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World War Two Dutch Resistance fighter, 96 year old Harry Van Caem of Cowes, reads well wishes from a
fellow countryman in appreciation of his efforts in freeing Holland.
A Dutch treat for Harry
THE story of Harry Van Caem’s
war time survival as a member of
the Dutch Resistance during World
War Two has created interest in
his homeland in the Netherlands
and has prompted correspondence
from one of his countrymen.
Harry’s story (“Fighting in the
Dutch Resistance”) appeared in the
Advertiser last November for Re-
membrance Day. It told of his six
years of fighting, hiding and sur-
viving the invasion of his country
against the Germans.
This story was sent by local read-
er and Cowes resident Lesley Fed-
She thought that it may be of in-
terest to an acquaintance of hers,
80 year old Hans Goossens, who
lives in a town called Zeist. Les-
ley had met Hans and a friend in
Cairns in 2011 while on holidays
and has kept in touch ever since.
Hans has a personal interest in
wartime history. He is also a vol-
unteer tour guide in the house of
Kaiser Wilhelm 11, the last King of
Prussia who sought exile in Holland
following his abdication from the
throne in November 1918, at the
end of World War One.
Lesley was surprised and de-
lighted to receive a letter from Hans
recently thanking her for the story
and asking her to pass on a card
that he had written to Harry. This
card was written in Dutch and in
it Hans shared his wartime experi-
ences with Harry in appreciation for
all that these freedom fighters had
done for their countrymen during
the six years of war with Germany.
Hans was a young school boy at
the time; too young to be a part of
this movement but forever grateful
of its existence and its efforts.
This war time story had struck a
chord with Hans and he wanted to
express his feelings to this former
resistance fighter. It is a gesture that
has brought these two countrymen
together, for the first time, and has
forged a link between two very dis-
It was received with surprise and
gratitude from Harry who still has
strong memories of his fight for sur-
“I felt very surprised to receive the
card from Hans. I never expected
this and I was thrilled to hear from
him. I couldn’t believe it!” said Har-
ry with a smile.
It was sentiment that is shared
with Lesley who was more than
happy that a connection between
these two unrelated gentlemen was
“I was glad that my correspon-
dence has prompted a connection
between these two gentlemen, and
on a more global scale, between our
small town of Cowes and a Euro-
pean country,” said Lesley.
“And happy that Harry’s heroic
story continues to inspire after all
these years. I think that it is a sto-
ry of the enduring human spirit to
seek world peace at all costs,” she
Rallying for cancer
AN UP and coming fundraiser has
taken the fancy of Westernport Hotel
proprietor Nick Say and his brother-in-
law Dan Leary, also of San Remo, as
they get ready for a fun-filled but bone-
shaking ride in the Shitbox Rally.
This rally is an annual charity event
for cancer research. It is the largest
community-based fundraiser for the
Cancer Council and to date has raised
over $6.1 million nationally over a six
It has been described as “a race, not
a challenge” and to do the unthinkable
in road transport.
The challenge is to complete a near
4000km journey in a vehicle worth less
than $1000. Along with the condition of
the car, the route is often across some
of the nation’s most arduous roads.
This year’s Shitbox Rally is being held
in May starting in Mackay, Queensland,
and finishing some 3700km later in
Hobart. To date there are around 60
other vehicles in the event.
With their trusty vehicle now ac-
quired, Nick and Dan are appealing to
friends and the wider community to
help them in their quest by adding to
The loss of a couple of close family
members has spurred them to accept
this challenge and do what they can to
raise funds for this worthy cause.
“In our infinite wisdom we have cho-
sen as our chariot, the highly under-
rated and ironically-named 1983 Su-
zuki ‘Carry’. We anticipate a cruising
speed of around 75km/h and at least
one cross-wind induced ‘tip-over’. On
the positive side, the 797cc engine
should cost around $7.20 to get us
from the top of this great country to the
bottom,” Nick said.
“Despite the economical prowess of
our little ‘pig’, we need your help. As
part of the fundraising component, we
are required to raise a minimum of
$4000 to join the rally. This is on top
of the approximate $5000 that we are
spending (of our own money) on flights,
accommodation, car transportation,
registration, RWCs, tyres and other req-
“While $4000 is the minimum, we
are shooting for a target of $10,000,”
Anyone interested in joining the
cause and helping Nick and Dan can do
so by logging on to their ‘Everyday He-
roes’ page: https://shitboxrallyau-2016.
make a donation. Donations over $2
are tax deductible and a tax invoice
will be emailed directly to you. This is
the simplest and quickest way to assist
this great cause.
If you are interested in being a spon-
sor and having your company logo or
personalised sticker on the vehicle, you
can do so by contacting Nick on email:
Sponsorship options start at $300.
The intrepid travellers are planning
to hold a fundraising night closer to the
event with further details to follow.
