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Radio J-AIR and the Glen Eira City Council are working together presenting a weekly program of vital importance to the 153,000 residents of Glen Eira, Glen Eira: Working Together During COVID-19. While we’ll discuss council initiatives, we’ll also feature representatives from key organisations and community groups that are there to help you through these challenging times.

We’ll let you know how you can contact them, where you can find them and what they have to offer you and your loved ones. Glen Eira: Working Together during COVID-19 will feature live interviews with guests such as the mayor, councillors, council officer, representatives from the health industry, the business world, emergency services, the arts and more. Listen in on 88FM on Mondays from 2pm for Glen Eira: Working Together During COVID-19, your one-hour local radio guide for dealing with the crisis.


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21 Dec 2020, 2pm

21 Dec 2020, 2pm Glen Eira: Working Together Volunteer Curator Carnegie Community Laneways KIRSTEN BROOKS  was with us on the 31st of August when Spring was in the air. Her work during the lockdown period was really extraordinary and when we were going back over the guests we have had this year on GEWT, we were struck by the wonderful sense of community Kirsten brought to that program. The Carnegie Laneways are an amazing community collaboration and we urge those of you who haven’t yet found time, to wander on down to the laneways and have a look.  We were delighted to ask Kirsten back to reflect on the year just gone. Carnegie Laneways can be found on Facebook

21 Dec 2020, 2pm

21 Dec 2020, 2pm Glen Eira: Working Together Tony’s Café Coordinator GWEN FITZGERALD  joined us on the 21st of September to tell us about Tony’s Café which is located at St Anthony’s Parish Church in Glen Huntly. Pre-COVID Tony’s Café was providing 200 meals a week to the needy and during the crisis, they managed to continue to find ways to help feed people in a COVID safe way – thanks to the resilience and resourcefulness of Gwen and her team of volunteers.  We were delighted to ask Gwen back to give us an update. Tony’s Cafe  0432 087 494

21 Dec 2020, 2pm

21 Dec 2020, 2pm Glen Eira: Working Together CEO Jewish Care BILL APPLEBY joined us in July, the week before we went into our second lockdown. At that time we talked about the changes Jewish Care was making to ensure the safety of their residents and program participants. It has certainly been a tough year for those involved in aged care, so we thought we’d ask Bill back to reflect on the year. General Manager of Community at Jewish Care VANESSA COHEN  stepped in for Bill, who at the last minute was called away to attend a funeral. Jewish Care   jewishcare .org.au    85175999   

21 Dec 2020, 2pm

21 Dec 2020, 2pm Glen Eira: Working Together                                               AND THAT’S A WRAP 2020 Today was Glen Eira Working Together 35th show today, and as the end of 2020 approaches (thank goodness!) we thought we’d take a look back at some of the topics we covered during the year. We also thought it might be a good time to reflect on some of the community success stories we covered this year and look toward what is to come with hope for a brighter 2021. We asked some of our guests back today to give us an update. What have they been up to in the weeks and months since they were guests the first time and what are they proud of this year? What are they looking forward to, for their organisations, in 2021? Our first guest CSG CEO JUSTIN KAGAN first joined us on Glen Eira Working Together way back on the 8th of June and again on the 7th of September. Both programs were concerned with Community Safety, which of course is Justin’sarea of expertise as the CEO of the Community Safety Group. We were delighted to welcome Justin back to reflect on 2020. CEO Jewish Care BILL APPLEBY joined us in July, the week before we went into our second lockdown. At that time we talked about the changes Jewish Care was making to ensure the safety of their residents and program participants. It has certainly been a tough year for those involved in aged care, so we thought we’d ask Bill back to reflect on the year. General Manager of Community at Jewish Care VANESSA COHEN (at 15.50 mins)  stepped in for Bill whowas called away at the last minute had to attend a funeral. : Tony’s Café Coordinator GWEN FITZGERALD ( at 26.35 mins)  joined us on the 21st September to tell us about Tony’s Café which is located at St Anthony’s Parish Church in Glen Huntly. Pre-COVID Tony’s Café was providing 200 meals a week to the needy and during the crisis they manage to continue to find ways to help feed people in a COVID safe way – thanks to the resilience and resourcefulness of Gwen and her team of volunteers.  We were delighted to ask Gwen back to give us an update. : Volunteer Curator Carnegie Community Laneways KIRSTEN BROOKS (at 39.00 mins)  was with us on the 31st of August when Spring was in the air. Her work during the lockdown period was really extraordinary and when we were going back over the guests we have had this year we were struck by the wonderful sense of community Kirsten brought to that program. The Carnegie Laneways are an amazing community collaboration and we urge those of you who haven’t yet found time, to wander on down to the laneways and have a look. As with Gwen Fitzgerald we were delighted to ask Kirsten back to reflect on the year just gone. www .gleneira .vic.gov.au  95243333  Council’s COVID Helpline 9524 3733 Community Security Group (CSG) 1300 000 274 Hotline 24/7  vic .thecsg,org .au Jewish Care   jewishcare .org.au    85175999    Tony’s Cafe  0432 087 494    Carnegie Laneways can be found on facebook    

