8th August saw the ACV/GARDS girls Vicki and Tanya attend the Asbestos Support Group Network of Australia catch up in Sydney at the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency offices – the network catch up was well attended and much was discussed about forward Strategic planning and issues that confront the support groups in all their forms. It was a very informative get together and we all enjoyed catching up for a face to face. The groups are planning to catch up again at the next Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency forum in WA Perth in November – this is always a great forum as it brings everyone in the asbestos arena together and much information sharing takes place. We would like to thank ASEA for sponsoring the groups to come together at the Network catch up it was most appreciated by us all. Pictured here are the groups together with the CEO Justine Ross and Executive Shane McArdle from ASEA & Liam O’Brien from the ACTU – along with a marvelous sunset over Sydney – taken from our plane – picture perfect.
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.
29th July 2019 saw the ACV/GARDS crew at the new Chisholm TAFE Frankston campus delivering an asbestos awareness session to 20 apprentice plumbers – lots of questions & plenty of serious conversation – these apprentices are now more asbestos aware – thanks to Fred the trade teacher for being so helpful – it was a great session – ACV/GARDS wishes the apprentice tradies all the best in their chosen trade 🤞🔩😎
25/7/19 the ACV/GARDS crew were at the new Chisholm TAFE Frankston campus – very impressive new building. We were delivering an asbestos awareness session to 35 apprentice carpenters – really great questions & lots of chatter about all things asbestos – great bunch of apprentices who are now much more asbestos aware – We wish them every success in their chosen careers and it was a privilege to meet them all today and add to their knowledge base for their future endeavours. Thank you to the trade teacher for making us feel welcome & joining in the session and also for helping us pack up – a big thank you to the apprentices who stayed behind to help – it was very much appreciated
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.
July 17th saw some of the ACV/GARDS girls Vicki, Dot & Marie and two of our Monash University Medical students who are working with us on placement – Nesreen and Roxy, travel to Traralgon Volkswagen to take delivery of our new multivan – we were all very excited and extremely proud to be picking up such a wonderful vehicle. Thanks Dale for making everything run smooth today and finding us such a great van with all the things that we wanted in it.
The ACV/GARDS crew attended Chisholm TAFE Berwick 15th July & delivered an asbestos awareness session to 50 – 60 apprentice plumbers and electricians – it was a great session and plenty of interaction – great bunch of apprentices now more asbestos aware!! 😎🤞 Thank you to all their trade teachers for being so welcoming