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Maroondah in focus - September 2017

Welcome to Maroondah in focus

The September-November edition of Maroondah in focus was distributed to Maroondah households in the week of Monday 18 September. For a printed version visit one of Council's service centres or email communications@maroondah.vic.gov.au

The December-March edition of Maroondah in focus will be distributed in early December.

Mullum Mullum the Owl

Read it  online by opening the accordions , or view Maroondah in focus as a PDF file  (pdf, 4MB)

Mayor’s message

Welcome to the September edition of Maroondah in Focus.

I can’t believe how quickly the past year has gone, as this will be my final Mayor’s Message for this term.

I would like to thank everyone for their support over the past 12 months, which has been a critical first year of the new Council. As Mayor it has been a wonderful opportunity to lead the new Council, and it’s been great to see our new Councillors learn and develop their skills and knowledge of Maroondah and our community.

It’s also been a critical year in planning for the future, with the development of our new four year Council Plan, and other key strategic plans, to ensure Maroondah continues to be a great place to live, work and play.

Our 2017/18 Budget has been developed to ensure we can continue to deliver more than 120 community services and complete a substantial capital works program. In the past months we’ve seen the opening of The Coopersmith Pavilion in Ringwood East and the Tony Lethbridge Pavilion in Proclamation Park, Ringwood, providing great benefits for a range of sporting and community groups.

Looking to the future, there are three pages in this issue identifying future capital works projects across each of the three Maroondah Wards. I encourage you to have a look at the projects in your local area and see what improvements are coming your way.

Other projects are progressing well, with the design and consultation for the HE Parker multi-sports complex completed and demolition of the existing netball facility to commence in December. The community has also recently had their say on what they would like to see happening in the new $2 million Croydon Town Square. The former shoe shop building at 97 Main Street is being demolished to prepare for the construction works which will begin in early 2018. This project will create an exciting new open space in the heart of Croydon and is just one of a range of projects that Council is undertaking to improve this important commercial and civic precinct.

As we start to move to warmer weather, there are plenty of things to do out and about in Maroondah, including making use of our great parks, playgrounds, shared paths and cycling tracks. And some upcoming events to put in your calendar include the Maroondah Festival on November 12, and our wonderful tradition of Carols by Candlelight, continuing this year at Town Park on Saturday 2 December. Visit our events calendar to find out more about these activities and more.

I wish you all the best for the remainder of 2017.

Cr Tony Dib JP Mayor

Green Army planting

Mayor Councillor Tony Dib with Green Army coordinator Josh and participant Norton at BJ Hubbard Reserve.

Council meetings are held monthly and community members are welcome to attend.

  • 16 October
  • 15 November

Meetings start at 7.30pm and are held in the Council Chamber, Braeside Avenue, Ringwood.

Council meetings can be streamed live over the internet or accessed via an online archive.

One million thanks for one million stars

We did it! Thank you to everyone who supported the One Million Stars to End Violence campaign.

In August, it was announced that this roots community art project had reached its goal of weaving one million stars.

The people of Maroondah made a significant contribution to this, by weaving more than 30,000 stars over 12 months, culminating in an installation at Realm earlier this year.

The stars are intended as a symbol of hope and a statement against all forms of violence. All one million of them will be displayed in Brisbane during the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The One Million Stars to End Violence Project was started by Melbourne artist Maryann Talia Pau, as a personal response to the tragic and violent death of Jill Meagher, in 2012.

1 million stars

Maryann Talia Pau with a Maroondah star- weaving volunteer, Margaret.

Mayoral Art  Exhibition– call for entries

All budding artists are invited to submit their works for the 2017 Mayoral Art exhibition.

The theme for 2017 is Modern Life, referring to present times and practices, which encourages artists to utilise more modern styles. Entrants are asked to think ‘modern’ when submitting works for the exhibition.

Works can take form in architecture, photography, sculpture, landscape or portraiture.

The Maroondah Mayoral Art Exhibition, which runs from 8 - 16 December, supports the Bone Marrow Donor Institute, Croydon Branch and is sponsored by the Ringwood East/Heathmont Community Bendigo Bank.

Entries close 5pm, Monday 13 November 2017.

Further information and entry forms can be found at www.artsinmaroondah.com.au

Explore our new website

Council’s new look website is here! There’s a range of new offerings which have been designed to make the site easier to use; more informative; and responsive to different devices.

The front page has lots to offer, including:

  • quick links to the most popular information on the site
  • My Maroondah – where you can search your address to find your nearest park, maternal and child health centre, schools and more. You can also look up your rubbish collection day and your local ward Councillors.
  • easy access to Council’s other websites and social media channels.
Maroondah website

What’s new?

It is now even easier to find out what is happening in your local community with a range of new features.

Our parks and playgrounds listings can be searched so you can find what is close to you, it offers and what you can do there. There are even photos of the parks and playgrounds so you can visualise the spaces before visiting.

Our new consultation hub is all about creating opportunities for Council to share information with the community and seek your feedback. You can complete surveys and polls, join in online discussions, read related blog posts and provide feedback on strategic documents. Over time, you will see past consultations and we will provide feedback on the consultation outcomes.

If you’re looking to find a new hobby or want to broaden your experience, our courses and classes in Maroondah page would be worth a look. There are a range of classes from woodworking to yoga, belly dancing and mindfulness.

New site structure

We know the pages that are visited most often so the large circular links on our homepage mean these pages are now only a click away.

