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MT ELIZA CFA volunteer firefighters have found a new way to help their community. In addition to their regular role of fighting fires and helping at accidents and emergencies, 14 volunteers have completed a group blood drive at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service’s Frankston donor centre. “We had some first-time donors, so it was good to get new people on board, along with some who hadn’t donated for several years and this opened the door for them to return,” brigade secretary and regular blood donor Norm Coleman said. “The first timers were a bit nervous, but they got through it well.” The Blood Bank is running a blood challenge between emergency services across Victoria. “We normally train

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on a Tuesday night so we thought it would be a good time to get some members down to donate blood as an activity,” Mr Coleman said. “It’s a good feeling to know you’ve been able to help the community as a volunteer firefighter in another way.” Mr Coleman said the brigade hoped to do a similar group donation next year. “A lot of volunteers have put their names down to donate again in their own time,” he added. The brigade has 60 operational and non-operational members who respond to call-outs, ranging from fires to car accidents, and even check on smoky heaters for elderly residents, as well as supporting community safety events. “We have a lot of members who help with maintenance around the

station, do administrative work, and pass on their experience to newer members which is very helpful,” Mr Coleman said. So far this year the brigade has responded to more than 160 calls. Mt Eliza also has a junior brigade with about 10 members aged under 16. Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria CEO Adam Barnett said the blood donation reflected how volunteer brigades connect with their local communities. “Volunteers are essential to public safety and our dedicated volunteers are continuing a great Australian tradition that is well respected in our communities,” Mr Barnett said.

Gallery hosts prints ‘influencer’ A COLLECTION of David Hockney prints drawn from the National Gallery of Australia’s collection will go on display at Mornington Peninsula Gallery, October-1 December. Hockney is considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th Century and an essential contributor to the pop art movement of the 1960s. So popular is the artist’s work that his 1972 Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) sold at Christie’s auction house in New York City in NoImage: David Hockney’s Afternoon Swimming 1980. lithograph, edition of 55 vember 2018 for $90 © David Hockney /Tyler Graphics Ltd. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. million, becoming the Purchased 1980. Photograph: Richard Schmidt most expensive work by a living artist sold at auction*. visual curiosity and desire to surprise, shock The exhibition showcases his talents as one and entertain. of the greatest printmakers of our time and ofVisitors to the gallery can explore Hockney fers a thrilling insight into the mind of an iconic and printmaking further through curator floor artist still searching for new ways of seeing. talks, printmaking workshop, kids’ programs The exhibition, titled David Hockney: and a special talk, 5-6.30pm, Friday 22 NovemPrints, features about 80 works from 1961 to ber, by Hockney’s brother John. His revealing the present, including prints developed using book on the Hockney clan, to be released here lithography and etching, photocopiers and next year, is titled: The Hockneys: Never Worry fax machines, and more recently, iPhones and What the Neighbours Think. iPads. Visit mprg.mornpen.vic.gov.au to find out “Art is often about influence, and it is an more about exhibitions and programs. absolute privilege to exhibit at the MPRG the Mornington Peninsula Gallery is in Civic prints of one of the greatest influencers of the Reserve, Dunns Road, Mornington 20th Century,” Mornington Peninsula Regional The exhibition runs 10am–5pm, Tuesday to Gallery director Jane Alexander said. Sunday. Hockney is considered an international artist Entry is $4 adults or $2 concession. who moved to Los Angeles in 1964 and, during Call 5950 1580 or mprg.mornpen.vic.gov.au his lifetime, exhibited widely in the US, UK (*Our thanks to Wikipedia). and Europe. His works demonstrate a profound

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