30th July was our monthly support group meeting attended by some 22+ people we were very lucky to have as our speaker Emeritus Professor Rae Mackay Mine Commissioner and his engagement officer Mary Mathew – Rae explained to those gathered about how over the next 50 years the mines in the Latrobe Valley may be rehabilitated and all those issues that go with rehabilitating mines. It was a very interesting session and Rae was very happy to answer the numerous questions from our members. We thank him and Mary for coming and presenting a forward looking future for Latrobe Valley. Pictured here are some of our members that were there on the day.
31st July saw ACV/GARDS rep Vicki – take Monash University Medical Students Ruxanda and Nesreen – along with their Professor Margaret Simmons out to AGL Loy Yang for a tour of the power station and mine. It was a great day and a really great opportunity for these students and their lecturer to get a close up look at how the power station works and the mine and talk up close and personal with some of the employees that work there. It is a really great way for the students to understand the industry in which some people work. It was also terrific to have the complex industry of power generation explained to them and to understand just what goes into making electricity for the state of Victoria. The students and their lecturer were very impressed and ACV/GARDS were pleased to have been able to arrange this tour for them. Thank you so much to AGL Loy Lang – to the tour guides who made themselves available and to Nigel Browne and Leonie Paulet for making this happen – we very much appreciated it.
18.7.2019 – Great day today for the official opening of our new office at 211 Lloyd Street Moe. Hon. Minister Jaclyn Symes Minister for Regional Development – Minister for Agriculture -Minister for Resource and our Upper House Member of Parliament Harriet Shing MP did us the great honour of attending today. We were pleased that Hon. Minister Jaclyn Symes officiated the unveiling of our plaque and dedicating our office to the work we do in the community and through out Victoria. Thank you to all those who attended and the Latrobe Valley Authority for granting us the money to make the office specific for our needs. Thank you to our members who came along today and to all those we have relationships with that could make it – it was truly an honor to have so many attend – the place was full and from all accounts everyone enjoyed themselves immensely. Your kind words to us and gestures touched our hearts – thank you for the flowers and many best wishes.
On the 26th April 2019 ACV/GARDS and GTLC conducted their International Workers Memorial Day event in the Centenary Rose Garden Morwell Victoria, Australia – Workers Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for workers who have been killed and injured on the job. It is observed around the world by surviving family members, friends, co-workers, and health and safety activists in workplaces and communities. Today we had inspirational speakers – Paul Fowler – Director – Enforcement Group, WorkSafe Victoria – Darren Van Heurck – Workplace Accident Survivor – Steve Dodd – Secretary GTLC & Union organiser, AMWU – wonderful singers – Susan Parrish & Patrick Wakefield from – In Harmony & The Yallourn Madrigal Singers (Choir) – awesome bagpiper – Dick Henry – Moving ecumenical service conducted by Reverend Marilyn – great crowd of family and friends – thank you for making today a wonderful and truly magical event for those attending – everyone felt love and compassion and a sense of community and that is what it is all about – people supporting people!!! We honoured fallen workers and recommitted ourselves to the struggle for safe and healthy work places in Latrobe Valley – Victoria and Australia wide. A memorable day for all.
You are invited to join us for the annual combined Asbestos Council of Victoria/GARDS Inc. and Gippsland Trades and Labour Council International Workers Memorial Day event.
Centenary Rose Garden – Avondale Road, Morwell 26th April – starting at 11am – Interesting speakers – musicians – ecumenical service and a free community BBQ at the conclusion provided by the GTLC. Everyone is welcome to join us on this day to recognise and remember those suffering illness and those who have lost their lives due to unsafe workplace practices.
29th January – ACV/GARDS reps – Vicki, Dorothy, Tanya and Ethan attended the announcement of the successful grant recipients made by the Latrobe Valley Authority, one of which was ACV/GARDS – the grant was for a fit out of our new office we are moving to in the next fortnight. We were very excited to receive the grant and proud to be with the other recipients to celebrate the grants for our community organisations. We thank the Latrobe Valley Authority for being supportive of our organisation at time when it really counts.
Pictured here are Vicki, Dot, Tanya and Ethan and also a collective of the grant recipients and officials
Recently ACV/GARDS crew did an asbestos awareness session to 160 apprentices at Federation Training Newborough – Boiler makers, mechanics, civil engineering, painting & decorating, carpentry etc. Great session – good questions from the apprentices and their trade teachers – the apprentices left the room with a better understanding of where asbestos can be found in their work places and in their home environment. They now know asbestos is not a thing of the past but something they will have to deal with for the rest of their lives and make sure that they are cautious with what ever task they undertake – that they take every precaution to not allow themselves to be exposed to asbestos. Thanks goes to their trades teachers for also being a part of the session and contributing their knowledge and experience to the session. Big thank you to Davin for organising the session.