We’ve also reviewed all the content and structured it so it can be scanned quickly to help you find what you really want.

Access for all

The new website also offers ReadSpeaker, a text to speech converter that is found at the top of every page. This will read out the page content for you, and even highlight the words and sentences along the way.  It’s a great

help for those with poor reading skills; speak English but can’t read it; or those with a vision impairment.

We provide some of our core information in Chinese, Hindi, Karen, Hakha Chin (Lai) and Burmese. These are the most common languages, other than English, spoken in Maroondah.

There are also some Easy English pages which offer very simple wording supported by images to help people who have an intellectual, cognitive or learning disability, or people with low literacy.

They help with contact details, and highlight services that are available and how to access them.

Maroondah website

Keep informed

Our What’s new section features articles on a range of Council activities and services. The news articles can be searched by categories and tags, so if you’re interested in a particular subject you can easily find other related content.

You can also sign up to receive Council’s eNewsletter which will be launched in the coming months.

You can also stay up to date with Council’s projects and works activities including construction, road works and maintenance, on our Maroondah Projects page. The page contains information on planned, in progress and completed projects to ensure our community is kept informed during all stages of our works.

Our Council blog provides a range of latest information on topics such as our environment or sustainability.

Do you like what you see or want to share it with someone else? Now you can. Our pages offer social sharing, which means you can share a page you like on social media or email the link to a friend.

You can also provide feedback on pages or subscribe to a page and receive emails every time it is updated.

Let us know what you think!

Once you’ve had a chance to explore the new website, please let us know what you think by visiting our consultation hub.

HE Parker multi-sports complex

Council has been successful in receiving funding grants, totalling $13.5 million, from both the Victorian and Australian Governments to upgrade the current netball facilities within the HE Parker sports precinct.

Consultation sessions with key user groups of the current facility and the new complex are complete, and community consultation on the proposed design elements took place over the past month. This has been a great opportunity for the broader community to provide input and comment on the design of the new complex.

The design of the $16.5 milllion complex uses the existing footprint of the ten netball courts to achieve the maximum retention and protection of native trees. The existing netball pavilion and 10 courts will be demolished and a new indoor four court, multi-sports complex will be built to enable training and competition for netball, volleyball, badminton and table tennis.

In addition, four outdoor netball courts will be built to new surface standards.

The general height of the complex is approximately 11 metres, with the existing surrounding tree canopy height ranging between 10 and 20 metres. The colour palette chosen by the architect is deliberately subtle and makes use of timber and other finishes that are sensitive to the natural landscape setting.

The existing access road and car park layout will be retained, with improvements to include new accessible car parking spaces.

Demolition of the existing pavilion and 10 netball courts will commence in December 2017, with construction of the new complex expected to start in January 2018 with an expected completion date of February 2019.

Look out for further information on this exciting new project.

H E Parker

H E Parker Complex, Artist impression

Your Arrabri Councillors

Arrabri Councillors

Cr Tony Dib JP

Mobile: 0438 515 089

I had the pleasure of officially opening the Glen Park Community Shed last month.

The community shed expansion was funded through Council’s Capital Works Community Facilities Improvement Program at a cost of $150,000. The additional building has provided much needed additional workspace, a kitchenette, an accessible ramp and bathroom, and a new storage area.

Participants in the programs are enjoying the additional space, meaning they can have larger sessions and more room to put their creativity to the test.

The shed is open to all genders, ages and abilities, and offers an opportunity for people to develop basic woodwork skills and get involved in the local community.

To find out more about becoming a participant at the shed, or to volunteer your woodworking expertise, call Glen Park Community Centre on 9720 5097.

Cr Paul Macdonald

Mobile: 0436 001 760

Cheong Park users will soon have access to an exciting new playground, with construction works starting next month.

The playspace has been designed with feedback from the community and user groups and I’d like to thank everyone who had their say. The result is a fun and engaging playground that will cater for children of all ages.

It will include a six-way swing set; basket swing; large rope climbing element; several rocking and spinning items and a refurbished climbing structure and slide.

Carpark works, including a new path to the playground, will also be undertaken.

Stage two, which is planned for the 18/19 financial year, will see the creation of a double flying fox, which I’m sure will be extremely popular with families.

Works are expected to start in October, with the opening planned for November. You can see the the concept plans for the playground online.

Cr Kylie Spears

Mobile: 0436 003 660

It is so exciting to see sport in Maroondah continue to thrive – particularly the increase we are experiencing in female participation.

Council has been working with our neighbouring Council’s to produce Equality Is The Game! – a short film and online resource developed with funding from the Victorian Government.

The resources can be used by sporting clubs to highlight how they can create safe, equal and respectful environments for all members, particularly women and girls.

One club that is seeing the benefits of having male and female teams is Croydon City Arrows. I had the pleasure of joining in their 60th birthday celebrations recently which is a huge milestone for a local sporting club. It was wonderful to see that the women’s team is the highest ranked for the club and is likely to be moved to the top division next season.

I look forward to continuing to work with our local sporting clubs to ensure that our grounds and facilities can continue to cater for their needs now and into the future.

What’s coming up in Arrabri Ward?

In Council’s 2017/2018 Budget there are a number of capital works projects funded in the Arrabri Ward. Below is a sample of some of the major projects that will be undertaken this financial year.

