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Maroondah in focus - December 2017

Welcome to Maroondah in focus

The December-February edition of Maroondah in focus was distributed to Maroondah households in the week of Monday 11 December. For a printed version visit one of Council's service centres or email communications@maroondah.vic.gov.au

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Read it online by opening the accordions below or view Maroondah in focus as a PDF file  (pdf, 2MB)

Mayor’s message

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Maroondah Mayor, Cr Nora Lamont, was elected as our 22nd Mayor on Wednesday 15 November. Cr Lamont becomes the first female councillor to hold the position of Mayor for two terms.

Welcome to the December edition of Maroondah in Focus and my first as the new Mayor of Maroondah.

Along with the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Mike Symon, and my fellow Councillors, I look forward to working together in partnership with you, the Maroondah community, to ensure Maroondah continues to be a vibrant, active, sustainable and attractive city to live, work and visit.

As this is our summer edition, there’s plenty of news and information on activities to enjoy, along with some key safety messages regarding water and bushfire safety, and how to manage the impacts should a heatwave be declared.

This issue also has updates on the many projects, services, and initiatives that Council is delivering across the municipality. Major infrastructure projects are progressing well. These include the new multisports complex at HE Parker Reserve in Heathmont; the new Croydon Town Square in Main Street; and our new playspace at Ringwood Lake Park.

Over the next four months we have a number of family friendly community events.

I hope to see as many of our community as possible at our annual Australia Day celebrations at Ringwood Lake on 26 January 2018. This is not only an enjoyable, free event for the whole family, but also a symbolic day for those receiving Australian citizenship and those honoured in our Maroondah Australia Day Awards.

In February and March we have three free movie nights, one in each ward. These are a great opportunity to get together with your local community and enjoy the warmer weather at one of our wonderful parks and reserves in Maroondah. More information on these three events can be found on page 11. Come along, enjoy the summer nights and take the opportunity to meet with your local ward Councillor.

And finally, on behalf of my fellow Councillors, I would like to wish all our residents, and their friends and family, a happy, safe and enjoyable festive season. I look forward to updating you again in our March 2018 edition of Maroondah in Focus.

Council meetings

Meetings are held monthly and community members are welcome to attend.

  • 26 February
  • 19 March

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.

Council opening hours over the festive season

Do you have Council business over the holiday season? Our service centres are here to help, see our operating hours below. 

City Offices: Braeside Avenue, Ringwood
Closed from 11.30am on  Friday 22 December 2017 Closed on all public holidays, including Australia Day, Friday 26 January.

Croydon Service Centre: Civic Square, Croydon
Closed from 11.30am on  Friday 22 December 2017 Closed on all public holidays, including Australia Day, Friday 26 January. 

Realm: Ringwood Town Square, 179 Maroondah Highway (opposite Ringwood Station)
Closed on Christmas Day Ground floor open from 10am to 5pm on all public holidays

Programs and Initiatives

Recognising our hard-working vollies

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Willy has been volunteering with Meals on Wheels for the past 30 years.

Volunteers are a vital part of the many and varied services delivered by Council. Without the assistance of our dedicated group of more than 400 volunteers, many of Council’s services would not have the same reach or impact.

On Wednesday 6 December, Council recognised the incredible contribution of 31 volunteers who have volunteered with Council for 10, 15, 20, 30 or 35 years. The annual volunteer recognition event at Karralyka is one of the many ways we thank our volunteers for their dedication and commitment during the year.

Our longest serving volunteer recognised this year was Paula Judd, who has assisted our Meals on Wheels program for 35 years.

Also recognised on the night was 30 year recipient Willy Ravesteijn.

“I started volunteering because my mother was sick in the Netherlands and I couldn’t do anything for her and I felt bad, so I thought I would do something to help the older people here instead,”  Willy said.

