Wind farms have big impacts on small communities
The crowd protesting against the approval of the Hawkesdale wind farm were appalled and angry to learn of a perceived systematic and deliberate obstruction by Moyne Shire of problems associated with wind farms.
Melbourne solicitor Ms Dominica Tannock addressed the meeting, outlining the extent the shire's chief executive officer was going to ensure the ease of establishment of wind farms across the shire.
A total of 699 turbines are envisaged for the shire.
Concerns were raised about the chief executive officer's employment of past wind farm employees and the funding of a staff member by a wind farm proponent.
Concern was also expressed about the refusal to restore the town boundaries for future development.
The Hawkesdale community is angry about the lack of consultation with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and that there was no report on the social and economic effects of the wind farm on the town.
Both DELWP and Moyne Shire have treated Hawkesdale with total disdain, choosing to ignore the impact the wind farm will have on the community of approximately 350 people.
Margaret McCosh, Hawkesdale
Creative call out to make beach sand scultpures
Hello local and transient creatives.
What are your thoughts, ideas and interest levels like towards starting a formal, annual and seasonal based series of sand sculpturing between Edwards Bridge and the mouth of the Merri River?
Plenty of free art materials down there.
Just bring along smiles, excitement, sunscreens, water, and a couple of safe tools and any ideas!
Fiona Howland, Warrnambool
Why aren't garage sales allowed across the state?
How dumb this all is.
Police: we'll fine you if you have a garage sale but community markets are OK and brothels are allowed to operate.
Ian Judd, Camperdown
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Congratulations Jamarra on your AFL draft No. 1 pick
I've known Jamarra since he was a baby from my time working at Kirrae Health Service at Framlingham, where I worked with his mum Alice Ugle and late grandmother Violet Clark.
Since then I have watched him grow up to become a fine young man and am so proud that all his hard work has paid off and he is now living his dreams.
Jamarra's comments in the media about wanting to be a role model for other multicultural children and reflects the values that have been instilled in him by his beautiful family.
I am sad that Violet is no longer with us to see her boy succeed like this - I know she would be incredibly proud of him.
Congratulations also to his mum Alice, dad Aaron and his entire family who have helped Jamarra on this path, I know they will be all so proud and excited for what the future holds for him.
Roma Britnell, member for South West Coast
Great fundraising efforts for Stroke Foundation
I am thrilled to announce Stroke Foundation's annual physical activity fundraiser Stride4stroke has well and truly exceeded expectations this year.
A record 1,484 people took part in the campaign. Stroke4Stroke encouraged participants to set an activity goal for the month of November, get moving to reduce their own stroke risk and raise funds in support of Stroke Foundation.
I have been astounded by the extraordinary passion, dedication and generosity people have displayed especially as we navigate life during a pandemic. This year has been a challenge for all of us, and it has been wonderful to see people connect virtually and creatively throughout this campaign.
Stroke Foundation had hoped to raise $180,000 through Stride4Stroke, but that target has been broken. Our inspiring community of supporters raised an amazing $420,000! This was an incredible effort and one we are truly grateful for.
Every dollar raised will have an enormous impact. It will go towards supporting vital Stroke Foundation programs like our free telephone advice service StrokeLine (1800 787 653) and EnableMe, online support services which help survivors and their families transition to life back home after stroke and throughout the recovery journey.
I wish to thank and congratulate everyone in the community who signed up for Stride4Stroke, put on their runners, swim suits or cycle gear and encouraged their friends and family to join them. I know many of you are survivors of stroke yourself or have a loved one who has had a stroke.
More than 27,400 people have experienced a stroke for the first time in their lives in 2020, while more than 445,000 survivors are living in the community.
I am grateful we have so many people looking out for the survivors of stroke in our community and doing all they can to ensure they are supported to live well.
I hope all our wonderful "striders" are feeling the physical and mental benefits from their activity boost in November and have established some good habits to continue to move their bodies into the future. I look forward to welcoming you back to Stride4Stroke next year and making this wonderful community event bigger and better in 2021
Sharon McGowan, Chief Executive Officer, Stroke Foundation
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