Arrabri ward

1   HE Parker multisport complex development ($16.5 million)

2   HE Parker Sporting Pavilion redevelopment ($3 million)

3   Heathmont Shopping Centre access & safety improvements ($1.2 million*) *VicRoads contribution TBC

4   Heathmont Road renewal, raised pavements & DDA improvements ($900,000)

5   Knaith Road reserve carpark construction ($200,000)

6   Scenic Avenue flood mitigation stage 2A ($200,000)

7   Belmont Park sportsfield lighting upgrade ($175,000)

8   Eastfield Park Sporting (Benson’s) Pavilion changeroom refurbishment ($150,000)

9   HE Parker tennis pavilion toilet refurbishment ($150,000)

10  Tarralla Creek Trail sight distance improvements ($140,000)

11   Heathmont Road carpark construction ($120,000)

12  Heathmont Reserve sportsfield lighting upgrade ($120,000)

13  Eastfield Park public toilet & accessible carpark construction ($120,000)

14  Cheong Park playspace renewal ($68,000)

15  Former Croydon South Primary School Masterplan ($60,000)

16  The Mall Shopping Centre, raised pavements & DDA improvements  ($55,000)

17  Great Ryrie Primary School Netball Courts Upgrade ($50,000)

18  HE Parker Scout Hall redevelopment design ($50,000)

19  Dorset Recreation Reserve enhancement plan ($50,000)

20  Eastfield Park enhancement plan ($50,000)

Community Grants Funding Program recipients announced

Sixty-six Maroondah community groups have benefitted from more than $140,000 to fund local projects, thanks to Council’s 2017/18 Community Grants Funding Program.

The grants are allocated to eligible projects that increase community participation; address a community need; provide advice or support to a group in need; or support the development of arts and cultural content in Maroondah.

This year there is a diverse range of programs being funded, including: playgrounds for newly arrived mums and Chinese grandparents; run by the Migrant Information Centre; therapy dog visits organised by SalvoCare Eastern Gateways; Electric Wheelchair Sports Association court hire; and the Adult Hot Shots and Cardio Tennis program run by the Gracedale Park Tennis Club.

One of the projects receiving funding this year as part of the Arts and Cultural Grants is Tarralla Kindergarten in Ringwood East. Their grant will assist kindergarten children and community members to work with an artist to create a mural. The artwork will be located at the entrance to the facility, which is also home to a Council Maternal and Child Health Centre.

See more information online about Maroondah’s Community Grants Scheme. Applications for the 2018/19 grants will open in March 2018.

Jazz singer Cindy van der Rae

Jazz singer Cindy van der Rae was a local performer who took to the stage at the Community Grants formal presentation evening last month.

Help shape Maroondah’s Disability Policy

Council wants to know more about what would help people who have a disability participate more fully in the Maroondah community. The information shared in this community consultation will be used to help shape Maroondah’s next Disability Policy and Action Plan.

The policy and action plan provide a framework for social and economic supports that help to meet the needs of people with disabilities and their families and carers, and seeks to remove barriers to participation. It focuses on four main areas: social and economic inclusion; services and information; infrastructure and design; and advocacy and leadership

The consultation process will begin at Maroondah Festival in November at Council’s Café Consult marquee, where Council team members will be speaking to the broader community, those with a disability, those who care for people with a disability, and relevant service

providers. There will be further opportunities for the community to have their say during 2018.

Learn more about services and programs for those with a disability in Maroondah.

NDIS transition: what you need to know

Will you be affected by the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and still have questions?

From November, the NDIS will begin to roll out in Maroondah. The scheme will assist them to access the support and services to participate in the community and employment.

There is much information to take in during the transition, which is why Council’s NDIS Transition Coordinator offers support for residents about the preparation, planning and implementation process of the NDIS. This assistance can be over the phone or a one-on-one meeting.

For those who are not eligible for the NDIS, Maroondah’s Aged and Disability team will continue to provide support through the Home and Community Care program for young people (HACC PYP) and the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP).

For further information about the NDIS and Maroondah’s support for people with a disability, phone the NDIS Transition Coordinator Kim Henderson on 0419 185 106 or email kim.henderson@maroondah.vic.gov.au

Changing Places continues to change lives

Council made headlines back in 2014, when it launched the first Changing Places in Australia at Ringwood Lake Park. Now this ground-breaking toilet facility for people with a severe disability is being rolled out across Victoria.

The Victorian Government has announced it will fund an additional 20 Changing Places facilities across the state, and not-for-profit organisations and local governments are encouraged to apply for one in their municipality.

Council will apply for funding to incorporate a Changing Places facility in the new Croydon Town Square.

Changing Places are larger than standard accessible toilets and include extra features including a height-adjustable, adult-size changing bench and a tracking hoist system. The facilities support more than 326,000 Victorians with complex disabilities and their carers, and enable greater participation within the community.

As well as the Changing Places facility at Ringwood Lake Park, there is one at Realm and Aquanation and two in Eastland. They have been also installed at Melbourne Zoo and the MCG and will also be incorporated into Rod Laver Arena as part of the Victorian Government’s redevelopment of Melbourne Park.

The funding program for Changing Places is open until 13 October. Keep an eye on our website for updates on our funding application.

Marveloo

Marveloo interest grows

Another initiative of Council is also helping to support people who have a severe disability right across Victoria.

Marveloo, a portable Changing Places facility, is available for hire for public events, and various other Council’s across the state are now investing in their own facilities.

See information about hiring Marveloo for a public event.

Supporting those who care

Those who care for a loved one who has a disability or mental health issue often find it difficult to get out and exercise or to find the time to look after themselves. The Pathways for Carers project provides opportunities for carers to join in group walks in Maroondah.