14 Dec 2020, 2pm

14 Dec 2020, 2pm Glen Eira: Working Together Glen Eira businesses play a huge role in our community. Not only do they deliver goods, services and jobs for locals, but they also contribute to the culture and feel of our activity centres and make our shopping strips friendly and attractive places to be. It’s been a tough year, and while it’s still not quite business as usual, Glen Eira is getting back to business and our traders need our support. Whether it’s taking advantage of online shopping from the comfort of home or getting down to your local shops when safe to do so, it’s never been a better time to discover what your local businesses have to offer. Today on Glen Eira Working Together we are re-discovering our local places. We talk to Glen Eira City Council’s Manager of City Futures MATT SLAVIN about Council’s “parklets” and finding ways to help local businesses trade through these tough times. Our second guest is also working at Council level to help promote local business centres. Coordinator City Economy and Place-Making, TESS ANGARANE (at 26.55 mins) and her team have been working on a campaign called Discover You Glen Eira, which encourages us to shop local. Tess joins us today to tell us all about it. So whether your local shopping precinct is Gardenvale or East Bentleigh, Carnegie or Elsternwick or anywhere in between, discovering your local businesses is great for the local community. www.  gleneira  .vic.gov.au   9524 3333    Council’s COVID Helpline   9524 3733 Business listing on Glen Eira Website   www  .gleneira.vic .gov.au/services/business-support /businesslisting

7 Dec 2020, 2pm

7 Dec 2020, 2pm Glen Eira: Working Together                                                Return To Community Sport Glen Eira has a thriving sporting community. With more than 60 sporting clubs operating in the City there are many opportunities to become involved in a number of sports. COVID, of course, put a stop to all community sport. Most clubs have been unable to operate for the entire period between the end of March and early November.  Our first guest, the President of Maccabi Victoria BRIAN SWERSKY  is here to tell us about the challenges of 2020 and why participation in community sport is a lifelong passion of his. Our second guest is RICHARD SIMON (at 33.10 mins)  Richard is the President of the Ormond Amateur Football Club, and he also works in the Sport and Leisure sector as a Consultant. Richard gives us an industry perspective as well as a grassroots view of what happened in 2020 and where to next for local sport. www .gleneira .vic .gov.au  9524 3333   Council’s COVID Helpline   9524 3733 Maccabi  macvic. com.au    Also on Facebook and Twitter Ormond Amateur Football Club   www .oafc.com.au  

30 Nov 2020, 2pm

30 Nov 2020, 2pm Glen Eira: Working Together Today on Glen Eira Working Together we were delighted to welcome back the MAYOR OF Glen Eira MARGARET ESAKOFF  and the CEO of Glen Eira City Council REBECCA McKENZIE Way back on the 27th of April, they were part of the inaugural Glen Eira Working Together program. We had been in lockdown at that point for about 4 weeks and had absolutely no idea what was ahead of us in 2020. 31 weeks later, they are back to give us an update and to look forward to what is next. Local Government elections were held across Victoria during October and Margaret Esakoff has been returned as a Councillor for Rosstown Ward. At a Special Meeting of Council held on Monday 9 November, she took the Oath of Office and was elected as the Mayor of Glen Eira City Council for the 2020-21 Council year. Cr Esakoff said, “This year is a year of healing for Glen Eira and for all of Victoria and I look forward to leading the community and the Council through this period.” It is the fifth time that Cr Esakoff has held the Office of Mayor and we found out today what might make this 2020-21 term stand out for her, what she is looking forward to and what she hopes Council can achieve during this time. REBECCA McKENZIE has been CEO of Glen Eira City Council since February 2016, but I’m sure 2020 will be memorable as a year of many challenges. We asked Rebecca all about the past year and what she is looking forward to as we enter the recovery phase with the newly elected Council. www.gleneira vic.gov.au       9524 3333 Council’s COVID Helpline     9524 3733

