21 February 2018

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Rosebud Kite Festival: Sunday 11th March 2018. Picture: Supplied

Let the joy of kite flying begin! REMEMBER the joy of flying your first kite? The anticipation as it lifted into the air? The spark of magic as you discovered you could actually play with the wind? Well, you can experience it all again at one of Australia’s premier kite events: The Rosebud Kite Festival. On Sunday 11th March, both the young and the young at heart will come together to celebrate the art of kite flying. Visitors can make and fly their own kite courtesy of local outfit; Kites 4 Kids. And alongside the novice kite flying arena, will be the latest designs and displays from a team of internationally acclaimed kite flying professionals with their giant super-sized maxi kite creations. Crowds will be mesmerised by a flotilla of whales, spacemen, flying red and green dragons, and all manner of creatures from the deep. There’ll also be

a display of Australian-themed delta kites, animated designer kites and the extremely agile sport kites. With a jam packed festival program on Sunday 11th March, the fun line-up of live entertainment on the main stage (from 11am – 5pm) will be hosted by the fabulous Frederico Boogie, as well as kids rides and carnival, live bands, circus workshops, wildlife encounters and much more. There are plenty of food stalls throughout the site, but you are advised to bring a rug or folding chair and be prepared to stay a few hours, as you won’t be able to tear yourself away from all the activity. 2018 Rosebud Kite Festival Sunday 11th March: 11am-5pm. Where: Foreshore at Jetty Rd., Rosebud. Website: www.rosebudkitefestival.com.au

Mind in the gutters: SES controller Ron Fitch gives advice about clear and present danger. Pic: Gary Sissons

Accident advice clear AN EMERGENCY services volunteer named City of Kingston’s Outstanding City of the Year who “has seen it all” has some simple advice for people wanted to avoid a visit from Chelsea’s SES unit. In the wake of receiving the award from Kingston Council at Moorabbin Town Hall on Australia Day last month (26 January), Chelsea SES controller Ron Fitch got back to basics when giving advice to avoid fire or flood. “Clean out your gutters,” Mr Fitch says. The SES controller’s council award follows his induction as a life member of the Victoria State Emergency Service in August last year. “Like most volunteers, in any organisation, when I first joined the SES, more than 25 years ago, the last thing I ever imagined, was receiving an award for what I was doing,” he said. “Long after I’m gone, Chelsea SES will continue to flourish and attract many more fantastic volunteers to continue to provide assistance to the community whenever and wherever it is needed and the only thing that I want is to know, is that for whatever reason, however big

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or small, somewhere along the way I was able to make a difference. I think that is a pretty good reward at the end of the day.” Mr Fitch said he is honoured to receive the latest accolade on behalf of the Chelsea unit of the SES. In his Australia Day acceptance speech, he paid tribute to the volunteer members at Chelsea and told the audience that “no matter how much technology, specialised equipment and vehicles were commissioned, Chelsea SES would not exist if not for the commitment of the volunteers, when the people go home, nothing happens.” Black Saturday on 7 February 2009 stood out as a momentous time since Chelsea SES was one of the first units deployed to the area. “It was something that you never forget,” he said. “Even now after nine years, Chelsea SES is still involved and each year a number of Chelsea members go back to Kinglake to continue to help with clearing properties and to show that residents have not been forgotten.” Seventy-three people died during the devastating bushfire disaster and 414 were injured.

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