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Maroondah in focus - December 2018

The December-February edition of Maroondah in focus was distributed to Maroondah households in the week of Monday 17 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 below by opening the accordions, or view Maroondah in Focus  (pdf, 3MB) as a PDF file.

Mayor’s message 

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Mayor of Maroondah, Cr Rob Steane

Welcome to the December edition of Maroondah in focus and my first as the newly elected Mayor of Maroondah.

It is a pleasure to be serving a second Mayoral term, this time with the support of our new Deputy Mayor, Councillor Kylie Spears, and my fellow Councillors.

I look forward to working in partnership with you, the Maroondah community, to ensure our City continues to be one that is vibrant, active, sustainable, connected and attractive 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 health and safety messaging when it comes to being prepared for days of extreme heat, as well as pool safety.

This issue also provides updates on the many projects, services and initiatives that Council is delivering. Major infrastructure projects are progressing well, with plenty of onsite activity happening at the new HE Parker multisports complex in Heathmont and at the future Croydon Town Square.

We also have a number of family-friendly community events happening over the next few months.

I hope to see as many of our community as possible at our annual Australia Day celebrations at Ringwood Lake Park on Saturday 26 January 2019.

Not only is this 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 community events. These are awonderful way to celebrate what’s great about the City of Maroondah, by gathering your friends and family together and enjoying the warmer weather at one of our idyllic parks and reserves. More information on these events can be found on page 13. Come along, enjoy the summer weather and take the opportunity to meet your local ward Councillors.

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 2019 edition of Maroondah in focus.

Regards,
Cr Ron Steane

Council meetings

Council meetings are held monthly and community members are welcome to attend. The next meetings for 2019 will be held on the following dates:

  • Monday 18 February 2019
  • Monday 18 March 2019

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

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

Council opening hours over the festive season

City Offices Braeside Avenue, Ringwood and Croydon Service Centre Civic Square, Croydon

  • Open 8.30am to 11.30am Friday 21 December
  • Open 8.30am to 5pm Monday 24 December
  • Closed on all public holidays

Realm, Ringwood Town Square, 179 Maroondah Highway (opposite Ringwood Station)

  • Open 9am to 5pm on Monday 24 December; Saturday 26 January and Monday 28 January.
  • Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Town Squares to be smoke–free

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From January 1, 2019, Ringwood Town Square and the future Croydon Town Square will be smoke-free.

Following extensive community consultation earlier this year, Council voted at its meeting on 26 November to amend the current Local Law 11 to introduce a ban on smoking in these two locations.

Under the Tobacco Act 1987, smoking is already banned in all outdoor dining areas, including food premises, food fairs and community events.

In response to strong community support for these changes, Council undertook further consultation to gauge support for introducing a smoking ban in Ringwood Town Square and the future Croydon Town Square.

Community consultation in late 2017 and again in early 2018 showed that the majority of respondents supported Ringwood and Croydon Town Squares becoming smoke-free.

Council will be taking an educational approach, working with the community and traders to ensure people are aware of the smoking ban.

Council adopts the Ringwood MAC Masterplan

Ringwood is one of nine designated Metropolitan Activity Centres – a priority of the Victorian Government’s blueprint for Melbourne’s growth.

As a key MAC in Melbourne’s outereast, Ringwood is the focus of significant public and private investment, employment growth and renewal.

The recently reviewed Masterplan will help to deliver a centre that has diverse and well-connected communities, promoting local jobs, transport, community services, culture and housing choices.

Protecting valuable natural and historical features, as well as using land more efficiently, are also important factors of the plan.

The new Masterplan does not make significant changes to the current land use patterns within the RMAC. Rather it enhances and improves the existing planning controls to continue to encourage quality development within the RMAC.

Council will now prepare a planning scheme amendment that implements the Ringwood MAC Masterplan into the Maroondah Planning Scheme.

View the Ringwood Mac Masterplan

See what’s going on near you, with map view

The Maroondah website has added map view to many of its online listings. This means that many areas of the Maroondah website allow you to search for features you are most interested in and view the results on an easy-to-read map.

The sections with the map view features include parks and playgrounds (in the Explore section), Maroondah projects (in the Development section), and courses and classes (in the What’s On section). Many of these listings can also be accessed directly from the home page using the coloured icons.

Shop local this Christmas

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With Christmas just around the corner now is a great time to explore the offerings of our local shopping centres.

Maroondah has more than 40 local shopping centres and retail strips that rely on the support of the local community.

