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The Victorian

Official newsletter of the Probus Association of Victoria Inc.A9835

June - July 2020 Vol 37 No 3






Wandering around Bellarine THE Probian Wanderers had quite an eventful week motoring around Marcus Hill (Geelong) early in the year. Event No. 38 saw us based at Big4 Bellarine Holiday Park, located quite conveniently between Geelong, Queenscliffe, Portarlington and Ocean Grove. Unfortunately, attendance was down to our normal at 44 members, partly due to concerns for the coronavirus, but also to the escalating cost of accommodation. Some bargaining with the hosts saw caravan sites reduced appreciably, not so the cabin prices. However, the caravan sites were huge, the cabins and facilities of top quality. Full marks to staff for service and friendliness. A total of 11 Probus clubs were represented, and five first-time members welcomed, allowing indication that we will still be ‘wandering’ around the state as we approach our 20th year of operations as the dreaded virus subsides. Weather-wise, we were blessed with sunshine, a couple of very warm nights, some wind, perfect days when it most counted. Due to the location of the caravan park, it was considered the morning

walks would be hazardous were we to take to the Bellarine Highway - with great forethought, the hosts provided a walkway circumnavigating the park, almost a kilometre per lap in total safety. Tuesday was initially dedicated to exploring Geelong Central, but generally groups indulged in a do-it-yourself (DIY) day. Some of the suggested venues were closed due to the virus; some wandered around Geelong Botanical Gardens, reporting ‘something to be seen.’ Others toured around the various shopping centres to inspect the empty shelves.

To Wednesday, established picnic day, and again a full complement attended Portarlington Foreshore Parkland on a perfect, sunny day. A number of the group raided the local bakery, renowned for producing delectable treats. Back at camp, after dining, many of the group attended the Cinema Room to


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witness results of our photographic expert’s trek around the Cotswolds, England. Beautiful, thanks, Peter B. Thursday was devoted to exploring Queenscliffe and Point Lonsdale area. Yep, the ice cream shop was open and serving! Unfortunately, there were no big ships or cruise boats negotiating the ‘Heads’, again due to that d…. virus - and we missed the ‘tall ships’ exiting the bay by some weeks. After dining back at ‘base’, some attended the Cinema Room for Trivia Night, always a good giggle., but we were robbed of other members who settled in the TV Room to watch the footy. That leads to Friday, and time to farewell some of the cabin-dwellers following ‘Champagne Brekky’ (a.k.a. tea/coffee). Thereafter, others visited nearby Van Loon Nursery for a coffee/vanilla slice, and/ or stock up on honey just down the road a bit, or the supermarkets to view the empty shelves. In all, another successful event, albeit with reduced numbers. Next events - Mansfield in October, Phillip Island in February, 2021 - details elsewhere in the “Probian”, and on the ProbVic website - www.probianvic.com.au - Ken Heaslip, “Wanderers” Coordinator


Queen’s honour for Probian A CHURCHILL man who has dedicated his life to being a positive role model to young people has made the Queens’ Birthday Honours List with an Order of Australia Medal. Raymond Beebe was awarded the prestigious accolade for service to youth through scouts and to the community through volunteering at Maryvale Probus and Hazelwood Rotary clubs. The 76-year-old former Yallourn and Hazelwood Power Station worker already has a long list of achievements with Scouts Victoria since he joined as an 11-year-old at 15th Caulfield. Over the years he has been recognised with top scouting awards including a Silver Emu, a Silver Acorn, a Medal of Merit for Outstanding Service, and a National President’s Award for Eminent Achievement and Meritorious Service. “I joined the scouts as it’s what my school mates were doing at the time, but I could see what scouting was doing for kids, it makes them resilient,“ Mr Beebe said. “I’ve seen hundreds of scouts over the years, but it’s all part of a team effort. A lot of people are involved with scouting and many work away with not much recognition.“ Mr Beebe said one of his proudest achievements was establishing the Strzelecki Showtime Revue in 1969 which is still running today. He said the first locally-run full production was held in the Morwell Technical School hall in 1970 with 100 cast members including scouts and girl guides. “But the tech school principal was more concerned we’d scratch the floor. Showtime develops self-confidence and the need for reliability. It’s great it’s continued for so long,“ he said. Mr Beebe told The Latrobe Valley Express that the biggest change in the

Raymond Beebe OAM. scout movement in the past few decades has been an emphasis on youth leadership and encouraging children to run things for themselves. “Kids can be capable given the chance,“ he said. Mr Beebe has taken a back seat in scouts and is now Strzelecki District

historian, but he is keenly involved in the Probus and Rotary service clubs, where he has been president at both. He said there were many parallels between Rotary the scouts with the sense of camaraderie and community service, with many Rotarians also ex-scouts. Mr Beebe first came to the Valley

with the SEC, and said there were three chimneys at Hazelwood when be began there and eight when he left in 1971. He ended up writing a textbook on machinery condition maintenance and continues to work in the higher education sector as a sessional teacher at Federation University.

Duo’s great contributions recognised In 2012, Willi was appointed public officer and he served in that position until 2014. He was also the musical entertainer and provided music when required at general meetings plus great musical entertainment at Christmas functions. Inge was also a very active contributor to the club, being the newsletter editor from 2006 until 2011 before taking the position

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of Almoner (Welfare) Officer from 2012 to 2015. Willi and Inge recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary plus Inge’s 80th birthday. They are moving from Raymond Island to Lilydale in early May and the club thanks them for their valued contribution during their time as members and wished them all the best for the coming year.


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PAYNESVILLE Probus Club recently presented Willi and Inge Mueller with a Certificate of Appreciation for their commitment and contribution to the club over the 16 years that they have been members. Willi and Inge joined the club in 2004. Willi took on the role of vice-president in 2009 and stepped in as the club’s 27th -resident from mid-2009 to 2011.

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Helen’s milestone celebrated THE Ladies Probus Club of Mount Eliza Village sent flowers, cards and many phone calls to member Helen Lamont on the occasion of her 100th birthday. Covid-19 restrictions stopped the celebration intended for this very special day, but she enjoyed three days of family celebrations, keeping in mind social distancing etc. Club president Patsy Blackburn was able to drop in and present the flowers to Helen. Helen joined the club in 1998 and has been and still is a very active member, attending all meetings, functions etc. She is also a keen gardener and members wish her many more happy and successful years.

Fay will be missed MOUNT Eliza Village Ladies Probus Club thanked retiring secretary Fay O’Toole after 23 years of service on the committee.

PAV Commitee

Fay retired at the last AGM, just prior to the Covid-19 lockdown. She was presented with a gold watch by the president, Libby Macheski.

President: Rennus Crossley Email: president@probusvic.com.au

Vice President: Anne Vick

Along with all these achievements Fay has organised dine-outs, film outings, club birthday cakes and Christmas catering, along with the dozens of behind the scenes activities. Fay became a club life member in 2008. Mount Eliza Village Ladies Probus Club Committee will sorely miss her.

Important to keep ourselves safe

Secretary: Jane Johnson

The President

Email: secretary@probusvic.com.au

Treasurer: Dale King

Rennus Crossley

Email: dale.king@vtown.com.au

Guest Speakers: Brenda Rose Email: delrose4@bigpond.com

Webmaster: Ernie Brigham Email: webadmin@probusvic.com.au

Golf Tournament Co-ordinator Patrick Danaher Email: p_danaher@optusnet.com.au Phone: 0411 804 635

500 Card Tournament Shirley Jones Email: shirleyjones4@bigpond.com

Friendship Days Joan Vogels OAM Send contributed editorial material and Club Notes to Star News Group. PO Box 9, Pakenham 3810 or Email: probian@starnewsgroup.com.au


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Fay was secretary for the past seven years. Over her 23 years she was president for three years, vice-president for three years, secretary for 14 years, treasurer for one year, newsletter editor for one year and hostess for one year. She was also a delegate to Probus Victoria and honorary secretary for 10 years.

