Flashback - 2006

Churchill an Oral History

The Churchill and District News local history book ‘Looking Back Through the Eyes of Local Residents: An Oral History of Churchill’ was successfully launched at Monash University in July. The book is a collection of stories by first residents of Churchill who shared their precious memories.

Camp Quality esCARpade

The Churchill Lions Club has acquired a new vehicle for their major fundraising effort which culminates at the 2006 Camp Quality esCARpade. The vehicle is a 1983 XE Falcon which is in excellent order and has been given a thorough maintenance inspection by the events support team, led by Lion Reg Stirling of Yinnar Lions.

Bini’s dream crumbles

The Binishell is to be demolished following Monash University's safety fears. Monash University has decided to replace rather than rebuild the Binishell. A total of $5.5m of Federal Government and University funds will go towards the construction commencing in August 2006. The new building will be built to overlook the campus lake.

Long Tan remembered

I can still live it and feel it as if it were yesterday. The dark overcast evening in August 1966 as I patrolled through the destroyed village of Long Tan, South Vietnam with my company. Under the leaden monsoon skies two rifle companies of the Australian Task Force were in patrol locations searching for reported Viet Cong and mobile forces. The Task Force location had been mortared the night before.

Glendonald Residence Group (GRG)

National Tree Planting Day, organized by Planet Ark, was held across Australia in July. GRG planted an assortment of native trees, shrubs, ground covers and native grasses in Glendonald Park. A handful of local residents, a few teens and about a dozen young children turned up to help plant out more than sixty plants in garden beds adjacent to the BMX track.

Do you love a bargain!!

If you do please join our Playgroup, Possoms of Yinnar, and go on a warehouse shopping tour of Melbourne! The playgroup is in need of new equipment for our growing number of children so we are having a fundraising shopping tour!

Hazelwood House Happenings

Ohh La La! Joy Darragh celebrated her birthday with residents and staff. Joy cuts the cake while everyone sings Happy Birthday! Once a month Hazelwood House residents have a cultural day. For the month of July, the residents chose France. French music was played throughout the day and residents enjoyed a meal of French cuisine.

Maintaining a healthy brain

"Maintain Your Brain" was the theme of a public information session organised by Latrobe Community Health Service and recently held at the Uniting Church Hall, Traralgon. Professor Frederick Mendelsohn, Director of the Howard Florey Institute, Australia's internationally renowned brain research centre, delivered an engaging presentation on how the brain functions and how different conditions such as Parkinson's Disease, Motor Neurone disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Alzheimer's Disease affect how our brain works.

Update building “The Hub”

There is excitement growing for the development of the Churchill Hub project. The steering committee members are being approached regularly and asked how the project is proceeding. At present there are many elements of the project being addressed and a great deal of work is underway to ensure that the project moves forward.

Quilters Group Celebrate

Anne and Jean of the Churchill Neighbourhood Centre quilting group, with the backing of their group members, decided to raise the funds to purchase a quilting machine. The ladies had visited a quilting show and seen this machine costing approximately $5000. The price seemed daunting, that is until Anne decided that they should give it a go, and try to make their dream come true.

Wattle Club play Two Up

"Quick! Call the cops! The Wattle Club members are playing Two Up. Some of the players are placing huge bets! How do I know? Well, I sneaked in past the Cockie on the door. Fortunately, she was distracted by those doing a very large and tricky jig-saw. When they saw me, they did not turn a hair, but went right on playing, as cocky as you please.

Making a Movie!!

Local film and drama enthusiast, Dan Clancey who works in the Monash Audio Visual Department, Gippsland Campus, has been enlisted to assist our group Glendonald Residence Group make a short video about the children's activities we regularly conduct in Glendonald Park. Dan has been interviewing volunteers and sifting through our photo collection in order to put together the film, which aims to show what can be achieved by the community when local residents work together

Churchill a new development

A new development of interest to Churchill residents is the proposed Safeway Supermarket on the land that is currently the Churchill Hotel Motel. The proposal includes several small specialty retail shops to be erected next to the supermarket and car parking. About a dozen objections were received by Council, so a Planning Mediation Meeting was held to discuss the issues raised.