By shopping locally, you are not only supporting local businesses, you are also supporting local job growth and helping to build strong, vibrant communities.

Whether you’re after a greengrocer, butcher, chemist, beautician, post office, supermarket, clothing, homewares or giftwares, or want to grab a coffee or a bite to eat, there are small local businesses that can meet your needs.

So next time you’re heading out shopping why not explore one of Maroondah’s shopping strips and discover what is on offer.

To find out where the local shopping strips are located in Maroondah visit the BizHub website

Open for business

Heathmont Village Shopping Centre traders and shoppers are reaping the benefits of the recent $1.2 million improvement works, which are now complete.

The major works have enhanced the safety and streetscape of the popular shopping centre, while also improving traffic flow, carpark access and parking options.

Why not experience it for yourself and drop into the shopping strip next time you’re in the area. 

To our hard-working volunteers, we say ‘thanks’

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Thank you does not seem enough when it comes to acknowledging the assistance of our dedicated group of more than 400 volunteers.

In fact, if it wasn’t for our volunteers, many of Council’s services would not have the same reach or impact.

Earlier this month, Council publicly recognised the significant contribution of 23 of our long-serving volunteers as part of our annual Volunteer Recognition Function.

The volunteers have clocked up an impressive combined 370 years of volunteering with Council, helping to deliver a range of services and programs to the Maroondah community. Special milestone awards were presented to each of the volunteers in recognition of their extended period of service – ranging from 10 to 35 years.

Whether it’s delivering a meal, getting people out and about who might otherwise be feeling isolated, or helping to maintain and care for the city’s bushland reserves, Maroondah volunteers provide their service for no reward other than knowing they are helping someone and contributing to the greater good of the community.

Read more about volunteering in Maroondah

Keep your pets safe this holiday season

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The holiday season can be a very busy and stressful time, not just for us but for our pets.

It is important to remember that there’s little things we can do to make sure they are safe.

Firstly, it’s important to register your pet with Council and have it microchipped. This way if they are ever lost it will be easier for us to quickly contact you and arrange to reunite you with your pet. It’s also wise to check your pet’s microchip details are up to date.

This time of year often sees events involving fireworks. These can be quite distressing for some animals. It is important that you ensure your pet is securely confined to the property and cannot escape or injure itself if it becomes scared.

It is also important to keep your pet active with regular walks and socialisation. If you’re out and about remember to keep your dog on a leash unless you are within one of the designated off-leash areas. When offleash, you must have your dog under effective control and be able to recall it at any time.

Did you know?

Dogs must always be kept on a lead while on shared pathways and cannot be within 15 metres of playgrounds.

New Croydon Town Square a step closer to completion

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Croydon is a step closer to welcoming its future Town Square, with works due for completion by early 2019.

Construction work began on site in October, with the creation of the community open space which will include a grassed area, paving, seating and new public toilets. The area will also provide improved access between Croydon Station and the Main Street shopping precinct.

In planning for the project, Council has undertaken community consultation and worked closely with key stakeholders, to understand what they would like to see in this new vibrant open space in the heart of Croydon.

The new Croydon Town Square is being made possible through $2million from Council’s Capital Works budget and $100,000 from the Victorian Government for a Changing Places facility.

Pool and spa owners reminded to meet new safety laws

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Enjoying the water is a great Australian pastime, but owning or building a pool comes with strict safety responsibilities and legal requirements.

Whilst the active supervision of young children in and around swimming pools and spas is required at all times, owners of properties with swimming pools and spas have a legal obligation to ensure that they maintain their effective operation. This involves maintaining safety barriers to prevent unsupervised children gaining access. Those who live in properties must also ensure gates and doors remain closed at all times except  when entering the pool or spa.

These legal obligations apply to all swimming pools and spas including above-ground and inflatable pools, bathing, wading and portable pools and hot tubs and spas that are capable of holding more than 300mm of water.

Owners of properties with swimming pool and spas face tough new laws that were recently introduced by the Victorian Government. The legislation, which will come into effect on 1 December 2019, makes it mandatory to register all swimming pools and spas and introduces a new compliance regime to improve swimming pool and spa safety.

Property owners, including landlords, will be required to register their pool or spa with Council from this date and will then be required to provide regular certification to Council from a Registered Building Practitioner certifying that their pool or spa safety barriers comply to the standard applicable at the time of the pools or spas installation.