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2020 and Coronavirus will be a year we will never forget and as most of us Probians are very social people, enjoying being out with others. I think we need congratulations for having disciplined ourselves to use our time wisely at home and avoid crowds so that the virus has been able to be kept to a minimum. Hopefully there is now light at the end of the tunnel and in due course we will be able to meet for our meetings and get things rolling again. The committee for Probus Association of Victoria is considering when we can have a committee meeting and deciding if we will do it on zoom or in a large home. It seems our Pakenham horse racing day is off and the golf day is under consideration. There are a lot of affiliation fees that have not been received so if you really want to be part of PAV it would be appreciated if you could send your fees now.

Rennus Crossley, PAV President.

A lot of thought went into the sequence of this book selection - read the titles from top left onwards. Contributed by the Maryborough club.


Seaford Probus turns 35 FOR most people 14 February, Valentine’s Day, is a day for hearts and flowers but for the Seaford Probus Club it is our anniversary. That date in 1985 was the beginning for Seaford Probus, starting with 13 members and growing to the present membership of 68. This year we celebrated 35 years since inauguration at Norwood House Mt Eliza to celebrate the importance of the occasion. President Mary Greene opened the proceedings and welcomed guests Rennus Crossley, President of Probus Association of Victoria, and Sandra Mayer, Mayor of the City of Frankston, who both spoke of the importance of Probus for the support of retired people and the building of social networks. They each presented Mary with certificates to commemorate our 35th anniversary. Mary also welcomed past members Olive Heath and Trevor and Trish Jones. Long-term member Ruth Riddell gave an address on the club history. She acknowledged that many members, past and present, have contributed to the smooth running of the club. All the past presidents were acknowledged and those making special presentations were given flowers. Much chatter and laughter were heard throughout the afternoon as we enjoyed a meal together. A special birthday cake was cut by Norma Presa and Ruth Riddell, who both joined the club on the same day in January 1989. This was a successful celebration for a special group of people. - Carol McLennan, Treasurer.

Enjoying the celebration.

Norma Presa and Ruth Riddell cut the birthday cake.

Sandra Mayer, Mayor of the City of Frankston, presents president Mary Greene with a certificate.

President Mary Greene receives a certificate from PAV president Rennus Crossley.

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Covid in the Wind HOW many times must a man wash his hands Before he can say he’s germ free? Yes’n how many ports must a cruise ship sail Before it comes in to land? Yes’n how many times must the germs mutate Before they’re forever banned? The answer my friends, is Covid in the Wind The answer is Covid in the Wind How many weeks can lockdown exist Before we can beat Covid-C? Yes’n how many months can prisoners exist Before they’re allowed to go free? Yes’n how many times can face masks be used Pretending they keep you germ free The answer, my friends, is Covid in the Wind The answer is Covid in the Wind How many times must a man look up Before he can see a plane? How many meals must one man eat Before restaurants are open again? But how many deaths will it take ‘til he knows That Covid-19 is slain? The answer, my friend, is Covid in the Wind The answer is Covid in the Wind (With apologies to Bob Dylan - I tried!)

Jane Johnson, Secretary, Probus Association Victoria.

The RMH nursing staff say thank you.

Scrub hats for ICU STRATHFIELDSAYE Combined Probus Club members have been keeping themselves busy, by making scrub hats and laundry bags for the medical staff at the ICU Unit at Royal Melbourne Hospital. With some 500 staff working in the unit the challenge has come at a good time, as members are in lockdown because of the Covid-19 Virus. The project all came about when a member of the Strathfieldsaye Probus Club, Glenys Cossar; her daughter Susan a senior nurse at the hospital. She thought it would be a great asset to the staff to wear the scrub hats, as they were gearing up for the influx of patients who may require care due to the Covid-19 Virus or following surgery. Within the first week of the idea, club members had made 80 scrub hats and 70 laundry bags and were delivered to the Royal Melbourne Hospital. All up there has been a total of 600 hats and 200 laundry bags, a total weight of 35 kg made up into the items and dispatched to the hospital. A plea was put out to the members for any cotton material they had in their cupboards. Some even using doona covers for the bags. Club president Pam Williams said Susan and her colleagues were sending notes of thanks - and the “beautiful rainbow of colour amongst the wards added a ray of sunshine”.



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Staff were grateful to know they were being looked after and each item was made with loving care. In addition to the functional purpose of wearing the scrub hats, “they have done much to bolster our spirit and provide much discussion, a welcome diversion”. Strathfieldsaye Probus members are grateful for the amount of work and care the frontline medical workers are doing while dealing with the epidemic. Members feel it is something we can give back to the

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Vale Bob Burnell THE Probus Club of Sandy Bay celebrated its 15th birthday in March. However, due to Covid-19 restrictions in place, the actual celebatory party is postponed until later in the year, when hopefully restrictions are removed.

One of the club’s founding members and the first president, Robert Edwin (Bob) Burnell passed away in early April. Bob also held the positions of treasurer and liaison officer in his 15 years with the club.

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staff for the work they are doing due to the virus. Each member was working from home and adhering to social distancing rules. It filled a gap as members were missing their Probus activities of morning coffee, lunches, scrabble afternoons, walking group and bus trips. While isolating the 3f’s of Fun, Friendship and Fellowship are being put into place. Bendigo Health has been approached and at this stage staff are making their own scrub hats. Management were delighted to receive 150 colourful scrub hats that were delivered to the hospital for the use of their frontline medical workers. Some other members of the Strathfieldsaye Probus Club have been knitting and crocheting knee rugs and bennies for the homeless, disadvantaged and charities. The club is a very active club of 120, and looking forward to when the band is lifted and we can all get back together again. While in lock down, to keep the club together with the distancing laws two newsletters are being published per month and members are on a “ring around, make a call” to fellow members.

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news A viral pandemic is not new to Australia. Back in 1919, when local communities were still getting over the horror and senseless loss of life associated with World War I, the world was hit by an outbreak of the Spanish Flu. There were similarities with what the country is going through now, evidenced by newspaper reports at the time - the banning of indoor entertainment and the isolation of patients sound all too familiar. This extract from the Health Department pamphlet was published at the time.

A makeshift hospital at the Royal Exhibition Buildings in Carlton.

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Insight into past pandemic A SMALL pamphlet has been issued by the Health Department dealing with signs of the disease, how the patient should be treated, and precautions to be taken to avoid infection. The following extracts may prove interesting at the present juncture: SIGNS OF DISEASE The disease must be deemed to be probably present in every case of fever with headache and pains in the back and limbs. There is usually more or less prostration, frequently with signs of catarrh (excessive mucus build-up) and sometimes other symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea and bleeding at the nose. Very great prostration, rapid and difficult breathing, altered colour and pains in the chest indicate serious complications. In every case the patient should be placed in bed and a medical practitioner summoned as speedily as possible. ISOLATION By far the most important measure is the isolation of the sick. If the patient is not removed, he or she should be kept in bed in a well-lighted, well-ventilated room. No visitors should be permitted. Only one person in charge of the patient at any time should enter the room, and such person should take all possible precautions. The usual rules should be observed to prevent the disease being carried to others by drinking vessels, spoons, towels etc after time in the sick room. Cases with complications should be kept separate from simple cases. PREVENTION Crowds of all kinds should be avoided in streets... trains and indoor gatherings. The disease is largely spread by patients with mild attacks, convalescents and ‘carriers’ coughing without restraint, so that fine particles are shot into the air. All coughing should be smothered by a handkerchief or rag, which afterwards should be boiled or burnt. Gargles, sprays and inhalations are decidedly useful. A good, simple gargle is made with a flat teaspoonful of boracic acid, one of common salt and one of

A ward at St Vincents Hospital decorated for Christmas 1919.

