South Melbourne Night Market

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South Melbourne Night Market  

October 31st – December 19th


Thursday nights at South Melbourne are back this spring, under the new banner of South Melbourne Night Market - a reinvention of the popular Thursday night event, Style After Dark.


Catering to fashionistas, foodies and music lovers, the vibrant weekly night market, now in its fifth year and held over the warmer months at South Melbourne Market, has become one of the must-do calendar events of the year.


A street market with style, South Melbourne Night Market is returning on October 31st – December 19th, every Thursday from 5.30pm.


Located along the street in the heritage magnificence of the South Melbourne Market with its wide verandahs, the night market provides a vital outlet for an exciting local community of eclectic designers – from new and vintage clothing, accessories and jewellery, to headwear, home wares and children’s clothing and toys, the stalls at South Melbourne Market showcase the finest of Melbourne’s artisans, celebrating diversity and creativity.


Food is traditionally a major part of the South Melbourne Night Market and this year, Melbourne’s famous food trucks will be permanently parked on Coventry Street. Culinary treats from previous regulars and newcomers will be available each week: Chingon Taco Truck, The Food Dude, Bretzel Biz and Crepes, to name a few.


The newly revamped Cecil Street will be abuzz under the awnings, with al fresco dining available, rain, hail or shine.


There's great food from around the world. Feast on famous paella, tapas and sangria at Simply Spanish or the best roast duck and dumplings in town at Linx BBQ and Yum Cha. Devour delicious Turkish cuisine from Koy or indulge in succulent seafood and Teppanyaki-style dishes at Claypots Evening Star and The Seafood Peddler. If it’s tacos, tostados and tequila you’re after try the South Melbourne Market’s latest addition, Paco y Lola. It’s a food safari every night!


Music goes hand in hand with fashion, food and nightlife, and South Melbourne Night Market showcases some of Melbourne’s hottest new acts on the live scene, with different bands on Cecil and Coventry Streets every week. An assorted mix of performers accompanying DJs, belly dancers, roving performers and music styles from all over the world is what makes South Melbourne Night Market a street market like no other, where you can find that new frock, or feast on delicious street food.


South Melbourne’s funky retail concept, SO:ME Space ( ), is open every night throughout the Night Market season, bringing together the best emerging and established designers such as Mr Simple, The Super Cool , Bleecker Street and Stone Glint and Bone – all who are regular features, as well as alternating pop-up stores. SO:ME space is an innovative environment in which to shop, chill out with a drink and listen to The Hi Fi Lounge Lizards, a Melbourne based acoustic/electronica outfit, bringing together the finest musicianship and tastiest beats regularly at SO:ME Space.


Get your groove on soak up the atmosphere, peruse the stalls and fall in love with the South Melbourne Night Market .


South Melbourne Night Market

National pilot to increase cyber-safety in schools

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10 Febuary 2010 - The Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, today announced the 164 schools selected to take part in a national pilot project to address cyber-safety.


The Australian Government is providing $3 million for the world-first cyber safety initiative developed and conducted by child safety charity, the Alannah and Madeline Foundation.


Schools participating in the project will implement policies and practices to support the smart, safe and responsible use of technology. They will be provided with web resources designed to help them create an approach to cyber-safety that meets their own specific needs.


Government and non-government primary and secondary schools in urban, rural and remote Australia will participate in the cyber-safety pilot which will run until 30 April 2010.


The project will help clarify the role that schools play in ensuring responsible and safe use of technology.


The pilot aims to:


  • Make cyber-safety an integral part of student wellbeing practices in schools
  • Improve the curriculum in relation to cyber-safety
  • Increase the skill and confidence of teachers to confront cyber-safety issues
  • Help schools work with parents and the community to keep children safe.


The development of content for the initiative has been informed by extensive research and by a number of cyber-safety experts from across Australia.


The pilot’s outcomes will be independently evaluated and used to inform the Government’s review of the National Safe Schools Framework (NSSF), due to finish in June 2010.


This coincides with the announcement that in the next sitting week, the Government will seek to establish its Joint Parliamentary Standing Committee on Cyber Safety.


This Committee will further support the Government’s work to make the internet a safer place for young people to socialise, research and engage with broader society online.


The Government has already started engaging with young people to address cyber bullying through the Youth Advisory Group (YAG) which provides advice to the Government on a range of cyber safety issues including cyber bullying, mobile phone safety, social networking sites, privacy and online computer games from a young person’s perspective.


The cyber-safety pilot will incorporate feedback from the YAG.


A full list of schools involved in the pilot and information about the current NSSF and its review is available at



New research shows Aussie mums need to focus more on child eye health

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24 June 2010: New research findings* released today reveal Aussie mums are not focusing attention on their children’s eye health, ranking it as one of their lowest priorities.


