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Issue 16, June 2014











OUT MY OFFICE WINDOW… by Deborah Drew This week I’m off to Brisbane, to Adelaide, then back to Melbourne and finally to Sydney. I’ll be driving - well at least half the journey anyway. I’m the ‘other half’ of a ‘two up’ truck driving team. This means two drivers sharing legal driving hours in the same truck. This keeps the truck on the move and gets freight delivered in a timely manner wherever it’s needed. What it also means is I get paid to go sightseeing. Readers may have seen me and my driving partner on the series ‘Outback Truckers’ which portrayed a small slice of what it’s like on the road. So, no phones ringing, no computer screens glaring and no office politics for me! Instead, the view

from my ‘office’ can be somewhere like the road to Townsville, rumbling through sleepy towns bathed in the golden light of dawn. Or perhaps I’ll head across the Nullarbor - Latin for ‘no trees’ - towards Perth and another stunning sunset of reds and orange, pink and dusky blue. Then it’s back across ‘the paddock’, the name truckies have given the long trek from west towards the eastern states. Along the way I’ll (hopefully!) dodge a kangaroo or two, sound the horn to chase emus off the road, or maybe a magnificent wedge-tail eagle slow to fly up and away from roadkill. continued page 3

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FROM THE EDITOR It has certainly warmed up these last few weeks! My world has been a little crazy but with that comes some exciting challenges. At the minute, all I am hearing about is politics. So I will allow myself to venture into this subject for one issue. Normally I make it a rule not to talk politics in this column. I will however comment on this shameful budget delivered by the Liberal Government. It is impossible for me not to comment on this budget. It is so hard to watch knowing what destruction will result primarily to the wellbeing of struggling families that I have so often helped in the past. Unless you have lived in a scenario where you have had to deal with these challenges you will just never understand it. I do not wish to offend readers who have supported the Liberals, but I just do not understand why they make the decisions they do. We are an economy that is performing incredibly well. Our debt is actually quite low. We were a great success story of the Global Financial Crisis. Yet the Liberal Party uses fear that our economy is struggling to justify decisions that hurt the vulnerable. Thousands of people are to be made redundant at a time when we need job growth to boost our workforce.

Those being targeted in the budget are the struggling and the poor. The changes made to the high-income earners represent only a very small portion of one percent in some cases. The poor are set to lose huge percentages of an already small income. Let's not forget the average rental charge for a basic three-bedroom house is say $350 a week. When this is more than a family's income can pay, how do they survive? Public housing delays can be YEARS, for some. Hardest hit are pensioners, the unemployed, students, families, single mothers, people with a disability - the list goes on. A decision made while they try and undo the Mineral Resource Tax (that’s dollars given back to the big miners). While they remove the Carbon Tax (more dollars given back to polluters). It seems to me that this balance is all wrong. And then the man making these decisions spends $50k of taxpayers money hosting a dinner in the US for who? Filthy rich financial people? Go figure. What can I do? Well I can vote, and I will, but look how long we have to wait! In the meantime how much damage will be done; how much pain will be delivered to those who have the least resources to cope? Kind regards, Daniel Allen

PUDDLING WITH THE PUBLISHER I always like listening to stories and this is one I heard many years ago. A dour Scot was at Church one Sunday and after the sermon he was farewelled by the Vicar as he went out the door. ‘That was a Damn fine sermon you gave today Vicar! He said to the churchman and the Vicar replied I’d be pleased if you didn’t use such strong language in the house of the Lord’ Well said our Scot, ‘It was such a damn fine sermon I put a hundred pound note in the collection plate’ Oh, said the Vicar, thank you very much, it takes a hell of a lot of money to run a Church!’. What’s the moral of the story? Well it takes a hell of a lot of money to run a free Community newspaper, to keep it running for years, and make a surplus to give to community projects.

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Into another depot and there’s freight for the incredibly humid city of Darwin. Heavy rain has washed out the rail, so it’s truckies to the rescue! In the two trailers I’m hauling there are supplies of sugar, flour, spaghetti, you name it.

are bringing the milk for your latte; the flour from rural NSW to make the bread for your toast; bananas from Queensland; the potatoes for your fries! Now it’s off to the back of Bourke. True story!

