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Bunjil’s arrival signals reopening of Willum Warrain A STATUE of Bunjil – the wedgetailed eagle creator and spiritual being – now sits at the entrance to the Willum Warrain Aboriginal gathering place at Hastings. The unveiling of the statue on Friday was also timely in that it marked the recent reopening of the centre which had been closed due to lack of money. “This is a significant day for our mob,� Wullum Wirrain president Peter Aldenhoven said. “We have recently been closed for four and a half months as we temporarily had no funding for staff and operating costs. “This [its temporary closure] caused great dismay to our community. Now, with Bunjil sitting aloft on his entry perch, we can embrace the future with more confidence and security.� Mr Aldenhoven said the “gathering place� Willum Warrain - which means “a home by the sea� in the Boon Wurrung language – is controlled by the Aboriginal community. “Located in a tranquil bush setting, Willum Warrain is a place of hope, belonging and cultural connection for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living on the Mornington Peninsula.� He said there were more than 230 Aboriginal members and 130 non-indigenous “kin, friends and supporters�. “It is also a destination for reconciliation, regularly visited by people and groups wishing to engage with the local mob. Willum Warrain warmly welcomes all visitors to our special space,� Mr Aldenhoven said. “Bunjil, the wedge-tailed eagle, is a very important totemic figure, always

TWO scuba divers made their own way to shore at Bushrangers Bay, near Cape Schanck, after being separated from their dive boat, 11.30am, Sunday 30 April. Police said the men, 42, of Hampton, and 40, of Arthurs Seat, were dropped off in 14 metres of water 200 metres from shore. When they did not return to the boat 90 minutes later the skipper raised the alarm. The Air Wing, Water Police, Volunteer Marine Rescue and SES Rosebud found them on shore. They had been unable to attract the skipper’s attention.

Morning coffee Wings spread: Mornington Peninsula Shire mayor Bev Colomb, Flinders MP Greg Hunt, Sophie Mutimer, Chris West, Jodie Mutimer, Peter Aldenhoven and Stephanie Exton at the Willum Warrain centre, Hastings, for the unveiling of Paul Mutimer’s statue of Bunjil. Picture: Yanni

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A MAN fishing off the rocks at Cape Schanck on Sunday 30 April was lucky to escape with his life after being swept into the sea seas by a wave, 1pm. Senior Sergeant Phillip Hulley, of Frankston police, said the man, 46, of Kew, was one of seven men swept into the water when a large swell caught them unawares. Six clamoured back but the seventh was in a bad way when he managed to climb back to safety. The Air Ambulance took the man to The Alfred hospital with serious but not life threatening injuries. Senior Sergeant Hulley said he had a large amount of salt water in his lungs.

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remind all who enter of deep spiritual connections to land and sky.� He said a pair of wedge-tailed eagles were often seen flying overhead “so it is fitting that Bunjil will be a permanent resident as well out front�.

A HASTINGS-Western Port Historical Society morning coffee at 10.15am, Thursday 11 May, will feature a talk by John Woolley about Woolleys Rd and Woolleys beach. The venue is the Hastings Museum, corner of Marine Pde and Skinner St, Hastings. Admittance is $5. Details: Call 0490 132 011 or 9781 1141.

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