C&G @Dine With The Champions 2011

A few weeks ago, we blogged about our support of the Sacred Heart Mission’s 2011 Dine With The Champions dinner. It was held on the 13th of October at Albert Park’s Powerhouse, and was a successful fundraising venture and a great night out. Today’s C&G blog gives you the lowdown on this annual night of sports-centric charity fundraising.

L-R: Celebrity sports industry members who joined in the ‘Dine With The Champions’ fundraiser included Angela Pippos, Peter Moody and Luke Nolen.

Dine With The Champions is a very special night which helps to raise funds for the Sacred Heart Mission’s sports and recreation programme. Being part of a team or group can be a huge esteem boost to people who are feeling excluded, perhaps on the fringes of society or away from their own families. Chisholm & Gamon’s Managing Director Torsten Kasper plays a key role in helping to organise this annual event as one of five members of the Sacred Heart’s ‘Mission Possible’ team. Dine With The Champions is one of four fundraising events C&G work on with the Sacred Heart Mission on each year. This year the Dine With The Champions evening raised more than $50,000 towards the Mission’s sports and recreation programme – and Chisholm & Gamon were proud to be involved in the charity auction. Torsten Kasper and Sam Gamon got amongst it and encouraged the lively crowd to be generous in exchange for a range of memorabilia, fine wines and other treats during the rowdy auction.

Inset: Sam Gamon & Torsten Kasper encouraging the crowd to bid on exclusive memorabilia and more.

 Panellists who spoke on the night included Giaan Rooney, Angela Pippos, Ken Wallace, Rick Kelly, Luke Nolen, Peter Moody (Black Caviar’s trainer) and Ky Hurst. The buzzing audience enjoyed hearing amusing anecdotes from the careers of these experienced sporting stars – and even better, it was all in the name of raising funds for an important charity’s sporting facilities. We look forward to seeing the work that the Sacred Heart Mission will no doubt accomplish with these vital fundraising profits, and Chisholm & Gamon are already looking forward to their upcoming events.


Boutique Magnifique – A Trip Back In Time

Do you yearn for a time machine to revisit Melbourne of yore? Perhaps if you’re a little younger, you’d like to check it out for the first time? Well, the State Library of Victoria offers the next best thing, namely a free screening of Boutique Magnifique: memories of fashionable Collins Street. Today’s Chisholm & Gamon blog invites you to ‘step back in time’ and revisit Melbourne of yesteryear.

Boutique Magnifique is a 2010 Lesley Rosenthal film, which celebrates the fabulous Collins Street fashion precinct, from its heyday in the early 20th century to today, highlighting top couturiers, exclusive department stores and boutiques. It’s a colourful, evocative and unashamedly nostalgic journey to a glamorous era; a charming blend of entertainment and enlightenment.

You’ll see how our city has changed since the 1950s. We often appreciate our beautiful things more – our buildings, clothes and customs – when we can see where they came from – Boutique Magnifique provides that crucial context. Showing from 6:30-8:30pm on Wednesday October 26th at Experimedia, it’s the perfect way to while away a midsummer evening with friends and it’s free, but please book ahead.

The screening celebrates History Week, and perfectly complements the library’s free exhibition As Modern As Tomorrow: photographers in post war Melbourne. This collection reveals the social fabric of mid 20th century Melbourne, when talented foreign photographers like Maggie Diaz and Helmut Newton brought fresh eyes to Australian fashion, advertising and architecture. As Modern As Tomorrow presents photographs alongside original corporate material until February at the Keith Murdoch Gallery, open daily 10am–5pm (9pm Thu).

If Boutique Magnifique whets your appetite for history and free cinema, you should also consider Ned’s Head: a dissection, on Friday November 11th at Village Roadshow Theatrette. Deb Withers presents a screening of her documentary Ned’s Head, followed by a discussion of Ned Kelly’s bones and the mysterious ‘Baxter’ skull. Panelists include historian Clare Wright, Dr David Ranson of the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine and Michael Beattie of the Beechworth Historic & Cultural Precinct. The event, including after hours viewing of the library’s Ned Kelly display, runs from 5:30-7:30pm – again, do book ahead.

Home Loan data provides market insight

The monthly publication of housing finance data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics is very useful information for those with an interest in the market.

It catalogues the number of loans issued, their value and the average amounts. In doing so it provides a useful proxy for buyer activity in Victoria.

In the month of July the ABS reported that there were 13,211 loans financed, compared to 14,147 in June and 13,245 in July 2010. This is around six per cent lower than average over the past five years but higher than the low of 13,055 in 2008. The lower volume of sales is reflected in the number of loans issued.

This is still much higher than the last time clearance rates were persistently in the 50s in 2004, when the number of loans issued was between 10,000 and 12,000 per month.

First home buyers comprised a mere 15.8 per cent of loans issued in July compared to 17.6 July last year and the high of 30.2 per cent in May 2009, when first home buyers responded to generous financial incentives. In raw numbers that translated to 2083 loans in July compared to 2337 July last year and a substantial 4,675 in May 2009.

The average loan amounts provide an interesting reflection on prices. In July the average loan for a first home buyer was $281,000, which is very similar to a year ago but well above the $255,600 only two years ago. This is because of a large increase in house prices between 2009 and 2010, an outcome that is not apparent this year.


Information courtesy of the REIV

Summer is coming – Play it safe by the pool

Swimming pools are great fun in the summer months and we all know little ones love to frolic in the water. The campaign to fence Australian swimming pools, which began in earnest in 1991, has saved the lives of many toddlers and children. In all states and territories of Australia, in most situations, providing a safety barrier or fence is not only sensible, it’s the law.

Fortunately, the choices available in pool fencing are numerous. This means the look of your garden landscaping need not be compromised. On the contrary, your fence can enhance your entire outdoor area whilst providing peace of mind if you have children or grandchildren who regularly swim or play outdoors. For a modern look, glass screening is ultra chic.  Alternatively, a steel fence structure with clever planting and screening can blend well with a less contemporary style of home.

It’s vitally important to ensure your pool fence meets all safety standards. If you have recently purchased a new home with a swimming pool this is especially important. Unfortunately children are still drowning in home swimming pools where fences exist. This is often due to poor maintenance.

As well as ensuring your pool or spa is properly fenced, active supervision is imperative. It only takes a second for a child to silently slip into the water and drown. Swimming pools provide hours of fun for the whole family and can teach children to respect the water and play safely. Make sure your family is safe and enjoy cooling off this summer.

For further information check out www.watersafety.vic.gov.au

Happy Birthday, C&G Black Rock!

We can’t believe that our Black Rock Chishom & Gamon office has just celebrated its one year anniversary! Today’s Chisholm & Gamon blog looks back at a successful debut year for the C&G Black Rock team, and shares a little of our celebratory magic with you.

On the 15th of October (exactly!) Chisholm & Gamon Black Rock celebrated its first anniversary with a private team party. It was a great opportunity to get everyone together to look back on our premiere year in a community which has welcomed the C&G team with open arms. We thank you for our warm reception, and look forward to many more years representing the Black Rock community. On the night there were tasty treats a-plenty, including this sweet little cake – emblazoned with our new ‘Hello’ logo which you may have seen in our exciting new rebrand.

L – R: Nick Jones, Torsten Kasper and Sam Gamon

 Have look at our Black Rock Village profile video for a look at both our happy office there, and the enviable beachside lifestyle of Black Rock’s citizens. Featuring Sam Gamon and lots of yummy Black Rock cafes to whet your appetite for a weekend of open for inspections in that very suburb.

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