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FLOWERDALE COMMUNITY HOUSE INC
Forming Friendships ABN 30 127 305 127
Issue: No.52—June , 2009
PO Box 2008, Hazeldene, 3658
PURE LOCAL ENERGY PROJECT LAUNCHED
Households in Murrindindi will be able to save money, reduce their carbon footprint and support local jobs by participating in an innovative community solar energy project. Launched today across nine rural Victoria municipalities, the program will enable residents to install a 1kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system at the substantially reduced cost of $2000. This in turn will reduce household electricity bills by an estimated $250 per year. Interested residents can choose to install the base 1kW system only or a larger system to suit their household needs. The Pure Local Energy Project, which is facilitated by the Northeast Greenhouse Alliance (NEGHA) on behalf of participating local governments, complements the Federal Government's Solar Homes and Communities Plan Rebate which provides financial support up to $8,000 ($8 per watt) for installing a 1 kW PV system. Further savings to residents are made possible though the power of bulk buying. The solar systems to be installed under this program are gridconnected, which means that electricity generated that is not used by the household can be exported back into the national electricity grid. As a result participating residents will be able to take advantage of the proposed Feed-in Tariff scheme. If passed by the State Government of Victoria, the feed-in tariff will see owners of 3.2kW systems or smaller receive a 60 cent tariff (or credit) on their electricity account for every unit of unused electricity they generate and export to the grid. Installation will be done by local tradespersons. Residents who participate in the project will be supporting local jobs and the local economy. Mayor Gunter says that while there are a number of positives behind the idea, at the moment it's particularly relevant - as it will give stimulus to local tradespeople - who have been doing it tough - due to the economic downturn and of course, the fires. It also shows that rebuilding with sustainability in mind is not just an idea, it has become a reality. We are proud and happy to take the initiative where we can. Solar Shop Australia, the country’s leading installer of grid connect solar systems, was selected to design and install the systems after a rigorous process that focused on getting a high performance product with long and comprehensive warranties, at a fair and reasonable price. To gain maximum benefit from the project, residents should be home owner-occupiers, have at least eight square meters (e.g. 2 x 4m) of un-shaded, north-facing roof, and have a household taxable income of less than $100,000. The offer is only available for the next five weeks as the Australian Government’s solar panel rebate of $8000 expires on 30 June 2009. The nine participating councils, representing some 90,000 Victorians households, include Alpine Shire, Colac Otway Shire, Hepburn Shire, Horsham Rural City, Indigo Shire, Moira Shire, Murrindindi Shire, Rural City of Wangaratta, and the City of Wodonga. For an obligation-free direct home inspection, please contact Solar Shop Australia at Tel: Solar Shop Australia (133 765) or for more information visit www.solarshop.com.au/purelocalenergy .
Public Meeting for Bushfire Victims.
Bushfire Class Action
28th May at 6.30pm Flowerdale Hall.
Anyone who suffered loss or damage as a result of the Kilmore East/Kinglake Bushfire on 7th February is invited to attend for information on legal entitlements to compensation. Attending are Slidders Lawyers and Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, Tim Tobin QC and Loss Assessors
Flowerdale Public Meeting
To discuss replacement of our bridge At the Hazeldene Store bridge Thursday 4th June 2009 7.30 pm
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or call 0401396776/0418589072
Distribution: 500 copies to Silver Creek Rd., Silver Parrot Rd., Creekside Dr., Riverside Cres., the service road, Moore’s Rd., Spring Valley Rd. Upper King Parrot Rd, and the main road as far as Minto Rd. Also the Hazeldene Store, Flowerdale Hotel, Strath Creek Store and Glenburn Roadhouse. Articles, advertisements, etc. can be left at the store, posted to PO Box 2008, Hazeldene, or emailed to Brenda at email@example.com
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. If your community group has an event coming up please let us know so it can be included in the Flyer. 28th May Public Meeting for Bushfire Victims. Bushfire Class Action, 6.30pm Flowerdale Hall. All persons who suffered loss or damage as a result of the Kilmore East/Kinglake Bushfire on 7th February for information on legal entitlements to compensation. Attending are Slidders Lawyers and Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, Tim Tobin QC and Loss Assessors. Special Community Meeting, 8pm Recreation Reserve, Spring Valley Road to discuss new voted-in Flowerdale Recovery Committee and discuss key issues & what the community may want for the Community. Rising from the Ashes, Yea Shire Hall, High Street, Yea 7.15pm. $25 per head, No Alcohol. Scared Weird Little Guys, Grand Wazoo, Lorin Nicholson. Book The Boite 94171983 (credit card only) Emotional Freedom Technique Workshop, Yea Community House, 9.30am-12.30pm & 1.30pm5.15pm. Open to all communities. Learn how to help yourself cope with any physical or emotional issues. Workshop facilitator, Russell Cunningham. For information or booking call 5797 3070. Steve Poltz and Greggory Page will be performing at the Flowerdale Hall, 7pm. Entry is gold coin donation. BYO drinks. Public meeting at Hazeldene Bridge 7.30pm.
