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Joy Niven was presented with numerous bouquets before her departure from the
Cowes Cultural Centre last Friday, where she has worked for 36 years.
Ode to Joy Niven
ANYONE visiting the Bass Coast Shire’s
Cowes office will know the friendly, famil-
iar face of Joy Niven.
After 36 years’ service at the Cowes Civic
Centre, she retired last week from work-
ing for the shire, and was given a fond and
unexpected farewell by local band, Skull
Band spokesman Sam Haycroft, from
Ventnor, said they wanted to offer their
thanks and good wishes to Joy because
she had been an early advocate of the all-
inclusive music group, which is an initia-
tive of Scope.
“When we first started the band in April,
Joy helped with our busking permit and
really supported our work,” said Sam, who
presented Joy with flowers.
Skull Fork busks every Thursday around
the Island with members including Youki
Innes on drums, and guitarists Hayden
Smith and Sterling Coulton.
Last Friday was marked by flowers arriv-
ing at regular intervals, and well-wishers
dropping by to say thank you for 36 years
of great service to the Island community.
Joy Niven with Skull Fork members.
Melissa Neely and Wes Morris, of Cowes are the proud parents of a beautiful baby girl,
Elizabeth Anne born at Casey Hospital in Berwick on November 16.
Elizabeth is a baby sister for Alice and a second granddaughter for John and Fay to love.
declared for Gippsland
THE CFA and Forest Fire Management Vic-
toria (FFMVic) have introduced fire restric-
tions for all municipalities in Gippsland
starting from 1am on Monday, December
2016 and continuing until 1 May 2017.
CFA’s Acting Assistant Chief Officer, Bryan
Russell said that following the introduction
of the restrictions no fires can be lit on pri-
vate land without a permit.
“To protect community safety, permits are
subject to stringent conditions and can be
obtained from your CFA District office,” Mr
“The community needs to be fire ready –
especially those living in high risk areas.
Fire restrictions are in place for a reason –
to help prevent fires from starting. ”
“Fire is a natural part of our environment
and Victoria is one of the most fire-prone
areas in the world, with days of extreme fire
danger every year,” FFMVic’s Assistant Chief
Officer, Chris Stephenson said.
“Both fire services are well-resourced and
well-prepared to respond to the threat of
bushfire, with additional fire fighters, new
equipment and an expanded aircraft fleet.
“We have consulted with local communi-
ties about planning and risk management,
working with many to prepare their Local
Incident Management Plans. It’s critical
that residents understand and comply with
these fire restrictions to help to prevent
bushfires,” Mr Stephenson said.
“ We urge residents to make preparation
for fire a habit so they are not caught unpre-
pared when bushfires strike. Prepare your
property, prepare yourself and prepare your
family for fire. Have a fire plan in place and
most importantly, practise it.
“ It’s up to you to check Fire Danger Rat-
ings every day in summer – these help you
know when the conditions are dangerous
enough to enact your fire plan. Remember
that if you can see smoke, you’re leaving it
“A fire that is miles away could be at your
door in minutes.”
To find out more about getting ready for
the fire season visit www.cfa.vic.gov.au or
call 1800 226 226.
Philanthropy launch allows
collaborations for funding
PHILLIP Island got lucky last Friday night
when the Bass Coast Community Foundation
(BCCF) launched a philanthropic fund to sup-
port programs and initiatives exclusively for
the Island community.
A group of local business and community
leaders, and residents gathered on the garden
deck of the PICAL Community Garden to hear
Chair of the BCCF, Martin Keogh, announce the
The Phillip Island Named Fund is a model al-
lowing collaborations between existing organi-
sations, governments, businesses and individu-
als to create a powerful and sustainable pool of
funds that can achieve enormous social change.
Among the 50 guests at the cocktail party
event were an impressive line-up of community
leaders including Mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield,
Cr Stephen Fullarton, Cr Julian Brown, The
Hon Mr Alan Brown, Presidents of local Service
Clubs, Sports Clubs, Managers and CEO’s of
All share a strong commitment to growing op-
portunity in the community.
Mr Keogh explained that Community Founda-
tions are community owned and governed by
voluntary boards and that each year the foun-
dation distributes earnings only from the main
fund (Corpus) which ensures every social in-
vestment dollar that is ever contributed grows
the permanent source of funds.
“This model creates endowment for all time
with earnings returned to the community
through grants and awards,” Mr Keogh said.
“As a charitable not for profit organisation all
donations to the foundation are tax deductible
and every dollar is spent exclusively within the
Adding support to the idea of community
philanthropy was Greg Price of Alex Scott Real
Estate who together with locals Anne Davie and
Braxton Laine have provided the seed dona-
tions to establish the fund.
Greg highlighted the importance of support-
ing the Phillip Island Named Fund to create
social and cultural change for our community
and emphasised the value of collaborating to
ensure all available dollars for the community
are leveraged for maximum benefit.
Since 2002 the Bass Coast Community Foun-
dation has been active across the Bass Coast
and in 2015 it distributed just under $100,000
to its various programs.
Whilst last Friday’s launch was not intended
as a fund raising occasion, the Foundation are
delighted that a private donation of $20,000
elevated the fund’s commencement Corpus to
A target of $100,000 within six months has
been set. With a generous commitment from
Phillip Island Golf Club to conduct an Annual
Charity Golf Day, and a deepened awareness of
the Foundations work in community, that figure
seems very achievable.
Island resident Zena Archibald with Phillip Island Golf Club Vice Chair Faye Morris at last
Friday’s Bass Coast Community Foundation launch of the Phillip Island Named Fund. The
model allows collaborations between many organisations to create a powerful pool of funds
to benefit the community.
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