LOCAL angler Pete Fraser is sick and tired of seeing rubbish strewn along the Lee Breakwater, but he thinks it would be a “crying shame” if the Port of Portland closed the popular fishing spot, even temporarily, just to clean it up. Mr Fraser is proposing that like-minded locals have a meeting to try to see what can be done to stop the rubbish dumping. “I think we need to get together, because personally I am really stumped as to what to do. I would hate for families to lose the Lee Breakwater, even just for a short time, as it is such a great spot.” “Perhaps a community group could be started and some funding generated so that we could get some professional signs, or maybe a group of volunteers could tour the breakwater once a day to help stop people littering,” he said. “In the past I have put up my own ‘abuse it you lose it’ sign to try and stop littering, because I know how much something needs to be done.” Read more in Wednesday’s Portland Observer.
PORTLAND’S support for the neediest children ofCambodiawill continue, but not through the mechanism of KSEDO (Khmer Social Economic Development Organisation), the children’s home co-founded by young Portland woman Rebecca Lake. Ms Lake, 23, will take up a new role next month as a journalist and sub-editor on the English-language Jakarta Globe newspaper. She has just completed her journalism degree fromMonashUniversity. “The running of KSEDO will be in the hands of the local director, who is a Cambodian woman,” Ms Lake said. “The board, which includes two people fromPortland, was unanimous in deciding we needed a fresh direction for helping the children. The funds we have already raised inPortlandand elsewhere will still be spent helping needy children, but we’ll do it through ABCs and Rice, an excellent education-based aid program created by a Canadian woman in Siem Reap two years ago.” Ms Lake said she and the board had developed the view that, as much as possible, needy children and their families should be kept together, with an emphasis on education and nutrition rather than having so many children living their lives in an orphanage or a home like KSEDO. Read more in Wednesday’s Portland Observer.
CHILDREN’S health will be better monitored at Portland District Health thanks to new equipment bought with a donation by local police. Nearly $23,000 was donated from the Portland Police Social Club for five new mobile paediatric vital sign monitors, two electronic thermometers and a pulse oximeter, used for measuring blood oxygen levels. The monitors measure temperature, blood pressure, blood oxygen and heart rate, and will be used predominantly for ear, nose and throat patients, of which there are roughly eight each fortnight. Senior Constable Graham Sealey said the money had accumulated over years of fundraising. “It was originally money from the old toy fund for kids’ Christmas presents, but the Salvos and the Target Christmas tree now take care of that… so we had to use the money somewhere else, and it’s the community’s money, so we wanted to put it into something everybody can benefit from,” Sen Const Sealey said. Read more in Wednesday’s Portland Observer.
A NEW education centre inPortlandwill provide 24 undergraduate medical and allied health students with clinical placements from January next year. The centre will be established at Dhauwurd-Wurrung Elderly and Community Health Service’s new facility at the former Lewis Court Home for the Aged site inWellington Rd. Five units at the site will also be used as student accommodation as part of the new centre. DWECHS chief executive officer Ros Alexander said on Monday that work on converting part of the west wing ofLewis Courtinto the new centre would start later this week. The exciting new development is the result of a multi-agency partnership within the Portlandand Heywood communities involving DWECHS, Portland District Health, Active Health Portland, Heywood Rural Health, the Winda-Mara Aboriginal Corporation and Guardian Pharmacies. It is expected to have a special focus on Aboriginal health by introducing clinical placements for undergraduates in Aboriginal general practice and community settings. Read more in Wednesday’s Portland Observer.
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