Whatever the supermarkets are in danger of running out of after huge storms in the area it will be on a truck. Once more it’s down the road through starkly beautiful and sometimes eerily remote countryside where the silence is truly deafening. That is, until we rumble through, engine gunning and trailers rattling. Perhaps the next trip might be into Sydney, where if I’m lucky while more freight is loaded I might get the chance to go into the city for a bit of shopping, or up to Alice Springs with more general freight and the chance to pick up another canvas of local aboriginal artwork. Through small dusty towns with store fronts boarded up; prosperous rural cities with well kept parks and gardens or bustling cities, all over the country trucks


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FIGHTING BACK DEPRESSION – ONE STEP AT A TIME. has brightened our group with her ideas.” Depression can touch anyone; according to beyondblue, there are over three million Australians living with some form of depression, or anxiety. If someone you know needs a helping hand, your support could be invaluable. Sometimes just trying to understand someone is a great place to start.

The Jamieson Way Community Centre, in it’s own words, ‘facilitates the growth of a spirit of community connectedness . . . and caters for the social needs of all age groups within the Point Cook Community.’ With a mission statement like that, it is easy to see why people flock to the Centre for all sorts of reasons. Bev Morrissey is an avid attendee of the Community Centre and has made some wonderful friendships as a result. One such friendship has made a lasting impression, and the benefits that have come from this friendship are enormous. Ursula Navaro was suffering; her depression had reached such a point, that she was unable to leave her own home without company. Her doctor was leaning towards medication as an option, when by chance Ursula found herself at Jamieson Way. A crafting session, of which Bev was a regular member, was underway and Ursula was particularly drawn to it. Curiosity led to a small step, which would alter the course of Ursula’s life. By some miracle she attended the very next crafting session and has never looked back. Bev steered Ursula towards other activities, and in no time at all Ursula became an integral and valued member of her Community Centre. These ladies partake in countless activities together; everything from Bus Trips and Walking Groups, through to The Biggest Morning Tea, and of course the Jamieson Way Market, which sees them showing off their crafty creations. Bev speaks about her friend in the most glowing of ways, clearly very proud of the transformation Ursula has undertaken since coming into her life, “She says it is our group that has made her, but she 4

Jamieson Way Community Centre is clearly doing great things, by encouraging all sorts of people through its doors. Sometimes just knowing that there is somewhere to belong can be all the help a person needs. In the case of Ursula and Bev, bonding over crafts and coffee has made a world of difference in both of their lives. For more information on what is going on at the Jamieson Way Community Centre, head to http://www., and to find out more about depression, check out Melissa Longo

LOVE IN LAVERTON MCDONALD’S CARPARK this long. Although they’ve been together for so many years their love is like new, brand new, and they sit like teenage sweethearts, the ice creams not the only things they’re sharing.

It’s 5:00 on a busy Thursday afternoon, traffic rushing all ways at such speed. Drivers with only one intention, to get home! Totally oblivious the elderly couple sit in their old Holden, in the Car Park at McDonald’s, licking on their McDonalds ice creams. Each lick taking them further back in time, their car seeming to become their own personal time machine: a Tardis like Doctor Who’s or Dr Emmett Brown’s De Lorean DMC-12. They sit, no words needing to be spoken. Words aren’t needed when you’ve been together, in love,

A touch of a hand, a look into each other’s eyes, and they are transported back through time, through memories that are theirs alone. The fleeting glances, and cheeky grins suggesting the odd secret only they share! Remembering first encounters, the first time they held hands, the first kiss. Mt Opher, kids, grandkids, Christmases, Birthdays, the good times and the bad. Men’s Sheds and Gen Y’s. It’s like they’re at the drive-in and the feature film is called “The Life and Times of Bill and Freda”. Maybe love, true love, is the only thing that is eternal in our universe. For these two at least, love really is all you need. I sit, surrounded by others, like me trying to get home in the peak hour traffic. Watching these two puts a smile on my weary face. My right foot pushes down on the accelerator, trying to get me home faster. And as I near home I wonder where, at this time of night, I could get two choc-tops. John Dawson



