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being," Ms Duff said. "I wish to thank and congratulate the community members who provided their feedback." Council is still in the process of assessing the planning application for the Castello Daisy's Hotel.

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It's the second time Casey Council has successfully opposed against a licence for electronic gaming machines after opposing an application for an additional 20 poker machines at the Lynbrook Tavern in 2018. Ex-gambling addict and Berwick resident Tom Cummings, who had submitted an ob-

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A bid to install 100 pokies machines at a proposed $36 million hotel in Clyde North has been knocked back by the state's gambling regulator. The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation rejected the proposal after concluding the application had the potential to increase the impact of problem gambling within the City of Casey. The application by Castello Daisy's Hotel, which is to be located on the corner of Matterhorn Drive and Thompson Road, planned to be the first venue of its kind in Clyde North. The development proposed to offer a 10pin bowling complex, a bistro, a sports bar with TAB, function rooms, a beer garden, a kids' play room, a cafe, alfresco dining terrace, a virtual entertainment and E-sports area, and a gaming lounge. The Commission said there was evidence which indicated a "negative community attitude" towards the application, with a social impact assessment undertaken by City of Casey receiving 68 opposing submissions. There are currently 13 gaming venues operating across the municipality with approvals to operate more than 900 electronic gaming machines. Alliance for Gambling Reform chief advocate Tim Costello said the application's rejection was a "big win" for the community. "People in Casey already lose $362,000 every day on the 913 poker machines currently in the municipality," Mr Costello said. "This application would have taken the city to well over a staggering 1000 poker machines ... in an area that is already experiencing mortgage stress, that would have been a disaster." Casey Council's administrator Noelene Duff said the result was a "fantastic outcome" for Casey and a "great example of council officers and community members working together to build a safe community". "Gambling machines can have detrimental effects on local communities and it is council's responsibility to ensure our community's well-

jection, welcomed the news. "As someone who has worked hard to overcome a gambling addiction, I couldn't stand the thought of another venue opening up on my doorstep ... I know how many people this would have hurt," he said.


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Covid cases rising By Brendan Rees The number of reported Covid-19 cases for Casey City has risen to 51 - making it the seventh highest area in the state, according to the latest health data. It comes as the State Government expanded its testing clinics to 40 in a bid to "drive down" community transmissions, which totalled 132 cases in Victoria. Testing will be open at GP clinics and the 40 coronavirus screening clinics to anyone suffering symptoms such as fever and shortness of breath. The Victoria's Department of Health and Human Services figures showed the total number of coronavirus cases in Victoria was 1,299 on Wednesday 15 April - an increase of eight in 24 hours. In other neighbouring local government areas, the number of cases in Greater Dandenong remained steady with 16 cases while Cardinia

had 11. A further breakdown of cases showed Stonnington remained the highest in the state with 88 confirmed cases, which included suburbs such as Toorak and South Yarra. To date, 14 people have died from coronavirus in Victoria. The total number of cases is made up of 674 men and 625 women, with people aged from babies to their early nineties. Currently 39 people are in hospital, including 18 patients in intensive care. 1,137 people have recovered. More than 72,000 tests have been completed. Meanwhile, in the past 24 hours (Wednesday 15 April) Victoria Police officers issued 52 fines to those breaching the directions in relation to staying at home, restricted activity and isolation directions as well as 824 spot checks. Fines have included multiple instances of private gatherings at residential properties, ten youths gathering at a skate park in Greater Dandenong, six people playing tennis together on closed public tennis court in Maribyrnong

and eight youths socialising together at a closed school. On the spot fines includes up to $1,652 for individuals and up to $9,913 for businesses. Victoria's Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton urged Victorians to stay vigilant and not erode the gains made in slowing the spread of the virus. "Now is not the time for complacency. We still have a long way to go," Professor Sutton said. "While we are starting to see some improvement in the rate of transmission, that rate could climb quickly if we lose focus. "We thank those Victorians who overwhelmingly are doing the right thing by staying at home, but we must keep at it to save lives." The current testing criteria is available at https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/health-servicesand-general-practitioners-coronavirus-disease-covid-19

Couple’s 60 years of wedded bliss locked in By Brendan Rees

Ted Foster and wife Pat celebrate their wedding day on 6 April, 1960, at St Columba Presbyterian Church in Noble Park.

