Dedicated support for youth

With the opening of Headspace Bairnsdale at 171 Main Street, East Gippsland’s youth will benefit from a facility dedicated to providing support for young people with mental health issues and related problems.

Headspace was officially opened last Friday [April 7] morning, with representatives from local health organisations, youth and Headspace personnel in attendance to celebrate the occasion.

Following a welcome to country from Grattan Mullett Senior, Headspace Bairnsdale independent chair, Dr Mayumi Purvis, spoke of the significance of East Gippsland’s first Headspace, which is the 98th of its kind in Australia.

“Young people are vital to the functioning of our cities and our nation as a whole. This launch is significant because it shows the development of equal services to the regional sector,” Dr Purvis said.

Dr Purvis pointed out that people 24 years and under make up the biggest population in Bairnsdale, making youth wellbeing a priority for the region.

“Given that 75 percent of mental illness occurs before the age of 25, it’s really important that Headspace is here and accessible to young people,” Headspace National office chief executive office, Jason Trethowan, added in his address.

“This is not just a health system, this is not a health service only, it is a youth platform. It’s where young people can feel safe in coming to have a conversation when they need it. This is your chance as a community to back this in every way possible.”

Member for Gippsland, Darren Chester, was also in attendance, and said the Government has provided 1.2 million toward the new Bairnsdale centre to provide early intervention for 12 to 25 year olds.

“Young people are a priority because intervention early in life, and at the early stage of mental health issues, can reduce the impact and duration of their challenges,” Mr Chester said.

Bairnsdale Advertiser, April 10, 2017


Real life experience for culinary students

Federation Training’s level three commercial cookery students recently hosted a ‘real life’ table d’hote luncheon at the Oaktree Restaurant.

This lunch was part of their assessment criteria for the unit of ‘prepare food to meet special dietary requirements’ for the students completing certificate three in commercial cookery.

This unit requires the students to prove their ability to confirm the dietary requirements for customers, use special recipes, select special ingredients and produce a menu to satisfy special requirements.

The students showed their ability to modify or substitute a range of recipes and menu items to meet different dietary requests by excluding or substituting ingredients while maintaining equivalent nutritional value for multiple customers within commercial time constraints.

“All of these students are in their final year of the Certificate III of Commercial Cookery, the majority of students are apprentices, and others are working in the industry or in the process of opening their own businesses in the hospitality sector,” level three commercial cookery trainer, Jane Pinzone, said. “This lunch provides another level of skill and training that they may not have necessarily gained in the workplace.”

The lunch started with executive director, Karen Bird, saying a few words about the facility’s hospitality courses, students, the reopening of the Oaktree Restaurant for term two and changes at Federation Training.

Bairnsdale Advertiser, Friday April 21, 2017


Ag students win scholarships

Briagalong student, Brendan Gray, and Heyfield student, Josephine Coleman, have been selected as two of nine Rural Bank Scholarship recipients who will receive financial support to the value of $5000. Both scholarships will help fund degrees in agricultural science at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales.

Both Brendan and Josephine have commenced their studies, with Brendan interested in agronomy and agricultural sciences while Josephine (who is also currently studying agricultural sciences) hopes to become a rural vet and return home to work in Gippsland.

Managing director and CEO of Rural Bank, Alexandra Gartmann, said she was encouraged by the volume and quality of applications received, and was particularly heartened to see their determination and commitment to contribute to the sector.

“The future of Australian agriculture is absolutely dependant on the development of a new generation of rural leaders, and we are firmly committed to supporting youth as they take their first steps in their journey within this dynamic sector,” Ms Gartmann said.

“Access to tertiary education continues to be a significant barrier for the many driven and talented young people living in rural and regional communities. However, it is scholarship schemes such as this one that help bridge the gap ad provide students with the vital financial support theu need to embark on their studies.”

Bairnsdale Advertiser, Friday April 21, 2017


And lastly, a big CONGRATULATIONS to Campbell Meade of Gippsland Grammar, for receiving a Premier VCE Study Award, 2017, for Furnishing (VCE VET).