BRIMBANK Council is calling for a reduction in the number of electronic gambling machines in the city. 

A submission to a state inquiry into the social and economic costs of gambling also calls for an increase in support services for problem gamblers. 

Administrator Meredith Sussex said she was “deeply ashamed” residents were being exploited by businesses through gaming machines.

Lakeside Live becomes Summersault

Caroline Springs’ Lakeside Live community festival is changing its name to Summersault. 

Melton Council last week announced Summersault would be held at Caroline Springs Recreation Reserve on February 23 next year. 

A spokesman said the new site would improve crowd safety and comfort, and reduce the need for road closures. 

Mayor Justin Mammarella said the most popular elements of the event would not change. 

Community stage applications close October 12. Details: melton.vic.gov.au.

Jon Stevens to rock Djerriwarrh

Former Noiseworks and INXS singer Jon Stevens will headline the 2012 Djerriwarrh Festival. 

This year’s event, at Melton Recreation Reserve on November 9 and 10, will celebrate 150 years of local government. 

A High Street parade will feature floats showcasing Melton’s history from 1862 to today. 

Cr Mammarella said other highlights were market stalls, a Lions Club carnival, activities and workshops, and a fireworks display. 

Details: 9747 7200 or melton.vic.gov.au.

Quit the car, walk to work

Melton residents are being encouraged to leave their car at home as part of Walk to Work Day on Friday. 

The annual event is aimed at getting people to include regular walking in their daily routine. 

Details: 9747 7200 or walk.com.au.

‘2012 phenomenon’ explored

Brimbank authors will discuss the ‘2012 phenomenon’ at a library seminar on Thursday. 

Dr Joseph Gelfer and Meg Mundell will address the continuing fascination with the end of the world. 

The seminar is from 6-7pm at Sydenham library, Station Street, Watergardens Town Centre. 

Details: 9249 4680