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Plan to tackle family violence

Selfless service with a smile: Bev Smith has volunteered to help dish out Meals On Wheels food for 50 years and counting. Picture: Supplied

Half century of volunteering for ‘legend’ A KINGSTON legend is celebrating 50 years of volunteering for Meals on Wheels this year. Long-time Moorabbin resident Bev Smith has devoted half a century of volunteering to help make her community a more supportive, caring place to live. “At first I tagged along with a friend of mine who was volunteering, I never dreamed I’d still be here 50 years later,” Mrs Smith said. “But I like people, I like being around them and meeting all kinds of

people and hearing their stories.” Kingston mayor Cr David Eden paid tribute to Bev’s dedication over many years. “Our community would be lost without the hundreds of volunteers working tirelessly all around us,” Cr Eden said. “Bev is a local legend having dedicated 50 years to council’s Meals on Wheels program to make sure our elderly residents receive a good meal and a friendly chat each day. “She has made a remarkable contribution and on behalf of the Kingston

community I thank her for that fantastic effort.” Bev is a strong advocate for volunteering and encouraged others to roll up their sleeves and get involved. “It is good for you, rewarding, you make lots of friends and it is a great connection to the community,” she said. “You get to know the people you are delivering too, the little chats are great. It’s nice to make a connection with people and helping to allow them to live in their home.”

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KINGSTON Council is taking a leading role to tackle domestic and family violence in the community. Kingston mayor Cr David Eden said council will launch a family violence working group and roll out a practical action plan to support victims and reduce family violence in our community. “Councils are in a unique position to address this very serious issue at the local level and Kingston Council is committed to taking positive action,” Cr Eden said. The working group will include representatives from Victoria Police, health services, women’s support groups, community representatives and council officers. It will develop the Kingston Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Action Plan to include: n making sure key information is available to the community n training staff and community groups to provide early intervention and assistance n building partnerships with other support services n ensuring family violence prevention is considered a priority in any relevant council policy “We are working to ensure our community is a safe place for all, and this council hopes to leave a lasting legacy when it comes to the reduction of family violence in Kingston,” Cr Eden said.

Bushfire season

SUMMER is nearly here and Kingston Council preparing for action in case of emergency due to bushfires during the peak fire season. Kingston mayor Cr David Eden said

summer posed the greatest emergency risk due to heat waves, bushfires and storms. “Council is working closely with other councils, the MFB, CFA local police and other emergency services to make sure we are ready to respond to any potential summer emergencies,” Cr Eden said. “Throughout the year we put our emergency response teams through their paces with training drills and simulated emergencies to make sure we.re ready to act if an emergency occurs.” Council responded to a number of emergencies in the past 12 months, including two major storm incidents which caused flash flooding across the municipality. “Unfortunately we are facing incredibly dry weather conditions with a heightened risk of bushfires this summer,” Cr Eden said. Council has an audited Emergency Management Policy and Action Plan to respond to key summer emergencies which can include heat waves, bushfires and increased community risk at large-scale summer events. Kingston — together with Greater Dandenong, Frankston and Mornington Peninsula Shire councils — has also received Natural Disaster Resilience Funding to develop tools to help the community prepare for emergency events.

Remembrance Day THE Longbeach RSL Remembrance Day Service will be held outside the Chelsea City Hall, Station St, Chelsea, starting at 10.30am on Saturday 11 November. The service is expected to conclude at 11am.

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