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PARTS of Bass Coast were
explored by Bass Coast Spe-
cialist School middle years
students and staff on a camp
For many students, it was the first
time away from family and home.
The first stop was at San Remo,
where students were able to see the
pelicans, walk along the foreshore
and play cricket.
They were then off to tackle the
dunes, where some dared to go up
and down the steep dunes and played
in the water.
They camped in Grantville and
some were lucky enough to spot an
A barbecue tea was enjoyed and
then the students settled into their
They were up early the next
morning to enjoy a hearty breakfast.
Soon they were packed up and were
The students were given the op-
portunity to explore Phillip Island,
including the Nobbies and the Pen-
A lunch was enjoyed, including a
birthday cake for student Max.
After a fantastic camp, the stu-
dents were excited to come home to
Campers discover Bass Coast
A YOUNG child found a used syringe
at Leongatha’s McIndoe Park recently,
prompting concern from his father.
Steve Fitzgerald said they had gone to the park
after attending the Leongatha Christmas carols, when
his five year old son brought him a syringe.
“I was horrified and disgusted. We picked it up in
a take away cup and disposed of it in a syringe bin,”
Mr Fitzgerald said it was unacceptable to find a po-
tentially dangerous item at a children’s playground.
The child was unharmed.
Police told The Star finding syringes in public plac-
es was uncommon in the region.
They said if people come across a syringe, they
should call the police who will dispose of the item
SOUTH Gippsland Palliative
Care service held a conversa-
tion café in Korumburra to
discuss end of life matters
The community showed much
interest in the event, at the former
shire meeting room.
Mary Ross Heazlewood was
event MC and is a clinical nurse
consultant in charge of the South
Gippsland Palliative Care service.
“While much care and attention
had been devoted to the planning
of the event, and the aim—to
start people to feel comfortable
discussing the end of their lives—
was clear, it was hard to tell
beforehand whether people would
come, especially given the poor
weather on the day,” she said.
Mary outlined the way the
afternoon would unfold. There were
three guest speakers: Ray Sullivan
from Handley Funeral Services,
Tegan Murley from Oakleys Law and
GP Phil Huguenin from Korumburra
Medical Clinic - who kindly spoke
about medical and legal end of life
matters and funeral matters.
There were six people at each
table, with a host to oversee the
conversation and make sure everyone
had a chance to contribute.
Notices were arranged around
the room with prompts or ideas for
discussion; for example ‘Do you
have an end of life care plan?’ or
‘What stops you from discussing
your wishes?’ or ‘Do you want to be
The organising team Jenny
McDonald from Inverloch, Terry
Kelly from Korumburra, Elizabeth
and Uwe Steinki from Binginwarri,
Jo Mackenzie from Foster and Jim
White from Arawata worked for
months planning the event.
There have been several cafes in
Melbourne and regional Victoria in
recent years, and there appears to
be a global movement to hold these
All aim to demystify death and
overcome the fears surrounding the
subject, while encouraging people
to discuss with their families and
friends their wishes for the end of
The group will take the
Korumburra success as a platform
for further cafes to be held in South
Gippsland. Mirboo North and
Kongwak are under discussion.
Death talk proves worthwhile
BEACH-GOERS are being
warned to take care to avoid
being stung as significant
numbers of potentially harm-
ful Bluebottle jellyfish have
been spotted around South
Bluebottle jellyfish have a small
deep-blue air-filled float that looks
like a half blown-up piece of chew-
ing gum and gets to about the size
of an egg.
Long, thin retractable tentacles
hang below this float and can get up
to three metres long. The tentacles
are covered in powerful stinging
Parks Victoria and the Depart-
ment of Environment, Land, Water
and Planning are asking people to
be aware and avoid being stung by
Look for their presence on the
beach, do not touch the animals
with bare skin and if present do not
enter the water.
The sudden appearance of large
numbers of Bluebottles are a conse-
quence of prevailing easterly winds
and currents over previous days and
weeks, pushing these open ocean
animals ashore, with some washing
up on beaches.
