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Connecting people and communities

Thursday, 14 September, 2017 Page 35

Casey cash helping find a path to jobs By Cam Lucadou-Wells Adult learners in Casey have been targeted with a $1.5 million program from the State Government to help them get a job. The Community Solutions Casey project aims to boost training numbers of disadvantaged adults, especially those with poor English, literacy and numeracy skills.

It also aims to increase the number of training venues in Casey, with job pathways aligned to local industries. According to the State Government, the fast-growing Casey is identified as an area of marked skills shortage. The project will be delivered by Learn Local organisations and Chisholm Institute, and promoted by

local community ambassadors. Narre Warren North MP Luke Donnellan launched the initiative at Hallam Community Learning Centre on 11 September. “It is great to see Learn Local organisations connecting with their local TAFE to deliver outcomes and pathways to the adult learning needs of the Casey community.

“We recognise how crucial Learn Local providers are to communities across the breadth of Victoria, often providing valuable pre-accredited training opportunities to some of the most disadvantaged learners.” The program will be supported by Department of Education and Training, the Department of Health and Human Services, City of Casey and other community organisations.

Anthony Nicholls during rehearsal with the spectacular's band.

Kids keeping the show spectacular Berwick College students have been deep in rehearsal for the upcoming Victorian State Schools Spectacular. Among the 3000 performers from across the state, three Berwick College dancers Emily Sebastian, Jaycee Kerslake and Shaylah Westwood have been invited as principal and ensemble performers. Anthony Nicholls will play bass guitar with the 64-piece orchestra. The spectacular includes music, dance, singing and puppetry under the tutelage of top-notch industry professionals. It is on at Hisense Arena at Saturday, 16 September at 1pm and 6.30pm.

Murray Harding with one of his dendrobium speciosum orchids. 172769


Show will be bloomin’ lovely By Cam Lucadou-Wells

Jonathan Lae with his prizewinning cymbidium orchid. Picture: SUPPLIED

More than 200 species of orchid will be on bloom at Berwick Orchid Society’s annual show. Despite a difficult growing season, spokesman Murray Harding promised a spectacular display of up to 400 plants., including the native dendrobium speciosum. The Devon Meadows grower said Melbourne’s winter had offered few minutes of necessary warmth, although many orchids were used to cool highland climes. “There’s been reasonable tem-

peratures during the day, but it has been only briefly.” One of the member exhibitors is prize-winning grower Jonathan Lae, 16, who Mr Harding said “grows a pretty mean orchid". Jonathan recently won the champion junior grower award at Australia’s largest annual orchid show, the Melbourne Orchid Spectacular. He said it was not too hard to grow a prize-winning cymbidium just add fertiliser at the right time and shelter them from Melbourne’s weather under shadecloth. He has been growing for the past

three years, inspired by his mother’s interest at the orchid club. By showtime, he hoped to have his best examples of speciosum ready. The orchid show includes morning and afternoon teas, floral art displays, growing accessories and plant-care demonstrations. Several flowering orchids will be up for grabs in a raffle. The show is at Berwick Senior Citizens Hall, 112 High Street, Berwick on 23 and 24 September, 9am4pm. It has been sponsored by Berwick Pottery for the past 26 years.

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Berwick College students, front from left, Mikayla Adams, Emma Smith, Courtney Brooks, and back from left, Jessica Walker, Amber Hamblin and Hannah Mollard during rehearsals.

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News - Berwick - 14th September 2017  
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