17 July 2019

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Detecting anxiety in children A SEMINAR designed to enable parents and teachers to better recognise, manage and minimise the anxiety of their children will be held at Rosebud next month. Parenting expert, award-winning speaker and author Michael Grose and wellbeing expert and researcher Dr Jodi Richardson will host the Anxious Kids seminar at Rosebud Secondary College, 7- 9pm, Thursday 1 August. The pair are touring Australia to present their evidence-based approach to managing children’s anxiety. They will speak about tools and strategies for helping children as outlined in their book Anxious Kids. “Disturbingly, it takes 8.2 years on average between the onset of symptoms and diagnosis of an anxiety disorder,” Mr Grose said. “For a child experiencing anxiety, that can mean many years of learning difficulties, unhappiness and lost opportunities. We believe this is an unacceptable statistic.” Parents, teachers and other professionals who work with children play a critical role in helping children to recognise and manage their anxious feelings. The seminar is designed especially for them. Attendees will learn how to know if a child or teenager is experiencing anxiety, the origins of anxiety and how it impacts on children and teens, and how to respond constructively when a child or teen is anxious. They will receive tools to teach

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Kids in the frame: Speakers Michael Grose and Dr Jodi Richardson. Picture: Supplied

children to help regulate their anxiety, as well as which lifestyle factors they can use to minimise anxiety. Other tips cover why avoidance of anxiety-inducing events is not the an-

swer and what to do instead, and how to create a wellbeing plan for a child or young person. Tickets are available through the Parenting Ideas website.

Legal review to stay secret THE “full legal review” into planning permits involving Tyabb airfield and businesses operating there will not be released to the public. Mornington Peninsula Shire has decided to extend the deadline for the review by a Queen’s Counsel beyond 30 June and at some stage release “a document consolidating the conditions of all current planning permits that currently apply to the Tyabb airfield”. The motion agreeing to the deadline change and to keeping the review secret appears to conflict with council’s decision on 26 March for “the outcome of the legal review … be brought back to council by the end of the financial year, for a council briefing, prior to the findings being publicly released”. Both the initial call for the legal review and last week’s deadline extension were contained in notices of motion put by Cr Julie Morris and adopted unanimously by council.

Legacy’s ongoing help for ‘defence’ families MORNINGTON Peninsula Legacy is a charity providing services to 1400 widows and families on the Mornington Peninsula, in Frankston and north to Chelsea after the injury or death of a spouse or parent, during or after serving in the defence force. Barry Smith, president of the Mornington Peninsula Legacy Club, said that since 1923 the organisation had been “protecting the wellbeing of veterans’ families… Our compassionate and vital assistance changes lives, with care, friendship and support and we are honoured to serve our families”. He said Legacy stood by defence force families “to ensure a child gets an education and a fair go, a widow is not disadvantaged and alone, and a family is not torn apart by the effects of past and ongoing conflicts”. “Legacy is the only organisation of its type in the world and relies on its volunteers and donations to carry out its work,” Mr Smith said. He said the work of Mornington Peninsula Legacy was based “on the principles of provid-

ing services within a compassionate and respectful environment based on the needs of individuals and families”. “In addition to our beneficiary programs, Legacy also engages young people in the community through education to acknowledge and commemorate the sacrifices of our brave service men and women and their families,” Mr Smith said. Legacy’s holds an annual Anzac commemoration ceremony for students at Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance and its junior public speaking award encourages 12-14-year-old students to learn about Legacy’s values, “while developing their communication skills and confidence”. Legacy volunteers will be selling badges and appealing for public donations during Legacy Week, 31 August – 7 September or go to www. legacy.com.au/donate. Call Mornington Peninsula Legacy on 9708 8201.

School money MOOROODUC Primary School will get $192,400 from the state government towards building an outdoor “sensory playground” and buying new equipment. The money comes from the Inclusive Schools Fund to help government schools implement innovative projects that promote inclusive school environments.

Koalas the topic SENIOR lecturer in wildlife and conservation biology at Deakin University Dr Desley Whisson will talk on “Absent without leaf – Koalas on the Mornington Peninsula”, at a Mornington Peninsula Koala Conservation Group talk, 3pm Sunday 21 July. The venue is Main Ridge Community Hall, Main Ridge Road, Main Ridge (Melway 171 J12). All welcome. Admittance is free. Inquiries to Bernie Schedvin 5989 6408 or email berniesched@vic.chariot.net.au or Michelle Stacey, 0409 031 108 or admin@wildman.net.au