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EVERY day, you are surrounded by peo-
ple who don’t speak your language or
who assume you speak theirs.
You get by, but things could be so much
easier; taking out a bank loan, seeing the doctor,
negotiating a tenancy agreement or getting legal
advice is harder than it should be.
Your language is Australian sign language,
also known as Auslan, and you are deaf.
An Auslan interpreter can bridge the gap
between deaf and hard of hearing people and a
This interpreting service is available across the
region through the Gippsland Auslan Interpreting
The Gippsland Auslan Interpreting Service
committee comprise local council and community
representatives, and is under the auspices of
Latrobe Community Health Service.
“There are more than 100 known people in
Gippsland who communicate using Auslan as their
first language,” said Vince Massaro, executive
director assessment, aged and disability services
at Latrobe Community Health Service.
“We sometimes forget English can be a deaf
person’s second language.
“We want to make our communities as inclusive
as possible. Having an Auslan interpreter readily
available and accessible to members of the deaf
community is an extremely important step in this
Mr Massaro encouraged businesses and
community groups to make Auslan interpreter
services available to deaf clients.
“Sometimes, a deaf person may bring a
friend or family member who can sign to their
appointments, but this isn’t always appropriate.
We’re also aware that some people don’t have
anyone to serve as their interpreter,” he said.
“People who are deaf should also feel
comfortable asking for this service to be
Here to help: from left, members of the Gippsland Auslan Interpreting Service committee,
Kathryn Pryor, Bass Coast Shire Council rural access worker; Brooke Campbell, deafaccess
Gippsland; Vince Massaro, Latrobe Community Health Service (LCHS) executive director
assessment, aged and disability services; Amy Fonteyn, LCHS executive assistant; Peter
Adams, community representative; Kellie Bertrand, Department of Health and Human
Services; Alisha Gilliland, South Gippsland Shire Council rural access worker; Stacey
Andrew, LCHS administrative assistant; and Leanne Wishart, Wellington Shire Council
rural access project coordinator.
Listen up and help
Mr Massaro added when the National
Disability Insurance Scheme is rolled out in
Gippsland next year, clients who are eligible
for the scheme will be able to purchase services
such as Auslan interpreting services through their
NDIS funding plan.
For more information about the Auslan
interpreting service at Latrobe Community
Health Service, including costs, visit www.lchs.
com.au/community/auslan-interpreters or phone
1800 242 696.
Teletypewriters (TTY) users can phone 1800
555 677 then ask for 1800 242 696. Speak and
Listen users can phone 1800 555 727 then ask for
1800 242 696.
LUKE Lan Deng was born on June 13 at
Bass Coast Health to Ting Ting Cao and
Li Deng of Leongatha. He is a brother for
THE Queen’s 90th birthday was the theme
of the monthly meeting of Tarwin Lower
Red Cross recently.
Seventeen members attended, wearing hats
Treasurer Deb Birkett reported small amounts
of money have been dribbling in for day raffles.
Some Red Cross members assisted with the
set up and serving of a luncheon, and attended the
Union Church at Tarwin Lower, where the Bishop
of Gippsland dedicated the newly established
garden of tranquillity.
After general business was finished, Lilly
Farrar won the best dressed Queen competition
and received a tiara.
A mystery parcel was passed around with
questions about the Queen and royal family, with
Lorraine Park getting the last question right.
President Glenda Arbuthnot asked everyone
to stand for special visitor. Queen Muriel Riley
entered the room and was presented with a posie
from Margaret Fisher.
God Save the Queen was sung and Muriel
gave a speech and guests enjoyed a 90th birthday
The op shop fashion parade at Venus Bay
Community Centre on Tuesday, June 21 (today)
at 10am will raise money for the Tonga Disability
Support Project. Everyone is welcome to attend,
with morning tea to be served before the fashion
By Tayla Kershaw
YEAR round tourism is the ultimate goal
for Phillip Island.
Bass Coast Shire Council’s Phillip Island Tour-
ism Strategy aims to fulfil this goal to boost Phillip
The community has been supportive of the strat-
egy, with a number of people turning out to commu-
nity consultation sessions in Newhaven and Cowes
“People want to see the strategy reflecting Phillip
Island’s values; the community has to consider what it
wants Phillip Island to look like. It’s an environmen-
tal, coastal town, and we have to accept that there is a
limit to Phillip Island’s growth,” general manager of
EarthCheck Consulting Mark Olsen said.
