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Let it snow - in Springvale Springvale will again welcome snow this winter. The award-winning Springvale Snow Fest will return to Buckingham Avenue from noon to 7pm on Sunday 29 July. The streets will be filled with snow from Mt Buller, rides, free activities, sled-pulling huskies, market and food stalls, and more. Isabelle met huskies Kanka and Togo in Multicultural Place on a pre-event scouting mission. The Journal will bring readers more details closer to the event. 178859 Picture: STEWART CHAMBERS

It was on the "outer limit of foreseeability" that Agron would then climb into the bailer while by himself and in contravention of safety training organised by AAD. By pleading guilty, AAD acknowledged it was "reasonably practicable" to provide and main-



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tain those safety features, Judge Condon said. An expert report for the prosecution stated that a lockable control isolation switch would have prevented the safety switches' bypass. It could have been installed for less than $1000.

AAD Services had no prior convictions and had pleaded guilty at an early stage, the judge noted. Each charge was punishable with a maximum fine of $1,365,030. Judge Condon fined AAD a total of $120,000.


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A Dandenong South recycling business has been fined over the workplace death of its director's brother in 2016. AAD Services Australia Pty Limited had pleaded guilty to two charges of failing to provide a safe workplace but its culpability was at the "lower end of the scale", Victorian County Court Judge Julie Condon stated. Agron Tahiri, 34, died of significant leg injuries while alone and operating an automatic paper-and-cardboard bailer at the Cahill Street factory. His body was discovered inside the bailer by his father Bejtulla at the small family business about noon on 9 April 2016. Agron's brother Adem, 30, of Dandenong South, was the sole owner of the small family business. "Given the devastating consequences here, the remorse experienced by ... sole director Adem Tahiri ... can only be described as profound," Judge Condon said during sentencing on 9 April. "The victim impact statement ... was a moving testament to the consequences of Agron Tahiri's fateful decision." Agron had climbed through the rear doors of the bailer while the machine was running. He had apparently bypassed safety switches designed to prevent the machine running while the doors were open. After the incident, AAD Services was ordered to close the factory for a "period of hiatus". The business suffered irretrievable financial pressure and was sold. It notionally exists but is no longer operational, Judge Condon noted. Judge Condon said that though the timing was uncertain, the bailer's safety switches were bypassed and a mesh protective guard was removed around the day of Agron's death. There was no evidence before the court to justify why the switches were bypassed, Judge Condon said. However it was an act engaged by Agron Tahiri with "undoubtedly tragic consequences for him and his family". The judge found AAD's culpability was at the "lower end of the scale", having no knowledge of the switches' bypassed.



Ice injection claim By Casey Neill A Springvale-based legal service says claims it is seeking a local ice injecting room are completely untrue. Liberal candidate for Mulgrave Maree Davenport posted the claim on her Facebook page on Thursday 12 April. She shared a video from Opposition Leader Matthew Guy regarding State Government plans for a safe drug injecting room in North Richmond. "The Springvale Monash Legal Service has called for at least one to be set up in Monash and Greater Dandenong - in Daniel Andrews'

electorate of Mulgrave," she said. SMLS executive director Kristen Wallwork said this claim was untrue. "We had a very unfruitful conversation with Ms Davenport regarding her uninformed comments and have formally requested a retraction," she said. Dr Kate Seear is a Monash University academic who has a teaching role at SMLS. She said Ms Davenport might have mistakenly attributed her individual comments to SMLS. "I'm a drug researcher," she said. "I put a submission into the Victorian drug law reform inquiry.

"I gave the submission in my own name, in favour of injecting rooms. "I made no comments about ice in my own submission. "I don't think I made any comments about specific locations either." Dr Seear said she spoke at an event a few months ago about multiple areas needing to be considered for safe injecting rooms. "I have no problem if she wants to quote me as an academic," she said. "But I'm not employed by Springvale Monash Legal Service, I'm employed by Monash University."

Good growing for Green spot on block By Casey Neill Will Green is transforming a Bangholme block into a thriving farm. The 32-year-old former chef worked in city kitchens before studying a food science and nutrition degree at Deakin University. He landed a research and development role at Chelsea bakery Temptation. His drive to work led him past the Harwood Road site he's now in the process of transforming. "This block came up for lease," he said. "I've always been really interested in gardening. "I've always wanted to do my own thing. "I thought I'd give it a go and see if I could build a market garden based on permaculture." "Permaculture is permanent agriculture. "You interplant. I'm inter-planting with fruit trees and permanent berries and perennials and I'm putting my annuals in between. "They all support each other. "They all take away different bits of the soil and they all give bits back. "They work together and they improve the soil rather than just taking out of the soil." Will said he'd always been a pretty keen gardener. "My target market is going to be cafes and restaurants, because my background is restaurants," he said. "I can grow specifically for a chef if they want me to. "Most of the suppliers, they're not the ones growing the crops. They're just wholesalers." He's got a community share program in mind for down the track. "You can buy in and get a box of vegetables every week," he said. "I'm starting to organise that now, through Facebook and stuff. "Once I get big enough, I'll try to sell to

Police are searching for this man.

Thief climbs for cash Video from a Dandenong liquor store shows a nimble thief climbing a metres-high perspex screen to reach a cash register. Police hope someone will recognise the man in the footage, taken at the Lonsdale Street store about 8.25am on Sunday 18 March. He can be seen scaling the wall before grabbing cash from the register while a staff member flees. The man is described as 20 to 30 years old and tall with a slim build. Call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit with any information.

Driver sprung in Springvale Police allegedly spotted a man smoking ice while he was driving in Springvale. The Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives were on the way back to the office when they allegedly saw the driver on Westall Road about 6.45am on Saturday 7 April. They said he was lighting drug paraphernalia while driving so they pulled him over and searched his car. Police seized what was believed to be cannabis and methylamphetamine, or ice, from the vehicle. They took the 33-year-old Mount Eliza man back to a police station where he returned a positive result for methylamphetamine. He is expected to be charged on summons with a range of drug and traffic-related offences.

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some of the smaller supermarkets." He also hopes to involve volunteers and school groups, to share the farming experience. Will wants to turn the farm into his fulltime job. "It's very daunting," he said.

A Greater Dandenong Council candidate was convicted for failing to disclose campaign funding. Dandenong Magistrate Julie O'Donnell fined Ha Dang Quach $800 and ordered him to pay $1750 in court costs on Thursday 5 April. The Local Government Investigations and Compliance Inspectorate initiated the prosecution action. Mr Quach pleaded guilty to the charge of failing to give an election campaign donation return (CDR) to Greater Dandenong Council CEO John Bennie within 40 days after the 2016 election day. Ms O'Donnell said that a conviction was appropriate given the seriousness of the offence and the considerable maximum penalty that applied. She took into account Mr Quach's prior convictions and said that despite a defence submission that his failure to submit the return was an oversight, Mr Quach's failure would be more accurately considered a "significant oversight".

But a Greater Dandenong Council business grant is helping him along. He plans to put the $8000 towards a cool room. "I have submitted a planning application for a shed, the cool room will go in there," he said.