There are many ways in which volunteers support Council services, including Meals on Wheels; and planned activity groups; and the social support program at our Kerrabee Centre. They also help to maintain our beautiful bushland areas and help to run Youth Services programs. They do so much to improve the lives of others, simply because they want to help and contribute.

For more information on volunteering in Maroondah, contact Council’s Volunteer Coordinator on 9298 4243.

Have your say

Community consultation is an essential part of Council’s project management process and we thank those who have taken the time to ‘have their say’. 

Hearing the thoughts of our community helps ensure the decisions we make, and projects we develop, meet community expectations and respond to community needs. From contributing to Maroondah’s new Health and Wellbeing Plan, to commenting on plans for the HE Parker Multisports Complex and Croydon Town Square, your feedback has been a vital and helpful part of the process.

Over the past few months the community has provided feedback on smoking in Ringwood Town Square, the Maroondah Vegetation Review; events in Maroondah; and feedback on our new website. We also spoke to hundreds of people as part of our Café Consult marquee at this year’s Maroondah Festival in November. Upcoming opportunities to share your views include the activation of Croydon Town Square and the Ringwood Major Activities Centre Masterplan Review.

Did you know?

As part of Council’s recent website redevelopment, you can now see Council’s consultations in the one location. The consultations page features all current and upcoming opportunities to provide feedback, as well as past consultations. Information on each project includes opening and closing dates for comments, as well as clear instructions on how to submit your feedback. View our Current Consultations.

Bringing generations together

Council’s Active & Healthy Ageing Initiative continues to go from strength to strength, with programs supporting our older residents in a range of social and fitness activities.

One innovative example is the Intergenerational Musical Memories Pilot Project, which uses music to bring together residents of aged care facilities who are experiencing some memory loss and feeling disenfranchised from mainstream society. Through music, both generations could connect and grow, and learn that age is no barrier to building relationships.

Council partnered with Swinburne University’s VCAL program and Homestyle Aged Care Ferndale Gardens to trial the program, with overwhelming results.

“Every participant who has been involved in this program has come away from it each week feeling more positive, more engaged and more excited about their day-to-day lives. They’ve formed beautiful relationships with the students who have been involved,” said Robyn Murphy, Homestyle Aged Care services.

To find out more about the range of programs on offer as part of the Active & Healthy Ageing Initiative, phone the Active & Healthy Ageing Coordinator on 9294 5790.

Your Mullum Councillors

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Cr Nora Lamont

Mobile: 0428 394 581

I am very proud of the work Council does to raise awareness of gender equity in our community. There are many ways that we do this across the range of services, in particular with our young people and sporting organisations, by assisting with information and improved facilities to support both men and women. Within Council we also support gender equity and I am proud to say that as a Council we have a good track record, with four of our nine Councillors being female. Along with my fellow female Councillors, I am a Victorian Local Government Association Women’s Charter Champion. This role not only aims to increase women’s participation in local government, but is another mechanism by which we can continue to ensure gender equity across all levels within our community

Cr Samantha Marks

Mobile: 0408 145 110 

Ringwood Cricket Club, Ringwood Football Club and Ringwood Spiders will soon have access to a brand new ground, with Council currently rebuilding Russell Lucas Oval at Jubilee Park. The extensive works will include new drainage, irrigation, fencing, and improvements to the ground contours  – making it a state of the art playing surface. There will also be new turf centre wickets and turf and synthetic practice wickets making it easier to practice in a controlled environment. With the works taking a number of months I thank the clubs for their patience and for relocating to other regional facilities. I’m sure they will find it will be worth the wait once they are able to return to the redeveloped ground. While the works are being undertaken some areas of the reserve have been closed to the public. You can visit Council’s website for more information.

