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A home to learning

Dandenong High School strives to create an environment where every student achieves success and realises their potential.

Greater Dandenong and Casey kinders will be among the first in the state to get cash to access experts. Dandenong MP Gabrielle Williams announced on Friday 27 April that they would join 23 local government areas to share $58.1 million worth of school readiness funding. The Australian-first program will fund access to experts and innovative programs. All kinders operated by an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations in Victoria will also be able to access the funding. "This Australian-first initiative is about ensuring no child is left behind - and that those who need extra help will get it," Early Childhood Education Minister Jenny Mikakos said. "Not every child has an equal chance to thrive at kindergarten and school readiness funding will mean that more kids will be ready for school and ready for life." One in five Victorian children start school developmentally vulnerable, according to the 2015 Australian Early Development Census, and those who start behind tend to stay behind. The funding will allow kinders to tap into language and literacy professionals, speech therapists and child psychologists. They'll be brought in to work directly with children at kindergartens and build the capability of parents and educators. "We want all Dandenong kids to start school on equal footing, if they need extra help through a speech therapist, or a literacy expert, this funding will provide that," Ms Williams said. It's the first time school readiness funding has been made available to kindergartens. It will become a permanent part of the Victorian kindergarten system and will boost kinder funding by 10 per cent when fully rolled out.


Established in 1919, Dandenong High School is one of the oldest and most culturally diverse secondary schools in the state. The school's vision is to create an environment where every student achieves success and realises their potential. Principal Susan Ogden explained that the school's unique house structure and state of the art facilities ensure students' develop a deep connection and strong pride in their school. "In Years 7-9, students learn in a collaborative model in their house with teams of teachers. Learning is personalised, technology embedded and differentiated to meet individual needs and ensure every student is engaged and challenged," Ms Ogden said. "Our senior studies program and our strong partnerships with tertiary providers and community organisations provide students with an individualised senior pathway and the essential entrepreneurship and other 21st century skills necessary for success once they leave school." Dandenong High School offers an extensive STEM pathway and SEAL program and encourages students to contribute positively to their community. "Our emphasis on student agency and leadership empowers our students to exact positive change and be responsible community members both inside and outside the school," Ms Ogden said. "I am incredibly proud to be the leader of such a unique and dynamic learning community and would encourage you to visit our website or contact the school to arrange a tour." For more information about Dandenong High School, phone 9792 0561 or visit www.

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A strong sense of pride

Hampton Park Secondary College students Isabeau Hart and Kayden Draai.

Powering on Hampton Park Secondary College has a strong partnership with its feeder primary schools. The college offers a sports mentoring program for students to umpire the interschool sports at primary schools. Students umpire a variety of sports and work with all the grade 6 students. This program builds the confidence of student mentors to be leaders, as well as building a positive connection to Hampton Park students. College teachers also work with primary school teachers and students to ensure the transition to secondary college is smooth and nurturing. The school has multiple transition days prior to children commencing, as well as when they begin Year 7. Students in Year 7 have an alternate program for the first few days which focuses on building learning power. This program enables students to understand how they learn

best, to feel comfortable at Hampton Park Secondary and allows them to get to know their teachers and the new environment. Hampton Park Secondary has a positive peer support program, in which the Year 10 and 11 student leaders mentor the new Year 7 students. This program is highly successful and helps the Year 7’s feel a sense of belonging and connectedness to the college and older students. Students are the top priority at Hampton Park Secondary College. The college values of respect, learning and working together are instilled in students in order to achieve their best growth. The college strives to “create lifelong learners.” Contact Janette Kalatzis at Hampton Park Secondary College on 8795 9400 for a tour or further information.

Dandenong Primary School offers excellence in teaching and learning in a warm and welcoming environment for all. Principal Daniel Riley said the school community held high aspirations for every student and "as a community we support and challenge one another to realise these high expectations". "All members of our community have a strong sense of pride in the school and are active partners in promoting and celebrating Dandenong Primary School culture and achievements within the school and to the broader community," Mr Riley said. "The Dandenong Primary School curriculum is responsive to the needs of every student and is delivered by highly dedicated teachers and support staff through explicit, high-impact approaches to learning and teaching." Learning areas include English, mathematics, science, humanities, health and physical education, visual arts, French and design technologies (formerly ICT). "We offer a highly specialised English as an Additional Language program. Early intervention and learning extension are provided across the school to maximise success for all. "Our curriculum is further strengthened by the voice, leadership and agency that Dandenong Primary School students bring to their own learning. "We provide a safe and inclusive environment where diversity is promoted and celebrated." Mr Riley said the school had an integrated approach to student and family health, wellbeing, inclusion and engagement that was focussed on providing support, information and specialised services. In order to maximise engagement and wellbeing, the school offers: Program for Students with Disabilities A Highly Dedicated Student Wellbeing Team KidsMatter, Play is the Way and eSmart Approaches

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"Dandenong Primary School functions as a community hub, facilitating collaboration with a range of partners to provide services and activities before, during and after school hours. "In addition to the strong foundation for success that our school curriculum provides, we also offer a school breakfast club, after school sports, choir and performing arts, a multimedia School TV News production, student leadership development, camps and excursions as well as state-of- the-art facilities "For our families we provide a Community Hubs Australia program, an award winning Dandy Pals playgroup, before and after-school care, onsite kindergarten, adult English language classes, and a convenient location in the heart of Dandenong." For a copy of the student enrolment application, to book a school tour or to simply learn more about what the school can offer, please contact Mr Riley on 9792 2743.

At Hampton Park Secondary College, we aim to provide for the learning needs of all students through offering a broad and comprehensive curriculum program. As a college we are committed to providing a safe and supporting learning environment through our school-wide positive behaviour policy. This is promoted by the college values – Respect, Learning and Working Together.

Hampton Park Secondary College offers an array of activities and different spaces to ensure students are connected to their secondary school life. Students can partake in a variety of activities to further their growth both socially and academically. • Sports – Students can represent Hampton Park in a variety of sports and house events • School Production – This year we are performing ‘Grease’ the musical • SRC & Leadership – Students have the opportunity to represent their peers as a leader • Peer Support Program – All year 7s are teamed up with our Year 10 & 11 student mentors • The Maker Space – A variety of clubs happen here; Drone, Photography, Barista (and you can buy coffee!) • Technology – 3D Printer, Robotics, STEM program • Instrumental Music Program – Learn an instrument and perform when you are ready • FLS – Flexible Learning Space specifically for Year 7 & 8 students to learn • Homework Club – where students can catch up and ask questions of their teachers

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A cultural environment Hampton Park Primary School is characterised by its rich cultural diversity with 38 language backgrounds. It provides a Prep to Year 6 program that recognizes the wide-ranging educational and social needs of its 364 students. The school motto "persistence, creativity, excellence" is reinforced by the values of respect, co-operation, friendliness, best effort and equality. Acting Principal Elizabeth Davey explained that staff work as a team to provide a comprehensive education for all students. "We place great importance on students developing high-level literacy and numeracy skills," Ms Davey said. "We have just completed a $5.7 million building program including eight new classrooms and introduced a STEM-based curriculum using the contemporary and innovative STEM learning space. "We offer the specialist programs of physical education, science, digital technologies, STEM and Mandarin." In addition to a strong commitment to academic excellence, the school focuses on students' social and emotional wellbeing in order to build resilience and maintain positive mental health. Hampton Park Primary is a recognised Kidsmatter School and implements a social

Mutual respect at Hallam Hallam Senior College aims to provide all students with the maximum opportunity for personal and academic growth in a supportive environment, one specially designed for students in their later years of secondary education. Hallam Senior College offers an extensive range of study options in Year 10, VCE, VET amd VCAL that enable teachers to personalise a student’s timetable through a focused program approach. “Students are at the centre of our thinking, planning and actions. We aim to ensure that we provide positive learning experiences for every student in a young adult environment," said acting principal David Caughey. "With highly experienced staff ensuring quality of delivery across all subjects, students are treated as young adults with staff-student

relationships based on mutual respect, cooperation and a focus on the common goal – learning. "In a young adult learning environment students are encouraged to take personal responsibility for their learning. "The relationships we forge with students and their families are critical elements of a student’s success at this important stage of their learning. "Hallam Senior College values relationships built on respect and responsibility where the relationships between people, learning and the environment frame our actions." Contact Hallam Senior College on 9703 1266 for more information or to book a tour of the college.

