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Welcome to country: Boonwurrung elder Caroline Briggs participates in a ceremony to mark the opening of Rosebud West Community Hub.
Hub help for â€˜revivalâ€™ By Mike Hast ROSEBUD West Community Hub was officially opened on Friday, the second major community centre on the peninsula to be opened this month. Hastings Hub, a $3 million renovation of an old sports centre, was opened on 16 May. It is hoped the centres will continue the revival of two of the most disadvantaged towns in Victoria, identified in 1999 in a landmark report by Pro-
fessor Tony Vinson on behalf of Jesuit Social Services. Both towns have six-year community renewal projects paid for by the state government and Mornington Peninsula Shire. On Friday the multi-million dollar Rosebud West Community Hub, next to Eastbourne Primary School, was opened by Education Minister Martin Dixon, whose electorate of Nepean takes in the southern peninsula. Unveiling of two plaques was pre-
ceded by a â€œwelcome to countryâ€? by Boonwurung elder Caroline Briggs, a smoking ceremony conducted by Djarrin Wilson, singing of the National Anthem by Eastbourne pupil Trinity, speeches and an angelic rendition of Bruno Marsâ€™s Count On Me by Aishah, Amber, Trinity and Rose of Eastbourneâ€™s choir. The shireâ€™s 2011 citizen of the year, Juanita Aitken, told The News the hub was an integrated facility â€œoffering services and support for community
members at all ages and stages of lifeâ€?. Mrs Aitken, a member of the hubâ€™s board, said the centre was home to maternal and child health services, early learning, Rosebud Community House, occasional childcare and other services and activities. Groups using the centre included Rosebud Preschool, Rosebud West Community Renewal, a family history group, community support services, and arts and craft activities. â€œThis is a centre that is already inspir-
ing growth and development across the whole community,â€? Mrs Aitken said. Eastbourne Primary School has been closely involved in the creation of the hub and principal Stephen Wilkinson told a big audience at the opening that a visionary decision by the schoolâ€™s council had led to the hub. He said the federal government had provided $3 million for the early learning centre under its Building the Educational Revolution (BER) program. Continued Page 6
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Steady up: Students from Rosebud Secondary College pose outside the historic Hospital 3 building within the Quarantine Station at Point Nepean.
Early warning for fire By Keith Platt AN early warning has gone out about the bushfire risks to people and properties at Blairgowrie and Sorrento. The next fire season may be months away, but Blairgowrie Community Fire Prevention Action Group wants fuel loads reduced on both private and public lands. The group wants the southern peninsula’s “Extreme Fire Danger” classification reduced to “Moderate” within three years. It believes foreshore caravan parks and camping grounds may need to go because they will hinder mass evacuations. The group recommends police be given power to cancel yacht races and other sporting events at Blairgowrie, Sorrento and Portsea on days of high fire danger. This ban could even be extended to calling off weddings and other events being held while the government and its agencies was recommending evacuation. “The CFA has told the people of
Blairgowrie that a bushfire that takes hold in Sorrento or Blairgowrie would move very quickly and by the time you see the smoke, it may be too late,” the report states. “On Code Red Days all local schools will be closed, but in many cases the children of Blairgowrie would be safer at their schools. “On other Total Fire Ban Days, children being bussed home after school would be travelling home between 3pm and 5pm summer time, a time of greater risk on bad fire days.” Few authorities avoid criticism in a report released by the group after its “appraisal of the 2011-12 fire season”. Other recommendations would see householders prevented from storing firewood along fences close to neighbouring houses and property owners “accept responsibility” to clear nature strips. The report also warns that property values may drop if insurance companies deny bushfire cover “unless the Blairgowrie community can reduce the high fuel loads on both public and private land”.