Cr Mike Symon

Mobile: 0436 002 080

As a Councillor one thing we talk to a lot of residents about is footpaths. Across Maroondah we have more than 690km of constructed footpaths, but we acknowledge that for historical reasons there are still areas that need to be constructed. To address this need, over the past few years we have increased our Budget allocation for footpath construction. This year Council will spend $700,000 on new footpaths, focusing on our priority projects that connect with bus routes or other existing walking tracks. A recent project in Mullum is the construction of 670m of footpath along Goldsmith Avenue and 75m along Dillon Grove. This means residents now have easier access to the bus stops, as well as into BJ Hubbard Reserve and the local Kindergarten. The next major upgrade will start in early 2018 with one kilometre of footpath to be laid in Jeffery Drive, between Oban and Mullum roads.

An exciting new playspace is coming to Ringwood Lake Park

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 A new playspace is coming to Ringwood Lake Park in 2018, as part of a $900,000 redevelopment project. The playspace is funded as part of Council’s capital works budget and a $100,000 grant from the Victorian Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Fund. Construction will commence in February 2018, with completion expected in June. The clever and inviting design features a network of linked play trails that weave through the existing canopy trees. 
 
Each trail incorporates active play, including a caged tree-top walk and climbing equipment; a water, rock and sand play area; and a cubby and swings, as well as some areas for relaxation. Plus, there is plenty of accessible play equipment, including a Liberty Swing and a wheelchair-accessible carousel.
 
New picnic shelters and accessible barbeques will be installed, too. The existing trees will be retained wherever possible, and natural barriers will be created between the play area, the lake and the highway.
 
A new accessible carpark will be constructed at Ringwood Lake Park providing direct access into the park.  The carpark can be accessed from Maroondah Highway and will include five disabled parking bays. 

Read more about the playspace
 

Enhancing Dandenong Creek

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Visitors to the Dandenong Creek will soon benefit from a major rejuvenation project being undertaken by Melbourne Water.

The Enhance Dandenong Creek project is a five year program which will see the catchment area between Bayswater and Endeavour Hills redeveloped to improve the amenity and liveability of the area; reduce stormwater pollution from industry; create habitats for native fish; and upgrade the sewer network to control spills. One of the most exciting aspects of the project is the removal of an underground pipe which will see Dandenong Creek returned to a flowing waterway between HE Parker Reserve and the railway bridge in Heathmont/Bayswater.

The project is being undertaken by Melbourne Water in partnership with Council, Knox City Council, Knox Environment Society, Heathmont Bushcare, Port Phillip and Westernport CMA, First Friends of Dandenong Creek and the Campbells Croft/Abbey Walk Advisory Committee.

Realm - a community favourite 

It has been a dynamic two years for Realm, which recently celebrated its second birthday and its one millionth visitor!

The new library design at Realm has proven a success with the number of visitations exceeding expectations. More than 900,000 books have been borrowed each year and Realm has the highest number of library members, visits, wifi usage and computer bookings than any of the other Eastern Regional Library branches. Since opening at Realm the library has attracted an additional 27,837 members.

Realm is also proving to be a popular location for community events, with more than 2000 hosted in the past two years. This is on top of the 250 business events and training sessions, 10 exhibitions and four arts incubators.

Business involvement in the space is also continuing to increase with 254 businesses currently utilising the BizHub Coworking Space on level 2.

To find out what Realm has to offer, and what events are coming up in 2018, visit Realm's website.

Your Wyreena Councillors 

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Cr Marijke Graham

Mobile: 0418 109 015

One year down and three more to go! The past 12 months have flown by, but I’ve learnt so much, and met some of the most inspiring people - residents who care and do so much for others.  It was my absolute pleasure to officially open the new GlowB Cubby in the Wyreena Playspace in October. This artistic piece of play equipment will not only be enjoyed by generations of Maroondah children, but the purchase of the functional artwork has gone to help Kids Under Cover. I’d like to take this opportunity to encourage Maroondah residents to get in contact with their local ward councillors. Many of us have our own social media presence where you can see what we’ve been up to. You can also keep up to date on Council’s social media for opportunities for you to get involved in our amazing community. This can include a survey for consultation purposes for an upcoming Council policy or project, a great community event or an organisation that needs your help.

