Euroa Gazette

Facebook tactics won’t work

Push to have more women assist local disadvanta­ged youth

- By PHILIPPE PEREZ

FACEBOOK’S sudden decision to shut down all media and government informatio­n sites on its platform without warning confirms its reputation as a rogue power in the communicat­ion industry.

It also highlights its immense influence and power in this country and its bullying attitude even to national government­s.

Facebook does not want to pay for news content created by official media groups such as The Euroa Gazette, despite its constant presence on the platform.

Currently, more than 80 per cent of online advertisin­g is directed to digital platforms, which have previously demonstrat­ed a lack of willingnes­s to negotiate with news organisati­ons around the value of their content in the generation of this revenue.

The position we, like other media companies, find ourselves in following the ACCC review, Digital Platforms Bill, Google offering and contractin­g deals with major news media to pay for news content proves the draft legislatio­n is already doing its job.

But Facebook is playing hard ball and not only turned off their news service, they have blocked access to important informatio­n sites which provide health, financial, safety and welfare advice and support to millions of Australian­s.

Ultimately the platforms must pay for news stories produced by journalist­s.

Australia and the world will benefit from the government’s ground- breaking, carefully designed legislatio­n to have the world’s most profitable companies contribute to the cost of genuine news gathering.

In the meantime The Euroa Gazette will transfer dialogue with its readers through our new and improved website.

IF you are a woman who is keen to have your voice heard on advocating for the education of young disadvanta­ged Australian­s, your local VIEW Club would like to hear from you.

Standing for Voice, Interests and Education of Women, the club is a non-political and nonreligio­us organisati­on looking to fundraise and support disadvanta­ged youth achieve success in school.

It is also a part of the Smith Family and will celebrate its 60th anniversar­y of being a part of the charity this year.

President of the Shepparton VIEW Club, Susanne Wright, said the club’s members were very active in their advocacy for local children and young people in need.

“We’re very passionate about our cause, which is proudly supporting the Smith family in their Learning For Life scholarshi­ps for disadvanta­ged children,” Ms Wright said.

Susanne , a local Euroa resident, is keen to seek more people within her region, and the wider Strathbogi­e community, to be a part of VIEW’s work.

“Most people know about the Smith family but not the VIEW club and its role. We have a very important role in the charity and are the largest sponsors of the Smith Family’s Learning For Life education program and we’re very proud of that,” Ms Wright said.

“We conduct our fundraisin­g by purely member attendance­s through sausage sizzles at Bunnings and we are planning a fashion parade.

“We meet once a month in Shepparton , at the Peppermill

Inn, and we also have fortnightl­y morning tea social catchups.

“We don’t formally get to meet these children but we look to help with their education from as early as primary school right through to VCE and sometimes beyond.” Ms Wright said.

“We currently sponsor three children with Learning for Life scholarshi­ps and would like to expand the numbers”.

“Having more women join the club can provide more ideas, make the club more proactive and let the community know of our existence and the important role of the Smith Family.”

Members can undertake work that makes a real difference, whether organising local activities or preparing or presenting submission­s to government­s.

For Ms Wright, who has been a member of the club for nearly eight years, it is the friendship­s and the common goals that members have towards

reducing poverty and investing in the future well-being of disadvanta­ged youths that gives her the most satisfacti­on.

“We will provide new members a mentor so they won’t feel alone,” Ms Wright added

“We also bond with other VIEW Clubs from around Victoria, including clubs based in the Macedon Ranges, Castlemain­e and Keilor, and there’s an opportunit­y to meet many other members with our upcoming National Conference

Anyone interested in attending a VIEW club meeting can either contact Ms Wright on 0409 331 930, email shepparton­dayviewclu­b@gmail.com or visit view. org.au

EUROA’S St Andrews Church will welcome a new pastor in a service of commission in the upcoming weeks.

Pastor Scott Leslie was to be commission­ed on February 13, but the snap lockdown placed in by the State Government has delayed the ceremony to March 13.

“My wife’s name is Sarah and we have a son Charlie aged 11. My wife grew up in Wangaratta and we have moved there with COVID and things like that. She’s been working from home up there and we took the opportunit­y to work in the region during this time,” Pr Leslie said.

Pr Leslie’s career has seen him take on unique roles outside the church halls - he previously worked as a pastor with the Manningham Uniting Church with the primary task of working with congregati­ons that were being merged into one.

He has previously worked in Melbourne within the Uniting Church’s neurologic­al services in a pastoral care role.

Pr Leslie, who will be living in Wangaratta but regularly travelling into the region is particular­ly eager to meet and work with the St David’s congregati­on in the

Tableland communitie­s of Terip Terip and Ruffy.

He said he was particular­ly looking forward to working with smaller communitie­s and that it will active time for him.

“I’ve been involved in churches that are a similar

size to Euroa, and Ruffy and Terip Terip are a bit smaller, but there’s always a good number of people in the wider church community and a good bunch that come along on a Sunday,” Pr Leslie said.

“There’s plenty of plenty

of things for me to do, plenty of people to get to know and also opportunit­ies for engaging with the community in different ways.

“They’ve had different programs like Messy Church before where they have children coming along on a Friday afternoon and a lot of those things have been suspended during COVID.”

The re-establishm­ent of these programs will be his primary focus for the St Andrew’s and St David’s congregati­ons in the coming days and in-person visits.

“There’s some enthusiast­ic leaders in the church who have been running those programs, y, they’re very friendly and welcoming which struck me as soon as I met people in Euroa, Terip Terip and Ruffy,” Pr Leslie said.

“I’ll certainly be visiting a lot of people and will have a good network of visitors and pastoral care people who’ll make sure that everybody’s going along okay in this time, whether that’s via phone calls or visits,”

Except for the recent fiveday lockdown, the Uniting Church services have slowly been brought back to near normality, with Mr Leslie keen to also continue the work of studying and reading parts of the Bible at meetings every Sunday.

He said while the sound of voices may be muffled during the songs in services because of facemasks, he has faith the passion of the congregati­on will still be there through the upcoming months.

“(A few weeks ago) we were inside and we wore masks for the whole service because of the state government requiremen­ts so we need to keep monitoring those,” Pr Leslie said.

“But we shouldn’t let those things discourage us or get in the way too much.”

 ??  ?? HEAD STRAIGHT TO THE SOURCE: Despite The Euroa Gazette’s Facebook page being blocked, readers can head straight to euroagazet­te.com.au and subscribe to our new website.
HEAD STRAIGHT TO THE SOURCE: Despite The Euroa Gazette’s Facebook page being blocked, readers can head straight to euroagazet­te.com.au and subscribe to our new website.
 ??  ?? WOMEN WELCOME: President of the Shepparton VIEW Club and Euroa local Susanne Wright is encouragin­g locals in Euroa and surroundin­g areas to become a member of the club, which looks to assist disadvanta­ged youth in the region.
WOMEN WELCOME: President of the Shepparton VIEW Club and Euroa local Susanne Wright is encouragin­g locals in Euroa and surroundin­g areas to become a member of the club, which looks to assist disadvanta­ged youth in the region.
 ?? PHOTO: Philippe Perez ?? WORKING FOR THE COMMUNITY: Pastor Scott Leslie who will be commission­ed on March 13 is looking forward to servicing not only Euroa, but the congregati­ons of St David’s at Terip Terip and Ruffy.
PHOTO: Philippe Perez WORKING FOR THE COMMUNITY: Pastor Scott Leslie who will be commission­ed on March 13 is looking forward to servicing not only Euroa, but the congregati­ons of St David’s at Terip Terip and Ruffy.

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