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Kevin Walsh on the Princes Highway, looking up to the Heatherton Road overpass. 179545 Picture: STEWART CHAMBERS Dandenong Cranbourne RSL Sub-Branch president John Wells supported Mr Walsh's project. "Large parts of the regiment were based at Dandenong drill hall," he said. "The naming of the bridge would bookend the Dandenong CBD with the Peace Memorial

Bridge over the Dandenong Creek. "This would also mark in a permanent way the Centenary of the Armistice. "We feel as an RSL that really the centenary of the First World War has passed without anything permanent being done."

Care for charity’s struggle Greater Dandenong Council will give at-risk charity Avocare "as much support and assistance as we can". The social enterprise announced through an emotional online video that it needed to raise $100,000 in the next 90 days to survive. Councillor Matthew Kirwan asked the Monday 9 April council meeting whether the council help Avocare to find a new home. The lease on its Dandenong South warehouse is about to expire and a six-month quest for another space turned up nothing. Community services director Martin Fidler said the council had contacted Avocare and would tap into its business community contacts on the charity's behalf. He said the council would also provide advice on grant programs and on co-location and partnership opportunities. "We'll continue to be in touch with Avocare

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Dandenong's Anzac Day commemorations will be a fittingly multi-cultural affair. "We're going to have a speaker from the Afghan community as part of our Anzac Day service," Dandenong Cranbourne RSL SubBranch president John Wells said. "It's entirely appropriate in 2018 that we no longer see it as a purely Anglo-Saxon occasion. "We have Sikhs marching with us. "There were Sikhs in Gallipoli on our side. They were allies in the war." Mr Wells encouraged the community to attend a service on Wednesday 25 April. "It's about a time of people volunteering to do the hard things," he said. "It's about a time of people who were developing and creating a real pride in this country and in themselves." He said Dandenong had strong physical connections to the world wars, starting with its drill hall. "That's where the big welcome homes were held," he said. "They actually had lots of fundraising celebrations in there, even one where people parked cars around the outside and shone their headlights in because there was no electricity." Mr Wells said Hemmings Park was Anzac Park for many years after World War I and The Castle and a tin shed that used to sit beside it "were used as a casualty clearing station, mainly in the Second World War, mainly to service the army camp that was up at Endeavour Hills". "The Princes Highway bridge out of the main street of Dandenong is the Peace Memorial Bridge, built after the great war," he said. See page 20 for Anzac Day service details.

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A Noble Park bridge will soon be named in honour of the region's war veterans. The Heatherton Road overpass at EastLink will become known as the Gippsland Regiment Bridge. Former Dandenong mayor and retired army major Kevin Walsh led the charge to make the name happen. "In 1993 I was the guard commander for the Royal Victoria Regiment Guard to VillersBretonneux in France," he said. "I was the mayor of Dandenong. I was trying to find a link somewhere between Dandenong and Villers-Bretonneux." Mr Walsh found that the 52nd Battalion known as the Gippsland Regiment - took part in many battles in France including the now famous battle of Villers-Bretonneux on Anzac Day in 1918. "After the First World War the Battalion was re-raised as a part time/militia battalion in Victoria and named The Gippsland Regiment and had its headquarters in Dandenong," he said. He said it was amalgamated with the 37th Battalion in 1930 and sent to New Guinea during World War II. Mr Walsh thought a tribute 100 years on from the battle of Villers-Bretonneux would be fitting. He'll be in France himself to mark the anniversary. "I led the lobbying for EastLink. That's why that bridge was on my radar," he said. "To me, it was a logical place to have it." He was hoping to unveil the name on 25 April but will instead plan a grander commemoration around Remembrance Day or the 75th anniversary of the 52nd Battalion assault on Fortification Point, New Guinea, in December.

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Fear put into focus By Casey Neill

ANZAC DAY 2018 Dawn Service at 5.45 am Pillars of Freedom 10.15am Muster at Dandenong RSL Car Park 10.30AM Form Up On Clow St 10.45AM March to Pillars of Freedom 11.00AM Service at Pillars of Freedom Club Opens at 12Noon Everyone Welcome

Virginia Trioli asked a packed Drum Theatre for a show of hands from anyone afraid to go out to a restaurant at night. "Anybody at all? One up the back," she said. "Well, that's the sense in the room." She was hosting ABC panel show Q and A's live broadcast from Dandenong on Monday 9 April. Ms Trioli's question followed audience member Patrick Stephenson asking the panel about Immigration and Border Protection Minister Peter Dutton's recent claims that people were too scared of "African gangs" to go out at night. "As someone that's lived and studied in this area for a number of years, I know that I've never been too scared to go out and grab a bite," Mr Stephenson said. Panellist and Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs Minister, Alan Tudge, said data showed that many people were fearful. "We do have to accept and admit that there has been a problem with crime in this state," he said. "That's the first step towards solving it. "And within Melbourne there has been an issue with crime within the South Sudanese community. "Even the South Sudanese community leaders that I've engaged with will admit that, and

want to work with the government and the police to address it." African-born commercial litigator and panellist Nyadol Nyuon said the leaders conceded ground because to defend the situation "seems as if we're dismissing someone's fear". "For the majority of African people this has been a really tough time," she said. "We've been made to feel like criminals, honestly. "I give advice to my young brothers, who are very tall six-foot boys, because I'm afraid that the three of them walking together constitute a gang. "I tell them to behave nicely. I tell them to dress nicely. "I tell them to minimise their presence in public." Ms Nyuon also said that media coverage was driving the fear. "If you've watched the television for the last few months, you've had pictures of black African young people splashed across your screen over and over again," she said. "You've been told that we're in the midst of a crisis, that, you know, we can't go to restaurants." She said this was "the opposite of the facts on the ground". She said crime figures for people born in South Sudan were at one per cent, the same as 18 months ago.

"There's not been an increase. There's no crisis," she said. The program received mixed reviews from the Greater Dandenong community. On the Journal Facebook page, Judi Miller said that "for some reason it was nothing to talk about, totally different to the usual Q and A". "Better representation of community leaders would have been better," she said. Gaye Guest questioned whether the audience members lived in Greater Dandenong. "If we had true local representation on the panel it would have been far better," she said. "Not panel members from other electorates who wouldn't know what it was like to live, work or socialise in the City of Greater Dandenong." Also on the panel was Shadow Justice Minister, Hotham MP and former Greater Dandenong Mayor Clare O'Neil, award-winning journalist Andrew Rule, and Victorian Police Commander Stuart Bateson. Deb Isme said she and her cousin were among the audience members, and they both lived in Dandenong. Robert Roe said the show was great. "Some important issues discussed and the panel were informative and generally debating well," he said. "Some of the audience questions and comments were ill-informed and irrelevant, however."

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LOOKING BACK 100 years ago 18 April 1918 Dandenong State School Patriotic Fair A large and enthusiastic meeting was held in the council chambers last Friday evening to make arrangements for the patriotic fair to be held on 24 and 25 May. The chair was occupied by the head teacher Mr G Talbot, who explained that the Australian Red Cross was badly in need of funds. The meeting decided to have a fair. It was at first intended to hold the fair in the town hall, but the meeting decided that a larger hall was needed and application has been made for the drill hall. The Director of Education has been asked to open the fair, which is expected to eclipse all previous efforts. The following stalls were decided on: fancy stall, sweets, flowers, produce, refreshments

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and cakes, mystery stall, kitchen stall and doll stall. Besides these there will be the usual sideshows. The next meeting will be held in the council chamber on 26 April.

