Archive for May, 2009

RSPCA Grants for livestock feed and Animal Shelters

The RSPCA are committed to helping bushfire affected families and their animals. As the owner of livestock on a bushfire affected property, using funds contributed to the RSPCA Bushfire Relief fund, we may be able to assist you to purchase feed for your animals.

This financial support has been made possible by kind donations to the RSPCA Bushfire Relief fund. 100% of these donations will support the RSPCA’s bushfire relief efforts, and support animals affected by the
devastating Victorian bushfires.

The RSPCA understand the urgency of your request and we are committed to processing your application within one week of its arrival at RSPCA Burwood East. If you have any questions, or you animals are in need of urgent feed, please phone 03 9224 2222 to speak with a member of our Bushfire Relief team.

As you consider the future of your family and animals, the RSPCA will be there every step of the way.

Go to the RSPCA website and click on Bushfire Relief in the bottom right hand corner for information or call 9224 2222 and choose option 5


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St Andrews Recovery Committee Report

The St Andrews Recovery Committee meets weekly on Thursday afternoons at the St Andrews Tennis Club. They are working hard to develop the path towards incorporation. A public meeting will be held on Sunday, 14 June at 3.00pm at the St Andrews Reserve Hall. All residents of St Andrews and those with a significant interest in the bushfire recovery process at St Andrews are invited to attend.

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FREE Breath Water Sound Trauma Relief Workshops

St Andrews resident Jo Debrincat will be running a series of FREE stress relief workshops for community members and professionals affected by the bushfires. Jo is an experienced facilitator with The Art of Living Foundation.

The experience of trauma is powerful. Among the maelstrom of emotions and practical issues to be dealt with, looking after oneself can often get lost. Through the Breath Water Sound Trauma Relief course, simple techniques such as breathing and simple meditation are used to relieve stress, improve clarity of thought and create harmony to address the negative repercussions of trauma at the root level. The workshops run for an hour and a half over three evenings on:

Monday 1, Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3 July from 7.00-8.30pm at the St Andrews Community Centre.

To register your interest contact Jo Debrincat on 9710 1939 or 0439 407745 or email:

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Shire of Nillumbik – Community Grants 2009-2010 – NOW OPEN!

Nillumbik Shire Council’s Community Grants Program is now open. There are grants in the categories of Community Development, Cultural Development and Youth Development. The grants aim to support community groups across the Shire, providing funding and assistance in the planning and development of new opportunities for people living or working within Nillumbik. The funding criteria support a broad range of activities. For the 2009-2010 year we particularly encourage groups providing a bushfire recovery response to apply. For further information please go to the Shire’s website, click on the Arts, Culture and Leisure tab and then on the Community Grants link. Alternatively contact the Shire’s Community Development Officer, Suzi Kerr on 9433 3153 email

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Royal Commission Transcripts

Now that the Royal Commission has started its investigation many of you may wish to stay in touch with each days evidence please use the information below  and remember that submissions can be made electronically until      16-00hrs on Monday 18th  submissions made after this date will still be considered but may not be dealt with  in time for the interim report due in August. Make you submission compelling and you will have the opportunity to appear before the commissioners.

If you follow this link, or copy and paste it into your browser:
It will take you to the page where you are able to access both the live streaming and the downloadable transcripts.  Please note the transcripts will be uploaded daily.

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