There is no reason for any panic. Fear is cowardly and very injurious. Cheerfulness increases resistance and prevents complications. bicarbonate of soda, dissolved in a quart of warm water. It should be used before leaving home and upon returning. It may also serve as a douche for the nostrils. Inoculation with the special vaccine, according to experience in South Africa, probably lessens the liability to attack, and in more decided degree protects from complications. Masks covering the mouth and nose, properly made and properly applied, give a considerable degree of protection. They should be frequently renewed and sterilized by boiling. Those of the simplest, effective make are best. They should be used by all those brought into contact with patients. There is no reason for any panic. Fear is cowardly and very injurious. Cheerfulness increases resistance and prevents complications. DUTY OF CITIZENS With a view to successfully celebrating the visitation the Government has, on the advice of the medical officers, issued a series of regulations. These provide

that the occupier of every house wherein any person is suffering from influenza or the symptoms influenza shall report the occurrence in writing to the Town Clerk or Shire Clerk of the Municipal District in which the house is, and give the name, age and sex of the patient. The medical officer has also to make a similar report. ISOLATION OF PATIENT Every patient is to be isolated at his or her residence, or if such residence is unsuitable in the opinion of the Officer of Health, at any special place provided for the purpose, and every patient treated elsewhere than at a public hospital shall be kept in isolation until the Officer of Health gives consent to his release. It is also provided that every contact shall submit to such treatment or preventative measures (which may include isolation) as the Officer of Health specifies, and for such period as he directs. No person other than the nurse or necessary attendants shall visit any patient in any private house except

Nurses and patients in Carlton Gardens. under conditions specified by the Officer of Health. Power is also given to the Council to have house-to-house visitation made, in order to ascertain whether any case of influenza exists or whether the regulations are being observed, and the Officer of Health and any other officer authorized by the Council may isolate any house or part of a house wherein there is a patient. The Council may also order the cleaning, purifying, ventilation and disinfecting of houses, schools, churches and other places of assembly by the occupier. PENALTY FOR NEGLECT It is provided that any person who fails to comply with the regulations or is guilty of any neglect or disobedience of them is liable to a penalty not exceeding 20 pounds and to a penalty not exceeding five pounds nor less than one pound for each day during which such an offence is continued, besides any cost or expense which may be incurred in remedying the default. Friday, 26 June, 2020

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A quiet retirement?

Knoxfield Ladies members Kaye, Jan, Marie and Jan enjoying the spectacular begonias during a past trip to the Ballarat Begonia Festival. The club hopes to return to organising outings soon.

Keeping in touch AS we approach the middle of 2020, which has been both challenging and rewarding, the Knoxfield Ladies Probus Club members, while unable to hold monthly meetings and participate in planned outings, has been actively supporting each other from a distance. Members have been sharing lengthy telephone chats, humorous emails and information provided by Probus South Pacific in their online publications. The club had been looking forward to hearing John Howell, the author of The Only Woman at Gallipoli at the June meeting if it had been able to hold the

meeting. Members now hope they will be able to re-book Mr Howell for next year, perhaps in April to coincide with Anzac Day. Speaker convenor Jan MacDonald and social secretary/outings organizer Elizabeth Tainton will be working diligently to put together another program of speakers and social activities (including bus trips), for members to enjoy as soon as the social isolating rules are relaxed. When meeting venue the Wantirna Club at 350 Stud Road Wantirna re-opens for business, it will be able to return to the comfortable meeting room as well as

PRIOR to social distancing requirements, the Probus Club of Dingley Central toured Living Legends which is located near the landing-path for Melbourne Airport. Living Legends is the home of retired champion racehorses and is part of the Woodlands Homestead. Club members had lunch at the homestead and listened to an informative talk on how Living Legends manages the champion horses, such as Who Shot The Barman, Might and Power and Rogan Josh, during their retirement. Might and Power has since passed away at the age of 26 years. These horses weren’t spooked by the loud roar of jet planes overhead as club members fed them carrots. Now that most aircraft have been grounded, hopefully these horses are enjoying the peace and quiet.

enjoying the delicious post-meeting bistro lunches. The leisurely Sunday brunches at Tosaria’s Restaurant Rowville have also been cancelled, as well as a much anticipated theatre production of Mamma Mia at the Whitehorse Theatre Nunawading. Hopefully, that production will come to fruition later this year or early next year. Once this sad and worrying Coronavirus time has passed, members are looking forward to catching up with Probus friends and again enjoying their friendship, fellowship and having fun.




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Snuck in before lockdown MEMBERS of the Benalla Rose City Probus Club were very lucky to be able to enjoy their planned cruise and barbecue lunch on Lake Mulwala before lockdown. The day for the cruise presented perfect weather complementing an excellent day’s cruising on Lake Mulwala. Members enjoyed an hour and a half cruise around the lake while enjoying a barbecue lunch. The planned cruise on P.S. Cumberoona took a last minute alteration, as a mechanical failure prevented use of that vessel. However, they were able to use the M.V.Sienna Daisy, a modern craft which turned out to be very comfortable and did not detract from the pleasure of the event. Before leaving on the cruise members had the opportunity to look over the paddle steamer and have a short talk from Captain Frazer about the history of the vessel. Interestingly, while waiting to board the Sienna Daisy, they were approached by two ladies - Val Evans and Gloria Bailey- who were Probus members from Helensvale in Queensland. They were on holiday, visiting all the towns along the Murray River and they asked if they could join in for the cruise. Of course, they were welcomed then with open arms (no touching of course!) and they thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The trip home took in the towns along the Silo Art Trail which gave members an opportunity to view the wonderful pieces of art.Not only was the Benalla Rose City Probus Club fortunate in being able to enjoy their boating event, but they also managed to sneak in their AGM the day before the official lockdown. The normal meeting venue, a local club, cancelled all meetings the day before the scheduled AGM. The then secretary, Ray McPherson, managed to secure a church hall at short notice, members were quickly notified and with suitable social distancing being practiced, the AGM was able to go ahead, albeit a very short AGM with far less members than normal.

Fun and fellowship on the water.

The AGM hastily convened in a church.

Members enjoyng the cruise.

Val Evans and Gloria Bailey, Probus members from Helensvale in Queensland.

Hoppers Crossing breaks the ice on the rinks THE Hoppers Crossing Probus club, skipped by John Robertson, performed a clean sweep of games in the annual Werribee Probus Club tournament held in honour of a foundation member Harry Kirkland and sponsored by Werribee Funerals. John’s team won the three games contested by 52 shots and John praised the efforts of his team mates Greg Grima, Graham King and Trevor Dean in the professional way they played against top teams from around the west. Runners up was last year’s winners Ocean Grove and the Werribee team of Chuck parker, Peter

Davies, Joe Zufich and Paul Itter were the best third game winners. The tournament has been going for over 20 years and is recognised as one of the best in the state. Probus is a non-profit organisation, initiated by Rotary, set up to help retired people to partly fill any voids in their life after retirement. Activities include group lunches, weekday bowls, day trips and prominent guest speakers at their monthly meetings at the Werribee bowls club which are held on the fourth Monday of each month. Visitors are welcome. For further details call 9748 8867.

