17 November 2015

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The world stage awaits our ‘Miss’ HASTINGS’ Jessica Martini is Miss Australia International 2016. The finals of the competition which recognises gifted women from across the continent were held in Sydney earlier this month. Ms Martini is now setting her sights on the international stage of the quest, to be held in Jacksonville, Florida, United States, in July. “I will compete against women from all over the world for the title of Miss International,” the 27-year-old said last week. “Unlike pageants that focus mainly on beauty, this contest emphasises the talents, accomplishments, personalities, and societal contributions of its participants. “Contestants are committed to a worthwhile cause of their choosing, and each is allotted time to speak on that issue. In doing so, they are able to educate viewers about the steps that they can take to make a positive difference.” Over the three days of the Sydney finals, contestants took part in personal branding workshops, etiquette training, rehearsals and interviews. “The platform I supported throughout the pageant was the Cancer Council Australia,” Ms Martini said. “Cancer has touched the lives of many people closest to me, including my aunt, nanna and mother. It is at the core of my heart. We all know someone who has been through it, with one-in-two men and one-inthree women in Australia diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85. “I became an official ambassador for Cancer Council Victoria in 2014,

Anti-graffiti project

Winning ways: Miss Australia International 2016 Jessica Martini, alongside Mrs Australia International 2016 Tanya Scarvaci, Ms Australia International 2016 Ally McCluskey, and Miss Teen Australia International 2016 Georgia Brice. The Mrs, Ms, and Teen winners are all from Western Australia, with Ms Martini the only winner from Victoria.

which was a great accomplishment for me. Being a voice and role model for the organisation, and supporting their incredible research, patient support and fundraising programs, is a wonderful feeling.” The Miss Galaxy Australia 2014 says she feels “really confident” going into the international stage of the competition. “I speak from experience when I say a rhinestone crown and a satin sash do not validate anybody,” she said. “These are material possessions that, in their own right, carry a certain amount of worth, but it is the person who wears them that brings value to

the title, not the other way around. “Behind every pageant journey there is a story to be told – a tale of inspiration, dedication and commitment to achieving a dream. Pageantry allows a woman to tell her story while challenging herself to become a greater version of who she already is.” Ms Martini is on the Western Port Festival committee, which wants to bring back events of years past, such as the Miss Western Port Pageant. Known in the 1970s and 1980s as the Miss Shire of Hastings Quest, it was last held in the early 1990s. “The Miss Western Port Pageant

aims to create opportunities for local young women, and to make a positive impact in our community by creating awareness about relevant issues, community groups and events in the district,” Ms Martini said. “I have been fortunate to be the sole coordinator of the pageant due to my experience and success, and I get to work with the girls in building their self-confidence, self-worth and understand their values. “I love empowering women. I want to heal the areas of someone’s life where they thought they weren't good enough.” Steve Taylor


THE state government has stumped up $23,000 for a graffiti prevention project in Mornington Park (formerly Tanti Park), Hastings and Rosebud West. Newly elected mayor Cr Graham Pittock said the cash would pay for “an early intervention and prevention educational project provided by Warner Youth Education in partnership with Victoria Police” in the three areas. “It will also involve a series of murals created by primary and secondary students to encourage community pride and educate students about the consequences of illegal graffiti,” he said. Grade 5 and 6 pupils from Mornington Park, Wallaroo, and Eastbourne primary schools as well as year 7 and 8 students from Mornington, Western Port, and Rosebud secondary colleges will take part. Young people and the broader community will be involved in the project including Mornington North Residents Group, Mornington Community Contact, Wallaroo Residents Action Group, and Rosebud West Action Group.

Human rights THE shire’s all abilities consultative committee and the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission have joined forces to present a free information session about the state charter on human rights. It will be from 11am-2pm on Friday 4 December at the shire’s Rosebud office, 90 Besgrove St. Register online at www.eventbrite. com.au Details: 5950 1685 or email spcd.admin@mornpen.vic.gov.au




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