50 years ago 18 April 1968 The flip side of the top 40 - Cinderella Rockefella I love your eyes that's very nice, I love your touch, thank you so much, I love your chin, say it again, I love you chinny, chin-chin. Offbeat , kinky or just plain unusual. Call them what you will, these words are making a lot of money for a young Dandenong couple. They are part of the current Top 40 with Cinderella Rockefella, a "send up" record. It is sung by Ann and Johnny Hawker of Ed-

ward Avenue, Dandenong, who recorded their version and released it on the Australian market before the English. Away from the recording business - on the flip side, you might say - Anne Hawker is a busy devoted mother of three children aged three, two and one.

20 years ago 20 April 1998 Bag snatch Courageous bystanders recovered a woman's handbag after she was rushed by a hooded bag-snatcher at Dandenong. The 47-year-old woman was walking along a laneway off Thomas Street about 6.45pm when she was attacked. Two bystanders chased the bandit until he dropped the bag. Police said the bandit yelled abuse at his pursuers before fleeing.

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15 April 2013 Green Wedge bulldoze anger Environmental groups are insisting they were not consulted before Greater Dandenong Council approved plans to bulldoze endangered green wedge vegetation to build the Dingley Bypass. The council did not publicly advertise VicRoads's proposal to remove the 0.19 hectare habitat in Westall Road Reserve prior to councillors's approval on Monday night. However, in a nod to four environmental groups who got wind of the plan and objected, the council granted third-party rights to objectors if they appealed to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. Greater Dandenong engineering services director Bruce Rendall said VicRoads presented seven options for the bypass route demonstrating that "appropriate steps" had been taken to minimise damage.

Jim Hardy Park pays dues What’s In a Name delves into the fascinating stories and personalities behind some of the city’s best-known street and location names. This week the Journal looks at Dandenong’s Jim Hardy Park, found where Macpherson Street, Clow Street and Foster Street East meet. Jim Hardy was born in 1913 at Warrnambool, one of eight children in a family with strong Irish heritage. His parents, Winifred and Thomas Hardy, moved several times between Warrnambool and Bacchus Marsh when he was a child. Sport and music were important elements of the Hardy family life and both have been keen interests in Jim’s own life. He left school at age 14 to become an apprentice in a barber’s shop, but during the The Great Depression he took any work he could

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NAME find and eventually followed his father into the Federal Milk Company. In 1940 he left and enlisted in the Army. Jim served in the 3rd Australian Light AntiAircraft Regiment in the Middle East and also on New Guinea, where he became a member of the concert party and performed for troops. Jim was affectionately known as Crackers, a name his gun crew in Palestine first coined. In 1940, he married Anne Moylan at St

Mary’s Catholic Church in Dandenong. After the war, they settled there and for 27 years Jim worked for Westminster Carpets. His warmth and generosity, together with

his wit and humour, made him many friends around Dandenong. He was an active contributor within St Mary’s Parish, particularly with the cricket club as a player and a junior teams coach. Well into his eighties Jim was still fit and continued to devote himself to helping others, particularly through the Dandenong SubBranch of the RSL and ‘Thuruna’ Homes for the Aged. He was president of both organisations for 10 years and guided the RSL through the challenging task of relocating. Jim was a strong advocate for the RSL and its role in protecting the welfare of ex-servicemen and their families. He was named a Greater Dandenong Living Treasure before his death in 2003. - Compiled with assistance from the City of Greater Dandenong.

THANK YOU CLAYTON! We are hosting a Community Fun Day to thank you for all your patience during construction of the new Clayton Station and works to remove nine level crossings between Caulfield and Dandenong. There will be entertainment for the whole family. Come along and enjoy: • Petting zoo • Thomas the Tank Engine ride-on train • Catering from local traders When: Saturday 21 April, 10:00am to 1:00pm Where: The new Clayton Station carpark, 153-181 Carinish Road (opposite the Clayton RSL). We hope you can make it and look forward to seeing you there!

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Autumn fun for all The annual Autumn Fest again welcomed families and their four-legged friends for a day filled with fun. Pampered pooches played a key role in the Sunday 8 April activities at Frederick Wachter Reserve in Keysborough. They dived for frisbees, pulled sleds and performed tricks. The day also featured live music, roving performers, workshops, games and sports, arts and crafts, circus play, a jumping castle and more.

The tug of war competition. 179504 Pictures: ROB CAREW

Bringing in the New Year Melbourne Bakmaha Ulela marked Sri Lankan New Year in Dandenong. The Sunday 8 April event at Greaves Reserve featured traditional Sri Lankan games, food and dancing plus free carnival rides. There was also a musical show featuring Sri Lankan artists and a fireworks display to cap off the festivities.

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The crowd cheers on participants in the fun competitions. 179504 Jake with non-husky Fern from Howling Huskies. 179501

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Catch public transport to the dawn service If you’re planning on attending the ANZAC Centenary Dawn Service at the Shrine of Remembrance this year, then consider catching a free shuttle bus from your local RSL. Free buses will run between the following RSLs and suburbs to the Shrine on Wednesday, 25 April:

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4 A 2 B 2 C 2 D 2 E 533 F Keysborough 39 Narellan Drive

Auction 28 April 11:00am Price $700,000-$760,000 Leonard Widjaja Jaymee Le 0430 355 225 0416 336 902

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Aspendale Gardens Shop 13 Narelle Drive | Keysborough 481-485 Cheltenham Road

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Keysborough 22/21 Graham Michele Place







Keysborough 2 Oakwood Drive

Auction 21 April 11:00am

Auction 5 May 12:30pm

Price $549,000-$600,000

Price $570,000-$610,000

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Jaymee Le 0416 336 902

Laura Voinea 0435 921 730

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Aspendale Gardens Shop 13 Narelle Drive | Keysborough 481-485 Cheltenham Road


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GOODBYE TO BODY CORPORATE !!! Whether you’re looking to downsize, get into the market or buy an investment property, this is where your search ends. With only 2 units on the block, say goodbye to Body Corporate. • Split A/c • Wall heating • 5 Gas burner cook top • Shower / Bath Spa • Secured roller shutters • Remote access lockup garage

A2 B1 E C1 CLOSING DATE SALE: (Unless Sold Prior) Tuesday 15 may @ 6:00pm ESR 400,000-$435,000 VIEW Saturday 12:00-12:30pm Photo ID Required CONTACT Amit Vazirani 0400 088 304 Fazi Faziullah 0402 904 055 OFFICE 363 Springvale Road, Springvale Tel: 03 8581 0999



3 OLYmPIC AVENUE THE COMPLETE PACKAGE Sparkling, spacious and so well-located, this is the crown jewel of this tightly-held pocket! • Updated kitchen w/ stone benchtops & ample storage • Central living area w/ formal dining • Extended rear family living area • Large decked outdoor entertainment area • 549m2 (approx)

A3 B1 E1 C2 AUCTION (Unless Sold Prior) 21-April @ 12:30pm 10% Deposit, Balance 90/120 Days ESR $730,000-$800,000 VIEW Saturday 12:00pm-12:30pm Wednesday 5:00pm-5:30pm Photo ID Required CONTACT Ozan Kanbur 0403 644 379 Khaizer Shahab 0433 219 150 OFFICE 363 Springvale Road, Springvale Tel: 03 8581 0999