Not far from Ballarat is a small country town, an historic town, it was the site of the first registered gold find in Victoria, and has played host to quite a few movies and tv series, Heath Ledgers 2003 Ned Kelly was filmed here, it featured in both Mad Max, and the remake of On The Beach, as well as series such as Halifax and Something in the Air. Yet the beautiful 19th century bluestone buildings, many with their original storefronts, and the towns movie and tv fame was not enough to save it.


Luckily though, Clunes was saved - by books. Seven years ago the vacant buildings became venues, 50 + book sellers came to town for the inaugural “Booktown for the Day” event. In May 2014, for three days, the town was transformed for the “Clunes Booktown Festival”, where thousands of people spent their time browsing books, old and new. Apart from the squillions of books available for perusal, there were numerous food stalls, cafés, displays, and workshops on all things book related. The young

‘uns were entertained by Punch and Judy, a man on a unicycle, and could lose themselves in a hay bale maze. The not so young ‘uns had the local pub, and it’s beer garden, to rest their weary feet and eyes, while enjoying some good old fashioned pub tucker. Clunes is now host to the only Internationally recognised Booktown in Australia, and since the festival began a couple of things have shot up, permanent book shops have risen from one to eight, and the population has increased from 1,026 in 2006 to 1,656 in 2011. The power of the written word is not to be taken lightly, in this case a town, whose Post Office first opened in 1856, is now undergoing a new lease of life, and could well be around for a very long time. Clunes, an hour and a half from Hoppers, books to browse, history to delve in, beautiful buildings to admire, what more could you ask for? For more photos check out trippinwithjen http:// Jenny Bates


MAGPIES NEST STORY Welcome to this months edition of the Magpies Nest. Well they say a week is a long time in footy so you can imagine how much can happen in a month. Our numbers continue to increase now in excess of 90 players registered with the club. We are extremely excited to announce the signings of Cameron Beasley and Clint Foreman to the club their experience will be invaluable to our senior group.

what our club is all about and can only bode well for the clubs future. On a sad note the club was shocked by the recent passing of Club stalwart Richard Goring. Richard was a past President of the Club as well as a Life Member. Richard was a pillar in the Laverton community and a extremely hard worker around the club for many years.

Our Reserves team held on for a gutsy win over Albanvale in Round 6 giving the club some well earned success. We all believe that a win is just around the corner for our Senior boys as well.

Someone like Richard is irreplaceable to a club such as Laverton he will be sadly missed and we send our deepest sympathies to his family.

Well done to all our coaches, in particular Diesel Smith and Joey Spence who have worked hard to keep things together during the hard times.

In closing this month I take the opportunity to thank all our sponsors for getting behind the Club this season we could not survive without you.

Our Auskick program is also picking up on numbers with around 40 children registered. It is very pleasing to see so many of our senior players coming along on Saturday mornings to help out our future stars, its

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FILM REVIEW – CHEF Writer/Director Jon Favreau stars in the feel-good film of the year, Chef, where the main ingredient is heart. Favreau plays Carl Casper, a chef who has lost the passion for his craft, whilst struggling under the weight of unfulfilled potential. Cooking a menu that is not his, leads to a brutal panning by famed food critic/ blogger, Ramsey Michel (Oliver Platt). Casper engages in a war of words with Michel, via Twitter, resulting in a very public and very hilarious meltdown. What follows is a heart-warming journey, as Casper attempts to rediscover himself. Can he put his life back together? The answer is predictably, yes, but there is a comfort for me in knowing that it will all work out in the end. An always-sexy Scarlett Johansson

leads a strong support cast, with Dustin Hoffman, Sofia Vergara and a cameo by Robert Downey Jr. that almost steals the show. An underlying theme throughout the film is the power that the Internet has, to both ruin and improve our lives, depending on how you look at it. This is very relevant and a very clever addition to an already enjoyable story. Favreau does an exceptionable job of driving home his message, that a passion in life is a wonderful thing to pursue and the rewards are worth the effort. Do not watch this film hungry! Melissa Longo