Winning team of Hoppers Crossing Probus with Harry Kirkland shield presented by representatives of Werribee Funerals Alicia Spinks and Ely Richardson. Friday, 26 June, 2020

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Fernlea guests feel at home FERNLEA Community Care has been caring for their local community since 2005 when Fernlea House opened its doors in Emerald after a long community campaign for accessible palliative care in the hills. Since 2005, the services available through Fernlea have expanded, but this community-driven, grassroots beginning set the tone and approach that today still informs and underpins Fernlea’s model of care - a model where the person being cared for is placed at the centre of everything we do. At Fernlea, clients are called ‘guests’ because they are treated as guests in our own home. Fernlea guests are listened to. Their abilities, likes and dislikes are heard and taken into account as an integral part of our service delivery. Fernlea guests maintain or regain control over their lives, and their age or illness is not the focus they are. Fernlea offers two different programs to the local community - Day Respite and In-Home Care. Fernlea House, Fernlea’s centrebased Day Respite programs provides opportunities for people with a life-limiting illness, chronic condition or dementia to socialise, take part in activities and outings and to be pampered, as well as giving their carer a break during the day. Day Respite guests can attend one or both of our two centres - in Emerald (Tuesday - Friday) or in Berwick (Friday), where they will be cared for by qualified staff and trained volunteers. Much more

than just a place to pass the time of day, the Day Respite service helps improve guests’ quality of life, and provides a chance for them to take time out to focus on themselves rather than their illness. Guests receive a home-cooked morning tea and lunch, tailored activities matched to their abilities and interests and complementary therapies including Reiki and massage, as well as social interaction and personalised focused care. Fernlea only takes a small number of Day Respite guests each day so they can provide the most attentive care and build meaningful and supportive relationships with guests and their carers. Fernlea In-Home Care service was developed because Fernlea knows that many people prefer to be at home, living as independently as possible, even

when they aren’t well. We also know that carers sometimes need a break or some support too. Fernlea’s In-Home Care Personal Care Assistants (PCAs) can provide personalised, tailored services to meet clients’ changing needs in their own home, including nursing, showering and grooming, meal preparation, assistance with feeding, light housework, shopping and companionship. Our PCAs have access to nurse attendance as required on call 24/7 for complex needs and the ability to work with other services clients might already have in place such as occupational therapy and physiotherapy. In order to provide further care to those in residential care, Fernlea is able to provide a social visiting service, this allows members to take some time off from their supporting role. Long before in-home care became a

government strategy, Fernlea’s founder and early supporters identified the importance of providing support for people with a palliative illness within a home-like environment, and most importantly, within their local community. Fernlea’s model of care across both their Day Respite and In-Home services, stands in stark contrast to the stories we are hearing from the Royal Commission into Aged Care. Fernlea staff and volunteers form deep, lasting relationships, not only with the people they care for, but also with their carers, who are seen as partners. We see first-hand and in a very personal way, the challenges that ageing and dying present, but our experience has also shown us that people who are ageing, frail or unwell, need to live fulfilling, valued lives. For more information visit fernlea.com. au or call 5968 6639.


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Welcome back to a Princess PADDLEWHEELER, PS Murray Princess is back cruising the Mighty Murray River in 2020 with an exciting new three-night cruise itinerary, departing on selected Fridays. The popular seven-night Upper Murraylands Cruise, departing each month, will also make a comeback. “We are so thrilled to launch the restart of our Murray Princess cruise operations with a brand new three-night cruise. To be able to offer something different to loyal and new guests is incredible,” says Julie-Anne Briscoe, marketing manager of SeaLink South Australia. “We will of course be adhering to social distancing and CovidSafe guidelines

and will be operating with reduced guest numbers onboard.” All cruises depart from the riverside town of Mannum in South Australia, each offering unique experiences and visits to historic townships along the way. Optional activities on both cruises include a Bush Tucker Breakfast, a Nocturnal Tour in a comfortable purposebuilt cart at Sunnydale and the new Dark Night Sky Tour to the internationally recognised Dark Sky Reserve, only one of two Reserves in Australia where you can observe the stars of the Milky Way with night viewing binoculars and telescopes. Food is a highlight of the cruise. Indulge in a la carte hot breakfast each morning,

a delicious two-course lunch each day and a three-course dinner each evening. Both cruises also include an Aussie-style barbecue dinner and bush dance on the riverbank and a complimentary pre-dinner drinks with Officers on the final night. All fares include accommodation, all meals, guided nature walks, ecoexcursions, onboard presentations, use of the ship’s facilities including sun deck, bar, two lounges and dining room. Scenic return coach transfers from Adelaide to Mannum, or secure car-parking in Mannum are also included. For further information visit www. murrayprincess.com.au



You don’t have to go far from home to take the trip of a lifetime. The gracious PS Murray Princess is cruising again from Mannum, South Australia! Join us for the trip of a lifetime on one of our NEW 3-night Restart cruises, our 7-night Upper Murraylands cruise or one of our special event cruises. Just quote PROBIAN10 for your special Probian discount offer. For your peace of mind, we want you to know that our company maintains the highest standards of cleaning and hygiene practises and observes all COVIDsafe guidelines.

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New Zealand awaits New Zealand is one of the first places in the world to see the sun - and will likely be the first overseas destination available to Australian tourists after the Covid-19 lockdown. THE local people, guardians of the land, will welcome you not just as guests but as Whanau (family). See the natural wonders of New Zealand through their eyes as they share with you this extraordinary part of the world, with the help of Grand Pacific Tours. Whether it’s the call of the native Tui bird, the sheep farmer rounding his herd or the gentle waves that break at the shore, the people and natural landscapes work in sync creating a serene balance and way of life. From the burn orange colours of autumn to the sweet pastels that bloom through the spring, the colours and sights of this precious land are abounded by beauty. The dramatic landscapes of the South Island are testament to this. To the north is Christchurch and the Canterbury region, full of patchwork farmlands and wine regions. To the south is Fiordland. Milford Sound is well known for its dramatic mountain peaks carved by glaciers during the ice ages and described as the eighth wonder of the world. On the East Coast become acquainted with Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula. The prevalent Scottish heritage, Victorian and Edwardian architecture of Dunedin make it a unique hidden gem. Perhaps most magnificent of them all is what lies to the west. The mighty Southern Alps, stretching as far as the eye can see. You’ll feel small in your surroundings as you marvel at the wide-open spaces of this untouched paradise. In juxtaposition, the North Island offers the country’s best in people, culture and history. The European colonization and Maori culture is an important lesson for all to understand in the Bay of Islands, a sandy beaches and blue sky destination. South of cosmopolitan Auckland, known as the city of sails, is the cultural and geothermal wonderland of Rotarua.

Milford Sound is known for its dramatic mountain peaks. There is a serene relationship between people and nature. The geothermal head underfoot can be used to cook meals for families, while the mineral waters are used to relax and rejuvenate the body. Then there’s the lesser known coastal city of Napier, situated in Hawke’s Bay. Beautifully preserved 1930s architecture is Napier’s special point of difference. Stripped Classical, Spanish Mission and Art Deco styles all contribute to its 1930s

film set façade. Your trip to New Zealand isn’t complete without visiting the nation’s capital, Wellington, offering the very best of this extraordinary land. Immerse yourself in arts, culture and some of the finest food and wine around. Set on the edge of a stunning harbor surrounded by rolling green hills, Wellington paints a picture of postcard perfection.