“There’s a focus on the off peak strategy. The
community is really supportive of finding improve-
ments to attract travellers outside the usual holiday
Mr Olsen said in its 150 years Phillip Island
had never had a strategy review, and this would
now give council and ratepayers the opportunity to
consider infrastructure and events that would attract
more tourism to the area.
“There’s no shortage of people wanting to ex-
perience Phillip Island but now we have to think
about creating attractions to ensure it is a popular
destination all year round,” he said.
“Some of the ideas were heard at the consulta-
tion sessions include events that incorporate the cul-
tural and natural elements Phillip Island values.”
The State Government recently announced Phil-
lip Island Nature Parks would receive funding for
a $58 million expansion to the Penguin Parade,
which is a major investment likely to result in more
midweek visitors to Phillip Island.
“Another idea is to develop an eco lodge for
a winter experience on Phillip Island,” Mr Olsen
“It would be lovely to sit by a window on a cold
winter’s day looking out at the Bass Coast views
with something warm to drink.”
The Phillip Island Tourism Strategy will go up
for comment in two weeks, and will be brought back
to the State Government and council in July.
If there are no further concerns, the strategy will
be finished by August.
“This is an important time for Phillip Island and
it will be exciting to see the new priority projects,”
Mr Olsen said.
IT WAS a case of the young meeting the
old at Inverloch recently.
Ex-Navy World War Two veteran and resident
of Inverloch’s Opal Seahaven Aged Care, Steve
Cunningham, was photographed with sailors from
HMAS Cerberus, who earlier formed the catafalque
party for an Anzac Day event at Inverloch.
Recently, ex-Navy Vietnam veteran and Inver-
loch RSL sub-branch junior vice president Richard
Huntriss caught up with Steve, 91, at Seahaven and
presented him with the photo.
Steve joined the Navy in 1943, serving on HMAS
Kanimbla until his discharge in 1946.
He spent 23 months on one deployment as a
gunner in the northern waters around New Guinea.
So reliable was the ship, they could stay away
for long periods.
The ship carried 23 landing craft and it transport-
ed and landed troops on various beaches.
Steve, now a widower, spoke movingly about the
camaraderie and lasting friendships made during his
time in service and that he married Lorna towards
the end of the war. They enjoyed 61 years of wed-
Greetings, greetings: Queen Muriel Riley
was the special guest at the Tarwin Lower
Red Cross’ event to celebrate the Queen’s
Red Cross pays
tribute to Queen
Fitting memento: from left, Kevin Cunningham (son of Steve Cunningham), Steve Cun-
ningham, Richard Huntriss of Inverloch RSL and family friend Jason Tonkin at Opal Sea-
haven Aged Care, where Mr Huntriss presented Steve with a photo of himself and the cata-
RSL treats veteran
TIME is running out for 2017 kindergar-
Bookings for funded four year old kindergarten
will close at midnight on Thursday, June 30.
Late enrolments will still be accepted but will
not be eligible to receive a first round offer.
Parents and carers who have not yet enrolled
their children are encouraged to get in quick to meet
the June deadline.
“After the enrolment period has closed, children
will be allocated into kindergarten programs,” said
Shelley Fixter, South Gippsland Shire Council’s
community services project officer.
“Allocation will be in accordance with State
Government Priority of Access guidelines and in
consultation with kindergartens.
“We will work to ensure the process is as trans-
parent and equitable as possible.”
Parents and carers who submit their enrolment
application before June 30 can expect to receive a
first-round offer sometime during August.
Applications received after this date will still be
accepted but will not receive an offer until after the
initial ‘take-up’ period has ended.
To enrol, visit www.southgippsland.vic.gov.au/
centralenrolment and complete an application online
or download a hardcopy registration form.
“This year is the first year the kindergarten enrol-
ments in South Gippsland have been centralised and
the response has been positive,” Ms Fixter said.
“More than 209 applications were received by
the start of June with more expected as the end of the
month draws closer.”
Kinder deadline looms
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