THIS Thursday, BCAL will be presenting the Responsible Service of Alcohol course via online presentation. This is a fully accredited unit approved by Liquor Licencing.

Perhaps one of the most notable courses being presented via video conferencing at the moment is Digital Literacy. It may seem contradictory to offer computer skills via computer but BCAL is making it work as part of the Gaining the Edge program.

The initiative helps students in TAFE courses with study skills and digital abilities have suddenly leapt to the top of the priorities list. The groups doing the course have a mix of abilities and all have found it both informative and enjoyable.

For more information on all of BCAL’s courses and services, please visit or call 5672 3115 to learn more.

Read the full story, including news from the Wonthaggi Community Garden and Wonthaggi U3A, on our website.


Wonthaggi Community Garden


Everyone at the garden sends a belated, heartfelt thank you to garden friend and supporter Richard.

At least twice a year he delivers a trailer load or more of cow manure to the garden, for the compost heap and plots.

He does it without fuss or fanfare, but this generous support goes a long way towards making our little community of food growers both happy and productive.

Enriching the compost with manure is a must, given how much green waste a community garden generates.

If you would like to know more, go to and request information. The garden remains closed except for members for the time being.


Wonthaggi U3A


U3A chapters state-wide are being kept up to date via a weekly online newsletter. In a recent edition, the state president said it makes us all feel better to learn daily of our national success in containing the COVID-19 virus outbreak.

It seems easier to smile these days, and I know many U3As are eagerly looking at when they might be allowed to re-open or to offer partial schedules of well-distanced activities.

Although we hear on the media that schools may be allowed to make a staged return to live classrooms sometime soon, this alteration to the current stay home conditions will not yet be extended to community groups. 

Current information is that community gatherings will be among the last activities to be allowed to resume. And, of course, as members of a particularly vulnerable group, seniors are charged with taking special care to maintain social distancing.

For further information on U3A Wonthaggi classes and activities, please visit the Facebook page, or call 0491 093 300.