Cr Michael Macdonald

Mobile: 0436 001 852

It is exciting to see works begin on the development of Croydon Town Square. With the former shoe shop building now demolished, we can really start to see the full potential of what will become our new Croydon Town Square. To ensure the community can continue to use the space over the Christmas period, the area will be levelled making it easier to access Main Street and Croydon Station. Works on creating the Town Square will then continue in the New Year with seating and landscaping creating a new, welcoming space for our community to come together. This is just one of the many exciting projects happen in Croydon, with plans for the redevelopment of Centro Shopping Centre also progressing well. Council is also still actively advocating to the Victorian Government for the grade separation at Coolstore Road, which would provide greater linkages and movements through the entire area.

Cr Rob Steane

Mobile: 0407 519 986
 
As Chair of the Maroondah Community Safety Committee (MCSC) I had the pleasure of attending the National Local Government Safe Cities Network Committee Communique last month. Community safety is something that I’m passionate about in Maroondah, and the sessions provided a great opportunity to learn from other municipalities, local police and the National Drug Research Institute. The line-up of presenters provided an insight into a range of community safety initiatives; research on anti-social behaviour and how to combat it; and an update on the latest surveillance technology, which is extremely timely given the upcoming installation of additional CCTV cameras in Croydon. There was also a focus on event planning and how we can keep our communities safe when they are out enjoying the open spaces, events, and activities in our local community. I look forward to sharing this learning with the MCSC and local community.
 

A Town Square for Croydon is on the way!

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As a designated Activity Centre, there are many projects underway to make Croydon an even more desirable and attractive place to live, work, visit and recreate.

Part of Council’s investment in the area is the development of a new Town Square in the heart of Croydon. This vibrant open space will create better connections between Main Street and the surrounding public transport precinct, building on the recently completed Croydon Connects and the Render Youth Art projects.

To prepare for the new Town Square, demolition of the former 97 Main Street building is now complete with the open space formed to create a temporary community gathering place over the Christmas and New Year period prior to the start of construction in early 2018.

The anticipated completion date is June 2018, so keep an eye on out for updates for the Croydon Town Square project.

Wyreena marks 40 year milestone 

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One of Maroondah’s favourite community facilities is celebrating its 40th birthday in 2018.

Wyreena Community Arts Centre opened its door to the community in 1978 as an art centre, after a rich history as a private residence, parish and commercial college.

To mark the milestone, Council is hosting an exhibition, Celebrating Wyreena - 40 years, from 12 February to 24 March. The exhibition will feature works from artists who have been associated with Wyreena over the past 40 years.

The pieces will be based on each artist’s personal reflection of their experiences and memories of Wyreena.

You can visit Wyreena Community Arts Centre at 13-23 Hull Road, Croydon. For more information, call 9294 5590 or visit the Arts in Maroondah website.

History of Wyreena

  • 1884: The original Crown lot of Hector Turner, the son of Croydon’s European founder, William Turner, is established.
  • 1922: The Catomore family buy the land, which was a cherry orchard. They build their home in 1924 with architects Hudson & Wardrop, who also designed the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne.
  • 1929: A second two-storey home is built in the grounds and named Silver Birches.
  • 1963: The property is sold to the local Catholic parish and renamed Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. The front house is used as a residence for the nuns, while Silver Birches operates as a commercial college.
  • 1977: Saved from developers by the local community, the property was purchased for $360,000 by the the former City of Croydon and the Victorian Government for use as a Community Arts Centre.
  • 1978: Wyreena officially opens as an Arts Centre. 
  • 1998: The Conservatory Café and the adventure playground was opened.
  • 2000: Silver Birches was extensively renovated inside and out. 
  • 2002: New pottery studios were opened.
  • 2016: The redeveloped Wyreena Playspace was opened.

New addition for Wyreena playspace

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Our latest public art acquisition, GlowB Cubby, has found the perfect home at Wyreena Community Arts Centre.