No matter where you visit in New Zealand, you are sure to be greeted with a friendly ‘Kia ora’. From the stories of the old Kauri trees that have seen hundreds of years and passers-by, to the vibrant colours in a piece of handcrafted jade - every experience you have in New Zealand will be infinitely beautiful. Learn more about Grand Pacific Tours online at www.gptnz.com

Grand new magazine inspiring travel dreams GRAND Pacific Tours, the New Zealand Coach holiday specialist has released Haere Mai, an online magazine helping to inspire and invigorate New Zealand travel dreams. The first issue follows a “Dream Now, Travel Later” theme, with over 60 pages of wholesome content. Learn about the people, places and spirit of the land and why it’s called a world in miniature. Hear from Peter Harding, Grand Pacific Tours Managing Director on how he’s created the perfect tour for those longing to come back over, visiting several iconic regions of the South Island, never offered before on a coach holiday. Get behind the wheel with Ultimate

Coach Captain, Paul Campion, and learn about Ultimate Small Group Touring, a luxury style of coach touring exclusive to Grand Pacific Tours. Explore the geothermal heartland of Rotorua and the stunning natural beauty that is Queenstown. There are also great kiwi firsts, some fun with kiwi tea towels and mouth-watering recipes for you to try at home. Grand Pacific Tours are running several competitions, but you’d better get in quick! Haere Mai by Grand Pacific Tours is now available to view here: <https://issuu.com/grandpacific-tours/docs/haere_mai_ issue_1?fr=sODY0OTE0Nzg4ODI>

Wangaratta Big4 the perfect base to experience High Country delights BIG4 Wangaratta North Cedars Holiday Park is a leafy green destination in the heart of Victoria’s wine and High Country region, a fabulous central base to enjoy all the area has to offer. The park has accommodation options to suit everyone, from tranquil, pet-

friendly grassy powered sites to deluxe or standard cabins, which have a full ensuite, kitchen and living areas and all linen provided. It also has powered ensuite sites available. The rates are extremely competitive. The solar-heated swimming pool area

has seating and umbrellas and is very well used, and it has a large children’s playground area featuring swings, monkey bars, slides as well as a large trampoline. Guests can bring their bicycle along to make full use of the rail trail that is right on the back doorstep of Big4 Wangaratta

North Cedars Holiday Park. Wangaratta is an ideal base for day trips to Beechworth, Bright, Milawa, Myrtleford, Glenrowan and Rutherglen, the list goes on. Then return to the friendly atmosphere of Big4 Wangaratta to recharge, ready for another tour the next day. Friday, 26 June, 2020

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The magnificent Murray IMAGINE, sitting on a balcony looking out at the mighty Murray River, a paddle steamer passes by and blows its whistle. This could be you and your Probus Club. Now is the perfect time to start planning for a trip to Moama Riverside Holiday Park for your group getaway! Moama Riverside Holiday Park is conveniently located in the heart of the twin towns - Echuca and Moama. Across the road from the Moama Bowling Club and a leisurely 15-minute walk into Echuca, over the bridge with views of the glistening Murray River along the way. The park is surrounded by local walking trails, uninterrupted views of the paddle steamers along the Murray River and unique birdlife and wildlife. Guests may even be lucky enough to be greeted by one of the many local kookaburras on their balcony! Moama Riverside Holiday Park owners of eight years, Peter and Jen, take great pride with the ground and have a high level of cleanliness of their cabins and park facilities. Their passion for the park is clearly reflected in the picturesque presentation and maintenance of the park and ability to ensure every guest has an enjoyable and memorable stay. All fully self-contained cabins face directly onto the beautiful Murray River with stunning views of passing paddle steamers. Meanwhile, caravanners can make the most of the large, grassy powered sites and settle into their homeaway-from-home. The new amenities block will be completed by October.

During the cooler months the park offers a newly renovated undercover, log heated camp kitchen facilities with barbecues or the open fire pit area or guests can just relax on the grassy banks of the Murray River during the warmer months. “We have the perfect surrounds for your daily happy hour,” Peter and Jen say. The team at Moama Riverside Holiday Park specialise in hosting Probus Club getaways, providing a complimentary cooked breakfast for the group on one morning and group accommodation discounts. They can also put clubs in contact with the local tourism body to

assist planning outings during your stay. In 2019, theye had the pleasure of hosting the Auburn Probus Club organised by John McIntosh: “Forty of our members spent a most enjoyable week at the park in May 2019. Not only was our cabin accommodation spotlessly clean and warm at night it was beautifully situated in a manicured garden setting on the banks of the river. We held our nightly happy hour in comfortable surroundings. The park area also had a covered area where we held evening gatherings. The park managers were always ready to attend to our needs and

on one occasion provided us with a hearty breakfast. Of course, the Moama area provides many tourist attractions which we explored to the full. All in all, we had a wonderful holiday. We would recommend Moama Riverside Holiday Park to all.” Echuca/Moama is the perfect location to cater for those who want a jam-packed itinerary as well as those who want to use the opportunity to relax and recharge. Let thems help plan your Probus Group getaway - give Peter and Jen a call on (03) 5482 3241.

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Visit historic Port of Echuca THE Port of Echuca - located roughly 2.5 hours drive North of Melbourne - is the historical heart of the towns, Echuca and Moama. Setting the scene for which to tell the twin towns’ history - the Port Precinct will take you on a journey back to late 1800s and 1900s, when the paddlesteamer trade was at its peak. Join us and experience our rich history and fantastic tales of the bustling river trade, by visiting one of our many attractions in town. Centred around the nationally heritagelisted Echuca Wharf, the Port of Echuca Discovery Centre provides visitors the opportunity to walk the path of our past river pioneers. With active steam engines, paddlesteamer wrecks, a restored sawmill, kids activities and an interactive interpretive centre - there is plenty to see and do for all ages. View the oldest wooden-hulled paddlesteamer in the world - The PS Adelaide - docked at the Echuca Wharf. Take a walk back into the main street of the Port Precinct and you will find a great selection of pubs and cafes, a blacksmith, horse and cart rides, a movie house and Penny Arcade, a Whistlestop Studio Gallery, a Holden Museum and even an antique photographer. Take a cruise on the mighty Murray River and experience the largest operating fleet of paddlesteamers in the world. We have one hour cruises available daily on board the PS Canberra and PS Pevensey, both genuine paddlesteamers that were initially

The mighty Murray. cruising over 100 years ago. Enjoy lunch or dinner on board the PS Emmylou or the MV Mary Ann, consider an eco-cruise with Kingfisher Cruises, grab a coffee on a floating cafe or maybe even stay a night on board our local “boatel” (the PS Emmylou). Choose one of our wonderful accommodation options and stay for longer

than a day trip, to experience some of our more exclusive experiences. Discover the Port Precinct after dark with the Discovery Centre’s Port After Dark lantern tour, or on board the Pride of the Murray for their Riverlights Cruise. Journey out to one of our fantastic wineries for a glass of locally-made wine and enjoy fresh produce at The Strawberry Pick. Get even closer to the Murray by taking a stand-up

paddle boarding lesson, hiring a canoe or even enjoying some water sports. Whether you’re looking for leisure activities, historical exploration, sporting fun or just some great food and wine - we have plenty to offer. With many activities offering group discounts, the Port of Echuca is the perfect destination for your next Probus group trip.

