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Kingston For Human Rights art coordinator Cathy Maloney, left, and Rhea Chand, Elyza Melville and Sally Ryan at the sculpture section of Kilbreda College’s artworks. Picture: Supplied

Students got the rights stuff A HUMAN rights talk and art show celebrating “Tolerance” hosted by the Kingston For Human Rights group was a sell out at Parkdale’s Shirley Burke Theatre late last month. A packed audience gathering to hear lawyer and human rights Julian Burnside QC, a renowned advocate for refugees, talk about tolerance in society. Pupils from Clayton South Primary, Mentone Grammar Junior, Cheltenham Primary, St Joseph’s Primary, Mentone Girls Secondary, Cornish

College, Westall Secondary and Haileybury College’s Keysborough campus submitted artworks to an exhibition and Mr Burnside judged the best entries. Kilbreda College Year 10 students won a group art prize. “The Kilbreda students were so inspired after hearing Mr Burnside’s talk that they have donated their prize money to the Brigidine Asylum Seekers Project to help people seeking asylum,”  Kingston For Human Rights committee member Philippa

Rayment said. Kingston For Human Rights Inc is a volunteer-run organisation with a mission to raise public awareness about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Each year the committee holds a children’s poster art competition for Kingston schools in conjunction with an evening event to help raise awareness in the community. See kfhr.com.au for details and see basp.org.au for information about the Brigidine Asylum Seekers Project.

RSPCA Victoria wants owners of puppies and kittens to know where their pet was bred. The association’s CEO Dr Liz Walker was “delighted” to see the state government put traceability “front and centre” in the Domestic Animals Act requiring source numbers to be stored on a publicly searchable Pet Exchange Register. “Right now, we can’t account for where up to 70 per cent of the puppies born in Victoria every year have been bred - that’s around 60,000 puppies a year,” Dr Walker said. “If we don’t know where a kitten or pup was bred, we can’t possibly know what conditions they or their mum have been living in – it might be perfect, or it could be horrifically cruel.” Dr Walker said that the source numbers would be required on all advertisements offering kittens and puppies for sale in Victoria, including those being traded or given away. From 2019 potential pet owners will be able to use a Pet Exchange Register website to check whether the source number is valid, and that the breeder’s contact details and location line up with those on the advertisement. “From 2019, it’ll be no source number, no sale. It’s that simple,” Dr Walker said.

Yacht club for rent COMMUNITY groups looking for a new home are being invited to apply for space at a soon-to-be redeveloped Parkdale Yacht Club. Kingston Council is planning a $2.35 million redevelopment of the ageing Parkdale Yacht Club and is calling for co-tenants to share the new facility. Expressions of Interest (EOI)

applications will be opening soon for the shared use of the proposed redeveloped Parkdale Yacht Club. Kingston Council has budgeted $2.25 million in the project with Parkdale Yacht Club contributing $100,000. A 5-4 majority of Kingston councillors voted at September’s public council meeting to seek expressions of interest to share the building with the yacht club before proceeding with detailed designs (“Sharing is caring for yacht club”, The News 11/10/17).

Free family film THE Frankston Power Centre will be hosting a free Christmas Outdoor Movie Night on Friday 8 December, 6.30-9.30pm. There will be a cinema screening of Elf starting at 7.30pm. Santa and his elf will be visiting, as well as a raffle with some great prizes donated from retailers. Dinner, drinks and snacks will be available to purchase from retailers who will be providing family-friendly specials throughout the event. This will be the third family event hosted at the Frankston Power Centre, establishing itself as a community hub. The event is free entry, but guests will need to register for a ticket. Head the Facebook page for more details @ FrankstonPowerCentre

Funeral for a friend A FUNERAL mass will be held at St Joseph’s Church, 362 Station St, Chelsea on Friday 8 December for Mrs Anne Martin, the founder of Carrum Indigenous Nursery in Patterson Lakes, who died suddenly on Sunday 3 December. Friends are invited to attend the funeral mass.

Life saving club redesigned for coast A RETHINK and redesign may see a $3.4 million redevelopment of the Edithvale Life Saving get back on track after initial plans were ruled non-compliant with the Coastal Management Act by the Department of Land, Water & Planning (DELWP). Kingston Council and the Edithvale Life Saving Club have put together new designs for the club’s base in the wake of the state government department’s rejection of the first proposal (“Clubhouse in coastal ‘dog house’”, The News 4/10/17). “Council had consulted the department throughout the process and had made a number of design changes, so we were incredibly disappointed when the project was not able to proceed,” Kingston mayor Cr Steve

Staikos said. “We are determined that the community will not miss out on this vital facility and council will be submitting the new plans for approval so we can get on with the job.” Edithvale Life Saving Club was founded in 1919 and occupies the oldest building on Port Philip Bay. “The current building has served the community well but is ageing and needs replacing,” Cr Staikos said. “Every summer more than 20,000 visitors flock to Edithvale beach and it’s vital that the life saving club has the facilities it needs to ensure the public’s safety in the water.” Mordialloc Labor MP Tim Richardson says he has asked Labor Energy, Environment and Climate Change

Minister Lily D’Ambrosia to direct the DELWP to “work closely” with Kingston Council on new designs to ensure compliance with the Coastal Management Act 1995. Edithvale Life Saving Club president Dianne Montalto said the club is keen to see the project proceed. “Edithvale beach is a ‘blackspot’ for drownings and we had been looking forward to improved facilities to provide much-needed extra storage and training space,” Ms Montalto said. “We have a strong club that is growing in numbers and the new building would have helped us respond faster in emergency situations and continue our role as a leader in multicultural engagement.

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“We have trained some of the first lifeguards from multicultural backgrounds to help improve education and safety among communities that do not have a strong background or knowledge of water safety.” Edithvale Life Saving Club was founded in 1919 and occupies the oldest building on Port Philip Bay. “The current building has served the community well but is ageing and needs replacing,” Cr Staikos said. The new clubhouse will be funded by a $1.95 million commitment from Kingston Council and $1.5 million in funding from the state government. Demolition imminent: Lifesaving Club building. Picture: Gary Sissons

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