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New laws for dog & cat owners

New laws for South Australian dog and cat owners come into effect on 1 July 2018, including:

  • Mandatory microchipping of dogs and cats
  • Desexing of dogs and cats born after 1 July 2018
  • Introduction of a state-wide dog and cat database, called Dogs and Cats Online (DACO)

DACO will be the central database for dog registration payments and management. Existing dog owners will receive a renewal notice in July, which will contain your dog’s new lifetime registration disc (replacing the annual disc). These new laws will simplify dog registration process, make it easier to reunite lost dogs and cats with their owners, help identify and put a stop to puppy farms and reduce euthanasia rates. Call 8408 1111 or visit

Enter the Westside Film Festival

We’re calling on South Australian film makers of all ages and skill levels to make a short film on the 2018 theme of Faces and Places of Charles Sturt, for a chance to win great prizes. Winners will be announced, and films shown on the big screen at the Awards Night on Friday 13 July at the Woodville Town Hall. Westside Film Festival entries close at 5pm on Friday 29 June. To enter or learn more, visit   

Doggy Day on the Green 2018

Doggy Day on the Green is back in 2018! Doggy Day on the Green will play host to a variety of stalls from local trainers, day cares, shelters, treats, groomers, and other doggy-focused industries like toys, equipment or accessories. We’re looking for local, innovative dog-related businesses, and food and drink vendors, to join us at Point Malcolm Reserve in Semaphore Park on Sat 4 August from 11am to 3pm. Expressions of interest close at 5pm on Friday 29 June. To apply, visit  

Native Bee Hotel Busy Bee

Join us on Saturday 23 June from 10am-12pm at Mountbatten Reserve, cnr Mountbatten Tce & Torres Ave in Flinders Park and help us build a hotel and restaurant for our native bees. Gardening megastar Sophie Thomson will lead a fun, informative and very hands on morning building Charles Sturt’s first native bee and bug hotel along the River Torrens. Registration is essential – for more information, or to register, visit

We’re also looking for people to help prepare bee nesting materials for the hotel in advance of the building day. If this is something you’re interested in, please email 

Smart City Plan

We want to hear your thoughts on our draft Smart City Plan. The Plan will help people, organisations and businesses in our local area have the information, skills and capability they need to engage with and benefit from digital technology. Download a copy of the Plan and provide your feedback or share your ideas by 5pm on Friday 29 June at

Bowel Cancer Screening Information Session

Bowel Cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australian men and women. Early detection through regular screening increases the likelihood of effective treatment. Come along to a free bowel cancer screening information session on Wednesday 27 June from 10.30-11.30am at the Findon Community Centre to learn more. Light refreshments will be served. To book your spot, call the Centre on 8408 1310.

Understanding Internet Banking

Explore mobile app and desktop features, banking security, personal safety and how to bank online in a free information session presented by Bendigo Bank Kilkenny on Wednesday 20 June from 10-11.30am at the Civic Library – Digital Hub. Bookings are essential via 8408 1333 or online at

Publishing Workshops

The Findon Library is hosting two free publishing workshops in June.

Getting Started Publishing Workshop with Matthew Cropley, Saturday 16 June, 1-4pm

Keen to write but not sure where to start? Matthew will offer tips and advice on how to establish good writing practices and where to find the support and resources available to early-career writers.

Getting Published with Sarah Tooth, Saturday 30 June, 1-4pm

There is an overwhelming amount of information available on how to get published, and a seemingly infinite number of pathways to publication. How do you decide the right path for you and your manuscript? Come along to this workshop where Sarah will explore these topics and more.

Both sessions are free, however bookings are essential as places are limited. Call 8408 1333 or book online at

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