Home' Moorabool Matters : December 2009 Contents 12 MOORABOOL MATTERS - COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2009
MOORABOOL RESIDENTS INVITED
TO JOIN IN AUSTRALIA DAY
Australia Day is just around the corner and Moorabool residents
are encouraged to attend the Australia Day celebrations in
Australia Day is a day when the community comes together to
celebrate being Australian with friends, family and neighbour s. In
2010, celebrations will be held at the Ballan Mechanics Hall
commencing with breakfast in the Supper Room in Inglis Street,
Ballan. From 8.00am there will be a community barbeque
breakfast, live enter tainment, a flag raising ceremony, a citizenship
ceremony and the Australia Day Award presentations - our
Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Community
Event of the Year and a Citizenship Ceremony to welcome our
Moorabool's Australia Day Ambassador John Bir t will be
presenting on what being Australian means to him and ever y
Moorabool resident is invited to come along and join in the
John Bir t was born in Ballarat in 1937 and played 193 games for
Essendon Football Club between 1957 and 1967, including two
premier ships in 1962 and 1965. He won the Best and fairest in
1961, 1965 and 1967. He was West Torrens, Adelaide Captain
and Coach from 1968 - 70.
He was a teacher at Essendon Grammar School and Pulteney
Grammar School between 1961 and 1982.
In 2002 an Essendon panel selected Bir t as number twenty-one
of the 25 "Champions of Essendon"
Mr Bir t has also been closely involved with Rotar y, as the
Collingwood Club President in 1990 and Assistant Governor in
1991, 2001 and 2002.
BEST START PICKS UP AWARD
Recognition for Council's highly successful Best Star t program
continues with the program picking up a highly valued award in
the 2009 Minister's Early Years Awards program in the
"Par tner ships with Families and Communities" section.
The Minister for Early Childhood Development, Maxine Morand
presented the Best Start team with their award in October for
the innovative bir thday postcard program.
Included with the award was a cheque for $15,000 which will be
used for fur ther training for childrens ser vices workers in
Best Star t, which also runs the multi award-winning Literacy Trail, fir st
trailed the bir thday postcard program this year after receiving funding
from the Depar tment of Education and Early Childhood
Development for programs to assist children with transitioning to
The postcard program was an initiative of the "Ready Set Go"
action group, which comprised Council's Best Star t and Maternal
and Child Health, Moorabool for Mother s (a community-based
parenting newsletter), Bacchus Mar sh Primar y School and Young
The bir thday postcard program involves cards being sent out
through Moorabool Shire Council's Maternal and Child Health
ser vice for children aged 1 -- 4 year s, through kindergar tens and
childcare centres for the five-year olds, and through Moorabool
Shire primar y schools for the 5-8 year olds.
The postcards have a bir thday message for children on the front
and information for parents regarding the health and
development of the children.
Included on the cards are reminder s for children to be booked in
for their health checks with Maternal and Child Health nur ses,
information on when to star t thinking about kindergar ten and
school enrolments, preparation for school information, ideas for
play and learning, healthy eating messages and reminders on the
impor tance of reading and active play for children.
The response to the cards has been ver y positive. Parents with
young children have commented on the appeal of the cards, their
simple straightforward messages, and the usefulness of having a
reminder system, par ticularly for those all impor tant checkups or
The award is recognition of passionate community groups and
organisations working in par tnership to deliver innovative
programs throughout Moorabool Shire
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