Our wonderful President Dorothy Roberts and Vice President Marie Smith have hit our local papers with their story of their Life Memberships and community activism awards. It is great to see these two lovely ladies being recognised in our community for all the unsung work they have done over the years. Please take the time to look at the article produced by the LV Express – truly a lovely tribute for two special ladies.
Asbestos Council of Victoria/GARDS received the news on the 4th May that the Agency had been allocated funding in the budget. What great news that was – now the Agency will be able to continue its good work and carry out its National Strategic Plan and awareness programs. Thank you to you all – the Unions, Supports Groups, Politicians of all colours and anyone who had a hand in helping to lobby the “powers to be” in Federal Government before the budget to make this positive outcome happen – it would not have happened without all of us pushing. The bipartisan support the Agency has now been shown by reinstating its funding and a bit more will help to save lives into the future, which can only be a positive for all of us and future generations. A great outcome.
This is the extract from the budget papers.
The Government will provide an additional $3.4 million over two years from 2016‑17 to the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency to coordinate the National Strategic Plan for Asbestos Management and Awareness 2014‑2018 (the Plan). The Plan establishes a framework for a national approach to asbestos management and awareness in Australia
28th April, 2016 saw the Asbestos Council of Victoria/GARDS and Gippsland Trades and Labour Council “International Workers Memorial Day” event take place in the Centenary Rose Garden, Morwell. The day was perfect and the speakers were inspirational. We were so lucky to have 3 wonderful speakers who enlightened the crowd to what it means to have good OH&S in work places.
Acting Senior Sergeant Ben McWilliam from Victoria Police spoke about his personal illness and the incident of suicide, accompanied with shift work and many other demands within the work force and the pressures of a highly charged work environment. It was a truly thought provoking talk.
Allan Buhagiar work place accident representative spoke of his accident at work 10 years ago where his hand was severed in a workplace accident, at the same time Allan lost a co-worker who
died in the accident. A very tragic story. Allan spoke about his slow recovery, both mental and physical and the 15 operations that surgeons performed to try to save his hand.
Steve Dodd, Secretary Gippsland Trades & Labour Council spoke of the need for good OH&S in all workplaces and how important it is to make sure all workplaces are safe places.
Paddy O’Dowd entertained the crowd with songs and tin whistle a truly wonderful performance.
Minister Russell Jones gave a moving ecumenical service and spoke of his personal family story of his father and asbestos disease.
The bagpipes could be heard across Morwell as Bill Dunbar piped the event in and played while the wreaths were being laid – he also piped the ceremony to its conclusion. Bill traveled from Lakes Entrance to be with us – as he does twice a year for our events. It was a truly wonderful ceremony with a terrific crowd.
On the 12th of April the ACV/GARDS team and Dr John Scarlett, medical oncologist engaged 1st year medical students at Monash University Gippsland campus in a session on asbestos awareness. The aim of the ACV/GARDS group panel discussion was to enlighten the students to the medical, social, emotional and environmental issues around asbestos, talking about the disease and how it affects the sufferer and the family.
Highlighting the social impact this has on the family and the community, along with the emotional issues that come with a diagnosis of eg. mesothelioma, asbestos related lung cancer, asbestosis. How this is still impacting on communities today with exposure still happening, imports containing asbestos coming into Australia in crayons, building products, household products, flooring, panelling, brakes, gaskets and much more.
The ACV/GARDS panel was able to have one on one with the students and the panel was able to talk about their medical journeys and the medical system and how this affected their lives and well being. Dr John Scarlett spoke about the medico side and treatments and what drugs are available.
The students asked many thought provoking questions. It was a highly charged session with confronting issues faced by not just the panel but the students too.
ACV/GARDS panel were honoured and privileged to be able to have this talk with the students. To finish off a very intense morning the students and the panel had an enjoyable morning tea after the session where more questions were asked by the students over a cuppa and sandwich.
Asbestos Council of Victoria/GARDS – Gippsland Trades and Labour Council
Annual Wreath Laying Ceremony
To honour those who have lost their lives through workplace accidents and illness
Thursday 28th April 2016 11.00am Centenary Rose Garden, Commercial Road Morwell
Guest Speakers Include:
Benjamin McWilliam – Acting Senior Sergeant Victoria Police
Allan Buhagiar – Workplace accident representative
Steve Dodd – Secretary – Gippsland Trades and Labour Council
Danny Boothman Singer/Musician – Member of the Strzelecki String Busters singing ballads
Paddy O’Dowd – Singer/Musician
Minister Russell Jones conducting an ecumenical service
Bill Dunbar: Scottish bagpiper
FREE COMMUNITY BBQ AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE EVENT WITH THE COMPLIMENTS OF GTLC
For further information please contact: Vicki Hamilton OAM CEO/Secretary Ph. 0407 274 173