To market, to market

Fancy an old-fashioned school market? The Whittlesea Secondary College’s market has more than 120 stalls with everything from sticky doughnuts and steaming coffee to crafts. The next market is at the Whittlesea Showgrounds on September 15 from 8am to 1pm.  

Friend or foe?

Interested in Left politics in Australia and whether its future lies with the relationship between the Labor Party and the Greens? Melbourne Greens MP Adam Bandt and Labor MHR for the ACT seat of Fraser, Andrew Leigh, will discuss the issue with La Trobe University’s professor of politics Robert Manne. Professor Manne said since the August 2010 election Labor and the Greens had found themselves ‘‘in a situation of mutual dependency and political combat’’. ‘‘Such a situation is novel in Australian politics and fraught with great difficulty. The question is are Labor or the Greens, enemies or friends?’’ The debate will be at the John Scott Meeting House, La Trobe University, Bundoora Campus, Wednesday, September 5, from 12.30-2pm.  Details: visit La Trobe University.

 Wetland wonder

The beautiful wetlands of South Morang beckon. A National Threatened Species Day tour will be held on Friday, September 7. There’s a handful of places left on the free bus tour, sponsored by Healthy Waterways Waterwatch. The day involves a bus tour, short walks and a provided lunch. Pick-up is at the Mill Park Lakes Recreation Reserve, 170 Lakes Boulevard, South Morang. Bookings essential. Details: call 9457 9885 or email

Feed the animals

Spring has sprung early at Bundoora Park’s children’s farm and there are plenty of baby farmyard animals to bottle-feed. Nursery feeding is between 11.30am and 3.30pm daily, and the rest of the farm is open from 10am to 4.30pm daily. Admission is $9 adults, $6 children or $24 for a family pass for four. At 1069 Plenty Road, Bundoora. Details: call 8470 8170.