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The planting of trees and shrubs on the Hazelwood South Reserve.


Approximately fifteen years ago the now Latrobe City Council nursery person came out to the Hazelwood [South] Reserve and showed us how to use the tools to plant over one hundred tree saplings around the then Hazelwood Reserve.

The saplings were a wide variety of nectar and gum producing natives of the reserve area. The idea was to encourage the native animals while furthering a native corridor.
The second side to planting the sampling trees and shrubs as to lessen the retained water that lay over the Reserve during the wet season. The water sat from the reserves middle to the far North Corners. That is the side of the Reserve nearest the Monash Highway. The trees and shrubs chooses loved getting their feet wet.
The third reason was that when these trees and shrubs grew they would provide a wind shelter for the Churchill Soccer Club
The fourth and main driving factor that got the Guides out of home on a bitterly freezing day was they were working towards a badge. The Wombat Wattle one which involved doing something for the Australian Native vegetation and animals.
With in a few weeks the Churchill Soccer people were parking all over the saplings while games and practice sessions were occurring. People were ‘hooning’ around in the wet ground. During practice times and games the saplings went missing. As the kids grew up they have told of how they were encouraged to pull out and throw around the saplings so that they would not grow.
The scrubs that remain are next to the Hazelood Small Bore Rifle Club, One behind the Hazelwood South Hall and a small patch near the entrance dirt road that leads into the Soccer Club.
Even the six Calistamon trees that lined the front of the Hazelwood Reserve nearest the Tramway Arterial Road went missing.
As time moves on what will be the further effects of Guiding improving the World that we live in and reducing the carbon foot print while abiding to the laes and restrictions imposed upon it. One of these will be the further planting of shrubs native to the area between the Hazelwood South Hall and the corner of the farmers fence.
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February 25, 2010 Posted by | Churchill, Churchill Soccer Club, Corridor, Latrobe City Council, Native, Shelter, tree week, vegetation, wind | 5 Comments

Two different Hoons in 2 minutes. Unbelievable.

March 2009 was the last time that a Hazelwood and Churchill Girl Guide meeting was actually run at the Hazelwood [South] hall the following occurred.

As one approached the car parking area out the front doors of the Hazelwood [South] Hall there is a large pile of dirt and gravel to the Right. About 2 car widths away from where a Girl Guide Leader had parked. To the left other car was another vehicle. About 1 car width away from the Left of the car doors.
Items were being unpacked for use from the second cars boot. One Guide had already gone into the Hazelwood [South] Hall, another had her arms full of bags and was going to the right of the car to speak to the Guide Leader.
A car entering the Hazelwood [South] hall’s off road entrance speed by taking a short cut to the Soccer Ground through the Hazelwood [South] Reserve. Too late for a warning to be issued and very glad that anything untoward did not eventualt the District Leader encouraged the Youth member inside.
As the District Leader was now getting the extra things out of the boot she was about to speek to the other leader who had stepped back from sorting things out in the front drivers side of the car. The Guide going inside called to the Leader. The leader turned her head right toward the door. In the process of flicking the door closed with the right hand the leaders body was to the right of the just closing car door.
A second over packed car speed up the Hazelwood [South] Hall off road car entrance. While the driver (in 60’s) and his grandchildren and their friends sped laughing past they managed to miss the Leader by approximately 20 centermetres.
An instant further risk analysis was done which resulted in the Hazelwood and Churchill Girl Guides meeting at the old Glendonald Child and Maternal Health Centre, 19 Churinga Drive, Glendonald, Churchill.

February 25, 2010 Posted by | Churchill Soccer Club, Hazelwood Reserve, Hazelwood South Hall, Hoons, responsibility, Risk Analysis | Leave a comment

‘Hoon’ driver during overnight camp play time.

When the District had an overnight stay a five year old youth member of Guides was walking near the front of the Hazelwood [South] Halls north eastern corner. A white Ute came came from the South (New Soccer club room area) towards the Hazelwood [South] Halls off road entrance / exit.. The Guide was running around just playing. None of us expected that a ‘hoon‘ would travel quickly over to this exit. During this time the ‘Hoon‘ driving just about collided with the young Guide. Should this have happened there was nothing we could have done except phone emergency services.

Unfortunately the Ute was either travelling too fast for an accurate number plate identification to be taken, or the number plate was on the wrong vehicle. When the incident was immediately reported to the police response was that the police could not do anything about this incident.
The soccer club secretary and also the President were informed at different times. their response was that the incident did not happen. We were making it up.

February 25, 2010 Posted by | Emergency, Hazelwood Reserve, Hoons, Incident, police | Leave a comment

Near accidents as speeding vehicles cut across the Hazelwood South reserve.

Over the last few years the Youth Members, Olave Program Members, Visitors, Parents, Leaders and the District Leaders have witnessed near accidents occur with speeding cars, Utes and 4 wheel drives competing for the soccer clubs car parking positions by speeding while cutting across the Hazelwood Reserve or vehicles are parked criss crossing all around the Hazelwood South Reserve..

While the public or members of the Hazelwood and Churchill Girl Guides are other wise occupied with what the Hazelwood and Churchill Girl Guides have planned out these speeding ‘hoons’ can severely hurt someone – as has been the case on several occasions.
The risk analysis was easy to decide. Effecivetly prevention is better than cure. This step has drastically reduced the use of the Hazelwood [South] Hall until the Latrobe City Council has fixed the cause.

February 25, 2010 Posted by | Car Park, Churchill, Entrance, Hazelwood Reserve, Hazelwood South Hall, Hoons, Latrobe City Council, Parking, Risk Analysis | Leave a comment

The Hazelwood South Reserve is part of our Guiding life.

The reserve next to the Hazelwood [South] Hall is an area that all the varing ages of Girl Guides go out and have either group or team/patrol sports time. These activities have gone on here for over fifty years.

Having the Hazelwood South reserve just there to the north of the Hazelwood [South] hall has been a bonus for outdoor activities for over fifty years. That is until the soccer members / families decide to tear up into the car park area outside the front of the Hazelwood [South] Halls front doors and continue to speed over the Hazelwood South Reserve.

February 25, 2010 Posted by | Hazelwood Reserve, Hazelwood South Hall, History games | Leave a comment