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with Helen Bowering
THE children have been
back at school for a week
and after the fun and
games the holidays bring,
they also bring for many
There is no doubting, it is a
whole lot of fun letting down your
hair and sharing the fish and chips
with the family, dining out on
your favourite pizza and treating
and friends to scrumptious platters
of cheeses, olives, dips, biscuits
and delicious fresh baguettes, all
washed down with some decent
wine. Now that is living!
But then comes the back to
work blues when you have drag
yourself out of bed on the Monday
morning and for most that means
really early and oh, “Do we dare,
jump on the scales?” “Do I want
to be depressed all day?”
Okay here goes.....”Oh no where
did those extra kilos comes from?”
More to the point, “Can I really be
bothered getting them off?”
Let’s put that decision off
until we can get ourselves look-
ing our business best, get the
poached eggs on the stove and
the porridge dare I say, in the mi-
crowave and the school lunches
made and packed.
Now it’s reality check time.
“Yes I will get rid of those kilos, I
am determined!” So armed with a
trusty band of support from fami-
ly and friends who have decided to
take the 5:2 weight loss challenge
it is off to work Monday with
only a poached egg and a quar-
ter slice of toast for breakfast
and a packed lunch compris-
ing a miniscule can of tuna, a
handful of spinach leaves and
a tomato. By 3pm I am feeling
faint and have to stop myself
eyeing off the nuts at my
colleagues desk! “No I
can do this.”
pretty good and
hearty, being a
Bean Chilli and
that was washed
down with a cup
tea. “And yes I
sneaked in a Gin-
ger Snap, only
meant instead of
only having 500
calories I con-
sumed about 638. Oh well I will
do better on my next fast day!
The 5:2 diet involves five
days of the week normal eating
days and only two days of re-
stricted calories to 500 for women
and 600 for men per day.
There are no requirements
about which foods to eat, but rath-
er when you should eat them.
You can choose whichever
two days of the week you prefer,
as long as there is at least one non-
fasting day in between.
I have decided to fast on Mon-
days and Wednesdays and eat
normally for the rest of the week
and I am definitely not giving up
a couple of glasses of wine on the
weekend and the best thing is you
don’t have to give up your favou-
rite treats altogether.
But it’s important to emphasise
eating normally does not mean
you can eat literally anything. If
you binge on junk food, then you
probably won’t lose any weight,
and may even gain weight.
It is funny sitting around the
coffee table at work and sharing
all our weight loss stories and
what works and what doesn’t,
only to have one of our male col-
leagues break out the Jam Fancies
for morning tea.
Diet talk was quickly taken
over by shared memories of all
our favourite biscuits, going back
to Iced VoVos, Tic Tocs, and the
very tea dunkerable Scotch Fin-
gers, Nice, Butternut Snaps and
even the humble Marie Biscuit.
Do you remember going to the lo-
cal grocer and asking for a bag of
broken biscuits? We were trying
to work out how much that bag
of treasure cost back in the dim,
dark ages. Was it 20 or 50 cents?
Those sweet grains of nostalgia
are lovely to share but best kept as
memories or for special treats and
not on your 5:2 fast days.
So there you can still have
your cake, (in this case your bis-
cuit) and eat it too!
13.8 million read a
print newspaper in the
last four weeks.
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WHAT a cold start to term three it’s
Please let us know if you haven’t received a Term
3 program and would like one. We have some great
activities on offer and would hate for you to miss out.
Our evening Jewellery Beading recommenced Mon-
day night, they’ll alternate fortnightly with an afternoon
class on Tuesdays.
Wednesday July 19 we hope to start our Computer
For Beginners afternoon class and MS Word and MS Ex-
cel evening classes. Next Tuesday July 27 Computers
Beyond Basics should start also. If you haven’t booked
but would like to attend please call us on 5655 2524.
Meditation has so many great benefits and can eas-
ily become part of your routine. To help get you started
we have a five week course Meditation For Beginners,
commencing on Thursday, July 21. For those who’d
like to delve deeper Louise offers a weekly Wednesday
night group, suitable for intermediates.
Weekly Intermediate Tai Chi and Beginner Yoga
classes are also on offer.
We’re having a Mandala Art Workshop on Saturday
July 30. Mandalas are fun to create, beautiful to look at
and can be used for self-expression, spiritual transfor-
mation, and healing and personal growth.So why not
give it a try?
At our Warhammer Introduction it was suggested
we have a hobby painting day. So we have scheduled
one. It will be held On Saturday July 23. No models?
No problem we have some you can paint or BYO.
For more information call 5655 2524.