The report calls for “very large flashing signs” on major access roads telling motorists they are entering an extreme fire danger area. “Around Sorrento there are flashing signs during summer warning against anti-social behaviour, but no fire warnings. No such warnings of any kind exist in Blairgowrie.” The report was critical of Mornington Peninsula Shire for having tough regulations if a community event was to be held at the Blairgowrie shopping centre, including first aid posts, traffic control and a public address system, but nothing similar when it is used during a fire emergency as a neighbourhood safer place (NSP). While some comfort may come from the $160,000 “satellite fire station” built on shire land at Clayton Park, in William Rd, Blairgowrie, the report suggests “special evacuation sirens” and a fire watch tower – with a fire bunker – on Mt St Paul. It goes on to say an aircraft could patrol the southern peninsula on total fire ban days and electronically activate the evacuation sirens or be equipped with
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its own siren. The report criticises the shire for poor distribution of the CFA’s Fire Prevention Plan for Blairgowrie. The plan was handed out to permanent residents before the 2011-12 fire season but not non-permanents until late January. “Accordingly, many holidaymakers who lived in Blairgowrie during Christmas and January had little understanding of the extreme fire risk they faced,” the report stated. The report said Parks Victoria had refused to create a firebreak on the northern boundary of Point Nepean National Park and wants the state government to clarify who is responsible for vegetation along major and local roads. “It is noted that an element within the shire has threatened legal action against a landowner who had acted to reduce fire fuels on his nature strip, suggesting ongoing policy confusion within the shire regarding its policies on fire prevention.” A copy of the appraisal may be viewed at either the Blairgowrie newsagent or the Blairgowrie post office.
HISTORY, nature and cultural heritage were added to the curriculum of hundreds of southern peninsula students and pupils for Education Week. Classrooms were swapped for the great outdoors of Point Nepean and activities led by national park rangers. Up to 240 pupils and students visited Point Nepean over fours days last week. National park manager Stuart Hughes said the free ranger-led activities were aimed at “engaging schoolkids with the park’s natural values and cultural heritage in fun and interactive ways”. They would learn about the park’s “amazing history from its early settlement days, Quarantine Station and military use, through to its more recent national park status”. “They will wander through diverse landscapes capturing digital images of the indigenous vegetation, wildlife and historic sites while responding to discovery challenges along the way,” Mr Hughes said. Schools participating in the Education Week activities at Point Nepean were Rosebud Secondary College and Sorrento and Rye primary schools. On the Friday, due to rain, students from Rosebud Secondary College toured the Quarantine Station instead of walking to Cheviot Hill. The activity was part of the students’ L for L, or Learning for Living, Program.
Winter fires MORNINGTON MP David Morris says the likelihood of a house fire increases by up to 20 per cent in winter. Mr Morris said last year’s statistics showed that more than one-third of residential fires start in the kitchen. Individual cooking remained the single biggest cause of domestic fires. “Don’t wait for tragedy to strike before you take action. Residents have an individual responsibility to minimise the fire risk in their homes.” Key points to reduce fire risk: Check smoke alarms. Only working smoke alarms can save lives. Create a home fire safety plan and practice it regularly. Keep a list of emergency numbers near the phone. For details visit www.homefiresafety.com.au or your local CFA station.
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which is aimed at families, people with disabilities, professional riders, veterans and children the event aims to promote benefits of healthy lifestyle choices and active participation. “John Trevorrow, event organiser advises: Last year between 700 and 800 did the ride and this year we expect around 1100. “None of the ‘entry fee’ goes to Epilepsy but entrants are encouraged to donate and to get sponsored with all funds going to Epilepsy Foundation Victoria. This is the first year Epilepsy have been involved. At this stage approximately $3000 has been raised for Epilepsy.” The figure eventually jumped to $6500, according to the foundation’s development manager Jeremy Maxwell. Of this amount, $2800 was from riders and the rest was collected by volunteers at the event. While enthusiastic about the ride and Arthurs Seat State Park, Mr Maxwell said the Epilepsy Foundation had not received any money from sponsors. Further inquiries to the shire in the two weeks after the ride revealed the existence of the $75,000 three-year agreement plus “resources/officer time to assist with during and post event planning to ensure the ride is conducted safely and successfully”. On 15 May, after repeated requests for more details, the shire provided “information” from recreation and leisure manager Peter Gore. Mr Gore said the ride’s organiser Cycling Events Downunder “have a three-year grant with the shire
Time for promotion: Mornington Peninsula Shire CEO Michael Kennedy took time out for a drink while promoting this year’s Arthurs Seat Bay2Bay Ride, which the shire has agreed to sponsor for $75,000 over three years. Picture: Yanni
(2011, 2012 and 2013)”. “They receive $25,000 each year, plus in-kind support (hire of marquee, stage and permit fee waivers) to run the event. “The officer time involved with the event is for the approval process and also approximately 3-4 meetings between the organisers and Lisa Wilson
prior to each event and this includes the debrief. “The funding is part of Priority Projects, which is part of the Annual Budget; the Annual Budget 2010 was adopted by Council on 26 July.” The 2011-12 budget adopted by council lists the Bay2Bay cost at $30,000.
