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Baw Baw Region Hazelwood and Churchill Girl Guide District Report 1st Quarter 2010

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Hazelwood and Churchill Girl Guide
 District Report 1st Quarter 2010
In order to submit a Region Report to the state team by the required date please submit this report at end of each term .
It should be emailed to jane.cleverly@bigpond.com
Your report may be edited to comply with space restrictions, however, please feel free to include as much detail as you want.
Please report on the following areas for your District over the past three months
1.         Promotional Events Held / Links with the local community
Getting out and about with the Guides. AMulticultural festival Mowell and Churchill library.
Have opened a District Face book page to keep in touch with some parents…those with internet access.  Early indications seem to be working.
Spoke at the Churchill And District Community Association re the Hazelwood Honor Roll and its condidtion (very Good condition) and put minds at ease re the care that the Hazelwood And Churchill Guides are giving this board.  There had been an untrue report of damage to this board. The RSL are satisfied with the Board staying in the Hazelwood South Hall… not going to the Churchill Public hall.
Asked to attend the Churchill Festival APRIL 17TH THIS YEAR. Altered date from March 2010.
Have been asked for the Guides to conduct a survey of the local children … what do they want from the local ‘Walker’ street park by the local walker street park group.
2.         Property Issues
3.         Leader Qualifications
4.         New initiatives / successes in your District
Patrol activities seem to be revitilizing the Unit. 
5.         Issues you would like taken to the notice of Girl Guides Victoria management
Samar Ishaq has moved to Melbourne. Samar is having trouble contacting the / receiving a reply from the people in Melbourne. When I go down next I will make appropriate enquires as to what is happening but would like to receive some help first.  Not known by me yet who she is trying to contact but apparently every time Samar phones the lady at home the husband only answers.  Messages are not getting through and direct contact is not being got.
6.         Issues you would like to discuss at the Region Meeting
What is happening to the Uniforms.  We have not pushed the getting of one as we were believing that there would be the new ones 2010.  So currently our Guides do not have them. What do we do for ANZAC day?
7.         Professional Development you feel you would like
Susan Connor
20th March 2010

March 20, 2010 Posted by | community, development, District report, events, personal, Promotionl, property, Qualifications | Leave a comment

Septic smell stinks

For as long as two of the current Hazelwood and Churchill Girl Guide Leaders have been utilizing the Hazelwood [South] Hall there has been a septic smell that has gradually got worse. the simple deduction being where there was an ongoing smell that bad their had to be at least one Health and Safety issue soon to arise.

The smell is sometimes bad enough that Girls, Parents and visitors have not wanted to come into the Hazelwood [South] Hall. Note that when a female is ovulating in the menstrual cycle the olfactory area is very susceptible to smells. Girl Guide are femoral from the age of five and continuing all their lives. People who do not inhale strong smells [such as smoke, chemicals, alcohol, perfumes] were also susceptible to the septic smell.

Events, activities and service times became minimal due to the unpleasantness of the odor. Overnight stays were hard to tolerate, meeting times were worse. Things like the running of Jota /i was dicey for the Hazelwood and Churchill Girl Guides to organise as the smell was foremost on the organisers minds. Inviting visitors and team members to assist was becoming more and more difficult. No one wanted to be around the septic smell.

The Hazelwood [South] Hall is owned by the Department of Sustainability and Environment – leased by the Hazelwood Girl guide District. The Hazelwood Reserve goes through the Latrobe City Council partially leased by the Churchill Soccer Club. The open land from that divides the Churchill Soccer Club from the Hazelwood [South] Hall is open public ground..

Girl Guides Australia has trained its Leaders in developing a Risk Analysis with any event, service, activity a being done. Evaluations on these Risk Analysis’s are reported on. A simple overall Risk Analysis encouraged by the Latrobe City Council for any event, service or activity being conducted on their grounds or in their buildings was brought to the Churchill Soccer Club, the Latrobe City Council, The Gippsland Water Board, other promenant shareholders like Tom Lawless, and is on record with the Hazelwood and Churchill District Girl Guide Minutes as an ongoing issue that is negatively impacting on the use of the Hazelwood [South] Hall.