Hampton Park Primary School''s motto of “persistence, creativity, excellence” is reinforced by the values of respect, cooperation, friendliness, best effort and equality. and emotional learning program to support this initiative. "At Hampton Park Primary, we are committed to maintaining a learning environment where students persist in all things and develop a creative approach to learning in their search for excellence," Ms Davey said. "The learning environment is one where students learn to be flexible, reflective and open minded so they will develop into capable young people with the ability to monitor their own learning and effectively manage challenges as they arise." Please contact the school on 9799 1440 to arrange a tour.

Students are treated as young adults at Hallam Senior College.


Monday 21st May - Friday 25th May What’s On Open Morning - Wednesday 23rd May Open Afternoon - Wednesday 23rd May 9:15am - 10:30am 3:45pm - 5:45pm An opportunity for prospective families to tour our facilities and see our school community in action.

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Marking 60 years On 4 February 1958, Brother Amedy Molloy of the De La Salle Brothers enthusiastically walked into a one classroom school of 60 boys and began to teach. He was soon joined by other De La Salle brothers and lay teachers, and over the next decade, in association with the Presentation Sisters, the number of students grew rapidly. The school became known as St John’s Regional College and its motto is now Courage Reaches for the Stars (Virtus in astra tendit). In 2018, St John’s Regional College is celebrating its Diamond Jubilee and will commemorate Brother Amedy’s pioneering educational vision and the vision of the men and women who have led and taught at St John’s. As a part of the celebrations, current and past students, parents, staff and several Sisters and Brothers recently gathered around the symbols of the Presentation Sisters and De La Salle Brothers to honour 60 years of Catholic Education in Dandenong. “St John’s continues to embrace the pioneering vision of Brother Amedy and those who followed him through the vast opportunities it provides for its students,” St John’s communications and marketing officer Katrina Blick said. “Whether it be a full academic course of study, a vocational pathway, a variety of extracurricular activities or the opportunity to feed one’s soul, St John’s sees its students at the centre of its core business which educates the human being - body, soul and intellect,” “This has been the case since St John’s opened its doors in 1958 and then, more broadly in 1977, when the entire college was made co-educational.” Since that time, Ms Blick said that the education of young men and women in the Dan-

St John's Regional College is this year celebrating its diamond jubilee. denong area has been “celebrated through the many ex students who have gone on in the world with a courage that reaches for the stars.” “Whether it’s those who have moved to fame or those who have lived a full life, the staff and students of St John’s, along with their families, for the past 60 years have not only graced the

Greater Dandenong area but the various parts of the world they have found themselves,” Ms Blick said. “For that, and for the past 60 years, we give joyful thanks.” To find out more about St John’s Regional College, phone 9791 3366 or visit www.sjrc.vic.

Cyberbullying is a deeply embedded problem in society, with one in five young people under the age of 18 reporting that they have experienced online bullying in any one year, but schools cannot solve the problem alone. This is the view of Professor Marilyn Campbell, of the Queensland University of Technology, a world-expert on cyberbullying. Professor Campbell spent two decades as a teacher, before becoming a registered psychologist and then moving into research. “While schools obviously have a role to play, we need to ensure parents are playing an active role in dealing with cyberbullying. “Most cyberbullying is initiated outside of the school, so we need to make sure parents know how to respond – whether their child is being bullied or, in fact, is the bully.” Often, the policing of cyberbullying is seen as an area for schools and teachers to manage, but Professor Campbell says that parents shouldn’t pass on the responsibility for ensuring their children are safe. “Parents are their children’s first teachers, and they are the people supplying their children with the technology,” says Professor Campbell. “Both of those factors add up to parents having a very important role to play – they can’t just say ‘This is something for schools to deal with,’ and wash their hands of it.” “No-one is suggesting that this is an easy space to navigate – far from it. But appropriate online relationships are just like appropriate offline relationships – they thrive on respect and empathy, despite the fact that they are being conducted behind the veil of online anonymity. Parents need to make sure they are teaching their children how to conduct those kinds of relationships.”


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Shake salt off the menu Heart Foundation figures show that typical “go-to” school lunchbox options such as the humble ham and cheese sandwich can deliver school kids more than half their entire recommended daily allowance of salt. Dietitians at the Heart Foundation have analysed the average salt content of a range of go-to school lunchbox options and found that: A ham and cheese sandwich on white bread with butter can contain 3g of salt. This is 91 per cent of a four-to-eight year old’s recommended daily allowance of 3.5g of salt and well over half (61 per cent) of a 9-13 year old’s recommended daily allowance. A cheese and vegemite sandwich on white bread with butter can contain 2g of salt. This is over half (57 per cent) of a four-to-eight year old’s recommended daily allowance and 40 per cent of the daily allowance for a 9-13 year old. A chicken loaf and cheese sandwich on white bread with mayonnaise can contain 2.8g of salt. This is 80 per cent of a four-to-eight year old’s recommended daily allowance of 3.5g and more than half of it for a 9-13 year old. Heart Foundation Victoria CEO Kellie-Ann Jolly said parents needed to be aware that the fillings they put in sandwiches could contribute more salt than they realise to their children’s diets. But this didn’t mean they should cut out sandwiches as a lunchbox staple. “There are many other healthy, low salt sandwich filling options,” Ms Jolly said. “Why not try roasted chicken and avocado on multigrain bread? Or an egg and avocado sandwich? Both contain less than a gram of salt. Or a cheese and carrot sandwich on multigrain, which contains only 1.4 grams of salt.” Recent research shows that two out of three Victorian schoolchildren are consuming 60 per cent more salt than is recommended every

Salt can be a hidden nasty in many lunchboxes.

Colour is the key to a healthy lunchbox. day, and more than half of that comes from “core” food groups, such as bread and cheese and breakfast cereals. Heart Foundation Victoria dietitian Sian Armstrong said the amount of salt in some core foods like bread and cheese was concerning, but the Heart Foundation did not recom-

mend cutting them out altogether. “Bread and cheese contribute to the basis of a healthy balanced diet so it’s important to read the label and choose the lowest salt option or look for products labelled ‘low salt’ or ‘salt reduced’,” Ms Armstrong said. “It’s also important to think about the whole

lunchbox. An ideal healthy lunchbox would include a filling lunch such as a wholegrain sandwich with protein such as chicken or eggs. The snacks could be fresh fruit, chopped vegetables, and yoghurt,” Ms Armstrong said. “You can find lots of ideas for healthy and filling snacks, and learn how to read food labels at the Unpack the Salt website.” Ms Jolly added that reducing the amount of salt in children’s diets was critical to protecting the heart health of future generations. “There is a link between a high salt diet and high blood pressure in adulthood. Meanwhile, studies have shown that reducing salt intake during childhood lowers blood pressure. This is important, because blood pressure tracks over the life course, meaning higher levels in childhood increase the future risk of high blood pressure as an adult. Hence salt reduction strategies that seek to protect childhood blood pressure are important for longer- term prevention of heart attack, stroke and kidney disease.”

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A sustainable education Sustainability is the focus of many schools these days with students encouraged to pack nude lunches and be energy busters. How can parents help encourage their kids to be sustainable students? Here are 10 tips from Sustainability Victoria: 1. Lunches - get the kids to make their own lunch and use containers suited to nude food which eliminates the need for plastic or aluminium foil wrapping. If you do need to wrap, reusable beeswax wraps be used instead of plastic. Find out about them online or do a course on making them at your local neighborhood house or community arts centre. Water bottles can be frozen to keep lunches fresh in summer. Some people use a thermos as a year-round way to keep liquids (like drinks and yogurt which you can decant from a larger container) at a constant temperature. Encourage your students to use the school’s compost bins or bring home their scraps for yours. 2. Make you own snacks Despite what they say, many kids have plenty of time on their hands. Teach them to make their own muesli bars and other snacks. Be patient. It’s a life skill. 3. Get more value. Use the Love Food Hate Waste website to get great recipes to use last night’s leftovers in exciting ways for school (and work) lunches. 4. Mmmm coffee… If your teenagers are in the habit of buying a cuppa before or after school, a ‘keep cup’ is a good investment. 5. Save money by digging out pens, pencils and other consumables from drawers, cupboards and bags rather than buying new ones. Many stationery makers have a range of notebooks made from recycled paper. Greencollect at Braybrook sells recycled stationery and other excess office supplies from businesses.

