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SEBASTIAN William Scholte was born on April
5 at Leongatha Hospital. Sebastian is the first baby
for Alexander Scholte and Stephanie Keating of
RILEY Alexander Collier was born on April 8
at Leongatha Hospital. Riley is the first baby for
Shane and Sharee of Leongatha.
JAKE Thomas Browne was born on March 30 at
Leongatha Hospital. Jake is the second child for
Kate and Hayden Browne of Leongatha and is a
brother for Hannah, 17 months.
By Tayla Kershaw
FLOODING could not stop
the showcasing of beautiful
local art at the Wonthaggi res-
Wonthaggi residents Wendy and
John Crellin were devastated by sev-
eral flooding incidents at the rescue
station four years ago, but have rede-
veloped the site and will be celebrat-
ing local artistic talent once again.
Although a new proposal was re-
quired for a toilet block, new floor-
ing and other minor works, function-
ality has been restored in the heritage
Bass MLA Brian Paynter advo-
cated for the restoration, and said it
would be a beautiful place to hold
art fairs, festivals, and opera and jazz
“Flooring will cost $150,000
through Regional Development Vic-
toria,” he said.
“I anticipate they will be back in
the rescue station by the end of April
though, because they don’t need the
flooring and toilets fully finished to
shift back in.”
Mr Paynter said it was recom-
mended the Rescue Station Art Co-
operative apply for funding for fu-
The art space will not only in-
clude an exhibition of stunning local
art, but also a workshop area for art
classes, a children’s art group and a
“The rescue station is a beautiful
area with lots of history. It will make
a fantastic working art space,” Mr
Endorsed: Wendy Crellin, left, and Colin Billington and John Crellin, right, from the Rescue Station
Arts Cooperative were visited by Bass MLA Brian Paynter (second from left) and Shadow Minister for
Arts and Culture Heidi Victoria, who both loved and appreciated the artistic vibe at the Wonthaggi rescue
Artists return to rescue station
TOORA and District Com-
munity Bank, Foster Branch
and Welshpool Agency will
launch its Community Grants
Program on Wednesday, April
20 to help improve commu-
Chairman of the Toora and Foster
branch of Bendigo Community
Bank and Welshpool agency Rob
Liley said the program will help
support local community groups and
organisations by making funding
available for projects.
“The program helps us to reinvest
our community bank profits back
into the local community,” he said.
“Projects may be large or small
and may also be carried out in
collaboration with other groups or
organisations at any level.”
The program is administered by
Community Enterprise Foundation,
the philanthropic arm of Bendigo
and Adelaide Bank.
Applications are available online
and are open for submissions until
Monday, May 9.
“There are currently 310
community bank branches across
Australia that have returned more
than $148 million to support local
communities,” Mr Liley said.
“The most exciting thing about
our community bank branches is
the more customers that bank with
us, the more money we can use to
strengthen the Promontory district.
“We encourage everyone to bring
their ideas to the table, so we can really
find out what our community needs.”
To fi nd out more about the 2016
Promontory Community Grants
program please go online www.
or call into one of the branches:
Toora and District Community Bank
Branch, 48 Stanley Street, Toora,
5686 2000; or Foster Branch, 68
Main Street, Foster, 5682 2287.
Apply now: Toora and District Community Bank, Foster Branch and Welshpool Agency are now seeking
grant applications. Pictured are recipients at the 2015 grants presentation night.
Bank grants now open
Skate Park meeting
will be on Wednesday,
April 20, so please
come along and add
We have extended our
iPads, Android Tablets and
Smart Phones course to
three sessions this term.
Our tutor will teach you
how to get the most from
your device commencing
Wednesday, April 20.
Do you love coffee?
Would you like to be your
own barista for an evening?
Come to our Coffee Mak-
ing Class and let Grow
Milpara Community House news
Lightly show you how to
make an amazing coffee
on Saturday, April 23.
We are very pleased
to welcome back Jenny
who will be running Tai
Chi classes for Milpara
on Wednesday afternoons.
Yoga is also on again with
Hannah on Thursdays,
mornings and evenings.
Yoga and Tai Chi will be
located at the Korumburra
This term we are offer-
ing a five week Medita-
tion for Beginners Course
April 28. This comple-
ments our weekly Medi-
tation class that meet on
Fresh flowers are
beautiful, but with a lit-
tle know how they can be
amazing. Learn the basics
of flower arranging with
a professional florist and
take home your creations
on Saturdays, April 30 and
Scared of the compu-
ter? Or just a little intimi-
dated? Join our Computer
Basics course, over nine
weeks you’ll learn a lot
and build your confidence
starting April 26.
Bookings and informa-
tion to 5655 2524.
STUDENTS in Prep,
Grade One and Two at
Welshpool and District
Primary School were
introduced to their se-
nior buddies recently.
The buddy leaders each
gave their younger buddy a
purple Buddy Bear which
helps to enhance their bud-
This Buddy Bear be-
longs to the younger buddy
to keep at home. Sometimes
they may be asked to bring
them in to school for special
Buddy Bear is the mas-
cot of the Better Buddies
framework. He is a friendly
teddy bear who embodies
the Better Buddies values
and gives special focus and
meaning to activities.
The giving of the bears
was further enhanced be-
cause it coincided with The
Teddy Bears picnic which
turned out to be a terrific
day enjoyed by the wider
Better Buddies is an ini-
tiative created by The Alan-
nah and Madeline Founda-
tion to create friendly and
caring school communities
where bullying is reduced.
Better Buddies is all
about older students ‘bud-
dying up’ with younger
students to learn values
such as friendliness, re-
spect, responsibility, caring
for, including and accepting
others, through formal and
“We have planned some
fantastic activities to do
over the year and all of our
buddies are looking forward
to their time together,” prin-
cipal Gabbi Boyd said.
“Having a buddy en-
ables the younger students
to feel safe and cared for,
while at the same time the
Buddy Leaders feel valued
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