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Cr Bob Newton
By Jenna Whitehead,
MOBILE phones and social
media are used a lot by teen-
agers, and this makes them an
easy target for cyber bullying.
If you are being cyber bullied, the
first thing you do is tell someone a trust-
ed adult or friend about it. Change your
settings so only the people you like can
contact you and block their number or
link to you on social media so they can’t
contact you or see your posts.
Don’t reply to their messages but
screenshot or save them so you have a
copy of them.
Cyber bullying is more common
now and people don’t know what to do
or how to deal with it if it happens to
In many cases the person being bul-
lied starts to feel confused about why it
is happening to them and don’t know
what they did to become the subject of
They don’t understand why the
bully is doing it or in some cases who
is doing it because cyber bullying can
sometimes be anonymous.
Only one in 10 people being cyber
bullied tell a trusted friend or adult about
what has being going on. Many people
who know of a friend being cyber bul-
lied don’t do anything about it and if
they do and they want to do something,
they don’t know what to do.
Leading Senior Constable Brendan
Horrocks from Wonthaggi Police said,
“Be the friend that stands up for them.
Don’t sit by and do nothing. Don’t join in
and speak up about what’s happening.”
If you think your friend is being
cyber bullied, you may notice some
changes in the way they act. They
may become more reserved and start
to worry more than normal, stop doing
the things they once enjoyed, or just
not talk to anyone about what they are
feeling or is going on.
There is more information avail-
able these days to help prevent or help
deal with cyber bullying than there
used to be.
To prevent any type of bullying,
the Victorian Government put in place
an anti-bullying legislation called
Brodie’s law. This came into place in
June 2010 after a girl Brodie Panlock
committed suicide after she was being
bullied in her workplace and couldn’t
deal with it any longer. The law says
that any serious bullying can land the
perpetrator in jail for up to 10 years.
It applies to any serious repetitive bul-
lying behaviour, that is verbal, cyber,
physical or psychological bullying.
People who cyber bully are no dif-
ferent to those who do it to your face;
they will get the same punishments.
If people need support about deal-
ing with cyber bullying there are web-
sites in place to help. Some of these
are; bullyingnoway.gov.au, takeastand-
together.gov.au for people under the
age of 13, and kidshelpline.com.au.
Not on: cyber bullying can cause people to feel stressed, anxious and make
them not want to communicate with others.
Say no to cyber bullying
WHEN Jason Cue
last saw his 11 year
old cousin Macey it
was to say goodbye at
the Royal Children’s
Leaving Macey’s room,
Jason said to his mother,
“That’s not Macey.”
Jason is nine years old
in June, attends Korumbur-
ra Primary School and has
just received a permit from
the Royal Children’s Hos-
pital Foundation to raise
money for the hospital’s
Children’s Cancer Unit.
He has planned a busy
series of fund raising ac-
tivities for the 12 months
duration of the permit that
include raffles, making and
selling tie-dyed t-shirts,
and selling the 100 home-
WHAT options are
available to young
people with a disabili-
ty in South Gippsland
and Bass Coast once
they leave school?
That is what more than
50 young people gathered
at Leongatha’s Federation
Training campus to learn
The Youth in Transition
Regional Network held the
event for youth with learn-
ing barriers or a disability.
As well as conversations
about their future careers,
the attendees also partici-
pated in creative workshops
around self-direction and
tions about innovative prac-
tices and talks about the Na-
tional Disability Insurance
Wendy Major from
South Gippsland Bass Coast
Learning and Employment
Network said the event was
about encouraging young
people to have a conversa-
tion about their future goals
“Career plans for people
with a disability are the
same as for every other stu-
dent and just as important,”
“These young people are
on the brink of their careers,
and identifying opportuni-
ties and setting goals is im-
portant and exciting.”
Disabilities no barrier
to pursuing dreams
Meet a mentor: South Gippsland Specialist School student Maddi Thomp-
son, Beau Vernon from Phillip Island and Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional
College student Mitch Harry at the South Gippsland Shire Council and Youth
in Transition Network event, held at Federation Training in Leongatha last
Networking: the South Gippsland Shire Council
and Youth in Transition Network event, held at
Federation Training in Leongatha last Wednesday,
provided an excellent opportunity for Emily Ardley
and Megan Perks from Yooralla to catch up.