Council proactively inspect pools and spas each year to ensure safety barriers are compliant, and will establish a new municipal-wide register of swimming pools and spas in time for the start of the mandatory registration of swimming pools and spas, prior to 1 December 2019.

Read more on swimming pool and spa barriers

Keep your cool: Tips to beat the heat in summer

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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 as the result of prolonged exposure to, or physical exertion in, high temperatures.

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).

Schedule activities in the coolest part of the day and avoid exercising. If you must go out, wear a hat and sunscreen and take a bottle of water with you.

Remember to never leave children, adults or pets in hot cars – the temperature inside a parked car can double within minutes.

Council has an official Heatwave Plan that is activated during days of extreme heat. This may mean that some Council services or appointments may 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.

Did you know?

Bacteria can grow quickly at room temperature, and even faster under the hot sun. If eating outdoors, always  remember to keep cold foods cold (below 5°C) and covered, and hot foods hot (above 60°C). Dispose of any food that has been left out for more than two hours.

Remember to recycle right this Christmas

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Every present that we unwrap, every piece of packaging we use, and every paper plate at a Christmas function, can potentially be recycled.

It is important to remember that sorting and recycling can prevent tonnes of materials being sent to landfill unnecessarily, reducing the environmental impact.

Sorting is essential, so that non-recyclable materials don’t make their way into the recycling bin, which potentially ruins the whole load and causes potential danger to those processing your waste.

Beyond the wrapping and packaging, there are other opportunities to reduce our waste. Why not cut up the live Christmas tree at the end of the season and place it in your green waste bin.

Plus, if you have ever wanted to start a compost pile or worm farm, now’s the time. Christmas leftovers and preparation scraps are a great source of compost fuel – whether fruit and vegetable peelings, tea leaves, coffee grounds or egg shells.

Top recycling tips for the festive season:

  • Sort your waste first and only place recyclable items into your recycling bin.
  • Never dispose of plastic bags in your recycling bin.
  • Remove food scraps and/or give containers a light wash before placing in your recycling bin.
  • Keep squashing down the recycling as you go, to make even more room in your bin.
  • Recycle your food scraps into a compost bin or worm farm.

Please do not place the following items in your Council recycling bin:

  • plastic bags and soft/flexible plastics
  • e-waste or batteries
  • recycling in plastic bags
  • containers with food still in it
  • paper towel, serviettes and tissues
  • broken drink glasses.

Read more about recycling and composting 

Your free guide to Maroondah’s parks, playgrounds and nature reserves

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This is the perfect time of year to enjoy outdoor activities.

Here in Maroondah, we’re fortunate to be surrounded by a great variety of parks and reserves that cater for relaxation, sport and fitness, as well as the protection of our natural environment.

Our recently updated Parks and Paths brochure contains a map of all the parks, bike and walking paths in Maroondah, along with key features such as picnic areas and barbecues, sporting facilities, BMX areas and more. Plus, there are many and varied playgrounds catering to all ages and abilities.

The map is also a great resource for dog owners, highlighting the city’s on-leash and off-leash areas, and our dedicated dog park at Eastfield Reserve.

Our website also 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 show 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.

International Women’s Day – save the date!

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Each year, Council hosts a Maroondah International Women’s Day Breakfast. In 2019, the event will be held on Friday 8 March, from 7.15am to 9am, at Karralyka.

The event celebrates the contribution women make to workplaces, families and communities and is a great opportunity to get a group of friends or family members together, in a positive, supportive and celebratory environment.

Tickets are $22 per person. Bookings are essential and close on Wednesday 27 February 2019.

Bookings and payments are accepted at Council’s service centres or online. Please phone Council’s Communications and Engagement team on 9298 4390 for more information.

Read more about the event

Summer spells fun with Maroondah Leisure

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School’s out for summer and Maroondah Leisure has got your school holiday super fun times covered! Maroondah Leisure’s facilities provide all-weather enjoyment and exercise for youngsters – and the young at heart – allowing them to make friends while having fun in a supervised environment.

The Rings - Holiday Programs

School holiday sports at The Rings is where it’s at for your little sports star. Not only can your kids play basketball, these school holidays they can jump in and try more than one sport. This summer they can test their skills in soccer for one day and then netball the next. There are tailored programs suited to children aged 5 to 12 years.

Holiday Intensive Swim Program

‘Tis the season to swim and Aquahub and Aquanation offer the perfect opportunity to keep your children social, and give their swimming skills a boost.