Each walk includes a ‘guest walker’ from a service provider or organisation who talks about the services and support they offer carers.

As part of the walk on Saturday 21 October, Council will be celebrating Carers Week with the unveiling of a new bench seat along the Mullum Mullum Creek Trail, which features silhouettes representing the role carers play in our community Walks occur on the second Tuesday of each month, starting at 9.30am, and the third Saturday of each month, at 1pm. See more information.

Pathway for carers

Join the Compost Revolution

Council has joined the Compost Revolution and we want you to join us, too! The Compost Revolution is an award-winning social enterprise that encourages people to compost at home.

Maroondah residents will receive 60 per cent off the recommended retail price of a compost bin, worm farm or Bokashi bin, as well as free delivery to their home, by registering online and completing a composting quiz.

Up to half of the rubbish that Maroondah households create is organic waste such as paper, food scraps and garden waste. By composting, we can reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill by up to 50 per cent! Composting also has many benefits for you and your garden.

It creates a rich fertiliser for your garden; adds important minerals, nutrients, bacteria and micro-organisms to your soil; increases the water retention of your soil; and potentially allows you to downsize your garbage bin, which could lower your annual waste fee.

You can also register your interest online in a free workshop on composting, by phoning EnviroCom, Council’s waste education provider, on 9703 5288.

Compost

Fostering gender equality in sport

Maroondah is one of three local councils to collaborate with local community groups and sporting clubs on the development of the Our Codes Our Clubs Project aimed at showcasing the positive work local clubs are doing to encourage equal access to opportunities in sport.

The research project culminated in the development of an online resource Equality is the Game! which outlines the practical actions

sporting club committees can undertake to promote gender equality; and highlights the benefits for clubs in creating a more inclusive environment.

To complement the resource, a short film also titled Equality is the Game! has been produced, with representatives of local clubs sharing their experiences in increasing opportunities for females

to be involved in sport; and the many benefits that have been created.

The film also provides an insight into how sporting clubs can help to prevent violence against women by challenging the status quo.

View the short film “Equality is the Game! Victoria”, and a copy of the Equality is the Game! resource is also available.

Women Gridiron players

The Green Army comes to Ringwood North

BJ Hubbard and Loughies Bushland Reserve are getting a makeover, with a Green Army team moving into the reserves to work on various conservation and land management projects.

The federally-funded program sees school leavers, gap-year students, graduates and job seekers aged between 17 and 24 work with Council for six months to gain practical skills and training towards an accredited qualification.

Council has hosted various Green Army programs in recent years, each resulting in important improvements to local bushland sites as well as employment opportunities for many of the participants.

The current team is undertaking weed and pest control, planting and seed collection at the two bushland sites in North Ringwood. At the end of the six-month program participants will have the opportunity to qualify for a Certificate II – Conservation and Land Management.

The Friends of Loughies Bushland and Friends of BJ Hubbard Reserve are working with the Green Army participants, with Council providing the necessary tools and equipment.

To learn more, go to: environment.gov.au/land/green-army

Green Army

Did you know?

BJ Hubbard and Loughies Bushland reserves are home to a variety of birds and locally and regionally rare species of plants, including the Dandenong Ranges Cinnamon Wattle – a species of state-wide significance. Each reserve also contains remnant patches of the endangered Valley Heathy Forest which Council is working to conserve.

Your Mullum Councillors

Mullum Councillors

Cr Nora Lamont

Mobile: 0428 394 581

I invite the community to join us to raise awareness and show support for Night of Light on Friday 6 October, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

The annual event is a celebration of life and is a way we can help to create a positive ripple effect in the community by encouraging mental health awareness and suicide prevention.

The event will see people from all walks of life come together for a moving procession of light and music from Ringwood Station into Ringwood Town Square. It will then be followed by a presentation of guest speakers inside Realm.

This is a special way you can learn more about the importance of remaining connected to the community, family, and friends; and the importance of removing the stigma of mental illness.

See more about this year’s Night of Light celebration.

If you or someone you know needs support with their mental health, please contact LifeLine on 13 11 14.

Cr Samantha Marks

Mobile: 0408 145 110

It’s great to see local clubs and the community making the most of the facilities down at the Ringwood Athletics Pavilion and track at Proclamation Park following its $2.86 million revamp.

With local athletic clubs heading into their summer Track & Field season, I’m certain the new pavilion and facilities will pave the way for more local participation and ensure that local clubs like the Ringwood Little Athletics Centre, Ringwood Athletic Club and Ringwood Triathlon Club continue to nurture a new generation of athletes. Who knows, we may even see them follow in the footsteps of our very own Cathy Freeman and Kyle Vander- Kuyp, who made their start training at Ringwood Athletic Club.

The redevelopment works were funded by the Victoria Government through the Sport & Recreation Victoria Grants Program.

Council had advocated strongly for this project, so it’s wonderful to see it come to fruition.

Cr Mike Symon

Mobile: 0436 002 080

I had the pleasure of joining our Mullum Mullum Creek Bushcare Group recently at one of their monthly working bees. The dedicated group help to restore and preserve native vegetation along the Mullum Mullum Creek corridor.

With the support of Council, the group runs working bees that are open to anyone who wants to do something to help improve the native bushland.

The group works in collaboration with Council’s Bushland Team, which assists with weed control, vegetation collection and providing the group with mulch, a natural weed barrier.