ART & QUILT
Exhibition & Sale
6th-8th June 2009 (Queen’s Birthday weekend) Sat. 4-6pm Sun. & Mon. 10am-4pm Admission: gold coin donation * People’s choice award for painting, quilting, photography * Lucky door prize * Raffle * Trade table (Nonie May of Whittlesea)
Information & entry forms Ph: Brenda 5780 1356
LET’S HAVE A LAUGH
Who Says Men Don't Remember Anniversaries A woman awakes during the night to find that her husband was not in their bed. She puts on her robe and goes downstairs to look for him. She finds him sitting at the kitchen table with a cup of coffee in front of him. He appears deep in thought, just staring at the wall. She watches as he wipes a tear from his eye and takes a sip of coffee. "What's the matter, dear?" she whispers as she steps into the room. "Why are you down here at this time of night?" The husband looks up, "Do you remember 20 years ago when we were dating, and you were only 17?" he asks solemnly. The wife is touched thinking her husband is so caring and sensitive. "Yes, I do," she replies. The husband pauses. The words are not coming easily. "Do you remember when you father caught us in the back seat of my car?" "Yes, I remember," says the wife, lowering herself into a chair beside him. The husband continues..."Do you remember when he shoved a shotgun in my face and said, "Either you marry my daughter, or I will send you to jail for 20 years". "I remember that too", she replies softly. He wipes another tear from his cheek and says... "I would have gotten out today!"
6th-8th June Art & Quilt Show, Exhibition & Sale, Flowerdale Hall. Saturday 4-6pm Sunday & Monday 10am4pm. For information contact Brenda Beckett 5780 1356. 10 June 12th June
Playgroup, “Play Group Victoria, Fun Day in Whittlesea, New Horizons Church” 10am Sunflower Day, 9.30am-2.30pm in big tent, Kinglake Hub. Fun games, massages, hair care, facials etc. Free Gifts. Run by Global Care. Bookings are necessary for catering, phone Bronwyn Taylor 5786 1452. Play Group, Flowerdale Hall, “Fun, Games & Craft” 10am Flowerdale Market will be held again at the Flowerdale Hall. Arts, Crafts, Fresh Fruit & Vegies, Plants & lots more. If you would like to be a stall holder the cost is $10, please call Alison on 57801223. Play Group, Flowerdale Hall “Term Break Up – Hot Chips Lunch” 10am Youth Group Sleepover at the Hall (refer Community House for details) Youth Group trip to Science Works (refer Community House for details) Replanting at Flowerdale Primary School for the kids
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June, 2009 2008 November
Letter to the Editor
Keep The Hazeledene Heritage Bridge
The people of Flowerdale/Hazeldene , surrounding neighbours and visitors wish to keep and restore the historical footbridge that provides access for traffic and pedestrians to our local Hazeldene store, café, eatery and petrol outlet. Most have overwhelmingly asked the local council, due to the loss of most historical infrastructure in our small but loved town on Black Saturday, to turn this historical icon into a pedestrian walkover for people and domestic animals and build a second bridge for vehicles. No final decisions have been heard in full on this matter, although council has voiced its concern for the bridge and its future upkeep and immediate restoration which is being discussed at a meeting you are invited to on: Thursday 4th June at the Hazeldene corner store bridge at 7.30pm. Name supplied
Make your own electricity from the sun & save!
