Western Port News 14 October 2020

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New CEO to oversee Oberon ’s key projects women through cultural practices, including, weaving, possum skin workshops and camps. Willum Warrain is one of 79 community organisations to receive a community grant of up to $10,000 in the program which supports mental health, improved connection and mental wellbeing in local communities. Australia Post executive general manager Nicole Sheffield said: “We know when we connect, we feel better. “The organisations we’ve funded aim to help improve mental health and wellbeing by helping individuals and communities to be more connected.” Details: auspost.com.au/grants

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Children First gala NEIL Armstrong, above, has been appointed CEO for the next two years of the Western Port Oberon Association. A justice of the peace and a former Mornington Shire councillor and a board member of Metropolitan Ambulance Service and other nonprofit organisations Mr Armstrong was awarded an Order Of Australia Medal in 2019. Western Port Oberon Association president Max Bryant said Mr Armstrong had an “amazing background as an administrator and will bring a strong strategic focus to our current operations and long term plans”. He said the association’s “key projects to be completed over the next 24 months” were finding permanent homes for the former HMAS Otama submarine (anchored off Crib Point) and the former pilot vessel Wyuna (anchored in Bell Bay, Tasmania). Mr Bryant said the association planned to bring the Wyuna to Victoria “later next year, with significant celebrations planned for her departure from Bell Bay and arrival in Melbourne”. “Otama and Wyuna will be preserved and placed on permanent display at Hastings Victoria, once facilities are completed,” Mr Bryant said. Mr Armstrong’s “maritime connections” included his marine engineer grandfather and uncle and his late father “an experienced deep sea merchant sailor”. “Neil loves ships, he photographs them and cruises regularly,” Mr Bryant said. A McCrae resident, Mr Armstrong would be CEO “in an honorary capacity” to help the association “consolidate its overall position”.

Association grant WILLUM Warrain Aboriginal Association has been awarded $9980 as part of Australia Post’s 2020 community grants program. The grant will fund the Strong Sistas project which aims to build positive social and emotional wellbeing and connection for Aboriginal

A CHILDREN First virtual gala will be hosted by Mornington Peninsula radio station RPP this year. Because of COVID-19 restrictions the station will use its TV sound stage and technology to host the event, 5-7pm, Saturday 17 October. Guests and attendees will participate on line. RPP presenter John Shoe OAM will MC the event as he has done in years past. This time he will be in a virtual world reaching out to an Australian and international audience. Children First Foundation is an Australian children’s charity that offers life changing surgery to disadvantaged children from the developing world. Details: childrenfirstfoundation.org.au

Food For all meeting FOOD For All’s annual meeting is this year being held via Zoom, 2pm, Wednesday 21 October. Those wanting to attend can contact Brian Allen at mail@foodforall.com.au and a Zoom link will be sent out the day before. The link will be active 10 minutes before the meeting. All invited.

March close for bank THE demise of suburban bank branches is continuing with the Rosebud branch of the ANZ shutting its doors on 18 March 2021. The bank’s general manager for Victoria Michael Wake reeled off what have now become standard responses to bank branch closures (“ANZ withdraws from Mount Eliza” The News 28/9/20). “Every year we see 10 per cent less transactions at our branches because our customers no longer use them for everyday banking like they used to,” he said. “The majority of our customers now prefer the convenience of doing their banking when it suits them. Our apps and call centres are convenient and we’ve also seen a number of passbook customers opting for debit cards recently to expand their banking options.” Mr Wake said the bank had written to customers to let them know about alternative banking methods, including online and telephone.

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Western Port News

14 October 2020


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