THOUSANDS of people across Melbourne’s West paid tribute to our fallen servicemen and women last week as Dawn Services were held across the country.
As the sun seeped through the morning sky, crowds descended upon memorial sites to remember those who gave their lives in service of the nation.
They also remembered those who continue to be deployed in different parts of the globe.
It was a time for all – young and old – to remember the Anzac spirit. The Dawn Services were followed by gunfire breakfasts where mates and their families gathered to enjoy a meal and drink together.
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BAKERS DELIGHT stores across the Western Suburbs are turning pink in support of the Breast Cancer Network Australia.
From now until 14 May, the bakers will be busy baking up the pink finger bun for this year’s Pink Bun Campaign.
The annual fund-raising campaign will see around 600 Bakers Delight bakeries donate 100 per cent of the sale of pink finger buns to BCNA.
“It is a really important campaign that everyone gets behind,” said Sunshine Bakers Delight Franchisee Colene Bonello.
“So many people are affected by or touched by breast cancer, and it doesn’t matter your age,” she said.
“I know personally my mother had breast cancer and it’s very important to me,” she said.
“She was diagnosed when she was 80,” she said.
Ms Bonello, and her husband George Bonello, looked forward to the next few weeks and applauded the community’s generosity.
The money raised by Bakers Delight customers will support BCNA’s information resources provided to Australians affected by breast cancer such as the My Journey Kit, a free resource for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer.
Bakers Delight customers are also encouraged to leave a personal message for women in the community on a ‘Pink Lady’ paper silhouette purchased for a gold coin donation.
Messages of support or in memory of a loved one with breast cancer will be displayed in each local bakery during the campaign.
AN Altona school will soon be embarking on an exciting new project that will see students develop a sustainable garden.
Altona P-9 College has received a grant from Hobsons City Council and Bendigo Bank to create an edible fruit and vegetable garden with the help of staff, students and parent volunteers.
One such volunteer Tarius McArthur said the chance to grow fresh produce at the school will enable children to learn the benefits of eating well and the importance of food security.
“There is a growing trend for schools to get involved in gardens, particularly after Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation,” Tarius told Star.
“It’s very important for children to learn the importance of self-sustainability and food security … having good food at your doorstep.”
She said the project will go back to basics as gardening was a significant part of school life many years ago.
The school will be hosting a free hands-on workshop which will offer advice on how to construct a garden with a variety of materials. The work shop will be led by Craig Castree from Edible Gardens. Craig has 35 years of experience in growing food in small spaces, is a presenter on Vasilis Garden, and president of Werribee Park Heritage Orchard.
“The day will see a kitchen garden come out of the ground from nothing to finished in four hours.”
A barbecue will be provided after the event.
THIS Queen’s Birthday weekend, the Melbourne International Horse Trials (MIHT) will welcome thousands of spectators to the stunning surrounds of the Werribee Park precinct to showcase the very best in Australian horsemanship.
Horses and riders will compete for national and international representation, providing a true spectacle for all ages.
Outdoor enthusiasts can bring the family and join friends as part of a long weekend of equestrian excellence in what is best described as an “equine triathlon”.
Dressage takes place on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 June, cross-country on Sunday 8 June and the final, deciding phase, show jumping will be held on Monday 9 June.
A spokesperson for the event said there would be something for everyone in the Werribee Park precinct from fine food to great competition and beautiful scenery.
Held in the grounds of historic Werribee Mansion, the event takes in the Victoria State Rose Garden, Werribee Open Range Zoo and the Werribee Park Polo Fields.
More information on the MIHT can be found by visiting www.miht.com.au
HISTORY buffs are being invited to enjoy a free open day at the old Laverton School in Altona Meadows to view one of the last remaining single-room school houses in the Melbourne metropolitan area.
The school, situated at the corner of Cameron Ave and Kiora St, was built in 1888 and operated until 1951.
