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THE Volunteer Transport Team at
Bass Coast Health (BCH) is ac-
celerating its services.
The team was excited to see an addi-
tional car added to its fleet recently.
“We are really thankful- the car is a
much needed resource,” volunteer coor-
dinator Mandy Gilcrist said.
“We have approximately 30 volun-
teers who give of their time transporting
numerous elderly and disadvantaged pa-
tients to essential medical appointments
in the metropolitan area. “Some of our
clients are unable to use public or com-
munity transport or do not have friends or
relatives to help, so this service is vital.
“We were very fortunate that our CEO
Jan Child recognised the importance of
this service and gave her full support to
expanding the amenity.”
Ms Gilcrist said demand for the ser-
vice was growing, so being able to own
an extra car could not have come at a bet-
“We are also very keen to recruit extra
volunteers to help meet this demand,” she
Volunteer driver of three years, Brad
Proudlock stated, “This would have to be
one of the most rewarding ways of giving
back to our community. It gives me a lot
of satisfaction assisting people who oth-
erwise would not be able to attend their
“It’s an amazing team effort by all
involved in the program. The new car
will enable the team to increase its ser-
vices across the shire and I predict we
will increase transport to 100 clients per
Those interested in becoming a vol-
unteer should contact Mandy Gilcrist
on 5671 3372, Monday to Fridays. Vol-
unteers of all ages and backgrounds are
welcome to enquire.
ELI Anthony McCall was born at Bass Coast Health on October 2 to Ella
Law and Mark McCall of South Dudley. Eli is a brother for Indi, 14 months.
STARTING Your Business Right
is a great Small Business Victo-
ria Workshop being held Tuesday
evening, October 18.
This week we have two great informa-
tion sessions to help you with Christmas.
Chris from Consumer Affairs Victoria
(CAV) will be conducting a session on
Online Shopping and Laybys. She’ll be
covering safety tips and your rights under
There will be plenty of time to ask
questions and Chris will be available after
the session for other CAV enquiries.
This session is Tuesday, October 18.
Wednesday, October 19, we have our
Christmas Budget Blowout session full of
useful tips and strategies.
Our new course Make a Website Us-
ing WordPress starts Tuesday, October 18.
Computers Beyond Basics Wednesday,
October 19. Excel and Work on Thursday,
October 20. We still have places in all our
Learn to make a beautiful unique
hooked rug from recycled fabrics at our
Rug Making Workshop on Saturday, Octo-
ber 22. Proceeds from the workshop will
go towards supporting missionaries and
children in Southern Asia and Uganda.
Summer is a beautiful time of the year.
There is nothing nicer than sharing a fresh
fruit platter with family and friends. So
we are having a Fruit Platter Demonstra-
tion where Shahni will demonstrate fruit
Our next Hobby Painting and Table
Top Gaming day will be Saturday, No-
vember 5. We’re hoping to include a
Dungeon and Dragons introduction on
If you’d like more information please
call 5655 2524.
a successful sustainable
Being long term locals,
Rob and Joan had planned
to buy a farm and had been
looking around for a suit-
They settled on Mount
Lavinia due to a number
of reasons, including north
facing land to maximise
sunlight and abundant wa-
The discussion focused
on Rob and Joan’s ap-
proach to farming which
balances sustainable prac-
tices, ecological and eco-
They spoke about ini-
tially preserving the re-
maining indigenous veg-
etation with fencing and
more recently re-vegetat-
ing degraded areas- using
both planting and direct
Rob explained the
benefit of establishing a
relationship with the food
company JB Swift.
This requires sig-
nificant effort to meet the
stringent regulations im-
posed by the company,
however the financial re-
wards make this a profit-
able farming venture. It
also fits with Joan and
Rob’s beliefs of how to
care for the land.
The over-riding take
home message for par-
ticipants was that owning
land is a privilege and it is
a land owner’s responsi-
bility to farm in a way that
looks after the environ-
ment. Sustainable farming
practices and profitable
farming are not mutually
Healthcare on wheels: some of the volunteers of Bass Coast Health’s Volunteer Transport Team. Back,
from left, John Walsh, Ben Bek, Chris Graf, Roger Lee and Brad Proudlock. Front, Mick Kelly, Rob Spit-
tal, volunteer coordinator Mandy Gilcrist, Don Burke and Geoff Speckman.
Volunteers in the driver’s seat
Opening doors: Rob Liley offers an insight into his farming enterprise as part of the Fish Creek Landcare
Lileys farming for the future
Milpara Community House news
By Brad Lester
MPs should vote on whether
to introduce marriage equal-
ity into Australia, accord-
ing to a gay man from South
Labor last week announced it
would opposite a plebiscite on mar-
The vote had been scheduled for
Saturday, February 11, 2017, and pro-
posed to ask voters, “Should the law
be changed to allow same-sex couples
If the plebiscite had been held and
passed, the government had promised
the parliament would legislate to
amend the Marriage Act 1961 to enable
same-sex couples to marry.
Phil Ashton, a gay man from Mir-
boo North, said MPs should take a
conscience vote on whether to introduce
marriage equality in Australia.
He said a plebiscite was a “non-
binding, expensive and divisive
straw poll”, and would spark a hate
“It is the campaign itself, the
extreme hate that will flow from just
a tiny minority, and that will cause so
much hurt and damage. That is of the
greatest concern to LGBTI people in
the community,” he said.
“Vulnerable members of our
community should not be subjected to
a government funded hate campaign.
Parliamentarians should do the job they
are elected and paid to do, and should
reflect the general mood of the country
by passing a Marriage Equality Bill as
soon as possible.”
Mr Ashton said marriage is a civil
act, not a religious one, and a legally
binding contract between two people.
“It was only in 2004 that the
Marriage Act was changed by
parliament and then prime minister
John Howard to define marriage as
between ‘one man and one woman’,”
McMillan MP Russell Broadbent
said the Federal Government would
uphold its pre-election promise to hold
a plebiscite, despite some public con-
cern over the cost.
“It gives everybody a say. It’s the
rawest form of public opinion that we
have. Everybody then has a vote,” he
Mr Broadbent said his personal
view was that the Marriage Act re-
“Marriage is between a man and a
woman, end of story,” he said.
The Federal Government has
budgeted $170 million to run the
plebiscite. ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ advertising
committees were to receive $7.5 million
each to run advertising campaigns.
FISH Creek Landcare
has again hosted a
successful farm walk
On October 8, Joan and
Rob Liley hosted a farm
walk on their property
About 20 people en-
joyed an informative
morning learning about
the Lileys farming enter-
Joan and Rob pur-
chased their property
41 years ago and have
worked hard to establish
MPs told: wear pants over marriage equality
• McMillan MP
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