23 Nov 2020, 2pm

23 Nov 2020, 2pm Glen Eira: Working Together                                                      FAMILY VIOLENCE Wednesday the 25th of November marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. It also marks the start of 16 days of Activism against gender-based violence. This is a campaign that raises awareness, challenges discriminatory attitudes, and calls for improved laws and services to end violence against women for good. Family, domestic and sexual violence is a major national health and welfare issue that can have lifelong impacts for victims and perpetrators Our guests today devote their working lives to improving this tragic situation. Executive Officer, Emerge Women & Children’s Support Network PAULA WESTHEAD our first guest, is with us to talk about the services Emerge provides as well as to unpack the effects of the pandemic on violence against women. Our second guest understands that working with young people is the only pathway to true change in our community around violence against women. Project Lead Respectful Relationships Initiative KRISTY LANG (at 28.10 mins) works to deliver education programs which give young people the skills to build positive relationships. If you are experiencing family violence or are supporting someone who is impacted by it, please reach out for support. Call 1800 RESPECT – National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service (1800 737 732).   www gleneira.vic.gov.au    Council’s COVID Helpline  95243733 1800 RESPECT  1800737732     Emerge  emergesupport .org.au Mensline Australia   1300789 978

16 Nov 2020, 2pm

16 Nov 2020, 2pm Glen Eira: Working Together                                       HISTORIC HOUSES OF GLEN EIRA The City of Glen Eira is home to two National Trust properties – both built in the 1860s. To celebrate the reopening of the Gardens at Rippon Lea, we thought we’d spend some time today talking about Labassa and Rippon Lea and share some of their colourful histories with you. Rippon Lea is a must-visit destination. The ornate late 19th century mansion is set on 5.7 hectares of gardens which include sweeping lawns, the southern hemisphere’s largest fernery and a lake. The gardens are now open for visitors following the easing of restrictions and it is a great time to see them. Our first guest today is The National Trust Victoria’s Garden Manager JUSTIN BUCKLEY Justin is a qualified horticulturalist with more than 20-years’ experience in the industry. Justin has specialised knowledge in managing heritage gardens and alternative water supplies. We get to hear about Justin’s highlights as well as some of the history of the estate and what is coming next. Tucked away at  2 Manor Grove Caulfield North. is another grand Victorian Era Mansion, Labassa. This grand house has a fascinating history, full of interesting characters and stories. Historian and Author VICKI SHUTTLEWORTH (at 22.25 mins) tells us about her new book Labassa: House of Dreams and shares some tales of bygone eras. Vicki spent eight years publishing the journal Labassa Lives, which chronicles stories by and about the various owners, architects, artisans and residents of Labassa mansion. Labassa: House of Dreams is Vicki’s first published book. Vicki is also a member of the Friends of Labassa group and a volunteer for the National Trust of Australia (Victoria). www. gleneira.vic.gov au     Council’s COVID Helpline  95243733 Rippon Lea   ripponleaestate .com.au National Trust Victoria  National.trust .org   Bookings for Justin Buckley talking to Jane Edmanson Via the Glen Eira Website.  Search Sunday Sessions. Labassa   www.nationaltrust. org .au/places/labassa Glen Eira residents are reminded that they can visit the Rippon Lea Estate Gardens free of charge.To sign up for free access, residents will need to show photo identification with a current Glen Eira Address onsite at Rippon Lea. More info is available at www.ripponleaestate. com.au       

9 Nov 2020, 2pm

9 Nov 2020, 2pm Glen Eira: Working Together                                                     NAIDOC WEEK We respectfully acknowledge the Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation, who have traditional connections to the land now known as Glen Eira. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging, and acknowledge and uphold their continuing relationship to this land. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander listeners are advised that the following program may contain voices of people who have died. NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year, because of the pandemic, we are celebrating NAIDOC week right now, from the 8-15 November. NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself. Today on Glen Eira Working Together we have two inspirational guests. Our first is Media Presenter and Educator SHELLY WARE. Shelley works at the coalface developing curriculum and content to improve the teaching of Indigenous Culture and History in our schools. We ask Shelly about what she’s been working on as well as about her love of AFL and empowering young people. Our second guest is Managing Director of Clothing the Gap and Spark Health LAURA THOMPSOM (at 31.00mins). Laura tell us about how Clothing the Gap came to be, what their mission is and about their Free the Flag campaign. clothingthegap.com.au  Facebook, Instagram and twitter www.gleneira. vic.gov.au