The large, space-age like reflective dome – complete with multilevel interactive space with wacky ‘glowing’ mirrors –  has created a sanctuary for kids to play and dream up imaginative adventures.

GlowB is an award-winning design dreamed up by artist Benjamin Gilbert in collaboration with Playce. Council secured the art work at auction with all proceeds going towards national youth homelessness prevention charity, Kids Under Cover.

Sculptor Benjamin Gilbert said he hoped the 3.2-metre dia-sphere stainless steel and granite structure would capture the minds of the young, as well as the young at heart.

“I strive to find a balance (when creating sculptures) and give something to everyone. It would be great to find a couple of golden oldies playing in the sand one morning!” he joked.

Did you know?

GlowB took out the title of Australia’s Best Cubby and Best Interior Designed Cubby at the 2017 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show ‘Kids Under Cover Cubby House Challenge’.

Make a splash at Croydon Memorial Pool!

For those who enjoy swimming outdoors, Croydon Memorial Pool is open for the 2017/18 season until Sunday 15 April, 2018.

This is a wonderful facility for all kinds of aquatic activities, including family excursions and school carnivals and fitness. There are three heated outdoor pools: a 50 metre pool, which is perfect for lap swimming; a leisure pool; and a toddler pool. There are lovely lawned areas, including plenty of shade, which make them perfect for picnics or to use the onsite barbeque facilities.

There are also aqua aerobic sessions available until 22 March. This season, additional sessions have been added, due to popular demand. This season the pool will be open on more public holidays, too, including Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and Australia Day.

Visit the Maroondah Leisure website for more details, including opening hours and class times.

More summer fun at Maroondah Leisure

This summer, there’s lots of summer fun to be had at Aquanation. From water slides  and leisure swimming to our  world-class diving facilities, it’s a must-visit aquatic destination! And don’t forget to book a place at the summer school holiday programs at The Rings – there’s basketball, netball and indoor soccer for children aged 5 to  12 years.

Your Arrabri Councillors

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Cr Tony Dib JP

Mobile: 0438 515 089

I have had the pleasure of visiting a number of kindergartens and primary schools lately to celebrate the achievements of our youngest residents. I was amazed by the children at Ringwood Uniting Church Preschool with their ‘super hero’ capes which helped teach the children about gender equity, while boosting their confidence. The project, funded as part of Council’s Community Grants initiative, saw each child identify their own strength and design a cape which reflected their choice. It was wonderful to see the children think outside the stereotypical male and female traits. I also had the privilege of launching a new seat along the Mullum Mullum Creek Trail. The seat features silhouettes representing the role carers play in our community. It was designed in consultation with members of our Pathway for Carers program who will walk past this seat on their weekly organised walks.

Cr Paul Macdonald

Mobile: 0436 001 760

Eastfield Park in Croydon is a great place for recreation. As well as being home to a playground; many sporting clubs; a bushland reserve and some wonderful walking trails; the park also includes something for our canine friends – a fully fenced dog park. The dog park provides a secure place for supervised dogs to spend time in, whether using the agility equipment or playing in the rock mounds and sand pits. There’s even a time out zone for younger or more reserved dogs. Council has continued to invest in the reserve given the huge community interest in the space. We have recently completed the installation of a toilet block, additional seating and new play equipment in the park. These new additions will help to cater for the increased popularity of the park since the Eastfield Dog Park opened earlier this year. If you haven’t already visited, I would encourage you to come down and explore all that Eastfield Park has to offer.

Cr Kylie Spears

Mobile: 0436 003 660

It is an honour to represent the community on a number of committees this year. We have just recently appointed 11 new members to the Maroondah Business Advisory Committee (MBAC). The group provides input to Council on projects and programs that support  small-to-medium enterprises, to ensure our work continues to impact local businesses positively. The new members bring an array of skills and experience and I look forward to working with them as I’m sure they will prove essential in assisting Council to better understand the challenges facing businesses. All of the members have significant business experience and I think the strong local knowledge will see the committee achieve great things. To find out more about the Maroondah Business Advisory Committee, or other Council committees, visit Council’s website.