FREEZE OR BURN, WHERE’S THE HAPPY MEDIUM? Sometimes, there is no happy medium when it comes to temperature regulation in your home. Quite often, the house will be burning hot one minute and the next it will be freezing cold. When it comes down to it, keeping the temperature at an ambient level can be difficult if you’ve not taken the right steps during the initial designing stage of your home. When designing your home, block orientation, home orientation, window to wall ratio, insulation, glazing, building materials and methods of heating and cooling all need to be considered. Its best you discuss this with your design consultant in the beginning, to ensure you are getting the right advice for your individual block and home design. First things first, consider the block orientation and the home orientation. Ideally having a north facing home will enable you to keep a warm home in winter and a cool home in summer easier. If this isn’t possible, other measures can be taken to take the pressure of your heaters and air conditioners during the year. Ensuring that you are using a higher than standard insulation batt will assist in temperature regulation, couple this with double glazed windows, exterior doors fitted with

weather strips and wide eaves and you’re on your way. Lastly, installing air conditioning and heating that is ducted and can be zoned will be beneficial in the long run. There is nothing worse than having to heat or cool the whole when you are only using a select few rooms. Zoning enables you to heat a single room, without heating other unused rooms. This function is very beneficial, especially if you’ve got a large home with some rooms that are only used rarely. If ducted heating isn’t to your liking, installing a fireplace is also a great option, as it will provide heat and bring a wonderful ambience to the room. You’ve also got loads of different options that will add style to your home, and give you the flexibility to choose your desired level of energy efficiency. You can choose a wood burning fire, natural gas fire or even an electric fire. Having an ambient temperature in your home year round is possible if you consider all of these factors in the beginning. We want you to be living in a home that is peaceful and comfortable for you and your family, so we are always here to answer your questions and provide you with the right advice.


A WORD FROM JILL HENNESSY MP Many people have been in touch with me to share their concerns about the Napthine Government’s State Budget, announced in early May. With very few commitments delivering much-needed improvements to education, health, infrastructure and transport services in our local community, sadly the west has not been a beneficiary of this Government’s priorities and investments. One key piece of positive news to emerge was that after a strong local campaign, I’m pleased to say that we have been successful in achieving funding for the construction of a P-9 school in Point Cook South. This outcome is a vital achievement for our local community and a testament to the strong community campaign for better education and local infrastructure. I congratulate all for their vocal advocacy and hard campaigning to achieve this success. Despite this good news however, the Budget was a missed opportunity to address the much wider needs of our growing community with respect to new school facilities. It was also unfortunate that the State Budget failed to invest to address the crisis in our hospitals and ambulance services, and with the Commonwealth’s $80 billion in cuts to health and education, the problems are only going to get worse. The State Budget shows that unemployment is forecast to get worse. These are not just statistics. These are real people - local people - losing their jobs and income. Victoria requires a Jobs Plan and I’ll keep campaigning for one. We must support people experiencing tough times, and not abandon them at their time of need. We must better invest in education and training in Victoria. Sadly, along with many other important services, training and TAFE has again been cut in the recent


State Budget. In more positive jobs news, LeadWest has launched a positive new local jobs portal to assist people to find new jobs in the west. For further details, to list jobs or seek jobs, go to It will also come as a shock to many that the Napthine Government has abandoned the Melbourne Metro rail project. This is a vital project for the sustainability and capacity of our public transport network, and necessary to ensure that the west has access to reliable and efficient public transport well into the future. Other than the promise of some new bus services for parts of Wyndham to connect to the Regional Rail project when it begins services, there was sadly little in this Government’s budget for the amenity and connectivity of the west . I will continue to advocate for the needs of our local community. As always, if you are having problems accessing health, education or community services, don’t hesitate to contact me. I am always happy to advocate on your behalf.