Many people thought that the Hazelwood [South] Hall just had bad plumbing – after all the Hall was opened in 1959. Indeed these same people, and organisations, denied any smell at all being in the vicinity. The adverse publicity that the Hazelwood and Churchill Girl Guide community was hearing back did little for the Girl Guide membership drives. In fact the smell and another factor was the reason why the Hazelwood [South] Hall has minimal usage currently from the both the Hazelwood and Churchill Girl Guides.

Duck shoving like this the problem back onto those leasing the Hazelwood [South] Hall was not tolerated by the Hazelwood and Churchill Girl Guide District Leader and Leaders who had by now had enough. The Department of Sustainability and Environment were happy to abide with what the Latrobe City Council believed in the overall professional assessment being conducted. After all the boundaries were blurred as to who smell was the smell. The opinion is still held that as the Hazelwood and Churchill District Girl Guides are the holders of the Lease on the Hazelwood [South] Hall then it was up to the leases to sort this matter out.

A registered Septic Tank Plumber was approached and for nearly four years was asked to come and find the Hazelwood [South] Hall old septic tank. Turns out this plumber was the same plumber who years before was the contractor who did the plumbing when the extension to the Hazelwood [South] Hall internal toilet block was built!

A major difficulty was that the Latrobe city Council and the Gippsland Water Board had experienced similar problems during some of their moves. Plans went missing. The Hazelwood District Girl Guides supplied both these organisations with what inguinal drawings and plans we had available. So that problem of no plans was fixed.

Early in the 2000’s a previous Hazelwood Girl Guide Support Member, also a father of a couple of Girls [a Girl Guide and Brownie Guide], who was a plumber by trade at the time when the indoor toilets were being built, told the current (2008 – >) Hazelwood and Churchill District Leader that it had been discovered/ known that the septic tank was dismembered at the time of the addition. He could not be sure where the old septic actually was though as he had not seen it exposed.

However in an original drawing that was probably as old as the Hazelwood [South] Hall there was a dotted line going from the Churchill Soccer Clubs buildings that until 2007 were the change and the catering rooms for all members to the back of the internal toilet extension. Then the dotted lines appeared to be connected to the additions external waste system.

The Septic smell reactions reached their peak after the building of the Churchill Soccer Clubs new Pavilion. The Hazelwood Reserve was dug up to accommodate what we thought were pipes which interconnected with the Hazelwood [Souths] Hall pipes leading then under the Tramway Road. The Contracted plumber apparently being the same one who had done the Internal toilet Block on the Hazelwood [South] Hall. Actually the was the same one who on several times over the years was asked to find where the old Septic tank was. How much would he charge? etc.

The initial plans for the sewage outlet were in the hands of the Gippsland Water Board. The final sewage inspection was not competed. Turns out that if a qualified septic tank plumber lays a septic waste disposal line there is no need for the final sewer inspection to be completed.

This mess of paperwork avoidance was brought to new Hazelwood and Churchill Girl Guide District Leaders attention when a person in authority made the comment that he ‘did not know why you let the girls play in ‘shit”‘ .At this point the District Leader then remembered as a Leader calling into the Hazelwood [South] Hall one day on other business and seeing the equipment laying a strange pipe in gravel that was going into the dug up Reserve ground. Knowing that a leak from the frontage pipes had been fixed through a combined Gippsland Water Board and the Latrobe City Council effort The complaints re this leak had been going on for more than a year at the time of fixing the frontage leak] The Leader was curious. Also the plumber was near the Hazelwood [South[] Hall the finance was available as a donation would this Septic qualified plumber please find the old Septic tank?

While the Leader was approaching to ask the questions of the plumber [what was happening, was the area going to be safely cordoned off etc the Leader noted that the attitude of the plumber was aggressively evasive]
strength. Since this lesson was learned through personal injury being sustained the observations of what was actually going on were detailed and remembered.