Ted Foster celebrates his 80th birthday in November, 2018, with his wife, Pat.

to become a lab technician at Noble Park High School before her retirement. The couple were involved in the 2nd Berwick Scout group for about 15 years. Pat was a cub leader and Ted was a scout, venturer, rover and group leader. Ted was involved in Rotary and the Masonic Lodge and School Councils while Pat enjoys volunteering at the Berwick Library. They both love gardening and travelling having travelled extensively through the UK,

Europe, Asia and the Pacific as well as seeing a lot of Australia. Today, they have five grandchildren which they adore. When asked about their secret to a long and happy marriage they say "always working on it and not giving up when the times were tough". Through his daughter, Allison, Ted contacted Star News to surprise his wife on their milestone day by publishing this article.

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A 26-year-old female driver has shocked police after returning a breath test nearly five times the legal alcohol limit in Berwick on Monday morning, 13 April. Police intercepted the woman on Skyline Way where she allegedly returned a blood-alcohol level of 0.240.about 4.30am. The Springvale South woman's licence was immediately suspended for 12 months and her car was impounded for 30 days. She is expected to be charged on summons with drink driving offences. This impound forms part of Operation Nexus, a five-day focus on keeping our community safe on the roads during the Easter long weekend. The state-wide operation aims to reduce road trauma, including the number of lives lost and injuries on our roads. During this time motorists can expect to be breath tested and drug tested, have their vehicles scanned and be checked for speeding. The operation involves all available personnel including local road policing units, general duties, other operational policing units and centralised resources from Road Policing Command. The operation starts at 12.01am on Thursday 9 April and concludes at 11.59pm on Monday 13 April.

Police appeal following theft Police are appealing to the public for information after a man in a balaclava allegedly stole alcohol from a drive-through liquor shop in Narre Warren. Police have been told the man attended the BWS drive-through at Fountain Gate Shopping Centre in a red Ford Falcon, which was bearing stolen number plates, about 12.55pm on Saturday 28 March. "A male wearing a full balaclava got out of the vehicle. The male grabbed three bottles of alcohol worth $200 before returning to the vehicle and leaving," police say. It's believed the man paid for some items but allegedly stole bottles of Wild Police wish to identify Turkey, according to this man. police. Police have released a CCTV image of a man they believe may be able to assist their enquiries. The male had distinctive tattoos on his arms. Anyone with information or who recognises the man in the photo is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Jumpstart your creative writing! Casey Cardinia Libraries has launched a short story and poetry competition with up to $1200 in Visa Gift Cards up for grabs. Stories are to be based around the theme 'A day in the life'. The competition, which is for ages five and up, opens on Tuesday 9am 21 April and closes 4pm Friday 29 May. Entries are categorised into age groups with gift cards ranging from $50 to $300. Enter now! Go to ccl.vic.gov.au 1213124-EB02-16

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A Berwick couple won't let the coronavirus outbreak get in the way of celebrating a major milestone. Ted Foster, 81, and his 78-year-old wife Pat met at a Wednesday night dance at the Dandenong Town Hall in 1957 and have been inseparable since as they celebrate their diamond 60th wedding anniversary. They hoped to mark the occasion by throwing a party but the pandemic has halted their plans. Instead, the lovebirds will be "spending lots of time" on the telephone to friends and family as well as organising a video family call using WhatsApp to celebrate the day on Thursday 16 April. Born in Enfield, London in 1941, Pat immigrated to Australia with her parents when she was 11 and they moved to Noble Park. Pat worked at the Commonwealth Bank while Ted was a builder. They bought a block of land in Berwick where Ted built the first two rooms of their home. They married on 16 April, 1960 at St Columba Presbyterian Church in Noble Park and moved into their home where they have lived ever since. Ted and Pat added more rooms as they raised their four children, Warren, Greg, Allison and Jennifer (deceased). Daughter Allison described her father as a "very talented" handyman and could "mend and recycle almost anything". He also loves to rebuild vintage motorbikes with his son Warren. Ted was born in 1938 in Frankston. His parents moved to a farm in Narre Warren East in 1948. Ted went on to work at Hallam High School as a cleaner/handyman for 19 years before his retirement. Pat went back to school and studied science

