The service was performed by Bob Wooley from the St Arnaud RSL. 104-year-old Maud Coates laid the wreath and Mrs Kay Smith played the last post.
Maud was in the services during WW2 from 1942 until 1946 with RAAF.
Maud first started as a clerical assistant at the Engineering school which was located at the Melbourne Showgrounds. The day she started was the day of the Japanese bombing of Darwin.
From there, in 1943, Maud worked in records in Prahran for 6 months and then moved to the RAAF recruiting centre in Preston.
In 1944, Maud worked in canteen services. In this role she was responsible for ordering, accounting and shipment of goods, such as liquor and tobacco to stations in the Southern Command (which included Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania). It was during this time that the Battle of the Coral Sea took place.
Maud also had two younger sisters in the RAAF. One is now deceased and the other lives in Perth and is 102 years old.
Maud is pictured here with Leisure and Lifestyle coordinator Nadia Shtereva and Wynn Battersby, a long standing neighbour and the mother of Mrs. Kay Smith.
The students looked at implementing the Healthy choice framework within the hospitality industry of St Arnaud. This framework has been applied within our own hospital setting, however never been applied within a community setting and therefore this is exciting and unique for our community.
The students’ project main focus was making connections with those businesses interested in implementing changes and then providing recommendations. The Health Promotion team will continue working with businesses in the implementation and evaluation phases, and hopefully extend the project to the Buloke communities of EWHS.
Pictured are the EWHS Health Promotion team - Rebecca Kiffen and Stacey Keller with Deakin Dietetic students - Anthea Vasiliades and Emma McShane. Absent was EWHS Dietitian Tessa Torney.
STUDENT REPORT: Globally, 1 in every 5 deaths, resulting from chronic disease, is associated with poor diets. Despite this, unhealthy dietary behaviours dominate food consumption patterns, with eating out of home (EOH) recognised as a key contributor to poor diet quality.
In the St Arnaud community, 60% of residents have one or more chronic disease with 53% not eating required fruit and vegetables serves. Increased access to healthier foods when EOH has been requested by community members to help tackle these issues.
Within the recent health and wellbeing survey community members reported the need for more choice, quality and variety in food offered at local retailers, with particular interest in healthier takeaway options.
The local LGA who have outlined “improving healthy eating” as the first priority area in their current Health and Wellbeing Plan, aiming to do so by 'supporting and promoting the use of the HCG for various environments’ including retail outlets.
Through implementation of the healthy choices guidelines (HCG), a government initiative aimed to promote healthier food options whilst EOH, this
project aimed to increase knowledge and access to healthier convenient food options in the St Arnaud community.
By recruiting 25% of food and beverage retail venues in the community, this project was able to uncover the proportion of healthy and unhealthy foods on offer, as categorized by a traffic light system (red, amber, green).
Venues involved included Country Kitchen, Parkview Bakery and Six2Six.
Suggestions on how to provide healthier food options included: