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NOMINATIONS are now
open under two catego-
ries in the South Gippsland
Shire Council Achievement
Facilitated by Council’s Access
and Inclusion Advisory Committee,
the awards seek to recognise the con-
tributions made to our community to
promote access and inclusion for all
people and feature a new category in
honour of a local advocate.
The new Achievement Award for
Inclusive Community Contribution
is also known as the Blair Donaldson
Blair was a long-standing member
of the Access and Inclusion Advisory
Committee and a committed advocate
for social justice and inclusion. He
passed away in July this year.
This award seeks to recognise the
contribution of individuals in achiev-
ing a community which is inclusive of
all people. Any person who is involved
in creating an inclusive community in
South Gippsland, either as a volunteer
or worker, can be nominated.
For the Achievement Award for
a Person with a Disability, the person
must live with a disability, have dem-
onstrated excellence in any field and
have made a contribution to their com-
munity. There are no restrictions on
age or gender.
The recipient of this award, with
their consent, will be entered into
the appropriate category of the South
Gippsland Shire Council Australia Day
Awards, held in January 2017.
Award nominees for both catego-
ries will be honoured at a luncheon
in celebration of International Day of
People with Disability on Thursday,
Access and Inclusion Advisory
Committee Chair, Darren Bone, said
the awards aim to increase the visibil-
ity of the contribution made by people
“Just like everyone else, people
with disability are part of your work-
place, part of your sporting club
and part of your community,” he ex-
“Our committee wants to highlight
The sentiment is the same from
Council’s Rural Access Project Officer,
Alisha Gilliland, who said the changed
approach to these awards reflected the
growing community awareness of the
value of an inclusive community.
“The Inclusive Community Con-
tribution Award allows us to acknowl-
edge a person who may have a dis-
ability, but does not wish to disclose or
focus on that disability in the context
of an awards process.
This award is open to anyone, re-
gardless of age, gender or ‘ability’, to
be nominated for the positive contribu-
tion they make.”
Nominations for both awards close
on 21 November 2016.
Contact Alisha Gilliland for more
information on 5662 9376 or email
WORKS to reinstate pedestri-
an and vehicle access from the
Goroke Street entrance to the In-
verloch Surf Beach have begun
and will be completed in time for
the busy summer period.
The track has been closed for almost four
months due to damage caused by ongoing
coastal erosion; a natural occurrence this area
of beach has been subject to for several years.
Bass Coast Shire Council has previously
undertaken minor maintenance works to
fix damage to the track, however damaged
caused by significant storm surges and high
tides since July means the track now re-
quires serious construction work.
Council’s general manager infrastructure
Felicity Sist said the section of the beach near
the Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club is one of
the most visited in the Bass Coast area.
“It is also a location that requires vehicle
access in order to provide life saving ser-
vices and to allow access for other marine
emergency services, such as search and res-
cue,” she said.
“With the nearest alternative vehicle
beach access currently located more than
three kilometres away, it is critical that this
Goroke Street track is reinstated quickly in
the interests of community safety.”
Since the track was closed in July, council
has obtained State Government funding, un-
dertaken survey works and design, and gained
the necessary approvals required to start con-
struction prior to the busy holiday season.
The new track has been designed to fol-
low the natural dune and minimise the im-
pact to natural erosion and vegetation loss.
Council has worked in close partnership
with the Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club, as
well as other emergency service providers
and key organisations in the development of
The works are being partially funded
by the State Government’s 2016/17 Coastal
Environments Program with $40,000, and
$17,000 from council.
Works began on November 14 (yes-
terday) and take up to two weeks, weather
For more details about the works, con-
tact council’s sustainable environment de-
partment on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or
By Sarah Vella
A PROGRAM for women with a
disability was run across the Bass
Coast and South Gippsland shires
recently, culminating in a gradua-
The Enabling Women Gippsland
leadership program was a regional ini-
tiative supported by the Enabling Wom-
en in Gippsland Partnership Group and
the Bass Coast and South Gippsland
The program graduates Laura Welsh
from Leongatha, Amber Betts from Ko-
rumburra and Marnie Hughes from Won-
thaggi, spent five weeks learning about
communication, self respect, self esteem
and building connections and networks.