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Couple stunned by win A couple from Narre Warren haven't let selfisolation curb their celebrations, enjoying a home-made roast dinner to toast their $608,000 TattsLotto division one win. Sharing their excitement, the husband recounted the moment they discovered the joyful news. "It's all a bit surreal!" he confessed, after purchasing the winning entry at Parkhill Berwick News and Lotto in Berwick. "I always pick up a ticket every Saturday morning when I pop out to do the shopping and this weekend was no different. "I have a routine of checking the ticket every Sunday morning and when I checked my ticket I couldn't believe it! "I've had lots of little wins of $40 or $50 here and there but never anything like this!" The couple held one of the seven division one winning entries nationally in TattsLotto

A Narre Warren couple are celebrating their $608,000 TattsLotto win. draw 4041, drawn Saturday 11 April and took home a division one prize of $608,714.79. When asked how they planned to celebrate the life-changing win, the pair revealed they

had already enjoyed a delicious home cooked meal. "We can't go out to celebrate but we called all of our immediate family to let them know,"

the wife explained. "Since it was Easter Sunday, we had already organised to have a nice roast meal at home so we cooked that and celebrated our win as well as Easter." The happy couple also revealed how they planned to enjoy their windfall. "Most of it will go towards paying off our mortgage, but that will be such a relief for us!" the wife declared. "It will take the pressure off and we'll be able to relax knowing we've paid it off. "We'll definitely be thinking about a fun holiday in the future too!" In the 12 months to 30 June 2019, Australia's Official Lotteries contributed more than $1.4 billion via state lottery taxes and donations to help community initiatives, such as hospitals, health research, disaster relief and education.

Council services continue during Covid-19 pandemic While many changes have occurred across the Casey community due to the Coronavirus epidemic, Casey Council is continuing to deliver services to residents, with some adjustments to the usual routine. Across the municipality, Council staff continue to perform their roles delivering home care, meals on wheels, immunisations, maternal and child health services, youth counselling, reuniting lost animals with their owners and many other services. In some cases, this has meant the use of additional personal protective equipment where required, such as aprons, gloves and masks, but also splitting staff across several work sites and using a range of technology to stay in touch with vulnerable people where face-toface contact is not currently advisable.

Council staff are continuing to perform their roles delivering home care, meals on wheels, immunisations and more. For example, Council's Community care team are now providing one-on-one activities for clients instead of group classes and outings. This includes exercise in the client's home, going for a walk or setting up videochats with family and friends.

The Maternal and Child Health Service has replaced home-visits with telephone and electronic consultations, while the Syringe Exchange Program has moved to a home-delivery service for clients requiring new sharps containers. While the Youth Information Centres have temporarily closed, Council's Youth Services team are posting information and resources on their Facebook page, including ideas to keep young people busy while staying home. Also, counsellors are providing phone and SMS chats for young people needing support. City Compliance officers are continuing their work in the community, collecting stray animals, reuniting lost pets with owners and responding to community concerns on a range of Local Laws matters, from long grass

to community safety hazards. To protect staff and the community, where required officers are wearing protective equipment and practising social distancing, for example asking animal owners to take their pet from council's vehicles, or asking someone who finds a lost dog to secure it in an accessible area for the officer to collect. The response from members of our community, many of whom rely on council services for basic needs, has been overwhelmingly positive in light of the rapidly changing circumstances everyone is dealing with. For more information on council services, visit: casey.vic.gov.au or contact customer service on 9705 5200.

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Trees risk to life and limb By Brendan Rees A Berwick resident fears falling branches from trees along Harkaway Road could one day seriously hurt or kill someone. Retiree Rex Day, who has lived in the area for some 30 years, has put out a call to Casey Council to inspect the trees which be believed posed a threat to passing motorists and people who walked on the walkway. He said some of the branches that were "constantly" falling had been up to 350 millimetres in diameter - or roughly bigger than the size of a cricket ball - with a large gum tree at the corner of Caserta Drive and Harkaway Road of particular concern as branches leaned precariously over the road. "There's some real thumping low lying branches," he said, adding he feared the branches could also fall onto powerlines. Mr Day said the walkway, which he used every day with his wife, was also overgrown with weeds and was generally in "poor condition" and "never properly addressed" since it was built years ago - which was an "ongoing disappointment" to the area. "The terrain of the reserve has never been adequately levelled, and made worse after various road and drainage works, making it impossible for the contractors to mow and maintain some areas," Mr Day said. Casey Council manager of city presentation David Richardson said the area had been inspected and identified three trees that had died and remedial works would be undertaken in the next two to four weeks to reduce the risk to property and the community. "These trees will be pruned in a way to retain import habitat for local fauna," Mr Richardson said. "The low hanging branches from the mature Eucalyptus trees at the intersection of Caserta Drive and Harkaway Road will also be pruned."