Riding to school is a great way to stay fit and be sustainable. 6. Textbooks and uniforms. Most schools have second-hand book and uniform shops, but your local op shop is also worth trying. Many high school English and literature books are available free on Kindle. For other subjects ask teachers what the difference is with this year’s version of a textbook compared with last year’s. 7. Music teachers can often bridge the gap between an instrument sitting unused on a

bedroom shelf and a student. You can often get a better-quality instrument this way, rather than paying more for new. 8. Walking or riding to school is a great way to stay fit. It saves fuel, reduces vehicle pollution and traffic jams at the school gate. Otherwise park a short distance from the school and walk with the kids and use it as an opportunity to teach road rules. Catching the bus is often an option, too.

9.Buying a desk, bookcase or filing cabinet? Second-hand office furniture shops often have very modern goods at a much better price than new and they will last. 10.Ask your school to join the Resource Smart Schools program and Sustainability Victoria’s TAKE2 program. TAKE2 is about individuals, groups and organisations joining forces to set their own objectives and act to preserve the planet.


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Residential-care teens go on joyride By Cam Lucadou-Wells Two boys who live at a South-East residential care facility have allegedly stolen one of the facility's vehicles and joy-rode through Dandenong North back-roads at night, a children's court bail hearing has heard. The magistrate questioned a Youth Justice worker at the 7 May hearing why the co-accused boys, both with lengthy criminal histories, were placed at the same facility. "It's really silly. It's counterproductive." One of the boys, a "high-risk" 14-year-old with complex intellectual and mental health issues, appeared in the dock. During the 3 May joy-ride, he had allegedly used the hand-brake to skid the stolen Hyundai, a police prosecutor told the court. The co-accuseds took it in turns to drive, with

the other boy crashing into a gutter, the court heard. They allegedly drove the damaged car back to the facility. The next day, the 14-year-old was chased down and arrested by police while appearing in court an outstanding car-theft charge, police said. He had been bored and been smoking cannabis on the day of the joy-ride, he allegedly told them. The boy had previously poured petrol over a girl's face at a different residential facility because she refused to sniff the fuel with him in late 2016, the court heard. As the girl was showered by staff, the boy burned the bottom of the bathroom door with a cigarette lighter. He threatened to burn the house down if police were called, the court heard.

The boy at the time of the petrol incident was on 13 counts of bail, police told the court. Police opposed bail, citing the boy's risk to public safety, his disregard for his existing bail and lack of remorse. The boy was however bailed, noting his age, vulnerabilities, supports from community services and his parents, and supervision by Youth Justice. As part of the boy's bail conditions, he was ordered not to associate with the more sophisticated co-accused. The judge said the older boy had "some sort of hold" on the 14-year-old. The Department of Human Services had no intention to remove either of the boys from the facility, a Youth Justice worker told the court. It would be "contemptuous" for the DHS to ignore the non-association condition, the judge said.

Knife threat in Springvale home Two armed men forced their way into a Springvale home and threatened the occupant with a knife. Police said the burglars knocked on the Elm Grove front door about 1.50pm on Sunday 6 May. When the 36-year-old victim answered the door they forced their way inside and threatened the man. They stole cash and jewellery and left the scene in a dark-coloured Honda Civic hatch with stolen number plates. Police said both men had a solid build and wore dark clothes, one had a Malaysian appearance and the other Middle Eastern. Call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Greater Dandenong CIU on 9767 7444 with any information.

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CCTV image could hold clues Police hope CCTV images will help them to track down a thief. Greater Dandenong CIU said a man stole a backpack from a person on Heatherton Road, Dandenong, on 17 March. Police said the backpack contained the victim's wallet, and the thief used their credit cards at numerous stores in the Endeavour Hills area. They released a still image from CCTV footage of a man they believe could assist with inquiries. Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit www. and quote incident number 180097558.

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Celebrating mums through culture A Dandenong event honoured motherhood with an immersive Pakistani experience. Wellsprings for Women celebrated Mother’s Day on Wednesday 9 May. “Amongst so many things we learnt from our mothers, cooking tops the list,” CEO Dalal Smiley said. She said participants reflected on what their mother’s taught them and “and thanking them for the sacrifices they have made to give

us a better a life”. “The event aimed at generating intercultural understanding and connections between women by sharing what their mothers and grandmothers passed on to them,” she said. “Is there a secret recipe that is handed down from one generation to the next?” Women from many different cultural backgrounds worked together to create a Pakistani experience through cooking Pakistani food,

researching Pakistani culture and customs, preparing and delivering a presentation on the day, and wearing traditional clothes. “We are grateful for funding from the Victorian Multicultural Commission and the Scanlon Foundation which enabled us to organise the event and make it a real celebration of women’s tenacity, resilience and sense of solidarity,” Ms Smiley said. Turn to page 10 for more coverage in the lead up to Mother's Day

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100 years ago 16 May 1918 Progressive Dandenong The well-known firm of Messrs Moran and Cato, who have already about 74 stores in the metropolitan area, have purchased a piece of land in Lonsdale Street, Dandenong, between the Savings and Commercial banks, and are now erecting a spacious building which will have a fine frontage of 33 feet, in which they intend to carry on their usual business. The contractors expect to have the building completed in about three months hence. AIF Casualties The total casualties sustained by the Australian Imperial Forces are now 244,411. Of that number, 45,883 have been killed, 124,384 wounded, 2935 have been taken prisoners , while the list totals 70,461 and 534 are reported missing, while there are

50 years ago 21 May 1968 Duke of Edinburgh's Third Commonwealth Study Conference Icy winds and a warm welcome greeted Dandenong's visitors for the Duke of Edinburgh's Third Commonwealth Study conference when they arrived here on Saturday afternoon. The 12-man party was delayed after a late touchdown at Essendon and drove into the Prince Mark Hotel grounds almost an hour later than scheduled. They will stay at the Prince Mark Hotel until Wednesday 22 May. The local organising committee headed by Dandenong's mayor, Cr Peter Wagstaff, and Berwick's Shire President, Cr Allan Ruston, made informality the tempo in a breezy half hour reception at the motel.

They were driven in a motorcade to Cr George Rae's dairy farm and toured the property before returning to the hotel before a smorgasbord dinner dance at the Windsor on Saturday night. Dandenong Rotary and Apex Clubs organised the dinner, principally to acquaint the visitors with identities from the Dandenong and District Hospital the Peninsula Ambulance Service and 160 guests. The party stayed 90 minutes longer than scheduled at Saturday's dinner and spent Sunday afternoon with local families after inspecting Clarrie Corrigan's market garden, with lunch at the civic offices.

20 years ago 18 May 1998 Who's Who The 1998 Industrial Business Directory has information on 2000 businesses and 760

support and service organizations throughout the City of Greater Dandenong.

5 years ago 20 May 2013 Your Voice This little piggy is coming to Dandenong Market. From when I was a kid growing up in Dandenong there is one memory which has stayed with me, the old Dandy Hams and Bacon 'pig' at the entrance to the town. Since the 1970s Dandenong has changed a lot. When I come back, nothing seems quite the same. Dandenong has grown and developed into a very different place. But to have an old icon restored and put back for the public to view is just wonderful. - Craig Wilson, Beaufort.

From teaching to welfare 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 the Tom Houlahan Community Centre in Foster Street East.