$1.6 million grant for Devilbend A NEW $1.6 million recreation and leisure area for residents and tourism attraction for visitors is scheduled to open later this year at Devilbend Natural Features Reserve in Moorooduc. “The area of the reserve available for park visitors to explore will also increase six-fold, with an additional 30 hectares opening up to visitors and sections of the chainmail fences being removed,” Hastings MP Neale Burgess said. Include in the works are: A new entrance. Asphalt entrance road, 50 car spaces and an extra 30 places for special events. New picnic facilities and toilets. Walking tracks and reservoir access points. Two new fishing and viewing platforms. Environment Minister Ryan Smith said the works were expected to take up to six months. “Park visitors planning a family picnic, a gentle stroll or an afternoon fishing experience will all enjoy the developments at Devilbend,” Mr Smith said. Public access to existing park facilities will be limited during the new construction to protect public safety. The Devilbend picnic area is on the side of the Devilbend Reservoir wall off Graydens Rd. For updates on the reserve call Parks Victoria on 13 1963 or visit www.parks.vic.gov.au.
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The state government’s Department of Planning and Community Development had allocated $753,000 and Department of Human Services $100,000. Mornington Peninsula Shire had provided $1.2 million plus the cost of the land. “This is a meeting place for the whole community,” he said. Mr Wilkinson thanked the three levels of government, including a long list of shire staff, as well as volunteers and two philanthropic organisations, Clemenger Trust and Foundation 59. Eastbourne Primary School captains Savannah Levin and Harry Jensen read a message from federal employment minister Bill Shorten, who said the multi-services centre would have a transformative effect on the community. The shire’s mayor, Cr Frank Martin, said the hub was a good example of the three levels of government working together. “While it’s in Rosebud West, the hub is a centre for the whole southern peninsula,” he said. Cr David Gibb said stages one and
two of the hub were “fantastic community facilities” and there was land for stage three, which he hoped would provide an expanded learning centre that included the University of the Third Age, a self-help education organisation for older people. He said the hub was a great new home for Rosebud Preschool and many of the kinder kids would go to Eastbourne primary. The centre met government ambitions of co-locating preschools and primary schools. Cr Gibb said peninsula residents lost $80 million on poker machines each year “as we don’t have warm, attractive and inviting places” for people to go. He hoped that people would come to the hub for cooking classes, exercise, personal development courses or just a cuppa and chat rather than going to “gambling dens”. He was thrilled to see the growing popularity of classes and activities at the hub. Cr Antonella Celi said the hub opening was a significant milestone for the Rosebud West community. It was a central point for programs
that would touch the lives of all peninsula residents, she said. Martin Dixon said “partnerships and community” were two important concepts in building a stronger society. “We all have a role in education in our community,” he said. The hub was a good example of many people working together to help young people. It also would provide a place for socialisation for people of all ages. Stage one is three preschool rooms that are licensed to hold 90 children, outdoor play areas, a foyer and administration office, multipurpose meeting room, kitchen and four consulting rooms. Stage two is multi-purpose meeting rooms and social gathering areas, two interview rooms, office, kitchenette, toilets and storerooms. The two stages are linked by a wide passageway and a courtyard is between the buildings. There is a sealed car park for 41 vehicles. Rosebud West Community Hub is at 11a Allambi Ave, Rosebud West, adjacent to Eastbourne Primary School. For details of activities, contact centre manager Judy Doolan on 5982 2204.
