23 October 2018

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College’s comfort kits help ease the pain A DONATION of 200 “comfort kits” from a class of year 12 VCAL students at Padua College, Mornington will help patients at Frankston Hospital’s emergency department. The kits contain combs, toothbrushes, toothpaste, ear plugs, socks, eye masks, anti-bacterial wipes, pencils and Padua Puzzles, which members of the class created themselves. Student and project manager Gus Gordon said the kits included common sense items: “When people come into the emergency department it often isn’t planned – so they might not have the basic things they need like a toothbrush and toothpaste. “We wanted to do something to help the local community, so we decided to make the comfort kits for the hospital. We chose things for the packs that we thought we’d need, if we were in that situation.” Over the course of the year, the students set about collecting donations for the packs and fundraising so they could buy other items needed. “We had barbecues at school and hosted a Mother’s Day stall to raise money,” Gus said. “Everyone in the class has played a big part in the project; it’s been great.” Frankston emergency department nurse unit manager Elissa Rolland says the packs will make be big difference. “We see around 220 presentations a day – this is a range of adults and kids who may have life- threatening, critical illnesses as well as less serious injuries, like a broken finger,” Ms Rolland said. “We also see a lot of people experiencing homelessness who will benefit from receiving the packs.” Ms Rolland thanked the students and teacher Deb Arrowsmith for their contribution. “This donation is absolutely amazing,” she said. “The students have done a great job pulling this all together and we’re really pleased to have this great resource available to give to patients in the ED.”

Truffle farmer took the bait – supplier fined $4000

Time of need: Students Gus Gordon and Chloe Kelly at Frankston Hospital with patient Robert.

Surf teams coming back for fun THE Maladiction Longboarders Club has again teamed up with the Disabled Surfers Association, Mornington Peninsula (DSAMP) for a fun surf competition to help finance surfing days at Point Leo for people with disabilities. Last year’s inaugural contest saw 13 teams compete in costumes riding waves at The Pines, Shoreham. This year’s competition will be held at the same beach from 10am on Saturday 10 November. Teams can be made up of either two or four surfers. Contestants are being encouraged to again wear costumes but



this year they can ride their own boards. “Crazy” surf moves will attract extra points. Prizes include dinner for four at Stillwater, Crittenden Estate (donated by Peninsula Speech Pathology Services), wine from Crittenden Estate and Dromana Estate, beer from Jetty Road, surf packs from Trigger Brothers and Bass, and a Mick Pierce semi-gun surfboard with cover for the highest scoring ride. Barbecue and refreshments will be available. To register a team email Rod Jones on firstreef60@gmail.com or call 0458 438 064.

A ROSEBUD pest contractor was fined $4000 at Dromana Magistrates’ Court last week after pleading guilty to supplying 1080 bait to a farmer who not authorised to use it. The court was told restricted chemicals such as 1080 can only be supplied to authorised users, but that the contractor gave the bait to a truffle farmer at Main Ridge to poison feral pigs. Agriculture Victoria chemical standards officers raided the property in mid-2016 and seized two pails of the pig bait which the farmer said was supplied by the contractor. He was fined $9500 after pleading guilty to using the products without a licence in December 2017. Agriculture Victoria chemicals specialist Steven Field said suppliers of 1080 bait products had to be licensed and accredited, and could only supply products to authorised users. “This applies not only to retailers and resellers but also baiting coordinators and even farmers themselves,” he said. “1080 is an important tool to protect primary production and environmental assets. It is critical that continued access to these products is not jeopardised by the actions of rogue operators.” Details: call 136 186 or visit agriculture.vic



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Southern Peninsula News

23 October 2018


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