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ON behalf of the local St Vinnie’s Team,
Ray White officially kicked off their Christ-
mas Gift Campaign on the first of December.
Support was enlisted by local businesses
early with the Amaze’N Things Team drop-
ping in boxes of presents before December.
Westernport Water dropped in gifts that
they had collected also and the Phillip Island
Nature Parks team also helped with a gen-
erous haul of presents and some very cute
Kristien from Ray White said: “Every day,
presents seemed to multiply and our helpful
team of Charlotte and Naomi were constantly
receiving or wrapping presents.
“Our whole team find it really rewarding to
be a part of such a fulfilling cause.
“We would like to thank the Phillip Island
and San Remo Advertiser team, Amaze’N
Things, Westernport Water and Phillip Island
Nature Parks for their help and the time tak-
en to join forces with us.”
“When the St Vinnie’s Team came to col-
lect, we counted an astounding 275 presents
under our tree,” said Jules from Ray White.
“We definitely looked like Santa’s little
helpers as we loaded the presents into cars.
“We would like to give a special thanks to
the St Vinnie’s team who co -ordinate deliver-
ing the gifts to those families in need.
“We will continue to partner with the St
Vinnies Team for many years to come as the
gift campaign elicits such an amazing re -
sponse from our community.”
“We are so proud to be involved in such a
worthy cause and would like to thank our
community who continue to be very support-
ive of a Little Ray of Giving, ” said Leah from
“We hope all of the families who will re-
ceive these presents will enjoy the gifts and
the thought of the many smiles on kids’ faces
should leave a very happy smile for everyone
THE Phillip Island Landcare group
recently celebrated its 30th anniver-
sary at the Cleeland family farm at
Bill and Amanda were our hosts
and David Rooks my dad came along
with the committee, the organisers.
I was part of the set and pack up
If you have ever visited the Cleeland
farm you would know what a spectac-
ular view they have, panoramic views
out over Churchill Island, Scenic Es-
tate and the Bass Hills. This could
have been one of the reasons why the
night was such a great success with
over 50 people present.
The day kicked off with the annu-
al general meeting. Then there was
a tour around the farm, however
it had to be cut short due to rain.
Mike Cleeland pointed out recent
plantings and how farmers and na-
ture can get along quite nicely if they
For predinner drinks we all
packed into the marquee making the
atmosphere cosy and warm. As the
rain pounded down everyone chat-
ted merrily and enjoyed fruits and
cheeses. Gary and John played clas-
Information wise, there was an his-
torical display table that Bev Watson
made folder timelines for.
There was also a map of Phil-
lip Island made by Charles Watson
with all the places Landcare has in-
fluenced. It was a surprisingly large
number for 30 years.
A buffet of salads, marinated lamb
and beef, homemade burgers, sau-
sages and roasted vegetables was
served, followed by dessert.
Mike Cleeland and Lisa Wangman
spoke about the history of Landcare.
A story that surprised us from
Mike was that the community was
still clearing indigenous vegetation
in the 1960’s, and then in the 80’s
people started replanting it.
Anne Davies said that Landcare
saved her property, which on pur-
chase was a barren, salt-based land,
but today is a thriving farm with fer-
Mike and Anne Davie awarded life
memberships to people who have
made significant and long lasting
impacts to Phillip Island through
They were: Mike Cleeland, Bet
Robertson, Anne and Bob Davie, Jim
McFee, Ian McFee, Mick and Mary
O’Keefe, David Plant, Greg Price and
Those present were presented with
a thank you basked filled with local
produce made by my mother Bha-
vani Rooks and a certificate made by
The main attraction was clearly
the Landcare birthday cake made by
Abigail Yarraton. The cake was just
one item that represented how Land-
care was a professional business to
be taken seriously.
For more information or becoming
a Landcare member contact David
Rooks, on 0418 115 935, david@
eventsupport.com.au or go to the
Mike and Bill Cleeland are pictured presenting Bob and Anne Davie with a life member-
ship at the recent Phillip Island Landcare 30th birthday celebrations.
Landcare member Charles Watson is pictured with the map he created showing the areas
on Phillip Island which have been influenced by Landcare in the past thirty years.
Landcare life members present at the recent 30th birthday festivities were given the hon-
our of cutting the cake. From left they are Mike Cleeland, Mary O’Keefe, Anne Davie, Bob
Davie, and Jim McFee. Back row: Mick O’Keefe and Ian McFee.
Attendees of the 30th anniversary celebration included from left Inge Royce, Jon Fallaw,
Phil and Irene Wright, and Anne and Bob Davie.
Landcare 30th anniversary celebration
COLOURFUL ribbons have been tied to the fence at the Old Boys’ Home in Newhaven
as a show of support for the victims and survivors of child abuse.
The ribbons are part of the Loud Fence movement around Australia, and follow the
release of the findings by the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse late last year.
The first boys’ home at Newhaven, the Committee Home, was built in 1920, which be-
came the Seaside Garden Home for Boys.
In 1928, St Paul’s Boys’ Training Home was established by the Mission of St James and
St John adjacent to the Seaside Garden Home for Boys.
Following the death, in 1933, of Rex Ronnie Simpson from a beating from Superinten-
dent William Baye, the Seaside Garden was taken over by the Mission of St James and St
John, housing delinquent boys aged 9 to 16.
Support for abuse victims at Newhaven
Helping to spread Christmas cheer in the
lead up to December 25 were this team of
helpers from the Ray White office.
Amazing support for A Little Ray of Giving
By Isabel Rooks
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