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26 June 2017


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The world through a child’s eye Topsy-turvy wall art is spreading smiles in Springvale. Students from neighbouring Springvale Rise Primary School worked with artist Julian Clavijo to create temporary public art installation Upside Down. The colourful, larger-than-life painting of an upside-down grinning child will adorn the United Energy substation in the Warwick Avenue car park for the next two years. The image aims to remind viewers to embrace the child-like feeling that resides in everyone, and to view the world through a child’s eye - with natural happiness, an innate sense of innocence and spontaneity. The artwork is part of the Greater Dandenong Council Transformed Placemaking Program. Foundation students Sa Fa One and Socheata make their mark on the mural. 169384


■ Tough love steered addict away from drugs and back to her family…

‘Cop saved my life’ By Casey Neill “If it wasn’t for you I’d probably be dead.” Dandenong Acting Sergeant Russell Bratton said hearing these words was one of the highlights of his career. He met Mary, not her real name, when responding to reports of a suspicious vehicle in Springvale.

There was a warrant for her arrest for failing to appear in court and comply with a corrections order. “She’s living out of her car, struggling with heroin addiction, but she declined any police help at the time for referrals,” Act Sgt Bratton said. She turned up at another suspicious vehicle check, in Keysborough.



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“I open up the door and find the same girl, curled up in the back seat with her little dog on her lap looking frightened, dirty,” he said. “She’d still been living out of her car, she’d failed to go to court again so there was another warrant out for her. “I remember looking at her licence photo and seeing this fresh young girl.

“Six years later she was a mess. She looked like a scared young kid.” Acting Sergeant Bratton took Mary, aged in her thirties, back to the police station. “We made a decision that we had to apply to have her remanded,” he said. Continued to page 3.


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