Solar Shop Australia is offering residents of Murrindindi the opportunity to purchase a 1 kW solar PV panel system to produce renewable electricity for your home for a standard installation cost of $2000 (indicative price only), if eligible for the $8000 Federal Government rebate. To take advantage of this offer, residents need to have a taxable income of less than $100,000 p. a. The offer is only available until the Australian Government’s solar panel rebate of $8000 expires on 30 June 2009.
Special Community Meeting
Recreation Reserve, Spring Valley Road
Friday, 29th May commencing 8.00pm
Interested residents are invited to attend free Community Information Sessions.
Alexandra Shire Hall, Saturday 23 May – 10 a.m. Kinglake West Hall, Sunday 24 May – 2 p.m.
To discuss the new voted-in Flowerdale Recovery Committee as well as key issues & what the community may want for the Community.
Mail deliveries have started again where there is both a house and a letterbox still standing or by arrangement. Any other mail is being held at the store unless a redirection is currently in place. A redirection can be lodged at any Post Office. If you wish to hire a PO Box at Hazeldene we do still have some available in both Small and Medium. Please come in and see us if you are interested in hiring a box.
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Free Wildlife Animal Feed Free wooden troughs for farms Small Bags of feed at local outlets Tracie: 0404739742 or 03 9324 8776
for anyone living in tents/caravans/sheds Limited Amount Tracie: 0404739742 /03 9324 8776
Eddy (Eddy’s Towing, Glenburn) in centre of photo, among the remains of the Glenburn Hotel
Stump Grinding Concrete Breaking Welding
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FREE CAR REMOVAL
All non-ferrous metals All areas *We pay $100 a car* more for trucks *(conditions apply)* Melb Metro daily (MSIC) Wharf acc. 24 hour service, 7 days Trade Towing Metro/Country, Twin Car, Car Capacity Caravan Relocation, Tractor, Bobcats Equipment (up to 5 tons) FULL TILT TRAY SERVICE NOW MOVING 20 FOOT CONTAINERS Phone Eddy 0407849252 or 0357978220 3877 Melba Hwy, Glenburn, 3717 Fax 57978520 firstname.lastname@example.org
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MARKET & CAR BOOT
SALE Flowerdale Hall
SUNDAY 21st JUNE 9AM – 1PM
Come and support your community market . Art, craft, fresh food and veg, and lots more. Stalls only $10
Phone Alison 5780 1223
Emotional Freedom Technique Workshop
Yea Community House 30th May, 2009 9.30am-12.30pm & 1.30pm-5.15pm.
Open to all communities.
Learn how to help yourself cope with any physical or emotional issues. Workshop facilitator - Russell Cunningham. For information or booking call 5797 3070.
Steve Poltz and Greggory Page
will be performing at the Flowerdale Hall 2nd June at 7pm. Entry is gold coin donation. BYO drinks.
