Landmark year celebration marks new era of growth

June 30, 2017 by  

Lipscombe Park Kindergarten has marked its 50th anniversary year with a major redevelopment that will boost the number of children able to access the early year’s education programme on offer.

The $550,000 redevelopment, launched recently by [Read more]

Open studio afternoon for budding Welshpool artists

June 30, 2017 by  

Artist Kathryn Stanley-Hart offers an open studio environment once a month for local artists to join her and work on their own painting or other artwork. The Creativity Club Open Studio Afternoon takes place at the Victoria Park Centre for the Arts.

Artists from Welshpool and other surrounding suburbs can spend the first Saturday afternoon of every month in the company of like-minded people. Artists must provide their own materials, but water containers, easels and cleaning rags are provided, as is afternoon tea.

As part of its mission to encourage community participation in the arts, the Vic Park Arts Centre offers creative experiences of this kind for both adults and children.

Set in a weatherboard house from the 1940s, this Centre comprises a gathering-room, gift-shop and gallery, as well as the Naked Canvas studio which opens onto a garden, perfect for art classes. Local printing companies are able to provide brochures, flyers and poster printing for advertising various artistic endeavours.

The Arts Centre is at 12 Kent Road, East Victoria Park. The next Open Studio Afternoon will take place tomorrow, July 1, and the cost is $30, or $25 for concession. Extra tuition is also available at a further cost of $30. Booking is essential, and can be arranged directly with Stanley-Hart by email: or phone: 0412 198 045.

Growing concern set to spark jobs boost

June 29, 2017 by  

A jobs boost in Dandenong has been forecast, with new plans for the expansion of a local organic sultana specialist’s operation in Crompton Way.

Murray River Organics will receive support from the State Government to help set up the organic distribution and packaging facility, as well as the corporate office, in a move set to create up to 75 new jobs in South Dandenong.

Company Director Erling Sorensen explained that the business had been on steady path of expansion since it was first established during the 1970s, saying:

“We were one of the pioneering organic dry vine fruit vineyards in the country.

“We were founded on growing organic dried vine fruit in Sunraysia and we grew up to become the largest producer of organic dried vine fruit in the world.”

The town of Mildura is home to more than 1214 hectares of Murray River Organics vineyards where the drying, processing and cleaning of sultanas is carried out prior to being packaged and transported to Dandenong.

Company business cards reveal a host of proprietary brands including Premium Australian Clusters, Pacific Organics and Gobble.

Sorensen said good staff supply and infrastructure encouraged the company to set up the new facility in Dandenong South.

He said the company already employs in excess of 120 employees and its operations include offices in China, Japan, USA and Europe.

Its range of products extends from sultanas and rice, to nut butters and coconut oil.

Stalls available at Wanneroo Markets

June 29, 2017 by  

Wangara residents who have produce to sell may be interested to learn that stalls are available at the popular Wanneroo Markets.

First established in [Read more]

A new Shangri-La is on the cards for Melbourne

June 28, 2017 by  

A Shangri-La property should be opening in Melbourne in 2022. The development is going to include two towers, with bridge is intended to link them both up.

The plan is that both of [Read more]

Geelong Chamber head takes on new role

June 28, 2017 by  

The chief executive of Geelong’s Chamber of Commerce has landed a fresh post.

Bernadette Uzelac, the [Read more]

Fortitude Valley scheme gains momentum

June 27, 2017 by  

The second stage of a renewal project within Fortitude Valley has been given the thumbs up.

The development in [Read more]

European event organisers come to Melbourne

June 27, 2017 by  

Four conference organisers from Europe have learned what Melbourne has to offer as an events destination as part of an event this month.

Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) and [Read more]

Seniors urged to join Computer Pals to upgrade skills

June 26, 2017 by  

New members are being sought to join Computer Pals for Seniors in Castle Hill.

The organisation, which is [Read more]

Healthy workshop treat for Slacks Creek women

June 26, 2017 by  

Hayley Wilson, local fitness and health guru, will be holding the Love Yourself Healthy Workshop at her Empowered for Life studio this week.

Wilson was inspired to [Read more]

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