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Mental Health First Aid
With Bryan Jeffrey
Director of MOAT:
Mental Health Services
Bryan has worked for 18
years as a Psychiatric
Nurse and has extensive
and delivering mental health
training packages for
welfare agencies, schools,
colleges and universities.
Within our commuity there is an incredible need for young
people to be trained on how to manage mental health issues.
Often young people find themselves being a critical support
person for friends and relatives who are suffering from mental
This free presentation will educate, give confidence and teach
strategies to young people, their families and professionals
about how to cope when faced with such situations.
Tuesday 11 October
5.30 - 7.00pm
1770 Phillip Island Road
Places are limited. Book your seats at newhavencol.vic.edu.au/about/events
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103A Marine Parade,
San Remo VIC 3925
Phone: 03 5678 5833
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Cowes VIC 3922
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Beekeepers heed disease alert
ALMOST half of Phillip Island’s hobby apia-
rists have attended a meeting aimed at combat-
ing the honeybee disease outbreak, vowing to
form a local information-sharing group.
And while the Victorian Government sent a
representative – who drove from northern Vic-
toria to attend – the Bass Coast Shire, the local
authority responsible for overseeing bee man-
agement, failed to send an officer.
The meeting, in Cowes last week, saw 15 of
Bass Coast’s 30-40 bee keepers hear from Phil-
lip Island Honey’s David Severino about Ameri-
can foulbrood (AFB), a bacterial disease that
infects managed and feral hives and kills bees
at a larval stage.
David called the meeting after 27 of his
hives - transported from Phillip Island to an
almond orchard in Robinvale in August – were
destroyed by apiary inspectors working for Ag-
riculture Victoria, when they were found to be
David said he was certain his hives contract-
ed AFB while they were kept at various loca-
tions around Phillip Island and Wonthaggi be-
tween March and August.
“I could have been carrying AFB, it could
have come from another hive, or a wild swarm
I know there are several swarms around the
Ramada resort, near where my bees are kept,”
David told the meeting.
“But I have called this meeting because it’s
pointless for me to clean up my act if others in
the area are diseased.
“I’m not trying to cause panic about the dis-
ease, I’m getting a group of people together and
explaining this is the disease I’ve have had and
it can spread.”
David explained that honeybee disease regis-
tration, monitoring and reporting was a legal
requirement for both recreational and com-
mercial apiarists, which was enforceable by
Bass Coast Shire local laws officers.
“I’m here as an individual. It’s not my busi-
ness to enforce their law. But they are not here.
“It’s disappointing to not have support from
the shire or councillors.”
Agriculture Victoria senior apiary officer Joe
Riordan drove from Rutherglen to attend the
meeting and told attendees that twice-yearly
monitoring of hives and good hive hygiene was
crucial for disease control.
“AFB is an endemic disease, and very slow.
Spores can live for about 50 years,” Joe told
Joe said it was a legal requirement for apia-
rists to report disease and some beekeepers
could be eligible for compensation.
He said while there were several tests avail-
able to detect AFB, any apiarist concerned their
hives were diseased should take a photo and
send it to apiary inspectors to check.
“Or you can compare images of your hives
with images of healthy hives on the internet.”
David said he had received considerable sup-
port from bee keepers around Victoria about
holding the meeting, with responses including
that education sessions should happen more
regularly and “it’s good to see a commercial bee
keeper educate the public”.
“At the end of the meeting everyone said the
same thing: we were not aware of the issues
and we have learnt something. From an edu-
cational point of view it did well,” David said.
“As a result of this meeting it’s possible a lo-
cal, casual bee keeping group could be formed.”
David said since the notification he had been
disinfecting all his equipment and would not be
moving any hives on or off the island until he
was sure they were disease-free.
“I have a tough couple of years ahead of me.
I’m dividing my bees into smaller groups so I
can monitor and isolate any disease outbreak.”
Phillip Island Honey’s David Severino has received considerable support after he held a
public meeting in Cowes last week, to educate apiarists about how to detect and avoid a
honeybee disease, which has impacted his own hives.
Ready to launch: The paragliders take a
running jump off the cliff.
Airborn: They then use a harness, suspend-
ed below a fabric wing, to take to the skies.
Flying high at Ventnor
VENTNOR has become a regular hotspot for a group of paragliders – locals and visitors -
who can be found sailing over Grossard Point, usually on weekends, when there’s a strong
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