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Big stink over Red Hill LP gas tank By Mike Hast RED Hill Community Action is circulating a petition against a large liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tank outside the Red Hill Epicurean Centre development on Shoreham Rd, but developer Joseph Alesci says the tank will be moved. Copies of the petition were placed in public places on the weekend and RHCA members have been doorknocking residents asking for signatures. By lunchtime on Monday, more than 80 signatures had been collected in the community of about 1200 people. The petition asks Mornington Peninsula Shire Council “to take urgent action regarding the location of the large ‘bullet’-type LPG gas [sic] tank in front of the Epicurean Centre on Shoreham Rd, Red Hill South”. Petitioners claim the tank is too close to the road, poses a serious danger if a vehicle crashed into it, could injure people if it exploded and is an eyesore “with a ‘protective’ brick wall that is not in harmony with the adjacent buildings and environment”. The petition also claims the tank was “almost certainly built entirely or partly on Crown land” and “tankers refilling it would pose a traffic hazard”. On Monday, Mr Alesci told The News the LPG tank was “subject to a planning process” and he was exploring putting it in another location that would not be as visible. “I’m in negotiations with the shire council,” he said. Mr Alesci said it had to be toward the front of the epicurean centre to enable gas delivery trucks access.
The epicurean centre was due to open in summer, but Mr Alesci said there were “bushfire management issues” being worked through by him, the CFA and the shire council. He was expecting the issues to be resolved soon and hoped to open the centre “this year”. The building was structurally all done and it was now a matter of tenants fitting out their spaces, he said. Centrepoint developer Porsh Pty Ltd was granted a permit in 2008 to construct a two-storey building to house a 120-seat epicurean centre with a distillery, cheese shop, culinary education centre, tavern, coffee shop and bakery, and 23 second-storey serviced apartments. The permit was granted by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal after the shire council failed to make a decision within the required 60 days. The Centrepoint proposal led to the formation of Red Hill Community Action in 2007 soon after the development was first mooted. RHCA held protest meetings and lobbied authorities to stop what it called an over-development of a rural area. On Monday Mr Alesci said this type of development was important for the peninsula as it generated jobs.
Gassed up: Some Red Hill residents are calling for the removal of a large LPG tank that is outside Centrepoint shopping centre close to Shoreham Rd.
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Pressure mounts on SPA decision By Mike Hast UPPER House MP Johan Scheffer has again pressured Environment Minister Ryan Smith over his consent for the proposed aquatic centre on Crown foreshore land at Rosebud. Mr Scheffer has asked Mr Smith three times in Parliament to provide reasons for his decision and the advice he relied on to approve building of the Southern Peninsula Aquatic Centre (SPA) on Rosebud Carnival Park and the adjacent Rosebud Memorial Hall. The ALP politician asked questions of Mr Smith, a Liberal, late last year, on 1 March and 23 May. “In the Parliament last year, I asked
the minister to reassure the community and clarify whether he would follow the law in deciding [if] he would give his consent to locating the aquatic centre on the foreshore. The minister confirmed that he would,” Mr Scheffer said. The MP said Mr Smith’s consent for SPA on the foreshore was “not respecting the requirements of the Coastal Management Act and the Victorian Coastal Strategy”. He said the strategy “discourages the use of coastal Crown land for noncoastal dependent development”. “Coastal dependent uses include boat ramps; surf clubs; yachting, boat-
ing or angling clubs; boathouses; ports and harbours; change rooms; toilets; seats; barbecues and shade structures,” he said. Mr Scheffer questioned if Mr Smith had made his decision “derived from a careful consideration” of coastal management laws or had been “influenced by the lobbying of his Liberal [Party] colleagues” Martin Dixon and Greg Hunt. “The minister should remove any doubt hanging over the process by revealing how the so-called green light for the location on the foreshore was given,” he said. “The consent is at best conditional
because the shire has to provide evidence that shows there is broad-based community support; substantial net community benefit arising from SPA being on the foreshore; the foreshore is a safe environment; design details; a traffic assessment; and a business case. “Commonsense suggests you’d want all this in front of you before giving consent or is this just a trifling detail?” Mr Scheffer has taken the unusual step of sending a letter about SPA to all voters in Rosebud and adjoining towns. Sent on 8 May following the 4 May meeting in Rosebud Memorial Hall organised by councillors Graham Pittock
and Tim Rodgers to hear community views on SPA, the letter praises the meeting, covers Mr Smith’s “coastal consent” and states there was not broad-based community support at the Rosebud meeting for the foreshore location, as had been consistently claimed by the shire council. In his letter, Mr Scheffer takes a shot at Martin Dixon and Greg Hunt: “... rather than senselessly barracking for siting the aquatic centre on the foreshore, [Mr Dixon and Mr Hunt should] encourage a respect for the intention of the Coastal Management Act and coastal strategy, which is to protect our coastline.”
