The South Eastern Times : June 14th 2018
2 NEWS Strike action taken at Millicent Mill J.L. ‘FRED’ SMITH firstname.lastname@example.org STRIKE action has recently been undertaken by a union at the KimberlyClark Australia Millicent Mill despite an 11th hour court bid by the company to prevent it happening. The strike took the form of one union member ceasing work for an hour in the stores section of the plant on the afternoon of May 11. The stoppage is regarded as “protected industrial action” as it followed a ballot of union members, was authorised by the Fair Work Commission and is in support of a new enterprise agreement. The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union advised KCA management on May 7 of its intention to stop work four days later. In response, KCA applied to the Fair Work Commission to prevent the stoppage proceeding as it claimed it was not covered by the period of time authorised after the ballot. Commissioner Sarah McKinnon organised a hearing in Melbourne on the morning of the proposed stoppage and both parties were represented. She accepted the union submission that a month-long extension had been secured to the original period when protected industrial action could be undertaken. “I am satisfied the industrial action scheduled to start this afternoon is authorised by the protected action ballot and is protected industrial action,” Commissioner McKinnon said. CFMEU Pulp and Papermakers Division secretary Alex Millar told The South Eastern Times the Fair Work Commission had provided clarity. “Our negotiations for a new enterprise agreement with the company are continuing,” Mr Millar said. KCA Millicent Mill manager Scott Whicker was approached for comment but declined. TREE PLANTING: Amber Bobbin and Elijah team up and plant bush tucker species in the meeting place garden at Millicent High School. Children from Millicent North Kindergarten participated in a number of hands-on and interactive activities in recognition of National Reconciliation Week. Pictures: BROOKE LITTLEWOOD Have you heard how I help people? Running a small business can be stressful. Managing staff, keeping customers happy, staying on top of your bookwork all add to this stress. What if there was a better way? A great adviser and intelligent systems can turn bookwork into a time you enjoy. I’d love to help you. p 0407 394 029 e email@example.com 23 George St Millicent 731275 Students embrace indigenous culture BROOKE LITTLEWOOD firstname.lastname@example.org THE history, culture and lives of indigenous Australians have been embraced in the Millicent community in recognition of National Reconciliation Week. As part of the nation-wide celebrations, Millicent North Kindergarten children gathered at Millicent High School’s (MHS) Aboriginal meeting place garden last week and participated in two rotating sessions. The sessions, hosted by MHS environmental student support officer Kathy Bell and Aboriginal elder and educator Doug Nicholls, highlighted the importance of National Reconciliation Week and preserving Aboriginal culture and heritage. Doug shared his knowledge of indigenous history with the children through a “hunt and gather” session. Participants were able to look at and hold a number of artefacts passed down through generations, including a fishing net, message sticks, kangaroo skin and rocks used for painting. Meanwhile, Kathy worked with the children through a hands-on activity of collecting seeds and planting bush tucker species in the garden. The kindergarten’s early learning educator Hayley Bell highlighted the importance of acknowledging and recognising Aboriginal culture in our lives. “Children need to learn and understand the history of the country they live in,” she said. “At Mi l l icent Nor th When you buy a Case IH machine, you’re buying a product that’s backed by over 175 years of performance. With huge savings on our End of Financial Year Sale and low finance rates, you can purchase the machine and package you want, with added value you’ll really appreciate. Kindergarten we believe it is important in our daily routine to say an acknowledgment to country in the mornings with the children to say thank you for the land they live on. PHONE JOHN PAYNE ANYTIME ON 0455 220 427 29292 Princes Highway, Millicent 5280 | Phone: 8733 4899 www.sebastopolmachinery.com.au 735754 2 - The South Eastern Times, Thursday, June 14, 2018 www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au “If we can support them to learning this at a young age, they will already have the background knowledge to build on through their schooling.” HUNT AND GATHER: Sonny Weise and Lawson Baker aere warm as they wrap themselves in a kangaroo fur blanket. The children participated in a hunt and gather session as part of the morning’s activities and embraced the history, culture and lives of indigenous Australians. CULTURAL VALUES: Billy Brown (right) learns how to throw a boomerang under the guidance of Aboriginal elder and educator Doug Nicholls. Children were given the opportunity to look at and hold a number of indigenous artefacts, which were passed down through generations. For the past three years the kindergarten has engaged in Aboriginal culture sessions with Doug, Kathy and Aboriginal community education officer Jenny Bishop. Ms Bell said children also participated in ceremony and talk and song and dance sessions offered during the kindergarten year. “The children have been interested in flags since they started pre-entry sessions,” she said. “They noticed the Torres Strait Islander flag on our written version of acknowledgement to country and wondered why that flag was not hanging up on our ceiling with the Aboriginal and Australian flags. “In term one Tony Pasin MP presented the kindergarten with a new set of flags, this time including that of the Torres Strait Islander. “This term, we have looked at the symbolic meaning behind the colours and images on each flag.” National Reconciliation Week was held from May 27 to June 3 and provided the opportunity to celebrate indigenous history and culture in Australia and foster reconciliation discussion and activities.
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