Mildura Weekly : Friday June 13 Vol 8 No 32
Mildura Weekly – 13/06/14 3 www.milduraphonebook.com.au SALVAGE experts Danatec Re- sources Pty Ltd conducted their fourth diving operation earlier this week as preparations contin- ue to re-float the partially sunken paddle boat Avoca. The first of those dives was conducted more than a month ago and was centred on early as- sessment as well as securing the vessel to the river bank to ensure it does not shift or roll further into the water. The dive team say the vessel has been secured for more than a month by an assortment of chains and cables to ‘earth anchors’ on the riverbank as salvage planning and preparations continue. Subsequent dives have been made, the most recent on Mon- day this week, to assess the river bed and the Avoca’s position on the shelf it is resting on. They say that while the vessel is secure, the rear of the boat is resting closest to the edge of the river bed shelf. Drivers have been forced to carry out the survey work by touch due to the zero visibility beneath the water’s surface. Other dives have been to sur- vey the surrounding area for de- bris, snags and any other issues which could complicate the sal- vage operation. Two barges have already been brought in as preparation for the salvage works. Divers take lead in Avoca salvage • BE PREPARED: Forbes-Wilson brothers Carl, Stephen and James, prepare for another diving survey of the Avoca site. By BEN PISCIONERI A MILDURA-based hu- man services project aimed at streamlining the way client data is collected and shared could have State and national rami- fications, it was revealed this week. A Mallee Family Care- led consortium has insti- gated the project, which aims to prevent clients seeking help repeatedly having tell their stories while improving the way services are delivered through a shared client database. The potential of the initiative was recog- nised this month with a $500,000 cash injection as part of this year’s Ian Pot- ter Foundation 50th Anni- versary Commemorative Grants. Mallee Family Care president, Ross Lake, said this week he was overjoyed MFC had been awarded the grant to progress the consortium’s work. “The computer age has contributed enormously to the amount and the detail of the information which is collected by hu- man service organisations, but the disparate needs of funding bodies has re- sulted in a system which is disjointed and largely dysfunctional,” Mr Lake explained. “This situation often means that clients with a range of needs are having to tell their stories numer- ous times and workers end up spending far too much time inputting data which already exists in other pro- grams. “Our practitioners spend too much time in front of computer screens and this clearly detracts from their ability to work face-to-face with those who need them most.” The consortium is made up of MFC, Upper Murray Family Care, Oz Child: Children Australia and Melbourne Univer- sity. Ian Potter Foundation executive officer, Janet Hirst, was full of praise for the initiative, dubbed the Independent Agency Net- work. “The objective of our Effective Organisations stream was to draw out ideas that bring about positive social change through well managed and properly resourced or- ganisations that respond creatively and effectively to the needs of their con- stituents,” Ms Hirst said. “This is an excellent example of such a proj- ect.” MFC executive direc- tor, Vernon Knight, said there had already been significant interest in the project from agencies out- side the consortium. “This level of inter- est, combined with the support of Government, suggests that the project could be a ‘game changer’ for agencies throughout Victoria and possibly Aus- tralia,” Mr Knight said. $500,000 human services project a ‘game changer’ • INITIATIVE: Dr Erica Frydenberg, MFC president Ross Lake, MFC executive director Vernon Knight, Professor Aron Shlonsky (University of Melbourne), Charles Goode (Ian Potter Foundation chairman), Dr Luke Rumbold (Upper Murray Family Care), and Bruce du Vergier. 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