls), and amenities abound; there is even a kid’s playground surrounded by a natural playground. The Springs make for a perfect place to spend a stress free Christmas Day. The kids can play and yell to their heart’s content, there is bushwalking to work off those Chrissy calories, and mineral water to wash down the turkey, although arriving early to stake a claim is advisable. There are two springs to choose from, the Soda Spring is more effervescent than the Blackwood Spring, however

it’s best to taste both, before filling those empty cordial bottles. Chinese miners, in the area searching for gold in 1854, discovered the mineral springs, and in 1879 the area was declared a Crown Reserve. The young Ranger for the caravan park, Brad Panos and his wife Jenni, maintain the mineral springs reserve, the small fee of $2.50 per car helps with maintenance costs, as both the park and reserve are run by the community. The caravan park caters for all shapes and sizes, Glam Camping (by Cosy Tents), on the riverbank, as well as powered and unpowered sites throughout the park. The Dress Circle tent sites have the opening of the Rip Van Winkle Mining tunnel, a fascinating piece of history. The Kiosk and Information Centre stocks locally made knitted scarves, if you happen to brave Blackwood in cooler climes, as well as pans, to help you find what miners missed in years gone by. Blackwood Mineral Springs and Holiday Park is about an hour from the western suburbs. With bush to walk through, bubbly water to drink, bridges to cross, colorful birds to feed, gold to pan and historical sites to explore, what more could one ask for? Maybe more time to enjoy it all. To see more photos, google trippinwithjen

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Jenny Bates


CHRISTMAS 1938 The below competition was a part of Christmas fund raising activities in 1938, to improve the Altona foreshore. The last paragraph is the actual competition as it appeared in The Age, not a result of really bad proof reading in the Around Altona office. The Age, Thursday 10th November 1938. ALTONA BEACH CARNIVAL - Christmas Attraction Misspelt Words Competition Residents of Altona have formed a strong committee to carry out improvements to the foreshore and public park, which is right on the beach. This committee has arranged a Christmas carnival, which is to be an annual affair, the proceeds from which will be devoted to foreshore and park improvements.

underline misspelt words. Second. Fill in coupon, giving the number of misspelt words. Sign your name and address, and post to Carnival Committee, Altona. Endorse your envelope “Radio Competition.” Third. Each entry must be accompanied by 6 pence in stamps and a coupon from The Age. Fourth. You can send as many entries as you desire, but a fee of 6 pence and a coupon must accompany each entry. All proceeds go to the carnival committee funds. Entries close at 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 10, 1938.

Misspelt Words Competition- This competition is open to all readers of The Age, and the conditions are as follow:

MISPELT WURDS COMPOTETION. Tha Altona Carnival Committee has arranged a monster carnival with Pony Rides for thee kidies, MaryGo-Round, Tresure Hunts, Kastlo building Etctra — Then for the adutls, local show, Massed Bands, Sports Ectra — To insure its success Radio corporation of Stirt St Melburne have donated a 6 Valve, Duel Wave, DeLux Cabinet. “Astor” Wireles valued at Therty Guineas — You may get this for sixpince enter now — All you do is buy a copy of Molbournes leading dally papir, “The Age,” and read the apended conditions, and send your entry. You kan send as many entreis as you wish, but each must be acompanied by a coupon and sixpensc in stamps. Send to the Oragnizer Karnival Commitee, ALTONA, for free Programme of twenty for pages of Fun, Frivolity and Merth.

First. Read the paragraph at the foot of conditions, and

Greg Milne

As part of the campaign to popularise Altona, the committee is conducting a misspelt words competition. The proprietors of The Age have agreed to co-operate with the committee, by publishing the conditions of the competition and the entry form. The prize to the winner of this competition, is a six valve dual wave Astor radio, valued at 30 guineas, donated by Radio Corporation, of Sturt Street, South Melbourne. Full particulars of the competition, together with the entry form, are appended. They will appear in The Age every Tuesday and Thursday until Thursday, December 8.


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Photo page Our resident roving photographer, Jenny Bates has done a wonderful job of capturing the beauty of Altona. If you have a keen eye for photography and would love to see your pictures published, send your High Resolution snaps to me @ - I cannot wait to see your handy work!

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Flick Chic Reviews… I love to cry happy tears – I am quite famous for it, actually. I will cry at adverts that tug at your heart strings, I will cry my way through every Olympics-related montage, and I can be especially relied upon to cry at the movies. Movies know exactly how to get me and I love it!! Christmas movies in particular are the best at getting me to cry. There is just something special about the combination of Christmas Carols, the promise of a Christmas Miracle and the knowledge that no matter what, there will be a happy ending! Give me cliché after cliché and I will come back for more again and again. Below is the list of my top 5 Christmas Movies – they are films that I have seen a million times and will watch them a million more. If you haven’t seen these films, you really don’t know what you are missing!! Get on it people!! #5: Home Alone – This 1990 John Hughes film made Macaulay Culkin a child-superstar and got us all excited about the prospect of being left at home … alone of course! With a cracking soundtrack, a ridiculous-to-the-point-ofawesome plot and a pretty stellar cast, the film is a hot bed of hilarity and heart. A scene-stealing John Candy makes a wonderful cameo, reminding everybody exactly why he is still so sorely missed. #4: Miracle on 34th Street – The 1947 version of this film is truly special. A young Natalie Wood plays a no-nonsense, non-believing little girl who is turned around by a chance encounter with the one and only Kris Kringle! With the majestic New York City as a back drop, Kris Kringle fights hard to prove that the magic of Christmas is alive and well and that the world is a whole lot better if we just believe!