June, 2009 2008 November
From the Mayor’s Chair
Cr Lyn Gunter
With the days getting cooler and nights getting chilly and damp, it's good to know that there have been stores of domestic firewood established across the shire. Sites have been established at Buxton, Marysville, Flowerdale, Toolangi and Kinglake. Mulch and logs have also been made available at three VicRoads sites, all on Whittlesea Yea Road - one at Stony Creek, the second 3kms north and the third 3kms south of Stony Creek. Wood and mulch are in high demand and stocks are going fast. There can be no guarantee of constant supply. Council will make every effort to monitor the sites and top up supplies when we have contractors available. Last week, the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Funds Advisory Panel announced a new Winter Needs Payment for those affected by the bushfires. A figure of $2,000 will be released to all individuals and families who have already received rebuilding/recovery grants or national disaster relief and recovery arrangements. The payments will be appearing automatically in those bank accounts shortly and are intended for winter necessities, such as blankets, heaters, etc. but certainly can be used for more substantial costs – such as insulation or buying up goods to make you more comfortable in temporary housing over winter. If you have any enquires about this payment, call 1800 180 213. Also announced was a $1,000,000 fund available to communities for events, functions, etc. over the winter period, to bring people together as we used to. Events such as film nights, dances and roast nights are included and where the facilities where these events took place are no longer functional, there is funding to accommodate these events elsewhere. We are thrilled that the Appeal Fund has released these payments which may bring a bit more warmth emotionally and physically over the winter months. More good news from the Victorian State Budget with an allocation of $19,000,000 to redevelop the Alexandra District Hospital and to provide a new Ambulance Station on the hospital grounds – greatly improving hospital and community health services. This, of course, also adds to employment and the local economy during the construction and makes another outstanding asset in our shire. We applaud the faith and vision shown with this investment in the future of Alexandra. The 2009 Victoria Bushfires Royal Commission is underway with the sittings in Melbourne. Free streaming access (via computers) is being provided at all of the libraries across the shire and state, including council’s mobile library. Written transcripts can also be downloaded. Last Sunday we attended the memorial service in Moores Road, Flowerdale. A touching and heartfelt ceremony to remember our friends and neighbours from this area who we lost in the February fires. After the ceremony, there was a celebration of sorts. It was a bittersweet day – but again showed the fine spirit of the people in our community. We shall not be beaten. With deepest appreciation to the organisers for this memorable day. Over the past week, councillors have completed the following activities: Bushfire Royal Commission; Flowerdale Memorial Service; Eildon Pontoon launch; Official launch of Radio Marysville 98.5FM; Cathkin Rail reserve Working Bee , ABC KINGLAKE and UGFM radio spots, Alexandra Saleyards, Regional Waste Management Group CRLLEN annual general meeting. ‘The most worthwhile thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others” – Lord Robert Baden-Powell.
The Hon Fran Bailey MP
Federal Member for McEwan
Act now to prevent another horror fire season, says Fran
Survivors of the Black Saturday fires had experienced a rollercoaster of emotions in the 100 days since devastation swept through local communities, said member for McEwen.Fran Bailey. Fran said local people had been bonded by hope amid the frustration and anger that followed the tragic deaths of 173 people in the fires. “Many survivors are now bracing for a winter living in cramped, cold and wet conditions as they plan the rebuilding of lives, of homes and of their communities,” Fran said, “The story is similar but also different in each community and it will take many years for our towns to fully regenerate.” Fran said immediate action was needed to have communities better prepared to meet the perils of the next fire season. “It is only 250 days until communities across our state are again confronted with the fear of summer fires.” Fran wants a four-point plan implemented by governments to better protect local communities from the summer fire threat. * A world-best telecommunications platform that includes an eartly warning system for small communities * A comprehensive fuel reduction program that eliminates the growing backlog of planned burns * Construction of safe shelters at schools in fire-risk areas * Introduction of better fire prevention and detection methods “The clock is ticking on the next fire season. We must act now on fire prevention for the safety of people in country communities over summer,” Fran said. “If the State Government waits for a report from the Royal Commission, it will be way too late to reduce the risk of another horrifying calamity next fire season.”
