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On the job: Foster residents can now feel safer with a fuel reduction burn
near the town last week reducing the likelihood of a bushfire. Department of
Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) forest fire management,
Parks Victoria and CFA conducted the eight hectare burn at New Zealand
Hill, one kilometre north east of the town.
THIS week our Thursday Medi-
tation for Beginners course and
Saturday Flower Arranging work-
shops start. We still have places if
you’d like to join in.
Learning a musical instrument has many
benefits: including improved memory, stress
relief, develops discipline and fosters cre-
ativity. More to the point it’s also fun! Why
not join our Beginner Group Guitar lessons
that run over seven weeks starting Monday,
May 2. No music knowledge necessary. So
dust off that guitar hidden in a back corner
or lend one of ours and join in.
We have a Reckon Accounts, formally
known as QuickBooks, course on Mondays,
Office Essentials package this term will be
on Tuesday evenings. This is a great oppor-
tunity to upskill to find a new job. It includes
Excel Spreadsheets and Word which are popu-
lar software used by many businesses.
This term we are offering two Small
Business Victoria Workshops, Understand-
ing Marketing Tuesday, May 3 and Market-
ing for Growth Tuesday, June 7. Minimum
bookings are required so please book your
Have you upgraded to Windows 10?
Finding anything confusing? We are offer-
ing a Windows 10 workshop on Wednesday,
Tarotcards have been around for a long
time. Have you ever wanted to delve into the
mysteries of tarot reading? If so, our Tarot
for Beginners course is perfect. It runs over
four Wednesdays, May 4 – May 25.
For more information or bookings please
call Milpara 5655 2524.
FERGUS Michael Barker was born on April 11 at
South Gippsland Hospital at Foster. He is the first
child for Tim and Cassie Barker of Stony Creek.
BENJAMIN Alan Gilmore was born at Bass Coast
Health on April 5 to Elizabeth and Shane Gilmore
TULLY Rain Paurini was born on April 13 at Leongatha Hospital. Tully is
the second child for Adam and Taryn of Inverloch and a sister for Jett, 2.
DECLAN Chester Puncher was born on April 12 at Leongatha Hospital.
Declan is the third child for Reece and Jessica of Korumburra and a brother for
Jasper, 4, and Amity, 3.
THEODORE James Kane McLachlan was born
on April 18 at Leongatha Hospital to Shannon and
Amy of Meeniyan. Theodore is a brother for Jacob,
Mitchell, Lochlan, Kohen, Bentley and Nevaeh.
GEORGIE Ellen Verboon was born on April
10 at Leongatha Hospital. Georgie is the second
child for Chris and Eleni of Ruby and a sister for
Cr Jordan Crugnale
Milpara Community House news
AFTER months and months of wait-
ing we can all move onwards, up-
wards and forwards.
Bass Coast Shire now has a new
electoral ward structure, signed off by
Minister for Local Government, Natalie
Hutchins MP, and gazetted thereafter the
week of April 12.
The VEC independent panel recom-
mendation of three wards represented
each by three councillors is here.
The same structure has been bestowed
on Baw Baw, Wellington, Ballarat and
Melton in this round.
Fellow single member ward council,
the City of Port Phillip, also underwent a
change and will also transition to a multi
member ward structure.
A trend has appeared; change is upon
us and there is no room for grizzles and
tears. Preliminary and final reports, pub-
lic submissions and the staged process
are all available on the VEC website.
Candidates in our fabulous shire can
roll up their sleeves and get to work, iden-
tify which ward they wish to campaign
in, and on which platforms to spruik to
make their presence heard.
Keep in mind, the Local Government
Act 1989 (a very worthy read, though
beige at times), stipulates the need for
a Councillor Code of Conduct. In that
code, councillors are the elected repre-
sentatives of the Bass Coast community.
We read last week that VLGA, with
Gippsland Health, with the support of
South Gippsland Shire Council ran a
women’s candidate café series, one of
many around the state, at Meeniyan.
A current councillor, a former coun-
cillor and prospective candidates and in-
formation seekers turned up. We too were
approached last year by VLGA to support
an event and now that we have a defini-
tive ward structure we will now too.
The more the merrier for voter choice
and the better the outcomes I say. I cer-
tainly hope the days of uncontested seats
are well and truly over.
Myriad organisations are running
events for candidates, providing informa-
tion on election and process, even have a
designated Facebook pages.
The State Government and VLGA are
encouraging women to put their hand up.
The last election saw for the first time a
female councillor elected to each of the
79 councils and the overall representa-
tional percentage jump from 30 to 35.
Every local government now has at
least one woman elected, a first in Victo-
ria’s 100 year history of women’ partici-
pation in local government.
If you are thinking of running,
come along to council meetings - and
not just this shire, but any in the region
The Local Government Act review
has a few proposed changes that will re-
veal themselves in time once adopted.
Everyone has something to bring to
the council table. If you are proactive and
want the best for the community, put your
THE Bass Coast Community
Foundation exists to make a
positive difference in people’s
lives within the Bass Coast
The foundation also recognises the in-
fluential role women and girls play in build-
ing stronger families and communities, and
wants to support local women’s efforts to
fulfil their educational aspirations.
In 2016, the foundation is continuing
its Women in Education Program, and ap-
plications for grants are now open.
This program aims to address the
difference between the number of Bass
Coast Shire residents with a higher edu-
cation qualification and the Victorian
It recognises the powerful influence a
woman’s education level has on her chil-
dren and aims to support the continuation
or re-engagement of women with education
at both a community and tertiary level.
The program is open to female resi-
dents of Bass Coast Shire who are either
currently enrolled or who have been ac-
cepted into a course at VCE, VCAL,
TAFE or higher education level.
Foundation executive officer David
Wall said, “These grants aren’t intended
to meet the full costs of a course. They
are usually for a few hundred dollars and
are meant to help make a difference by
covering a key part of the costs the stu-
dent isn’t able to fund in another way.
They could cover things like books, com-
puters, tools, transport costs or protective
clothing, basically whatever might be the
‘missing link’ in getting into or through
Application forms and guidelines can
be obtained by emailing email@example.com.
au or phone 5672 2202 and leave a mes-
sage with your name and postal address
so they can be mailed out to you. Appli-
cations close on Friday, May 20.
Bass foundation supports women
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