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20:50' 08-02-2018
Local sports enthusiasts and young athletes are looking forward to one of the biggest events on the Brimbank sports calendar, the Keilor Gift on Saturday 10 February.

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    Keilor Gift on again in 2018                        

    Local sports enthusiasts and young athletes are looking forward to one of the biggest events on the Brimbank sports calendar, the Keilor Gift on Saturday 10 February.

    The Keilor Gift foot race was first held in 1933. Over the years it has added other events, such as cycling and wood chopping. Last year the event was cancelled because of a cut in council funding. However, the new council elected in August gave approval for $25,000 funding, allowing the Gift to resume this year.

    Although it has a history of over 80 years, this is not the first time the Gift has missed a year or two. It was laid aside from 1942 to 1945, because of the Second World War, and again from 1968 to 1970, when the sports ground was being restored.

    The race is the day’s main event, but there will also be entertainments such as buskers, face-painting, an animal petting zoo, and rides, with fireworks to finish it off.

    If you want to join in the fun, the Gift and associated events are at Keilor Recreation Reserve from 1.30pm to 9.30pm on Saturday 10 February.


    See local streets in a new light                                 

    Knox Council has been busy replacing 10,696 existing street lights with better quality LED globes, designed to last five times longer than the older globes, and four times more energy efficient.

    The upgrade will reduce 74,000 tonnes of greenhouse emissions by 2033, equivalent to removing 18,000 cars each year. The upgrade will also save Council over $17.5 million in energy and maintenance costs over the life of the streetlights.

    Knox is one of 20 Councils taking a responsible approach to saving money on power bills. The Council has joined the State Government funded Solar Savers initiative, which allows a limited number of eligible pensioners to install solar power panels with no upfront costs. They pay for the panels through rates payments over 10 years, with power bill savings covering the cost, leaving the household at least $100 better off at the end of each year.


    Clayton Festival and Hawkers Night Market

    The Clayton Festival, on Sunday 18 February, is at a new location, the Clayton Community Centre and Cooke Street carpark.

    The festival runs from 12pm-5pm, then there is a Hawkers Night Market from 5pm-8pm.

    From bellydancers to Burmese singers, visitors can expect a wide variety of entertainment, including Sarayi Dance School, Clayton Chinese Seniors Association, and Naatya Bhava Academy, among many more.

    The Kids Kingdom will feature free kids rides, interactive play and stage entertainment hosted by The Great Gizmo, the fairy garden filled with giant mushrooms, and by the Clayton Mandarin Friendship Association, Monash Chinese Friendship Association, and others.

    With food trucks, workshops, and the many stalls, there is something for everyone.

    For details and full program, see www.monash.vic.gov.au/Leisure/Upcoming-Events/Clayton-Festival-and-Hawkers-Night-Market.


    School crossing supervisors needed                        

    Council is seeking enthusiastic people dedicated to helping others, to join its team of school crossing supervisors who help keep the roads safe near schools.

    School crossing supervisors need to be available for 45 minutes in the morning and afternoon on school days.  The role suits retired people, students and others who have the bulk of the day free and can help fill this vital and important role.

    The role is well paid, and all supervisors are provided with training, uniforms and equipment to carry out their job. Council tries to place supervisors at crossings as close to their homes as possible.

    Applicants must be eligible for a Working with Children Check and have a valid driver’s licence.

    For more information, phone Council’s Community Laws Department on 9262 6333.

    Chinese Grandparents Playgroup              

    Grandparents looking after their grandchildren in Whitehorse are invited to join a community-run grandparents playgroup.

    Playgroups offer children a great chance to socialise and meet other children, and help adults, including grandparents, to meet others who care for children. It's also a good way to find out information about caring for children and learn about local community, health and support services.

    The playgroups meet every second Tuesday at 10.30am at 19 Brunswick Rd, Mitcham.

    If you are interested please ring 0435 316 118 or email ahuang@miceastmelb.com.au


    Celebration of Xuzhou and Greater Dandenong

    Greater Dandenong has enjoyed an international relationship with the Jiangsu Province city of Xuzhou, China, since 1996.

    To celebrate this, Heritage Hill is exhibiting rarely seen objects from the Civic Collection gifted from Xuzhou, including the popular art-form of Chinese paper-cutting.

    The exhibition at 66 McCrae Street, Dandenong, is open every Tuesday to Friday from 10am–4pm. It will close on 15 April. 

    There will be a free Exhibition talk on Thursday 15 February 11am-1pm. Councillors Roz Blades and Angela Long will share their experiences during delegation visits to Xuzhou.

    Bookings are essential. Phone 8571 1666 or visit http://www.greaterdandenong.com/events/4688/sisters-cities-a-celebration-of-xuzhou-and-greater-dandenong/19172.



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