A WORD FROM WYNDHAM MAYOR, CR BOB FAIRCLOUGH “Wyndham Council staff are currently seeking more detail around the proposed Federal Budget – and while Senate approval is still required , early indications are incredibly concerning both in terms of the impact on local families as well as the direct cuts to funding provided to Councils.” “Under the current proposal, plans to freeze increases to the Local Government Federal Assistance Grants (which are provided to Council to fund vital services) could cost the Wyndham community approximately $5 million over the next three years. In 2014/15, we could be facing a reduction in the order of $961,000 which is a major blow to Council’s proposed budget.” “We are also very concerned about possible cuts to the National Partnership to Universal Access to 15 Hours of Early Childhood Education (Kindergarten) funding scheme. Wyndham City has planned for and resourced 15 hours of kindergarten for four year-old children in 2014/15 – which is a requirement imposed by the Federal Government. We could be facing a reduction of $1.7 million in funding for 2014/15 which is an unreasonable cost shift for Councils to simply absorb.” “The proposed increase to fuel excises could cost

Council an additional $20,000 next financial year, or $60,000 over the next three years. These additional operating costs reduce money that should be spent on additional capital works or service delivery for our residents.” “The proposed increases to costs of living for families is a real concern, especially in areas relating to health care, education and support for young people. These additional charges must be reconsidered as the pressures on families are already too great.” “The proposed Federal Budget will result in pressure on both State and Local Government to make up for short-falls in funding where vital services are required. Our residents pay taxes and should not be short changed in terms of what they get back in their local community.” “Officers will continue to assess the impact of the proposed Federal Budget as more information is released, however early indications are concerning. The prospect of a funding cut in the order of $2.7 million next financial year and approximately $10 million over the next three years will result in Council needing to review its expenditure.”


GUIDING LIGHT FOR PARKINSON’S activities take extra time and effort. Raising money for research, awareness and support for PD sufferers and their families is a challenge of its own. Parkinson's Victoria has some fantastic support mechanisms in place considering the non-for-profit organisation receives only 13% of its annual income from government. That’s where community support and donations are so important. This is where three local members of the Queens Guide Association Christine Croft, Katherine Smail, and Roslyn Smail along with two Wyndham Girl Guides stepped in by organising a Trivia Night, raising over $900.00 for Parkinson’s Victoria. Parkinson's disease is a neurological condition affecting a person's ability to move. Muscle stiffness of the muscles, trembling and slowness in movement are the most common symptoms of the disease. Each year almost 11,000 people in Australia are diagnosed with Parkinson's and one in five of those diagnosed are of working age. The disease makes every day activities a challenge. Preparing a meal, typing up an email, shaving in the morning and even the movement of getting out of bed or a chair are actions most of us take for granted but for someone with Parkinson’s Disease (PD), these

It was a full house at Werribee Guide Hall with MC Roslyn asking a mixture of general knowledge questions like What is a glabella? and What was Porky Pig’s father’s name? During each round’s winners were treated to a choice of sweet that would impress Willy Wonka himself and for an extra dollar per round towards the cause, the MC could be bribed into disclosing one of the more tricky answers. To top off a thoroughly enjoyable Friday night, a successful silent auction was held thanks to generous donations from Corinthians Cafe at Old Geelong Road in Hopper Crossing, Soul Pattinson Pharmacy and Salon Vogues on Watton Street, Werribee Woolworths, Werribee Park and Shadowfax Wines on K Road. Girl Guides Victoria run programs for girls aged 5 to 17 promoting social awareness, self-reliance and community involvement. If Guides is something you might like to try, why not contact Christine via email at And for those of us who didn’t know, the glabella is the space between your eyebrows and Porky Pig’s father was named Phineas Pig. Rest assured, both answers were paid for. Petronella Boonen