We’re privileged to have so many dedicated volunteers working to protect and maintain one of the municipality’s oldest and significant wildlife corridors.

I encourage residents to get along to a working bee to learn some new skills.

Find out more online or visit the group’s Facebook page.

What’s coming up in Mullum Ward?

In Council’s 2017/2018 Budget there are a number of capital works projects funded in the Mullum Ward. Below is a sample of some of the major projects that will be undertaken this financial year.

Mullum Ward

1    Jubilee Sporting Pavilion redevelopment ($2.3 million – subject to external funding)

2    Karralyka Centre redevelopment design ($1.5 million – subject to external funding)

3    Jubilee Park Sportsground renewal ($1 million)

4    Dublin Road reconstruction ($900,000)

5    Bedford Park Scout Hall redevelopment ($550,000)

6    Acacia Catchment Flood Mitigation Works Stage 5 ($420,000)

7    Quambee Sporting Pavilion toilet & changeroom refurbishment ($250,000)

8    Old Lilydale Road asphalt overlay ($220,000)

9    Goldsmith Avenue footpath construction ($207,000)

10   Ringwood Lake Park carpark construction ($170,000)

11   East Ringwood Reserve carpark reconstruction & landscaping Stage 2 ($140,000)

12   Aquanation Accessible toilets & changerooms access automation ($90,000)

13   North Ringwood Community Children’s Centre airconditioning upgrade ($80,000)

14   Parkwood & Quambee Reserve enhancement plan ($75,000)

15   Ainslie Park enhancement plan ($50,000)

16   Ricki Court Playground renewal ($40,000)

17   East Ringwood Reserve Playground relocation & upgrade ($30,000)

Maroondah’s amazing flora and fauna

Maroondah has an extensive bushland network located within waterways, conservation reserves, along roadsides, within parks and even in residential gardens, golf courses and schools. Maroondah’s habitat and vegetation is an important asset for the community, not only because it contributes to our green and leafy environment but also because of the many environmental and cultural benefits it provides.

As well as important native species, Maroondah is home to significant indigenous vegetation including native trees, shrubs, herbs and grasses that originate in a particular geographic location. Maroondah is also home to many rare species, some so rare that Maroondah is the only place in the world they are found.

As well as rare and significant species, Maroondah contains some species that residents may not have previously associated with the area. For example, there are many lovely species of wildflowers that can be located and viewed in many public reserves across the municipality.

Eastern Globe Pea

Dexter’s Bush, Heathmont – As you head towards Dandenong Creek there are large stands of Victorian Christmas Bush and very impressive patches of Blue Tufted Lily.

Wombolano Reserve, Ringwood East – This 18 acre reserve is home to large white stringybarks and rows of Tasman Flax-lily.

Loughies Bushland Reserve, North Ringwood – Home to very impressive displays of wattles in late winter. During spring there is a very rich wildflower and Bulbine Lily display.

Common Fringe Lilly

Warranwood Reserve, Warranwood – This dry woodland reserve is dominated by the tall Red Box, but the impressive display of wildflowers during spring is particularly impressive, particularly the stands of Chocolate Lily.

Bungalook Conservation Reserve, Kilsyth South - An extremely diverse range of wildflowers with great displays of species such as wattles, bush peas, trigger plants, and various native lilies including the very impressive common fringe-lilies in late Spring /early Summer.

Heath Milkfort

FC Rogers Reserve, Heathmont – While this is a small reserve it has a rich wildflower display with Greenhood and Diuris species including leopard and wallflower orchids.

Find out more about Council’s parks and reserves

Council has commenced a review of vegetation across the municipality. The project will identify how our community values the vegetation, what factors contribute to its value and how it contributes to our wellbeing.

It will evaluate and assess vegetation for its natural and cultural value and then look at options of how to protect significant vegetation through the Maroondah Planning scheme. To have your say, visit Council’s Café Consult marquee at Maroondah Festival or keep an eye out for further consultation opportunities.

Immunisation calendar 2018 – available soon

Did you know that Maroondah provides a free immunisation service for babies, children and adults, based on the National Immunisation Program?

Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting individuals and the broader community against

potentially debilitating diseases. Council’s Immunisation Service has full accreditation in compliance with AS/NZS ISO9001:2008 Quality Standards.

The 2018 public immunisation schedule will be available this October, setting out a variety of session times and locations to reach as many residents as possible. The last immunisation session for 2017 will be held on Thursday 21 December and the first session for 2018 is on Wednesday 4 January.

An additional session has been added to the 2018 schedule on the fourth Thursday of every month, at North  Ringwood Community House, between  1.30pm and 3.30pm.

See further information online or contact Council’s immunisation team on 1300 88 22 33.

Get on your bike for Ride2Work Day!

Riding to work not only saves on fuel and parking costs but it also builds incidental exercise into your day and can even improve cognitive ability and productivity once you get to work!

National Ride2Work Day aims to motivate people to have a go at cycling to work and celebrate those already committed to doing so.

This year, Ride2Work Day is on Wednesday 18 October. To help riders in their efforts, Council is hosting two community breakfast events – one at Ringwood Town Square, from 7am to 10am, and the other at HE Parker Reserve, Heathmont, from 7am to 9am. The events, hosted in partnership with Knox City Council, will serve a hot breakfast to all riders who attend the event, as well as offer free bike safety checks. Visitors to Ringwood Town Square can also enjoy a free massage and roving entertainment. Riders are also welcome to engage with Council team members in relation to their riding experiences.