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Ben Hardman MP
Member for Seymour
CREATIVE RECOVERY ARTS FUNDING WELCOMED
The Member for Seymour, Ben Hardman, has welcomed funding for four local arts recovery projects to help communities affected by the bushfires. Mr Hardman said the projects in Strathewen, Kinglake Ranges, Yea and Yarra Ranges would share in Brumby Government grants through the Arts Recovery Quick Response Fund. The fund was initiated to help communities affected by the Victorian bushfires and encourage local artists to contribute to the rebuilding effort. “There are many talented artists in these areas who are committed to their communities and passionate about how the arts can contribute to the recovery and rebuilding effort,” Arts Minister Lynne Kosky said. “Speaking to local artists following the devastation of the fires, I heard very strongly the need for quick and flexible support to help them get projects off the ground. This program directly responds to these immediate needs.” In the first round of the program, Kinglake Ranges Neighbourhood House will launch and grow membership of the Kinglake Phoenix Choir and provide musical relief, entertainment and interaction with surrounding communities and choirs ($2500). Berry Street will use $1000 for a Meet, Meld, Merge II forum in Yea to explore the ways in which artists and communities affected by the fires can use the arts as a recovery tool. Nillumbik Shire Council will work with a local artist to create letterboxes for a survivor group of up to 60 bushfire affected families in Strathewen ($2500). Yarra Ranges Film Society will use $2500 for outreach activities in secondary schools in the Yarra Ranges to encourage and enable students to submit short films on the theme "My Place, My Family, My Environment" in the context of bushfire recovery and healing, to be presented as part of Warburton Film Festival Mr Hardman encouraged artists and communities in affected regions, who have arts recovery project ideas, to apply for support in forthcoming rounds of the program. “Grants of up to $2500 are available to support local artists to work in their communities on projects that contribute to the recovery effort. Applications close on the 1st of each month until September,” she said. The Arts Recovery Quick Response Program is funded by the Brumby Government and managed by Regional Arts Victoria. For program guidelines and application forms contact Joe Toohey at Regional Arts Victoria on (03) 9644 1800, email email@example.com, or visit www.rav.net.au
KICK START FOR CAMPAIGN TO BUY LOCAL
THE State Government will help businesses in Murrindindi Shire recovering from February’s devastating bushfires with a grant to kick off a Provincial Victoria Buy Locally campaign. Announcing the grant of $13,350, the Member for Seymour said businesses in Murrindindi Shire urgently needed a boost to help them get back on their feet. “Murrindindi Shire has borne the brunt of Australia’s worst bushfires,” Mr Hardman said. “Two-thirds of the shire has been burnt, many lives have been lost, more than 1000 homes have been destroyed and infrastructure worth more than $10 million is gone. “The shire’s business community and economy has been absolutely decimated and the heart of local business has stopped beating. “A Buy Local campaign is essential in order to get the heart of the local economy beating again.” The grant will enable Murrindindi Shire Council to run a campaign that encourages:
Use of local goods, services and tradespeople for recovery/reconstruction purposes; Business-to-business awareness; and
New local business opportunities where there may be gaps in local goods, services, tradespeople. “This initiative will help maintain strong business ties, preserve and create jobs during this time of economic hardship caused by the bushfires,” he said. “It will encourage local goods, services and tradesmen to be employed used in the recovery/reconstruction phase, and build a stronger local business network. “It will ensure local businesses, contractors and tradespeople are in the forefront of people’s minds during the recovery and reconstruction process.” Regional and Rural Development Minister Jacinta Allan said the Provincial Victoria Buy Locally campaign is part of Moving Forward, the Government’s $502 million action plan to make Provincial Victoria the best place to live, work, invest and raise a family. “The Brumby Government has provided $600,000 over three years for the campaign, which encourages regional businesses and organisations to source and purchase products from their communities and regions,” Ms Allan said. “The Government is committed to working in partnership with local councils and communities to drive new growth and investment opportunities across provincial Victoria.”