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All ears: Upper House MP Johan Scheffer at the Rosebud aquatic centre meeting on 4 May (centre front in suit) was among those who stayed for the entire three plus hours. Picture: Yanni
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THE shire’s mayor, Cr Frank Martin, asked Environment Minister Ryan Smith for “coastal consent” in a letter dated 23 December 2011. Mr Smith’s reply, dated 25 January, stated: “I am accepting the [Rosebud Coastal] management plan as an application for consent for the use of the Rosebud foreshore for the location of the Southern Peninsula Aquatic Centre at the site of the existing memorial hall.” Councillors were told of Mr Smith’s consent on 27 February and the shire issued a “media release” on 29 February in which Cr Martin said the minister’s approval “is a significant milestone in the SPA project, as it completes the coastal consent process, subject to the shire providing information specified by the minister”. On 10 May, the shire issued a “media statement” stating the state government had “re-issued its approval for the use” of the foreshore for SPA. “DSE [Department of Sustainability and Environment] recently advised the shire that the original approval had been issued outside the statutory timeframe required under Section 39 of the Act [Coastal Management Act], and requested the shire to resubmit its application,” it stated. Cr Martin said DSE had advised its request was a technical issue relating to administrative time limits and Mr Smith had approved it in seven days.
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Taking sand back to the beach By Keith Platt SAND may not sound like the best material on which to build a business. Analyse the word and there are many connotations: sand shifts; runs out of time; gets abrasive; is used to draw a line. But to Sharon and Peter Redmond the pliability of sand provides a firm base for a business that runs on a continually changing product – sand sculptures. Their Frankston-based Sandstorm Events grew from a not-for-profit’s fundraiser into a company that is in demand at home and overseas. Now it’s a company that sponsors are literally asking to be allowed on board. Bookings for sand sculpting events next year include Western Australia, Singapore, Dubai and Columbia. The annual showcase event is Sand Sculpting Australia, held on Frankston’s Waterfront. After being lured by Frankston Council from neighbouring Mornington Peninsula Shire five years ago, Sharon Redmond believes the event has brought more than 320,000 visitors to the city. She estimates this equates to spending of more than $32.5 million and marketing “for Frankston both locally, interstate and internationally worth in excess of $2.5 million”. The figures are calculated on a formula used by Tourism Victoria based on the address of each visitor to the sand sculpting exhibition. “In regards to the media, we keep track of every piece of PR and marketing material for each event and place a dollar value on it [as if] if we had to buy it. These figures are then all checked by Frankston Council’s marketing team,” Sharon said. This year’s event, which ended on 30 April, was “on track to break our record and achieve 100,000 visitors in a four-month period”. Husband Peter, with a background in graphic design and illustration, started as a “junior” sculptor at the 2006 event at Rye, but is now a senior member of the Sandstorm’s Australian team. He stays on site long after invited sculptors have left, maintaining the works,
Team effort: Sandstorm Events’ Sharon and Peter Redmond at the sand sculpture exhibition on Frankston foreshore. By the end of April more than 100,000 people had visited the site which has now been cleared until next season’s event.
teaching the art of sand sculpting to children and demonstrating “speed carving”. As the demand for Sandstorm’s product has grown, Peter has found himself carving sand in Darwin, Mackay, Perth and Lakes Entrance, at large public events and smaller corporate jobs. Sharon’s sand carving “moment” came in 2002 when confronted by a 30-tonne sculpture of a castle on the Rye foreshore.