Construction update: HE Parker multi-sports complex

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With construction contracts signed and the sod turning  to be held in early 2018, it’s full steam ahead for the $16.5 million HE Parker Multi-Sports Complex in Heathmont.

Thanks to $13.5 million in grants, from both the Victorian and Federal governments, the HE Parker sports precinct will be transformed, with the construction of four new outdoor netball courts, incorporating the latest playing surface technology, and a new indoor four court complex for training and competition for netball, volleyball, badminton and table tennis.

Construction is due to start January, based on a design that is sensitive to the existing footprint and the surrounding tree canopy, with an anticipated completion date of February 2019.

Read more about the HE Parker multi-sports complex project

Community garden continues to thrive 

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Do you want to grow your own vegetables, but don’t have the space or the know-how? Council’s Glen Park Oaks Community Garden, which opened in 2013, offers community members the opportunity to grow their own vegetables as well as meet other like-minded people.

The garden features raised planter beds for vegetables and ornamental plants, a variety of garden spaces and a central meeting space. While the garden is flourishing, there is an opportunity for more volunteers to get involved. Volunteer Jamie said he never imagined volunteer gardening would be so rewarding.

“The garden brings a lot of different people together.  Everybody brings something to the group and everyone is heard. I take what I learn from the garden home with me and apply it to my own patch. I have learned so much in such a short time and it gives me confidence to try new things.

“Talking to my fellow volunteers the things that are always mentioned when we talk about why we are volunteer gardeners is the enjoyment that all gardeners have from engaging with nature; the knowledge we gain and share with one another and the health benefits, both mentally and physically from becoming a garden gnome for an hour or two.  I call it ‘garden therapy’,” Jamie said.

To learn more, or to request a volunteer application form, contact Council’s Community Development team on  9294 5748.

Glen Park Community Shed needs you!

The Glen Park Community Shed is seeking volunteer mentors and participants. The project, for men and women of all abilities, is all about building connections and confidence. This valuable community resource hosts programs on the basics of carpentry and woodwork, including how to use tools effectively. To get involved, visit the Glen Park Community Centre website or phone 9720 5097 or 9720 9549. 
 

Cheong Park playground is ready for action

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Stage one of the Cheong Park playground redevelopment is now ready for you to explore!

Key features of the playspace include a 6-way swing set; a tornado basket swing; a large rope and pole climbing element; a G-pod spinning cup and a refurbished climbing structure and junior slide. Plus, there have been extensive landscaping works and enhancements, including improved access from the carpark and within the play area. Stay tuned for the commencement of stage two of the project, planned for 2018/19, which will include a double flying fox!

Did you know?

Cheong Park is a popular sporting precinct, with a large oval used for football and cricket, and outdoor netball courts. The park also has a large pavilion, picnic shelter with BBQs and public toilets, as well as fitness equipment located throughout the park. 

International Women’s Day – save the date!

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Women of all ages come together to Celebrate International Women’s Day.

Each year, Council hosts a Maroondah International Women’s Day Breakfast. In 2018, the event will be held on Thursday 8 March, from 7.15am to 9am, at Karralyka.

As in previous years, this event will celebrate the contribution that women make to workplaces, families and communities.

This is a great way to get a group of friends or family members together, in a positive, supportive, and celebratory environment.

Tickets are $20 per person. Bookings are essential and close on Friday 23 February. Bookings and payments are accepted at Council’s service centres, by post to Maroondah City Council, or online.

Please phone Council’s Communications and Engagement team on 9298 4390 for more information.

Explore our parks and paths 

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This is the perfect time of year to enjoy some time outdoors.