An up and coming fundraiser has taken the fancy of Westernport Hotel
proprietor Nick Say and his brother-in-law Dan Leary, also of San Remo.
They are completing a 4000km journey in a vehicle worth under $1000, in
a fundraiser for cancer called the Shitbox Rally, which takes place in May.
Nick and Dan are appealing for community support and sponsorship, to raise
funds for this cause.
ARE you a good communicator, care
about your community, and have strong
project and people skills?
If you answered yes, the Australian Bu-
reau of Statistics (ABS) is keen to hear
Up to 608 Area Supervisors are need-
ed for the 2016 Census of Population
and Housing on August 9 2016 to man-
age census operations across the state.
Victoria Census Director, Annette Kelly
said that area supervisors will play a
key role, earning close to $35 per hour,
and working flexible hours for up to five
“Every five years the Census provides
an important statistical snapshot of our
“We can’t collect information from close
to 10 million dwellings and approximate-
ly 24 million people in Australia without
the help of the large workforce we recruit
each Census,” Ms Kelly said.
Charles Passi is typical of the passion-
ate Area Supervisors who participated in
the 2011 Census.
“What I really liked about being in-
volved in was seeing people as they re-
ally are in their communities, getting in-
volved, and showing that we care about
our communities,” Mr Passi said.
Fellow 2011 Census Area Supervisor
Fraser Nye agrees.
“To me the Census is about the hu-
mans behind the number. We are valu-
able and important and it’s about us tell-
ing our story,” Mr Nye said.
The roles and responsibilities of field
staff will reflect the 2016 Census digital-
first approach, with 65 per cent of Aus-
tralian households expected to complete
the Census online.
“Area Supervisors will need to be tech-
savvy and have a home based computer
to access online training and manage
“Each Area Supervisor will recruit,
train, lead, and supervise a team of up to
12 Field Officers who will visit homes to
support people completing the Census.
They will also quality check delivery and
collection activities, protect data secu-
rity, and ensure the health and safety of
their teams,” Ms Kelly said.
Applicants must be Australian citizens
or have the legal right to work in Austra-
lia, and hold a valid driver’s licence.
Applications close on February 21
To view the applicant information kits
and to apply online,
Background information on the 2016
Census of Population and Housing
Data collected from the 2016 Census
will support funding decisions for ser-
vices and infrastructure including hous-
ing, transport, education, industry, hos-
pitals, and the environment.
The Census will also track Australia’s
changing social and economic landscape.
For example, the 2011 Census revealed
that 5.4 million people lived in Victoria
and the median age was 37.
For further information on the 2016
Census, visit census.abs.gov.au
Local Census area
Over $100,000 for Wonthaggi
and San Remo cemeteries
WONTHAGGI and San Remo
cemeteries have both received
grants totalling over $100,000 from
the Department of Health and Hu-
The Cemetery Trust, which over-
sees both Wonthaggi and San Remo
cemeteries, completed grant appli-
cations for both locations in Novem-
ber last year and has been success-
ful in both.
The Wonthaggi Cemetery applica-
tion for $74,580 has been granted
The grant will go towards the im-
plementation of the Wonthaggi Cem-
etery Drainage Strategy, with works
including construction and pipe-
lines for a wetland retarding basin.
The Trust has also allocated
$50,000 of Trust funds to under-
take drainage works, as well as let-
tering and numbering of the lawn
cemetery, which was identified as a
high priority through the Wonthaggi
Cemetery Master Plan community
The lettering and numbering
works have already commenced.
The San Remo Cemetery appli-
cation for $31,636 has also been
granted in full.
The grant application focused on
Health and Safety matters relating
to trees, road access, earth piles
and ground undulation.
Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Jordan
Crugnale, said the funding was vital
to resolving issues identified at the
“A significant amount of work has
been done to resolve these issues,
and administratively, the Trust has
succeeded in many areas,” Cr Crug-
“Comprehensive work has been
done to prepare and justify fee in-
creases to enable the collection of
perpetual maintenance and capital
works funding, which will improve
the ability for the Trust to fund
within its own means for the fu-
The Wonthaggi Cemetery Friends
Group has also been re-estab-
lished. Anyone interested in join-
ing the Friends Group can contact
the Trust, care of Bass Coast Shire
Council on 1300 BCOAST (226
278) or (03) 5671 2211.
Celebrating major grant announcements for the San Remo and Wonthaggi cemeteries are from left, Bass
Coast Shire Council’s Annette Waters, Cr Clare Le Serve, Cr Neil Rankine, Wonthaggi Cemetery Friends
Group members Renee Loeckenhoff, James McCulley, Margaret McCulley and Noelene Lyons, Mayor Cr
Jordan Crugnale, Deputy Mayor Cr Bradley Drew, and Council’s Lee-Anne Harmer.
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