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13:55' 14-03-2018
Ego Pharmaceuticals, an Australian family owned skin care manufacturer, has opened its global headquarters in Dandenong South.


    Detox Your Home Safely

    Brimbank residents will have an opportunity on Saturday 17 March to get rid of dangerous household chemicals like pesticides, detergents, weed killers, oven cleaner, fuels and fluid auto products.

    The Detox your Home program, in partnership with Sustainability Victoria, enables the safe disposal of these items, which you cannot put in your household rubbish bin or pour down the drain.

    To take part, you must first register at Sustainability Victoria's Detox Your Home and choose a preferred timeslot from 9am to 1pm on Saturday 17 March. Then take the chemicals to Brimbank Resource Recovery Centre on Stadium Drive, Keilor Park.

    For a list of items, and to register, please visit www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/detoxyourhome.

    You can dispose of less toxic items, such as household paint, batteries, gas bottles, and fluorescent lamps and tubes, at the Resource Recovery Centre throughout the year.


    Exporter of the Year opens global headquarters

    Ego Pharmaceuticals, an Australian family owned skin care manufacturer, has opened its global headquarters in Dandenong South.

    The business, established in 1953 by chemist Gerald Oppenheim, produces many well-known brands, such as QV Skincare, SunSense, Aqium hand sanitiser and Pinetarsol. Its 120 products are all manufactured in Melbourne.

    In 2017 Ego Pharmaceuticals was awarded the Australian Exporter of the Year. Its international exports have grown to nearly 50% of the company’s sales, selling into areas including the UK, Middle East and Asia. In the last six years it has doubled its staff.

    Health Minister Greg Hunt, officially opening the headquarters in February, spoke about the importance of Ego Pharmaceuticals, with many of the company's products routinely used in hospitals, aged care facilities and doctors’ surgeries.

    The new headquarters was a $50 million project, taking about 5 years to complete.

    An evening with a sitar master

    One of the greatest North Indian classical musicians, Ustad Shujaat Khan, is performing at The Drum theatre in Dandenong at 7.30pm on Friday 23 March, as part of his first ever Australian tour.

    Born in Calcutta, Shujaat Khan is the son and disciple of the great sitarist Ustad Vilayat Khan. His family has produced master musicians for five generations. He has recorded over 60 albums and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best World Music Album for his work with the band Ghazal with Iranian musician Kayhan Kalhor.

    Accompanying Shujaat Khan on table is Jay Dabgar. He was in 1981 in a family of Tabla-makers in India, and moved to Australia in 2006. He performs many styles of Indian music, from traditional to Bollywood, and has worked with local and international artists at popular music events such as WOMAD, OzAsia, and the National Folk Festival.

    Tickets for $45 or $35 concession are available at www.drumtheatre.com.au.


    Live at Warrawee Pop Revolution

    A fun-filled night for family and friends at Warrawee Park, Oakleigh, is planned for Saturday 17 March from 4pm to 9pm.

    Hosted by Brian Nankervis, the Live at Warrawee Pop Revolution will feature a variety of musicians, including veteran Australian pop band Mental as Anything, neo soul jazz punks Jazz Party, quirky songs with a happy beat from The Scrims, and others.

    Bring along your own picnic or grab a bite from the selection of food trucks El Jefe, Crepes for Change and C’est Chick. To celebrate St Patrick’s Day, the Oakleigh-Carnegie RSL will be on hand to serve up some novelty green beer and other beverages.

    For information about this free event, phone 9518 3636 or email events@monash.vic.gov.au.


    Community Grants Submissions open

    Submissions for community grants for the 2018/2019 financial year are now open to not-for-profit community groups in the City of Whitehorse.

    Whitehorse Mayor Councillor Andrew Davenport said the program provided funding toward programs and activities including adult education, social support programs for older people, and activities for children and youth. Grants in previous years provided support for a range of services, programs and activities including pre-schools, neighbourhood houses, toy libraries, seniors groups and community festivals.

    Grants are available in the form of cash or discount support and grants are also available for minor equipment and resources up to $1500. They do not include items such as buildings, refurbishment or building fit outs, outdoor structures, groundworks, landscaping, computer hardware or software or to fund salaried positions.

    Grant application forms can be downloaded from the Council website at www.whitehorse.vic.gov.au.
    Grant applications close on Friday 6 April at 5.30pm.




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