Emergency services have been called to the scene of a car crash on the Berwick Cranbourne Road in Cranbourne East, shortly before 4pm on Friday 28 April.
Ambulance Victoria confirmed that two children have received minor facial injuries from the crash and a woman has suffered a head injury.
The people in the car may be trapped as emergency services work to open a stuck door on the car.
More as it comes.
A fed-up principal, tired of his school being targeted by criminals, has called on the culprits to “have a heart”.
Following a spate of thefts at Bayles Regional Primary School, principal Mat Anderton has put out the public plea in a bid to deter future attacks.
In the past five months, 30 iPads have been stolen and a fence fire lit, leaving the school out of pocket and without essential school equipment.
Mr Anderton said the most recent theft of 20 of the Apple tablets on 23 April was the final straw.
The items were purchased by the school through fund-raising and the community would like to see them returned.
Mr Anderton described those responsible for their theft as “heartless”.
“Enough is enough. It’s not OK,” he said.
“What you’re doing is stealing from kids.”
What perhaps hurts the school most is the possibility the offenders were local.
According to Mr Anderton, all incidents occurred in the early hours of the weekend.
“Where we are we’re quite isolated so it’s obviously planned,” Mr Anderton said.
“As a small school, they see us as soft targets and think they can just come and take what they like.
“It’s frustrating for the community and us – at the end of the day it’s the kids that are missing out.”
Bayles Regional is not the only school targeted by offenders in recent times.
On 2 March, Nar Nar Goon Primary School was also the victim of theft, with three iPads stolen.
“We don’t know if they’re related, but there has certainly been the targeting of small schools in the area,” Mr Anderton said.
Cardinia Criminal Investigation Unit is investigating the crimes, but in the meantime Bayles Regional isn’t taking any more chances.
“We’re taking action to protect our assets, we are boosting our security,” Mr Anderton said.
“But I’d really like whoever is involved to think of the kids. They probably don’t care, but what they’re doing is really disheartening for the school community.”
Police are asking anyone with information about this incident to phone Cardinia CIU on 5945 2500 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Changes to the skilled foreign worker visa system will hurt Greater Dandenong businesses, particularly manufacturers.
This was the message from South East Melbourne Manufacturers Alliance (SEMMA) and Dandenong-based law firm Macpherson Kelley.
“I came over on a 457 visa,” SEMMA executive officer Adrian Boden revealed.
The Brit was employed as the vice president of engineering for PBR, now Chassis Brakes International, in 2004.
“I was coming from a multinational, European background with brakes,” he said.
“I think I brought something to the community which I wouldn’t have been able to do if I hadn’t stayed on afterwards.”
Mr Boden said he was still seeking more information about the changes and their impacts, but “I can’t see the advantage of doing the two-year visa”.
The 457 visa previously allowed businesses to employ foreign workers for up to four years in skilled jobs where there was a shortage of Australian workers, with eligibility for Permanent Residency application after two years.
Under changes announced on Tuesday 18 April, the 457 system will be abolished and replaced with the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa in March next year.
TSS will include a short-term stream, for up to two years’ work, and a medium-term stream, for up to four years, plus safeguards to prioritise Australian workers and more targeted occupation lists.
The medium-term stream will include a permanent residence pathway after three years.
“I think it would be incredibly negative for the businesses in this area,” Mr Boden said.
“You won’t get a skilled overseas worker relocating for two years.
“We have lots of people who need skilled workers.”
Macpherson Kelley Victorian managing principal Jamie Sturgess said the firm assisted businesses with more than one 457 visa every week.
“There’s a whole host of issues that make recruiting from overseas more difficult than recruiting locally,” he said.
“If you could have an apple in Australia, you’d be stupid if you chose the foreign apple rather than the local apple.”
Mr Sturgess said production manager was one role that had been removed from the jobs list.
“Imagine if we could recruit the best production managers anywhere in the world for roles in Australia and then they teach everyone who works under them their absolute world’s best practice,” he said.
“Australia will become a better, stronger, wealthier country if we have more talent across the board.
“We should be saying to the world ‘this is the best country in the world to live in, and if you are an incredibly talented person that wants to come here and make this home for the rest of your life and contribute back to this community with your sensational skills, in a multitude of ways’ (you are welcome).
“We’re saying ‘no’, whereas I think we should be saying ‘yes’.”
In relation to manufacturing, Macpherson Kelley workplace relations principal Andrew Douglas said: “Australia is still fairly new to transformative value-added manufacturing and we just don’t have the skills base.
“We need to be able to attract the workers that will facilitate the transition like engineers, designers and others because we’re a small economy.”
The mystery winner of a division-one winning TattsLotto ticket at Fountain Gate Lotto Dreams has claimed their $271,775 prize.
The unregistered prize had been unclaimed for several days, after the draw on 22 April.
The winner was said to have nearly fell over when they discovered their windfall from their 36-game QuickPick ticket.
It was the sixth division-one winner in eight years from the Fountain Gate outlet.