FOR the second time in my term as mayor I am
disappointed to be responding to an adverse find-
ing against a member of Council. An independent
Councillor Conduct Panel has found one of the
five accusations made against Cr Fawcett to be
The panel found Cr Fawcett breached the code of
conduct in his dealings with Cr Harding in June last
In my role as mayor I have spoken to both Cr Hard-
ing and Cr Fawcett about this issue. I am satisfied they
have resolved the matter. Cr Fawcett has offered Cr
Harding an unreserved apology, which Cr Harding has
Given this and the fact the Councillor Conduct
panel dismissed the four other allegations raised by Cr
Hill against Cr Fawcett, I would like to draw a line in
the sand when it comes to how we manage ourselves
as representatives of this community. We have three
months remaining in our term and I call on my col-
leagues to demonstrate the sort of goodwill and trust
we’d like to see in all future Councils, not the strife and
bitterness that has divided this Council over the last few
I set this challenge to my eight fellow councillors:
let us be exemplars to this community. I don’t care what
personal animus needs to be managed: manage it. We
have a limited opportunity to demonstrate to our com-
munity that both as individuals and as a group we have
been worthy holders of the office of councillor. I will
view any future poor behaviour by councillors as an af-
front to me and to the office I hold.
Speaking of challenges, the recent severe weather hit
South Gippsland hard. It certainly increased the work-
load for depot staff. With some roads still closed due to
flooding, crews have been working around the clock to
support residents and clean debris. This work has taken
priority and I ask people to be patient if they require the
services of our depot crews for other issues. With snow
falling on the ranges, I encourage all to remain vigilant
and safe whilst driving, and check in on your friends and
neighbours, especially the elderly. If your home experi-
enced flood damage, please contact our Environmental
Health team which is on hand to help.
I would like to remind you the Community Grants
presentation will occur this Wednesday, July 20 at
7.30pm in the Council Chambers, Leongatha. The
event, originally planned for Wednesday, July 6, was
rescheduled for safety reasons due to the inclement
weather and the potential for flash flooding. I am proud
to say Council will be presenting over $137,000 in com-
munity grants. The program gives volunteer groups a
unique opportunity to further extend their services to
the wider community that may not have been possible
without additional funding.
My family and I went along to the recent perfor-
mance of Mary Poppins at Mesley Hall in Leongatha –
what a show! An absolute credit to everyone involved.
Lyric Theatre is renowned for its stunning productions
and this was no exception.
Finally, on behalf of councillors and Council staff,
I would like to offer my condolences to the family
and friends of Blair Donaldson, who passed away on
Wednesday, July 6. Blair has been an active and pas-
sionate member of Council’s Access and Inclusion Ad-
visory Committee (AIAC) for over a decade, and his
willingness to share his experience and provide Council
with practical advice has made a significant contribu-
tion to the wider South Gippsland community.
Blair was committed to being a voice for social in-
clusion in all its forms. He had to work hard to over-
come many challenges in his own life and in doing so
he realised that his understanding of the system could
help him help others. He was an eloquent voice for self-
advocacy and self-determination before they became
buzzwords. In his work on the AIAC, Blair was insight-
ful, made sure everyone got a say and suffered no fools
gladly. We will miss Blair and forever be grateful for
Cr Bob Newton
Knitting for a cause
jackets, small jumpers and sleeping bags
to the new Peter MacCallum Cancer
Centre this month.
The Clickety Click knitting and crocheting
group was formed by Joan Harloff who started
making throw rugs for Peter MacCallum Cancer
patients both old and new in 2002.
Members of the group have been meeting
weekly on Tuesdays from 1pm - 3pm at Venus
Bay Community Centre for the past four years
to knit and crochet together for Peter MacCallum
New members are always welcome to join the
group and be part of the knitters club or if you
would like to donate a ball of wool or yarn or do-
nate $2.50 for balls to be purchased then please
contact Joan on 5663 7474 for further details.
Craft for cancer: from left members of the Clickety Click knitting and crocheting group from
Tarwin Lower and Venus Bay Anda Everitt, Anne McIntyre, founder Joan Harloff, Helen Ohia,
Mary Hartshorn, Liz Martin enjoy creating gifts for Peter MacCallum Cancer patients.
CLICKETY Click crafters from Tarwin
Lower and Venus Bay have just sent off
a beautiful array of hand crafted scarves,
beanies, throw rugs, footy socks, baby
Woolly gifts: donations of wool from com-
munity residents and local organisations are
put to good use by the Clickety Click group.
Milpara - Korumburra’s Community House
No harm: dunking of the occasional biscuit
in the cup of tea or coffee is still a favourite.
Sweet grains of nostalgia
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