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NOTHING says festival like colourful
bunting in the streets and nothing says
community like generous volunteers.
So much of the success of the Prom Coast
Seachange Festival stems from the big-hearted-
ness of volunteers; the festival organising com-
mittee is constantly in awe of the lengths so many
people go to in supporting this community-run
A great example is the recent offer by Narelle
Iser and Laurel Andrews to make metre upon
metre of the bright and cheerful strings of flags
(bunting) to adorn the street-scape of Foster for
the Fun, Food, Fair (traditionally known as the
street lunch in Foster).
Organising Committee Chair Deb Bray
said, “We truly appreciate the generosity that
comes from within the community through the
work of enthusiastic volunteers; the donation
of time, expertise and resources from individu-
als, businesses, community groups and spon-
sors is the driving force behind the success of
“The festival committee is very passionate
about providing a structure that is driven from
within the community; one that showcases
established activities and emerging skill-sets
and, importantly, fosters quality events that
draw attention to, and celebrate, this magnifi-
A range of performances and events are be-
ing locked-in and a variety of venues around the
Prom Coast area have been booked to ensure
there is room for them all. From food and wine
to sustainability and the environment, musicals
and art to tours, sport and workshops there will
be something for everyone.
The festival will run across two big week-
ends: March 24 to 26 and March 31 to April 2.
The program is still being finalised, but a number
of long established events are returning.
The Fun, Food, Fair will take place on Satur-
day, March 25. Children will enjoy opportunities
offered by renowned local author and artist Ali-
son Lester; the popular Sustainable Architecture
Tour returns; Brad Beach is directing FAMDA’s
production of The Vagina Monologues; and Prom
Coast Arts Council’s annual The Great Southern
Portrait Prize will be exhibited at the Stockyard
Gallery in Foster.
Many businesses are partnering with local
artists in the Double Take art installation turning
their shop windows into exhibition space for ex-
citing works of art that will be created utilising
or depicting elements particular to the hosting
Over the coming weeks, the program will
be finalised and events progressively posted on
the festival website. However, as an early-bird
special, ticketing for The Grigoryan Brothers in
Concert, brought to you by Toora & Foster Com-
munity Bank® and Welshpool Agency, will be
available at www.promcoastseachangefestival.
org from 9am Monday, January 30.
Keep up to date with festival news and pro-
gram information via Twitter, Facebook and Ins-
Flying the Seachange Festival flag
Volunteer: generous volunteer, Laurel An-
drews, is hard at work creating bunting for
the Seachange Festival.
THE Nationals Member for Gippsland
South, Danny O’Brien, is calling on
the local community to celebrate the
achievements of local businesses and
charities by nominating them for the
2017 Telstra Business Awards.
Now in their 25th year, the Telstra Busi-
ness Awards are renowned for showcasing
and celebrating the achievements of Australia’s
most brilliant small and medium businesses and
Mr O’Brien said that small and medium busi-
nesses and charities are crucial for our local econ-
omy and deserve to be recognised.
“Local business owners and leaders drive
growth and deliver jobs for locals by pouring
their hearts and souls into their businesses every
“It’s important they are recognised for their
contributions, not just to the economy, but to the
community as well.
“The Telstra Business Awards is a won-
derful platform to celebrate their achieve-
ments, giving them the opportunity to receive
There have been some inspiring local busi-
nesses recognised by the Telstra Business Awards,
including the Gippsland Cosmetic Laser Clinic
who won the New Business Award in 2016.
Anyone can make a nomination for any of the
five award categories which are:
• New Business Award - operating for one to
three years with up to 200 employees
• Micro Business Award – with five or fewer
• Small Business Award – with more than five
and up to 20 employees
• Medium Business Award – with more than
20 and up to 200 employees
• Charity Award – ACNC registered with
DGR status, between one and 200 employees
and an annual income of between $250,000 and
State and Territory winners of the 2017 Telstra
Business Awards will be announced at gala events
later this year, with the Victorian Awards tak-
ing place on Friday, July 28.
To nominate, please visit: www.telstrabusines-
sawards.com/nominate or call 1800 AWARDS
(1800 292 737). Entries will open on January 30
and will close on March 16.
Having someone to assist at mealtimes en-
courages food intake. It also encourages social
interaction and gives residents a friendly face to
look forward to seeing.
Mealtime assistance always takes place in the
presence of nursing staff. It can include opening
packages, cutting up food and putting straws in
drinks for people who have difficulty doing this
for themselves. It can also include directly assist-
ing someone with eating or drinking. Most im-
portantly it includes chatting with the person and
helping to make their mealtime more enjoyable.
Volunteers in the Mealtime Buddies Program
have an initial training session with the Speech
Pathologist at YDHS. They are then matched
with a resident. Nursing staff provide ongoing
support and guidance. Volunteers are also provid-
ed with a snapshot of the resident’s background
and interests to help them understand the person
and establish the initial relationship.
Assisting a resident to eat the midday or eve-
ning meal can take up to one hour. Volunteers in-
terested in becoming mealtime buddies can com-
mit to one or more mealtimes per week. No prior
training is necessary.
If you are interested please contact the Volun-
teer Coordinator on 5182 0258.
Meal buddy: Yarram and District Health Serivce volunteer Rosita Petch, assists one of the
residents Peter Sharp, with his meal. Being a meal buddy is just one way you can volunteer
at the Yarram and District Health Service.
Volunteers, are you
a mealtime buddy?
COULD you be someone’s Mealtime
Poor appetite and difficulties eating and/
or drinking are problems for many aged care
residents. Chewing and swallowing can become
more difficult with advancing age, especially in
people experiencing neurological issues such as
THE summer heat has finally kicked in
and Wellington Shire Council is urg-
ing residents to check on elderly family
members, friends and neighbours, as our
senior residents are at increased risk of
suffering from heat related illnesses.
Heat exhaustion and heatstroke are serious and
potentially fatal conditions occurring when the
body’s temperature rises and the internal organs start
to shut down.
Symptoms of heat exhaustion range from muscle
cramps, dizziness and nausea to vomiting and faint-
“Our elderly residents are among some of the
most vulnerable to heat exhaustion during the sum-
mer months,” said Wellington Shire Council Mayor,
“It’s important that we regularly check on elderly
family, friends and neighbours on hot days.
“People should recognise the symptoms of heat
exhaustion early, particularly for our senior residents
who are at increased risk,” said Mayor Crossley.
Mayor Crossley is encouraging Wellington Shire
residents to take advantage of swimming pools,
libraries, shopping centres and other public facili-
ties with air conditioning to keep cool during hot
“We have excellent public facilities across the
Shire where people can go to escape the heat,” says
During the 2009 heatwave in Victoria, 374 peo-
ple died from heat related illnesses.
If you or anyone you know feels unwell on a hot
day call NURSE-ON-CALL on 1300 60 60 24, or
call 000 in an emergency.
Help our elderly residents cope in the heat
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