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EDUCATION is at the core of what the
team at Milpara Korumburra Community
Former South African leader Nelson Mandela spent
18 of his 27 prison years on Robben Island where he
was confined to a small cell, the floor his bed, a bucket
for a toilet, and he was forced to do hard labour in a
He was allowed one visitor a year for 30 minutes.
Not an easy journey, but throughout this time he contin-
ued to learn. He never gave up despite all he endured.
A favourite quote from this journey is particularly
relevant especially when it comes to the choices we
make about education.
“Education is the great engine of personal devel-
opment. It is through education that the daughter of a
peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a min-
eworker can become the head of the mine, that a child
of farmworkers can become the president of a great na-
tion. It is what we make out of what we have, not what
we are given, that separates one person from another.”
Education can make a real difference.
Education choices are many and varied. Most peo-
ple associate learning with formal education at school,
college or university, etc.
‘Schooling’ is only one type of learning. There are
many other opportunities to further knowledge and de-
Milpara Community House offers many differ-
ent options for learning, skill development, personal
development, health and wellbeing, and professional
The reasons are as many and varied as the experi-
ences of the people enrolling in courses and classes at
The house staff are aware not everyone has had
positive experiences in education, and so what they
offer is always based on the individual and what they
want to achieve.
Lifelong learning is what staff promote and encour-
age. Learning in whatever context boosts confidence
and self-esteem, makes us more resilient and adaptable
to change when it happens, helps us to achieve a more
satisfying personal life, it challenges our ideas and be-
liefs and it can be fun.
Milpara offers fantastic learning choices: learning
guitar, violin, tai chi, yoga, embroidered cards, jewel-
lery beading techniques, computer skills, language and
literacy, numeracy, blacksmithing, first aid, food han-
dling, mah-jong, creative writing, photography, flower
arranging, crochet, social singing, work skills, and so
By attending classes, participants learn more than
just the topic of the course. They also further develop
their soft skills like communication, team work, self-
management, planning and organising and other valu-
able employability skills.
Milpara has a variety of Learn Local Pre-accredit-
ed training available. Thanks to recent changes these
courses now meet funding requirements for Job Search
Agencies. This opens new doors for educational op-
Be pro-active and take your education into your
own hands. Why not suggest to your provider courses
you fell may benefit you.
There is a common view that continuous learning
and having an active mind throughout life may delay or
halt the progress of some forms of dementia.
Keeping the brain active does have advantages and
it can keep people connected so reducing the risks as-
sociated with isolation.
With this in mind Milpara is offering a free session
‘Worried About Your Memory’: a session that pro-
vides information about how the brain works, common
memory changes that occur with ageing and factors
that can impact on memory.
If you’d like for information about this session or
our Learn Local courses, please call the house on 5655
Education creates opportunities
Continued from page 1.
On the newly formed committee is Mr Griffin as
president, Judy Lawrence as secretary, Gary Sim-
mons as treasurer, and Pago Sampson, Jamie Mo-
resco and John Swarbrick as ordinary committee
The vice-president’s position is to be confirmed.
Graeme Bell from Ventnor attended the meeting,
because he was concerned about rate rises and the inef-
ficiencies in the council.
“For any work to get done on Phillip Island, the
crews come across from Wonthaggi and there is very
little time actually spent doing anything,” he said.
“If you drive around the Bass Coast shire, the roads
on Phillip Island are the worst. The Island is the shire’s
biggest money earner, and its roads are terrible.”
Mr Bell said the Bass Coast Ratepayers and Resi-
dents Association was an excellent initiative.
“It is exactly what we need. We need a voice,” he
After moving to Phillip Island around two years
ago, Honey and Peter Spence already feel right at home
in their community.
“It is a great community, but we would like to see
the local government more transparent and account-
able,” Ms Spence said.
Mr Spence said the council needs to engage more
effectively with the community.
“An organisation cannot afford to let public opinion
of that organisation decline like it seems to have done
here. It is most disturbing and we deserve something
better,” he said.
John and Bernadette Forster from Inverloch said
they hold a lot of concerns about the council, including
rate increases and the behaviour of the council itself.
“The lack of community consultation is a concern.
Paying outsiders to do consultations is a waste of tax-
payer money,” Ms Forster said.
“I don’t believe in wasting money.”
Ms Forster praised Mr Griffin’s initiative in form-
ing the Bass Coast Ratepayers and Residents Associa-
“It is a great idea, we need a group to be a spokes-
person for the whole community, to approach council
so we can get better value for our rates,” she said.
Max Wells from Inverloch will be running for a
seat on council in September and said the community
shouldn’t be in the place it is at the moment.
“People want to live here, it is a fabulous place so
we need good quality people making decisions on be-
half of our community,” he said.
“We don’t need to get angry, we need to get proac-
tive and use the resources we have got.”
New committee: the newly formed Bass Coast Ratepayers and Residents Association com-
mittee includes from left, Pago Sampson from Cowes, Judy Lawrence from Rhyll, and Kev-
in Griffin from Inverloch.
The ayes have it: attendees at a public meeting convened by Kevin Griffin in Wonthaggi on
Saturday voted unanimously to form the Bass Coast Ratepayers and Residents Association.
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