Register your participation in Ride2Work Day online at Bicycle Network Victoria’s website: www.bicyclenetwork.com.au. The website also has a variety of cycling resources and tips.

See more information online for the Ride2Work community breakfasts, or phone 1300 88 22 33.

Be prepared for emergencies

Community Safety Month highlights the fact that we all have a role to play in keeping Maroondah a safe place to live, work and play. Here are three ways that you can play your part in maximising your safety and the safety of those around you:

Check your smoke alarm

As the saying goes: change your clocks, change your smoke alarm battery! So make sure you have your new batteries ready for Sunday 1 October when the clocks move forward an hour.

Since 1 August 1997, Victorian law requires smoke alarms to be installed in all houses, units, flats and townhouses. It is the legal responsibility of all owners and landlords to install working smoke alarms.

If your house is built before 1 August, 1997 you are only required to have 9 volt battery powered smoke alarms installed. Any homes constructed after this date must have smoke alarms connected to 240 volt mains power. In addition, a backup battery must be installed in the smoke alarm.

Spring has sprung, and for many that means an annual clean out. Whether it’s a mattress, computer or fridge, or just some old household furniture, now’s the time to book an on-call hard waste collection.

Smoke Detector

Be StormSafe

Now is the time to prepare for the storm season by pruning tree branches, mending loose roof tiles and clearing gutters and drains. If a storm is predicted, be sure to secure trampolines and

outdoor furniture, as these are common reasons for major property damage during a storm event. To find out how to prepare your home and property, and what to do in a severe storm, visit www.ses.vic.gov. au/get-ready/stormsafe. As with any emergency, make a plan and ensure you have an emergency kit ready to go.

Be FloodSafe

With storm season comes the heightened risk of flash flooding across the municipality. Council is continually working to improve our drainage and overflow land parcels, but there are things you can do around your property to minimise risk and improve safety. The Victorian SES has developed a FloodSafe Guide with advice on how to prepare for, and stay safe during, a flood event. Go to www.ses.vic.gov.au/get-ready/floodsafe. Also, don’t forget, you should never attempt to drive through flood waters.

Time for a spring clean?

Book an on-call hard waste collection

Spring has sprung, and for many that means an annual clean out. Whether it’s a mattress, computer or fridge, or just some old household furniture, now’s the time to book an on-call hard waste collection.

Residents who pay a residential waste charge are entitled to two pre-booked hard waste collections per financial year, from 1 July to 30 June. Each collection can be up to two cubic metres, which equates to a pile of two metres by one metre by one metre.

Residents should note that there are rules as to what is suitable for collection. For example, items must be able to be lifted by two people, and there are many things that cannot be collected, such as chemicals, gas bottles and garden waste.

See the list of accepted items.

When making a booking, residents will be advised of their allocated collection week. Collections begin on a Monday of that week, which gives residents the weekend to sort through their waste and place it on the nature strip, ready for collection. A pink “Booked collection” sticker will be sent out, to place on the waste pile.

Bookings can be made online, in person at one of Council’s Service Centres or by calling 1300 88 22 33.

Mattresses should be placed to the side of the pile; remove fridge and freezer doors; and make sure there are no hazardous or unacceptable materials included.

Waste on naturestrip

Smoking ban in outdoor dining areas

Maroondah residents and owners of hospitality venues are reminded that important Victorian government reforms came into effect on 1 August 2017, as part of the Tobacco Amendment Act (Vic) 2016.

These Victorian Government reforms have been introduced to protect the community from the effects of second- hand smoke; to discourage young people taking up the habit; as well as to encourage existing smokers to quit.

As well as regulating e-cigarettes and similar products, the reforms ban smoking in all commercial outdoor dining areas in Victoria. This includes footpath dining areas, courtyards and beer gardens during times food is being eaten, or is available to be eaten, as well as food fairs.

The ban also applies at any other kind of organised outdoor event.

Restrictions have also been introduced in outdoor drinking areas, when they are closer than 4metres to an outdoor dining area.

For more information on the ban, visit the Victorian Government’s Tobacco Reform website or call Council on 1300 88 22 33.

Croydon Activity Centre update

A priority of the Victorian Government’s blueprint for Melbourne’s growth, Croydon is a designated Activity Centre, as detailed in the Plan Melbourne, Metropolitan Planning Strategy. Together with the Victorian Government, Council has prepared and adopted the Croydon Town Centre Structure Plan to ensure Croydon becomes a more attractive and diverse place to live in, work and visit.

Croydon Town Square

The new Croydon Town Square is moving closer to being realised, with the demolition of the former shoe store at 97 Main Street due to start this month. The site will be cleaned and made safe to allow it to be used over the Christmas trading period, and construction will start early next year.

LXR project update

Council is continuing to advocate to the Victorian Government to see the removal of the level crossing at Coolstore Road.

Late last year, Council commissioned a report to assist with advocacy efforts and future community consultation.

The report shows how the grade separation options would function in the precinct, including the interaction with the surrounding local roads and pedestrian connections; Main Street; Croydon Central; Council’s new Croydon Town Square; and how they may improve car parking in the precinct.

While the final alignment will be a matter for further investigation and decision by the Victorian Government, Council is very excited by the possibilities the removal of the level crossing will create.

LXR project

Artist impression

This includes a fully integrated Croydon Town Centre, with a new railway station and bus interchange; improved road, pedestrian and bus movements; increased open space; and improved car parking capacity for our community.