Rex Day says gum trees on Harkaway Road are posing a danger to public safety. 207505 Mr Day said he had been advised by council that maintenance work had been delayed due to a backlog of other works. "A contractor had previously called me and

said that Casey would only permit pruning of branches up to 50 millimetre diameter." The issue comes as another neighbour expressed his concerns of dangerous trees along

Picture: STEWART CHAMBERS Harkaway Road after a large tree fell onto the road near the corner of Ernst Wanke Road in February. Luckily, no one was harmed.

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The coronavirus outbreak may have cancelled this year’s Anzac Day services, however, the Berwick RSL Sub-branch says it will remain an important day of remembrance. The Berwick RSL sub-branch president, Wayne A’vard will recite the Requiem and the Ode at an appropriate place and time to recognise the national occasion. The sub-branch is encouraging residents in self-isolation to take a moment to pause and reflect on the significance of the day at 6am and/or 11am. The following words of the short Anzac Requiem may be used during peoples time of reflection: ‘On the morning of April 25th, 1915, Australian and New Zealand troops landed under

fire on Gallipoli. It was then, and in the battles which followed, that the ANZAC tradition was formed. On this day we remember all those who served our nation in times of war. We honour those who served; those who died or were disabled in the tragedy of war - in all conflicts and in peacekeeping. We remember those who suffered as prisoners of war, and those who died in captivity. Our Servicemen and women have left us a splendid heritage. May we and our successors prove worthy of their sacrifice. Lest We Forget’. Anzac badges can be purchased from a number of the regular retailers including Harry’s Menswear in Berwick. Alternatively, badges can be purchased online at https://berwickrsl.org.au/shop/

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Letters from the trenches In the lead-up to Anzac Day, Berwick’s DUNCAN BURROWS shares letters written by his great uncle Galt Lithgow during the Battle of Verdun, a deadly conflict that played out on French soil in 1916. Duncan is the author of Pioneer Flour Millers, a history of the Burrows family, published in 2014. Fit young men in the ‘prime-of-life’ were horrifically sacrificed for years of a virtual stalemate in trench warfare. Those who did survive suffered from shell-shock (PTSD) and nightmare memories for the rest of their lives. The Battle of Verdun lasted for 302 days from February to December 1916, the longest and one of the most costly in human history. According to contemporary estimates, Verdun resulted in 714,321 casualties, 377,231 French, 337,000 German and 60,000 British. It was the longest and one of the most devastating battles in World War I and the history of warfare. Modern estimates increase the number of casualties to 976,000. Most of these casualties had been inflicted upon both sides by artillery, rather than by small arms fire. The following are letters from Private Galt Lithgow to his father Charles Lithgow, a Chemist from Launceston. Galt’s sister - Vera Jean Lithgow, was the grandmother of Duncan Burrows of Berwick. Galt migrated to Canada in 1905, joining the Canadian Army in July, 1915. He served with the Canadian Infantry in the 31st Battalion, Company B. His letters home were spread over two years. He was wounded at Scottish Woods, Belgium on 20 April, 1916. Galt’s letter of 15 January, 1916 “Last week at 4am for one hour, while I was peacefully sleeping, the crash, whizz, bang, and shrieking of shells overhead was like the thunder of so many express trains. The sky over the German trenches was a mass of shrapnel and fire from bursting shells. This lasted for one hour, and stopped as suddenly as it began. A few weeks back, it lasted two days, and when

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3/16 Langmore Lane, Berwick VIC 3806 Berwick’s belter Berwick's intensity from the opening bounce until the final siren simply can't be matched. Their premiership victory against Narre Warren on Saturday - giving the club back-toback flags for just the second time in club history - was intense, finals footy laced with the right amount of class. After a third premiership in four years, the word 'dynasty' is deservingly being bandied around, and for good reason.