City of Greater Dandenong Living Treasure Tom Houlahan was born at Axe Creek, near Bendigo, in 1916 and raised on his parents’ small mixed farm. His parents, despite hardship, sent him to Assumption College in Kilmore for his secondary education. Tom then worked on the farm for four years before he realised his mother’s dream and became a teacher. He completed his training shortly before World War II broke out. Tom joined the Army and his leadership

qualities resulted in promotion. He said his service provided him with important lessons in tolerance. While home on leave in 1945 Tom married his childhood friend Mary Mannes and by 1953 they had settled in Dandenong. Tom gained the reputation for being a fine teacher and in 1972 was appointed as Dandenong Primary School’s principal. He is also known and respected for his com-

mitment to community welfare. In 1955 Tom recognised the need for greater welfare assistance and helped to form the Society of St Vincent de Paul in Dandenong. For more than 43 years he worked tirelessly for the organisation and assisted thousands of people. Tom’s optimism was steadfast and reassuring. He cited his parents as the role models for the compassion and generosity for which he was known. His Living Treasure tribute said that in building a strong network of social welfare volunteers through his own quiet leadership, the gentle, unassuming man reinforced the best values of community involvement for all the people with whom he came into contact. Tom died in 2004. - Compiled with assistance from the City of Greater Dandenong.

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All aboard for jobs By Casey Neill Shuttle buses could ferry workers from the South-East and beyond to jobs in Dandenong South. At the Monday 23 April Greater Dandenong Council meeting, Councillor Roz Blades suggested a route from Dandenong Railway Station "rather than run buses up and down Abbotts Road on an hourly basis which are mostly empty because there is no need for an hourly service". "From Dandenong station there would be a shuttle bus to take people to work at the time of their shift and it would collect them on their way home, and there might be a shift change in the middle of the day," she said. Cr Blades asked that the council approach employers in Dandenong South to find out the needs of their workers. "That way we can tailor a bus service where

we can get people to work in their own city," she said. "To a lot of the young people, it is the difference between leaving school and starting their working life with a job or starting their working life on unemployment benefits." Business group manager, Paul Kearsley, said the council was lobbying the State Government "very hard" for help with a shuttle bus project. "Ventura Buses have put forward a proposal exactly as Cr Blades has spoken about," he said. "Council's traffic engineers and our business group are assisting Ventura put that proposal together. "It is something that this council has been pushing for, for a number of years and we now have a bus provider Ventura, in support of that model where previously we had not. "Now is the right time to push for that."

In April, the Journal spoke to South East Melbourne Manufacturers Alliance (SEMMA) executive officer Adrian Boden. He said the sector was booming but employers couldn't find enough workers to keep up with the growth. Mr Boden said there were about 4500 new manufacturing jobs in the South-East. He said companies were struggling "not to survive, but to find people so they can keep growing". There are thousands of unemployed people in Greater Dandenong and thousands of jobs available. Mr Boden said public transport to the industrial areas was still inadequate, and suggested companies could looking into establishing their own shuttle bus from Dandenong Railway Station. "We're trying to get a trial in this area," he said.

Cadets show their skills in pride parade By Casey Neill Navy cadets paraded before veterans at a special event in Doveton. HMAS Bataan Veterans Association of Australia secretary John Laughton was among those watching the Training Ship (TS) Bataan Australian Navy Cadets (ANC) unit in action on Saturday 5 May. The crew is based at the Monash Barracks, on Princes Highway. It aims to build teamwork and leadership skills in young people through adventure and maritime activities. Cadets learn how to sail and navigate and

gain skills in information technology, communications, cooking, first aid, drill, seamanship and more. The National Servicemen’s Association of Australia’s (NSAA) south-east sub-branch provided a banner for them to parade under. Cadets can enrol from the year they turn 13 and are discharged at age 20. Visit or call 0401 809 315 for more information.

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New eyes on safety Twelve new CCTV cameras are keeping an eye on Hemmings Street in Dandenong. Greater Dandenong Council installed the system in the shopping precinct between Jones Road and Purdy Avenue. The cameras are part of the council's Safe City CCTV program expansion. Greater Dandenong Mayor Youhorn Chea said well-managed CCTV systems were proven to reduce anti-social behaviour and improve perceptions of community safety. He said there were now more than 100 cameras operating across the city. "These systems not only improve public perceptions of safety but they also assist enforcement agencies such as Victoria Police in the detection and prosecution of offenders," he said. Cr Chea said the council saved money on installing the cameras through a partnership with United Energy. "By installing the cameras on light poles instead of installing solar we were able to cut the project costs in half," he said. The Safe City CCTV program has been operating since 2011.

Teen mob punches man in face Five teens ambushed and tried to rob a Noble Park man as he walked home. Police said the 32-year-old victim was on a walkway over Mile Creek at Briggs Crescent about 7.50pm on Tuesday 1 May. Three boys and two girls, all described as Caucasian, approached and one boy punched the victim in the face. They demanded his backpack and a second boy kicked the victim in the back. The victim ran and flagged down a passing motorist for help. Police said he suffered minor injuries. He retained his backpack, which was buckled across his chest. Call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 with any information.






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A massive quilt stitching together 30 Casey multicultural groups is a powerful show of the adage 'strength in diversity'. Artist Dena Aljamal, of Keysborough, conceived a mighty image of a sun-lit dancer as the centrepiece to the 4-square-metre craftwork. The dancer is something of a universal language, crossing all of the 30 groups from all over the world, she says. "I wanted something to satisfy everyone. "It's nice that in Australia we have this harmony between each other. "We love the respect in this country, in this safe country." The project was conceived in meetings with the groups 18 months ago, discussing the difficulties faced by migrant women. After moving from Dubai on a professional visa, Aljamal was frustratingly unable to have her pharmacy qualifications recognised in Australia. She sat for exams 10 times unsuccessfully. She set on a new course of interior design - graduating with an award at Holmesglen Institute. Casey is becoming like a "city of art" crowned by the recently-built Bunjil Place arts centre, she says. "But this project is not just for the City of Casey, it's for Victoria and for Australia." Berwick quilter Claire Armstrong said it was a deceptively complex task framing together images of the 30 womens groups around Aljamal's painting. There's an art to making a whole work of that monumental size "hang" properly, Armstrong says. At one stage, it was all held by 800 safety pins.

From front page Symptoms for the 23,000 people living with MS around Australia vary from a progressive decline over time to unpredictable periods of relapse and remission. Ms Melhem lost feeling in her left leg during her last relapse. She drops things constantly because she can't feel her left arm properly and suffers daily nerve pain. Multiple Sclerosis Limited came into her life two years ago and organised in-home personal training to keep her limbs moving, set up a home office and teed up occupational therapist visits. "Having the third party to talk to - that's not your family - really helps," she said. "Sometimes you don't tell your family everything because you don't want to worry them or scare them." Support like this, and MS Limited's research for a cure, wouldn't be possible without fund-raisers like the MS Dream Home Lottery. Ms Melhem is the ambassador for the competition, which has a $4.2 million prize pool and a one in 15 chance to win. She holds her own fund-raisers, too, and writes a blog under the moniker Miss AnonyMS. Ms Melhem said MS slowed her down but she'd still finished uni - "I won the Monash prize for the highest-scoring student" - got married and landed a job in communications. "It sounds stupid but I really follow the whole YOLO - you only live once and you just never know what's going to happen," she said. "Don't sweat the small stuff, be grateful for the little things that you do have. "I really appreciate the little things now, like walking." Lottery tickets are available from or 1300 311 816 until 19 July.