2 Nov 2020, 2pm

2 Nov 2020, 2pm Glen Eira: Working Together As the Culture, Community and Well Being Manager at Emmy Monash Aged Care, MAUREEN SHULSINGER  oversees the volunteer program at Emmy Monash Aged Care. We all know the aged care sector has been hit really hard by COVID, we get to hear from Maureen how they are adapting, how their programs for volunteers have been affected and what they are looking forward to. Emmy Monash Aged Care    Emmymonash.asn.au www. gleneira.vic.gov.au   Council’s COVID helpline 95243733

2 Nov 2020, 2pm

2 Nov 2020, 2pm Glen Eira: Working Together                                                         VOLUNTEERS Volunteering is critical to building a healthy, connected and inclusive community. Many community organisations, programs, clubs and sports would simply not exist without the dedication of volunteers. Council also relies on volunteers to support a broad range of Council services and programs, including its delivered meals services, arts and culture programs, residential aged care services, youth services and Council Advisory Committees. For individuals, volunteering promotes a sense of belonging and well-being by participating in activities, creating new friendships and building a real sense of achievement. It can also develop skills, experience, and provide potential pathways to employment. Our first guest today on GEWT is SCOTT MILLER Chief Executive Volunteering Victoria. Scott brings us up to speed on the state of volunteering in Victoria and tells us what happened to volunteers during COVID, also explaining what Volunteering Victoria does for individuals and organisations. Our second guest today is MAUREEN SHULSINGER (at 26.00mins), Maureen oversees the volunteer program at Emmy Monash Aged Care. We all know the aged care sector has been hit really hard by COVID, we get to hear from Maureen how they are adapting, how their programs for volunteers have been affected and what they are looking forward to. Volunteering Victoria  www. volunteeringvictoria.org.au Emmy Monash Aged Care    Emmymonash.asn.au www. gleneira.vic.gov.au   Council’s COVID helpline 95243733

26 Oct 2020, 2pm

26 Oct 2020, 2pm Glen Eira: Working Together Today on Glen Eira Working Together we are talking about sustainability. COVID-19 has made 2020 a year like no other, but even in the midst of a pandemic, we need to remember that climate change is still a problem that won’t solve itself. Pandemic or not, the impact of our activity on the planet is still being felt. Our guests today are both members of our Glen Eira community and are both working to reduce our carbon footprint. Our first guest is BELINDA HAYDON. Belinda founded a local group called the Glen Eira Climate Action Network (GECAN). She understands the importance of taking local action to bring about change and tell us about the role GECAN had in lobbying Glen Eira council to make the climate emergency declaration. Our second guest is Film Producer ANNA KAPLAN( at 26.30 mins). Anna is part of the team that brought us the film 2040. The film explores a vision of what the year 2040 might be like if we adopt some of the currently available technologies and climate solutions and put them into practice now. It’s a charming film with plenty of humour and hope, interspersed with animations, some great kids as well as climate experts and innovators. Anna tells us about making it and how you can get to see it at a free upcoming. To Book for the free screening of 2040 go to www.haveyoursaygleneira.com.au To fill in a survey or provide input to the Council regarding Sustainability go to. www.haveyoursaygleneira.com.au  Council’s COVID helpline  9524 3733    

19 Oct 2020, 2pm

19 Oct 2020, 2pm Glen Eira: Working Together                                                   CHILDREN’S BOOK WEEK This week is Children’s Book Week, an annual celebration of Australian Children’s Literature – and we spend some time today on the program doing just that.  We all have memories of our favourite book as a child. For most of us children’s books are not just the tool that helps us achieve an adult reading level, but they are the key to opening other worlds, experiences and ways of life They help us to learn about people other than ourselves, experience emotions through the eyes of others and completely transport us. They give us someone to cheer for, someone to cry for and something to hope for.  Our first guest today is Children’s Book Council of Australia, Victorian Branch President KARYS McEWEN.  Karys was part of the judging panel for the Older Reader Category this year. We had a good chat with Karys about the Children’s Book Council, also hearing about her experience of being a judge. Our second guest, JESS RACKLYET (at32.30 mins) is a wonderful illustrator and writer of picture books. We asked Jess about art, inspiration, working at home with the rest of the family and what projects she has coming up for us to look forward to. wwww.gleneira.vic.gov.au     Glen Eire Council’s COVID helpline  95243733 Children’s Book Council of Australia  CBCA    cbca.org.au

