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Park with care
Resident takes action to halt property damage
of family and
Many claims from
car park bingles
RHONDA Arbon was born on April 26,
1934 at Balaklava Memorial Hospital,
the fourth child of William and Myrtle
She had three older sisters, Doris, Olive and
Joan. The family lived on a farm at Halbury, and
were kept busy milking cows, raising chooks
and farming 100 acres, worked with their team
Following a flood in 1942 when the top soil
on their farm was washed away, the family moved
into a home on Edith Terrace, Balaklava.
Rhonda’s father then took up work with the
Highways Department, building roads.
Rhonda attended St Joseph’s Convent school in
Balaklava, and while there, learnt to play the piano.
After finishing school, Rhonda got a job doing
bookwork and odd jobs at Underwoods.
She played basketball and was active teaching
Sunday School in the Methodist church.
When Rhonda was just 16, her mother had
fore passing away in 1955 when Rhonda was 21.
In 1956, Rhonda married Max Arbon, and
moved out onto the farm. They were kept busy
with their four children, Ashley, Julie (Griffiths),
Richard and Philip, along with keeping up their
busy farm life, made even busier when they
purchased a sheep station in 1977.
Shortly after the death of her father in 1983,
Rhonda and Max divorced, and Rhonda stayed on
the farm with Philip until 1988, when she bought
a little cottage in Balaklava.
She took up work at Mill Court, playing a
pivotal role on the fundraising committee.
Rhonda loved her work, organising activities
and caring for the elderly, and went on to be ap-
pointed as Diversional Therapist for the Dementia
Wing at Mill Court.
In 1991, Rhonda was nominated by the Board
to receive the Citizen of the Year Award, specifi-
cally for Services to the Elderly.
Rhonda met Jack Gibb in 1989, and the cou-
ple enjoyed extensive caravan travel throughout
Australia, gardening and spending time together.
They married in early 2000, but sadly Jack
passed away in 2001 after a short illness.
Her faith helped her through this, and other
difficult times, including when she was diagnosed
with bowel cancer some years ago.
Rhonda continued her community work,
holding president and secretarial positions for the
CWA, was a representative of the Burton Group,
and attended Garden Club, bible study classes and
other charity groups in the town.
Rhonda attended regular gym and swimming
sessions, loved playing cards and watching her
beloved Crows play every week.
She was a proud and passionate supporter of,
and for, her children, and now grandchildren, as
they played a variety of sports, always watching
and keenly involved in their endeavours.
Rhonda passed away peacefully in hospital
while preparing for heart surgery, on July 3, 2014.
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Stage 2 Grand Opening & Family Fun Day
& market stall holders
Your $25 stall fee will be donated to the Lions Club Childhood Cancer Foundation.
For information or to register your interest, please contact Michelle on (08) 8172 7206
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Sunday 2 November, 2014
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• Tours of the wind farm
• Local cuisine
This community celebration will be jam-packed with:
• Exhibition of kids’ art competition
• Lots of activities for the kids
• And the big one - the OPENING CEREMONY
Rhonda Jean Arbon
April 26, 1934– July 3, 2014
USERS of the car park at Foodland in Balaklava
have been given prior warning of a nearby fence
under construction at a neighbouring property, which
could be a hazard for vehicles.
Laury Bais, who is renovating the former Twist
and Shake store next to Foodland, said vehicles have
been known to hit his building while negotiating the
store’s car park.
While it does not encroach into the car park area,
the new fence Mr Bais is building will reduce the
amount of room vehicles were previously able to
He will be installing several concrete-filled poles
along the perimeter of his property and leaving them
there for four weeks until people get used to them
Mr Bais said he would then add the fence cladding.
A portion of the fence has already been completed,
although Mr Bais claimed vehicles had already dam-
aged it within four days of its construction.
If you are reversing,
you are 100 per cent
liable for your
claim – says
manager, Hayley Cain
RAA claims data
shows more than half
of all stationary damage
happens in car parks,
with reversing undoubt-
edly the riskiest car park
Of the thousands of
motor insurance claims
lodged with RAA last
year, 13 per cent were
for cars damaged in car
parks, whilst stationary
and moving, said RAA
claims manager, Hayley
Cain. “Marion and Tea
Tree Plaza provided most
claims, closely followed
by the big Coles, Wool-
worths and Foodland
supermarket car parks.
“And a staggering
53 per cent of all
happens in car parks. We
urge all drivers to think
about how close they
park to other vehicles
and how safely their car
is positioned to try to
minimise the likelihood
Reversing is also a
high risk manoeuvre
with more than 32 per
cent of accidents occur-
ring whilst one or both
parties are reversing –
and inattention is a big
“If you are reversing,
you are 100 per cent
liable for your insur-
ance claim and if both
parties are reversing we
generally look at 50:50
liability,” said Ms Cain.
“You are bound by
road rules in a car park.
Take extra care to check
for other vehicles when
parking and reversing. If
you reverse out of a park
into them, then you are
one of the
placed on his
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