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MICROCHIPPING helps to
keep your pets safe.
State legislation states that councils
must not register a dog or cat that has not
been implanted with a microchip, includ-
ing previously registered dogs and cats
that move to South Gippsland from an-
other municipal area.
In 2009, the South Gippsland Shire
Council introduced compulsory micro-
chipping for all dogs and cats that reside
within South Gippsland.
A microchip is a permanent method
of electronic identification. The chip it-
self is very small – about the size of a
grain of rice – and is implanted just under
the skin, between the shoulder blades at
the back of your pet’s neck.
Each chip has a unique number that is
detected using a microchip scanner.
The microchip number is recorded on
a database registry with details about the
animal and owner.
Should your pet stray or become lost,
vets, animal shelters and local councils
can scan your pet for a microchip and
It is very important to keep your
contact details up to date so if you move
house or change your phone number you
will still be contactable in the event of
your pet becoming lost.
Ideally your pet cat or dog should be
microchipped prior to you purchasing or
adopting your pet.
This is the only way to effectively
trace the origin of the cat/dog.
Every dog and cat over the age of
three months that resides within South
Gippsland must be registered with the
South Gippsland Shire Council.
New dog and cat registrations can be
made anytime throughout the year. Reg-
istering your dog and cat is a safeguard
against losing your pet if it becomes lost.
In addition, your registration fees
help provide important pet related servic-
es within the shire such as animal control
and community education about respon-
sible pet ownership.
While it is your choice to register
your pet with other animal welfare organ-
isations which can offer you additional
means of identification, registration with
your local council is compulsory.
EASTERN Victoria Region
MLC Melina Bath has ac-
knowledged mothers affected
by forced adoption practices in
parliament and recognised the
work of a local group in estab-
lishing a memorial in Gippsland
to honour those families who
suffered under past policies.
Speaking on the fourth anniversary
of the day the Victorian Government for-
mally apologised to the mothers, fathers,
sons and daughters who were profoundly
harmed by past forced adoption practices,
Ms Bath acknowledged the work of the
Independent Regional Mothers group in
ensuring these families were recognised.
“Today is the fourth anniversary of
this apology, which acknowledged that
thousands of Victorian babies were taken
from their mothers without informed
consent and that this loss caused im-
mense grief,” Ms Bath told the parlia-
ment last week.
On March 21, 2013 the then Prime
Minister Julia Gillard also formally apol-
ogised to people affected by these forced
The current Federal Government has
now contributed $5000 towards a memo-
rial project to be established in Sale to
recognise what these families endured.
“Back in May this year I asked for the
Victorian Government to also contribute
$5000, but unfortunately it has not come
to the table, leaving the Federal Govern-
ment to fund an extra $5000 to ensure
this worthwhile project goes ahead,” Ms
“I would like to acknowledge the
hard work of Brenda Coughlan and the
Independent Regional Mothers group
for pushing ahead with this wonderful
memorial, that I am told is going to be a
bronze memorial of a mother and child.
“I hope it becomes a place for peace-
ful meditation, for healing and for sol-
ace for those who have been affected by
these past practices.”
Looking back: Eastern Victoria Region MLC Melina Bath (centre) at
parliament with members of the Independent Regional Mothers Group
Lyn Kinghorn of Daylesford and Brenda Coughlan of Sale advocating for
a memorial in Gippsland.
Mothers to be recognised Keep your
FORMER Leongatha photogra-
pher Nick Jeremiah was a final-
ist in the Australian Photogra-
This was Jeremiah’s second nomi-
nation as a finalist in a major compe-
tition, with the Hasselblad Masters
Awards his first.
Awards is a major Australian wide
photography competition open to pho-
tographers from enthusiast to profes-
sional, with more than $26,000 in cash
prizes along with industry exposure.
“It is honestly such an honour and
a proud moment to have these achieve-
ments,” he said.
Jeremiah shot his finalist photo at
Whisky Bay, Wilsons Promontory in
“It was shot during sunset and I
used a long exposure to capture the
movement of the waves. The image
was a finalist in the Hasselblad Mas-
ters Awards 2016, and I thought I’d
have a pretty good shot at the Austra-
lian Photography Awards (APA) so I
entered and was very delighted that I
was named finalist again,” he said.
Mr Jeremiah urged emerging and
aspiring photographers and artists to
enter many awards and competitions,
and participate in local shows.
“Don’t concern yourself with the
cost because the reward and experi-
ence, even if you don’t win anything,
is absolutely worth it,” he said.
“I have entered in smaller shows
like the Foster and District Show in
2014 and the Sandy Point Art Show in
2013, both of which I won awards.
“This gave me the confidence to
enter larger, more professional awards
and I was lucky enough to have been
Jeremiah has aspirations of becom-
ing a commercial photographer focus-
ing on fashion and architecture, and
enjoys shooting film in his spare time.
His work can be viewed online
Jeremiah lives in Melbourne and is
studying a Bachelor of Photography at
Photography Studies College.
In the running: Nick Jeremiah’s image of Whisky Bay, Wil-
sons Promontory, named a finalist in the Australian Photography
Nick’s photo captivates judges
Nick’s photo captivates judges
Artistic eye: photographer Nick Jeremiah, formerly of Leongatha. Pho-
to by Julia Kambouropoulos.
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