363 Springvale Road, Springvale STAR REAL ESTATE


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858 10 999




SPRINGVALE 4/2 MarY street A STATEMENT OF STYLE. • Ducted heating throughout • A “Fujitsu” inverter split system AC’s • A fully appointed kitchen with s/s appliances • Open plan living/dining domain • A 2500L water tank connected to toilet • Outdoor private courtyard • 1 car lock-up garage

A2 B2 E2 C1 AUCTION (Unless Sold Prior) SATURDAY 12 May @ 11.30AM 10% Deposit, Balance 60/90 Days ESR $520,000 to $560,000 VIEW Wednesday 5:00 - 5:30pm Saturday 11:00am - 11:30am Photo ID Required CONTACT Tommy Nguyen 0431 644 889 Corey (Khoi) Le 0417 311 491 OFFICE 363 Springvale Road, Springvale Tel: 03 8581 0999

KEYSBOROUGH 23 newstead street FAMILY FOCUSED LIVING experience family focused living on a grand scale with this high end finished luxury home in a premium Keysborough locale. • Multi-zoned living loorplan • Luxury kitchen w/ stone benchtops • Outdoor alfresco deck w/ ceiling fan • Evaporative cooling/Ducted Heating • 40sq/448m2 (approx)

363 Springvale Road, Springvale

A4 B1 E2 C8

SPRINGVALE 9 gUntHer avenUe CENTRAL POSITION WITH OPTIONS • Laminate kitchen bench top with gas oven cooktop • “Panasonic” inverter split system • “Braemar” Heating/Cooling system • Walking distance to both primary and secondary school • Well designed and easy to maintain gardens • Walking distance to Springvale train station • Easy walk to Springvale Shopping Centre • 588 sqm approx.

CLOSING DATE SALE (Unless Sold Prior) Thursday 26-April @ 6:00pm ESR Contact Agent VIEW Saturday 12:00 - 12:30pm Photo ID Required CONTACT Tommy Nguyen 0431 644 889 Corey (Khoi) Le 0417 311 491 OFFICE 363 Springvale Road, Springvale Tel: 03 8581 0999

A4 B2 E3 C2 D1

DOVETON 10 Magnolia grove

A3 B1 E2 C5

CLOSING DATE SALE (Unless Sold Prior) Tuesday 1st of May @ 6pm. ESR $1,070,000-$1,170,000 VIEW Saturday 1:00-1:30pm Wednesday 7:00-7:30 Photo ID CONTACT Ozan Kanbur 0403 644 379 Khaizer Shahab 0433 219 150 OFFICE 363 Springvale Road, Springvale Tel: 03 8581 0999

STYLISHLY RENOVATED WITH PLANS AND PERMITS APPROVED READY TO GO! • Fully renovated home • 672m2 block • Plans and permits ready to go • Generous lock up garage • Main bathroom with separate WC • Ducted heating and evaporative cooling • Modern downlights

858 10 999

CLOSING DATE SALE (Unless Sold Prior) Monday 30th of April @ 6:00pm ESR $630,000-$680,000 VIEW Wednesday 5:00 - 5:30pm Saturday 11:00 – 11:30am Photo ID Required CONTACT Adem Duramanoglu 0417 555 689 Corey (Khoi) Le 0417 311 491 OFFICE 363 Springvale Road, Springvale Tel: 03 8581 0999 Monday, 16 April, 2018






118 walker st dandenong p: 9791 5922 F: 9792 2536



Dandenong Central

2/9 Macpherson street


If it’s size, superb craftsmanship and finish that you’re looking for in a home, then look no further! This architect designed home boasts a terra cotta tiled roof, 2.7m ceilings throughout, quality window furnishings, ducted vacuum and cooling systems, polished timber floors, quality carpets, camera intercom and security systems. There are three bedrooms, study nook, full ensuite to master, formal lounge with gas log fireplace and high gloss kitchen/meals area with Caesar stone benchtops, glass splash backs and dishwasher. A large, bright North facing family room opens to a rear decked outdoor entertainment area and alfresco sunroom area. Solar panels greatly reduce energy costs. The double garage with automatic doors connects a separate workshop/storage room. Solar panels reduce energy costs.

auction: saturday, 21st april, 2018 @ 12:30pm (if not sold prior) open: wed 4:45pm to 5:15pm & sat 12:00pm to 12:30pm

Dandenong North

1-4/1359 heatherton road


Hard to find 4 unit complex on single Title. These two bedroom units are all fully let and currently returning $55,120 per annum. Opportunity to increase return with further updates in the future. Ideal for self managed superannuation funds or property portfolios. Each unit has its own carport and rear yard. GREAT ACCESS TO TRANSPORT & SCHOOLS!

auction: saturday, 5th May, 2018 @ 11:00am (if not sold prior) open: tues 5:00pm to 5:30pm & sat 1:45pm to 2:15pm




Dandenong Central

6 Johnston avenue


Located only a short distance to Monash Freeway access and set in a quiet court on a site of approximately 980m2, this well presented home features three big bedrooms, fully renovated dual access bathroom with double vanity, formal lounge room and sensational high gloss kitchen with stone benchtops and dishwasher. A huge rumpus/pool room with bar which opens to a paved outdoor pergola entertainment area. Includes ducted heating and cooling, auto security gates and unbelievable outbuilding including caravan height double carport PLUS four car garage and extended workshop. Ideal for tradesman, truckies OR development opportunity (STCA). OPERATE YOUR SMALL BUSINESS FROM HERE!

auction: saturday, 28th april, 2018 @ 11:00am (if not sold prior) open: thurs 5:30pm to 6:00pm & sat 2:00pm to 2:30pm

86 cleeland street


In the heart of Dandenong, within walking distance to the Market, Plaza, Hospital and Schools, you’ll find this perfect option to renovate and restore the home to its former glory. Zoned Residential Growth Zone – Schedule 1 and sitting on a block of 566m2, it also offers the option to develop (STCA). The accommodation offers two or three bedrooms or optional lounge. The bedrooms have built in robes with the main having a ceiling fan. A spacious family/dining with adjoining study, functional kitchen with gas cooking and plenty of cupboards. There’s a family bathroom, separate toilet and laundry. Other features include 2.7m ceilings, ‘art deco’ ceiling roses, decorative cornices, two open fire places and ducted heating. Outside you have a small rear verandah, plenty of off-street parking and a carport.

auction: saturday, 5th May, 2018 @ 12:30pm (if not sold prior) open: thurs 4:45pm to 5:15pm & sat 1:30pm to 2:00pm



Hampton Park

Dandenong Central

1 topaz way


75 Mccrae street


Situated in a quiet Hampton Park location, this family home comes with an abundance of potential. The accommodation offers three good sized bedrooms, the main with a spacious walk-in robe, bedrooms 2 and 3 have double built-in robes. The spacious lounge/dining with gas heating leads to a combined kitchen/meals/family area with sliding door access to outside. The kitchen has plenty of cupboard space, a gas cook top, rangehood and electric wall oven. There’s a family bathroom, separate toilet and laundry. The entry hall and kitchen have floating timber floors. Outside you have a single car port with an additional off street parking space and a very large rear garden. Conveniently close to local Schools, Parks and public transport. IDEAL FIRST HOME OR INVESTMENT!