The Holiday Intensive Swim Program is a five-day program for pre-schoolers and school-aged children, along with specialised classes for adults that run through the school holidays. The program is a fun and safe way to learn and reinforce vital swimming skills for you and your child.

What’s more, program members can take part every school holidays. The Holiday Intensive Swim program runs from 7 to 11 January and 14 to 18 January 2019.

Swing into golf

Tee off for 9 or 18 holes, improve your swing and handicap, and learn to play golf at one of Maroondah Leisure’s golfcourses - Ringwood Golf and Dorset Golf, in Croydon.

PGA golf Pro, Darren Rowland, runs private golf lessons, group clinics, junior programs and programs for people with special needs at Ringwood Golf, in the undercover and outdoor teaching facilities and practice greens.

Ringwood Golf and Dorset Golf provide golfing activities for men, women and juniors regardless of age, skill level or physical ability. During the summer months, the clubs run an ‘Open’ mixed 9-hole twilight event (on Wednesdays).

Competition fees apply for entry into all club competitions.

For timetables and bookings phone 1300 88 22 33.

Lap up the fun at Croydon Memorial Pool

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When the heat is on there’s no better place to cool off than at Croydon Memorial Pool, with its pool season open until Sunday 14 April, 2019.

Take a refreshing dip in the outdoor heated pool, get a group of friends or your family together for a picnic on the poolside lawn or learn to swim with one of Council’s friendly AUSTSWIM accredited swim teachers.

Croydon Memorial Pool has plenty of space - and shade - to lap it up or just make a splash. There’s a 50-metre lap pool, 20-metre learner’s pool and a shaded pool for toddlers.

The pool’s operating hours vary throughout the season, so be sure to visit the Maroondah Leisure website for further details.

There are a number of things you can do to help keep yourself and others safe from the spread of germs while using public swimming pools:

  • Stay out of the water if you have or are recovering from diarrhoea.
  • Shower before going into the water.
  • Don’t go to the toilet in the water.
  • Take children on bathroom breaks every hour.
  • Avoid drinking pool water.
  • Use swim nappies and check them every 30 - 60 minutes, and change babies away from the water
  • Don’t sit on water jets.

Celebrate what’s great about Maroondah

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Council’s free Celebrate Maroondah community events are fun, family-friendly celebrations of what’s great about the City of Maroondah. You’ll also get to meet your local ward Councillors and find out more about what’s happening in your local area.

Jazz in the Park

6.30pm, Friday 15 February (Mullum Ward)
Ringwood Lake Park, Ringwood

BYO a picnic hamper and relax on the lawns of Ringwood Lake Park, listening to the sultry jazz sounds of Shirazz and Total Fire Band.

Meet your Mullum Ward Councillors and enjoy the pre-show activities including face painting, art and children’s games.

Ice cream and coffee will be available for purchase.

Read more about the event

Family Fun Day Out

11am-2pm, Sunday 3 March (Arrabri Ward)
Glen Park, Glen Park Road, Bayswater

Join in a game of bubble soccer, or cool off on the Slip ‘n’ Slide – great fun for all the family!

Enjoy plenty of activities, including face painting, music, art activities, games, and a free sausage sizzle. Ice cream and coffee will also be available to purchase.

Meet your Arrabri Ward Councillors and enjoy the fun!

Read more about the event

Jumanji - Welcome to the Jungle

6.30pm, movie starts at approx. 8.15pm,Saturday 30 March (Wyreena Ward) 
Barngeong Reserve, Bambra Street, Croydon

Four teenagers discover an old video game console. When they decide to play, they are immediately thrown into the jungle world of Jumanji! Rated PG.

Meet your Wyreena Ward Councillors and enjoy the pre-film activities.

Read more about the event 

Join in our 2019 Australia Day event

Come and celebrate the Australian spirit with us on January 26 at Ringwood Lake Park.

The annual event is an opportunity for the community to come together to enjoy free family-friendly activities.

These include kids’ entertainment, rides, face painting, and performance by Jetty Road.

The Maroondah Australia Day Award recipients will also be announced, and there will be a Smoking Ceremony, Welcome to Country and a Citizenship Ceremony.

The festivities run from 9.30am to 2.30pm, at Ringwood Lake Park, corner of Maroondah Highway and Mount Dandenong Road, Ringwood.