The club has a stranglehold over the southeast region - they're relentless, driven by success and are always chasing their next challenge. It's the cornerstone of all successful sporting clubs. While the weather may have been arctic in their 51-point win over Narre Warren, the Wickers put in a magical performance befitting of a champion team in the midst of a golden era. From the superstar Travis Tuck, who came to the club with a high expectation that has

now culminated with a best on ground medal in a grand final, to their champion skipper Madi Andrews, dynamic forward Harry Money, gun midfielder Bryce Rutherford and reliable defenders Jo West and Michael Riseley, the Wickers possess remarkable star power. "We pride ourselves on our relentless approach," Berwick coach Stewart Kemperman said in the aftermath of another premiership win. And as for Kemperman, he couldn't have a dreamt of a start to his senior coaching career

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Speedsters caught in Easter road blitz By Brendan Rees Sixty-three motorists have been hit with speeding fines in Casey as part of an Easter road blitz by Victoria Police. During the five-day Operation Nexus period, police detected 136 offences - including 28 unregistered vehicles, and five drink drivers. Nine drug drivers and 10 disqualified drivers were also detected. Other common offences included mobile phone (nine), impoundments (two), and six unlicensed drivers. A 26-year-old woman also returned an alleged breath test reading of 0.240 in Berwick while a 29-year-old woman allegedly returned a reading of 0.162 per cent in Narre Warren. In nearby Keysborough, a 21-year-old Queensland man and learner driver returned an alleged reading of 0.135 after a car crashed into a traffic signal. Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Libby Murphy said it was fortunate there had been no deaths resulting from irresponsible choices across the five days. "We take comfort in the fact no one has died as a result of stupidity on our roads this weekend," Ms Murphy said. "But it's this sort of reckless and selfish behaviour that can lead to a lifetime of grief for others. "It can take a split second for excessive

Police were out and about as part of Operation Nexus. speed or impairment to eradicate a life. "We can only hope - while these drivers live with the consequences of having their vehicles temporarily impounded, their licences removed or their day in court - that they realise this is the far better outcome." Across the state police detected 259 drug

drivers, 124 drink drivers and 3610 speeding offences. Operation Nexus, which ran from Thursday 9 April to Monday 13 April, is an annual road policing focus that aims to prevent death and serious injury by targeting speeding, impairment, fatigue, distraction and seatbelt offences.

Calls for SES help as winds lash region By Brendan Rees Narre Warren State Emergency Service crews had a busy Easter, responding to 27 incidents after strong winds brought down trees. Sue Brauner, the unit's duty officer, said the destructive winds and heavy rain had kept crews "flat out" on Saturday, 11 April. "We had 19 requests for assistance that day; not surprisingly many were as a result of trees having fallen on houses and fences, vehicles, across driveways and main roads causing traffic hazards," she said. "This is a difficult time for everyone, and while we're still responding 365 days a year, seven days a week, 24 hours a day, to ensure the safety of our members and our community, we are adhering to physical distancing measures wherever possible." Senior Meteorologist from the Bureau of Meteorology Tom Delamotte said between 15mm to 20mm of rainfall was recorded across the south east with wind gusts reaching up to 69km/h on Saturday and 44km/h on Easter Sunday. Wilsons Promontory recorded the highest wind speeds of 131km/h on Saturday.

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Time to put pen to paper By Brendan Rees The lockdown is upon us but that doesn't mean you can't harness your creativity through the art of story-telling. Balla Balla Community Centre in Cranbourne East is in search of the best short story after launching a writing competition for people of all ages. "One thing we know people have on their hands is time," the centre's manager Maree Cullinan explained. "A lot of people talk about writing but they never get around to it so this is a time to tap into their creativity and put words on paper." The winner will receive a place in one of the centre's introductions to creative writing courses, valued at $80 with their work also being published on the website. Judging the entries will be accomplished author Rod Grigson, who has published three books and helps run the Balla Balla Community Centre's creative writing courses. Together with Ms Cullinan, Mr Grigson was instrumental in working with a group of local beginner writers who published their own short stories in a book called The Scribe Tribe - volume one which was launched in late 2019. All entries must include one or more of the 14 'prompts' listed in the criteria which "revolves around staying in and coping with the current set of circumstances". Each entry is limited between 1000 to 3000 words and must be submitted by the end of April. Ms Cullinan encouraged people to "get out of their comfort zone" and apply - even for those who had fantasised about writing. "Do something that you've always wanted toand just never had a chance because we've got to look back on this as saying what were some of the positives we got out of this?" For more information including criteria visit: https://www.ballaballa.com.au/programsactivities/writing-competition-april/

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The joy of private care St John of God Berwick Hospital is proud to introduce a new bundle of joy- a lower cost private maternity model. Joy offers privately insured patients a more affordable way to use their cover and access a high end private hospital experience by reducing out of pocket costs. In fact, patients will only be $990 out of pocket*! Joy, oh, joy! Joy is a new option for maternity care at St John of God Berwick Hospital, a hospital which now has two maternity models for patients to choose from. In addition to the Joy package, patients can still choose their own obstetrician with the traditional maternity care package. No matter which package patients choose, they will receive the same exceptional care once they are admitted to hospital, including a single room with bedding for their partner.