Multi room home in the centre of Dandenong with so much to offer! *4, 5 or 6 bedrooms *3 or 4 living areas *3 kitchens *5 or 6 bathrooms *2 x double garages *2 x double carports *elevator *multi car off street parking *possible home office with own entry *2 x remote gates *security throughout *separate accommodation possible *919m2 of land (approx) *Zoned Residential Growth Zone 1 Suit multi family, home business operator or developer/investor. Walk to all facilities including train, bus, Dandenong Market, Plaza, schools and so much more! Impossible to replace but available now! ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY!

Endeavour Hills


auction: saturday, 12th May, 2018 @ 11:00am (if not sold prior) open: wed 5:00pm to 5:30pm & sat 11:00am to 11:30am

86 John Fawkner drive


This substantial home has been built with the family in mind and will cater for everyone. There are four bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living areas and a separate kitchen with as new oven. There is garaging for two cars with front and rear roller doors, a balcony with expansive views of parkland and hills and it’s all situated on a large block near schools and shops. The atrium for plants creates a fantastic entry. Other features include split level living, security shutters, cooling and heating and loads of storage. MAKE THIS YOUR FAMILY HOME!

For sale: $750,000 to $810,000 open: wed 3:30pm to 4:00pm & sat 3:15pm to 3:45pm

auction: saturday, 12th May, 2018 @ 2:00pm (if not sold prior) open: wed 5:30pm to 6:00pm & sat 11:00am to 11:30am

20 scarlet drive


Positioned within just a few minutes drive to Central Dandenong and all of its facilities, this great family home offers three spacious bedrooms, a large lounge, dining area off the modern kitchen with lots of cupboard space, gas cooker and rangehood. Other features include gas heating, gas hot water service, solar panels, covered patio, large backyard with future development potential (STCA), garden shed and lock up garage with rear storeroom. Also has additional off street parking for three more cars. PRICE MEETS POTENTIAL!

For sale: $570,000 to $620,000 open: thurs 4:30pm to 5:00pm & sat 1:15pm to 1:45pm 12385263

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Des’s lifetime of giving By Casey Neill Des Custerson's family has welcomed news that a Dandenong park will soon bear his name. Greater Dandenong Councillors agreed to ask the Office of Geographic Names to rename Dawn Reserve the Des Custerson Reserve at their Monday 9 April meeting. "Des was a well-known Dandenong identity," Cr Matthew Kirwan said. He started the Chubbies Dance Band with his wife Maureen and they performed at venues in the region for 50 years, until Des was 84. The duo raised money for charities, including Dandenong and District Hospital. Des also had a long association with the St Mary's Parish and Dandenong football clubs and worked for the council for nearly 30 years. "Des and Maureen embraced the diversity of Dandenong and always welcomed new migrants to the area," Cr Kirwan said. "He was a gentle and ethical man that shared his love of Dandenong and football with his neighbours." Neil Custerson said his dad battled cancer for 20 years and died four weeks shy of his 87th birthday, in April 2016. "To have it renamed is just extremely humbling but also well-deserved for lifetime of giving," he said. He said the name was collective recognition for both parents. "My mum's family were born and bred in Dandenong," he said. "Dad really was a bit of a pioneer. "He stood up for the new migrants. "Dandenong's really become a thriving multicultural melting pot. "Back then the seeds were sewn. "A lot of people came to dad and asked for general life advice.

Des and Maureen dressed in their band attire at a dance, aged in their early eighties. "He was a great communicator on all levels, from princes to paupers." Neil and his sister Rose Custerson-Ahrens both said their dad instilled in them a respect for "new Australians". "I just find it really lovely that he's going to have that park after him because it's so diverse in Dandenong now," Ms Custerson-Ahrens said. "Dad would not have thought this in a million years, he was such a humble man." She said her mum was now in care in Kooweerup, aged 85. Cr Jim Memeti said he'd known the family since the late '70s and spent time with them in Sunset Grove. He said the council needed to look at its policy of not naming locations after living people. "The family came to me a few years ago while he was alive," Cr Memeti said.

Des Custerson working at the Dandenong Stockyard.

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Get a heart health check

Matthew Victor Pastor with cinematographer Matt Quattro at the Sinag Maynila Film Festival.

Filipino tale hits screens By Casey Neill A South-East Melbourne filmmaker is hitting big screens across the Philippines. Matthew Victor Pastor's full-length movie MELODRAMA / RANDOM / MELBOURNE! played in SM Cinema Manila for a week for the Sinag Maynila Film Festival. "When it came to awards night, we were nominated in best film, best director, best cinematography and best original score," he said. "We ended up taking best original score for my composer, who is a childhood friend who originally went with me to Nazareth College. "His stage name is Fergus Cronkite. "He's been my composer since back in film school." Mr Pastor, who moved from Dandenong to Hampton Park since he last spoke to the Journal, said he was nervous about the film screening. "You kind of just make films, but you don't really know what's going to happen with them," he said. "When you get acknowledged for your hard work it's an overwhelming feeling." He said MELODRAMA / RANDOM / MELBOURNE! was about a Filipino-Australian feminist documentarian "who is making a film dealing with race, gender, sexism in the context of the Asian diaspora".

"It's a film about a filmmaker making a film, which is very meta," he said. "It doesn't happen a lot in Australian feature film. "It's not really a narrative we pursue. "Another reason for the film's narrative is to reflect a part of the community that I feel needs representation. "I feel these films are important because Filipinos are the fourth largest migrant group in Australia." He hopes to bring it to Australian audiences. In May last year, the he told the Journal about hitting the red carpet at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival to promote his silent film I am Jupiter I am the Biggest Planet. That movie also tapped into his Filipino heritage. Mr Pastor has more films in the pipeline. MAGANDA! Pinoy Boy vs Milk Man will continue the narrative. "It's edited, it's in the can. We're sending that out and hoping someone wants to screen it," he said. "Also, we've done another feature film. This one is called Repent or Perish! "It's set with a Filipino conservative family against the backdrop of the same sex marriage plebiscite."

Heart disease claims the lives of thousands of Australians each year and that’s why the Heart Foundation is focusing on the importance of physical activity in reducing the prevalence and impact of the disease during its annual Heart Week being held from 29 April to 5 May. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a major cause of death, killing one person every 12 minutes and accounting for nearly 30 per cent of all deaths in this country. Largely preventable, heart disease affects one in six Australians with more than one million people aged 30-65 at a high risk of having a heart attack or stroke—many of whom may not even know it. Knowing your individual risks is the first step in avoiding a heart attack or stroke and the best way to find out your overall risk is to see your doctor or health practitioner for a heart health check. While there are some risks that can’t be changed-for example - increasing age, being male, ethnic background (Indian sub-continent and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) and family history, there are plenty of risk factors that can be mitigated such as smoking; high cholesterol; high blood pressure; diabetes; being inactive; being overweight; unhealthy diet; depression/isolation. Fortunately for the people of Berwick and surrounding communities, St John of God Berwick Hospital offers a range of cardiac services and specialises in the management of patients who are experiencing symptoms associated with heart failure. Along with a cardiovascular interventional laboratory, which allows cardiologists to look inside a heart and enables them to diagnose and treat heart conditions, the hospital offers cardiac/high dependency care to patients who have experienced a cardiac event such as a heart attack.

