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By Lucy Johnson
A FLYER condemned for inciting ho-
mophobia and discrimination was dis-
tributed across Victoria last week and
the man responsible resides in South
Inverloch resident Patrick Shea claimed re-
sponsibility for distributing a flyer which copped
flack after it was posted in thousands of letterboxes
across the state last week.
The brochure tells voters to “Stop Labor and
Greens extreme sex education” in its plans to im-
plement Safe Schools if elected.
“I have been involved with Australian Family
Association and National Civic Council for a long
time. We have people who do research and lobby-
ing and so forth and they put the flyer together and
made sure it was accurate so I was happy to sign
off on it,” Mr Shea said.
“I am a passionate believer that the Safe
Schools program is not an anti bullying campaign,
rather it is about gender ideology. Teachers should
be responsible for teaching the three Rs whereas
it is a parent’s job to teach their children about the
subjects raised [by Safe Schools].”
Mr Shea’s flyer made a number of claims,
many of which have been called out for inciting
homophobia and discrimination. The flyers were
distributed to electorate with marginal seats across
the state, with the first print sent to the Bendigo
electorate last Tuesday.
“The flyer has been distributed across elector-
ate that have close margins. We have targeted areas
where the Labor Party has a close margin with the
Liberals,” Mr Shea said.
“The Labor Party and the Greens say they will
roll out the Safe Schools Program nationally and
we totally disagree with it. We want to stop them
from having that influence in Canberra.”
“We do not want children to be told they can
decide what gender fits them best. Furthermore we
do not want students learning about sexual educa-
tion, it should be called ‘reproductive education’.”
A number of politicians have stated that the
flyer provides misleading information to voters in
the lead up to the July 2 election.
Labor candidate for McMillan Chris Bucking-
ham said the flyer’s claim that Safe Schools pro-
motes the sexualisation of children is false and fur-
ther discriminates against the LGBTI community.
“Unfortunately, there has been a great deal of
misinformation about the Safe Schools program
and its content. The Safe Schools program is vol-
untary, with teachers and principals choosing the
elements that are age appropriate and meet the
needs of their students,” he said.
“In 2013 Labor funded the national roll out of
Safe Schools in response to shocking rates of bul-
lying, suicide and exclusion impacting upon young
“80 per cent of Australian LGBTI students face
verbal abuse and bullying at school. Tragically, re-
search also shows they are six times more likely to
die from suicide, and that bullying and exclusion
are major factors in suicide attempts.”
McMillan candidate for the Greens, Donna
Lancaster agreed with Mr Buckingham that the
brochure demotes the idea that students should be
aware of their gender preference.
“In May the Greens committed $32 million
to the Safe Schools program over a four year pe-
riod with a plan to remove discrimination from
schools,” she said.
“When the community embraces diversity it
benefits all of us. People try to silence those who
speak out against discrimination and it is just
Local slams “unsafe” schools
FOLLOWING an uproar
from the Inverloch com-
munity, Bass Coast Shire
Council decided to defer
the closure of the Inver-
loch transfer station.
Inverloch residents and
business owners were outraged
by the proposed closure as it
would mean a lengthier trip to
the transfer station in Wonthaggi
South and the decision had not
been properly discussed with the
The decision to defer was
made at council’s ordinary
meeting last Wednesday, and
two community sessions were
established for July.
Big4 Inverloch Holiday Park
manager Kate Edwards said it
was a great decision, and was
glad the community was given
“We want to know why this
was raised in the first place. We
want to see some transparency
and a of cost analysis,” she said.
“I’m pleased to hear there’s
going to be more consultation.
Putting an ad about the closure
in the paper is not good enough.
A letter or an email to the major
stakeholders is what I would’ve
Council said it was consid-
ering closing the station for a
number of reasons, including
encroachment of residential
development on site and its en-
vironmental impacts on Screw
Cr Phil Wright agreed further
consultation was necessary, but
encouraged the community to
stop thinking of the closure as a
“There’s precious water and a
tourist attraction nearby. It’s not
a punishment; it’s about making
the environment more liveable
and enjoyable. The community
should be celebrating,” he said.
Mayor Cr Jordan Crugnale
said it would be appropriate to
defer the decision until there
had been a waste management
“The decision to defer gives
us the opportunity to speak to
our community about the recent-
ly adopted waste management
strategy, background informa-
tion, factual data and the reasons
behind the officers’ recommen-
dations for closure,” she said.
“A decision has not been
made, and we are very aware
that this has gone under the ra-
dar of public knowledge.”
The community information
sessions will be held on July 8
and July 15 from 4pm to 6pm
at the Inverloch Hub and will
be heard at council again in Au-
If council accepts the recom-
mendation to close the facility
as of September 1, 2017, a de-
tailed plan addressing alterna-
tive waste disposal options and
transition arrangements will be
By Tayla Kershaw
PILES of donations left to ruin in last
week’s heavy rainfall had volunteers at
Leongatha’s Salvation Army thrift shop
Between closing time at 4.30pm on Thursday
night and opening at 9am on Friday morning, do-
nations were left scattered around the donation
bins and were destroyed by the weather.
Volunteer June Calder was dismayed by the
“They’ve clearly come along with a large
trailer full of items and just dumped it at the back
of our store. Nothing was put in the donation
bins,” she said.