“The hairs on my arms rose up and I was simply in awe of what I was looking at. I had spent many years as a child on the beach trying to create a sandcastle with a moat around it – and l could not conceive how they had created what I was looking at. “I immediately saw an opportunity for Vision Australia to develop an event that could provide brand awareness and be a fundraising opportunity.” Research and development included
going to Canada for the world championships to sign up 14 sand sculptors as in 2003 there were just two in Australia. “I knew nothing about how to build a sculpture – what was required, what would be needed – all I was focused on was getting this started. Along with this no one really knew what a sand sculpture was.” Buoyed by her own faith in the product and support of the CEO at Vision Australia’s George Vowell Centre in Mt Eliza, months of work finally saw the opening of an event in Cronulla, NSW. “Being crazy, I had talked my board into holding two events – one in NSW and one in Victoria. After all, if you were bringing out international sculptors – you needed to make the most of it.” Sharon’s business hunch was spot on: 65,000 people paid $2 at Cronulla and 50,000 did the same at Rye. “Along the way we developed sponsorships and relationships that are today still with the event.” Sharon sees the concept of the business being a partnership with sponsors as the backbone of its success. “I would have to say that it is the partnerships and sponsorships that we have formed that has been the real power behind our past (and future) growth. “My working life has always been about finding partnerships and ways to work with people to achieve my goals. “The first 21 years of my life were spent working in the not-for-profit world and in this environment, as resources are always tight and ideas large, you quickly learn to hone your skills in developing partnerships and sourcing support to achieve your goals.” Ongoing sponsor “partnerships” for the Frankston event are Aidan J
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Testing Mozart opus triumphantly tackled REVIEW Mozart Requiem Frankston Symphony Orchestra and Mornington Peninsula Chorale Peninsula Community Centre, Mornington, Sunday 27 May Conductor: Ingrid Martin Soloists: Belinda Dalton, soprano; Lynlee Williams, alto; Peter Mander, tenor; and Jerzy Kozlowski, baritone. THOSE who love the film Amadeus will recall the dying composer dictating his Requiem to Salieri, and Salieri’s awe as he is given a glimpse into the mind of a genius. Not historically factual, this scene, but a powerful piece of cinema. Requiem is a testing opus, triumphantly tackled by the orchestra and large choir at Mornington on Sunday. Perhaps the sell-out crowd inspired the performers: certainly their effort deserved the prolonged applause it received. Of the four highly competent soloists, soprano Belinda Dalton shone the brightest. At just 22, she has a superbly mature natural voice that is a lovely fit for this lovely music. She is worth a trip to hear. Do it soon: she plans to continue her studies overseas. The large voice ensemble has gained much-needed male voices and thus more of the extra power a
work like this requires. There is more balance now on the men’s side of the stage. Mozart demands much from his singers, sopranos especially, and the women in this well-trained group worked lustily. They and the male voices strain to achieve some of the lightning octave leaps the score demands, but overall their work was splendid, and splendidly enthusiastic. The all-Amadeus concert began with The Marriage of Figaro overture, which began tentatively then gained assurance. The strings were a bit thin and a few faux notes sounded elsewhere around the players. This could have been partly nerves and partly the chilly hall. Then followed the Haffner Symphony, with the orchestra warming further to its task. Some of the brass players gave testimony to the fiendish difficulty of their instruments, but overall it was a pleasing performance of this most Mozartian composition. It has to be remembered that, in these days of “perfect” recordings, where engineers can excise and replace a single dud note, our expectation is for flawless recorded performance. Against this impossible standard, Sunday’s live concert by largely amateur groups was utterly satisfying. David Harrison
Out of Africa: Author Jane Chidgey recounted the experiences that led to her book about Africa to women members of Flinders Golf Club.
Clubs downed for talk about Africa FLINDERS Golf Club members took a break from the greens for a literary lunch and to hear about club member and author Jane Chidgey’s new book Under the Boabab Tree and her experiences in Africa. Ms Chidgey described herself as being fiercely independent and happily single when she met Peter Phillip, a director of the mining company where she worked as a personal assistant in Melbourne.
Almost overnight she had swapped a comfortable life in Melbourne – with weekends at Flinders and a responsible job – for a wildlife reserve in the African bush. There she reintroduced cheetahs into the wild and dealt with the realities of remote life in AIDS-riven South Africa. Ms Chidgey’s book covers her decade in Africa and the experience of falling in love twice – first with a man and then Africa.
She lives in Flinders and spends winter months in Port Douglas. “The literary lunch was a new initiative for the club and it turned out to be a huge success, encouraging us to consider hosting similar events of interest to members,” the club’s womens committee president Glenda Culley said. Under the Baobab Tree, Jane Chidgey. Available from ABC Books, rrp $29.99. Photo gallery: www.makulumakete.com
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