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Here's your guide to what's on in Warrnambool and the South West this weekend

Friday 24thFebruary

  • Seasons of Stitching Embroidery Exhibition, Warrnambool Masonic Centre, Kepler Street, Warrnambool (10am – 4pm)
  • Speedway – 2017 Late Model Australian Championship (Night 1), Premier Speedway, Princes Hwy, Allansford (4pm)
  • Weekend of Dance – Welcome Dance, Allansford Hall, Ziegler Pde, Allansford (8pm)
  • Wannon Water Roubaix, Civic Green, Liebig Street, Warrnambool (4:30pm)
  • Learn to Rock’n’Roll with Warrnambool Rock’n’Rollers Inc, Guide Hall, Manifold Street, Warrnambool (7:30pm – 10pm)

Saturday 25thFebruary

  • The Sustainable Living Festival, Civic Green, Liebig Street, Warrnambool (10am – 2pm)
  • Tarerer Festival, Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool (7pm)
  • Noorat Garage Sale Trail, various locations, Noorat (9am – 4pm)
  • Seasons of Stitching Embroidery Exhibition, Warrnambool Masonic Centre, Kepler Street, Warrnambool (10am – 4pm)
  • Port Fairy Community Market, Railway Place, Port Fairy (9am – 1pm)
  • Hamilton Farmers Market, North Boundary Road, Hamilton (9am – 1pm)
  • Weekend of Dance – Premier Saturday Dance, Temperance Hall, Koroit Street, Warrnambool (7:30pm)
  • Scottish Country & Old Time Dance, 230 Koroit Street, Warrnambool (8pm)
  • Merri View Gallery, 3 Coramba Ct, Warrnambool (12pm – 4pm)
  • Scope Galleries Exhibition, 38 Kelp Street, Warrnambool (12pm – 5pm)

Sunday 26thFebruary

  • Rotary Fundraiser – Long Lunch, Proudfoots on the River, Simpson Street, Warrnambool (12pm – 4pm)
  • Seasons of Stitching Embroidery Exhibition, Warrnambool Masonic Centre, Kepler Street, Warrnambool (10am – 4pm)
  • Hamilton On Track Market, Hamilton Harness Racing Club, 21 Caldows Road, Hamilton (9am – 1pm)
  • Speedway – 2017 Late Model Australian Championship (Night 2), Premier Speedway, Princes Hwy, Allansford (4pm)
  • Friends of the Botanic Gardens - Free Guided Walks, Botanic Gardens, Warrnambool (2:30pm)
  • Raw Comedy Auditions, Mozart Hall (opposite TAFE), Warrnambool (5pm – 11pm)
  • Weekend of Dance – Dancing at Allansford, Allansford Hall, Ziegler Pde, Allansford (11am)
  • Merri View Gallery, 3 Coramba Ct, Warrnambool (12pm – 4pm)
  • Scope Galleries Exhibition, 38 Kelp Street, Warrnambool (12pm – 5pm)
  • Undercover Weekly Market at the Warrnambool Showgrounds (8am – 1pm)

If you or your organisation have any events you would like added to our Community Notice Board email them through to emarket@swcredit.com.au

This information is brought to you by South West Credit, Warrnambool's Home Loan Centre   


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Community Notice Board

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Here's your guide to what's on in Warrnambool and the South West this weekend:

Friday 17th February

  • Movie Fundraiser for Melanoma March – 50 Shades Darker, Warrnambool Capital Cinema, (6:15pm)
  • Rhyme Time, Warrnambool City Library, Liebig Street, Warrnambool (10:30am)
  • Shipwreck Coast Fishing Classic, all day
  • Learn to Rock’n’Roll with Warrnambool Rock’n’Rollers Inc, Guide Hall, Manifold Street, Warrnambool (7:30pm – 10pm)

Saturday 18th February

  • Surfing Experiences for people with Disabilities, Warrnambool Surf Life Saving Club, Pertobe Road, Warrnambool (9am – 12pm)
  • Port Fairy Farmers Market, Railway Place, Bank Street, Port Fairy (8:30am – 1pm)
  • Shipwreck Coast Fishing Classic (finishes 7pm)
  • Scottish Country & Old Time Dance, 230 Koroit Street, Warrnambool (8pm)
  • Merri View Gallery, 3 Coramba Ct, Warrnambool (12pm – 4pm)
  • Scope Galleries Exhibition, 38 Kelp Street, Warrnambool (12pm – 5pm)