Were the trenches deep enough to counter the lye of the land re the carriage of effluent?. The reserve was known to retain excess water as the gradient was lowest in the middle of the reserve. It was common knowledge that trapped water had to evaporate as there was no other means of escape. Having remembered finding out that something similar to skinny ‘agg’ pipe was being laid, that the pipes did not apparently go all the was to the Tramway Road effluent town pipes what was actually happening to the waste water of the Churchill Soccer Clubs Pavilion, change room facilities and canteen? At the most the septic line passed within a few meters of the Hazelwood [South] Hall toilet extension and also the frontage of the Hall..

The original septic smell now had increased in potency and strength. The soil around the pipes was caving in. What Aggi pipes were there were seen to be less than 20 cm from the Reserve grounds surface. The Reserve being crown land looked after by the Latrobe City Council was open to the Public entry. The smallest Churchill Soccer children practised in the lowest areas of the Reserve often. The Hazelwood and Churchill Girl Guides used the upper area [highest part of] the reserve for their activities.

The Latrobe City Council eventually sent out their officers. Which resulted in the ground being filled in around the pipes. Their contractual plumbers came out and did something to the pipes. The contactual plumbers also checked the Haelwood [South] Halls plumbing re the smell. The conclusion was that the smell that the Girl Guides were still reporting did not come from the Hazelwood [South] Hall.

Eventually the Hazelwood [South] Halls old septic tank was discovered. The concrete top was sticking out of the top of the ground. One of the Hazelwood District Teams members came down and the dry top soil was lifted away. Terrific news not only was the septic tank filled with sand but the position was on the Latrobe City Councils Hazelwood South Reserve.

The Hazelwood South Hall’s booking person made initial phone calls to the Latrobe City Council reporting this find and the condition of the area. The District Leader of the Girl Guides followed up an initial call from a leader to the Latrobe City Council. When it was explained that the concrete both a Risk Analysis and an Occupational Health and Safety issue to both the general Public along with their equipment and to those who were mowing the reserve the appropriate action was quickly taken. The top was covered in top soil.

So now the Hazelwood and Churchill Girl Guide District team had substantial proof to go back to the Latrobe City Council and again state the septic smell was still coming from not only the Reserve field but also as previously stated from the area near the older Churchill Soccer Ground cafeteria and Change Room facilities. An additional point was made that behind the old Soccer club rooms the ground was constantly wet. Mosquitoes were seen to swarm in the clear pine tree filtering sunset rays. Mosquitoes liked their living conditions to be damp and nutritious.

re were substancial Thankfully this has been followed up by a responsible remember of the Latrobe City Council. Who, having sort further professional advise, made certain conditions to be implemented to eliminate wafting over the Reserve field and lodging under the Hazelwood [South] Hall and thus, it is thought, causing the smelly problem.

We, The Hazelwood and Churchill Girl Guide District will be very appreciative to finally have this smelly problem under wraps.

March 4, 2010 Posted by | Churchill Soccer, events, Gippsland Water Board, Hazelwood Reserve, Hazelwood South Hall, Latrobe City Council, meeting, OHS, plans, plumber, Plumbing, responsibility, Risk Analysis, Septic | 1 Comment

Hazelwood [South] Hall and Guides as at 24th Feb 2009

* That the Hazelwood South Hall is still used by Guides for such things as togethers, BB Q’s, overnight stays, camp items.

  • After the use of the hall there is a clean up and maintenance report effective.


* Why should anyone else be interested in what the Guides do there?

February 24, 2010 Posted by | Condition report Girl, District, events, Guides, Hazelwood South Hall, Reserve, Safety | Leave a comment

10 Nov 2009 letter from State Commissioner

   

Dear Person  

   

As 2009 draws to a close, we look forward with anticipation to 2010, our Centenary year. We are thrilled that the Prime Minister of Australia, has declared 2010 to be the Year of the Girl Guide. This is superb recognition of the contribution that Girl Guides has made to society in Australia over the past century.   

We were delighted to learn that Australia Post will be producing three stamps and that the Royal Australian Mint will produce a circulating coin to mark this momentous occasion.   

There are many events planned for all of our members to take part in during 2010. A list of these dates can be found on the news page of our website.   

