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YOUR HEALTH IS IN GOOD HANDS
The health and well-being of Moorabool has just received a major
boost with the opening of the new $2.5 million state-of-the-ar t
Ballan Centre for Community Health.
The new centre includes 17
consulting rooms, an increase
from three, and a range of full
time and visiting health ser vices
including: general practice, 24-
hour emergency care , dental,
physiotherapy, dietetics, podiatry,
occupational therapy, psychology,
pathology, echo cardiogr ams,
audiology, district nur sing,
community health nur sing,
women's health clinics, chronic
disease management, drug and
alcohol suppor t ser vices, welfare suppor t ser vices, emergency relief
and transpor t connection.
The facility came about following considerable funding from the
Federal Government and 12 months of community fundraising.
This new centre will provide a wide range of ser vices, all of which
are now available under the one roof meaning people within the
district will be able to access all their health care needs, without
leaving their own community.
The new Centre for Community Health opened for appointments
on Monday 14 September.
To help celebrate the opening of the new clinic, the hospital is
holding a fun-filled afternoon on Saturday 3 October from 12noon
-- 3pm. The clinic will be open for tours and the hospital will be
supplying a free sausage sizzle, health checks and a range of free
children's activities. Power FM, 3BA and Life Education, including
Harold the Giraffe will be a par t of this special celebration.
RESTORING THE AVENUE'S HONOUR
As they approach their hundredth year, the great trees of the Avenue
of Honour in Bacchus Marsh are in need of some TLC.
A combination of factors, including the natural aging process,
inherent str uctural deficiencies, alterations to root zones and
markedly increased traffic flows, have seen many of them in need of
attention and some in need of replacement.
A much-needed rejuvenation program began in late August and over
the coming months Council will be undertaking extensive tree
inspections and general remedial works to not only ensure the safety
of the Avenue of Honour trees, but also to retain the character of
the magnificent tree-lined road as much as is practicably possible.
The original trees, mostly elms, were planted in 1918 along the main
road into Bacchus Mar sh in honour of the men and women from the
district who ser ved in the Australian Imperial Forces in the Fir st
The species of elm is Ulmnus hollandica or Dutch Elm and over the
year s they have grown to enormous sizes, often to heights of 45m.
But now some trees in the Avenue pose a hazard with an increased
risk of falling limbs or whole trees.
Unfor tunately some trees will inevitably need to be replaced, but
this is a provision that Council began planning for four year s ago.
Replacement trees have been propagated from buds taken from
existing trees that displayed healthy and strong botanical
This means that any tree that needs to be replaced will have healthy
young trees, already five metres in height, in its place.
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