“It looks disgusting and it’s heartbreaking be-
cause the majority of it will now go to the tip. A
lot of it looks like it would’ve been a really nice
“It’s not a donation anymore. It’s rubbish we
will have to haul to the tip. We will salvage what
we can but it isn’t looking good.”
Ms Calder said one of the donation bins was
70 per cent empty, while the other was complete-
ly empty at the time of the dumping.
Although she is not worried about the cost
of taking the rubbish to the transfer station, Ms
Calder was unhappy about calling in extra volun-
teers to dedicate their time to clean the area.
“We have a volunteer who comes in and takes
rubbish to the tip, but he lives on the other side of
Inverloch and would usually come here Tuesdays.
We can’t leave it here, so it has to be cleaned and
removed immediately, which will take us a cou-
ple of hours at least,” she said.
“We don’t have the facilities needed to prop-
erly clean donations that have been left outside.
We pride ourselves on providing good quality
items in our store so most of this will have to be
“Just because people are going through a hard
time right now, it doesn’t mean they deserve dirty
and damaged things.”
What a mess: Leongatha’s Salvation Army thrift shop volunteer Helen Clapton was dis-
heartened to find potential donations dumped at the back of the store on Friday morning.
Most of the items were damaged in the wet weather.
Salvo’s donations dumped
Inverloch tip plan binned for now
A 15 year old boy from Foster has been inter-
viewed and charged with a burglary that occurred
in Foster last week.
The burglary occurred at a rural farm house
where some cash and a mobile phone were
The youth will appear at the Korumburra
Children’s Court at a later date.
POLICE intercepted a Foster man who was found
speeding near Toora on Friday.
The 64 year old was caught at 2.50pm on the
South Gippsland Highway where he was spotted
travelling 115km/h in a 100km zone.
He was issued with an infringement notice for
$303 and three demerit points.
A DRIVER and passenger were trapped in their
car after it lost control on Fish Creek-Foster Road
on Sunday morning.
The driver was travelling north east along the
road when they entered a slight right hand bend
and failed to negotiate the turn. The car went into
the left of the carriageway and travelled through
a culvert for approximately 55m. The car then hit
a drain over a driveway and was launched 10m
before hitting a large tree head on.
The passenger eventually escaped the wreck-
age and raised the alarm while the driver was
trapped for four hours.
Paramedics rescued the driver who was air-
lifted to hospital in Melbourne.
Police are investigating the cause of the
THERE have been four fatal accidents in the
Bass Coast and South Gippsland police area so
far this year which is two more than the same
time last year. There have also been 45 seri-
ous injury collisions, which is 12 more than the
same time last year.
Car thefts cluster
FOUR cars were stolen from the San Remo Po-
lice area last week.
Three out of the four thefts were as a result of
keys being left in unattended cars, either in the
ignition or on the floor.
Cars were stolen from San Remo, Coronet
Bay, Newhaven and Cape Woolamai.
Police are asking anyone who witnessed sus-
picious behaviour to contact Crime Stoppers.
POLICE found stolen property and an amount of
drugs during the search of a property in Cowes
Bass Coast Crime Tasking Unit executed a
search warrant on Thursday evening where they
located a stolen motorbike and an amount of can-
nabis and ice.
A 28 year old man and a 20 year old woman
from Cowes were arrested and bailed to appear at
Korumburra Magistrates’ Court at a later date.
Holiday house burglary
POLICE received reports of a holiday house bur-
glary in Venus Bay this week.
The house was left unattended from Monday,
June 20 until Saturday, June 25, when the report
Burglars broke into the house during this time
where they slept in the beds and stole food from
Anyone who witnessed suspicious behaviour
in Venus Bay around this time is asked to contact
Bass Coast CIU.
POLICE attended an accident in Wonthaggi yes-
terday where a car mounted the kerb of the road
and collided with a road sign.
The accident occurred at McKenzie Street at
Police are appealing for anyone who may have
witnessed the accident occur, to please contact
Senior Constable Neubauer at Wonthaggi Police
on 5671 4100
Stolen car captured
LEONGATHA Police intercepted a stolen car
travelling in town on Thursday evening.
Police intercepted the car on Anderson Street
at 10.45pm where they arrested an 18 year man
and a 19 year old woman, both from Tyabb.
Both were interviewed charged with theft of a
motor car and handling stolen property and have
been bailed to appear at Korumburra Magistrates
Court in November.
COWES Police arrested a woman who was found
driving five times over the legal limit on June
The woman was intercepted by police at
8.15pm in the central business district of Cowes.
The 39 year old from Ventnor returned a
breath test with a blood alcohol reading of 0.246
The woman’s licence was immediately sus-
pended and she will face court at a later date.
Police wish to thank members of the public
who provided information to help notify officers
of the dangerous driver.
TWO cars were found damaged after they were
left parked in Leongatha earlier this month.
The cars were parked on Peart Street opposite
the Leongatha Uniting Church between Tuesday,
June 7 and Saturday, June 11.
The cars were both damaged by a key or sharp
object and the paint was scratched.
Police are seeking any witnesses to suspicious
behaviour in the area at the time.
A MOBILE phone was handed into the Leon-
gatha Police Station after it was found at the Le-
ongatha Bus Station at Long Street on Friday,
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