8 November 2017

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NEWS DESK Crossing confirmed A NEW pedestrian crossing will be built near Patterson Lakes Retirement Village. Victorian Roads and Road Safety Minister Luke Donnellan and Carrum Labor MP Sonya Kilkenny announced on Friday (3 November) that a new crossing will make crossing McLeod Rd safer for retirement village residents and visitors. VicRoads data showed more than 60 people cross McLeod Road at near the retirement village every day. “Many elderly people, enjoying the retirement village, cross the road here and access the bus services and they will be able to do so in a safer environment thanks to this project,” Ms Kilkenny said. “I thank the local residents for their advocacy in helping bring about this important safety initiative.” Retirement village residents had raised concerns about the existing crossing between Snapper Point Drive and Schooner Bay Rd that features a pedestrian “refuge island” in the middle of McLeod Rd. The new crossing will cost about $400,000 to build. Pedestrian operated traffic lights will be built to stop traffic when walkers are crossing the road.

Carols by Kingston JAMES Morrison will headline a star-studded evening to celebrate the Christmas season at the annual Carols by Kingston event. Kingston mayor Cr David Eden said Carols by Kingston is a great chance for the community to get together with friends and family before

the holidays and relax in the park to the sounds of Christmas cheer. “This free, family-friendly community event has plenty on offer with fantastic performers, food vans, kids rides, market gift stalls, a visit from Santa and a spectacular fireworks finale,” Cr Eden said. Carols by Kingston marks the start of Kingston’s Season of Festivals with four events planned for the coming months. Carols by Kingston will feature: n Performances from James Morrison, Vince Jones and pianist Mathew McMahon n Wendy Stapleton and the Australian Women’s Choir n Christmas market stalls including kid’s gardening gifts, handcrafted jewellery, Christmas decorations and a range of home decor and handcrafted items n Children’s carnival rides and dedicated children’s area with free arts & crafts, face painting and balloon animals n Accessible services including Auslan signing Visitors can also help support community groups at the Edithvale Fire Brigade fundraising sausage sizzle and by buying a candle to support the Kingston Toy Library. Carols by Kingston, an alcohol-free event, will be held at Sir William Fry Reserve, Highett on Sunday 10 December, 6.30-9.30pm. See kingston.vic.gov.au/carols online or call 9581 4916 for more details. A limited number of reserve seating spaces will be available at $15 each and can be bought online or in person at council’s customer services centres.

Every dog has its day: Labrador Poppy AKA Santa Paws looks forward to Christmas with owner Kerry Ford. Picture: Gary Sissons

Santa Paws is coming to town CHRISTMAS is just around the corner and pet owners can be photographed with ‘Santa Paws’ and four-legged members of their own family at Petbarn Mentone at 27/29 Nepean Highway on Saturday 18 November and Sunday 19 November, 10am-4pm. Proceeds will be donated to RSPCA Victoria to help ongoing operations to prevent cruelty to animals. RSPCA Victoria CEO Dr Liz Walker said Santa Paws had been a family tradition among pet owners for more than a decade.

“We’ve seen all sorts of families over the years, made up of adults, children and furry, feathered and scaled creatures,” Dr Walker said. “All creatures are welcome, as long as the animals will be comfortable in the setting.” National Petbarn foundation manager Sam Morton said the organisation was delighted to be offering pet owners an opportunity to celebrate the silly season with a fun photograph while raising funds for RSPCA Victoria. “It’s great to grow our adoption

partnership with RSPCA Victoria in this way,” Ms Morton said. A range of Santa Paws photography packages are available for purchase, with more than half of the funds raised going to RSPCA Victoria’s animal welfare work. See rspcavic.org/events/santa-paws or call Petbarn Mentone on 9908 5181 to book a photo session. Photos, taken by a professional photographer, can be printed and collected on the day of photoshoot.


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