Joy enables patients to save money by providing a collaborative model of care, where patients will be seen by a whole team of specialist obstetricians and midwives, rather than just one doctor. Joy patients will be cared for and monitored by the rostered obstetrician at each of their appointments and at the birth of their baby. Each of these obstetricians is a joy- compassionate, highly trained and experienced. Delivering a baby at St John of God Berwick Hospital comes with all the education parents need as they embark on their new family life. Paediatric first aid, sleep and settling workshops and one on one lactation advice are just some of the ways new parents are supported. To access Joy, patients should ask their GP for a referral to the clinic. To learn more about Joy, including the *terms and conditions: www. sjog.org.ay/berwickjoy or call 8784 5800

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Five great ways for parents to handle toddler tantrums By the team at Better Health Family Clinic Between the ages 1-3, children’s social and emotional skills start to develop. Their ability to communicate is constrained by their limited vocabulary and is expressed typically through whining, crying, screaming, kicking, hitting, breath holding, etc. Tantrums are a normal part of child development, when they unravel the ways their behaviour can influence others around them. Tantrums should be handled differently depending on why your toddler is being difficult. Through each messy situation, it is vital to reassure them that they are loved no matter what. Below are some pointers that might help

make the situation a little less unpleasant for parents: Stay Calm Take a moment to remind yourself that your duty is to help your child to learn to calm down. Ground rule: Keep a cool head. The louder they squeal, the softer you speak. When you communicate with them, be gentle and act purposefully. Empathise with their situation Acknowledge their strong feelings. For example, say to them “It’s very upsetting when the lollies fall from your hand, isn’t it?” This can assist them to readjust their emotions, and prevent meltdowns. Coping with frustration is a skill they will acquire over time. However, do not accidentally reward tantrums. If they are

whining and nagging for a new toy, do not give in to the tantrum by buying it for them. Ignore or divert, your call! Tantrums are one of the ways that toddlers try to interpret and manipulate their surroundings. Hence, sometimes it is wise to ignore an outburst. If a tantrum is happening to get attention from parents, one of the best ways to reduce this behavior is to ignore it. Or, distract your child with a new activity so they forget about the meltdown they were just having. Take due action when necessary Toddlers might often hurt themselves or others during a tantrum. When this happens, take them to a safe and quiet zone to be calmed down. If they continue to throw a fit after being told no several times use a time-out session or

hold them firmly for a few minutes. Offer food or a nap “Being tired and hungry are the major tantrum triggers”, says Ray Levy, PhD, a Dallas-based clinical psychologist and co-author of Try and Make Me! Simple Strategies That Turn Off the Tantrums and Create Cooperation. They are the most irritable and uncooperative when they are hungry and/or tired and tend to react poorly when asked to do a particular activity or behave in a certain way. Their communications skills aren’t developed enough to express the feeling of discomfort. Carry snacks with your and be aware of nap times. For more on managing children and their health go to the Better Health Family Clinic Facebook page.

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Telehealth advice Doctors at Berwick Healthcare are embracing Telehealth as an effective way to connect with patients during the Covid-19 crisis. Senior doctor Tony Atkins has led the move to Telehealth, encouraging patients to explore it as an option for their next consultation. Dr Atkins is familiar with the use of Telehealth through his work in remote Aboriginal communities where Telehealth has been employed for over a decade. Dr Atkins said consultations via smart phone or computer had enormous potential to take further pressure off the health system during the current epidemic. "It you wake up with a cold or the flu, don't come into the clinic. We will talk to you about it via Telehealth," Dr Atkins explained. All patients have to do is call Berwick Healthcare and book a Telehealth appointment. At the allotted time, Dr Atkins or one of his colleagues will initiate an online link allowing doctor and patient to connect. "I had a Telehealth talk recently with a mother who rang up about a rash. We switched from phone to video and talked about the problem. People can send me pictures of rashes and lumps for example, or some limited examination may be possible via Telehealth. "Some patients with known conditions are used to monitoring their own condition. They take their own blood pressure, weigh themselves and take their own temperature. Such information is often helpful." If the problem can't be addressed remotely, Dr Atkins said an appointment is made for the patient to attend the clinic, perhaps even same day. "Telehealth is a valuable option. It doesn't replace in person care, but it is especially useful for vulnerable people and those who are anxious at this time.

