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Seed trees: from left, Clayton Banfield, Grant King and Jess Donchi plant a new pine in one
of HVP Gelliondale nursery’s seed orchards. The trees in the orchard are all recorded using
IN 2016, Yarram Secondary College
wellbeing coordinator Mel Mitchell and
school nurse Kerryn Foat attended a
mental health first aid course in Yarram.
Ms Mitchell said the course, which was being
held again this month, was beneficial for both her
role at the school and for the wider community.
She said it helped bring awareness to mental
health issues and how to better indentify when
someone could be suffering.
“Having additional knowledge could help to
improve outcomes for all people in the commu-
nity suffering from mental illness, not just young
people,” she said.
“It was also really helpful to get some updated
research findings as well as some stats on mental
health problems that affect young people and how
to manage those situations when they arise.”
Ms Mitchell said the workshop also provided a
great opportunity for networking and to meet people
in different roles within the Yarram community.
Ms Foat said the community can always learn
more about mental health issues and impacts.
She said it was important people are aware of
the issues facing young people, which was one
reason why the course was helpful.
“There is always something you can take away
and apply to your workplace. It could even just
come from discussion with other participants in
the course,” she said.
The college’s whole school wellness day is
coming up in term four, to promote both mental
and physical health among students and staff.
Ms Mitchell said the school is currently work-
ing with students to identify the health issues and
topics that are most important to them.
She said so far, body image was one of the top
issues, as was drug and alcohol abuse and manag-
“There is a lot of recent research that shows
us poor body image is a huge mental health issue
among young people,” she said.
“The impact of social media on body image
can be quite negative. We know children use so-
cial medial, so we need to work out how they can
use it so it has a positive impact instead.
“There are some really great messages on so-
cial media, we need to figure out how students
can tap into those and have some power over how
they use it.”
Focus on mental health
Spreading awareness: Yarram Secondary
College wellbeing coordinator Mel Mitch-
ell and school nurse Kerryn Foat are busy
organising the school’s third wellbeing day,
which will be held in term 4.
Growing business in Gelliondale
Home among: working on repotting some eucalypt seedlings on Tuesday at HVP’s Gel-
liondale nursery were Brenda Beenck, Vanessa Bennett and Brock Dyke.
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Ms Brock said the company
was looking at options for the
land that up until now has been
used to grow seedlings.
“We might consider growing
other crops, it is a good piece of
land with good infrastructure,”
Around 60 staff are currently
on site, preparing cuttings for
the upcoming season, as well as
harvesting and dispatching last
Ms Brock said the crews
started back in April to get the
trees ready for a June dispatch.
“These crews will be here
from now through to August,”
The all important seed or-
chards will remain on site, as
they are a vital part of the busi-
ness. Trees grown at the Gel-
liondale nursery are developed
to suit specific growing areas
“The seed orchards really
underpin all of our planting
stock. The trees are developed
by our research department with
specific genetic characteristics,”
Mr Brock said.
“It is a very scientific
All the seedlings grown at
the facility, around eight million
per year, are sent out to planta-
tions around the state each year.
They grow some eucalypts
for external buyers as well.
HVP has invested heavily in
the Gelliondale nursery over the
last few years, improving the
facilities and infrastructure on
“It is improving all the time,
to ensure this cutting edge facil-
ity stays at the top of its game,”
Ms Brock said.
“It is a unique thing to
have something like this in the
Long trip home
A Queensland man will have to make alternative
travel arrangements after he was detected speed-
ing on the South Gippsland Highway between
Yarram and Woodside on Monday afternoon.
Upon checking the man’s registration he was also
found to be driving while under suspension. He was
charged with driving offences.
A 60 year old Hiawatha man has been charged
with careless driving and minor drink driving of-
fence after an accident at Hiawatha on Tuesday.
The man was driving his utility in the Hiawatha
area on Tuesday when it was involved in an accident
with a truck.
YARRAM police are investigating criminal dam-
age to a water tank at Langsborough late Monday
Acting Sergeant Dan Elliott said they were called
to the Langsborough property by the property owner
after they had returned home late on Monday after-
noon to find their backyard flooded. Upon investiga-
tion police found the water tank had been tampered
with. Police are calling on anyone who many have
seen anyone acting suspiciously in the Langsbor-
ough area to call Yarram Police on 51 82 5033 or
crimestoppers 1800 333 000
Motor bike accident
A 50 year old man suffered suspected broken ribs
after a motorbike trip with mates in the Mullund-
ung Forest near Darriman hit a road bump.
The man was riding in the forest when he lost
control of his bike after hitting a rough patch of road.
He was assisted by his riding mates until paramedics
The male, from Beaconsfield was conveyed by
ambulance to Latrobe Regional Hospital Traralgon
“These men were doing all the right things, they
had all the correct safety gear, it was just an unfortu-
nate accident,” Yarram Police Acting Sergeant Dan
Lock your cars
– Police appeal
YARRAM police are appealing to car owners to
lock their cars even when vehicles are parked
in home driveways following the theft of items
from an unlocked vehicle in Yarram on Friday
Police are investigating the incident and are close
to making an arrest but they are appealling to the
public to ensure their vehicles are locked to avoid
this type of crime occuring.
New trees: Kelly Crapper and Gelliondale nursery manager
Kate Brock look over the crop of recently planted seedlings,
which will be ready for dispatch next year.
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