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Member for Seymour
Ben Hardman MP –
EXTRACT FROM PARLIAMENTARY DEBATES HANSARD
Wednesday 6th May
Mr HARDMAN (Seymour) — I also endorse the matter of public importance (MPI) submitted by the Leader of The Nationals. I also put the case that people are survivors and not victims. We need to focus on that in our treatment of them and in going forward through the recovery and reconstruction process. The government obviously supports this MPI. That support has been reflected in the budget this week with the government committing nearly $1 billion — or $986 million, I think it is — in funds to assist with the costs of the firefighting efforts and the reconstruction, the clean up and community rebuilding over the next few years. Last night when I read the matter of public importance I was pleased with the wording. When I was told about the MPI to be submitted I thought, ‘Oh no, what is this going to be about?’. I wondered if it was going to be an opportunity to grandstand or if it was going to be a genuine attempt to commit the Parliament and the government to the ongoing efforts needed to provide for the communities and individuals impacted by the fires on 7 February, the fires that continued after that date and the fires in Gippsland that occurred before that date. The tragedy that has come out of these events is widespread. I have not seen all of it as yet, but the fires severely impacted the Seymour electorate. As I mentioned in my contribution to the condolence motion, many towns were affected by the fires, including the Redesdale fires in the Bendigo complex area which also affected part of the north western corner of the Seymour electorate. On 7 February the lives of many people changed forever, including my own. My focus on my job and what I do, and even how I view the world, has changed since that day. I see that as something that has come out of the fires. I know that for my constituents in the Seymour electorate that day has forever changed many of their lives and the way they view the world as well. It is only when you see a tragedy or are part of a tragedy that you start to understand what is important, and that has been an interesting experience. The recovery process is obviously going to be long. I do not like to use the word ‘overwhelming’, but in many respects it is overwhelming. That is something that we all have to come to grips with. We also must recognise that to step up to the plate and make this the best possible recovery and reconstruction, we need to focus on what the communities need, to listen to what they are saying and move forward from there. By the same token we have to do that with consensus, because there are many people who have been impacted by the fires who have very different views about what should be done and about how people should be treated going forward. It is important to realise that is their reality and is how they see the world; therefore for them it is real. We have to try to find some consensus within that to ensure that we do as good a job as possible. On my visits to the communities and towns in and around the Seymour electorate, I have had totally different conversations with people about how they see the recovery process. I can be listening to someone who wants the recovery to proceed in a particular way, and immediately afterwards I can be listening to another person who is telling me something absolutely and totally different. In some respects they are both right, because it is the way they see things and it is what they want to do, but to move forward there has to be some kind of consensus from the whole community about how we proceed. I speak today about a positive event I went to at Marysville on Sunday. There were a couple of hundred people there; I did not do a headcount, but there were a couple of hundred. As has happened all the way through the recovery process, there were many volunteers there to help and facilitate. There were also people from the shire, the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority and government departments. They were all there to listen to the community about its needs and wants in moving forward. The events of the day were exceptionally well facilitated and run. There was a person running the meeting and people were able to get up and give a 1 minute speech about what they liked about Marysville, Narbethong, Buxton and Taggerty — that Marysville triangle area — and what they wanted going forward. We heard many different opinions, but each one was well respected. People then broke into groups which were facilitated by volunteers and people who obviously had experience. One of those people was a community relationships manager from Department of Primary Industries and another was a friend I grew up with in Kiama who had flown down from Brisbane to be there for the day. That is an example of how much help is coming in and how many people want to help. The people got together and wrote down all the things that were important about Marysville and what they wanted to see going forward. If we can concentrate our efforts on doing those sorts of things, then we will do a really good job of the rebuilding and recovery process. Obviously so many things could be said about this matter, but I hope I have encapsulated some of them through that small anecdote. I understand that the response is not perfect and that there are survivors out there who are still falling through the cracks. I am talking to them all the time, and it is my job, as it is the job of every member in this chamber, to make sure that we get that message through to the people who matter, including the Premier and the ministers in charge, the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority, the federal government and local government. I would like to make one point about something which has been drawn to my attention recently and which I have seen. To improve the way the recovery moves forward, local, state and federal governments, including the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority, all have to make sure that they are kicking in the same direction and talking to each other and communicating. If I could have a wish, it would be that that happens and that people get together, communicate what they are doing, work together and make sure that everybody is going in the same direction and always respecting the individual local communities in what they want. Flowerdale, Kinglake, Strathewen, St Andrews, Wandong and Clonbinane — all those communities are different and all the people who live in those areas are different; however, at the end of the day we need to ensure that we are putting our best foot forward and putting the time, the resources and the focus into making this a good recovery process.