12 Oct 2020, 2pm

12 Oct 2020, 2pm Glen Eira: Working Together                                                         CARERS WEEK Carers Victoria tells us that 11% of Victorians are carers – 15% of people who are 75 or older. Carers are of all ages, but they are most likely to be between 55 and 64. 70% of primary carers are women. The estimated cost of replacing unpaid carers would be $60.3 billion. (equates to over 1 million nurse’s salaries). Today on the show we have two great guests share their experience with us. Our first guest is from Carers Victoria, the organisation representing carers in our community. Carer and Community Educator TANIA DANIELS talks to us about what carers do and how the organisation might be able to support them. Tania has been an Educator with Carers Victoria for 4 years and prior to that worked as a teacher in the Vocational Education and Training sector for many years. She also spent her early career in the Community Services sector in varied roles. Since working for and with carers, Tania has come to appreciate the complexity of the role of the unpaid carer and is committed to seeing more carers practice self care. Our second guest cares for her daughter Ruth and has done for the past 37 years. We talk about the life of a carer, family, faith, and COVID with Glen Eira resident Chana Ruschinek(at 28 mins). Chana is a Glen Eira Resident and mother of 5 children and grandmother to 24 grandchildren. Chana has 37-year-old twins, and one of them, Ruth, has Down’s Syndrome and is legally blind. Chana an observant Jew, in addition to being a full-time carer also works in partnership with her husband to manage their small business. She is dedicated to community and a passionate advocate for people with disabilities gleneira.vic.gov.au     Council’s COVID helpline  9524 3733 Carers Victoria   1800 514 845    carersvictoria.org.au

5 Oct 2020, 2pm

5 Oct 2020, 2pm Glen Eira: Working Together  SARAH McDONALD is the founder and CEO of Canine Comprehension. It might sound like a dog training school but Sarah and her team of educators take specially trained dogs into schools, libraries, and other community organisations. The dogs provide calm, comfort and affection for young people who might be struggling to engage in their education – the dogs literally help the children learn. Sarah tells us all about their innovative programs and the great results they’ve been getting. Canine Comprehension   caninecomprehension.com.au

5 Oct 2020, 2pm

5 Oct 2020, 2pm Glen Eira: Working Together                                                  DOGS Man’s Best Friend Australians are a nation of pet lovers. The Pet Industry Association of Australia (PIAA) tells us that more than 62% of Australian households own a pet – 38% a dog, which equals 4.8 million dogs! And, as a nation, we spend $12.2 billion dollars annually on our pets. (stats from Animal Medicines Australia) It is clear that for many of us our dogs are an important part of our lives. And why wouldn’t they be important? Pets don’t judge, pets keep you company, pets can encourage you to be more active and we already know that being active is great for our mental health. Taking care of a pet can remind you to take better care of yourself too. Pets love routines and routines are good for people as well. Routines give your days purpose and structure which helps us to manage conditions like depression and anxiety. (Content from Beyond Blue Website) Today on Glen Eira Working Together we are talking about dogs, our first guest is local vet  Dr JACK ZAKS. We chat Dr Zaks about what he has been seeing in his practice as well as about issues around taking care of your dog in a pandemic. Maybe you are one of the many people who decided that lockdown was a great time to get a new dog? We talk about pet ownership, dog socialisation, grooming, and why pets are good for us. Our second guest SARAH McDONALD ( at 28 mins) is the founder and CEO of Canine Comprehension. It might sound like a dog training school but Sarah and her team of educators take specially trained dogs into schools, libraries, and other community organisations. The dogs provide calm, comfort and affection for young people who might be struggling to engage in their education – the dogs literally help the children learn. Sarah tells us all about their innovative programs and the great results they’ve been getting. Elsternwick Vet  Dr Jack Zacs   drjacks.com.au  Canine Comprehension   caninecomprehension.com.au