The store’s owner Frida Abboud said she’d “built quite the reputation for selling division-one winning tickets”.
“I can’t walk around the shopping centre without people coming up to me and asking for my tips on lucky numbers.”
Meanwhile an unregistered ticket-holder who bought a ticket from Berwick Lucky Lotto for the Saturday 28 January draw still hasn’t claimed their first-division prize.
If unclaimed within a six month “grace period”, the $509,615 prize will be banked by the Victorian State Revenue Office.
The Pakenham Warriors’ undefeated streak to start the new Division 2 men’s Big V basketball season has stretched to five games after a 14-point win at home over the Mildura Heat on Saturday night, 80-66.
The Warriors opened with a commanding 21-9 opening quarter and capitalised in the second, extending the margin to 13 by the main break.
The Heat made their run in the third, but the Warriors steadied in the last with a 22-16 term to close out the contest.
Pleasingly for Pakenham, Trent Lee top-scored with just 17 points while Nick Ross added 13 as the side’s only other scorer to reach double-digits.
This truly was a whole team performance with contributions from top to bottom.
Though the Warriors could only manage 41 per cent shooting from the field, Lee shone with 8-11 to go along with his four boards and three assists.
Skipper Ben Gaze had a rough night from both the field and the free-throw line but still finished with a near double-double (9 points and 10 boards).
Pakenham’s intensity was there to see throughout the clash, more than doubling Mildura in second chance points (11 to 5) and bench production (23 points to 9).
That said, there’s still plenty for Brent Russell’s group to improve on – particularly its horrid free throw shooting.
On Saturday, that number dipped to just 37 per cent as the Warriors could manage to drain just 13 of their 35 attempts from the charity stripe.
Still, Pakenham currently has a share of the lead in Division 2 with wins from each of its first five games holding the team in particularly good stead given it has played two less games than each of the three sides around it in the standings – Collingwood, Southern Peninsula, and Wallan.
Russell’s group will next face the North East Bushrangers from 8pm this Saturday at The Colosseum at Cardinia Life.
In other Pakenham Big V news from across the weekend, Simo Pajdic’s Youth League men’s side stormed to an 86-58 victory away to the Seahawks in Warrnambool on Saturday afternoon.
Kyle Nagel and Tobie Dean led the way with 17 points apiece for the visitors, while Tom Greer added a big double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds to go along with 5 steals and an efficient 5-9 from the field. Lee Belton also stuffed the stat sheet with 14 points, 7 boards, and 3 steals.
The Warriors were particularly adept at defending the long ball from Warrnambool – keeping the Seahawks to just 12 per cent shooting from deep throughout the contest. The Warriors also convincingly outrebounded their opponent 53-37.
They’ll next face the Casey Cavaliers at home from 6pm this Saturday before heading to Bialik Stadium on Sunday to face their namesakes the Maccabi Warriors from 2pm.
Finally, Darren Thomas’ Youth League women’s side notched up the most emphatic win in their short history so far, destroying Sherbrooke 84-53 on Saturday night in Belgrave.
Ellie Coutts was again outstanding with 18 points and 10 boards to go along with 4 dimes, 2 steals, and 3 rejections.
Jaime Armstrong added 16 points and 9 boards, while Samantha Neil added 13 points and 6 steals.
As part of this Saturday’s triple-header at Cardinia Life, the Pakenham girls will host the Sunbury Jets from 4pm before heading to Dromana to face the Western Port Steelers on Sunday from noon.
A Doveton stalwart has found new way to help the community – Lions.
Juan Carlos Loyola, better known as ‘Carlos’ around Casey, is the Lions Club of Endeavour Hills’ newest member.
He was sponsored by Lion Daniele Alexa and inducted by past district governor Ian Gration.
“I’ve been working on different things for the community, especially for mental illness and disabled people, for the past 25 years,” he said.
“Also I’ve been involved with White Ribbon and working with the Spanish community in the South East.
“Many people in the community need the Lions Club to help them.”
Mr Loyola gave the example of a mother with a disabled child having a hard time, under pressure from having to travel to the Royal Children’s Hospital.
“She struggled for different reasons and we are there for her,” he said.
“We supported some projects like research for cancer for kids.”
Mr Loyola said the club raised cash to support guide dog training and much more.
“We meet every second week and every time we’ve got new projects,” he said.
“I feel very grateful to be there.”
He said Lions had been around for more than 100 years.
“For a long time the Lions Club has been helping, in Australia but also around the world,” he said.
Mr Loyola said the club always needed more help and encouraged anyone who was “bored with nothing to do”, young or old, to join.
“Do something for the community,” he said.
“You feel fantastic.”
Mr Loyola received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) and in 2012, Narre Warren North MP Luke Donnellan created the Juan Carlos Loyola OAM Award for Longstanding Community Service following his 20 years of tireless service to the Doveton Special Soccer School.
The Lions Club of Endeavour Hills meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month.
Call Pauline Spry on 9700 1687, email address firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.facebook.com/endeavourhillslionsclub