In Maroondah, we’re lucky to live in an area with a great selection of parks and reserves that cater for relaxation; recreation; sport and fitness; and the protection of our natural environment. Our many parks feature walking paths; bike paths; picnic areas and barbecues; sports facilities; skateboarding; BMX areas, and more. Plus, there are many and varied playgrounds to choose from, and parks that include areas for our canine friends to have some fun. There are also five named trails that allow you to easily explore some of Maroondah’s most picturesque locations, whether on foot or by bike.

As well as our recently updated Parks and Paths brochure (available from all of our service centres), our new website includes a searchable parks and playgrounds section, with loads of useful information. You can view an alphabetical list of all parks and playgrounds or view by map. Each listing includes icons that display which facilities are available in that park or playground. You can also search for a park or playground by keyword, activity; things to do; and accessible features.

Learn more about Council's parks ands paths

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The world famous Spiegeltent is coming to Maroondah in January 2018!

The Ringwood Spiegeltent will host a range of performances between Wednesday 17 and Saturday 27 January 2018. The 10 days of frivolity, fun and spectacular entertainment for people of all ages is brought to you by Council, Karralyka and Eastland.

Built in Belgium, in 1919, the Spiegeltent is an extravagant canvas big top, lavishly decorated inside with mirrors, stained glass, velvet and brocade.

The sensational season of performances will kick off with an opening night gala on Wednesday 17 January, which will include performances from many of the Spiegeltent acts.

For fans of sizzling sassy cabaret and burlesque, Dolores Daiquiri is coming to town to host the Moonlight Burlesque show. Or be amazed by Neon, the latest show from Circus Oz, or witness the extraordinary Dolly Diamond, the comedy cabaret diva. For side-splitting laughs, Akmal and Lawrence Mooney are both bringing their stand-up talent to the tent.

For musical entertainment, Oz Boyz bring you some Motown hits or join David Hobson and Colin Lane, as they team up for a night of song and classy humour. There are tribute shows, too: Catherine Alcorn with the Divine Miss Bette; Lucky, a high-energy cabaret of Kylie songs, by Helpmann Award winner Michael Griffiths; and Belinda Davids presents The Greatest Love of All, a tribute show to the late, great Whitney Houston.

For children, there’s How to be a Rockstar – a rock and roll comedy show for children aged five and up. The Amazing Drumming Monkeys are back by popular demand, with their unique blend of puppetry, live music and comedy. Come dressed in your favourite fairy dress and wings for Fairy Magical Fairy Show. And there are Mini Maestros workshops, too.

Shows are booking fast, so reserve your seats today, visit Karralyka's website, call 9879 2933 or visit the  Karralyka Box Office. 

Celebrate Maroondah under the stars

Pack the picnic basket and movie snacks and enjoy a dusk screening (from approximately 8.15pm) of a family-friendly movie at one of our Celebrate Maroondah events. From 6.30pm, there will be a range of family activities, including face painting, arts and crafts, children’s games and live entertainment. You’ll also get to meet your Ward Councillors and find out more about what’s happening in your local area. 

Celebrate Maroondah - Arrabri

Saturday 3 February, Lego Batman Movie (PG) Canterbury Gardens, Bayswater North

Watch a cooler-thanever Batman as he deals with a range of villians trying to rule Gotham City.

Celebrate Maroondah  - Wyreena

Saturday 24 February, Guardians of the  Galaxy 2 (M) Croydon Park, Croydon

The sequel continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos.

Celebrate Maroondah - Mullum

Saturday 3 March, Moana (PG) McAlpin Reserve, Wonga Road, Ringwood North

A spirited teenager, Moana, sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and fulfill her ancestors’ unfinished quest. During her journey, she meets demi-god Maui, and together, they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage.

