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In brief

Bush sculptures Crisis support: Frankston MP Paul Edbrooke, left, Windermere’s Dr Lynette Bouy, Police Minister Wade Noonan, Windemere team leader Pam Ruecker and Acting Superintendent Drew Morgan visited Frankston police station on Thursday to see how the support services move is helping crime victims.

Move supports victims of crime FRANKSTON police and Windermere Child and Family Services have combined to provide victims of crime with the support services they need in a crisis. The Windermere Victims Assistance Program operates at Frankston police station two days a week servicing clients at Frankston and on the Mornington Peninsula. Services provided through the program include practical and court support, counselling and helping prepare victim impact statements, Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal applications and submissions to the Adult Parole Board. Police and program staff say the co-location assists in better communication and education between police and Victims Assistance staff, resulting in better outcomes for victims of crime, including family violence.

Acting Superintendent Karen Nyholm said the co-location provided victims of serious crimes with a support network when they needed it most. “We wanted to provide a more professional, complete service to victims by helping to create meaningful linkages with support services,” she said. “Victims won’t always reach out for help – they need guidance and support.” The partnership means police can directly connect victims with Windermere staff when the crime occurs. This might be in person or over the phone, but most importantly it takes place at the time the victim needs it most. “The arrangement has been in place since January and already we’ve seen a higher rate of successful referrals,” Act. Supt. Nyholm said. “By having Windermere staff at the

station, police are able to build better relationships and engage with the service to see firsthand how it works and benefits victims.” The Windermere Victims Assistance Program runs 10.30am-3.30pm, Mondays and Thursdays. It is available remotely on other days. Police Minister Wade Noonan commended Windermere Child and Family Services, along with other not-forprofit organisations that deliver the Victims Assistance Program in police stations across the state. “Victims of crime, particularly family violence, need to be supported,” he said. Frankston MP Paul Edbrooke said: “Officers at the Frankston Police Station are now better placed than ever to refer victims of crime to support services directly with the Victims Assistance Program being co-located at their station.”

THE Mungan Bayside Bush Sculptures Exhibition is on show from today (Monday) from 11am at Cube 37, Davey St, Frankston. The colourful exhibition of sculpted animals was created from traditional and contemporary materials by Baluk artists as part of the NAIDOC Week celebrations. The animals include a life size seal, echidna, crab, seal and native dogs. The work was produced with support from Mornington Peninsula Shire.

Story time INDIGENOUS story time by Aunty Fay will be held today (Monday), 11:30am, at Frankston Library, as part of NAIDOC Week activities. Listen as Boon Wurrung Elder Aunty Fay and Stewart Muir share magical stories about friendship and adventures, including traditional language and rhymes. The event is suited to children 5-8 years. The event is free, but bookings are essential. Call 9784 1020.

Art is cool HOT Arts for Cool Kids is at Cube 37, 10am-12.30pm today (Monday), as well as 7, 9 and 10 July. Families can create their own tribal artworks using woodwork, recycled materials, sewing, painting and more. The program is suited to children 4-12. The cost is $15 for the first child and $10 for siblings. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Details: 9784 1896.

Bands do battle

DECIDUOUS FRUIT TREES & ROSES (excludes citrus) APOTTED BEAUTIFUL

THE Frankston Final of the Battle of the Bands is at the Mechanics Institute, 6pm, Saturday 11 July. Fresh Entertainment, Freeza and the Push presents the final of this year’s series. The all-ages, drug-and-alcohol free event costs $10 at the door. No passouts. Details: fresh.entertainment. frankston@gmail.com

Holiday fun SCHOOL holiday activities are being held at Frankston Arts Centre, PARC, Frankston and Carrum Downs libraries, Chisholm TAFE, Frankston North Community Centre, Youth Hangouts and McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery. Listen to Frankston’s natural reserves rangers. Details: frankston. vic.gov.au/Things_To_Do

Meals volunteers MEALS on Wheels volunteers are wanted to join Frankston City’s Meals on Wheels service. They will join others who put in 23,856 volunteer hours each year. Helpers will assist with the preparation of meals. Those interested can phone Bronwyn Mason on 9768 1624.

Whooping cough A FREE whooping cough vaccine is available to new and expectant parents. The Pertussis vaccine booster is available to pregnant women from 28 weeks’ gestation, as well as partners of pregnant women and parents/ guardians of babies born after 1 June 2015. Details: frankston.vic.gov.au/immunisation

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