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Art scene: Jessica O’Connor, left, Shekinah Upkett, Danielle Gower, Orlando Hobson, Spencer Diver, Rhiannon Parker with, back, Empowered Art Therapy’s Kerryn Knight. Picture: Gary Sissons

Painting shows purpose on display AN artwork painted by Aboriginal students has taken pride of place at Central Bayside Community Health Service’s Parkdale premises. The artwork, reflecting Aboriginal culture across Melbourne and its surrounds, was commissioned by CBCHS and painted by Patterson River Secondary College and Parkdale Secondary students. The art was officially unveiled on 1 June during National Reconciliation Week.

“We wanted a piece of art to display at our Parkdale site that has meaning to the local Aboriginal community and provides a more culturally welcoming environment to our services,” CBCHS acting CEO George Robinson said. “This initiative is part of a Reconciliation Action Plan CBCHS is developing. Through the plan, we will continue to implement projects that build respectful relationships and create opportunities for Aboriginal people and help ‘close the gap’ to

achieve health equality. “Launching the artwork during National Reconciliation Week gives us the chance to reflect on our shared histories and the contributions and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.” CBCHS offers a range of health, wellbeing and social support services including GPs and specialist medical services, dental and allied health, nursing and counselling services as well as aged care and disability programs.

Crash witness plea

Youth arrested

POLICE are appealing for witnesses following a serious collision in Keysborough, Wednesday 7 June. A silver 1998 Toyota Camry sedan was travelling south on Perry Rd when it lost control on a right-hand bend, 7.50am. The car crossed double lines and hit the passenger side of a northbound Mercedes van. The 42-year-old driver of the van was not injured. The driver of the Toyota received lifethreatening injuries and was taken to hospital. Greater Dandenong Highway Patrol officers are keen to learn of the circumstances surrounding the incident and the movements of the Toyota beforehand. They believe it was coming from Noble Park. Anyone who saw the crash, or the Toyota prior to the crash, should call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or visit crimestoppersvic.com.au online.

A 14-YEAR-OLD Bentleigh youth was arrested in a stolen car with three alleged co-offenders on Tuesday 6 June and charged over burglaries the day before. These included a raid on a house in Joyce St, Carrum, where a garage door was forced open and a motorbike stolen. The offenders were seen driving off in a Toyota Prado stolen from Park Rd, Mt Martha, the same day. Police will allege the offenders used a hammer to gain entry to the Coles Express in Boundary Rd, Mordialloc, overnight Friday 9 June. They were seen driving the stolen Toyota at Baxter, 3.15am. The same offenders allegedly used a hammer to try to enter a Wells Rd, Chelsea Heights, milk bar and then stole items from a car in Hibberd St, Highett. The Toyota was again used as a getaway vehicle.

Pram seller AWOL A BONBEACH woman who arranged to buy a Bugaboo double pram via an online classifieds site received a rude surprise when the seller absconded with her $650 payment. The woman, 30, told Kingston detectives she began communicating with the private seller back in April. After several emails, she arranged a delivery time and then transferred the purchase amount via direct debit. Early in May, the seller promised to provide a consignment or tracking number once the pram had been picked up by the courier. This was the last time the prospective buyer had any contact with her.

Arrest follows search BURGLARIES at a Bonbeach computer equipment retailer and a Parkdale house earlier this month led to a 35-year-old Flemington man facing court this week. Detective Sergeant Nigel Fox, of Kingston Crime Investigation Unit, said items allegedly stolen in the raids at the Nepean Highway store and Rennison St house, as well as a business in Main Rd, Clayton South, included tools, bike, jewellery, iPads and iPhones. Detective Fox said much of the booty was recovered during a search of a Moonee Ponds house on Monday 12 June. Police will allege the man attempted to hijack a car and assault police prior to his arrest.

Whale of a life in ‘wonder’ bays THE Dolphin Research Institute has launched a new online publication Reflections to “celebrate” Port Phillip and Western Ports bays. “Reflections is a magazine that will take you into the lives of some amazing people and marine life that live in and around our bays. The goal is to create a friendly voice to help Melburnians to appreciate and care for our bays,” DRI executive director Jeff Weir said. Launched on World Oceans Day the first edition includes articles on Victoria's commissioner for environmental sustainability who steered the production of our first State of the Bays Report; the institute’s David Donnelly and his "whale of a life"; winter in the bays; and a champion sailor who produces outdoor wear. “Reflections fills a gap in our abil-

ity to engage the wider community about the wonders of our bays,” Mr Weir said. “This provides an exciting new tool to share stories about our living marine treasures to a much wider audience who are not the usual converted ones.” Mr Weir said social research conducted by the institute that showed most Victorians “value Queensland’s marine live above our own”. “This is in spite of the life in our bays being globally significant on many, many fronts.” Mr Weir said about 90 per cent or more of most species were found “only in our region”. He said the bays are healthier than they were 50 years ago and in the past few weeks dolphins had been seen in the Yarra, Maribyrnong and Patterson rivers, and humpback

Life aquatic: Dolphins are often seen in Port Phillip and Western Port bays.

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and killer whales recorded off the entrance to both bays, “Port Phillip has been colonised by normally ocean-living common dolphins when many places are losing their resident dolphins,” Mr Weir said. “Western Port has more than one per cent of the global population of six species of birds, which means that if they were humans that would mean six time 70 million people.” Mr Weir said Reflections, produced by the wildlife tourism company Wildiaries and the institute, would reach an “initial audience” of more than 100,000 and is available through dolphinresearch.org online.

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