A Sporting Start

What better way to kick off 2012 than by sporting a fitness focus? Summer in Melbourne plays host to a myriad of sporting events designed to get us motivated and moving toward the year ahead. Whether an enthusiastic spectator cheering on the sidelines or keen competitor needing to be in the thick of it all, there are sports events to suit all tastes and all ages. Here are Chisholm and Gamon blog’s picks to give you a head start!

2012 Mars Australian Open Cycling Championships
5 – 10 Jan 2012

Witness the very best of Australia’s road cycling talent compete for national glory in one of the most prestigious events on the national cycling calendar. Covering scenic routes through Buninyong and Ballarat, plenty of high-paced cycling action is assured as Tour de France heros, Commonwealth Games and Olympic stars battle it out to secure the title of Australia’s best road cyclist.

Portsea Twilight Run
Jan 2012

Become immersed in one of Victoria’s most spectacular, natural environments as you walk or run this twilight event through the exquisite Point Nepean National Park. Breathtaking views of Bass Strait and Port Phillip offer visual motivation as competitors challenge their stamina through 4 or 8 km undulating routes. 
Get set for a fabulous new year via this enjoyable test of your mettle!

Danger 1000 Ocean Swim
13 – 14 Jan 2012

Sand and sea lovers should not miss this 2-day summer event! Now in its thirteenth year, the Danger 1000 Ocean Swim meet has grown to be one of the biggest in the country, renowned for excellent prizes and drawing notable swimming talent.  Contrary to the name, the titled swim event held at Torquay’s Front Beach, is classified as the most calm and protected of the Victorian ocean swim circuit. Other swim race options, as well as a fun run on opening night ensure plenty of activity for all ages. Spectators are fortunate enough to observe the action from the comfort of the beach’s natural amphitheatre. The event runs in conjunction with the Bells Beach Bash Run, taking in the spectacular cliffs from Jan Juc to Bells Beach.

The Australian Open Tennis Championship– Grand Slam of Asia Pacific
16 – 29 Jan 2012

Game, set and match! See superstars of the tennis world converge on Melbourne Park for this world-class tournament unlike any other. Melbourne’s summer season provides the perfect environment for intense competition, tears, drama and jubilation as global tennis icons showcase their racquet skills in their quest for the ultimate reward. Excitement and excellence are assured!

Check into the Visit Victoria website for further details on these and other summer sporting events in your area, then let’s get moving!

Are You Pet Perfect for Christmas?

For many of us, our four-legged friends are an essential part of the family. It’s highly likely they’ll have a special present of their own waiting under the Christmas Tree this year. Are you thinking of spreading the pet love by giving a puppy or kitten to a special friend or relative this year? Today’s Chisholm & Gamon blog urges you to think carefully before making the leap, and suggests some terrific pet shelters to find a suitable furry pal if you’re committed to a life-long new member of the family.

Having a pet is a big commitment! Rewarding, certainly – but not something to take lightly. You’ll need to think twice about going away on holidays, and take veterinary care and quality food and housing for your pet into your monthly budget. Not to mention the initial puppy and kitten training! It takes both patience and commitment. So think carefully before acquiescing to your adorable kids’ requests for a pet – don’t go ahead unless you’re sure that as a family, you’ve got the time and love for a pet in your lives permanently. If you’re absolutely CERTAIN that you’re ready to invest in a pet, choose a reputable animal shelter rather than a run-of-the-mill pet shop – it’s important that you know the origin of your puppy, as unethical puppy farming is unfortunately a reality of the animal trade.

Chisholm & Gamon have an association with Melbourne’s famous ‘Pets Haven’ ,  to whom we contributed pet food  from our clients and ourselves to keep this terrific animal adoption centre running. Pets Haven offer wonderful care for animals, and have an array of puppies and kittens in addition to mature cats and dogs available for adoption. Hampton Veterinary Hospital also have 6 kittens available for adoption this Christmas (they’re a little closer than Pets Haven, which is in Woodend) – the cost for a de-sexed, vaccinated and micro-chipped kitten is $195.00. Call 9533 4732 for further details.

