Mildura Weekly : Friday June 27 Vol 8 No 34
www.milduraweekly.com.au 12 Mildura Weekly – 27/06/14 Council seeks youth for new committee MILDURA Rural City Council is revisiting the way it communicates and engages with local youth and is looking for young people to join a brand new Youth Liaison Committee. The new committee – open to anyone living in our municipality aged from 16 to 25 – will work with Council staff to develop a Youth Char- ter and a Good Practices Guide for Councillors and Council staff. Community Wellbeing and Services port- folio Councillor Sharyon Peart said while the Youth Services staff already work closely with youth groups such as the FReeZA and Youth Am- bassadors Committees, the new group will have a different focus. “Youth Liaison Committee members will be given support and training to become advocates for the young people in our region,” explained Cr Peart. “They will be charged with the respon- sibility of preparing our first ever Youth Charter, as well as a Good Practices Guide for Council staff to use when they are looking to engage with our young residents.” Applications for the Youth Liaison Commit- tee are now open, with nominations closing on Friday 4 July. Further assistance and nomination forms are available from Youth Services at 76 Deakin Avenue Mildura or by contacting staff on (03) 5018 8280 or youthservices@mildura. vic.gov.au Rotary Charity Ball hailed a success THIS year’s Sunraysia Rotary Charity Ball has been deemed a success with more than $41,000 raised for local charity Wings for Kids Inc. Sunraysia Mallee. Eight Sunraysia Rotary Clubs joined forc- es to organise the recent event, which was held at Club Da Vinci. More than 200 guests attended the fund-raiser, with raffles and auctions held throughout the night. Wings for Kids Inc. Sunraysia Mallee as- sists in the purchase of medical equipment, aids and supports for ‘special needs’ children and their families who live in the region. A $1000 grant from the Office of Geographic Names is allowing Mildura Rural City Coun- cil and Merbein District Historical Society to research and digitally document the his- tory behind some of Merbein’s well-known streets. With the 100th anniversary since the be- ginning of World War I being commemorat- ed in August, the Merbein District Historical Society is using the grant to put together a history of its local World War I veterans – in- cluding streets in the area which have been named after them. Community Development and Safety portfolio Councillor Ali Cupper, INSET, said Council had applied for and received the funding, with MDHS overseeing the project. “The research being undertaken by the MDHS is fantastic, with the final results to be forever recorded in the new VICNAMES archives,” she said. “VICNAMES records the history of existing roads, features and lo- calities, and as Merbein develops and grows, Council will also have a great resource when it comes to naming new streets. “We will be able to look back at these records and honour the memories of these soldiers in a special way. “I personally have strong family ties to Merbein, and it is wonderful to think our history is being preserved in this manner.” President of MDHS Bernadette Wells , PICTURED, said the project had already un- covered some interesting information. “We were really excited to take on this challenge and find another way to commem- orate our World War 1 Anzacs in this cente- nary year,” she said. Merbein Street name history in the spotlight “Merbein’s history and streetscape is closely linked with World War 1. “Not only was the new settlement of Merbein cho- sen as a place to repatriate World War 1 soldiers, but the community chose to name 16 streets after soldiers who lost their lives in the war. “People will now be able to look up the names of these veterans or the street names and read the story behind them.” Mrs Wells labelled Box Street as a prime example of a tale behind a street name. “Frank Chloride Box was born in Broken Hill, and was a horticulturalist in Merbein when he enlisted in 1915,” she said. “Frank was 23 when he was killed in France on No- vember 24, 1916. “He is commemorated at the Australian War Memorial, on the Merbein Honour Roll and also where he is buried at Villers-Breton- neux in France. “Frank’s two brothers Jim and Jack also fought on the front-line. “In some cases, such as Frank Box, we have been able to locate stories from The Mil- dura Cultivator with news articles about the sad loss of loved ones abroad.” Mrs Wells said MDHS was encouraging residents to contact the group with informa- tion relating to relatives who lived in the Mer- bein township or irrigation area and served in World War I. “Please call us and we can double-check to make sure your relatives are listed, make sure the information we have is correct and ensure they are commemorated appropriately,” she said. MDHS is also seeking to build a bank of relevant information on all service personnel engaged in other wars who are deserving of having a Merbein street named in their hon- our. While the research is ongoing, once com- plete copies of the findings will be available from Council and from MDHS. More information about the ‘Naming Places’ project is available online at www.dt- pli.vic.gov.au/property-and-land-titles/nam- ing-places/anzac-commemorative-naming- project. “VICNAMES records the history of existing roads, features and lo- calities, and as Merbein develops family ties to Merbein, and it is wonderful to think our history is being preserved in this manner.” President of MDHS Bernadette Wells , and streetscape is closely linked with World War 1. settlement of Merbein cho- sen as a place to repatriate World War 1 soldiers, but the community chose to name 16 streets 50% OFF COMPLETE GLASSES INCLUDING THE LATEST DESIGNERS When you choose 1 pair of complete glasses with PENTAX standard single vision lenses from a select range in the $149 collection or above. * OVER150FRAMES *Other lens types and extra options not included. Offer ends 6th July 2014. Not to be used in conjunction with any other of fer including 2 pairs for 1 low price. Frames available while stocks last. 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