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Proud to be an Aussie
Proud to be an Aussie
By Brad Lester
AUSTRALIA presents many
opportunities to its residents;
they just have to create and
That was the message delivered by
Julian Walker, the guest speaker at the
Australia Day service at Pound Creek
“You have to take personal respon-
sibility for your situation,” he said.
The Pound Creek myotherapist
spoke of his return to study at age 56
to retrain after working as a deputy
principal in Melbourne, following a
He spent his early years in Papua
New Guinea with his family, before
moving to Cockatoo near Pakenham
and then to Darwin.
“We lived near a mangrove swamp,
catching fish, building cubby houses
and exploring. Every family needs a
mangrove swamp,” Mr Walker said.
His school was multicultural, with
Malays and Chineses all his mates. He
later studied teaching and then travelled
to North and South America, working
in summer camps and exploring, be-
fore eventually returning to Australia
to Perth and later Melbourne.
Australia Day is a highlight of
Pound Creek’s social calendar, with
the station transformed into a stage for
the South Gippsland Shire Brass Band
to play the National Anthem and tradi-
tional Australian songs.
CFA family and friends join with
others at the barbecue lunch to catch
up and commemorate the tight knit
community that is Pound Creek.
The brigade will celebrate its 50th
year this November.
CFA opens doors: guest speaker Julian Walker (left) told the Pound Creek gathering of his experiences
travelling the world. He is pictured with, from left, Bass Coast Shire Council mayor Cr Jordan Crugnale,
Pound Creek CFA captain Peter Vanzuyden and CFA operations manager Mark Jones. Cr Crugnale joined
the brigade on the day.
Pound Creek commemorates community
THE Dumbalk and district com-
munity and guests celebrated
Australia Day with a relaxed eve-
ning barbecue sponsored by South
Gippsland Shire Council.
Mayor Cr Bob Newton and his
wife Marilyn attended the event at the
appropriately decorated RSL Park in
Dumbalk, and welcomed all.
Richard Powell, who was nominated
for council’s Citizen of the Year, spoke
about the many roles and benefits of
volunteering in the community. He is
a member of many organisations in
Meeniyan, giving freely of his time and
expertise in various fields.
There were a variety of prizes including
best Australian outfit, furthest travelled,
and best plastic plate frisbee thrower.
The Dumbalk and District Progress
Association would like to thank council,
Mr Powell, Doreen Thorpe for leading
the Australian National Anthem and
others who helped make the event a
Cheers, Australia: from left, having a ball at Dumbalk’s Australia Day
function were Adrian Dekker from Holland, Joy Dyson of Dumbalk, Agnes
Van Tiggelen of Dumbalk, Joy Bell of Boolarra, Gwen Helliwell of Dumbalk
and Ron Bell of Boolarra.
Towns unite for big day
Bena residents gath-
ered together at Bena
Hall for a morning of
on Australia Day.
The Brennar Family
Band entertained the audi-
ence with a set of traditional
Australian songs including
Click Go the Shears and
Slim Dusty’s Redback on
the Toilet Seat.
Club put on a fantastic
breakfast and the Bena
Hall committee flipped
pancakes at the compli-
mentary breakfast before
the performances,” Bena
Hall committee member
Maureen Benson said.
“Scouts raised the flag
and we all joined in singing
the national anthem before
Noel Gregg took over as
master of ceremonies.”
Patrick Lanigan con-
cluded the ceremony with
a rendition of I am Austra-
lian, joined by the audi-
ence who enthusiastically
waved their flags.
Gwen Sanders donated
floral arrangements of na-
tive banksia and wattle
which lit up Bena Hall
from top to bottom.
Scouts celebrate: from left, Blake Burn and Charlotte Amor showed their
Aussie spirit at Bena Hall on Tuesday.
Patriotic mates: from left, Terry Lay and Frank
Hirst wore their best Australian gear at Bena Hall
Citizens celebrate: from left, Laurie Gregg and Noel Gregg got into the patri-
otic cheer at Bena Hall on Australia Day.
Flying flag: South Gippsland Shire Councillor
Kieran Kennedy addressed the crowd at Tarwin
Lower’s Fishers Reserve on Australia Day. The
community enjoyed a breakfast, flag raising
ceremony and poetry.
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