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BREAKFAST is the most im-
portant meal of the day and Bass
Coast Specialist School at Wont-
haggi is dedicated to reinforcing
the message to its students.
The task is now much easier, following
the roll out of breakfast clubs in 500 Victori-
an schools, thanks to the State Government.
Bass Coast Specialist School was se-
lected to be involved in the $13.7 million
breakfast club program, which aims to feed
25,000 students in term one.
“The State Government has got on
with the job of building the education state
and helping students in classrooms across
Gippsland to get a chance at a great educa-
tion,” Eastern Victorian Region MLC Har-
riet Shing said.
“I commend staff for their commitment
to their students. Without this commitment
by school staff, breakfast clubs could not
Bass Coast Specialist School principal
Edith Gray said she considered the school
extremely lucky to be one of the first schools
in the roll out of breakfast clubs.
“We have a school of 60 and around half
come to school without eating breakfast.
Some of our students travel here from as far
as Grantville, so it’s reasonable to assume
they skipped breakfast to get to the bus on
time,” Ms Gray said.
“A nutritionist worked out what the chil-
dren should be eating and we had a huge
delivery of Vita Brits, milk and tinned fruit
sent to us.”
The school had provided the students
with toast in the past, but the students are
now changing their dietary habits and get-
ting used to the healthier option.
“We realise the importance of breakfast
and we started the breakfast club on the first
day back at school. It has been fabulous,”
Ms Gray said.
“It’s amazing to see the students eating
food that’s a whole lot better for them. They
are more settled in classrooms throughout
the day and maintain their concentration and
Ms Gray said the students love the break-
fast club and noticed they had been happier
in the mornings since the program started.
“The fruit is lovely and I think our
students really enjoy routine; breakfast is
served as soon as they get to their classroom
at 9am. It’s a fabulous, well organised pro-
gram,” she said.
The State Government aims to continue
to support schools during its term, including
a $566 million boost to equity funding over
Dig in: from left, Bass Coast Specialist School students James and Tobin enjoy
some delicious Vita Brits during the breakfast club program.
Children enjoy a
TWO extra beds were delivered to
Bass Coast Health (BCH), expand-
ing its subacute service capacity.
The State Government fulfilled its com-
mitment to open 101 new beds and points of
care through the $200 million beds rescue
fund – less than one year after it was prom-
ised – which resulted in the additional beds
“In less than a year, we have opened 101
new beds and points of care as promised –
including two beds for the Wonthaggi hos-
pital – so Bass Coast patients can access the
care they need, when they need it,” Eastern
Victorian MLC Harriet Shing said.
“Our beds rescue fund will mean 48 ex-
tra patients in the Bass Coast region, includ-
ing Phillip Island, will get the treatment they
The new subacute beds are fully opera-
tional, and will mean an extra 48 patients
will be treated each year, reducing waiting
times for those needing care.
Last year, former Australian Medical
Association (AMA) Victoria president Dr
Douglas Travis carried out the most com-
prehensive review ever undertaken into the
capacity of Victoria’s hospitals.
In line with his recommendations, the
2015-16 Victorian budget delivered $200
million to open 101 beds and points of care
at hospitals across the state, which will treat
nearly 20,000 extra patients every year.
More beds, faster care
at Wonthaggi hospital
SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council
will be replacing the existing pub-
lic litter bins in Leongatha’s Cen-
tral Business District with new
bin enclosures that will enable the
separate collection of recyclable
materials and rubbish.
Bins will be replaced from April and
when completed will provide residents and
visitors with the option to recycle their
waste when away from home.
The new bin enclosures will be dyna
bolted in place so they can be easily moved if
needed to adapt to changes in the streetscape
brought about by the Leongatha Revitalisa-
tion Works Project which is currently in the
The cost of implementing the $84,110
project was supported by a grant from the
Australian Packaging Covenant Industry
Association of $53,863 with the remainder
funded from existing operational budgets.
Council’s waste management supervisor
Peter Roberts said it was important residents
and visitors had the option to make sustain-
“The introduction of public place recy-
cling bins will help reduce the amount of
litter waste sent to landfill from Leongatha
each year and increase the recovery of recy-
clable packaging materials for recycling into
new products,” he said.
The project builds on an identical initia-
tive implemented in Korumburra in 2014.
The introduction of 20 new bin enclosures
in the commercial area of Korumburra has
been a great success, diverting about 15
tonnes from landfill and recovering the ma-
terial for recycling since those enclosures
Both projects are consistent with the
aims and objectives of council’s Waste Man-
agement Strategy which supports the imple-
mentation of initiatives that reduce waste to
landfill and recover materials for recycling.
Recycle in heart of Leongatha
company FAMDA is
seeking a cast for a
new musical called
Torch to be staged in
The production looks at
the lives and songs of some
of the great female singers
of the 20th century, women
like Judy Garland, Marlene
Dietrich, Ella Fitzgerald and
It features iconic songs
from the first half of the
20th century such as Stormy
Weather, Nice Work if You
Can Get It, My Funny Val-
entine, You Made Me Love
Yo u , Get Happy and many
The show requires six
performers on stage, three
singers, two dancers and
one narrator who also sings.
Auditions will be held
from 2pm on Sunday, April
17 at the Foster War Memo-
rial Arts Centre to find three
ers plus two female dancers
all aged late teens to 40 and
one male MC/narrator/ sing-
er aged late teens to 50.
Anyone interested in
being involved but unable
to be present this Sunday
is invited to contact To r c h
director Chris Dickins on
0428 560 842 to arrange an
Further information is
also available by phoning
FAMDA president Tania
Pell on 0427 832 303.
nities, this will be an op-
portunity to spend with an
artist with new ideas and
ways of looking at their
While hosting the resi-
dent artist, members of the
community will have an
opportunity to learn new
skills and acquire a deeper
knowledge of a particular
In Bass Coast, world
travelled artist Ulla Tay-
lor will be in residence in
Newhaven during May,
hosted by the Newhaven
Ms Taylor is a screever,
pavement artist and fresco
painter who will be sure
to catch people’s imagina-
Bass Coast Shire Coun-
cil mayor Cr Jordan Crug-
nale said ‘Come and Play’
is an invitation to every-
one to be involved in and
get inspired by the arts.
“During this May,
there are close to 30 activi-
ties on offer in Bass Coast
alone, with open galleries
and studios, events and
workshops all welcoming
us to experience and im-
merse ourselves in the cre-
ative skills and passion of
local and world renowned
artists,” she said.
“From workshops in
nautical knots, fused glass,
watercolour or jewellery
making, there is something
for everyone to keep you
busy. There are also ex-
hibitions and bus tours to
studios and performances.
I encourage everyone to
get involved and celebrate
the arts in Bass Coast.”
Creative message: Ulla Taylor, pictured with her artwork Blue Street Lizard,
will be the resident artist in Newhaven during May.
Come and play in May
OVER the last seven
years, May has be-
come the most popu-
lar time for residents
and visitors to create,
discover and celebrate
the arts across Bass
Coast and Gippsland.
Bass Coast Shire
Council is proud to partner
with Creative Gippsland,
which announced the suc-
cessful artists in residence
for ‘Come and Play, All of
May’ – celebrating the arts
Artists were chosen
from around Australia and
within Gippsland to par-
ticipate in an opportunity
to spend seven days in a
Gippsland town and create
a piece of work in response
to the town’s environment
For the host commu-
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