FREE LEGAL ADVICE @ WYNDHAM LEGAL SERVICE Have you received a fine? Driving offences and infringements (fines) are a major issue in Wyndham. Our statistics for 2013 show more than half of the offences committed in the new growth areas of Wyndham are driving related offences. Driving offences range from minor road infractions such as speeding by less than 10 km/h over the limit, to more serious offences of excessive speeding and driving while under the influence of alcohol. Similarly, the penalties for these offences range from relatively minor infringements and loss of demerit points to mandatory loss of a driver’s licence. It is also worth noting that the enforcement measures for these offences range from minor processes such as issuing enforcement orders and warrants to more serious measures such as the clamping of vehicles or suspension of vehicle registration or driver licence. If a person has received a minor infringement (i.e. speeding less than 10km/h or a toll fine) and there are special circumstances such as mental illness, substance addiction or homelessness, they are able


to make an Application for Revocation based on those special circumstances. It is important that the person first seek legal advice, otherwise they may unintentionally end up in Court. Likewise, if you have received an infringement and want to chose the option to “Object and go to Court” you should first obtain legal advice as you may run the risk of getting a worse outcome than you have already received (i.e. increased suspension or conviction). Wyndham Legal Service provides free legal advice regarding infringements, and in some cases will provide representation, especially in relation to special circumstance applications. The Wyndham Legal Service also runs a free duty lawyer service for infringements every Tuesday at the Werribee Magistrates’ Court. If you have received a fine, please contact the Wyndham Legal Service on 9741 0198 for FREE legal advice. Regards, Shorna Wyndham Legal Service

BUS PLEA FALLS ON DEAF EARS Last year’s Save Our Buses campaign saw residents from Point Cook, Seabrook, Werribee, Laverton, Altona Meadows and Altona come together to demand better public transport in the west.

response from Mr. Mulder, which Hennessey passed on to those who attended the campaign meeting last year. The statement was short and bears bitter news for those who rely on public transport.

The event, organised by member for Altona Jill Hennessy, enabled locals to ask questions and offer suggestions to two representatives from Public Transport Victoria in a bid to bring a bus route to Sanctuary Lakes and improve services in the Hobsons Bay and Wyndham areas.

“PTV acknowledges that some residents of Sanctuary Lakes are a long distance from public transport and that a bus service would be desirable. However such a service could not be viewed as a priority in the current funding environment” said the report.

Hennessey started the campaign after routes 413 and 416 were slashed from the timetable in an attempt to get more people using the new Williams Landing train station. This left some locals completely stranded or a half hour walk to the nearest bus stop, whilst others had to put up with waiting over 40 minutes for a bus service or unable to get to their destination by public transport at all. These issues were presented to the Public Transport representatives and passed on to the Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder. The Save the Buses Campaign finally received a

If residents in the West were hoping to see a change sometime soon, it is revealed that they will have to wait for the next review of the public transport system if they are to see any move to make improvements to bus services in the area. “Public Transport Victoria advises that it will next be reviewing the Hobsons Bay bus network over 2014 and 2015.” Only time will tell if Public Transport Victoria decide to give the locals their much loved busses back. Melissa Haber


DISAGREEMENT I think I’m an agreeable guy, But there’s folk with whom I can’t agree. If you want to know the reason why, It’s because they’re so different from me. I do so love a good debate, An exchange of different ideas; But some folk are so filled with hate As to almost bring one to tears. Some embrace an ideology; With other folk it’s an “ism”. Such ideals need no apology If not the cause of hurt or schism. People are entitled to dream About how things can be much better; But when the remedies are extreme, Minorities will often suffer. Racist ideas I’ll not abide, Nor any form of bigotry. Such tirades will get me off-side, And reveal “the fighting side of me.” Those who believe in “a fair go”, Or who seek to better Mankind, Will get from me a “Yes”, not a “No”, For progressive ideas I don’t mind. In debate there’s bound to be difference As to what’s good for Australia, But I’ll not stand for intolerance, Or spreading fear and paranoia. If someone disagrees with me, Provided their motives are pure, I shall agree to disagree: They’ve a right to differ; that’s for sure. Jack Nystrom, 9.4.2014. 18

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