Home' The Great Southern Star : September 13th 2016 Contents PAGE 20 - “THE STAR” Tuesday, September 13, 2016
NEWHAVEN College followed its suc-
cess in the Gippsland regional Tourna-
ment of Minds (TOM) competition at
Federation University in Churchill last
month winning high praise from the
judges in the recent State finals at the La
Three of the five Newhaven College teams
won through to the State finals and a bus load of
excited students worked hard all day leading up
to the final judging.
Students, while weary were pleased to have
competed in the State competition.
The Tournament of Minds is an international
competition that gives students a chance to show
off their creative problem solving skills. Teams
of seven students from a mix of year levels spend
five to six weeks preparing a solution to a problem
set by the organisers, then present their solution
to a panel of judges. The solution is presented in
the form of a play, and students have to write their
own script, prepare their own props and costumes,
and build their own sets from cardboard, paper
plates and simple materials.
Some 36 dedicated Newhaven students
were involved in the Gippsland competition at
Federation University, Churchill on August 20
and all teams performed brilliantly. At the end
of the day, three of the school’s teams including
Primary Social Science, Secondary Social
Science and Secondary Science Technology were
ACCORDING to the RSPCA there were
105 reports of animal cruelty in South
Gippsland last year and 102 in Bass
Welfare concerns for cats, dogs and horses contin-
ued to make up the majority of cases reported (11,840
The CEO of RSPCA Victoria Dr Liz Walker said,
“Even one cruelty issue is one too many.”
She said the geographic analysis of the cruelty re-
porting data would support the RSPCA’s efforts to target
prevention activities to those areas where it is needed
INVERLOCH families now have
access to a powerful weapon in
the fight against tooth decay and
gum disease, with the recent in-
troduction of dental hygienist
Chiranjib Mondal to the friend-
ly team of experts at Inverloch
With 13 years experience in preventa-
tive dentistry, Mr Mondal said it was his
passion to help families identify and stop
painful oral diseases before they began.
“Dental professionals know how to
recognise and stop oral health problems
before they can cause widespread illness,
and painful and potential costly procedures
down the track,” Mr Mondal said.
“As a dental hygienist, its my passion
to educate families on the benefits of oral
disease prevention. Education and early
dental hygiene check ups are the first line
of defence against painful and sometimes
debilitating dental problems.”
“There is no barrier between the mouth
and the rest of the body, so infections and
other disease processes that begin in the
mouth may spread illness to the rest of the
Mr Mondal’s role as a dental hygienist
includes the following preventative treat-
Delivering periodontal therapy (gum
Scaling and deep cleaning
Taking intra oral radio graphs (x-rays)
Fissure sealants to prevent the formation
Delivering oral hygiene instructions tai-
lored to individual patients
Mr Mondal’s appointment to the
friendly team at Inverloch Family Dental
comes after spending two years educating
Leongatha families on the importance of
preventative dentistry at South Gippsland
Mr Mondal is also trained to perform
Zoom whitening, one of the leading whit-
ening products available, as he believes
beautiful white teeth can greatly boost per-
“A dental hygienist will also work to
protect patient’s mouth and teeth in a way
that improves overall health and well be-
ing, it’s all part of the holistic approach we
take in delivering dental care.”
For more information or to book an
appointment call (03) 5674 2691, drop in
at our friendly clinic at – 2a High Street,
Inverloch or visit www.inverlochfamily-
CONTRARY to rumours, the Korumburra
Library site has not been sold.
This site is identified in the Korumburra Town
Centre Framework Plan as a potential site for a future
supermarket, which was developed following exten-
sive community consultation in 2013.
If Council is to transfer or sell land it must comply
with the requirements of the Local Government Act
1989, which requires public notification and consulta-
tion. Any proposal to develop this land for the purposes
of a supermarket would require a planning permit ap-
plication which includes strict notification and adver-
tising requirements under the Planning and Environ-
ment Act 1987.
The Library and associated community facilities
are important assets to Korumburra and the broader
South Gippsland community and I strongly encourage
anyone with a query about any aspect of Council’s op-
erations to contact us directly so we may provide you
with accurate information and prevent unnecessary
concern or unrest.