The Youth in Transition
Network is a sub-regional
network of local govern-
ment, disability service pro-
viders and education sector
representatives who work
to promote post-school
pathways for young people
with learning barriers and
disabilities. Council’s rural
access project officer Alisha
Gilliland is part of the net-
work and brought a group
of young people with dis-
abilities together to speak at
“We wanted to dem-
onstrate to young people
who may have a disabil-
ity or learning barriers what
others have been able to
achieve, and what they too
are capable of achieving,”
“It is important that indi-
viduals, families and educa-
tors expand their expecta-
tions of what a career might
be, and come to an under-
standing of how individuals
can get there and who can
support their journey.”
South Gippsland Bass
Coast Learning and Em-
ployment Network, Bass
Coast Shire Council, local
sector service providers, the
local National Disability co-
ordination officer, schools
and volunteers all partici-
pated in the event along with
invited guests Beau Vernon,
Bryan Paynter, Outlook and
Cousin inspires Jason
to support hospital
Remembering Macey: almost nine year old Jason Cue has a busy 12 months
ahead as he prepares to raise money for the Royal Children’s Hospital Cancer
Unit, where his 11 year old cousin Macey died in January.
made scarves donated by
a work colleague of his
He is also arranging
school based gold coin
participation days such as
take a teddy, beanie day,
colour your hair day and
lunch time sport events.
I WOULD like to mention our farmers, particularly
those in the dairy industry, who are experiencing a time
of significant hardship.
I am conscious many in our community are doing it tough.
While not all of us are farmers, many South Gippslanders
own or work in businesses that rely on the money that flows
On Friday the Victorian Government announced a $1.5
million assistance package for South Gippsland to support
affected farmers and our community. We thank them for
making the commitment to stand alongside our dairy farm-
ers during this difficult time.
This assistance will help our farmers and their families
receive the support they need through increased counselling
services for the region and financial grants. Anyone needing
information about the package can call 136 186.
We have some great information on council’s website
about local services that can assist farmers. Remember to
check in on those you know who might be struggling at the
On a more positive note, I’m glad to have attended the
official opening of the Leongatha skate park by Member for
Eastern Victoria, Harriet Shing.
It was fantastic to see the end result of the Leongatha
Skate Park Committee, South Gippsland Shire Council, Le-
ongatha Recreation Reserve Committee and the State Gov-
ernment working together for the overhaul of the Leongatha
I would like to commend the Leongatha Skate Park
Committee, a group of young people who came together and
lobbied for the redevelopment of the park which is now an
outstanding facility for everyone to use.
I also would like to thank Grace Thorson, a local work
experience student who assisted with my speech preparation
for the day. I always enjoy seeing young, passionate people
having a go at new things and I am sure her work experience
at council has provided her with some valuable skills for
The proposed Korumburra Town Centre Streetscape
Masterplan is coming to council at our meeting on May 25.
The aim of the plan is to enhance the safety, attractiveness
and practicality of Korumburra’s Town Centre along the
Commercial Street and Bridge Street intersection.
I urge the local community to make sure it heads to
council’s website to take a look at the draft masterplan and
if you would like to make a comment you can organise to
present to council by contacting 5662 9222.
Last Wednesday marked the official launch of the Lennie
Gwyther website that will seek donations to immortalise the
story of Lennie Gwyther – the boy who rode to Sydney on
his horse Ginger Mick to witness the official opening of the
Sydney Harbour Bridge – by erecting a statue in the heart
Lennie’s daughter Mary Gwyther and his niece Julie
Campbell were in attendance alongside the project commit-
tee that is running the project.
You can read all about Lennie’s story, and donate to the
worthy project at www.lenniegwyther.com
This Wednesday I will be heading over to the Korum-
burra library to celebrate National Simultaneous Storytime.
At 11am I will be reading Jon and Kate Temple’s book I Got
Our corporate and community services director Jan Mar-
tin will also be taking part in the festivities and will be read-
ing at the Leongatha Children’s Centre at the same time.
All children are welcome to attend where there will be
lots of hat-themed activities, so don’t forget to bring your
own hat to wear as I won’t forget mine!
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