Please note – As of 17th March 2020 all our events and support groups – Gippsland & Metro meetings are cancelled at this present time for our members and public safety due to COVID-19 – we will notify you by this medium when our support groups and events recommence. If you wish to contact us for information and support please do so by email and phone
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.
12.4.2019 attended Chisholm TAFE Frankston Campus to conduct asbestos awareness sessions to apprentice carpenters 50+ apprentices now more asbestos aware -cutting questions-great interaction which saw us hammer through the issues – thanks to all – great day – thanks to the trade teachers for making us welcome 😎👍
12.10.2018 ACV/GARDS at Chisholm Frankston campus delivering Asbestos Awareness to another bunch of apprentice plumbers – great questions from the class & thanks for being super enthusiastic to learn more about asbestos – our last group from Chisholm TAFE for the year – all the best for the future in your chosen trade
Today the 11th September the ACV/GARDS girls traveled to Chisholm TAFE Berwick to deliver the first of 4 asbestos awareness sessions to apprentice plumbers. We had 40+ very engaged apprentices who asked many and varied questions. It was a real privilege to have the chance to chat with these apprentices and to try and make them asbestos aware – we hope in the future that this sort of info might help these future plumbers being exposed to asbestos in their work places and homes. Thanks to trade teachers Nick and Rod for the session today and joining in.
The ACV/GARDS crew attended the Master Painters Assoc Vic/Tassie – Melbourne Annual members meeting 14/6/17 – the Painter and Decorators are now much more asbestos aware – great bunch of tradies – with some terrific questions – we had an enjoyable night. We want to thank all for making us feel very welcome. We have forged some new friendships and look forward to a great association together.
The ACV/GARDS team were at the Home and Leisure show with a display to the general public on asbestos awareness from Friday the 26th to Sunday the 28th of May – we talked with many people and gave out bags of information. Great chance to catch many people that we would not usually run into. Young and old a like, people doing home renovations and others trying to find out about disposal and removal. Residents came in from all over Gippsland, which encompasses other councils in the area that abut Latrobe City to ask about how to handle and dispose of asbestos in their council area. It was great meeting everyone and hearing about their asbestos issues. We are taking some of those issues that were conveyed to us and seeing if we can try and represent the residents who live in those areas and rectify their problems.
ACV/GARDS also had two very hard working volunteers on the Saturday, we would like to thank Graeme Hamilton and Dennis Day for volunteering and helping out at the display. You were both a terrific help and we were informed that the two of you had a really good time talking with everyone that came up on the day. We could not have done it without you both. ACV/GARDS were also lucky to have applied for sponsorship to Energy Australia Yallourn P/L for the site we hired and we were successful in being allocated the funds to do that – it was very pleasing to know that we were supported in this manner to deliver the information to the public. Big thank you to the Energy Australia team at Yallourn it was very much appreciated.
All in all a very successful 3 day event where we met and talked with many and gained some new supporters. : )
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.