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THIS is a sewing group with a difference.
The volunteers were inspired by a visit to
Wonthaggi by Captain Plastic on a country wide
campaign to rid the oceans of plastic.
Organisers say the plan is to get rid of single
use shopping bags by making the bags made from
recycled materials available free of charge at su-
No definite outlet has yet to be finalised but
talks continue with the Inverloch supermarket.
The group of eight sewers has now been ac-
tive for three months and meets Thursday nights
at Mitchell House, Wonthaggi from 7-9pm.
A sew-a-thon was held at Inverloch Commu-
nity Hub recently.
For nature’s sake: from left, Isla McLean and Alison Brewster from Inverloch and Matilda
Battaglia from Wonthaggi made a great team at the Sew-A -Thon at Inverloch Community Hub.
Inspired: Richard Kentwell is a driving
force and passionate about the issue of rid-
ding the oceans of plastic debris. He is one of
the key figures behind the sewing group that
meets every Thursday evening to sew cloth
supermarket bags from recycled material.
He took part in the sew-a -thon at Inverloch
Industry: from left, first timers Vanessa Mills and Ryan Ahern with one of the Sew-A -Thon
organisers, Richard Kentwell, ironer, cutter and friendly inspirer, at the sew-a -thon at Inver-
loch Community Hub.
TOORA’S police officer in charge has
said property crimes, thefts and damages
are major problems in Toora, while drug
use and possession are also rising.
“Although having said that, there is not a lot of
crime in the first place,” Leading Senior Constable
Paul Delaney said.
The station is an eight hour police station,
manned by LS/C Delaney, who has been an opera-
tional duties officer for 28 years.
“The majority of my time is spent on road safety.
It astounds me how many people still think it is okay
to drink and drive. Speeding is another big prob-
lem,” he said.
As a police officer, LS/C Delaney said his best
advice to anyone would be “don’t drink and drive”.
“In my 28 years I have seen what happens all too
often when people get behind the wheel when they
are over the limit,” he said.
“Road fatalities should never happen and the
effect they have on a small community is disas-
trous. It is not just the family and friends who are
“The emergency services workers from the vol-
unteers at the CFA and SES to the ambulance of-
ficers, police, doctors and nurses more than often
know the people involved.
“It takes a big toll on everyone, but it doesn’t
need to happen.”
After joining the Victoria Police in 1988, LS/C
Delaney spent the first 16 years of his career work-
ing in and around Melbourne and the south eastern
“In 2004 I made my first move to the country
where I worked at a 16 hour station in a small town
called Edenhope which is in the West Wimmera
Shire about 100 kilometres from Horsham,” he
“In 2007 I moved to another 16 hour station at
Cann River in far East Gippsland where I spent just
over two years.”
In 2009 LS/C Delaney moved back to the West
Wimmera and took up a position as the officer in
charge of the one member station at a tiny town
“I spent four years working at Apsley before I
moved to Toora with my wife and three children in
September 2013,” he said.
“We moved here for several reasons but the main
reason was my father was quite ill and we wanted to
be closer to him during his final days. Since then we
have decided to stay.
“Toora and the surrounding area is a great little
spot to live and work. I love being here to help and
support my community.”
Toora is an eight hour police station, which
means someone is on duty most days for an eight
“I try to be available to the community at the sta-
tion for at least four hours a day but unfortunately
that is not always possible due to other commit-
ments,” LS/C Delaney said.
“If I am not working, or tasked to training or
court then the area is covered by members at the
Foster Police Station. If the station is unattended
at any time and you need the police urgently you
should always ring triple zero.
“If the matter is not urgent, an intercom goes di-
rectly to Wonthaggi Police Station which is open 24
hours a day.”
LS/C Delaney said with the two up policy,
he now works a lot of shifts with members from
“That does not stop us from serving the local
community. It does mean I am not at the police sta-
tion as often as I used to be,” he said.
Toora in good hands
PEOPLE suffering heart attacks in public
places now have a greater chance of re-
ceiving help fast, after more defibrillators
were installed in the community.
The State Government is equipping
Gippsland clubs with life-saving defibrillators.
Eastern Victoria Region MLC Harriet Shing
announced clubs would receive the device as
part of the second round of the Defibrillators
Early intervention during cardiac arrests
greatly increases the likelihood of survival.
Having a defibrillator means players, parents
and spectators can step in and take action until
Local clubs to receive defibrillators were
Wonthaggi Workmen’s Cricket Club, Bass
Coast Boardriders Club (at Inverloch’s main
beach), Leongatha Cycling Club, Korumburra
Croquet Club and Welshpool Golf Club.
Ms Shing said, “These Gippsland clubs are
much-loved local institutions. We’re thrilled to
be able to give the clubs extra security in case
an emergency strikes.
“A person’s chance of survival during
cardiac arrest decreases by 10 per cent with
every minute that passes. There simply isn’t a
“In an emergency, it’s important to stay
calm, call emergency services, initiate
immediate CPR and follow a clear emergency
plan to avoid a tragedy.”
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