Child care starts again at Kinglake
‘Murrindindi Shire Council is delighted to announce that
long day care commenced again in Kinglake on Monday 18 May 2009’, said Sandra Saxton, Manager Community Services. ‘The Kinglake Early Learning Centre has opened in temporary premises at the Kinglake Neighbourhood House . ‘The temporary centre can provide care for up to 15 children from 7.30 am to 5.30 pm. Parents can book a full day session, a morning session or an afternoon session. As is usual with long day care priority of access must be given to working parents. However non- working parents wishing to use the centre are encouraged to enroll their children as well and we will do our best to meet as many needs as we can. If you would like to use long day care at Kinglake please call Sara Sommers on 0428 123 366 or 5786 1730.
June, 2009 2008 November
Your Health and Well-Being
From Community Health
Make A Noise about The Silent Killer' Kidney Health Week 24-30 May 2009 1 in 7 Australians, the equivalent of the entire population of Sydney, have at least one clinical sign of existing Kidney Disease such as reduced kidney function and the presence of protein or blood in their urine, according to Kidney Health Australia. Anne Wilson, CEO of Kidney Health Australia launching the 2009 Kidney Health Week campaign under the banner of 'Making a Noise About the Silent Killer' said protein is found in the urine of 2.4 % of the Australian population and is an indication of the kidneys not functioning correctly. "It is four times higher in people with diabetes and five times higher in those people with high blood pressure which affects 1 in 4 Australians. 50% do not have blood pressure managed to target levels. "High blood pressure is found in 80% of patients with failed kidneys, and is a major contributor to Chronic Kidney Disease which kills 40 people a day in Australia. "High blood pressure in people with Chronic Kidney Disease managed in primary care was controlled to the treatment target in only 37% of cases, in one recent large Australian study." Kidney Health Week this year will focus on the critical issue of controlling blood pressure and also target obesity which is a major risk factor for kidney disease. More than 2.6 million adult Australians are considered to be obese. The major part of the battle against Kidney Disease is awareness as people can lose up to 90% of their kidney function before experiencing any symptoms and within a few days can find they are on dialysis, hence the name 'The Silent Killer'. (Information from Kidney Health Australia) 1800 4543639
All “Your Health and Well-Being” articles are now available on the Alexandra District Hospital website under Health News – www.humehealth.com.au/alexandra. Community Health at Yea Hospital – phone 5736 0400 and at Alexandra Hospital – phone 5772 0800
Rainfall in Broome Road
May 2009 (to 22nd May) Total for April 2009 Yearly Total to 22nd May 2009 to 31st May 2008 Regards Virginia
News from the Op Shop
4mm 53mm 105mm 166mm The Op Shop has had a very lean time since Feb.7th. We have lost many of our volunteer hours so we have been unable to maintain our regular hours. Thank you to Virginia, Hiroko and Vicki , without them there would be no shop. We welcome Elizabeth who will be starting soon. We still need volunteers, if you are able to spare a couple of hours a week please phone Liz on 57802378. At present goods are free to Bushfire Survivors, we have a large stock of winter clothing, come and find a bargin! Many thanks to all our generous donors, we have had some great donations recently. Cheers, Liz
DEADLINE FOR JULY EDITION MONDAY 22ND JUNE
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Call the Victorian bushfire legal helpline on 1800 113 432 to get free legal information on insurance, credit and general legal issues.
RECEIVE YOUR COPY OF THE FLYER BY EMAIL!
We can now email a copy of the Flowerdale Flyer to you. Just email your name and address to Brenda at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add you to our list. Photos will be in colour, and you won’t have to wait for delivery. June, 2009 2008 November
email Brenda at email@example.com, or post to PO Box 2008, Hazeldene 3658. Flowerdale Flyer
What’s on this month?