The iconic courtroom scene still gives me chills!! #3: Scrooged – Two words … Bill Murray. The 80’s belonged to Mr Murray and to be honest, his brand of humour remains relevant in any decade … that’s what I think anyway. Scrooged takes the timeless Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol and gives it the Murray treatment and the results are hilarious. The film has an undeniably 80’s vibe to it, but under the layers of cheese is a gem worth its weight. The final scene is just glorious and has me crying tears of joy every time I see it!! #2: It’s a Wonderful Life – 1947 was a good year for Christmas movies. Frank Capra’s classic film is quite simply Wonderful. James Stewart plays George Bailey, a man at the absolute end of his rope. Without hope, George finds himself truly believing that his loved ones would be better off without him. An angel comes down to Earth to show George what life would look like if he was in fact gone, and what follows is a master class in storytelling. #1: Elf – My number one Christmas movie is Elf and it is just perfection. Will Ferrell has a boundless enthusiasm in his role as Buddy the Elf, and the film is all the better for it. A human raised by elves in the North Pole, Buddy heads to New York to find his real father. What ensues can only be described as pure unbridled joy. This movie makes me laugh until I cry, and I can only tell you that if you do not enjoy it, then you are a ‘Cotton-headed ninny muggins!’ MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

Melissa Longo

CELEBRATION OF ABILITY ADEC 2015 ARTABILITY® EXHIBITION ‘FUTURE LANDSCAPES’ ADEC’s exciting ArtAbility® program is holding it’s 11th annual exhibition in two weeks. Executive Director of Action on Disability within Ethnic Communities (ADEC), Keith Hitchen, spoke today, regarding the event, “The 2015 exhibition ‘Future Landscapes’ will take place in the heart of Melbourne’s arts precinct, Federation Square. This exhibition will feature over 100 artworks created by some very talented artists.” ADEC’s Artistic & General Coordinator – ArtAbility’s, Tara Patwardhan Kalra said ADEC established the ArtAbility® project 11 years ago. The exhibition showcases the work of people living with, (or caring for someone with) a disability, or experience of mental ill health.

Over 100 beautiful artworks will be on display and for sale in the Atrium of Federation Square from the 7th – 17th of December 2015. The exhibition is open 7 days a week and is free of charge. “Ford Australia have supported ArtAbility® again this year, by supplying some car bonnets which will be used as a canvas’s for some digital art created by our clients,” Mrs Patwardhan Kalra said. The ADEC/Ford Art Car will also make an appearance again this year - a project where the vehicle has been turned into a work of art in its own right, adorned by a montage of beautiful art, created in our workshops. This car will be one of the many attractions during our 2015 ArtAbility® exhibition,” Mrs Patwardhan Kalra said.

“ArtAbility® has supported the careers of many emerging local artists. The exhibition provides a platform for our artists to express themselves in the public domain, free from judgment of their disability. “ArtAbility® aims to provide a unique platform for people marginalised by their ethnicity and disability, to express their aspirations, emotions and artistic ability to the greater community, whilst exposing all involved to different cultures, traditions and personal experiences,” Mrs Patwardhan Kalra said.

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CHRISTMAS MAYHEM ********** Let’s charge once more into the fray; (Only two more days of shopping), For soon it will be Christmas Day; So it’s best we all get hopping. We started off with a long list Of friends and rellies to shop for; Now we’re thinking, “Whom have we missed?” There’s always someone: Murphy’s Law. It’s quite often a maiden aunt, Or someone else the world ignores; But we’ll not forget: no we shan’t; Get going before they shut the doors. Christmas is a time of great joy: Wassailing and celebration; But it’s bedlam too; boy oh boy! All over our wide brown nation. It’s a series of mad scrambles, So all will be right on the day; And not turn into a shambles; Armed with plastic, we pay and pay. An endless list of things to do: Cards to send: “Who have we forgotten?” There’s bound to be someone, but who? If they’ve missed out, they’ll feel rotten. There are decorations to put up, And there’s the Christmas tree to dress; We take a break and have a cup Of coffee to relieve the stress. *********** At last with friends round the table we sit, We’ve come together; taken our places. We will reckon that it’s all been worth it, On seeing those happy smiling faces. Jack Nystrom


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Community Newspaper Issue 90, December 2015

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Community Newspaper Issue 90, December 2015