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New home for family clinic Endeavour Hills Medical Centre has moved. The popular family medicine clinic is now located at the Endeavour Hills Shopping Centre. Doctors and staff moved into the former Commonwealth Bank premises a fortnight ago. The building has been tastefully renovated to create a light, bright, modern clinic. The practice has a new logo which is reflected subtly throughout the new colour scheme and staff uniforms. When the Journal visited last week, the waiting room was bustling with patients and several large bouquets of flowers from centre management, allied businesses and patients decorated the reception desk. Practice manager Catrina Cincotta said the new location boasted 10 consulting rooms, as opposed to seven at the former Heatherton Road site. “It’s been a great move for our staff and patients who can now enjoy the convenience of the clinic being part of the shopping centre,“ Ms Cincotta said. The practice was founded 31 years ago on the corner of Hanna Drive and Heatherton Road before moving to 61 Heatherton Road. “We started with one doctor and one staff member. We now have nine doctors, four nurses, six receptionists and one practice manager." Endeavour Hills Medical Centre’s team of nine doctors specialise in a range of fields including asthma, respiratory medicine, diabetes, sports medicine, chronic disease management, women’s health, allergies, mental health and travel medicine. The doctors come from a range of backgrounds including Greek, Sri Lankan, Chinese

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Doors to stay open By Casey Neill The Open Door will continue its 10-year dedication to Dandenong’s creativity and spirituality, despite concerns its location is inappropriate. The Sisters of the St John of God-run community centre applied for retrospective planning permission to use its Ann Street site for a place of assembly and car park in 2016. Greater Dandenong Council refused in March last year on the grounds the site was not suitable for non-residential use and would have a detrimental impact on the surrounding area. A council report presented to the Monday 23 April council meeting stuck by that decision. It said the new application had not shown why local planning policy should not apply. “Given this lack of argument, if council were to ignore the policy it would potentially create an adverse precedent future applications and VCAT matters,” the report said. But Councillor Matthew Kirwan successfully moved that The Open Door receive a permit,

with considerable conditions attached. “The eight letters of support and the petition containing 31 signatories attest to the support it has from the general public,” he said. Cr Kirwan said a maximum 20 people were at The Open Door at any time, partaking in activities like meditation, tai chi, creative writing, cooking, art, gospel study and singing. He said the planning reported noted that traffic was not an issue given the small numbers, hours of operation and on-site parking. “These people are good citizens,” he said. “They’re trying to do the right things by their neighbours.” Cr Sean O’Reilly ultimately supported the application, but initially flagged opposition. “This motion is not only about the merits of The Open Door organisation,” he said. “The motion that we’re debating is a planning application motion. “Officers, when they’ve examined the rules that we’ve laid down as a council as guidelines, found that the location is not ideally where it should be.

Spray can impressionism A new wetlands-inspired artwork is brightening up Dandenong’s pocket park. Artist Baden Johnson used aerosol cans to paint Aspects of Healthy Bay Wetlands in the space, which connects Palm Plaza and Lonsdale Street. He said he enjoyed lots of positive interactions with local people during his five days on site. “I’m creating impressionism with a spray can,” he said. “With this mural I used street art tools but

I have painted this work like a painter rather than a street artist. “People came back every day to see the progress. “This artwork brings real locations into the urban environment.” Greater Dandenong’s own wetlands inspired the piece, which will stay in place for two years. Johnson’s work has previously featured in popular Melbourne laneways including ACDC Lane and Hosier Lane..

“Any decision on this particular application is by no means a precedent for organisations to think they can get exceptions in the future because they do good work.” A spokeswoman for The Open Door said she was delighted with the decision. “It has taken stress away from us now that we are certain about our future,” she said. “We look forward to continuing to serve the Dandenong community as a place of creativity and spirituality where all are welcome.” Cr Maria Sampey said the organisation hadn’t caused a problem in 10 years and was running on the smell of an oily rag. “We need organisations like this where people can go, do meditation, get together, do crafts, because it’s really a hard life out there,” she said. “People are trying to work and make a living and then they need an outlet where they can go and know it’s the place where they can relax and meet other people and communicate. “Anyone who takes the time to perform this service for the community needs to be patted on the back.”

Bowls roll undercover in Dandenong All-weather bowls will kick off at Dandenong Club come September. The club is investing $1.4 million in an undercover bowls centre, including a new green, roof and viewing area. Construction started in April and is due for completion in September. The space will replace one of the club's existing grass greens, and will create management, coach and co-ordinator jobs. Club general manager Ross Dunlop described the project a hub for bowls. He said the club had set about reviving bowls activity over the past two years and had grown members by 25 per cent. Mr Dunlop said that a heavy focus on more casual bowls events over the summer season brought in more than 3000 visits. "Whilst bowls remains a fantastic way for retirees to stay competitive and active, we can't survive on hoping every bowler has a full day to devote to bowls," he said. "Changes to the demographic of the typical bowler has resulted in the need for more variation in the type of bowls we offer." Mr Dunlop said the club reintroduced night pennant as well as Tuesday and Saturday pennant teams. "But we now run Jack Attack competitions and regularly open the greens for barefoot bowls, school programs and corporate events," he said. "It's important that we consider making bowls available for the times that potential players can participate. "Once completed in September we can offer far more when weather-proofed."


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By Casey Neill A mother and daughter duo have worked sideby-side for almost 20 years. Niki Leclair joined her mum Anthousa Oustas at the Dandenong Letters Centre when she finished Year 12, back in 1998. "Both my parents were working for Australia Post," she said. "I went there as a Christmas casual." Niki, from Berwick, finished her three-week stint and her parents suggested she apply for a permanent part-time position. "I've been there ever since," she said. "I became a full-timer in 2003. "I've always looked forward to work. "We process mail on the machines and I also work in the video coding department." Anthousa, from Hallam, joined Australia

Post in 1985. "In between she had four kids as well. She never really took time off to be a stay at home mum," Niki said. Anthousa works the 1pm shift, while Niki starts at 6am. "Pretty much every day for my whole working life I've seen my parents, or my mum," Niki said. "It adds colour to my working life. "I absolutely appreciate having her there. "I couldn't imagine her not being at work. I'm just so used to her being there. "I honour her every day, I honour her hard work. "She possesses a power beyond that of a king on his throne. "That's how I describe my mum." 12387919-LB21-18


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Keeping an eye on kidneys Urologist Philip McCahy of the Melbourne Urology Centre believes that kidney cancers are one of the more challenging areas for a modern urologist to deal with. Mr McCahy explained that before the readily available ultrasound scans that are seen today, many patients presented very late to their doctor. This made problems such as a painful large lump in the tummy and associated blood in the water a common issue. Nowadays, an ultrasound scan is performed for many reasons and the kidneys are routinely reviewed. Small lumps are being found and the question becomes how to deal with them. “By definition, a small renal mass is a solid lump less than 4cm in diameter,” Mr McCahy said. “We know that up to 80% of these will be cancers but the majority are very slow growing and in elderly patients may never cause any trouble.” Mr McCahy said a special CT with contrast is likely to be almost diagnostic. “In these circumstances, it may be quite legitimate to monitor the lump with regular ultrasound scans and only consider treatment if there is a major change,” Mr McCahy said. “In younger patients, or those with rapidly enlarging tumours, a biopsy may be recommended or surgical treatment offered. Most operations nowadays can be performed either through telescopes (laparoscopy) or with robotic assistance. “If possible only the lump is removed (a partial nephrectomy), though sometimes, either because of size or position, the whole kidney needs to removed (a radical nephrectomy). Fortunately, we have a backup kidney,

Help for health Keysborough's Lighthouse Christian College is setting up a health and wellbeing centre. The school hopes the space will look after the emotional, physical, social, mental and spiritual needs of the students and staff. It needs two treadmills, two rowers and battle ropes - all suitable for commercial use - to make its vision a reality. Anyone who can contribute should email

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Urologist Philip McCahy of the Melbourne Urology Centre. so there is mostly no change to overall kidney function. “Surgeons are increasingly trained in subspecialised areas and laparoscopic/robotic operations need dedicated skills. As a stone surgeon I do not get involved in these operations but my colleagues Tony De Sousa and Shekib Shahbaz offer a first class service at Casey Hospital and in the local private hospitals.” Philip McCahy is also a consultant Urologist at Casey Hospital in Berwick. For more information, visit

Sixty Greater Dandenong cat owners did their bit to curb strays on the streets. The council partnered with the Lost Dogs' Home to bring a mobile pet care van to Burden Park in Springvale South on Wednesday 2 May. Councillor Roz Blades said 60 residents took advantage of the $60 service, which included desexing, microchipping and animal registration until April next year. "We will consider running more events in the future," she said.

Check (the result) mate Dandenong Chess Club players Rashid Abdulwahab and Miodrag Milojevic shared the trophy and prize money for first place in the Easter Cup Chess Tournament. "The contest was the tightest in the chess club's 45-year history, with 11 players sharing prizes in their groups and divisions," Paul Huver said.