Constant support offered Belgrave Hallam Road Medical Centre has full nurse support with experienced nurses Sujatha and Helen always ready to help. The centre's lovely nurse Su has over 8 year's extensive experience in aged care, hospital and general practice. Su has a special interest in childhood and catch up immunisations and also speaks Singhalese. Nurse Helen has been practicing for over 30 years and is a qualified nurse immunizer. Helen also has a special interest in immunising, particularly in education on influenza. Both Su and Helen assist the centre's doctors in chronic disease management and help complete care plans for patients with various medical conditions. Belgrave Hallam Road Medical Centre practice supports patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes and asthma (just to name a few!) The centre also endeavours to put resources in place to assist patients with their ongoing care needs.



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Please make an appointment on 8842 4499 and ask the friendly staff on the services available. Belgrave Hallam Road Medical Centre is located at 156 Belgrave Hallam Road in Narre Warren North. For more information, visit

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ernor Road, Lower Dandenong Road, Centre Dandenong Road and Thames Promenade. Mr Andrews said the freeway would ease congestion on the Nepean Highway, Boundary Road, Wells Road, Westall Road and Springvale Road and cut 10 minutes from a trip between the Mornington Peninsula Freeway and the Dingley Bypass. Construction will start next year and is expected to be finished by the end of 2021. The State Government committed $300 million to the project in last year's budget. It was then designed to only include an overpass at Springvale Road, but will now be elevated for the entire stretch.

Belgrave Hallam Road Medical Centre Nurse Sujatha.

Philip McCahy @ Melbourne Urology Centre, 55 Kangan Drive, Berwick

Cash boost eases squeeze The Mordialloc Bypass will become a four-lane freeway thanks to $75 million in next month's state budget. Premier and Mulgrave MP Daniel Andrews announced funding for the upgrade on Monday 9 April. He said it would remove three sets of traffic lights from the existing design. The $375 million project will connect the Mornington Peninsula Freeway at Springvale Road in Aspendale Gardens to the Dingley Bypass in Dingley Village, creating a continuous freeway from Frankston to Clayton. The new freeway will have entry and exit ramp interchanges at Springvale Road, Gov-

The 10-bed high acuity cardiac unit is part of the hospital’s Critical Care Unit which caters to patients who may need to be monitored very closely following major surgery, require the insertion of a stent, pacemaker or internal cardiac defibrillator, or for those who have unexpectedly become very ill. The hospital also provides in-patient and out-patient rehabilitation services which enables it to provide a holistic approach to cardiac care in this region. For more information on cardiac care, please contact St John of God Berwick Hospital on 8784 5000.

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Skin care, with lasers

Here to help Urologist Philip McCahy of the Melbourne Urology Centre is urging men diagnosed with prostate cancer to 'get as much information as possible from urologists and oncologists'. "Prostate cancer is now the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in men (after skin cancer) and over 3000 men die from the disease every year in Australia," Mr McCahy said. "Whilst this may sound alarming, prostate cancer only accounts for about 4% of all male deaths and the average age of death is over 80 years. So prostate cancer is common, but slow growing and frequently not fatal." Mr McCahy explained that there are few specific symptoms associated with prostate cancer and the majority of men are now diagnosed after a blood test - prostate-specific antigen (PSA). "Despite its name, PSA is not that specific - infections, big benign prostates and trauma can all cause the test to be raised," he said. "But if it is higher than expected it is a warning sign that something may be going on and the best advice would be to see a urologist. Options include prostate biopsy, MRI scan or just keep an eye on things." Mr McCahy also advised of possible treatments. "If cancer is found with a biopsy, treatments include removing the prostate (radical

Laser Treatment at Specialist Dermatologist

■ Pigmentation/Melasma: A very common skin condition that is easily treatable, often using combination therapy of cream and laser treatment ■ Sun Damage: Rejuvenate your skin for a lighter and more youthful appearance ■ Age Spots: Those unsightly blemishes on the backs of your hands can be removed permanently ■ Vascular Marks: Blemishes in many sizes and shapes can be found all over the body and can be easily treated with instant cosmetic results achieved ■ Flushing: Redness can be treated with little or no side effects and minimal downtime ■ Rosacea: A common skin condition that causes red pimples, telangiectasia and flushing mainly of the cheeks and nose, often causing embarrassment. This irritating condition can be safely treated with our medical grade laser. ■ Hair removal: Laser hair reduction reduces the amount of unwanted hair, with any new hairs tending to grow through lighter and finer ■ Glycolic Peels: Glycolic peels are a specific technique for skin renewal that helps remove the damaged layer of surface skin cells revealing fresh skin for a healthier, smoother, plumper, firmer less oily and more even toned appearance

Cosmetic nurse Marie Lebrasse at work on a patient. safely into the dermis leading to remodelling of collagen and elastin, which, in turn, leads to plumping of the skin. “The epidermis also tightens giving the treated skin a smoother, more youthful appearance." Dandenong Dermatology Centre is at 1/110 David Street. Call 9791 3455. The first cosmetic consultation is free.


Philip McCahy is a Consultant Urologist at Casey Hospital in Berwick.

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Dandenong Dermatology Centre has been providing dermatology care and laser therapy to the area for many years. The centre is headed by Dr Peter Fergin, Dr Olivia Milne and Dr Stephen Gilmore. The trio were recently joined by Dr Rebecca Nguyen. Laser treatments are provided by dermatology and cosmetic nurse Marie Lebrasse. Marie has many years of expertise with laser treatments and techniques. She regularly updates her laser knowledge and skills and adheres to all new standards and regulations. Dr Fergin says that with summer over, now is the perfect time to repair the freckles or pigmentation that appear on exposed skin on the face, chest and hands. “Photo rejuvenation is one of the newest therapies in laser, and gives great results with minimal down time. “Photo rejuvenation with radio frequency technologies applies small amounts of heat

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prostatectomy) which can involve robotic surgery, various forms of radiotherapy and what is called active surveillance, where PSA is monitored along with other signs, and surgery or radiotherapy offered if the cancer appears to be progressing," Mr McCahy said. "This latter strategy has reduced the significant complications associated with the traditional treatments." Mr McCahy also explained that "some men have more advanced disease which can often be successfully managed with regular injections and even when the disease has spread to the bony skeleton, new treatments are available which can help prevent significant problems." Philip McCahy is also a Consultant Urologist at Casey Hospital in Berwick. For more information, visit

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A day for Indonesia A day of Indonesian delights will celebrate two special events. The Indonesian Women's Friendship Network will present the Indonesian Multicultural Festival of Victoria on Sunday 22 April. The Dandenong Market event will run from 10am to 3pm, and will mark Earth Day (22 April) and Kartini Day (21 April). Kartini Day is an Indonesian holiday commemorating Raden Ajeng Kartini's birth in 1879. She was a national hero and a pioneer in the emancipation of Indonesian women.

The day will include multi-cultural food, Indonesian food and drinks, trades and services, live music and dance, workshops, a cultural concert, a fashion show and a dress parade. The purpose is to promote Indonesian culture and respect for diversity. Everyone is welcome and admission is free. Dandenong Market is on the corner of Clow and Cleeland streets, Dandenong. Call 0412 476 998, 0452 528 287, 0423 065 497 or 0401 049 569 for more information.