This was the first time the program
had been run in Gippsland.
Program facilitator Debbi Gray said
it was important to acknowledge the val-
ues of the program at giving local women
with a disability a strong voice.
“Not only as people with a disability,
but as women. The graduates will be able
to take the skills they have got from the
program to achieve their dreams, what-
ever they might be,” she said.
“This was the first time the program
was run in Gippsland, hopefully it was
the first of many.”
Ms Gray said listening to the gradu-
ates’ speeches emphasised to her how im-
portant the program was for local women
living with a disability.
“Listening to their speeches brought
tears to my eyes,” she said.
I really want the community to look at
people with a disability not as someone
who needs to be cared for, but as people
who have so much to offer.”
Happy grads: graduating from the Enabling Women Gippsland leadership program recently were from
left, Laura Welsh from Leongatha, Amber Betts from Korumburra and Marnie Hughes from Wonthaggi,
with program facilitators Rachael Walters and Debbi Gray.
Celebrating an inclusive community Beach access to be restored
WORKS were completed recently
to refurbish the maternal and child
health room at the Tarwin Lower
Community Health Centre.
The layout of the room was redesigned to
enable the area to be more multi-purpose.
A new patient examination couch, donat-
ed by Dr Kam Saraswati, was also installed
so other consultants can use the room.
Committee president Don Kennedy said
the room refurbishment would help the
committee to provide additional space for
new consultants wanting to offer services at
the health centre.
Mr Kennedy said about 20 volunteer
hours went into refurbishing the room. He
thanked David Miller and Milo Gregoric for
their help with the project and high standard
Mr Kennedy also thanked Bald Hills
Wind Farm and South Gippsland Shire
Council for their financial assistance with
A THIRD $1500 vac-
uum mattress was do-
nated to the Leongatha
on Thursday morning,
Presented at the Koru-
mburra Ambulance Sta-
tion, the vacuum mattress
was gifted to the service by
Heart Support Australia.
Like a bean bag, the
mattress is enclosed with
Once in use and the air
is sucked out, the beads
become rigid and the
mattress can be moulded
around an injured person.
Hardened like a splint,
the mattress can also be
used to help stabilise those
with limb fractures.
Patients are kept immo-
bilised in comfort, which
is particularly important
for those with spinal inju-
ries that are transferred to
Each mattress can han-
dle up to 318 kilograms.
“These vacuum mat-
tresses are not supplied by
the Ambulance Service,
so we rely on community
donations such as this,”
Service team manager Ben
“In the past few years,
Heart Support has sup-
plied four vacuum mat-
tresses between Leongatha
Both Korumburra and
Leongatha stations now
have three mattresses
Three mattresses are
ideal because there’s al-
ways one available if
another needs to be trans-
ported to Melbourne.
from Korumburra, Le-
ongatha and Wonthaggi
proved to be a valuable as-
set on Monday night (Oc-
tober 31) after a collision
The mattresses helped
to provide appropriate
comfort and support for
those involved in the in-
As well as the Ambu-
lance Service, Heart Sup-
port has donated equip-
ment to the local hospitals
“We support and make
Well setup: Tarwin Lower Community Health Centre committee president
Don Kennedy in the refurbished maternal and child health room at the centre.
Centre now healthier
Kind donation: back from left, Leongatha and
Korumburra paramedics Doug Foster, Sam Bur-
ton and James Bailey were thrilled to receive a
new vacuum mattress from Heart Support Austra-
lia South Gippsland Branch’s John Kurle, Janne
Grenon, John Grenon and Mary Fields.
Donation supports patient care
donations to organisations
that can look after cardiac
patients,” Heart Support’s
John Grenon said.
“It is very pleasing
when we get to see how we
are able to help the people
in the community.”
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