Bushfire Support Group- On Mondays in the CFA shed on at 1.30, with experienced facilitators Kate Lewer and Zoe Edmonds will lead us in casual group discussion with practical advice on trauma management and coping strategies. Everyone is welcome to our friendly, supportive, confidential group. Afternoon tea is provided (with bottomless coffee and tissues) NEW Winter Cooking Group- a new group designed with you in mind. Learn to cook a hearty flavoursome casserole, then sit and share the meal together. Depending on the needs of the group, we are looking at providing 2 extra take home containers for the freezer; cost $10 register your interest with the Community House. Water Aerobics- at the Strath Creek Swim School every Saturday morning from 8,9,10,and 11 am. Experienced tutor Ebony, the Cost is $12 per session, for more information call Adrienne on 0417550652 Swimming Classes at the same venue (a few places remain) Mon, Tues, Fri 10-1 and Wed 10-3. Youth Group- is planning activities to Scienceworks on 15th July , and a Pancake Breakfast at the Hall on 26th June. Details of these all age events dates will be announced in the Weekly Community Newsletter, Parrot Chatter, Hazeldene Store and on UGFM. If you are involved in anyway with the very busy Flowerdale Primary School, a new morning tea group has started on Wednesday’s in the library. A great place to get to know other parents, family and friends, and to keep in touch with our friends living out of Flowerdale. A great way to keep up with all the activities happening around Flowerdale, to share information and to support each other. Morning Tea is supplied (Thanks Mr D) A large selection of beautiful books has been very generously donated to the Community House. If you have lost any precious books and would like to start your collection again, with many genres to choose from, Classic collections, Craft and Children’s books, just to name a few. Come up to the Community House on a Tuesday (from 10-3.30) A reminder that your Community House has a Book Share, that anyone is welcome to borrow from. Internet and Computer Use course- we need a couple more people to join in as Ron teaches us the basics of mastering your computer and how to use the Internet as an effective tool. Register your interest with the Community House. Patchwork/Craft —Tuesday evenings at the Hall 7.00 to 9.00pm—cost $4. Also first Saturday of each month 10.30am to 3.30pm—cost $5. You don’t have to do patchwork to be a part of this group, any type of craft is most welcome. Yoga (Our sessions with Val Tepper have ceased for the time- Jarara and the Flowerdale Hall) Wayne McGivney is running Yoga at the “The Old Library” Kinglake West at 7.30 cost is $5 Please let us know if you are on a waiting list for any medical equipment, we have some disused items available for loan; such items include commodes, shower chairs and wheelchairs Japanese Cookery will be back soon with Hiroko Annie is on UGFM (88.9) every Saturday morning with Mike Dalmau, The popular “Good morning Murrindindi” show has a wide listening audience and she gives the Flowerdale Report around 9.30 each week. The Community House is open every Tuesday from 10-3.30; Drop in anytime during the day for a chat, hug or cuppa. We value your feedback regarding the programs and services you want in our town. We have all our regular services operating as normal, Berry Street (Food Share and Centre link service) & The Mental Illness Fellowship (Ann Harper, Outreach Worker is in Flowerdale during the week for appointments, referrals can be made via Odette at the Community House).
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The Mobile Library stops at the Hazeldene bus stop Thursdays 1.30 to 4.30pm every fortnight. If you have internet access at home you can reserve books at the Yarra Plenty Regional Library website (www.yprl.vic.gov.au) and collect them from the Mobile Library when it visits Hazeldene. Next visit 11th and 25th June 2009
CFA Emergency Police- Kinglake Yea TXU Power Failure Help for Wildlife Flowerdale School & Kinder JP (Lyn Gunter) Doctor - Yea Hospital-Yea Community House (Hall) Hazeldene Store Flowerdale Hotel Vet—Yea Whittlesea Bushfire Case Management Service Bushfire Building Advice Line Relief Centre (Diane) DHS Hub 000 5786 1333 5797 2630 131 799 0417 380 687 5780 1264 5780 2382 5736 0444 5736 0400 5780 2664 5780 1202 5780 1230 5797 2333 9716 2495 1800 050 400 1300 360 320 5780 2625 5780 2624
Country Fire Authority
Captain: Meets: Training: Glenn Woods 7.30pm 1st Tuesday of month, 2nd & 4th Sunday of the month at 9.00am
Station: 5780 2179 Emergency: 000
IF YOU ARE IN THE BUSHFIRE AFFECTED AREAS
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Contact Brenda on 5780 1356 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Flowerdale Hotel
3325 Whittlesea Yea Road Flowerdale Ph: 57801230
Open Mic Jam Session Sunday June 7th 2pm ish
$100.00 prize Best flock’n’Muso act
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