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We’re on the road again WELL that didn’t go how we planned! We think this phrase will be uttered many times over when reflecting on the year that has been 2020. However no matter what, we are nothing if not energetic and resourceful here at O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours and we have made a deliberate effort to focus on the positives, even if they seem few and far between. Our office at O’Shannessys Quality Tours has remained a hive of activity on many fronts. We have a beautiful new and completely re-vamped touring program for 2021 on the way. We have also used this down time to connect with our customers personally, making lots of “check in” phone calls to see how you all are and the feedback is you all can’t wait for your next holiday! Well, the good news is we are touring again - woo hoo! We have scheduled some magical Christmas in July tours to beautiful destinations throughout Victoria to celebrate getting back on the road and out in the fresh air of the great outdoors. We will be visiting the Yarra Valley, the North East High Country and Torquay for tinsel time and some early Christmas celebrations. Right now we are working on a whole new program of exciting tours for August. We’ll have some interesting and fun tours to our magnificent regional cities as well as some relaxing stay put tours to our picturesque gorgeous little country hamlets. We will chase that winter sunshine around the whole state. Call us anytime for an update on what will be happening for August or take a look at our Facebook page. Victoria will be our focus for now, but our planned program for September will pick up where we left off, as long as we can get over those pesky borders... The

Iconic Canberra Floriade, Spring in the High Country, The Gardens and Grandeur of the Western District, Nagambie and Swan Hill, Flinders Ranges Outback Experience, Kangaroo Island and the Coorong and the Mungo National Park Silo Art Trail are just some of the amazing journeys we have planned for you. At O’Shannessy’s Tours it’s all about the experience and making wonderful memories and new friends for life. Our office is staffed every day, so call us here at Team O’Shannessy’s and let us do the work. Our chauffeurs will pick you up from home and return you to your door, throughout our extensive pick up zone. You just pack your suitcase and get on board. Phone 1800 354 352 email: enquiries@ oshannessys.com.au or visit our website www.oshannessys.com.au

Simple, honest and fresh food at the Rye Hotel WELCOME to the Rye Hotel, where the culinary delights are created by Executive Chef, Pali and Kavinda, Sous Chef with his dedicated team. Pali, with his Sri Lankan heritage, brings a wealth of experience and specializes in curries! He and his team are extremely excited about creating delicious meals. Our highly qualified chefs provide an extensive selection to appeal to all taste buds including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free - offering a wide choice of locally sourced daily specials. Rye Hotel serves meals all day, every day, with lots of dining choices. From the Alfresco Dining Cafe on the beachfront balcony, open for breakfast with light meal or snacks, to the Terrace Bistro Dining perfect for large groups. Perfectly positioned to enjoy the panoramic vistas over Port Phillip Bay. We specialize in group bookings with ample bus parking at the rear of the hotel. A private function room, Blue Water Room accommodating up to 90 guests is available for your exclusive use. Contact Vicki on 5985 2277 to book your Christmas Probus function today. Rye Hotel Accommodation provides great affordable packages on dinner, bed and breakfast for large groups. Catering for single or twin share, our accommodation options are perfect for any size Probus trip. Call our wonderful reception staff on 5985 7222 to find out more. We look forward to seeing you soon! 16 The Victorian Probian

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A sign of the times in Healesville.

A snapshot of our life enduring a pandemic AS John Lennon crooned for the Beatles, These Are Strange Days Indeed. Life as we know it took a different turn as we were forced into lockdown by the Covid-19 pandemic. Events were cancelled, shops were closed, toilet paper flew off the shelves, kids were taught from home and we all gained a new appreciation of people like health care workers and teachers. So we can remember what it was like in years to come, hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a bit of a snapshot of life in Covid lockdown.

A random face mask on the footpath.

Toilet roll flew off the shelves in buyer panic.

Shop limits.

Local is closed.

At least some had a sense of humour.

Hand sanitiser everywhere!

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Telling us where to go...


Stand on the cross.

Distancing at Dandenong Market.

This way for a test.


Playgrounds off limits.

Shops a no-go zone.

Putting the bins out became a thing on social media.

Stand here with a smile.

Testing stations.

No Puffing Billy, Gembrook Station.


Even church had to take a break.

A message from the ambos.

Anzac Day was celebrated at home in quiet reflection.

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No picking over the fruit.

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City streets were noticeably a lot quieter - welcome news to authorities who issued a ‘Stay at Home’ message.

Glimpse of a sleepy city under Covid lockdown Gembrook artist CAL OSBORNE was lucky enough to tour around Melbourne’s CBD and surrounds in his day job at Yarra Trams and captured the unique sights of the city’s quiet beauty under the Covid-19 shutdown. CAL Osborne has never likened himself to a “city boy“, stating that Melbourne was never a place he frequented - but he likened his tour during the Covid-19 lockdown to seeing an old friend again. “I can’t begin to tell you how great it felt to escape lockdown for a few hours and be chauffeured around in the sunshine while I took videos for work,“ he said. “While it was eerie to see the place so quiet, it was still amazing. This will sound weird but, its good to know she’s still there, and not grey and decayed or collapsing like a scene from ’I am Legend’, but bright warm - welcoming - inviting - just waiting to give you a hug again. “When this Covid thing is over, we will pick ourselves up, fill these streets, dance, party, hug, sing and celebrate again - and wake her back up, and give her life again. That’ll be a good day.“

A sad sight, as all shows cancelled at the Palais Theatre.

No better time to perform a hook-turn?


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Usually filled with airport commuters, the photo is a stark reminder of the travel ban.

RMIT building free of students.

No cars in sight.


The Spencer Outlet Centre is likely empty inside.

Public places with no members of the public.

No school tours seen at the Royal Exhibition Building or IMAX.

St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne.

The steps of Southern Cross station.

The usually bustling Luna Park in StKilda.

No cars in sight.

Usually busy, Cal was alone on the road.

A lone train.

Cal likened his trip through the city to “seeing an old friend” again.

Melbourne - eerily quiet under Covid-19. Pictures: Cal Osborne via Before We Kick The Bucket

More emptiness.

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bring joy where there are tears. Through acts of kindness, both great and small, we can transform entire lives. When we do good in the world, our actions live on. They live on in the people we have helped, and in the people we inspire to help others. This is why we call what our volunteers do in the community every day our ’Good Works’. One of the most important sources of funding for the work the Society does in the community comes from people who have included a gift in their Will. Supporting the Society in this special way not only creates a lasting legacy of kindness, it plays a vital role in continuing to provide ‘a hand up’ to people in need for generations to come. If you believe in a just world for all, make that your legacy. When you commit to including a gift in your Will, we commit to continuing the work that you believe in through our Good Works. When you leave a gift in your Will you may never meet the person you have helped, but your generosity lives on in their lives. Investing in our Good Works is a reflection of your beliefs today, tomorrow and always. For more information about leaving a legacy, please contact Sharon Wangman, Gift in WIlls Manager on 03 9895 5821 or email bequest@svdp-vic.org.au


DEMENTIA Australia is urging all Australians to know the warning signs of elder abuse and to be alert to vulnerable Australians, including people who live with dementia. CEO Maree McCabe said elder abuse was a serious issue that is likely to have become even more prevalent during the Covid-19 pandemic. “Based on international indicators, it is likely that between two per cent and 14 per cent of older Australians experience elder abuse in any given year, with the prevalence possibly higher during a time when people living with dementia were isolating at home,” Ms McCabe said. Some of the warning signs of elder abuse to look out for include: Unnecessary levels of isolation that go beyond government restrictions; Changes in the older person’s behaviour,

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with the person disengaging from family members, health, aged care and other services, or making threats of self-harm or expressions of hopelessness; The older person being prevented access to potential supports and modes of communication (such as phone or internet); Large sums of money to pay for unspecified items are being requested or spent. “Often older people living with dementia, as with others who are abused, will not necessarily tell people what’s happening and for some, cognitive decline can impair their ability to raise the issue.” If you know or suspect someone may be a victim of elder abuse, please contact your state or territory Elder Abuse Hotline or call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500 or Seniors Rights Victoria - 1300 368 821.