Car racing is in Dandenong South mechanical engineer Michael Gibson's blood. He was only 10-years-old when he started driving go-karts. Now the keen motoring enthusiast is gearing up for the Historic Winton race in Benalla from 25 to 27 May with his 1983 Lola. Find the full story at

State awards for community clubs Greater Dandenong clubs scooped the pool at an awards night for their community contributions. Greyhounds Entertainment won Best Community Support Project for the Sandown Lunar Festival at the Community Clubs Victoria (CCV) annual awards and gala dinner. Highways in Springvale won Best Keno Club, Best Metro Club with Gaming and Assistant Manager/Supervisor of the Year. Dandenong Club tied with Morwell Bowling Club for Best Youth Development Program. Visit for the full story.


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Nurses Tess Matthews, Natalie Mason, Madeline White and Bridget Adams are heading to Nepal to help communities with limited access to medical services.

Guardians of values the caregivers we're fortunate enough to have working with us." In addition to flight costs and the $2300 they each have to pay to join the Nurses in Action Program, the nurses need to individually raise $2200 as part of a donation to Nepal's medical needs in order to participate. So far the team has raised roughly a third of their overall target with a little over $3000 raised to date. However, they are still a long way from the $8800 goal. In order to raise further funds, St John of God Berwick Hospital is hosting a Nepalese BBQ for its caregivers. They will also be raffling off a beautiful hand-made quilt which was donated to the hospital by a team of local quilters.

The Nurses in Action (NIA) program is a specialised, skilled volunteer program for qualified health professionals. The program's objective is to build local capacity in improving health services to rural communities living in extreme poverty who would not be able to access it otherwise. NIA volunteers work in local medical clinics, hospitals, mountain villages, women's shelters, palliative sheds, schools, children's homes, monasteries, juvenile prisons and orphanages. To learn more about how to help get these nurses to Nepal, please contact St John of God Berwick Hospital's marketing manager, Lisa Carman, on 8784 5000.

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St John of God Health Care actively seeks employees who can uphold the organisation's values of hospitality, compassion, respect, justice and excellence. So when nurses, Tess Matthews, Natalie Mason, Madeline White and Bridget Adams declared they were going to Nepal as part of a 30-day nursing program to help communities with limited access to medical services, St John of God Berwick Hospital got right behind them. "These young ladies not only uphold these values in the working environment, they are literally living them both professionally and personally as well," acting CEO of St John of God Berwick Hospital Lisa Evans said. "It's a testament to the good character of

Belgrave Hallam Road Medical Centre offers flu vaccines for children and adults, both private and government funded. All patients with a chronic condition and pregnant women are eligible for a free flu vaccination. Private vaccines are only $10 each. The clinics’ doctors say the peak of the influenza season is typically June to September and vaccination is recommended for all patients, especially those with conditions such as cardiac disease, respiratory conditions such as asthma and diabetes. To find out if you are eligible for the free flu vaccine or in need of a flu shot, please make an appointment with our friendly staff to see the doctors at Belgrave Hallam Road Medical Centre on 8842 4499. Belgrave Hallam Road Medical Centre is located at 156 Belgrave Hallam Road in Narre Warren North. For more information, visit

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Cultures unite through sport The African-Australian community fostered harmony through a sports day. Springers Leisure Centre in Keysborough hosted the Africa Day Sports Festival on Saturday 5 May. The day featured walks, runs, and soccer and basketball competitions. Victoria Police officers - Deputy Commissioner Andrew Crisp - watched teams representing Uganda, Zimbabwe and Liberia face off in a highly-skilled and hotly-contested soccer tournament. The Victoria Police women's team also took to the field and took home first prize in their tournament. The Black Rhinos basketball team was also involved with the day. Maz Lafrank with Dianne Wilson. 179391


Face is farewelled Hallam Community Learning Centre has farewelled its "face". Manager Dianne Wilson finished up on Tuesday 10 April to cake, hugs and thank-yous. She was appointed governance committee treasurer in mid-1998 and became assistant co-ordinator with Susan Hall in 2001. She took on the co-ordinator role when Susan resigned at the end of 2004, and was renamed manager at the start of 2005. "A lot has been achieved during these years and there have been many changes to our building," Hallam Community Learning Centre's Ingrid Broad said.

The centre opened a large multi-purpose room in 2003 alongside more kitchen space. In 2007, it added a portable building to use as a computer room. Major renovations started at the end of 2015 and were completed in 2016. "We have new offices, child care area and a brand new face to our building," Ms Broad said. "Along with all that has been completed, Dianne was the face of the Hallam Community Learning Centre. "She is that special person with that flair for people.

"She is compassionate, caring and has that ability to communicate well with others." Ms Wilson is now working Balla Balla Community Centre in Cranbourne, closer to home. She'll work fewer days "so she is able to spend more time with her family as she slowly transitions to retirement". "She will be missed by many but we are all happy for her in her new role," Ms Broad said. The Hallam Community Learning Centre new has a new manager, Veronica. Ms Broad said she had new ideas and prospects for the centre's future.

Daniela, 6, gives Aussie Rules a go. 180076 Pictures: STEWART CHAMBERS

A bridge between cultures - it’s the writing on the wall By Casey Neill A Springvale-raised artist is transforming a Dandenong wall to celebrate a young leader. Mike Eleven's latest mural is springing up at Mason and Foster streets in Little India, Victoria's first Indian Cultural Precinct. His subject is Greater Dandenong Australia Day Young Leader of the Year award winner Aishwarya Pokkuluri. She was recognised for her volunteer work and for giving Greater Dandenong's most vulnerable and marginalised young people a voice. Mike Eleven said his mural included two portraits of Ms Pokkuluri, representing the two worlds young people from Indian cultural backgrounds often found themselves caught between. "The work depicts how Aishwarya moves between both worlds seamlessly and acts as a bridge between tradition and progress," he said.

Mike Eleven with his artwork. 180663 Pictures: GARY SISSONS Mike Eleven was named as one of Melbourne's 40 most iconic artists in the Thames and Hudson Melbourne Street Art Guide. He was also the youngest artist ever to be part of the London Secret Walls live art compe-

tition and has completed a number of murals across Melbourne. The Journal met Mike back in Septemebr 2016 when he returned to his home town of Springvale South and transformed a blank brick wall into an image of inspiration. His sister Alisa Souvanthalisith was the subject of the striking blue portrait at Wardale Road and Noble Street. Mike said he grew up around the corner and attended the nearby Keysborough College, then Heatherhill Secondary School. "I felt obligated to give back to the community that brought me up," he said. "Being one of the very few artists in my wave of kids growing up, I never saw any inspiring public art that I could relate to." Mike found a love for art in his late teens through graffiti. He's grown from a student sketching on schoolbooks to a full-time creative. His work joins a mural on the Mason Street

car park by Rowena Martinich and Geoffrey Carran that takes inspiration from the colour and movement found in Indian textile and tapestry designs, and a painting of Mahatma Gandhi on a former substation in Halpin Way by artist Julian Clavijo. All three artworks will be finished by the end of May. In 2015, the State Government announced plans to create Victoria's first Indian Cultural Precinct in Dandenong. A taskforce formed soon after to drive ideas for the project. Greater Dandenong Mayor Youhorn Chea said feedback from the community highlighted the need for more colour and vibrancy in the precinct. Melbourne's South-East is home to more than 52,000 people of Indian origin. About 12,400 first generation Indian residents call the City of Greater Dandenong home.








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A3B2C2 Closing Date sale (unless Sold Prior) Tuesday 29-mAY @ 6:00pm esr Contact Agent vieW Wednesday 6:00- 6:30pm Saturday 10:00 -10:30am Photo ID Required ContaCt Tommy Nguyen 0431 644 889 Corey (Khoi) Le 0417 311 491 offiCe 363 Springvale Road, Springvale Tel: 03 8581 0999

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Light-filled low maintenance luxury. For auction. Saturday 19 May at 11:30am Perfectly setting the scene for relaxed, low maintenance living. • 4-BRs & 2.5-bathrooms • A choice of living areas • Stunning gourmet kitchen • Premium fixtures & fittings Just moments to shops & the esteemed Sirius, Mount Hira & Haileybury Colleges.

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For auction. Saturday 19 May at 11am Brand-new & brilliant 3-BR/2 Bath townhouse is parkland setting • Living zone with twin terraces • Stone kitchen and bathrooms • Split system heating & cooling • Alarm, intercom & dbl garage Near shops, Sirius, Mount Hira & Haileybury Colleges & serviced by transport.