Sunday 19th February

  • Shipwreck Coast Fishing Classic Presentation, Northern Warrnambool Breakwater Car park (11am)
  • Warrnambool & District Country Music Group Concert, City Memorial Bowls Club (1 – 4:30pm)
  • White Elephant Sale (hosted by Cobden Angling Club), Lake Elingamite (10:30am)
  • Over 50’s T20 Cricket Game, DC Farran Oval, Mortlake (10:30am – 3:30pm)
  • Colac Lions Club Market, Memorial Square, Gellibrand Street, Colac (9am – 2pm)
  • The Fresh Market, Lake Pertobe, Warrnambool (9am – 1pm)
  • Merri View Gallery, 3 Coramba Ct, Warrnambool (12pm – 4pm)
  • Scope Galleries Exhibition, 38 Kelp Street, Warrnambool (12pm – 5pm)
  • Undercover Weekly Market at the Warrnambool Showgrounds (8am – 1pm)

If you or your organisation have any events you would like added to our Community Notice Board email them through to emarket@swcredit.com.au

 


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Don't give your heart to scammers this Valentine's Day

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The ACCC is warning people to be wary of scammers when looking for romance online with social media now the most common method scammers use to contact potential victims.

In 2016, 4100 Australians contacted the ACCC’s Scamwatch service to report dating and romance scams and more than $25 million was lost: the largest amount of money lost to any type of scam. Stats also show Facebook is a popular contact method used by romance scammers, and that those aged 45 and over are most likely to be affected.

“Reports of dating and romance scams increased by more than a third in 2016 and, sadly, the amount of money reported lost has also increased by about $3 million compared to 2015,” ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said.

“Romance scammers are getting increasingly manipulative so if you are going online this Valentine’s Day to look for love, it’s absolutely vital that you’re able to recognise the warning signs. This is particularly the case when using dating websites or apps or if you’re contacted by someone you don’t know through social media.”

“Scammers create very believable profiles, including stealing the identities of real, trusted people such as military personnel, aid workers or professionals working abroad. If you meet someone who seems too good to be true, do some research to see if they’re the real deal,” Ms Rickard said.

“Look for inconsistencies in their stories. For example, do they say they are university educated but have poor English and grammar? Is their profile picture legitimate or stolen? These are red flags that you’re likely dealing with a scammer.”

“Also be careful when someone expresses strong feelings quickly after you meet them. A scammer’s currency is ‘love at first type’ – they will use your emotions against you and leave you devastated financially and emotionally,” Ms Rickard said.

“Perhaps the biggest warning sign is when a scammer asks you for money. After gaining your trust – often waiting weeks, months or even years – they tell you an elaborate story involving some crisis, or plan to travel to see you and ask for money, gifts or your bank account/credit card details.”

“This is a scammer’s end-game: to abuse your trust so they can steal your money. Don’t fall for their con – look after yourself when online and don’t be afraid to cut off contact if something doesn’t feel right to you,” Ms Rickard said.

For more advice on how to avoid dating and romance scams, visit the Scamwatch 'Dating and romance' page.

Protect yourself

  • Never provide your financial details or send funds to someone you’ve met online. Scammers particularly seek money orders, wire transfers or international funds transfer as it’s rare to recover money sent this way.
  • Run a Google Image search to check the authenticity of any photos provided as scammers often use fake photos they’ve found online.
  • Be very wary if you are moved off a dating website as scammers prefer to correspond through private emails or the phone to avoid detection.
  • Don’t share intimate photos or use webcams in an intimate setting. The ACCC has received reports of scammers using such photos or webcam recordings to blackmail victims.
  • If you think you have fallen victim to a scammer, contact your bank or financial institution immediately and report it.

Report

You can report scams to the ACCC via the Scamwatch report a scam page or call 1300 795 995

More information

Stay one step ahead of scammers, follow @Scamwatch_gov on Twitter.

(This information has been sourced from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's, 'Scamwatch').


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Big news at SWC

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It was a BIG news week at South West Credit last week!!
It started with our Client Service Officer Rachael Ryan getting engaged to her partner Tom on Tuesday. And continued Wednesday with our Member Care Consultant Jessie McConnell announcing that she and her husband Nathan are expecting their first child in August this year!
Congratulations to you all!! We are so pleased and happy for you!!
 


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