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STONY Creek Racing Club inherited a
new track mower when Traralgon Rac-
ing Club was declared bankrupt 15 years
ago and it has given the club plenty of
Over the past few years, the club spent more
money on keeping the mower operational, in-
cluding $5000 in labour and repairs the previous
The track is not only for race days as the Stony
Creek Recreation Reserve is used by many com-
munity groups and in recent times, has hosted
cross country events run by primary schools.
Stony Creek Racing Club maintains all public
areas and road side maintenance to ensure the re-
serve is always ready to hold an event.
The club now has a new mower, thanks to
support from South Gippsland Shire Council and
Cervus Equipment in organising and subsiding a
portion of the cost in lieu of sponsorship for the
Mower off and racing
Brand new: from left, committee member Graham Walsh, track manager Cindy Logan and
club president Paul O’Sullivan with Stony Creek Racing Club’s new track mower.
BASS Coast Health’s emergency de-
partment has been making sure it is
Back injury prevention coordinator Pat Mc-
Cabe has been assisting the staff.
“The emergency department can be an un-
predictable area, so it is essential staff under-
take their work with an awareness of correct
patient handling techniques to prevent injury,”
“So often we focus on looking after other
people, and we forget to look after ourselves.
Along with higher employment costs due to
medical expenses and compensation, back in-
juries are also costly in terms of chronic pain,
disability, absenteeism and turnover.”
Bass Coast Health recognises the impor-
tance of providing proper back injury educa-
tion to its staff and is ensuring these practical
training sessions are being delivered to both
nursing and medical staff to help reduce the hu-
man and financial costs posed by potential back
Alarmingly, recent medical reports have
highlighted that there are more musculoskeletal
injuries suffered by health care workers than
employees in any other industry.
“These injuries are due to overexertion re-
lated to repeated manual handling activities,”
Mr McCabe said.
prevent back pain
Training: Bass Coast Health emergency de-
partment staff tried out their back injury pre-
“We have observed heavy manual lifting asso-
ciated with transferring and repositioning patients.
Emergency is a high risk area with regards to this
and Bass Coast Health is addressing this by invest-
ing in training, equipment, program reviews and an
evaluation of our procedures.”
THE Woolamai Beach Surf Life Sav-
ing Club is looking for funding to erect
a surf rescue tower at Smiths Beach,
one of Phillip Island’s most popular
Troy Ross from the club presented at the Bass
Coast Shire Council community engagement ses-
sion recently and requested council’s support for
Figures from Life Saving Victoria show
Smiths Beach attracts around 75,000 visitors
each season during patrol hours, or around 2400
Mr Ross said the lack of shelter and a home
base at Smiths Beach is causing members to leave
The project has been costed at around
$300,000, which the club is aiming to raise itself,
with the help of grants and donations.
“The club has invested a substantial amount
in up skilling its members in the past two years,
which has seen the delivery of around 250
awards,” Mr Ross said.
“An appropriate site for the tower has been
determined, adjacent to an existing structure and
detailed design drawings have been done.
“We are confident in terms of fundraising; we
really need a letter of support from council. We
also urge council to grant planning approval as
our builder is shovel ready.”
Mr Ross said the club has applied for some
$220,000 in grants and the club has around
$60,000 set aside for the project.
“There is no structure at Smiths Beach, which
is problematic. It would provide a place to train,
storage for or equipment and shelter for our mem-
bers,” he said.
Surf club’s tower trouble
A PARENTING app
popular with McMillan
families was updated
in time for the school
The Learning Potential app’s
latest updates come with a range
of new features and 45 new ar-
ticles that include activity ideas
and parenting tips.
“The Learning Potential app
is a trusted resource for parents
across the country because it
uses the latest national and in-
ternational research and is de-
signed in collaboration with ex-
pert agencies, like the Australian
Curriculum, Assessment and
Reporting Authority and the Of-
fice of the Children’s E-Safety
Commissioner,” McMillan MP
Russell Broadbent said.
“The Learning Potential app
is free to download and easy to
use and it helps parents in their
role as the first teachers in any
child’s life and better allows
them to complement the work of
teachers and schools.
“In the face of Australia’s de-
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ing Potential app gives parents
ways to easily tap and share
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The Learning Potential app
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For further information or to
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Grab it: McMillan MP
Russell Broadbent is urg-
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Parents, get smart
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