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three years and completed
the comprehensive course
It was while studying
obstetrics emergencies she
learnt ambulances were not
equipped with gear to keep
babies’ heads warm.
“Often paramedics are
called to where babies were
being born at home and
would need to be taken to
hospital,” Mrs McLean
While she hopes for a
job as a paramedic, Mrs
McLean is now working
at Neerim South as an am-
bulance community officer
assisting paramedics from
“I’ve dreamt of being a
paramedic since my brother
was killed as a 17 year old
the time,” she said.
“I joined the CFA as a 14
year old because I wanted to
help people and remember
watching the ambos work
and from then I wanted to
be a paramedic.”
To donate, post bonnets
to PO Box 375, Korumburra
3950 or see the Facebook
page: Lee’s “Bonnets for
Bonnets must be new,
without neck ties, tightly knit-
ted and made with love.
Patterns are available on
the Facebook page.
Baby care: graduate paramedic Lee-Anne McLean is inviting the community
to support her project to equip Victoria’s ambulances with baby bonnets.
Inset: So cute: Lee-Anne and Bret McLean’s grandson, Anakin, son of Tait
and Beth McLean.
Knitters urged to
THE Australia Day
celebrations on Phil-
lip Island were again
hosted by the Rotary
Club of Phillip Island
and San Remo, in
For the past 10 years
the club has worked with
Bass Coast Shire Council
to facilitate the Australia
Day celebrations, which
historically have included
the presentation of the
Citizen of the Year, the
and the Ambassador ’s Ad-
dress, as well as providing
a sausage sizzle and other
family friendly activities
such as face-painting for
This year the celebra-
tion included an exhibit
of historic Ferguson trac-
tors by the local Ferguson
“It is a great pleasure
for our club to host this
Rotary club president
Keith Gregory said.
Guests heard from
the joint Bass Coast Citi-
zens of the Year Allison
O’Halloran and Trish Ho-
gan. Deserving winners,
these citizens revitalised
the Bass Coast Boardrid-
ers Club, which was al-
most defunct in 2013 and
is again a thriving and pro-
viding opportunities for
VENUS Bay has been transformed
into a busy, vibrant seaside town
over summer, with the town in-
creasing in size by 10 fold.
The town has less than 400 permanent
residents but during summer the popula-
tion swells beyond 4000 when holiday
home owners and other visitors arrive.
Eighty percent of the town’s homes
are holiday houses and summer is the
peak occupancy rate.
Coastal businesses rely on the bustling
summer trade to boost their bank balances
and summer is so far proving a winner for
the new owners of the Venus Bay Store.
Neil and Fiona Williams have enjoyed
their first summer of trade, with a steady
flow of local and tourist customers.
“It’s our first summer so we have not
got anything to compare it to, but a lot of
locals support us too,” Mr Williams said.
“We did not really have that much hot
weather but hopefully we will get a few
hot weekends in February.”
Their daughter Liz Williams said holi-
daymakers frequented the shop through-
out the January school holidays.
“There are a holiday houses down
here, so they are the regular holidaymak-
ers. They have been supporting us and
get their coffee early in the morning,” she
“We’ve been selling sunscreen, hats,
liquor and ice cream, and all the café food
has been popular.
“There are still people around but you
can notice the difference now school has
gone back, but we expect that in a sea-
sonal area like this.”
at Venus Bay
Holiday hotspot: Fred Piscopo owns a holiday house at Venus Bay and is
one of the many visitors who shop regularly at Venus Bay Store, where Stacie
Craven meets customers’ needs.
Rotary hosts Island celebration
Encouraging speakers: Bass Coast Shire Council’s
Citizens of the Year Allison O’Halloran and Trish Ho-
gan addressed Phillip Island’s Australia Day event.
Cr Bob Newton
CONSTRUCTION works for the
new Karmai Community Chil-
dren’s Centre in Korumburra are on
schedule and it’s an absolute credit
to all involved after the start date
was initially delayed due to under-
ground service relocation works.
If all continues to go to plan, the centre
will be complete in December this year.