Sophie and Santi Whiteside 179395 Pictures: STEWART CHAMBERS

Early Anzac Greater Dandenong's Freemasons are holding an early Anzac Day service for the community. The group is particularly keen for current and ex-service men and women to attend the ceremony at 10am on Wednesday 18 April. A light lunch will follow, with the day's events to conclude about 2pm. Worshipful Master of the Keysborough St Andrews Daylight Lodge, Colin Rimington, said a Grand Lodge team would perform the ceremony. It will take place at the South Eastern Masonic Centre, at Greens and Perry roads in Keysborough. Mr Rimington invited anyone who required a seat to call him by Friday 13 April.

WHAT’S ON Anzac commemorations

Twilight Fun Run

Anzac Day commemorates the landing of Australian and New Zealand forces at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915. The Noble Park and Springvale RSLs will hold marches to services on the Sunday before Anzac Day. Dandenong RSL will host a dawn service on Anzac Day followed by a march from the RSL to the Pillars of Freedom later in the morning. Noble Park RSL, 1128 Heatherton Road, Noble Park. Sunday 22 April, 11am. Call John Archman on 9548 3750. Springvale Rise Primary School, corner Union Grove and Springvale Road, Springvale. Sunday 22 April, 10am. Call Natalie Vitale on 9548 4233. Pillars of Freedom, Palm Plaza, Clow Street, Dandenong. Wednesday 25 April, 6am. Call 9792 1535. Dandenong RSL Sub-Branch, 44-50 Clow Street, Dandenong. Wednesday 25 April, 10.30am. Call 9792 1535.

Participants of all ages and abilities are invited to take part. Course lengths include 3km, 5km and 8km. Tirhatuan Park, Outlook Drive (enter via Kriegel Way), Dandenong North. Saturday 21 April, 5pm to 8.30pm. $10 per person, $25 for a family of up to five. Call 9701 5900, email or register on the day.


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Out and About Suburban Melbourne landscapes inspired this series of paintings by artist Hans Schiebold. Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre, corner Walker and Robinson streets, Dandenong. Until Saturday 28 April. Tuesday to Friday, 11am to 5pm and Saturday, 11am to 3pm.


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Tai chi This ancient Chinese martial art is a series of exercises performed in a slow, focused manner designed to keep the body in constant motion and promote relaxation. Follow an introductory Shibashi DVD in this class. The Open Door, 110 Ann Street, Dandenong. Mondays during school terms, 2pm to 2.20pm. A gold coin donation is welcomed. Call 9791 8664 or email theopendoor@ssjg.

The first will focus on writing. Editing will follow in session two, and the third workshop topic will be performance.

No experience is necessary.



Thriller tour moonwalks in Michael Jackson - The Legacy Tour features Texan dancer, choreographer and musician William Hill as MJ. He's recognised internationally as one of the best Michael Jackson tribute artists. Drum Theatre, corner Walker and Lonsdale streets, Dandenong. Thursday 19 April, 8pm. Tickets are priced from $40. Visit www. or call 8571 1666.


Spoken word poetry Artist Cameron Semens will be the special guest at these three workshops.

The Open Door, 110 Ann Street, Dandenong. Thursdays 19 April, 3 May and 10 May, 10am to noon. A gold coin donation is suggested. Call Trish or Jo on 9791 8664 as places are limited.

How Sweet It Is Husband and wife performers Frankie J Holden and Michelle Pettigrove will present a show about living and loving. Drum Theatre, corner Lonsdale and Walker streets, Dandenong. Thursday 19 April, 10.30am to 11.45am. Tickets are priced from $16. Visit or call 8571 1666.


Afghan Bazaar Cultural Tour The tours include visits to speciality shops, an introduction to Afghanistan's long history with Australia, rugs and carpets, food samples and dinner. Dandenong. Thursday 19 April, 6pm to 8pm. $50 per person. Call 8571 1377.



Doveton Neighbourhood Learning Centre, 34 Oak Avenue, Doveton. Tuesdays, 10am to noon. Call 9791 1449 for more information.

Check out chess The Dandenong Chess club welcomes players of all ages, from novices to grand masters. 16 Balmoral Avenue, Dandenong. Wednesdays, 7pm. Call Paul on 0406 786 242 for more information.


Decorate a tote bag

Free fitness classes

Kids can colour in a Spendless Shoes tote bag to take home at this free monthly activity. Centre court on level two at Dandenong Plaza, McCrae Street, Dandenong. Thursday 19 April, 10am to 1pm.



Active April These free 30-minute sessions are part of the Premier's Active April. There'll be circuit training from 7am on Tuesdays, yoga on Wednesdays at noon (except Anzac Day) and boxing at 5pm on Thursdays. Harmony Square, 225 Lonsdale Street Dandenong. Until Thursday 26 April.


Tradition Split Graham Dean and Kristie Keogh make up the No Pressure Artists Collaborative. Dean is a self-taught contemporary artist and Keogh uses a range of media to explore her Koori heritage. Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre, corner Walker and Robinson streets, Dandenong. Until Saturday 28 April. Tuesday to Friday, 11am to 5pm and Saturday, 11am to 3pm.


Fun for retirees The Waverley Gardens Combined Probus Club is seeking new members from the Dandenong North, Noble Park and Springvale North areas. Members meet for coffee and a guest speaker from 9.45am to noon on the last Tuesday of the month, and for other activities. Vegas Club, Waverley Gardens Shopping Centre, corner Jacksons and Police roads, Mulgrave. Call 9560 6046 or 9801 4049 for more information.


Learn everyday English This free conversational English class is ideal for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.

Parkmore Shopping Centre is offering free Live Life Get Active classes featuring cross-training, boxing and yoga. Frederick Wachter Reserve, 133-155 Kingsclere Avenue, Keysborough. Monday to Friday during school terms, 9.30am to 10.15am.

Finding friendship The Burmese Women's Alliance Friendship Group meets every Thursday to socialise and make new friends. The meetings involve mentoring, cancer screening workshops, and fabric painting. Noble Park Community Centre, Memorial Drive, Noble Park. Thursdays during school terms, noon to 2pm. New members are welcome. A $2 donation applies to fabric painting. Call Chaw on 0432 021 888 or the Noble Park Community Centre on 9547 5801.


Help is available Free meals, showers and laundry services are available. Doveton Neighbourhood Learning Centre, 34 Oak Avenue, Doveton. Tuesdays, 6pm to 8pm. Call 9791 1449 for more information.