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More than bricks and mortar GREENWAYS has been the retirement village of choice on the Peninsula for over 40 years. It’s easy to think that village life just happens organically. It’s not that simple. Whether you’re a pioneer of the industry (like Greenways) or a new village down the road, it takes an enormous amount of work and commitment to create and maintain a thriving, happy and harmonious village community. At Greenways, the village staff team goes above and beyond. The team is led by Lesley Hemingway, the village’s much adored manager. Sandra Findlay looks after sales and new resident enquiries and Lee Monkhouse provides village office support. Roles aside, it is their can-do, friendly, caring, supportive and committed approach to village residents - above all else - that sets this team apart. When choosing a village, there are many factors to consider. Top class amenities, beautifully refurbished accommodation, security, well-manicured grounds, handy location and affordability are all important. Greenways ticks all these boxes. Yet a trusted, caring and involved staff team who truly understand and meet resident needs, like at Greenways, is also imperative. And very rare. So call the team at Greenways today. Arrange a private tour, view our beautiful villas and apartments, and chat to residents to hear, first-hand, what all the fuss is about. It might be the village for you! Villa units start from $397,500 and apartments from $272,500. Greenways Village is at 330 FrankstonDandenong Road, Seaford. Phone 03 9786 8679.

In extraordinary times, an extraordinary village RESIDENTS at Balmoral Over 55s Lifestyle Village have always felt their village was unique - a beautiful, landscaped oasis in the heart of Wantirna South. It is a thriving, social, welcoming and supportive community, with a real sense of security, first class facilities and incredible staff to support their every need. And private owners with a genuine and active interest in exceeding resident expectations for over 35 years. With the recent extraordinary events, Balmoral residents now know their village is unique - and extraordinary. Resident support has been at the forefront, from the village kiosk offering preordering and home delivery, to dedicated staff assistance and support, from caterers servicing the community with home cooked meals, to increased resident engagement and activity via the improved Balmoral resident publications (incorporating games, crosswords, trivia and recipes). From virtual tours, good news stories and online activities/events on our social media platforms, to launching our new ‘BalmoralTV’ channel throughout the village. As one resident commented: “There’s no better time to be living at Balmoral!” If you are thinking of a move to retirement living, why not consider Balmoral Over 55s Lifestyle Village? Newly refurbished villa units and apartments are available to view by private tour. It’s easy to join our waiting list as you decide on the perfect new home for you. Become part of extraordinary! Balmoral Village is at Ridge Road, Wantirna South. Phone 03 9800 1333. Friday, 26 June, 2020

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Supporting your local area to help you to live well at home Heather Shearer, a Baptcare Home Care customer believes she is fortunate to have the support she needs to keep living independently in her own home.

A complete package of home care When Heather’s husband died four years ago, she found herself in an unfamiliar situation. “I was caring for Keith in his final years, but when he passed away, I went from being a carer to someone who needed care. I’ve always been physically limited because I have rheumatoid arthritis, but I really went downhill at that point. I was struggling,” she says. Following an aged care assessment, Heather was assigned a Home Care Package, which meant she could receive government-funded services to help her live at home. She chose Baptcare to provide these services, because Baptcare had previously assisted with the care of her husband and she “couldn’t speak highly enough of them”. Along with household tasks such as vacuuming and cleaning, Baptcare also provides Heather with allied health services. These include regular podiatry visits and input from an occupational

therapist, who has arranged equipment for Heather’s home, including a handrail for her bathroom, a wheelchair and a ramp. All these services are coordinated by Heather’s Case Consultant, Denise. “She is absolutely amazing,” Heather says. “She’s a registered nurse, and that really makes a difference. I can tell that she’s taking everything in and assessing what I need when she comes to see me.” There are several local Baptcare offices located across Victoria and Heather feels that this has been a great advantage. “The staff there are always willing to help, and I feel reassured whenever I talk to them. I consider myself very lucky to have all this support from Baptcare – they are my saviours.”

Caring for the right reasons Jake Holz, a Baptcare Area Manager for In Home Care, says that providing the best possible care for people like Heather is central to Baptcare’s organisational purpose. “As a faith-based, not-forprofit organisation, we are dedicated to providing care and support to older people in the community. Our vision at Baptcare is to help create communities where every person is cherished.”

Baptcare provides a wide range of home care services, both through government-funded Home Care Packages and as self-funded services. These include: > Transport to social events or appointments > Social support groups > Meal preparation > Home maintenance, vacuuming, changing sheets, cleaning, and gardening > Help with daily tasks such as showering or dressing > Nursing and allied health > Shopping > Social wellbeing calls > In home respite.

If you would like to know more about Baptcare’s home care services, call 13 BAPTCARE (13 22 78) or visit baptcare.org.au

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Bringing landmarks to life TATE PAPWORTH


THE inner-west of Melbourne boasts a colourful history, much of which can be seen on the many quirky old buildings that have stood the test of time. But as the area evolves, those buildings are becoming fewer in number. Luckily, a Yarraville artist is on a mission to preserve as many as he can by creating miniature versions of them. David Hourigan has been re-creating the landmarks in his workshop on a full-time basis for 18 months and said the spark came to him randomly. “I used to build model kits as a kid, then one day I thought... why building a model spitfire when I’ve never flown one,“ he said. “So I wanted make things that have relevance to me. “It started off when I’d walk around my streets and come across a cool building.“ From there Hourigan set to work. “I start to take a lot of pictures of the building, I do lots of sketches and measure it all up,“ he said. “Then I come back to the studio and scale it to a size that works for me.“ The buildings recreated by Hourigan are by no means grand. The Yarraville Racing Pigeon Club, the Switch House in Station Road in Seddon and the Olympic Doughnuts van that was at Footscray station had all seen better days, but that’s what makes them interesting to Hourigan . “Most of my work is small, insignificant, decrepit buildings... I’m trying to capture them before they’re all gone,“ he said. “It’s important to remember where we come from.“ The process takes three to five weeks and Hourigan builds every component from scratch with painstaking detail. “The pieces that take a lot of time are the things you don’t look at, like a water metre or an NBN box bolted to wall. “Details make it come alive – rusty pipes and bits and pieces give it personality and stop it being a boring chunk of wall.“ Hourigan recently held an exhibition

where he sold a number of pieces, leaving him a little overwhelmed. “The reaction to my work has been incredible... I guess nostalgia is part of it, but there’s also a sense of wanting to capture all this before it goes,“ he said. “I had 10 pieces at the exhibition in

March and it was good to sell a few of them... I thought it would be incredibly difficult to part with them, but I’m running out of room in my workshop.“ With his popularity growing, Hourigan said he’s been inundated with suggestions for his next piece.