We will be putting together a strong business case to the Victorian Government later this year.

See the latest on projects in Croydon.

Your Wyreena Councillors

Wyreena Councillors

Cr Rob Steane

Mobile: 0407 519 986

What an exciting time for sport clubs in the Wyreena Ward, with two pavilion upgrades funded in the 2017/18 Council Budget.

The design is currently underway for both the Croydon Sporting Pavilion and Silcock Pavilion, in Croydon.

Croydon Pavilion, home to Croydon cricket and football teams, will undergo a $950,000 redevelopment including upgraded female friendly change rooms and accessible amenities. There will also be a new front entry foyer including a lift and improved spectator viewing areas.

The $2.7 million redevelopment of Silcock Pavilion will see the construction of an accessible facility with multi-purpose rooms and social spaces, female-friendly changerooms, accessible amenities, club administration spaces and spectator viewing areas.

The Croydon Rangers soccer and cricket clubs and Croydon and District Dog Obedience Club will benefit from the redevelopment.

Cr Michael Macdonald

Mobile: 0436 001 852

Thanks to everyone who visited us in Main Street Croydon during July to give their feedback on the plans for the new Croydon Town Square.

The project is progressing with images available online. You can also see a range of images and information on the Croydon level crossing removal that we are building a case for to take to the Victorian Government.

This project would create an integrated Croydon town centre, improving safety, pedestrian and vehicle connections; creating much needed additional car parking; and allowing the station and bus interchange to be redeveloped. We’re also advocating for the reconstruction of Dorset Road between Hull Road and Maroondah Highway. With no kerb and channel or footpaths along major sections, this primary north south arterial road is sorely in need of an upgrade.

You can keep up-to-date on these projects here on our website and social media channels.

Cr Marijke Graham

Mobile: 0418 109 015

As we all know, our health and wellbeing have a direct impact on our quality of life.

I am fortunate enough to be one of Council’s representative on the Maroondah Partners in Community Wellbeing Committee and the Maroondah City of Wellbeing Steering Committee. Council has just completed a new Maroondah Health and Wellbeing Plan, which has involved great input from local residents and stakeholders from the health and community services sectors. It will help us to shape our commitment to health and wellbeing over the next four years.

The Maroondah City of Wellbeing Project is aiming to take a preventative and innovative approach to wellbeing – focusing on the language of positive psychology and helping residents to connect with local organisations and flourish in all areas of their life. Don’t forget to sign up for Run Maroondah, it’s coming up in late September where you can participate in one of four running or walking events.

What’s coming up in Wyreena Ward?

In Council’s 2017/2018 Budget there are a number of capital works projects funded in the Wyreena Ward. Below is a sample of some of the major projects that will be undertaken this financial year.

Wyreena Ward

1   Silcock Sporting Pavilion redevelopment ($2.7 million)

2   Lincoln Road Renewal, Stage 1 – Dorset Road to Fiveways Roundabout ($1.5 million)

3   Croydon Sporting Pavilion redevelopment ($950,000)

4   Kurboroo Kindergarten redevelopment ($550,000)

5   Hughes Park – Carpark reconstruction and improvements ($350,000)

6   Warrien Reserve toilet block redevelopment ($250,000)

7   Town Park Athletics Track lighting upgrade ($240,000)

8   Dorset Road footpath construction, Lincoln Road to Hull Road ($200,000)

9   Croydon Depot Civic Office redevelopment design ($150,000)

10   Springfield Sporting Pavilion design ($120,000)

11   Croydon Main Street enhancement plan ($75,000)

12  Aquahub pool plant renewal ($65,000)

13  Wyreena Community Arts Centre roof replacement ($55,000)

14  Wyreena Community Arts Centre toilet refurbishment ($50,000)

15  Exeter Road LATM raised pavement construction ($40,000)

Celebrate Children’s Week this October

Maroondah City Council is celebrating Children’s Week, which runs between 21 to 29 October 2017. Children’s Week focuses on the needs and achievement of young children and celebrates their right to enjoy childhood.

Council is hosting an array of activities for children aged 0 to 12 years (and their parents, grandparents and carers). You can see your Children’s Week program of events online or pick up at a Council service centre or leisure centre.

Children's Week

Calling all Superheros

Saturday 21 October, 11am to 2pm

Wyreena Community Arts Centre, 13-23 Hull Road, Croydon

Families are invited along to this free event, to explore the magical gardens with Wizard Sim Sala Bim. There will also be craft activities, face painting and live music. Children are encouraged to come dressed in their favourite magical or superhero costume.

For more information, visit www.artsinmaroondah.com.au or phone 1300 88 22 33.

Children’s Fun Day

Friday 27 October, 10am to 1pm Town Park, Civic Square, Croydon

Council has collaborated with many local community groups to put on a free event for young children and their families. As well as musical entertainment, storytelling, face painting and sensory play, there will be information on road safety, immunisation and more. Plus, there’s a free sausage sizzle!

See more information online, or phone 1300 88 22 33.

There’s lots to enjoy during the Seniors Festival

To celebrate the Victorian Seniors Festival, Council is hosting an array of events and activities.

On Tuesday 17 October, the Senior’s Wellbeing Expo runs from 9.30am to 2pm at Karralyka. This free event includes displays and information from local organisations on the opportunities and services aimed at residents over the age of 65. While you’re at Karralyka, why not come along to the free Maroondah Seniors Festival Celebration Lunch.