We begin 2010 with the party of the century at the Australian Centenary Event (ACE) in January. Girl Guides Victoria is delighted to be hosting this international camp and welcoming over 2,400 members from around Australia and the world to our state. We look forward to meeting you at the camp.   

On 22 February girls globally will celebrate Thinking Day with the theme “girls worldwide say together we can end extreme hunger and poverty”. We look forward to seeing more Units than ever participating in Clean Up Australia Day in March and National Tree Planting Day in August. Our girls have told us that the environment is an issue of importance and this is a way for girts to make a real contribution in this area.   

There will be a number of large state events held for all members to celebrate our Centenary. 100 Downunder will be a fantastic day where girls can experience the Arts in many different ways. A State Sleepover for all girls will be held in August or September where girls from across the state can come together to party. We are looking forward to the very special event on 10 October 2010 at 10am, where all members are invited to Government House to renew their Promise along with all members around Australia at the same time.   

Enclosed you will find your special edition 2010 Girl Guides Victoria diary with the official Centenary logo embossed on the cover to commemorate this exceptional event and to thank everyone who is involved in Guiding.  

The Assistant State Commissioners and I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and fantastic year in 2010.   

    

 

   

Noel I a Kershaw State Commissioner   

    

 

   

VICTORIA   

Girl Guides Victoria   

ABN 59 533 729 847   

PO Box 827 129 York Street South Melbourne VIC 3205 http://www.guidesvic.org.au   

 

   

 

  

 

(03) 8606 3500 f (03) 9699 6277 1- guides@guidesvic.org.au   

December 12, 2009 Posted by | camp, centenary, clean, environment, events, Flag, mar, Poverty, Promise, sleepover, stamps, Theme, Thinking, tree | Leave a comment

OBP Registration Samar

The following proposed OBP sections and starting dates are the ones that have been sent to Melbourne for registration.

Section 1 : Personal.

Apply for recognition of prior learning of the Aged Care Cert III which is nearing its completion date. If this is not possible include the further higher study within the Health Care field applied for.

Recognition of Prior Learning began 2009 ending December 2009.
Further studies begin Feb 2010 once accepted.

Section 2 : Practical.
No 5) Working with other Olave Baden-Powell members to really get the ‘members’ active and moving is a real challenge for Samar. This will include her Presidency and the development of a communication medium for all to use.
Begining Jan 2010 until May 2011

Section 3: Social.

No 3) Attend the Girls Rock forum and actively participate in it. Then hold a discussion with your peer group on the reasons for this choice, what she learned and how this knowledge can be used.
Begining Feb 2010 and fnishing May 2011.

Section 4 : Physical.

No 4) Water confidence is a new physical activity for a period of three months. To be able to canoe water confidence is important. With the main objective being able to canoe water acticvities are particullary important. So water aerobics and learning the basics of being able to swim is the essence of the physical activities chosen.
Ultimate Goal: to be able to canoe. During this time she be discussing her progress with the other Gipps Guides. Maybe on line through the Guides Face book too. Updates and a report will be submitted at the end of this time.
Beginning Jan 2010 the three months ends in April 2010. How ever this is a long
term project.

Section 5 :Service.
No 2) The disadvantaged group chosen is the Parkistani and Indian community. Especially concentrating on how the women within these groups are intergrating or allowed to intergrate into Australian society, it’s communities, groups, social and education aspects.
Beginning Feb 2010 to August 2010

Section 6: Further Development.

Gaining the Adult version of the Centuary Challenge Badge. Encouraging others to participate. Organising displays and challenges along the way.

Using the information gained to enhance understanding of what Guides is, where Guides has come from and the future pathways/ highways that Guiding will be taken along / down.
Beginning Feb 2010 to May 2011



Encouraged to be written by Clear Vision

December 7, 2009 Posted by | Calendar, Canoe, events, Forum, Health, Indian, Membership, O B-P., Parkistani, Service, Swim, water | Leave a comment

OBP Registration Samar

The following proposed OBP sections and starting dates are the ones that have been sent to Melbourne for registration.

Section 1 : Personal.

Apply for recognition of prior learning of the Aged Care Cert III which is nearing its completion date. If this is not possible include the further higher study within the Health Care field applied for.

