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City of Ballarat Community Magazine July 2011
Below: People and Communities Portfolio Councillor John Philips learns how to
knit a square with Carl Maurie (left) and Matt McLean of Knitty Gritty at YHQ.
Down to the Knitty Gritty
Wanted: Experienced knitters and enthusiastic amateurs keen to get down
to the Knitty Gritty and create warm blankets for needy children in Africa.
City of Ballarat's Youth Council and Zaque have joined forces to support
children's charity, KasCare and its Knit-A -Square project.
Mentored by local seniors and experienced knitters, the Knitty Gritty crew
have knitted and crocheted more than 200 colourful squares from donated
wool and acr ylic yarn. All squares will be sent to Africa where they will
be sewn into blankets and given to children who have AIDS or have been
orphaned by the AIDS virus.
Knitty Gritty invites all interested residents – knitting experts and enthusiastic
amateurs alike – to enjoy a yarn and join its knitting project. Wool and
needles are supplied.
KasCare supports millions of abandoned and vulnerable children and AIDS
orphans in Africa, who live in dire of poverty and lack basic necessities.
Its Knit-A-Square project seeks to warm and comfort these children with
blankets, hats, vests and pullovers; and to raise awareness of this mostly
hidden human tragedy.
Knitty Gritty is on at 4pm, ever y Thursday at YHQ, 122 Armstrong St South.
Donations of knitted squares may also be made at YHQ. For information call
City of Ballarat Youth Engagement Officer Kate Moran at 5320 5167.
Building a Safer Community
Nominations are now open for the 2011 Ballarat Community Safety Awards.
The awards acknowledge local individuals, businesses, groups and organisations
that enhance positive perceptions of safety and community building.
Reward great work and initiatives that have made a significant contribution
to safety in Ballarat by nominating a worthy local person or group for a
Ballarat ‘a safe city’ Community Safety Award.
The 2011 award categories are:
Urban Design for Safe and Healthy Environments
Safer Roads, Access and Movement
Alcohol Related Harm
Family Violence Prevention
The award categories reflect the priority areas identified in Council’s
Community Safety Action Plan 2008-2013.
Nominations for the Ballarat Community Safety Awards close Friday, 30
September. The awards will be presented at an official function in October.
Nomination forms are available at the City of Ballarat Website, www.ballarat.
vic.gov.au, or email Council’s Community Development Project Worker Paula
Roozenburg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Safety Month
In October, Ballarat will play host to Community Safety Month activities and
events, encouraging community learning, strengthening and participation.
Local community groups, Victoria Police, schools, businesses, state and
local government departments and agencies will engage in safety activities
and build community safety partnerships.
Community Safety Month is an opportunity for the Ballarat community to
participate, learn and engage with others who are committed to improving
individual and community safety.
Community Safety Month is a project of the Victorian Safe Communities
Network, with support from Victoria Police.
For event information on Community Safety Month, visit www.ballarat.vic.
gov.au or call Council’s Community Development Project Worker Paula
Roozenburg at 5320 5804.
kNIT A SquARe
Pattern for 20cm x 20 cm Square:
8 Ply Yarn or Wool – a 100g (3.5 oz) ball
Size 6mm Needles
A Yarn Sewing Needle
Cast on 32 stitches (Stitches must be relaxed to
ensure uniform squares)
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Knit. First two rows form the 'garter' stitch knitting
Continue knitting as per first two rows
Ensure square is 20cm x 20cm
Use your sewing needle to sew in all yarn ends using
a darning method.
Leave a one metre length of yarn attached to the work after casting
off. This yarn will be used to join the squares together.
Below: The 2010 winners of the City of Ballarat Community Safety Awards
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