2013 Casey Apprentice/Trainee of the Year Award Winners Announced - 2 May 2013
Tony with Blake Collings (L) and Jayden Battaglene (R)
Blake Collings and Jayden Battaglene are the joint winners of the 4th Annual Casey Apprentice/Trainee of the Year Awards held in Montrose last night.
In 2009 I initiated the Awards to recognise and reward excellence and achievement and to encourage careers in local trades and small business.
Four local prominent business leaders again kindly volunteered their time to sift through the nominations and select those they thought most deserving.
Phil Munday of Phil Munday’s Panel Works chaired the independent judging panel, that included Sue O’Brien of Chateau Yering, Nick Fraraccio of Stevens Glass and Clive Larkman of Larkman Nurseries.
Industries represented this year included horticulture, landscaping, carpentry, electrical, glazing and hairdressing.
From the applications received, the judging panel decided upon 10 finalists.
From the ten finalists, the panel chose two Overall Winners of the 2013 Award - 18 year old Blake Collings from Wesburn, who is a Horticulture apprentice at Oz Watergardens in Monbulk, and 17 year old Jayden Battaglene, from Chirnside Park, who is a Landscape Construction apprentice at Coolabah Landscaping in Rowville.
The Runner-up Award was won by 20 year old David Graham from Monbulk who is an apprentice electrician with Everyday Air & Electrical Solutions in Seville.
The panel chose 21 year old Ryan Adams from Mooroolbark, who is an apprentice carpenter with MN Constructions in Warrandyte to receive the Encouragement Award.
Congratulations again to all finalists, the award winners, and the panel who gave generously of their time to choose some young locals who are excelling in their chosen field and deserve the recognition and encouragement the Awards provide.
- ANZAC Day Services in Casey - 2013
The following is a original recipe provided by Bob Lawson, an ANZAC present at the Gallipoli landing. (Source: Australian War Memorial)
1 cup each of plain flour, sugar, rolled oats and coconut
4 oz butter (115g)
1 tablespoon treacle (golden syrup)
2 tablespoons boiling water (add a little more water if mixture is too dry)
1 teaspoon bi-carbonate soda
1. Grease biscuit tray and pre-heat oven to 180°C.
2. Combine dry ingredients.
3. Melt together butter and golden syrup. Combine water and bicarbonate soda, and add to butter mixture.
4. Mix butter mixture and dry ingredients.
5. Drop teaspoons of mixture onto tray, allowing room for spreading.
6. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden. Allow to cool on tray for a few minutes before transferring to cooling racks
Makes approx. 35
Volunteer Grants 2013 - Applications now closed
Applications for the 2013 Volunteer Grants Program are now closed.
This program is an extension of the former Coalition Government’s Volunteer Small Equipment Grants Program which was established in 2001.
In recognition of the hard work and many hours volunteers dedicate to not-for-profit organisations the Volunteer Grants Program provides funding to organisations to support and encourage the work of their volunteers.
Not-for-profit organisations can apply for grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 to purchase equipment, including computers, tools, air conditioners and sporting items. The funding can also help to contribute towards the cost of fuel incurred when carrying out voluntary work, travel costs or for training purposes.
APPLICATIONS CLOSED WEDNESDAY 24 APRIL 2013
I recognise the important role volunteers play in our local community and have strongly encouraged eligible organisations to apply.