Dates for your diary

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Prayers of a Mother

21 December 2017 to 21 February 2018, ArtSpace at Realm
 
Visual artist Kate Murphy’s major digital installation, Prayers of a Mother, records the faces of her siblings, who are listening to their mother as she prays for them. This captivating work reveals the reactions of each child, which range from humour and surprise to sadness and empathy. Capturing a mother’s devotion to her family and her religion, the work explores the interplay between portraiture and documentary, using five video projects and an audio track. 
 

Maroondah’s Bushland Treasures

19 January to 9 March 2018, Maroondah Access Gallery, Maroondah Federation Estate, Greenwood Avenue, Ringwood
 
Botanical illustrator, Ruth Jackson has lived most of her life in the Maroondah area exploring local bushland and reserves. This exhibition will be the largest showing of Ruth’s illustrations which are part of the Maroondah City Council Art Collection and in the State Botanical Collection.
 

Australian Day celebrations

Friday 26 January 2018 Ringwood Lake Park

Australia Day is a day to come together and celebrate our great nation and the Maroondah community. At the official proceedings, you can witness members of the community becoming our newest Australians, at the citizenship ceremony, and congratulate the winners of Maroondah’s Australia Day Awards. From 10.30am, join in the fun of free rides on the trackless train, inflatables, face painting and a marvellous stage line-up of children’s performances (including some very special visitors from Trolls). 

Summer safety update

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Be fire safe

Now is the time to make sure you and your property are prepared for the upcoming bushfire season. To get prepared, it is vital to ensure your property is properly maintained to reduce your fire risk and to put together a fire plan.

An effective fire plan should outline what you will do before the bushfire season, during the bushfire season, and leading up to high risk days, as well as your back up plan. It’s also important not to forget about your pets when writing your plan!

It can also be useful to keep an evacuation kit in the car, including a battery-operated radio (and spare batteries; bottles of water, emergency phone numbers; and a first aid kid. And to protect against damage from regular house fires, make sure your smoke alarm is working properly and check those batteries!

For fantastic resources and advice, including checklists and templates, visit the CFA website.

Play safe around the water

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Between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017, 291 people drowned in waterways across Australia.

This highlights the importance of being safe around the water, no matter your age or swimming ability.

Whether it is a pool, river, creek or spa it is important that you stay alert and look after your friends and family.

For pool and spa owners please make sure you’ve done a thorough check of your fences and gates. It is important to ensure they meet regulations and are fully functional. Also check there aren’t any items nearby that might be used to climb over the fence or gate.

For more information on pool and spa fencing contact Council’s Building Services Team or visit the Building Commission website.

Prepare for heatwaves

With summer now upon us, it’s important that you are prepared for days of extreme heat.

Unfortunately there are people in our community who are more prone to being impacted by the heat, including pregnant women, nursing mothers, babies and young children, people aged 65 and over, and people who have a serious medical condition.

Heat exhaustion and the potentially fatal heat stroke occur when the body is unable to cool itself properly. Tips to staying cool on days of extreme heat include: drinking plenty of water, staying out of the sun, closing curtains and blinds; and looking after others, including pets (who should be kept indoors and well hydrated). Avoid going out or exercising.

Council has an official heatwave plan that is activated during days of extreme heat. This may mean that some Council services or appointments could be cancelled, and should this occur, clients will be notified. For 24-hour health advice residents can contact NURSE-ON-CALL on 1300 60 60 24. 

Understanding thunderstorm asthma

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Epidemic thunderstorm asthma is a sudden, serious and potentially life-threatening condition.

Thunderstorm asthma is thought to be triggered by a unique combination of high grass pollen counts and a certain type of thunderstorm. It can cause severe symptoms and breathing difficulties in those who suffer from asthma or hay fever. High risk times for thunderstorm asthma are from October through December.

There are many things you can do to prepare for grass pollen season, especially if you are at risk of thunderstorm asthma. One is to learn the four steps of asthma first aid, which includes a specific inhaler routine, followed by calling 000 if no improvement occurs.

To learn more, or to watch an informative video, visit the Victorian Health website.

20/09/2017
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