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MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, November 20, 2008 27 NURTURE www.innerwestweekly.com.au Fun fair touched by Olivia's spirit Scarlet Baumgartmer, 3, of Homebush West, enjoys a ride (above) and Olivia's younger sister, Gabrielle Perkins, 18 months, of Drummoyne has a dance (below). Picture: Matthew Sullivan ~PP217190.. Picture: Matthew Sullivan ~PP217189 See more pictures More photographs available at www.innerwestweekly.com.au DRUMMOYNE was kid central on Sunday as thousands of families flocked to the Touched by Olivia Foundation's Family Fun Fair in Brett Park. Justine Perkins from Touched by Olivia estimated the crowd at around 12,000. ''It was a fabulous day,'' she said. ''The rides were chockers and the weather held off. ''The entertainment was great, especially local entertainer Jay Laga'aia and his band who were amazing.'' The charity was set up by Ms Perkins and her husband John in 2007 to honour their daughter Olivia, who died of a rare illness at just eight months old. The $70,000-plus raised by Sunday's event will go towards the second phrase of an all-abilities playground at Timbrell Park, Five Dock. Mrs Perkins thanked the community and volunteers. Baby goods at bargain price AS local families continue to struggle with the uncertain econ- omic climate, the Baby & Kids Market at Five Dock can help. It costs thousands of dollars to set up a new nursery and many of the items parents buy are used for such a short time. Parents always want great qual- ity for their children, but simply cannot afford to be wasting money these days. The Baby & Kids Market offers local families a chance to sell their quality pre-loved baby and kids goods to other local families, sav- ing thousands of dollars. ''Parents who hold stalls find the markets a great way to recycle things their own kids no longer need, making some much-needed cash and having fun at the same time,'' Baby & Kids Market state manager Jennifer Harrison said. ''In many cases, happy shoppers become stallholders, helping other families enjoy big savings as they recycle quality products and great brands in excellent condition.'' The market offers everything from prams to cots, toys to books and clothes to shoes. ''Strict quality control means the products look, and often are, as good as new, price savings are exceptional, and new parents can get friendly information and ad- vice from other parents,'' Ms Harrison said. ''We want great quality for our children, but we don't want to waste money and we really want to contribute to reducing waste in our society. '' The Baby & Kids Market returns to Five Dock Leisure Centre, cor- ner of Queens Rd and William St, Five Dock, on Sunday, November 30, from 9am to noon. Food and free kids entertain- ment will be available on the day. Entry costs $3 for adults but children are admitted free. Visit www.babykidsmarket.com.au Maternity leave changes welcome A MOVE to double the length of paid maternity leave for local government staff from nine to 18 weeks was endorsed by councils at the Local Government and Shires conference. The current award provision is nine weeks with some councils taking the lead by offering up to 14 weeks. In September the Productivity Commission recommended 18 weeks' paid maternity leave at the minimum wage. The local government award is up for renegotiation in 2010, when the new provision could be added. United Services Union secretary Ben Kruse welcomed the policy, saying 26 weeks was desirable. 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