Please see event posted here – ACV/GARDS & GTLC invite you to our International Workers Day event in the Centenary Rose Garden – Commercial Road, Morwell
All are welcome to attend – please see advert for all details.
Asbestos Awareness Morning Tea 2017
Date: Wednesday 22nd November 2017
Venue: ACV/GARDS office – 41 Monash Road Newborough
Entry fee – Gold coin Donation.
On the menu: Scones, Jam and Cream + tea and coffee sponsored by:Slater+Gordon Lawyers
Specialists that will be attending on the day to talk to the general public with questions will comprise
Asbestos Litigation lawyers, Environmental Hygienists, Latrobe City Waste Education Officer and Environmental Health Officer
Come and have a chat with all these specialists to get as much information that you have always wanted to know. For any inquiries please contact the ACV/GARDS office on 51277744
Asbestos Awareness Day Event 2017
Date: Friday 24th November 2017
Venue: Centenary Rose Garden, Commercial Road, Morwell
An informative event for those in the community to come and listen to speakers with knowledge on asbestos issues and remember those who are suffering and those who have lost their lives to asbestos disease.
Simone Stevenson – Director – Victorian Asbestos Eradication Agency
Vicki Burgess – Wife and carer of deceased mesothelioma sufferer and past member of ACV/GARDS Trevor Burgess
Steve Dodd – Secretary & Treasurer of the Gippsland Trades & Labour Council & Union organiser for the AMWU
Vicki Hamilton OAM – CEO & Secretary of Asbestos Council of Victoria/GARDS Inc.
Bag piper – Dick Henry
Musicans & Singers – Susan Parrish, Joe Omar and Phil Edwards
An Ecumenical Service will be conducted by Pastor Simon Fink – there will be time in the service dedicated to the
laying of flowers in memory of loved ones
Free Community BBQ will be held at the conclusion of the event with the compliments of the GTLC
Please take the time to have a look and read of our latest ‘Asbestos News’ October 2017 newsletter. We hope that you will find something of interest within its pages. There are lots of issues happening in our community and further a field, have a read and see if you find something you didn’t know was happening. Enjoy
We at ACV/GARDS were sadden by the news of Lou’s Williams passing on the 18/4/2017. She was a beautiful lady with a big heart who fought for mesothelioma sufferers everywhere. Our sincere condolences to Keith and Family. She will be sadly missed by us all.
Rest in Peace dear friend you have done a magnificent job. It is an honour to have known you Lou Williams.
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.
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
11/1/1949 – 28/11/2015 – On the 28th of November the world lost a truly amazing man. Here are some excerpts from the eulogy Vicki gave at his celebration of his life on the 9th December.
I and the ACV/GARDS organisation feel very honoured and privileged to have worked alongside him – I personally became very close to John and he was like the big brother I never had. A good friend that I adored and loved. John was our Treasurer on the committee of ACV/GARDS for 4 years and he was made a Life Member of our Association in March of this year, to show how much he meant to us all.
I first met John when he came to the Valley to head up the Gippsland Trades and Labour Council – I viewed John with some scepticism as our relationship with unions at that point had not been all that flash and we were not trusting of many people and associations. In fact you might say we were very GARDED – excuse the pun!
He held the hand of friendship out and said that the GTLC wanted to work hand in glove with community groups like ours to make Gippsland a better place for all. I am so glad that we took that plunge with him and the trust and bond that grew up from that point onwards became links in a chain that has now spanned more than a decade and so many issues.
I was always ringing John up for his opinion on asbestos situations as we were dealing with them on a day to day basis from the community. John’s opinions and the wealth of knowledge that John had taught me so much- I was an integration aide working at Newborough Primary School when I first met him and I was trying to juggle my work commitments with the demand on us from the community to help with all things Asbestos – as most of you here would know now – this was a mammoth job on its own. John inspired me to be the very best advocate I could be for asbestos sufferers and their families. He reassured me and supported me when those in the community were not so supportive of the work our organisation was trying to achieve for sufferers and their families. Thank goodness times have gotten better in recent years around support from the community and starting to understand the issues that our area and the nation face into the future – he helped us wherever he could and joined us in meetings with whomever it took to make change. He was our rock and if anyone dared to down us John was there to stand up for us. A truly great CFMEU organiser – one of the best – some of John’s sayings to me included he was the feather duster not the rooster – lets go deal with those who can make the change – another of his sayings was I am just the oily rag not the engine driver – lets go see who can take this forward for us. He had a wonderful ability to clear away the bullshit so the problem could be seen clearly by everyone. He empowered so many people and organisations to deal with their problems and make change for the better. This is a great legacy he has left Gippsland with a very big foot print on all of us.
John never crowed about his achievements – but he derived so much satisfaction knowing that he had helped to bring about that change.
I know that all the ACV/GARDS members join with me in saying the world has lost a truly special person who will be sadly missed by all of us. He was a visionary, an honest bloke who told it like it is, selfless, caring and compassionate for his fellow human being, he was always trying to right the wrongs of others – man of integrity and a sense of justice compared to none. A true community leader that we admired greatly. He was a warm, gentle and a passionate fighter for Gippsland workers and their families. He use to call himself the scrapper! – because he never shied away from a battle if that is what it took.
He had many sides to his very being – he was like an onion that you could peel back the layers on and if you were lucky enough to be close to John some of John’s other interest shone through such as his love for wood and the carving he did with just the right piece of wood that he would go out and scout for and some here today may have had the privilege to see him carving and the wonderful things he created with his magic hands and keen eye – his love of painting – and the magic he created on canvas – his interest and love of rock collecting that he was passionate about – maybe something that you did not know was John could knit, sew and do needle point – for a tuff union organiser the inner layers of this onion would astound you. He was a true gentleman and he has left Gippsland with a wonderful legacy of all that he has loved and been involved in – it is up to us to keep up the standard John has set.
Again lastly I want to thank Alison and her family for sharing the truly amazing man we called John, Friend, mate and comrade with us – we are so grateful to the Parker family for allowing us to have our piece of John Parker to keep and remember. We had some laughs along the way and many cherished memories to go over in our minds and I know I will always look back on the times I had with John and cherish them.
Asbestos Council of Victoria /GARDS gratefully acknowledge our major sponsors and other supporters.
• WorkSafe Victoria
• Mairin OHS&E Consulting
• Arnold Thomas & Becker Lawyers
• Slater + Gordon Lawyers
• Maurice Blackburn Lawyers
• Energy Australia
• Latrobe Valley Funeral Services
• Gippsland Trades & Labour Council
• Latrobe City Council
• Latrobe Plumbing and Asbestos Specialists