                                    Recognition of Prior Learning began 2009 ending December 2009.
                                     Further studies begin Feb 2010 once accepted.

Section 2 : Practical.
No 5) Working with other Olave Baden-Powell members to really get the ‘members’ active and moving is a real challenge for Samar. This will include her Presidency and the development of a communication medium for all to use.
                                  Begining  Jan 2010 until May 2011

 Section 3: Social.

No 3) Attend the Girls Rock forum and actively participate in it. Then hold a discussion with your peer group on the reasons for this choice, what she learned and how this knowledge can be used.
                                 Begining Feb 2010 and fnishing May 2011.

Section 4 : Physical.

No 4) Water confidence is a new physical activity for a period of three months. To be able to canoe water confidence is important.  With the main objective being able to canoe water acticvities are particullary important. So water aerobics and learning the basics of being able to swim is the essence of the physical activities chosen.
Ultimate Goal: to be able to canoe. During this time she be discussing her progress with the other Gipps Guides. Maybe on line through the Guides Face book too. Updates and a report will be submitted at the end of this time.
                                 Beginning Jan 2010 the three months ends in April 2010 How ever this is a long 
                                          term project.

Section 5 :Service.
No 2) The disadvantaged group chosen is the Parkistani and Indian community. Especially concentrating on how the women within these groups are intergrating or allowed to intergrate into Australian society, it’s communities, groups, social and education aspects.
                               Beginning Feb 2010 to August 2010

Section 6: Further Development.

Gaining the Adult version of the Centuary Challenge Badge.  Encouraging others to participate.  Organising displays and challenges along the way.

Using the information gained to enhance understanding of what Guides is,  where Guides has come from and the future pathways/ highways that Guiding will be taken along / down.
                              Beginning Feb 2010 to May 2011

December 7, 2009 Posted by | Calendar, Canoe, events, Forum, Health, Indian, Membership, O B-P., Parkistani, Service, Swim, water | Leave a comment

Australia Day in Melbourne

Australia Day celebrated as a State Event in Melbourne. This event has the Guides carrying a large Australian Flag. For this the day is primarily aimed at the BP’s, Queens Guide’s and OBPs presented the previous year. The years that I took Guides down who had achieved these Peak Achievement we had a ball. At the end of the march there we were in Government gardens joining in the festivities.

Full Uniform is worn. Take drink bottles full of water and sun hats. Make sure you are well fed before the ceremonies begin.

November 30, 2009 Posted by | Australia Day, BP, Calendar, Event, Flag, Government House, Melbourne, OBP, QG, Service, Uniform. | Leave a comment

Australia Day Jan 26th in Hazelood and Churchill shopping Centre.

Starting usually a 7am this local event is now being held at the Hazelwood and Churchill shopping Center. (theory of this is great) As a Hazelwood and Churchill Event it is open to all aged Guiding personal and members. Event permission forms should be handed to the Guide Leader in Charge of the Guides on the day… signed by parent or carrer.

Previous years we have been asked to face paint as an activity while people eat and catch up with friends. Other times there have been odd jobs like the handing out of flags, song sheets, readings, hoisting the flag / color party [with Scouts].

One draw back here is that we usally do not get finalisation of anything until the week before. When we do it will be posted here. So keep an eye out and email us when if you think you are coming.

November 30, 2009 Posted by | Australia Day, Calendar, Churchill, Color, Event, family, Flag, Hazelwood, Service, Tradition, Unifrom | Leave a comment

2010 Calendar to be supplied to others

Kira also suggested why not invite others in the Region to come to these meetings.  At least supply them with the calendar.  If it is forwarded to you will you let them know your opinion on what they want to do. My reply to this was I think that as a Cluster rep Danielle should get a copy, along with the Quarterly Cluster census’s.

The Region Leader used to have supplied to her from the District Leaders a monthly paper re activities, service, events that the District and Units were participating in. i have asked Jane (the Region Leader)  if she still uses this information sheet.

Susan   1.12.09

November 30, 2009 Posted by | Census, Cluster, community, events, Forms, region, Service | Leave a comment