In a list of potential priority health areas for children, ranging from brain development to skin care, Aussie mums with children under the age of four are prioritising sleep (16%), weight and growth (15%) and immunisation (15%) over the development of delicate organs – such as the eyes, ears, hearing and oral care.


Only 14% of mums have had their child’s eyes examined yearly; this is despite one‐third of mums (33%) stating their child’s eyes should be examined every year.


Adding further cause for concern,

  • nearly half (42%) of mums surveyed have never discussed their child’s eye health with a healthcare professional
  • over two‐thirds (69%) of children have never had an eye examination
  • over half (53%) of mothers are not aware that the developing eye undergoes many complex anatomical changes, particularly in the first six months, and
  • nearly half (46%) of mums feel they do not receive enough information from healthcare professionals on their child’s eye health.


“Eye health should be a priority for all Australians, regardless of age. Prevention is certainly better than cure, and ensuring adequate eye checks occur from birth is critical. Mums should feel at ease going to their healthcare professional – whether it’s a GP, pharmacist or nurse – about their child’s eye health,” comments Chief Executive Officer of The Eye Foundation, Jacinta Spurrett.


The Eye Foundation Board Director and paediatric ophthalmologist, Professor Frank Martin comments further: “Optimal eye health starts from birth and should continue to be top of mind into adulthood. Parents can work together with their healthcare professional to ensure their child’s eyes get the best start in life – ensuring the necessary checks and examinations are conducted at appropriate developmental milestones.”


Encouragingly, nearly all mums (90%) recognise nutrition plays a very important role in the health and development of young eyes. Numerous nutrients acting in an integrated manner are needed to ensure eyes develop properly – including Vitamin A, Taurine, Omega 3 and Lutein, a clever antioxidant which helps shield developing eyes.


Parents can learn more about their children’s eye health by visiting the Eye Foundation website

or the ‘Eye Health Centre’ which shows how a child’s eye develops and includes more information about Lutein –


* This quantitative survey was conducted by Stollznow Research via an online permission based panel in March 2010 with 258 mothers of children aged under four years of age, on their thoughts in relation to infant eye health and nutrition. The research was commissioned by Wyeth Nutrition.


IMPORTANT STATEMENT: Breast milk is best for babies and provides ideal nutrition. Good maternal nutrition is important for preparation and maintenance of breastfeeding. Introducing partial bottlefeeding could negatively affect breastfeeding and reversing a decision not to breastfeed is difficult. Professional advice should be followed on infant feeding. Infant formula should be prepared and used as directed. Unnecessary or improper use of infant formula may present a health hazard. Social and financial implications should be considered before making a decision to formula feed.


Slot Car Racing launches at AMF Bowling Macarthur

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AMF Bowling Australia welcomes a brand new interactive entertainment option, with the launch of Slot Car Racing at its popular AMF Bowling centre in Macarthur, New South Wales. Delivering a competitive and thrilling race experience – the Slot Car Racing game will provide Macarthur locals and action seekers with a chance to rev their engines on Sydney’s newest track.


With the option of using onsite cars or bringing their own car to the track, racers will enjoy state of the art Slot Car Racing and a chance to compete against other patrons or with their own friends.


AMF Bowling CEO, Jordan Rodgers, said the launch of Slot Cars at Macarthur is highly anticipated by the company. “We’ve built a reputation on providing our customers with the best in social competitive entertainment, with the success of our tenpin bowling and M9 Laser Skirmish facilities around the country.”


“Slot Cars add a whole new experience to the fun of visiting an AMF Bowling centre, and I’m looking forward to the customer reaction when they visit this new attraction at our centre in Macarthur,” Rodgers said.


The Slot Car track will open on Friday 1 April, just in time for the school holidays, offering quality race entertainment for all ages – from beginners through to experienced Slot Car enthusiasts.


“I think locals will love the addition of Slot Cars to the centre,” said AMF Bowling Macarthur centre manager Janelle Anderson. “It makes visiting our centre even more attractive and establishes us as an entertainment hub for the area.”


Slot Cars are the newest addition to the AMF Bowling Macarthur centre, which already boasts 24 bowling lanes, including glow lanes, an arcade games area, including Playtime Entertainment, and a fully licensed bar and café.


The range of facilities makes AMF Bowling Macarthur perfect for events, from birthday parties and bucks nights to corporate team-­‐building days.


Slot Car games start from $5 per 15 minutes, with special pricing for groups. AMF Bowling Macarthur will also offer $7.95 pp bowling games all day every day, for a limited time only, to celebrate the introduction of the new Slot Car attraction.


AMF Bowling Macarthur:

Macarthur Square,

Kellicar Lane, Gilchrist Drive

Campbelltown NSW 2560

02 4628 2677

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