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Grants will aid volunteers
Plains Producer, Wednesday March 20, 2013
n UP TO $5000 AVAILABLE TO ORGANISATIONS:
Patch used one
of his nine lives
DYLAN Pfeiffer has recovered from snake bite and, right, with leg fully banadged,enjoys
a hamburger in hospital as his condition is monitored.
SNAKE BITE! TAKE ACTION
Louise Michael reports:
VOLUNTEER GRANTS 2013
INVITATION TO APPLY FOR FUNDING
The Australian Government’s Volunteer Grants initiative recognises the
valuable work of volunteers. Volunteer Grants 2013 is part of the
Government’s ongoing commitment to supporting volunteers, assisting
disadvantaged communities and encouraging social inclusion to assist
vulnerable people within our society.
The Volunteer Grants 2013 Application Form and Application Guidelines are
available at www.fahcsia.gov.au or by telephoning the Volunteer Grants
2013 Hotline on 1800 183 374. A TTY service is available for persons who
have a hearing or speech impairment on 1800 555 677.
Applications close on Wednesday 24 April 2013 at 5pm AEST.
in Wakefield can now apply for
Federal government grants worth
up to $5,000 to support their
Federal Member for Wake-
field, Nick Champion, encour-
aged not-for- profit organisations
in Wakefield to apply for the
grants worth between $1,000
“The Australian government
is providing $16 million this year
for volunteer grants around the
country and community organisa-
tions in Wakefield should make
sure they lodge applications for
a share,” Nick Champion said.
“The grants are that little bit
of extra support for organisations
and their volunteers to continue
their great work in our local
“Organisations in Wakefield
can use the funding to buy much-
needed small equipment items,
such as computers or first-aid kits.
“They can also be used to
contribute to volunteers’ fuel
costs, including transport costs
for people with disability who
are unable to drive, and help fund
volunteers’ training courses and
“Last year, these grants helped
37 community organisations in
Wakefield, with a total value of more
than $100,000 to the community.
Minister for Community Ser-
vices, Julie Collins, said last year’s
grants assisted 4,800 community
organisations, which helped more
than 166,000 of their volunteers.
“With this new $16 million
investment, the Australian gov-
ernment is continuing its commit-
ment to support the valuable work
of community organisations and
their volunteers,” Ms Collins said.
“Volunteers are an integral
part of our culture, heritage and
daily life – more than six million
Australians volunteer each year.
“This is just one way the
Australian government can
thank our selfless volunteers and
organisations for their enormous
contribution to our community,”
Ms Collins said.
4 Applications for Volunteer
Grants 2013 close at 5pm on
April 24. To apply, go to: www.
THE worst of our hot weather may have gone,
but residents are being warned to keep an eye out
for those dangerous slithering reptiles, snakes,
after two recent snake bites.
Two weeks ago, Dylan Pfeiffer, of Balaklava,
was at work at AMG at Bowmans, and was sit-
ting on a stack of packing bags.
“As I got up, I felt something on the back of
my leg. I thought I’d been bitten by a spider,”
He didn’t see a snake so wasn’t too concerned
at that time. There had been sightings of snakes
at the site in recent weeks, and after recent
rains, some had come in from neighbouring
paddocks for shelter.
A short time later, Dylan was in the work
office when he started feeling unwell, and
his supervisor, Hayden Battle, was called in.
He noticed the two puncture marks on the
back of Dylan’s leg. Straight to hospital he
went, and was taken by ambulance to Lyell
McEwin Hospital, where he underwent blood tests
to determine if he had really been bitten by a snake.
“I was put on oxygen, and the nurses marked the
(now) red bite location to see if the red mark would
Dylan’s blood tests were inconclusive, but doctors
were confident he had been bitten by a brown snake.
“They said I’d received a dry bite, which means the
snake bit me through either the packing bags or my
shorts,” Dylan said. “I was very lucky not to have
received the whole lot of venom.”
After spending the night in hospital, Dylan re-
turned home to recuperate, and has since returned to
work – albeit a bit more wary of the packing bag stack!
• In October last year, Chelsea Binns of Mallala,
survived a snake bite.
JOAN Anderson, of Hoskins
Corner, lost her power supply a
couple of weeks ago and almost
lost her cat, Patch, on the same
“I couldn’t find him, and it was
getting dark. I looked over the back
fence, and saw him lying there,
totally covered in prickles,”Joan
said. Joan carried the cat inside,
and noticed his back legs were a
“I tried to ring the vet, but as it
was after regular hours, I couldn’t
find one open and not too far away.
Then my phone went flat, and as it
was dark inside the house, being
without power, I was starting to
stress the cat wasn’t going to make
it,” she said.
Hoping someone would be
around to help, Joan drove down
the driveway, only to come across
two linesmen from ETSA Clare,
Wayne Allen and Bronte Heinrich,
who were checking powerlines to
restore the power.
“I explained my situation to
them and they were very helpful.
They had the number of a 24 hour
vet, and rang them for me,” said
Joan. After a mercy dash to Clare,
and four days of medical treatment
and TLC, Patch was saved and
“The help we received at Clare
Valley Veterinary Services was
fantastic,” Joan said.
The vet thought Patch had been
bitten in the paddock and had then
dragged himself through the prick-
les trying to get back to the house.
“I can’t thank the linesmen
enough, as without their help,
Patch would have died.”
“You just have to be careful, as
the vet said, there have been lots
of snake bites this year,” said Joan.
Luckily for Patch, cats have
n WARNING SIGNS: Early
snake bite signs in cats in decreas-
ing frequency are: Enlarged pupils,
depression, muscle weakness,
rapid breathing, vomiting. Dogs
may show sudden weakness, fol-
lowed by collapse, with paralysis
(hind legs affected first).
n IT is critical the bitten part and patient do not
move. Monitor airway, breathing and circulation and
support as necessary. First aid MUST start immediately.
Do not ignore a trivial bite, especially if suspected
to be from a species of brown snake. Don’t interfere
with the bite in any way. Don’t remove any clothing
but remove all jewellery from bitten limb.
Apply a pressure bandage using same pressure as
to bandage a sprained wrist or ankle. Start at extrem-
ity and work up arm or leg. Include fingers or toes to
minimise movement. Bandage over clothing or cut
up seam to allow access to skin.
Be careful not to apply bandage too loosely. Mark
location of bite on bandage (for venom detection
in hospital). Mark time of bite AND/OR time first aid
applied on bandage (if known).
Immobilise limb with splint or improvise as neces-
sary. Urgently get the patient to a doctor or hospital
or call 000.
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