1st April 2015

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NEWS DESK

Libraries holiday fun for young

Register pets APRIL is pet registration time and Kingston Council is reminding all cat and dog owners to ensure their pets are registered. Registering your pet is the best way to ensure you are reunited with them if they are lost or run away. Last year 100 per cent of properly registered dogs collected by council rangers were successfully returned to their owners. State legislation requires every cat and dog three months of age and over to be registered with council. Animals being registered for the first time must be microchipped and desexed prior to registration. Pet registrations are due by 10 April. Registration renewals can now be made online. Registration fees fund animal services in Kingston. See kingston.vic.gov.au or call 1300 653 356.

KINGSTON libraries are offering a host of fun, free activities to keep youngsters entertained during these school holidays. Activities and special events include mask-making craft workshops, children’s theatre performance and a movie screening. Bookings are essential for all sessions by calling 1300 135 668 or any Kingston library branch. Children under eight must be accompanied by an adult. Regular story times and Tiny Tots programs continue throughout the holidays, with no bookings necessary. Libraries have a range of traditional board games available to play, as well as Wii games at the Clarinda and Cheltenham branches. All Kingston libraries will close over Easter and reopen on Tuesday 7 April. Returns chutes will be available at all branches. Some activities over the Easter school holidays include: Book Bugs - mask making, 4-5pm, Tuesday 7 April, Parkdale Library; 4-5pm, Wednesday 8 April, Cheltenham Library and 4-5pm, Thursday 9 April, Chelsea and Clarinda libraries. Prep-Grade 3 aged children will enjoy Zoo Lovers’ Day this week. Celebrate with a crafty session of mask making. See more at kingston.vic.gov.au

Charity zone

Everyone’s special: Singer composer Andrea Rieniets’ show Postcards from Nanna examining discrimination, diversity and cultural empathy in ways children can understand has been on show at Kingston libraries.

Build Men’s Sheds

Drivers on notice over Easter weekend Stephen Taylor steve@baysidenews.com.au

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FOLLOWING a successful road policing campaign over the Labour Day long weekend – when they conducted 3233 roadside tests and detected 380 offences – Kingston police will be out in force this Easter break. During that weekend in March, they caught 11 drink/drivers and 70 speeding drivers – several more than 25km over the limit - as well as 56 drivers using mobile phones and 52 driving unregistered cars. Two cars were impounded. Police detected a large number of drivers illegally using mobile phones and other items. Speeding offences were also up on previous years.

INDOOR trampoline centre Gravity Zone will donate all admission fees this Friday (3 April) to the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal. The Seaford centre features more than 150 trampolines for all ages and abilities. Gravity Zone will be open 11am3pm on Friday. Jump to it and support the Royal Children’s Hospital and its staff who help families whose children suffer from illness and injury. Details at gravity-zone.com.au

“We also processed a number of individuals for drink driving,” Local Area Commander Inspector Bruce Wemyss said. “It is clear from the data relating to offences detected then that we need to focus on drink-and-drug driving, speeding and distraction offences.” The police focus is now on Easter, with Operation Crossroads taking place between Easter Thursday and the evening of Easter Monday. “I call on motorists to take care as they head off on their Easter break,” he said. “We are absolutely committed to reducing road trauma on our local streets and thoroughfares.” Motorists on the roads during the operation should expect to be breath or drug tested at any of the large number

of random testing stations across the municipality. Police warn that because of the spike in the number of drivers in March found illegally using their mobile phones, they “will continue to deploy strategies that not only detect obvious breaches but also identify those trying to hide this use in their laps”. All patrols will monitor driver activity and, along with specialist traffic cars, will take action wherever inappropriate behaviour is detected. “We know that distraction and inattention are key contributors to road trauma and this will be very much a focus for us moving forward,” Inspector Wemyss said. “Please ensure that you remain alert and take responsibility for your safety

Local Area Commander Inspector Bruce Wemyss

and the safety of your family, friends and other road users over Easter. Do not become another statistic.”

STATE government grants of up to $60,000 are available to help build new Men’s Sheds. The Victorian Men’s Shed Association is peak body that provides practical support and assistance for men and helps curb social isolation within the community. Grant funds may be used to build a new Men’s Shed, redevelop an existing building into a Men’s Shed or co-locate a Men’s Shed in a multifunction community facility or hub. Mordialloc Labor MP Tim Richardson said Men’s Sheds “ play an important role in the community by providing a friendly and welcoming place for men to work alongside neighbours in their community on a range of projects” Grant applications close on Friday 19 June. See dhs.vic.gov.au for further details.

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