Council is working with local primary schools to
coordinate Walk to School activities after receiving
funding for the VicHealth Walk to School program for
the third year running.
I can’t stress enough the importance of encourag-
ing students and their families to walk, ride or scoot
to and from school to nurture healthy travel habits that
can lead to good health for life.
Walking together as a family can also lead to bet-
ter relationships and bonding time, something we’re
finding harder to achieve in this day and age. I would
love to see every South Gippsland primary school reg-
ister for the Walk to School program and track their
achievements throughout October.
Nominations are now open for the South Gippsland
Australia Day Awards in the categories of Citizen of
the Year, Event of the Year and Youth Community
This year, the category of Achievement Award for
a Person with Disability will be run separately with a
presentation on the International Day for People with
Disability on December 3. The winning recipient will
be acknowledged at the Australia Day celebrations.
It really is an exciting time because the awards give
us the opportunity to recognise and acknowledge the
‘above and beyond’ efforts of nominees. Winners in
the Citizen and Event of the Year awards will appear
on the Australia Day Honour Board in the Leongatha
The Youth Community Contribution Award is a
non-competitive category which aims to acknowledge
the community contributions of young people (12 - 25
years) in the shire and all will be presented with a Com-
munity Contribution Certificate.
The nomination process is quick and easy, and can
be done online via www.southgippsland.vic.gov.au or
a printed version can be mailed to you. Nominations
must be received no later than October 31.
Newhaven winners: three teams of Newhaven College students competed in the State Tournament of Minds finals at La Trobe University recently after winning the Gippsland regional
competition at Federation University in Churchill last month.
Newhaven College praised at State awards
The Language Literature challenge always
draws the largest number of competitors, and is
the most hotly contested division. The Primary
Language Literature team, that placed second
from a field of nine, is to be congratulated for its
efforts as is the Secondary team that performed
very well on the day.
Cr Robert Newton
New appointment: expert
dental hygienist Chiranjib
Mondal brings 13 years of
experience and passion for
preventative dentistry to his
new role at Inverloch Family
Inverloch welcomes preventative dentistry to the family
Lost but not hurt: this Jack Russell Terrier,
age unknown, has the look of a dog that has
been well cared for. The figure for cruelty to
animals for Bass Coast and South Gippsland
compare favourably with other areas and
neither local government appears in the list
of the top 15 that received above 300 animal
cruelty reports in the last 15 years.
Animal cruelty law enforced
Of the 105 reports received in South Gippsland 24
related to dogs and to one puppy, seven related to cats
and one kitten and 39 related to horses.
Of the 102 reports received in Bass Coast 39 related
to dogs and to two puppies, seven related to cats or kit-
tens and 31 related to horses.
Issues reported were similar in both local govern-
ment area there being 33 concerns with hygiene, groom-
ing and house conditions; 47 reports of underweight
animals, 24 issues involving sick and injured animals
not receiving vet treatment29 reports of animals with
insufficient food, 27 with insufficient water and q9 with
insufficient shelter; 13 abandoned animals; and three
concerns about animals being beaten or wounded.
Dr Walker said, “What is particularly disturbing is
the fact that many of the issues reported to us involve
very basic animal welfare matters, such as the way the
animals are housed and fed.
“RSPCA Victoria wants to partner with communities
to find practice ways to boost animal welfare by improv-
ing local knowledge and support for animal owners, and
will continue to enforce the law and rehabilitate those
animals that have suffered harm.
Matthew Patterson, manager of regulatory services
with the South Gippsland Shire said that people who call
the council to report cruelty to animals are directed to
call the RSPCA.
Mr Patterson said in the last year 244 dogs were im-
pounded by local law officers, dropped off by members
of the public or surrendered by owners who could no
longer care for them.
“The majority of these were reunited with their own-
ers or rehoused,” he said.
There was a decrease on the previous year of the
number of dogs euthanized and a high proportion of
those were not suitable for rehousing because of tem-
perament or for health reasons.
Of the 59.32 percent of the 180 cats impounded, a
high proportion were ferral and euthanized immediately
at the animal shelter.
The RACV identified 15 council areas that received
above 300 animal cruelty reports last financial year.
Neither South Gippsland or Bass Coast is among
The top three were Casey City, Geelong City and
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