If you’re bringing a new puppy or kitten into your home over Christmas, be sure to keep them away from non-pet friendly foods such as mince pies, sugar, home poisons, electric lighting etcetera. Also, introduce your new pet to the family slowly by initially isolating them in a bedroom or laundry until they’re happy to come out of their cat/puppy home and venture further. It is important to make your pet feel comfortable and safe in their new surrounds – which might be a bit busier and more bustling over Christmas than it is at other times of the year!

Twilight Auction 7:30pm Wednesday 21st December 2011 @ 7 Ruskin Street Elwood

We hope to see you tonight at what promises to be an exciting auction of this lovely Californian classic home. The C & G team are firing up the BBQ and Mr Whippy will be offering sweet sustenance for those who crave a cool treat. This will be our last auction for 2011 so come on down to leafy Ruskin Street!

Stylish contemporary living beyond a charming period façade. This 1920′s double fronted solid brick free standing 3 bedroom 2 bathroom residence has been completely restored offering an impressive union of old & new, with the character of yesterday meeting the comfort and conveniences of today. Beautiful lush established landscaped gardens welcome you home and together with the captivating Bungalow façade create an inviting and lasting first impression. The original part of the home offers a warm and welcoming entrance which compliment the thoughtfully designed high ceilings and spacious open plan living zones that flow effortlessly through to the folding doors and out onto the generous entertainers decking and peaceful garden setting. In an area locals know and love – a location that offers Elwood’s renowned wide, quiet and wonderfully treed family friendly streets with St Kilda’s famous attractions only a short stroll away including iconic restaurants & convenient transport options.

- Security entrance w’ video intercom – Master w’ ensuite, WIR & lovely garden aspect – Open plan living w’ a/c & rich dark floorboards – Central bathroom – Hydronic heating throughout – Family room w’ open fireplace – Stunning kitchen with stone finishes, SMEG appliances, large sociable island bench, int. refrigerator & d/w – Separate laundry – Covered & secure off street parking – Generous roof storage – Perfectly positioned between Elwood Village, the Beach, The Botanical Gardens & vibrant St Kilda

Contact Torsten Kasper on 03 9531 1245 or 0428 454 181

C&G: Savvy Savings on Insurance Premiums

Minimising household expenses is one way to put dollars back in your pocket. Buying grocery items in bulk, waiting for end of season sales and taking advantage of interest free deals are some of the ways we are able to save money. If you’re a savvy saver on the look out for some top tips, here are a few ways you could save on your home insurance:


  • Improve security – If you make your home less of a risk in the eyes of your insurer, they usually reward you with a cheaper premium. Added security measures such as a burglar alarm and deadlocks on windows and doors could help keep your premiums down.


  • Correct cover – One of the main reasons why people have inflated insurance premiums is because they buy an unnecessarily high level of cover. Make sure you give an accurate rebuild cost for your property – this is the amount of money it would take to re-build your home from scratch.


  • Boost excess – The excess is the amount of money you’d have to pay in the event of a claim. For example, this might be the first $500 of the claim amount. Many insurance firms offer a choice of excess levels. The higher the excess, the lower the premium. If you feel comfortable doing so, you could agree to pay more excess should you need to make a claim.


  • Shop around – The number one tip! Don’t just stick with the same insurer out of apathy or familiarity – make sure you check out the market to ensure you are getting the best possible deal for your needs. Insurance policies can vary by hundreds of dollars. Simply make sure you are getting the level of cover you require and always read the fine print!

Water-wise Melburnians rewarded

We all complained bitterly when it didn’t rain very much over the last few years. Recent torrential downpours have certainly put an end to that! Isn’t it great to see so many thriving gardens across the city, even if it does mean mowing the lawn every other weekend!

Melbourne water storage levels are currently at 66.3%, well up on last year, and rainfall has been higher than average in most parts of Victoria. As a result, Melbournians moved to stage one water restrictions last week.

This means we can now water our gardens any time with a hand-held hose and trigger nozzle. Automatic and manual watering systems can be used on alternate watering days, with even and no numbered houses on even dates.

And whilst our lawns don’t need any watering at the moment, over summer we are permitted to water them under the same rules as the rest of the garden. And for new warm season lawns, households can obtain a 28 day exemption to water those lawns with a watering system.

A water feature or garden fountain can now be filled and operated provided it reticulates its own water. More relaxed restrictions also apply to filling and topping up swimming pools and spas. For further details it’s worth checking out the following website: www.melbournewater.com.au

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