Mindfulness meditation Participants will strive for a state of inner peace and connect to meaning while their mind and body is calm, still and silent. No experience is necessary. The Open Door, 110 Ann Street, Dandenong. Mondays during school terms, 2.30pm to 3.30pm, followed by a cuppa until 4.30pm. A gold coin donation is suggested. Call Trish or Jo on 9791 8664 or email Theopendoor@









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Devine’s baseball dream By Hayley Wildes There's never a bad time to hit a home-run. But there are times when a home-run is needed more than others,and Pakenham local Emily Devine, 15, understands that better than most. Playing for Victoria in the gold medal match at the 2018 Youth Women's Australian Baseball Championships in Geelong earlier this month, Devine stepped up in the biggest of moments. With scores tied 0-0 at the midpoint of the game, with pitchers dominating proceedings, it was Devine who broke the deadlock. She didn't just break the deadlock though, she smashed it. A two-run homer that sailed over the heads of her New South Wales counterparts sent the crowd and her teammate's wild. Speaking about that hit, Devine admits she knew she'd hit it sweetly the moment it left her bat. "When I hit it, I was like, 'Oh that felt really good off the bat', and I was hoping it went over. I sprinted really hard up the first base line, and then I was realised it was a homer." Devine said. The game needed a hero and it was Devine's massive hit that proved the match-winner as Victoria claimed the Championship, 2-0. Devine who plays locally in the Dandenong Baseball Association for the Springvale Lions over the summer and Berwick Dodgers in the winter, began her baseball journey five years ago with the Pakenham Pumas after watching movies and falling in love with the game. Devine just had to try the sport and she wasn't disappointed. "It was just like what I'd seen [in the movies] and I just wanted to keep playing." Devine said. The Pakenham Pumas allowed Devine to hone her skills from a young age and were key to her development. "The Pumas were really good. They taught me well and really showed me how to play the game." Devine said. Whilst all three clubs have played a massive role in Devine becoming one of the brightest young prospects in Victoria, one particular mentor stands out.

Local baseballer, Emily Devine is making a name for herself. "Shae Lilywhite." Devine said. "She's helped me with technique, she's helped me focus on the game and she's just done so much in every aspect of the game for me." Baseball has taken her across the globe. Last July, Devine jetted off to Japan with a selection of the very best U25 Australian female baseballers. It was an experience that Devine won't soon forget.

"We all went to Japan to learn about how the Japanese play and how they train - just to really build on our skills. It was amazing." Devine said. What does the future hold for Devine in baseball? Whilst she hopes to continue to compete at the highest level possible, she also wants to focus on having fun. "I just want to keep having fun with it - I'm in love with it so much." Devine said.

Picture: SUPPLIED. "I really love the people - it's a great community and everyone helps each other out, everybody is just there for you and it's just very supportive." That community and support was evident in the lead up to the Nationals, as the Springvale Lions helped Devine tremendously with fundraising. "I would really love to thank Springvale for fundraising and helping me get to Nationals." Devine said.

Clinics for local basketballers take it to an elite level By Hayley Wildes For males and females aged between 14 and 20, there is the opportunity to be a part of an elite basketball training program in Dandenong. For those already playing basketball, Safe Lace Basketball Clinics provide an avenue for locals to improve their game in a number of areas. Loretta Batten, Director of Safe Lace Basketball, noticed a 'lack of specific training' in

the community and started the clinics in September last year. The clinics, which take place at Dandenong Basketball Stadium, focus on strength and conditioning & game skills and shooting techniques. Term two kicks off on the 26th of April and will run until the 28th of June. Every Thursday afternoon at Dandenong Basketball Stadium, Court 4, there will be two clinics; first, at 4.305.15pm is strength and conditioning and sec-

ond, at 5.15-6pm is game skills and shooting techniques. The clinics are run by Kevin Benn, a former USA college player who has trained with the Orlando Magic, has a vast amount of knowledge and is eager to pass it on those in the local community. The two clinics run back-to-back, allowing participants to work on extra training skills that basketball players need to advance, further than their regular basketball training al-

lows them to. Batten talked about the positive effects that clinics have had on those who regularly attend them. "The improvement has been noticeable - not just to us and their coaches, but to the players themselves." Batten said. "There is a real sense of achievement felt by the kids as they improve." For more information or to register, head to




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A decade of Warrior pride The Greater Dandenong Hockey Club has never been in a stronger position - on or off the field. And in what is the clubs 10 year anniversary season, it is all coming together for the Warriors. When the Springvale Hockey Club and Dandenong Hockey Club's merged 10 years ago to form what is now the Greater Dandenong Warriors, there were challenges. It is human nature to not want to let go of your club and the merge was met with some resistance. That seems like a lifetime ago. Mark Fernandez, Men's Section, talks about the 10-year journey and getting the club right off-field in order to be competitive on-field. "Off-field success for the last 10 years was all about trying to establish the identity. For the first few years, as you can imagine, you still have those different factions trying to hang onto their previous identity." Fernandez said. "It was trying to get people to think about us being the one new club, rather than Springvale or Dandenong." "If you asked me what kind of club the Greater Dandenong Warriors resembles, it is a family club. We've got grandfathers that play in our veteran's side, fathers that play in our men's side and sons that play in the junior sides. There's that entire family focus for us." That identity and culture drove the Warriors to their best season in 2017. "Last year was probably our most successful year on the park; we played in 8 grand finals across and secured four premierships." Fernandez said.

"That really set us up for this year in targeting someone to take us to the next level - that being Matt Freeman." The appointment of Matt Freeman as Senior Men's Coach, who boasts an impressive resume, has been huge for the club. Freeman brings a wealth of experience and knowledge. He is a five-time premiership player with Waverley, two-time Best and Fairest winner in premiership years, boasts international experience in the UK and has been a member of the Australian Development Team. Fernandez talks about what welcoming a coach of Freeman's stature means to the club. "It's a massive, massive deal. Matt was a junior with one of our clubs [Springvale] about 20 years ago and he has played the last 20 years at the highest level." "Last year was his last season of Premier League Hockey and he wanted to explore the next stage of his hockey career being coaching and it's a testament to his character to invest back in our club where it all started, and we were lucky enough to be able to entice him to come back and work with us." The diversity is what makes the Greater Dandenong Warriors the club it is today. Whilst members are from all walks of life and nationalities, there is also a program to support refugees within the community. With about 250 members, the Greater Dandenong Warriors are still accepting new players for all sections across Juniors, Seniors (Men and Women) and Masters for the upcoming winter season, with no experience necessary. For more information, contact the club via;

Matt Freeman has joined the Greater Dandenong Warriors.

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By Hayley Wildes The Dandenong Softball Association hosted the 2018 Under 19 Softball Victoria State Championships from the 7th to the 8th of April at Police Paddocks in Dandenong North. In what was a battle of future stars of the sport, there was action aplenty in both the men's and women's competitions. Local teams; Casey and Dandenong, mixed it with the very best teams from all over the state. In the women's Championships, Casey progressed through the pool stage and further qualifiers to make it to the Grand Final. Taking on Waverley in the Grand Final, it was a battle of the undefeated teams and the crowd had a sense of deja vu after these two teams also faced off in the 2017 Grand Final. In what was a tight game, Waverley made the most of their chances down the stretch, winning the Under 19 Women's State Championship, 5-3 - claiming back-to-back titles.

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Picture: COURTESY OF SOFTBALL VICTORIA Meanwhile, Casey's men also made their way through to the Grand Final after claiming wins against Werribee (8-2), Keilor Park (15-1) and Frankston/Albury Wodonga (12-1). Unfortunately, Casey met a Sunshine team on a mission in the Grand Final and were unable to counterpunch the firepower Sunshine was sending down.

Sunshine's big-hitters came to play and matched the intensity of their pitchers. Sunshine eventually ran out 7-0 winners, claiming the Under 19 Men's State Championship. With both Casey teams making it through to grand finals, it is clear that the young softball talent coming through the ranks has never been better.

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