Enjoy a two-course meal, including juice, water, tea and coffee. Bookings open 9am on 11 September, phone 9294 5531.

Tuesday 17 October also brings two sensational musical performances to Karralyka. Between 10am and 11am, the Melbourne Welsh Choir return to the stage as part of the Toe-Tapping Tuesday series. John Bowles also dazzles with his rendition of the Peter Allen Songbook, between 2pm and 3pm. Book at www. karralyka.com.au or call the Karralyka Box Office on 9870 2888.

Council has also compiled a list of the many local events being offered during October by community groups and other organisations. Booklets are available online or at Council Service Centres, libraries, neighbourhood houses.

Dates for your diary

The Creative Legacy of Edna Walling

  • Tuesday 19 September to Sunday 12 November
  • ArtSpace at Realm
  • 179 Maroondah Highway, Ringwood

Edna Walling was one of Australia’s most influential landscape designers, producing spectacular gardens in many parts of the country, including in Croydon and at Bickleigh Vale in Mooroolbark. This imaginative exhibition sees three artists collaborate with a landscape designer to bring Walling’s landscape and environmental philosophy to life.

For more information visit www.artsinmaroondah.com.au

Edna Walling

Grug and the Rainbow

  • Tuesday 3 October, 10.30am/12.30pm
  • Wednesday 4 October, 10.30am/12.30pm/2.30pm
  • Karralyka, Mines Road, Ringwood East

Based on the beloved picture-book character Grug, this enchanting production is a combination of puppetry and story-telling. Grug embarks on an epic journey, in the hope of finding a rainbow.

For tickets, visit www.karralyka.com.au (Free art and craft session 45 minutes prior to each performance.)

Grug

Maroondah Carols

Saturday 2 December, 7.30pm to 10pm

Town Park, Norton Road, Croydon

This free family-friendly event is the perfect way to Christmas in Maroondah. Enjoy pre-show entertainment from 6pm, before joining in with some popular Christmas carols and watching the spectacular fireworks finale. Plus, there are food vans, face painting, an animal farm, roving performers and glow products.

See more about Maroondah Carols

Maroondah Carols

Reward someone this Australia Day

Has someone inspired you in the areas of sport and recreation, education, business, protecting the natural environment or volunteering? The whole community benefits from the tireless effort of the many individuals and groups who care for our community. The Maroondah Australia Day Awards is our opportunity to acknowledge them publicly and recognise their outstanding contribution.

Now is the time to nominate a deserving local resident for the Maroondah Australia Day Awards 2018. It’s a great way to recognise those who make our City a great place to live, work and play.

The award nomination process is simple. Forms can be accessed online, and nominations for the 2018 Awards close at 5pm, Friday 17 November 2017.

The Maroondah Australia Day Awards are presented at the annual Australia Day celebrations on Friday 26 January 2018 at Ringwood Lake Park.

Award categories

  • Citizen of the Year (the person must be 26 years or older on 26 January 2018)
  • Young Citizen of the Year (the person must be over 16 years of age and under 26 years of age on 26 January 2018)
  • Community Event of the Year (the event must have taken place in Maroondah between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2017)

To find out more about Australia Day Awards

Australia Day Awards recipients

Come on Maroondah, let’s walk!

As part of fostering an active and healthy Maroondah, Council is introducing a series of Walk Maroondah initiatives during October focused around the low-impact activity of walking.

Walking not only helps to clear the mind and experience the outdoors but it’s also packed with health benefits, including improving mental health, strengthening your heart, improving muscle tone, boosting Vitamin D levels and lowering your risk of Type 2 Diabetes, dementia, stroke and several cancers.

The first in Council’s series of initiatives is the Come Walk with Us program. This is a casual walking group held every Thursday evening during October, between 6.30pm and 7.30pm, at the Croydon Athletics track. People of all abilities are welcome and you can bring babies in prams as well!

For children, there are Maroondah Junior Ranger walks. Free activity sheets are available on our parks pages that highlight points of interest, flora and historical information around the walking paths located at Ringwood Lake, Yarrunga Reserve and Wombolano Reserve.

And to get you started in your walking journey, Council is giving away free pedometers.

Simply collect your pedometer* from a Council Service Centre, from Monday 2 October, and keep track of how many steps you take each day around our beautiful City. The greatest health and psychological benefits are achieved at 10,000 to 15,000 steps each day.

*While stocks last, conditions apply.

Find out more online, or call 1300 88 22 33.

Walk Maroondah

What’s On in Maroondah

Are you keen to learn something new, make new friends, get creative, be entertained and more?

What’s On in Maroondah is a valuable community resource for those looking to promote their local event or to get involved with the many courses, clubs, concerts, special programs, markets and activities on offer in the municipality.

The What’s On event listing is accessible from Council’s home page or pick up a copy from various community venues across the municipality such as Council Service Centres, libraries, community houses, leisure centres and more.

There’s always something on to suit different ages, interests and abilities. In October, for example, you’ll find events as diverse as library storytimes, walking activities, live concerts and knitting groups.

See a full listing of What’s On in Maroondah

Maroondah Festival 2017

  • Sunday 12 November 10am to 4pm
  • Town Park, Norton Road, Croydon
  • #maroondahfestival

Food trucks • Live entertainment • Free kids rides • Maroondah’s Got Talent! Competition • Artisan market • Tastes of Maroondah

Festival hotline 9294 5604

www.maroondahfestival.com

Maroondah Festival
20/09/2017
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