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By Lucy Johnson
TIM Gorman is lucky to be alive af-
ter he crashed his car on Dumbalk’s
Loves Lane earlier this year.
Now the Meeniyan resident said it is time
Mr Gorman was travelling home from Traral-
gon on rainy Thursday, January 14 when he lost
control of his car and went flying off the road.
“I completely lost control and went over the
cliff. While my car was airborne it hit two trees
before falling onto the ground,” he said.
“The bonnet crushed my car battery and
there was a strong smell of fumes. I thought the
car was on fire.”
A police report supported Mr Gorman’s
claims he was driving slowly due to wet
weather conditions when the accident occurred
“The police report stated the road was at
fault,” he said.
“There were sheets of water on the road and
it was really slippery.”
Mr Gorman crawled out one side of his
upturned car, burning himself on the exhaust.
From there he ran up the hill and flagged down
a passing car.
He was then driven to Latrobe Regional
Hospital where he was diagnosed with two
bulging discs, a concussion and damage to a
ligament in his shoulder.
“It has been three months since the accident
and I have to go and see four different practitio-
ners now. My neck is still sore and I will have
to wait to see if it will ever heal,” he said.
Mr Gorman met with a group of local land-
owners who regularly help stricken motorists
on Loves Lane.
“They said that if it rains, you can bet there
will be an accident,” he said.
“One farmer said he pulls people out and
most are not critically injured so the acci-
dents do not get reported. The locals said they
thought maybe one in 20 accidents are reported
Mr Gorman contacted a VicRoads representa-
tive to enquire about its responsibility to fix the
“He said it would require a lot of funding
and I asked him what the value of a human life
is. He did not answer,” he said.
“I emailed him about the Loves Lane proj-
ect and he has not responded since.”
Mr Gorman said he believes the road could
be made a lot safer if simple maintenance jobs
were implemented to improve water drainage
on the slippery surface.
“My collision was the result of poor road
design and lack of drain maintenance. If we did
simple things like bringing a grader in and cutting
down the road shoulders and clearing the drains it
would already make it a safer road,” he said.
Anyone wishing to contact Tim to share
their accident report can email meeniyan@
By Lucy Johnson
MIRBOO North’s Cassie Sheen is gear-
ing up for the adventure of a lifetime
on her mission to help disadvantaged
“I have signed up to volunteer at a kindergarten
in Fiji this September. I have been thinking about it
for a long time and I finally took the plunge. I was
thrilled to be accepted,” she said.
Ms Sheen will be volunteering through Projects
Abroad, an organisation dedicated to pairing volun-
teers with goodwill projects to help those in need
in developing countries or disadvantaged regions.
There she will stay with a local host family where
she will be granted an insight into life in Fiji near
“I will be working in a kindergarten near Nadi.
I was inspired to take part because I absolutely love
children,” she said.
“In 2014, I completed my diploma in early child-
hood education at Federation Training. I knew I
wanted to volunteer overseas and I would one day
like to volunteer further abroad in Kenya.”
The Fijian project will commence on September
20 and will see Ms Sheen help conduct classes for
the children for three weeks.
Projects Abroad was established in 1992 to help
students who wanted to travel and assist overseas
in a volunteer capacity. Since then the organisation
has expanded enormously and now sends more than
10,000 volunteers overseas every year to help where
“I chose this project because I wanted to raise
awareness for the high level of poverty in Fiji,” Ms
“Volunteers and assistance is in high demand in
Fiji where 250,000 people live below the poverty
“Fiji is recognised as a tourist attraction but so
many people there rely on the fishing, fruit and tour-
ism industry to stay afloat.”
Ms Sheen has set up a crowd funding cam-
paign to assist her with the costs incurred for the
project, including flights, fees and vaccinations.
To donate, head to www.myprojectsabroad.org/
Close call: Tim Gorman escaped an accident that de-
stroyed his car when he lost control on slippery Loves
Lane at Dumbalk.
Helping hand: Cassie Sheen will travel
from Mirboo North to Fiji this September
where she will volunteer to help disadvan-
taged children in a kindergarten.
Cassie to help Fijian children
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