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Baw Baw Shire Council elections
Your Council, Your Vote
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By Tayla Kershaw
THE Bass Coast Fine Film
Group appealed for the future
of the Wonthaggi cinema at
Bass Coast Shire Council’s
community question time re-
Representing the group, Larry
Hills said the cinema should be seen
as of greater value to the town.
“After the retirement of (former
projectionist) Keith Stevens, the big
question was whether the equip-
ment would stay with the cinema,”
“We believe it should. If it dis-
appears, it could take years to re-
manned the cinema for 17 years and
owned the equipment used during
To keep the equipment with the
cinema, Mr Hills and fellow Fine
Film Group member Marny Javornik
have called for support from council,
as well as crowd funding and other
“We will chip in but we want
support and certainty that the cinema
will remain,” Mr Hills said.
Mayor Cr Jordan Crugnale said
she was confident the cinema would
continue and said council had been
working with Mr Stevens.
“We certainly value the cinema
and we can see it has the support of
the whole town,” she said.
The draft business plan for the
Wonthaggi Union Community Arts
Centre was presented to the com-
munity late last month, and council’s
coordinator of recreation and culture
Mark Lindsay was adamant a cinema
would be incorporated in the plan.
Community input on the draft
plan closed yesterday (September
All feedback will be considered
before a final report is delivered to
Cinema wanted: Bass Coast
Fine Film Group’s Larry Hills
and Marny Javornik want the cin-
ema to remain an important part
Community fights for cinema
Continued from page 1.
The patient recently attended the Le-
ongatha Hospital for a scheduled 4pm
emergency appointment but self-dis-
charged – without being questioned by
medical staff - after not being seen by a
doctor for nearly three hours.
“The bureaucracy is just getting in
the way of patient care around here,” the
“I was disgusted.”
The patient said the doctor and nurses
appeared under pressure.
“I understand there is not an emer-
gency department at Leongatha but they
supposedly have an urgent care centre,”
the patient said.
“Surely you should have a reasonable
timeframe for when a doctor is going to
Another patient told The Star they
were unable to obtain an appointment at
Leongatha Healthcare and was told Le-
ongatha Hospital was not taking patients
They were unable to see a GP at a
Wonthaggi clinic and so went to the
Wonthaggi Hospital emergency depart-
ment in urgent need of pain relief.
“I did not like taking valuable time
and a bed in the emergency department
but was left with no other option. Wont-
haggi ED was fantastic,” the patient said.
“I have also had a very positive expe-
rience in Leongatha Hospital where the
care was great because the doors were
Gippsland Southern Health Service
chief executive officer Mark Johnson
said urgent care services, such as those
provided at Leongatha and Korumburra
hospitals, were run by nurses and sup-
ported by local general practitioners on-
“It is not feasible or appropriate for
every rural hospital to provide the same
level of access to specialist treatment and
diagnostics,” he said.
“Specialists and their teams need to
undertake minimum numbers of complex
procedures to maintain their high skills,
but if they are at sites that do only small
numbers of those procedures, they risk
reducing their skills in that area, which
can put patients at risk.”
Health service board Mark Holmes
did not wish to comment.
Gippsland South MLA Danny
O’Brien urged the State Government to
consider the level of health services re-
quired in South Gippsland.
“The State Government should
continuously review the data and ensure
that appropriate services are being
offered if the level of demand changes,”
Mr O’Brien said Leongatha Hospital
was “an excellent facility that generally
provides a high level of care for local
“I appreciate the frustration that
some people experience that it is not an
emergency ward but I understand there
is simply not enough demand for there
to be a permanently staffed emergency
department in Leongatha,” he said.
Labor ’s Eastern Victoria Region MLC
Harriet Shing said the State Government
would consider improving urgent care
centres as part of its development of the
Statewide Services and Infrastructure
Plan now underway.
“I’m happy to hear from anybody that
could have been admitted to the urgent
care centre but they were not,” she said.
“It may come down to the number
of people that are in the Leongatha care
centre already and so it’s at capacity, or
they may not have the staff available.”
practice manager Judy Robb
said the clinic’s doctors ser-
vice the Leongatha urgent care
centre 24 hours a day, 365 days
A doctor is rostered to that role, in ad-
dition to consulting patients at the clinic
during the day.
The doctors also provide the same
cover for obstetrics and in-patients and
on many occasions the clinic’s GP an-
aesthetists are called to provide urgent
“It would be a very rare occasion
when we do not have a doctor available
for urgent care,” Mrs Robb said.
She said retention of GPs was dif-
ficult due to the demands of the on-call
roster to service the urgent care centre.
Bass Coast Health CEO Jan Child
said staff at Wonthaggi Hospital emer-
gency department believed there had
been “a slight increase in presentations
from Leongatha, Korumburra and Foster
over the past five months”, but added
this “had not placed undue stress on the
“In fact our performance over the
past months against the national targets
has improved, despite a slight increase
in presentations which is the result of
excellent work by the team,” she said.
Ambulance Victoria group manager
Eddie Wright said Leongatha paramedics
care about their patients.
“Paramedics usually take patients to
the closest hospital unless they require a
higher level of care,” he said.
“Judgements about the most
appropriate destination are made in line
with our clinical practice guidelines.”
Hospital unable to treat people in need
• Gippsland South MLA
• Gippsland Southern Health
Service CEO Mark Johnson.
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