“There’s a massive list of possibilities and the list honestly keeps growing. “I get lots of suggestions and I’ve got a few things in mind so we’ll have to wait and see.“ For more information visit the Instagram handle @davidhouriganartist. Friday, 26 June, 2020

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Unpacking snobbery My Word Laurie Barber

A new chapter in life APRIL was told she would never walk again. A shocking fall one afternoon and subsequent surgery on the brain saw her move in to Regis Shenley Manor in Victoria to recuperate. It was assumed that she would not be fit to return home. Through sheer determination and strength of spirit, and with the dedicated care and guidance of her doctors, nurses and allied health professionals at Regis, April was determined to defy all odds and walk once more. With the support of the Physio at Regis, April was able to build up her strength in regular sessions three times a week. Meanwhile, the registered nurses and personal care assistants at Regis ensured April received high quality care and that her stay was comfortable so she could recuperate in the best way possible surrounded by care, companionship and support. After 18 months of diligence and hard work, April mustered up the strength to walk again. Following her incredible success April made the brave and daunting decision to finally return home. While April had regained her strength and was miraculously able to walk once more, she needed assistance to return to her home safely. Regis Home Care stepped in and worked with April to plan her discharge and ensure she had all the support and care she needed to live an independent and fulfilling life at home. April has been home for 12 months and Regis Home Care support workers still visit her every morning to provide support and assistance where needed. April is now able to walk around the block each day, plays bridge with friends and is an avid supporter of the arts. She regularly attends Melbourne Symphony Orchestra concerns in the city. April is proof that moving into Aged Care is not the end of the book. Rather, it is a new chapter in life that can open many new doors and help you to achieve the unexpected. To find out more about how Regis can care for and support you or your loved one, visit www.regis.com.au 26 The Victorian Probian

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MORE than 150 years ago most Australians were called snobs and “justly proud of the distinction”. These days the word has taken on a different meaning and few would admit to being a snob. Many years ago in sheds such as Windy, Warrah and Coomoo Coomoo around Quirindi the shearers would occasionally make some derogatory remark about the snobs they had encountered. I wondered why this group of knockabout characters would be interested in the affairs of people who, by my understanding, were those of high rank with little time for the working classes. I was later to discover that a snob was a person of lower rank than I had believed, and the shearers were actually talking about sheep. The big Oxford has this to say about modern snobs: “One who has little or no breeding or good taste; a vulgar or ostentatious person”. In 1852 the book Ten Years in Australia commented that the “gentlemen” were the nobs and the tradesmen the snobs. Another publication of the same year said the self-elected aristocracy were the nobs and the retailers were the snobs. It was George Earp who in that year said the majority of the colonists were essentially snobs “and justly proud of the distinction”. As for the origins of the word, the big Oxford says it is of unknown origin, starting out as a slang term. Some people like to suggest that Cambridge college students were asked to add their rank to their name. The commoners, or those looked down upon as the townspeople, would write “without nobility” in the Latin “sine nobilitate” which in turn was shortened because of insufficient space to s.nob. Others dispute this definition as an origin for the word, pointing to its earlier history. One story I did unearth from Cambridge days, however, was WH Brookfield’s comment in Cambridge Apostles that snobs would go to the Grand Opera early and buy up tickets for a bit of scalping later - obviously showing a bit of good business sense. I believe the meaning of snob started to change with the attempts by some of the working class to imply they occupied a higher station in life. The author William Thackeray, who had left Cambridge without earning a degree, parodied the leading writers of the day in the Snobs of England, published in 184647. Thackeray called George IV a snob, because he assumed to be “the greatest gentleman in Europe” without “the genuine stamp of a gentleman’s mind”. As for the connection between snobs and sheep, in the sheds the snobs were the most difficult to shear and so left until last. In earlier times these sheep were also called cobblers.


Look for signs of arthritis

Dr Andrew Kapsis with Romulus.

Less is more Vets&Pets Dr Andrew Kapsis, Head Veterinarian at Lort Smith

An overweight dog.

Gerry and his arthritic pets. to be aware that products like Anti-Freeze designed to warm a car’s engine can be fatal for animals if ingested. “Although not common in suburbia, people should know that it has a very sweet taste so dogs can lick it off garage floors and the like but it’s extremely toxic” said Ms Talevski.

Some foods to limit or avoid completely are: Milk - a cup of milk is like a human snacking on half a dozen large blueberry muffins. Chocolate/onions/macadamia nuts/ sultanas/grapes - can be toxic and could have dire outcomes. Table scraps - if high in fat they can cause obesity or pancreatitis. We all lead busy lives, and often it can be tempting to skip walking your dog after a long day. But it is important to exercise your pet regularly. It doesn’t have to be a long walk, you can play games like fetch if you are unable to take you dog out or you could go to a pet friendly beach for a swim. Cats need exercise too. You can encourage your feline friend to play with toys or chase a piece of string. Not only will it help keep them fit, it’s also an entertaining way to spend time with your feline companion. If you have a different type of animal as a pet, such as a rabbit, Guinea pig or bird, there are some specific requirements to consider. Rabbits and Guinea pigs require a high fibre, moderate protein and low carbohydrate diet. Three quarters of their food intake should be hay, with the rest mainly greens and some good quality feeding pellets. Despite what Bugs Bunny cartoons may have taught us, a rabbit’s diet should not be exclusively made up of carrots. Like fruit, carrots should only be a special treat. Birds should regularly tuck into leafy greens, along with good quality well balanced pellets. Again, it is a misconception that birds should eat lots of seeds. They can have small amounts, as long as they are not sunflower seeds. If you’re unsure about exactly what to feed your pet, or if you’re worried they may be overweight, speak with your vet. We all love our pets, so let’s help them have a long, healthy and happy life.

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IF you have spent a little time people watching over the past few months, you will definitely have noticed an increase in four-legged friends out and about, helping to keep their humans counterparts physically and mentally fit. This significant rise in pet ownership has increased the need for vet services. At Lort Smith, this period has really shown us how important it is that not for profit animal hospitals exist. While many businesses closed, went online, or hibernated over the second quarter of this year, Lort Smith moved to an emergency and essential care model. Like always, we opened our doors every day to make sure that the Victorian community could access quality veterinary services. Currently, it looks like Victoria is slowly returning to some normality, and hopefully in the coming months, we will see a continuation of the good exercise habits for our pet’s sake. Even though estimates vary, as many as 40 per cent of Australian pets are overweight. We all like to treat our furry friends to a little something special from time to time - but consider this: a cat eating 25 grams of cheese is equivalent to a human eating three and a half hamburgers! Overweight animals are prone to a number of health issues - including diabetes mellitus and pancreatitis. Excess weight can also put more pressure on a pet’s hearts and joints which can often worsen clinical signs of arthritis and heart disease. So what can we do to help our pets maintain a healthy weight? Just like for humans, the key is exercise, balanced eating, and plenty of fresh water. The amount you feed may vary due to the health, weight, activity level and age of your pet. Puppies and kittens under three months need three to four meals each day, whereas senior pets may need multiple smaller feeds throughout the day.

PET owners are being warned to be on the lookout for signs of arthritis in their pets with the number of pets being treated for conditions associated with arthritis on the increase. Suzana Talevski, spokesperson for The Lost Dogs ‘Home, said vets at Frank Samways Veterinary Clinic were seeing an increase in both cats and dogs who were struggling to cope with the onset of winter and expected that number to increase as the colder temperatures set in. “Already we are seeing an average of two arthritic pets per day, if not more,’’ said Ms Talevski. “We expect that number may increase if people aren’t aware of the warning signs. Some of these come in with the issues of arthritis, others are picked up during their health checks.” A lesser known fact is that cats can get arthritis too but our feline companions that have the condition can be much harder to spot as they exhibit signs of pain more subtly. “If your cat is asking to be picked up more and more it could be a sign that their joints aren’t working as effectively when they’re cold. It might also take more steps when negotiating a jump and generally sleeping more,’’ said Ms Talevski. “Worse cases will be limping/stiff, some even have a reduced appetite.” “It is a good idea to pay attention to what they’re like when getting up from a big sleep, what they’re like after a long walk if it’s a dog, if they’re hesitating to jump up on the couch/bed etc. Any changes should be discussed with your vet.” Vets at Frank Samways are also asking those that live in rural or large properties

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