Supporting patients The Centre for GI Health continues to support patients and the medical community during the Covid-19 pandemic. The centre is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday – normal hours - but is temporarily closing on Wednesday to support the government initiative. The temporary closure will be reviewed over the coming weeks in response to government restrictions. Urgent reviews are welcomed and keeping with the government restrictions, staff will continue to provide endoscopy services to Category 1 and 2a patients. Staff wish to thank patients for their understanding during this challenging time. GIH Access Endoscopy will continue to provide a discounted day procedure service to Category 1 & 2a patients until such time as an alternative directive is received from the government. Services Provided during Covid-19 pandemic are: Endoscopy Consultation Capsule endoscopy Iron infusion All areas of digestive and liver diseases Staff strive for excellence and a complete model of care for patients and ask the community to support them in delivering this. Please phone 9709 2777 for any urgent bookings. Staff will ensure patients are seen promptly or admitted to hospital for investigation as required.

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Urgent eyecare available During these unprecedented times of the Covid-19 pandemic, Beaconsfield Eyecare is still there for you. The clinic is a locally owned, community minded small business and staff are doing everything within their means to help stop the spread of the virus. Optometrist Gemma Cowan said she and her colleagues were available for urgent eye care. “While we have temporarily postponed all routine eye tests for the safety of the community as a whole, we will always be available for urgent eye care, and you can be assured that we use the strictest hygiene measures at all times," Gemma said. Examples of urgent eye care may include any sudden changes to vision or loss of vi-

sion, recent onset flashes of light or floaters, sudden onset red or painful eyes, trauma to the eye or ocular foreign body. It may also be that you have broken your glasses and cannot function without them, or believe your vision has changed sufficiently to affect your driving ability. “If you have a chronic eye condition that requires regular review, and you are unsure whether your appointment can be safely postponed, please ring us and we can discuss it over the phone to recommend the right course of action for you” advised Gemma. If you believe you require urgent eye care, or if you would simply like to speak to an optometrist during this time, please call 8726 9977, or visit www.beaconsfieldeyecare.com.au.

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Food charity steps up By Brendan Rees Just before the sun rises each day, Kerrigan La-Brooy and two other drivers are on the road picking up left-over food at various shops where they can. By 9am, Mr La-Brooy, who runs the Gethsemane Charity in Cranbourne, joins other volunteers where they sort through the food which includes bread, bakery products, pies, croissants, fruit, vegetables, eggs, drinks, meats and other necessities - before it is packaged into hampers and made available free for people in need to collect or delivered to the vulnerable or those in self-isolation. However, the charity is struggling to keep up with the surge in demand as the economic impacts of the Covid-19 crisis hits home for residents. Some nights the volunteers are out delivering hampers until 10pm to places as far as Glen Waverley - "whatever time it takes," Mr La-Brooy says. "We cater to around 200 mouths per day. The hampers are so full and heavy that many need a trolley to cart it to their car," Mr LaBrooy said, who is Senior Pastor of Gethsemane Church in Cranbourne. He said people didn't require to have a health care card as they found most were on the "cusp" - "they don't have a health care card but they're still not earning enough". "Particularly now, many who have lost their jobs and need the benefits are not even getting Centrelink payments because of the backlog. "A lot of people have been caught off guard." He said volunteers including his wife Michele, Steph Panza, Gail Kavanagh, and Mila Lazarovski had been working around the clock to reach out to those in need while adhering to strict hygiene measures under the safety guidelines that have been put in place by the government. "It's quite daunting but it's got to be done," Mr La-Brooy says of volunteers wearing masks and gloves.

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Volunteer Steph Panza sorts through food at Gethsemane Charity in Cranbourne "We don't want too many on the premises all at once because of the social distancing. We try and swap around the shifts - working in threes, (and) more people delivering on the roads." The charity, which was founded in 2017 by

Mr La-Brooy, is desperate for more volunteers for sorting and delivering. Mr La-Brooy said anyone who had a family member, a friend, a neighbour, "or anyone you know" - should not hesitate in putting up their hand to help. The organisation is renowned in the com-

munity for their selfless actions in helping provide food and clothing to over 400 people daily, seven days a week. Anyone who would like to assist or would like to enquire about a food delivery may call Mr La-Brooy or on 0404 875 647.

