Mildura Weekly : Friday January 6 Vol 11 No 9
18 NEWS MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, JANUARY 6, 2017 WHILE most teenagers are enjoying their time away from school, one St Jo- seph’s College student will be spending some of the holidays at university im- mersed in science. Year 12 student Alan Joseph, 17, will be among 400 young people attend- ing the National Youth Sci- ence Forum at the Austra- lian National University in Canberra later this month. The 12-day program aims to nurture and en- courage young Australians to become the next genera- tion of leading scientists and engineers. The students are ex- pected to experience cut- ting edge research and development, meet re- searchers and practitioners and explore opportunities for tertiary study and a ca- reer in science. Alan said the pro- gram was an opportunity to meet like-minded stu- dents, who would become life-long friends and im- portant contacts in the future. “Past attendees have said it was one of the best things they could have done for themselves and their career,” he said. “I want to get a wider un- derstanding of all science, technology, engineering and maths subjects and ca- reer options that will ben- efit myself, my family and my community.” Alan said he was in- fluenced by the world and people around him to pur- sue a career in science. His family migrated to Australia from India in 2010 in search of better education and career op- portunities. Alan said he always wanted to be an engineer, but his mother’s work as a nurse, and encouragement from his teachers at St Jo- seph’s College, motivated him to pursue a career in health sciences. “Her stories from working in the hospi- tal influenced me to do something to help others who aren’t as fortunate,” he said. “What I’ve found out so far has given me an idea of the sort of impact I could have on smaller communities, especially rural areas that need a lot of help. “Hopefully I can do something in medicine, whether that’s being a doc- tor, working in neurology or cardiology, or if I want to go into research I could do something in robotics and stem cells. “There’s all these possi- bilities, but some that will have a huge impact on the community.” MILDURA Rural City Council is calling on residents to join its Disability Access Advisory Com- mittee (DAAC), encouraging those interested to play a role in increasing access for people with disabilities in the municipality. DAAC is tasked with estab- lishing a consultative community framework to advise Council on the priority access needs of peo- ple with disabilities. This includes working in part- nership with Council to improve access to services, programs and infrastructure for people with dis- abilities within the municipality. Council is seeking communi- ty-minded individuals and rep- resentatives from local organisa- tions to fill three vacancies on the current committee: two com- munity members and one service provider. Councillor for Community Wellbeing and Services, Ali Cup- per, encouraged people to get in- volved. “Council’s Disability Access Advisory Committee serves a cru- cial role in ensuring people with a disability in our region are able to access the same services and facilities that most of us take for granted,” Cr Cupper said. “It’s also a rewarding role for committee members who are able to make a real difference to peo- ples’ lives.” The committee meets monthly and membership is for a three- year term. People with disabilities, as well as family members and car- ers from a range of backgrounds and with varied experiences, are encouraged to apply. DAAC was established in 2001, and has evolved from an advisory committee to now being recog- nised as an expert resource for Council to address barriers to access and inclusion for people with disabilities. More information, and a copy of the expression of inter- est form, is available by contact- ing Council’s rural access worker Jeni Snadden on 5018 8100, or via email; jeni.snadden@mildura. vic.gov.au. Information is also available on Council’s website, including the latest terms of reference, at www.mildura.vic.gov.au/Services/ Aged-Disability-Services/Disabili- ty-Access-Support. Expressions of interest must be received by 4pm on Thursday, January 19. Residents assist increased access for people with disabilities Budding scientist Canberra-bound • PASSION FOR SCIENCE: St Joseph’s College student Alan Joseph will be among 400 young people attending the National Youth Science Forum in Canberra later this month. State takes a ‘step forward’ in portable long service leave scheme THE Victorian Government has accepted Parlia- mentary Committee recommendations regarding the introduction of portable long service leave in the community services, security and contract cleaning industries. According to the Committee, employees in these sectors are often unable to continue working for a single employer long enough to qualify for long service leave, due to the nature of the indus- tries and a variety of short-term funding arrange- ments. The Victorian Government will now look at op- tions to design a portable long service leave scheme for these industries, after the Parliamentary Com- mittee identified a need for further investigation into the viability of any system. Portable long service leave was previously in- troduced for construction workers in 1975, with the authority maintaining the system, Co-Invest, operational for the past 40 years, while also pay- ing out more than $1.1billion to workers over that period. “Long service leave arrangements should meet the needs of our modern workplaces – that’s why we’re taking the steps necessary to look after work- ers and make sure they’re not short-changed,” Min- ister for Industrial Relations, Natalie Hutchins, said. “The sad reality is due to the nature of some workplaces, some workers are not eligible for long service leave. “We need to work towards a better and fairer system.” Mildura 155 Langtree Ave Ph: (03) 5022 2933 Ouyen Britt St (Hospital Site) Ph: (03) 5092 1121 Robinvale 160 Bromley Rd Ph: (03) 5026 3536 Berri 11 Crawford Tc e Ph: (08) 8582 2796 After Hours Emergency 0419 381 125 when available Tankard Dental welcomes SURGERY Arthur will visit Tankard Dental on a monthly basis. 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