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The Open Door book club meets monthly. They'll enjoy a cuppa and discuss Me before You by Jojo Moyes at their next catch-up. The Open Door, 110 Ann Street, Dandenong. Monday 21 May, 7pm to 8pm. A gold coin donation is welcome. Call Trish or Jo on 9791 8664 for more information.

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.



Green thumbs

Introduction to smart phones This free technology workshop will teach the basics of navigating a smart phone with a touch screen. Numbers are limited. Bookings are required. Springvale Library, 411Springvale Library, Springvale. Tuesday 22 May, 9.30am to 11.30am. Call 1300 630 920.


Keysborough artist Hun Lin with his work at Heritage Hill. 180460 Picture: STEWART CHAMBERS


Guided imagery meditation

Odile major exhibition It will run across four Dandenong venues and explore dark and light, evil and innocence. Each of the 11 artists involved in the multi-venue display will explore ideas around good and evil and performance and identity. It is best experienced as a self-guided walking tour. Heritage Hill Museum and Historic Gardens, 66 McCrae Street. Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 4pm. Drum Theatre, corner Lonsdale and Walker streets. Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 4pm. Garnar Lane Lightboxes, Garnar Lane. All day, every day. Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre, corner Walker and Robinson streets. Tuesday to Friday, 11am to 5pm, and Saturday, 11am to 3pm.

National Simultaneous Storytime All pre-school children and their parents/carers are welcome to listen to Hickory Dickory Dash by Tony Wilson and Laura Wood at this free event. Dandenong Library, 225 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong, and Springvale Library, 411 Springvale Road, Springvale. Wednesday 23 May, 11am. Call 1300 630 920 for more information.



Introduction to Facebook Participants can learn about creating their own Facebook profile and connecting with family and friends. This event is free but there are limited spots available. Dandenong Library, 225 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong. Thursday 24 May, 9.30am to 11.30am. Call 1300 630 920.


Runaway Diva This show is replacing Pavarotti - King of the High Cs, which has been cancelled due to illness. Antoinette Halloran will perform melodies from grand opera, operetta and music theatre. Drum Theatre, corner Lonsdale and Walker streets, Dandenong. Thursday 24 May, 10.30am to 11.45am. Tickets from $16. Visit or call 8571 1666.

ficial limb. Presented by Engineers Without Borders. Bookings are essential. Dandenong Library, Level 2, 225 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong. Saturday 26 May, 3pm. Call 1300 630 920 for more information.



Friends of Fotheringham Reserve

The Think Tank: Prosthetic Limb Workshop

This group holds activities on the fourth Sunday of every month, including water watch, planting indigenous seedlings, weed control, seed collecting and nature walks. Fotheringham Reserve, Pyke Street, Dandenong. Sunday 27 May, 10am to noon.

Kids aged 7 to 11 years and a parent or carer will discover an innovative way to make an arti-

The Springvale Garden Club will host Keith and Jenny Smith as guest speakers on camellias. The Senior Citizens Hall, The Crescent, Springvale. Wednesday 16 May, 7.30pm for an 8pm start. The $2 entry fee covers a chance to win a door prize plus a light supper. Call Cheryl Johnson on 9551 3197 for more information.


Participants can take time to relax and focus on their inner life and its sacred meaning. The Open Door, 110 Ann Street, Dandenong. Wednesdays during school terms, 2.30pm to 3pm (followed by a cuppa until 4pm). A gold coin donation is welcome. Call Trish or Jo on 9791 8664 or email au.


Bosom Buddies Nancye Hayes and Todd McKenney will talk about their lives in showbiz - and the music, the stories, the laughs that stopped the show. Drum Theatre, corner Lonsdale and Walker streets, Dandenong. Thursday 17 May, 8pm. Two hours plus interval. Tickets are priced from $59.


Abstract drawing Participants will be encouraged to meditate and rely on instinct to explore abstract drawing. They'll be encouraged to draw with their eyes closed, relying on intuition and a hint of mindfulness. All levels of experience are welcome. All materials will be provided. Benga House at Heritage Hill Museum and Historic Gardens, 66 McCrae Street, Dandenong. Saturday 19 May, 11am to 3pm. $25 or $20 concession. Call 8571 1666 or visit to book.


Watching the neighbourhood The next Greater Dandenong Neighbourhood Watch public forum and information night will feature guest speakers from the Dandenong

and Springvale crime prevention units. Residents are welcome to ask questions. Paddy O'Donoghue Centre, 18-34 Buckley Street, Noble Park. Wednesday 16 May, 7.30pm. Visit or call president Dawn Vernon on 0407 325 030 for more information.


Open art studio Participants can meet with like-minded people to create. They can bring their own art piece to work on, or simple materials will be available. Local artist Lisa Dipilla will be on hand for support. Laurel Lodge at Heritage Hill Museum and Historic Gardens, 66 McCrae Street, Dandenong. Fridays until 29 June, 10.30am to 12.30pm. $10 per class. Call 8571 1666 or visit www. to book a place.


Shaping Greater Dandenong This Dandenong and District Historical Society pop-up exhibition will celebrate the people who've shaped the municipality. It will provide rare insight into the region's waves of migration and the new arrivals that have built the city. Laurel Lodge at Heritage Hill Museum and Historic Gardens, 66 McCrae Street, Dandenong. Until 13 July.


Library art series Video artist Vanessa White will introduce visitors to the tips and tricks of capturing and editing captivating video with a smart phone or video device. The event is free but bookings are preferred. Springvale Library, 411 Springvale Road, Springvale. Tuesday 15 May, 6.30pm to 8pm. Call 9706 8441.


Autumn music and dance event The Aussie Rhythm and Jazz Association will present this autumn celebration featuring The Matrix and catering by REO Kitchen. Keysborough Seniors Club, 352 Cheltenham Road. Keysborough. Saturday 19 May, 7pm until late. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for children. Call Brian David on 8759 0747 or 0421 983 862, Lew Geer on 9558 1898 or 0437 950 550, Frank Nicholls on 9706 8212, Bernard Bar on 0412 372 566 or Phillip Naronaha on 0406 340 614.


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Jordyn leads from front By Hayley Wildes Jordyn Allen's football talent is unquestioned. She's got the smarts and skills, but her hard work and determination is what took her game to the next level for Dandenong in the 2018 TAC Cup Girls season. There's no doubt that her complete game makes her a tantalising prospect for AFLW recruiters. Matthew Crozier, the Stingrays' female operations talent coordinator, talked about Allen's season and the way in which she led from the front. "Jordyn's season has been fantastic," he said. "Her leadership, not only leading with voice, but by example across half back, I think it's been something that a lot of teams have really struggled to try to hold her down in the games. "She's taken her professionalism to the next level this year and really taken it in her stride, especially with her being a leader around the club - she's taken the other girls under her wing." Being a leader is something that Allen has worked on continuously. "I really pride myself on my leadership and it's something that I do work on and something that I think is invaluable in terms of an off-field and on-field characteristic." Allen said. Allen, who was a rock across half back for the Rays, sees the game like few others and is able to intercept and disrupt many opposition attacking forays because of that. Allen said she worked on many facets of her game over the pre-season, but one area in particular helped her this season. "I've really tried to focus on my first five explosive steps. I'd heard that my pace was something that, whilst it wasn't impeding on my game, was something that I could definite-

ly develop to add to my game." Allen said. It showed. Her ability to burst through packs and use her sublime skills - by foot or hand - caused headaches for the opposition. Despite the Stingrays slow start to the season, in which they lost their first five games, they came home with a wet sail and put wins on the board in recent weeks. Allen talked about the season as a whole and the reward for effort in getting some wins on the board. "It's always good to get a win and to finish off as strong as we have has been fantastic. We weren't far off in the first couple of games, but we've been able to piece it together in the last three or four weeks." She said. Allen represented Victoria Country in 2017. They claimed the AFL Women's U18 Championship and Allen was named in the All-Australian squad at half back. Looking back on that, Allen enjoyed the experience of working with, and learning from, new people. "It was a really successful carnival last year and it was an awesome bunch of girls to play with." She said. "To get the win was one thing, but to work with so many awesome people; coaches, staff and players that was what really capped it off." She'll be looking to do that all again in 2018 after being named in the initial Victoria Country squad last week. Vic Country and Vic Metro will face off on June 16, before heading to the Gold Coast from July 9-13 for their remaining matches of the Championships. With the TAC Cup Girls season now over, Allen's focus switches to VFLW where she will be lining up for the Casey Demons.