Taking place to coincide with the National Trust Heritage Festival, the open day is on Saturday 3 May, with entertainment including storytelling, music and silent movies.
The Sounds of Silent will be recreating the silent movie era with a free improvised performance, featuring popular music in the style of the period. The performance will also recall the school’s early days when a man in a horse and cart used to arrive and project silent movies on a wall for the township of Laverton’s entertainment.
Author Jackie Kerin will spin some tales with a heritage flavour. The short story writer and author of several award-winning picture books for children will wow audiences with the traditional art of the spoken story.
Scones will be served at the conclusion of the free performance as was done by the Red Cross Society at the school for war fund-raising efforts.
The building currently operates as a community and arts facility available for hire to casual and long term tenants.
For more information, contact Hobsons Bay City Council on 9932 1000 or firstname.lastname@example.org
VICTORIAN public housing waiting lists have seen a reduction, according to figures released by Minister for Housing Wendy Lovell last Thursday.
The March 2014 quarter showed a 15 per cent or 6185 decrease under the Coalition Government.
In the March quarter, there were 35,027 statewide on the public housing wait list.
Ms Lovell said the early waiting list – those with an urgent need for housing support – had fallen to 9858, 169 less than December 2013 quarter.
“I’m pleased to see that the early waiting list has dropped, and that we are housing more people who are homeless or at risk of experiencing homelessness,” Ms Lovell said.
“Statewide, the public housing waiting list has fallen for 10 of the 14 quarters since the Victorian Coalition Government was elected in November 2010.”
“The main reason for the overall drop in public housing waiting lists is better management and a sheer dedication to improving the system.
“There is still work to be done to get the waiting list down, but by reviewing vacancy rates, turnover procedures and by working harder with those who have been waiting the longest, we are seeing results.”
She said the Government was also making people more aware of the options that were available to them with regard to community housing, bond loans for the private rental market, and other forms of assistance.
A SPOTSWOOD man was nabbed drink-driving last week following a collision in Newport.
Williamstown police were called to the intersection of Melbourne and Mason Roads earlier this month after a car collided with two vehicles stopped at traffic lights.
The 48-year-old driver returned a positive preliminary breath test at the scene.
He was taken to a police station where he had an evidentiary breath test reading of .221.
The man’s licence was immediately suspended.
He has been charged with careless driving and exceeding the prescribed concentration of alcohol and bailed by police to appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court later this year.
ART viewers across Hobsons Bay will have the opportunity to view a different take on the landing of Australian soldiers in Gallipoli 100 years ago when Werribee artist Stuart Hames showcases his exhibition Brought to Light. The exhibition is on this evening at the Louis Joel Arts and Community Centre in Altona. For more see page 7 of this week’s Star Williamstown. Picture: DAMJAN JANEVSKI
THE Real Estate Institute of Victoria’s latest median house prices have revealed a slow start to the year across Hobsons Bay.
Williamstown experienced a significant drop in its March 2014 median house price to $895,000 after hitting an unprecedented high of $1 million in the December 2013 quarter.
Altona, Altona Meadows, Laverton and Seabrook all had less than 30 sales.
Both Altona North and Newport recorded decreases compared to data from the December 2013 quarter.
In December 2013 Altona North recorded a median price of $547,500 compared to $531,500 this quarter. Meanwhile Newport recorded a median house price of $733,000 compared to $741,750 last December.
In comparison, Melbourne’s house and unit prices continued to grow steadily.
REIV chief executive officer Enzo Raimondo said the market saw a strong second half of 2013, while the March quarter revealed a more moderate growth.
Mr Raimondo added that the March quarter growth was 3.7 per cent, compared to 5.3 per cent in the December quarter.
“The market is still growing, but at a much more moderate pace and is far from what would be called a housing ‘boom’,” he said.
He added that the auction market remained relatively healthy with a surge in the number of auctions and a clearance rate of 72 per cent in the March quarter, falling to just below 70 per cent in April.