Bluebottles can deliver a pain-
ful sting when the tentacles make
contact with bare skin, even when
washed up dead on the beach.
Intense pain may be felt from a
few minutes to many hours and can
develop into a dull ache that can
spread to surrounding joints.
Children, asthmatics and people
with allergies can be badly affected
and many cases of respiratory distress
have been reported in Australia.
Avoid swimming when blue-
bottles have been washed onto the
beach as they are likely to still be in
the ocean. The tentacles frequently
break off in rough water and can
Do not touch dead animals as
the painful toxin remains active and
nematocysts can still fire long after
the animals are dead.
As a precaution, wear protective
clothing such as a lycra top, skivvy,
wetsuit or stinger suit.
If stinging occurs, leave the wa-
ter immediately and wash off any
adherent tentacles with salt water.
If any tentacles are still attached
to the skin, gently lift off with twee-
zers or a gloved hand to minimise
more stinging capsules from being
Do not rub the area with wet
sand or towel or wash with alcohol
or vinegar as this will only make it
Sightings can be reported to
DELWP on 136 186.
Watch out: Bluebottle Jellyfish risk hurting beach-goers after being washed
up on South Gippsland shores.
Beach-goers warned to avoid Bluebottle Jellyfish
FREE disposal of
green waste is avail-
able in Bass Coast
Shire Council be-
tween October 28
and December 14,
however one Phillip
Island resident isn’t
impressed with the
John Tright would like
to see the council scrap
the green waste amnesty
period and return to issu-
ing tickets for green waste
He told a recent coun-
cil community engage-
ment session if rate payers
were given four tickets for
dumping green waste for
the year, it would provide
them with an opportunity
to dump waste when it
“Holiday house owners
may visit outside the am-
nesty period. Bass Coast
has a large elderly popu-
lation, who may not have
a car or trailer and rely of
family and friends to help
them,” he said.
Call to scrap green
“The system would
create goodwill with the
Council’s general man-
ager sustainable develop-
ment and growth Allison
Jones said the green waste
amnesty period aimed to
encourage residents to
prepare for the fire season.
Ms Jones said the
council looked at intro-
ducing vouchers as a part
of the recent tender pro-
cess, however found it was
not a cost effective option
compared to the amnesty
Cr Clare Le Serve said
the green waste rubbish
bins will be introduced in
2017, which may help the
elderly population with
their green waste disposal.
THE Gippsland Business
Awards has a new naming
rights sponsor, with a three
year commitment by Fed-
eration University’s Business
Gippsland Business Awards
chairman Graeme Sennett said, “The
future of our region lies in diversi-
fication and success in its business
operations, attributes that Federation
Business School also demonstrate
“We are thrilled to be embarking
on an exciting new three year part-
nership with Federation Business
Associate Professor Bob O’Shea,
executive dean of Federation Busi-
ness School, said the sponsorship
reflected the school’s desire to make
a difference to the people, organisa-
tions and communities it served.
“The ingredients that contribute
to sustainable communities are many
but one thing for sure is the critical
role business plays,” he said.
“Thriving businesses usually
means thriving communities. Busi-
ness creates jobs, which creates in-
come, which leads to spending and
re-investment in the community.
Jobs lead to family security, access
to better health and education oppor-
The launch of the 2017 Fed-
eration Business School Gippsland
Business Awards is expected to take
place in late March 2017.
Mr Sennett paid particular credit
to long term naming rights sponsor
“We are delighted Bendigo Bank
is staying on as a category sponsor
and I would like to thank it for its
contribution to the Business Awards
and by extension the businesses of
Gippsland. With the Bendigo Bank’s
support, and the ongoing support of
all of our sponsors, the awards have
prospered,” he said.
Details of the 2017 awards will
be on the Gippsland Business Award
Done deal: from left, Bob
O’Shea, executive dean of Fed-
eration Business School, signs
the agreement with Graeme Sen-
nett, chairperson of Gippsland
Business Awards, recognising
Federation University’s Busi-
ness School’s sponsorship of the
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