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Saint Geary puts Bulls through paces Patterson Cheney Toyota teamed up last week with the Noble Park Football Club Juniors to celebrate Toyota's 'Good for Footy' program. St Kilda captain Jarryn Geary joined over 250 junior players, and volunteers from Patterson Cheney Toyota in the grassroots initiative, which allows Toyota dealers an opportunity to give back to their local communities by providing financial support for their local football club, and a once-in-a-lifetime experience for fans to get up close and personal with AFL stars. Patterson Cheney has been a proud sponsor of the 'Good for Footy' program since it started in 2005 and has always made the occasion one to remember for local kids. Geary ran a series of training drills at Noble Park last week, in addition to having a chat about his AFL career. As part of the 'Good for Footy' initiative, metropolitan and regional Toyota dealers support local clubs through sponsorship and other promotional activities. Funding goes to-

St Kilda captain Jarryn Geary (centre) with Harley Caruana and Cody Murphy from the Noble Park under-15s. 180281 Picture: GARY SISSONS wards a range of club needs, such as ground improvements, clubroom renovations, training equipment, uniforms, medical supplies,

and improving the overall playing and training environment. "Toyota's 'Good for Footy' initiative has been growing over the past 13 years, the same length of time we have been supporting the Noble Park Junior Football Club," said Patterson Cheney sales manager Joel Dabrera. "We're committed to leading community involvement and we see this as a perfect opportunity to be part of our wonderful community. "This year we chose Noble Park Juniors to host 'Good for Footy' due to their dedication towards this great game, and the support they have provided to the local community." On the night last Wednesday at Noble Park Reserve on Moodemere Street, there was a range of activities on offer including a rock climbing wall, rides, and footy games in addition to giveaways and live entertainment. There was also a barbecue for all the mums and dads in attendance, while SEN radio broadcasted live crosses throughout the night.


Coach’s call In great news for Dandenong Rangers fans, Larissa Anderson has re-signed as Head Coach for the 2018-19 WNBL season. Anderson has been at the helm since the 2015/16 WNBL season and led the Rangers to the Grand Final series in 2016/17. According to a statement released by Dandenong Basketball, CEO Graeme Allen is confident Anderson will lead the team back to the finals in 2019. "Both the DBA board and I have been pleased with Larissa's impact on our program over the past three years." He said. "While the previous season was a difficult one filled with multiple injuries, Larissa's resigning will provide us with the stability our program needs to get back to where we want it to be in WNBL19." The Rangers have already announced the re-signings of Tessa Lavey, Bec Pizzey and Kiera Rowe and with the season set to tip off in October, there is plenty to look forward to.




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Rays rush past the Ranges By Hayley Wildes

Stingray Reid Nanscawen bursts away from an Eastern Ranges opponent. 180742 Three goals to none in the final quarter saw the Rays run out 52-point winners, 13.13 (91) to 6.3 (39). Six unanswered goals to finish the game once again showcased Dandenong’s ability to run over opponents. Hustwaite and Young led from the front, while Jake Frawley was also impressive all day.

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Bailey Schmidt, Matthew Cottrell (two goals each) and Corey Ellison (three goals) were dangerous up forward and converted when it mattered most. The Rays ability to respond when they were challenged in the third quarter was the highlight of the day. It wasn’t just the stars who

A rampaging Rowville dominates Knox By Hayley Wildes Rowville recorded a resounding Eastern Football League Division 1 win over Knox on Saturday, 26.16 (172) to 4.11 (35). Mark Seedsman and Michael Sikora were sublime for the Hawks. Lachlan McDonald (five goals) was prominent up forward. Noble Park were no match for Vermont, falling 7.12 (54) to 18.9 (117). Ryan Morrison and Luke Nelson were valiant for Noble Park. In Division 2 of the Southern Football League, Keysborough remain undefeated, taking care of Hampton, 12.10 (82) to 5.12 (42). Adam Machnikowski was best for the Burras, while Chris Bryan (four gaols) was dangerous. The Doveton Eagles also kept their unbeaten season alive with a win over Highett, 13.19 (97) to 9.5 (59). After a terribly slow start, which saw Highett race to a 28-point lead at quarter time, the

Eagles booted 6 goals to none in the second to take a 12-point lead into the main break. Matt Neve and Nicholas Beer were best afield for the Eagles. In Division 3, Hallam came roaring home, but it wasn’t enough as South Yarra claimed the win, 9.11 (65) to 8.7 (55). Rory McIvor and Dion Cavallo were best for the Hawks. Endeavour Hills were in the contest all day, but Ashwood claimed a 6.13 (49) to 5.7 (37) win. Sam McLean was impressive for Endeavour Hills. Springvale Districts were too strong for Black Rock, running out 10.12 (72) to 2.4 (16) winners. Sam Raru and Stafan Feehan booted four goals each for Springvale Districts. Hampton Park was wasteful, but it mattered little as the Redbacks demolished Heatherton, 9.16 (70) to 1.3 (9). Daniel Boudoloh and Mitchell Hill were pivotal for the Redbacks. Sandown was overrun by Cerebus in Divi-

stood up either - the total team effort was simply too much for the Eastern Ranges. Next up, Round 7 presents an immense challenge to the Rays. A first versus second battle against the Murray Bushrangers, who also possess a 5-1 record, in Craigieburn on Saturday afternoon is a mouth-watering match-up.



sion 4, falling 5.10 (40) to 8.13 (61). The Cobras were led by Nathan Isles and Aaron Woods. Dandenong put up a valiant fourth quarter effort but couldn’t chase down Lyndhurst, falling 9.9 (63) to 10.17 (77). Michael Scott, Jayke Hopkins and Nicholas Ford battled hard. Lyndale had no answers for Carrum Patterson Lakes. The Pumas fell behind early and couldn’t get back in the game, falling 6.6 (42) to 12.12 (84). In Division 2 of the VAFA, St Johns were soundly beaten by Old Paradians, 4.17 (41) to 16.13 (109). Keith Ash and Brendan Ash were best, but inaccurate kicking was the story of the day for St Johns. The Stingrays finished their TAC Cup Girls season on a high with their fourth in a row. Dandenong were dominant after quarter time against the Bendigo Pioneers, running out 10.8 (68) to 1.2 (8) winners. Courtney Jones and Isabella Shannon were best afield for the Rays.


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The Stingrays remain on top of the TAC Cup ladder with a 5-1 record after a dominant win over the Eastern Ranges at Shepley Oval on Saturday afternoon. The Ranges got off to a flying start, kicking the first goal of the game, but the Rays responded by kicking five of the next six majors. First quarter goals to Jake Frawley and Corey Ellison were critical in helping the Rays stay well within reach early and they went into quarter time with a two-point lead. After a tight first quarter, the Rays lifted their intensity in the second quarter and an early goal to Bailey Schmidt set the wheels in motion. Whilst the Rays were controlling the play and locked the ball in their forward half, they were wasteful in front of goal, scoring three behinds before a Lachlan McDonnell major finally rewarded the hard work being done higher up the ground. Bailey Williams and Matthew Cottrell both slotted majors in the second half of the quarter to give the Rays a 22-point half time lead. To the Ranges credit, they came out firing after half time and kicked the first two goals of the third to cut the lead to just 10 points. When Riley Smith launched a long bomb for the Ranges sixth goal, it looked like the game was set up for a thrilling final 40 minutes of play. The Rays had other ideas though. Three goals in quick succession in the final minutes of the quarter had the Rays on top by 30 points at the final change. This late quarter burst zapped the energy and flair out of their Ranges opponents. Campbell Hustwaite and Hayden Young were asserting themselves on the contest as their composure and sublime skills shone through in the clinches.

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Dandenong Star Journal - 14th May 2018  
Dandenong Star Journal - 14th May 2018