The first concrete slab was poured last
week and it really showcases the enormity
of the project. The bulk excavations, piling
works, footings and blockwork to the under-
side of floor level are complete and struc-
tural steelwork is currently being fabricated
The bricks and mortar allows the com-
munity to see what is happening on site, but
there is also so much going on behind the
scenes to ensure this project is successful
right from the start.
This unique community initiated proj-
ect, driven by a dedicated group of repre-
sentatives, will meet the critical need for
children’s services in Korumburra and sur-
The official unveiling of the Leongatha
RSL Place of Reflection was a success,
again due to teamwork and cooperation
between stakeholders. I would especially
like to congratulate the Leongatha RSL and
Council staff for leading the way.
The event proved to be quite emotional
for some, which really reiterates the impor-
tance of this rededication to the community.
The Leongatha RSL has been research-
ing the names of service men and women
who enlisted in the Leongatha area during
the Great War 1914-1918 for a number of
years. Plaques of the 337 names are dis-
played within a Rotunda at the beginning
of the Avenue of Honour (Leongatha Recre-
ation Reserve – Pioneer Gates).
The Place of Reflection is a significant
landmark for Leongatha’s rich history and
could not have been possible without Federal
Government funding. It sits perfectly in a
place away from the busy-ness of town where
visitors can sit quietly and reflect on the past.
Entries are now open for the annual Sus-
tainability Festival Recycled Art Exhibition.
This event provides a chance for local resi-
dents to demonstrate their creative skills by
designing a piece of artwork using 80 per
cent recycled materials.
This year’s theme is ‘Plastic does not go
away’ and is again the result of a successful
partnership; supported by South Gippsland
and Bass Coast Shire Councils.
The exhibition opens on March 12 and
will be held at the Coal Creek Community
Park and Museum Gallery in Korumburra.
By Brad Lester
BABIES could be
kept warmed in ambu-
lances across Victoria
thanks to a campaign
initiated by Arawata’s
The graduate paramedic
has launched a call for knit-
ters to create bonnets for
babies to wear when they
are rushed from their homes
to hospital following emer-
gency births at home.
Ambulance Victoria has
supported the campaign that
aims to collect 1500 knitted,
crocheted or sewn bonnets
and place two bonnets in
each of the 700 ambulances
in the state.
“Not only will paramed-
ics have a purpose made,
home knitted or home sewn
bonnet to keep the babies’
head warm, but the parent/s
will have a keepsake me-
mento to go with their
unique birthing story,” Mrs
“Babies lose a lot of heat
through their heads so it’s
really important for para-
medics to maintain their
“If babies get cold, they
can get low body tempera-
ture which can lead to infec-
The project Lee’s Bon-
nets for Babies has already
received donations as well
as interest from as far afield
as Scotland and Japan.
“One lady is already
posting 15 bonnets from
Scotland that she made in
12 days. How cool is that?”
Mrs McLean said.
“Everyone loves babies
because they are valuable
and they need our help.”
Should Mrs McLean
receive more bonnets than
Victorian ambulances need,
bonnets will be sent to am-
bulance services interstate.
“I’m going to learn how
to knit a bonnet,” she said.
Mrs McLean had two
dreams in life: to be a moth-
er and to be a paramedic.
With her children Tait,
Tayla and Ri now older, she
finally embarked on a three
year course to become a
Firstly, she raised funds
towards the course by ap-
pearing on the television
game show Deal or No
She travelled to the Aus-
tralian Catholic University’s
city campus every day for
BASS Coast Shire Council is ask-
ing residents to keep an eye out
for agapanthus, a common envi-
It originally comes from South Africa and
spreads quickly through bushland reserves.
The seeds are dispersed by birds, wind
and water, carried on boots and clothing,
and from dumping of garden rubbish in
bushland, coastal areas and roadsides.
It has large sky blue or white flowers
in summer on one metre high stalks and
their thickened fleshy roots perform much
the same function as a bulb.
“If you have this weed in your garden,
please dig it out by the roots and put in
the rubbish bin rather than dispose of it
as green waste, as this can lead to fur-
ther spread of the weed across the shire,”
council’s manager sustainable environ-
ment Deirdre Griepsma said.
Alternatively, cut off seed heads and
dispose of in the rubbish.
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