In brief Prepare for next storm: SES
In our thoughts: Constable Monique Cameron gives the police prayer watched by Acting Inspector Dean Clinton and Chief Inspector Chris Coster. Picture: Yanni
Ceremony remembers fallen police POLICE remembered fallen colleagues in a National Police Remembrance Day ceremony at Rosebud RSL, Tuesday. Coinciding with Blue Ribbon Day in Victoria, National Police Remembrance Day is a time for police and the community to honour the men and women who have died serving their community. Remembrance Day was instigated in April 1989 during the Conference of Commissioners of Police of Australasia and the South West
Pacific Region. It was agreed the service would be held on 29 September – the feast day of Saint Michael (the Archangel) Patron Saint of Police. Since 1853 when Victoria Police was established, 159 officers have been killed in the line of duty. Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said the memory of police officers killed while at work would live on forever. “We will never forget them,” he said.
“Despite the risks and challenges associated with the role, the commitment to serve the community outweighs the negatives. “We are well aware of the dangers our members face. Yet every day, more than 13,000 police and 1100 Protective Services Officers put on their uniforms and come to work to protect those around them.” Blue Ribbon Day raises money for improved emergency facilities in public hospitals.
A Woman’s Place brings stories centre stage Melissa Hodge firstname.lastname@example.org PENINSULA Op shops will combine with performing artists to bring local stories centre stage later this month. The Southern Peninsula Arts Centre in Rosebud will come alive with pop-up Op shops, theatre, workshops and conversations, 30 October-1 November. Cosy spaces will be created to share cake and hear stories by Evelyn Krape before participants immerse themselves in the craft of autobiographical poetry with An-
drea Louise Thomas and sing from the heart with Colleen Rees. “Op shops are such an integral part of our community,” theatre manager Anthea Mackenzie said. “We loved the idea of working with them creatively. We can’t wait to see how they transform the theatre space at SPAC.” There will also be an opportunity to join in star weaving. The delicate paper stars will be collected as part of a national and international project: One Million Stars to End Violence. The weekend will culminate in a reading by actors Carole Patullo
and Jane Bayly. Using the real words from stories shared over the weekend, they will create verbatim theatre style piece A Woman’s Place. “Everyone has a story to share,” Carole said. “Funny, poignant, lifechanging and real-life stories are inside us all. “Iraqi American author Zainab Salbu says, ‘The single thing all women need in the world is inspiration, and inspiration comes from storytelling’. “What is ordinary and familiar to you may be extraordinary and exciting to others. Your tale, big or small, may just make a difference
to someone’s day, week or life. We are inviting women to share their stories, via email, post, or in person on the day. You can even share your story on our Facebook page.” The weekend will be launched 7.30pm, Friday 30 October, with the play Button. The show toured SPAC in 2012. It explores the delicate negotiation of social conventions and human needs, celebrating our connection with life around us, organisers say. To register your interest in A Woman’s Place call Anthea Mackenzie on 5986 8204 or email email@example.com
SORRENTO SES volunteers have spent much of winter twiddling their thumbs – and that’s been good news for all southern peninsula residents. David Lammers said winter had been one of the quietest times for many years with the number of requests for assistance at an all-time low. “However, our records show a prolonged quiet period is often followed by a severe storm, so this is not a time for complacency,” he said. “The community needs to be vigilant and prepared for the next storm, which could happen at any time. “Gutters need to be kept clean and downpipes and drains freed from any obstruction. “Trees should be checked for existing damage and any unsafe branches removed so they don’t fall or blow around in high winds.” Many residents heard the “Storm Safe Week” message recently at Aldi supermarket in Rosebud and the Dromana Hub shopping centre, and the SES will be at Bunnings on Boneo Rd near Rosebud between 9am-2pm on Saturday 10 October. “We’ll be there to provide advice and answer any questions,” Mr Lammers said. “Our road crash rescue truck and storm support vehicles will be open for inspection. At 11am the road crash rescue crew will show how we extract injured passengers trapped in a car.” There will be several activities for children from Bunnings and DIY workshops for adults.
Mingling for business PENINSULA Business Networking’s next “Meet, mix and mingle night” is 6-7.30pm Tuesday 13 October at 1001 Nights, 86 Mt Eliza Way, Mt Eliza. Topic: Following up the first meeting. Cost $7, drinks at bar prices. RSVP to Janine Harrison, 0487 000 666 or email janine@ ufirstrealestate.com.au www.peninsulabusinessnetwork.org.au
Bush food workshops THOSE interested in learning about bush foods, what they are and how they can be incorporated into a farming enterprise should attend a series of workshops next month. One will be held in Mt Martha on Sunday 18 October. The Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority, with the support of the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program, will host the workshops across the Port Phillip and Western Port region from Thursday 15 October. Regional landcare facilitator Karen Thomas said the workshops would provide information on identifying, growing and harvesting bush foods, as well as creating marketing opportunities for landholders. Registration is $10 with all funds going directly to the Landcare network. Details: Ms Thomas, 0427 480 170 or email karen.thomas@ppwcma. vic.gov.au
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Southern Peninsula News 6 October 2015