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Vision plan THERE was much hype across the community in June when the council announced its visionary plan to create the $125 million Casey Cultural and Civic Precinct. The precinct would be a onestop-shop for services, arts and entertainment, described as a unique hub similar to Federation Square. It will combine business, arts and other facilities under one roof including a regional theatre with 800 seats, multi-purpose exhibition space, regional art gallery, new community library, community meeting rooms, civic centre and community plaza. The council hopes it would attract touring art exhibitions and major companies like The Australian Ballet and Melbourne Theatre Company. The announcement was not without controversy, though, with Greater Dandenong councillor Matthew Kirwan asking his colleagues at a meeting in June that a letter be writ-
ten to the State Government asking it not to help fund Casey’s plans. Cr Kirwan feared that his council’s major project plans could come under threat by the Casey Cultural and Civic Precinct. The proposal is similar to City of Greater Dandenong’s new municipal building plans which will feature a new library, café, civic offices, retail space, community rooms and a civic square which is hoped to become a Federation Square of Melbourne’s south-east. The precinct received star-studded support in October when Guy Sebastian signed on to announce the winning design, which will be chosen this month (January). At the same time, the council announced that four architectural design teams had been shortlisted, from 20 submission, which will now produce concept design proposals for the precinct. The shortlisted teams are Lyons
A YOUNG boy battling acute lymphoblastic leukaemia touched the hearts of many readers last year. At only five years of age, Narre Warren South resident Seth Sleep was diagnosed with cancer. Now aged six he has inspired many, above all his father. Earlier this year, Simon Sleep did the Speedo Dash, a fund-raiser hosted by the Leukaemia Foundation. Although it was Simon’s wife who signed him up for this, his little boy was proud to see his dad do the dash for cancer and raise more than $300 for to fight leukaemia. It hasn’t only been Seth’s family which has been touched by the bravery of this young boy, but so too have many other local organisations and individuals. Earlier this year, the Narre Warren South Cricket club donated an enormous $23,850 to the Sleep family, and Seth’s primary school Trinity Catholic Primary has also thrown its support behind the family. A young Berwick man was also in awe of Seth’s brave fight and as a result Ravi Wickramaratne from Narre Warren South Cricket Club shaved his head, and together with his work ANZ and his cricket team, the Casey South Melbourne Cricket Club, raised $900 for the cause. More recently, Seth visited Casey Fields for another meet and greet with players from the Melbourne Stars cricket team, and his father said that cricket has played
Ilona Prohaska miraculously survived being stabbed by an attacker in her Endeavour Hills house and currently lives in a nursing home. Picture: STEWART CHAMBERS had locked and found Ms Prohaska clinging onto life, barely conscious on the floor. She was rushed to Dandenong Hospital’s emergency ward where she stayed for a month and then moved to a nursing home.
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ILONA Prohaska’s story is one of incredible bravery after she survived an horrific stabbing and was left for dead following a home invasion. The Hungarian grandmother, who has lived in Endeavour Hills for 35 years, had her throat cut by an intruder for $70 and a bank card but afterwards managed to claw her way through her house to contact paramedics using her emergency duress beeper. After forcing his way in, the attacker took what little cash Ms Prohaska had in her purse along with a bank card, demanding the pin number and threatening her if she didn’t co-operate. The assailant then took Ms Prohaska downstairs to the basement room where he stabbed her in the throat, leaving her unconscious on the floor before fleeing. When she came to, Ms Prohaska realised her attacked must have left and that she was dying. Ms Prohaska crawled step by step on her hands and knees up the basement stairs to her living room when she remembered her duress alarm device the attacker had thrown into the front room. Summoning all her strength and suffering from impaired vision, Ms Prohaska crawled to the room and made her life-saving reach for the alarm device, pressing the button and contacting security services and paramedics via the intercom. Police broke a window to bypass the front door which the assailant
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Front, Seth Sleep, with Holly, Simon and Nikki. a huge part in Seth’s out of hospital treatment. Members from Cricket Australia threw their support behind Seth after he signed up to Milo In2 Cricket at Narre Warren South Cricket Club. Seth will be halfway through his treatment this month (January) and his father said he is overwhelmed by the support shown by people since the Sleep family found out that Seth had leukaemia.
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