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Jordan Wyatt has opened up about his mental health journey. Picture: SUPPLIED and he, in turn, has been a shining light in the lives of countless others doing it tough. That has manifested in a range of people and organisations rallying behind his cause to raise funds for Mindfull throughout the Premier season. Spurred on by the support he received, Wyatt scored over 500 runs in all forms and recorded his maiden first XI ton - 107 in Round 16 of the season against Ringwood, with a Mindfull sticker proudly displayed on the back of his blade. The total amount of money he raised - which was boosted by some even matching his contribution dollar-for-dollar - topped a whopping $3200. “There are so many people who’ve supported me and backed me in to do a good thing with this, and I’m honestly just so honoured,” Wyatt said.

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QUIZ NUMBER 1708 1. HOW many gold medals did Australia win at the Rio Olympics? 2. WHICH Englishman was the first footballer of any code to be knighted? 3. IN what sport did the USA win a record 63 straight games in the Olympics, stretching from 1936 to 1972? 4. IN what class of motor racing was Wayne Gardner crowned world champion in 1987? 5. WHICH US swimmer won five gold medals in Rio? 6. WHICH English cricketer scored a record 197 first class centuries?w 7. WHICH gruelling French sporting event lasts over 20 days? 8. WHICH New Zealand horse stormed home for a sensational victory in the 1983 Melbourne Cup? 9. WHICH Aussie sisters both swam the English Channel in 1991? 10. WHY does Captain Alan Shepherd hold a special place in golf history? 11. WHICH Aussie has scored the most consecutive ducks in Test cricket history? 12. WHICH tennis player ranked in the world’s top five for much of the 1980s never won Wimbledon? 13. WHO was the Aussie tennis star who won both the Wimbledon singles and doubles crowns in 1970? 14. AFTER the reds, which ball has the least points value in snooker? 15. WHICH Aussie boxing champ stowed away on a boat to the United States during World War I? 16. WHICH Aussie swimmer held the world women’s 100 metres freestyle record for over a decade? 17. WHICH Swede won the 1979 Wimbledon title? 18. WHICH Aussie swimmer won silver in the women’s 200 metres butterfly at the 1984 Olympics? 19. WHO rode six English derby winners? 20. WHO has won the James Hardie 1000 the most number of times? ANSWERS: 1. Eight 2. Sir Stanley Matthews 3. Basketball 4. 500cc 5. Michael Phelps 6. Sir Jack Hobbs 7. The tour de France 8. Kiwi 9. Susan and Lindy Maroney 10. He hit the first golf shot on the moon 11. Bob Holland 12. Ivan Lendl 13. John Newcombe 14. Yellow 15. Les Darcy 16. Dawn Fraser 17. Bjorn Borg 18. Karen Phillips 19. Lester Piggott 20. Peter Brock

There’s going to be a new Carr permanently parked at Casey Fields in 2020/21. Casey-South Melbourne has made its first key announcement of the Victorian Premier Cricket off-season, with ex-Victorian quick and Berwick DDCA Turf 1 premiership coach Will Carr signing a three-year deal at the Swans. Carr - who played six First Class matches and one List A game for Victoria in the early 2000s - will take over from current head coach Brian Keogh in a succession plan for the Premier Cricket club in 2021/22, which will see the 43-year-old take over the main role after one year as a senior assistant coach. While juggling his commitments with the Bears in the Dandenong District Cricket Association, Carr also served as a specialist bowling coach for the Swans last season and made a serious impact on the playing group, which will be looking to take another step with some more stability in the coaching staff. Swans president Shaun Petrie said in a club statement that the Swans were delighted to welcome Carr on-board after lengthy discussions with Brian Keogh about the future direction of the club. “One of the first long discussions we had was about a succession plan," he said. "We agreed that stability is one of the most important ingredients in any sporting club’s success. “A succession plan, we agreed was absolutely crucial in our thinking. “When we approached Will for a coaching role for 2019/20, we knew that he had lots of responsibilities, including coaching his former junior club, Berwick CC, to what became a premiership season in the DDCA Turf 1 competition. “This meant that Will’s time at Casey Sth was going to be limited. We understood that and it worked very well, but there was always a bigger picture and longer term strategy.” Petrie praised Keogh for his selflessness in the decision, and said it would hold the club in good stead moving forward. “BK first muted the idea about stepping down and letting Will take over as head coach

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