Rotary helps save the possums

ART: Rotary Club of Bendigo South president Rod Spitty and artist Marion Gould.

THREE Bendigo Rotary clubs have joined forces to help save an endangeredpossum.

The Leadbeater’s possum wasdiscovered in the 1860s in Gippsland and was declared one of Victoria’s fauna emblems in the 1970s.

The mammal is listed ascritically endangered in the Action Plan for Australian Mammals.

The Rotary Club of Bendigo South, Bendigo-Sandhurst and Next Generation are hosting a raffle, with a portion of money raised going to the Friends of Leadbeater’s Possum.

The raffle’s first prize is an artwork by central Victorian artist Marion Gould.

“I hope it makes a mint,” Mrs Gould said.

Rotary Club of Bendigo South member Lindsay Jackson said the clubs were passionate about supporting such an important cause.

“We are happy to support this cause,” she said.

The raffle will be drawn on December 18.

People wishing to purchase a ticket should contact Mr Jackson on 0418 132 968.

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Jazmin makes finals for $20k scholarship

FOCUS: Jazmin Earl, who wants to be a tourism and events manager, is in the running for a $20,000 scholarship.Picture by STUART SCOTTWeston teen Jazmin Earl is in the running to secure a scholarship that will put her on the path to her dream job.

The 17-year-old is one of nine state finalists in the running to win a $20,000 scholarship from the Australian Hotels Association NSW Charitable Foundation.

Jazmin, who has completed her Certificate II in Tourism, has ambitions to be a tourism and events manager.

“I like that you can interact with different nationalities and different people,” she said.

“You’re not doing the same thing every day.”

She said the scholarship would give her financial peace of mind.

“I got the call [about being a finalist] on the way to work and I could hardly speak,” Jazmin said.

The winner of the 2014 AHA NSW Women in Tourism and Hospitality Scholarship will undertake a Bachelor of Business (International Hotel and Resorts Management) at the prestigious Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School with the $20,000 scholarship used to cover residential costs.

AHA NSW CEO John Whelan said the aim of the scholarship was to help regional women realise their full potential.

“The hotel industry is made up of many

talented women who play a key role in our

venues right across the state,” he said.

“The annual scholarship is another way AHA NSW is able to give something back to local communities by helping a talented young woman from regional NSW to live her dream of a career in hospitality.

“Girls like Jazmin epitomise what this scholarship is all about and I wish her the best of luck.”

Jazmin, a student at the Hunter School of the Performing Arts in Broadmeadow, completed work experience at the Crowne Plaza Newcastle as part of her TAFE course.

She will appear before the judging panel in Sydney tomorrow.

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Crowd turns out for pool’s official opening

HUNDREDS of children, parents, and water babies turned out to Splashez Aquatic Centre at the weekend to celebrate the official opening of the heated children’s leisure pool.

Pool managers Brian and Bernadette Rodriquez, Glencore’s Matt O’Neill, and Mayor Tony McGrady cut the cake for the official opening of the heated leisure pool.

Mount Isa Mayor Tony McGrady, North Queensland Copper Assets Australia chief mining officer Matt O’Neill, and pool managers Brian and Bernadette Rodriquez joined the celebrations and handed out cake and ice blocks to scores of pool-goers.

Joint funding between Glencore and the Mount Isa City Council saw more than $250,000 pumped into the pool project.

With the heating of the main pool switched on in 2013, the leisure pool now completes the total project, allowing the facility to be utilised and enjoyed by all residents year-round.

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Paramedic scores QAS Commissioner’s Award

KARUMBA’S Advanced Care paramedic Andrew Lowndes was awarded the 2014 QAS Commissioner’s Achievement Award at a ceremony in Brisbane last week.

State Health Minister Lawrence Springborg and QAS Commissioner Russell Bowles present Karumba’s paramedic Andrew Lowndes with his award in a ceremony in Brisbane.

Health Minister Lawrence Springborg and Queensland Ambulance Service Commissioner Russell Bowles attended the ceremony.

Mr Lowndes was given for the award for Integrity and Accountability.

He joined the QAS 10 years ago and has worked in Karumba since 2011.

A QAS representative said Mr Lowndes had demonstrated “the highest level” of professionalism, accountability and integrity in an often challenging environment.

“Andrew has worked hard to raise the profile of QAS in the local community and has set an outstanding example for his colleagues, including mentoring relief staff and helping them to better understand the needs of Karumba residents,” the representative said.

The representative said Mr Lowndes had worked to QAS guidelines at all times.

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