Read more about the event

Dates for your diary

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Tri & Duathlon Maroondah

Sunday 17 March, 2019 
Aquahub/Town Park, Croydon

Running the much-loved course through Aquahub and Town Park in Croydon, Tri Maroondah is a great event for all fitness levels. There is also a new Tri Team event, where you can tag team with a partner or enter as a team of three and do one leg of the race each. If swimming isn’t your thing, why not challenge yourself to the new Duathlon Dash. Online entries open in January.

Read more about Tri & Duathlon Maroondah

Land of Nod by Thomas and Wells

4 to 24 February, 2019
ArtSpace at Realm

Bring your favourite teddy bear to ArtSpace at Realm for lullabies, stories and performance. Masters of interactive performance Neil Thomas and David

Wells delve into the realm of science and fantasy, folklore and common sense in Land of Nod, which playfully investigates the neglected world of sleep. Thomas and Wells have collaborated for more than 30 years on interactive art for public spaces in Australia and around the world.

Read more about Land of Nod

Too-roo-dun

14 January to 29 March
Maroondah Federation Estate,
32 Greenwood Ave, Ringwood

Too-Roo-Dun is a Boonwurrung word for bunyip, which is from the Wathawurrung language. In this touring exhibition, Victorian Aboriginal communities have collaborated to create a fun, family friendly exhibition full of life-sized Bunyips celebrating this uniquely Australian mythical creature. Nine re-imagined bunyips and their stories will be on display, each influenced by contemporary interpretations of ancestral stories surrounding mythological beasts.

Read more about Too-roo-dun

Ringwood Arts Calendar 2019

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The 2019 calendar of events in Ringwood arts precinct features a range of engaging and exciting activities for all of the community to enjoy.

From performances on the Ringwood Station forecourt, to exhibitions at Maroondah Federation Estate and Arts Incubators at Realm, there really is something on offer for everyone.

Over the summer period you can see Ripples in the Open, a digital collage, at ArtSpace at Realm until 27 January.

Then head off into The Land of the Nod, an arts incubator which explores the secrets of sleep, in ArtSpace at Realm from 4 to 24 February.

From 14 January until 29 March you can experience Too-roo-dun, the imaginary land of the Bunyip, at Maroondah Federation Estate Gallery (formerly Maroondah Access Gallery). It is only a short walk down Greenwood Avenue, from the station.

To keep up to date with what is happening in the Ringwood arts precinct pick up your free calendar of events, available from Council’s service centres and arts and cultural facilities in January.

Read more about Arts in Maroondah

Let us entertain you – right here in Maroondah

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Karralyka audiences will be singing, laughing and tapping their feet through 2019 with the launch of the new season program showcasing everything from comedy, cabaret, rock ‘n’ roll, ballet, children’s stage shows, and so much more.

The season kicks off in March with the return of popular singer-songwriter Damien Leith in The Very Best of Damien Leith, then don’t miss your chance to enjoy an intimate performance with Australia’s leading lady of musical theatre, Marina Pryor.

There will be side-splitting laughter when the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow rolls into town in May, along with stunning productions by the Victorian State Ballet including the world famous Sleeping Beauty. British animated kids’ TV series Sarah & Duck, as well as classic children’s tales, will also be brought to life on stage.

Be mesmerised by award-wining stage sensation Catherine Alcorn in her hilarious portrayal of Bette Midler in The Divine Miss Bette, and re-live the music and discover fascinating stories behind the ‘Piano Man’ in My Life – The Stories & Songs of Billy Joel in June and July.

Grab a martini and prepare to be shaken (and possibly stirred) with The Music of James Bond in a one-night only special performance by none other than Kate Ceberano and Michael Falzon in August.

For an electrifying rock and roll experience, you won’t want to miss Australian Supergroup Antipodean Rock Collective, featuring legendary musicians from bands including Powderfinger and Spiderbait.

And go on a kaleidoscopic journey through The Beatles’ biggest chart toppers, inspired by true accounts and starring UK-born Australian stage and screen star Naomi Price.

Want to be treated like a VIP? Why not upgrade your ticket for the full Red Carpet experience. Pre-theatre dining packages are also available.

View the full program of events on Karralyka's website or phone 9870 2888 for further information. 

Ringwood Spiegeltent back to dazzle in 2019!

It’s time to raise the curtain again on Ringwood’s spectacular Spiegeltent season, in April next year.

Back by popular demand, the Ringwood Spiegeltent will host a dazzling array of performances under the famous big top – cabaret, burlesque, comedy, musical tributes and children’s shows – from 5 to 13 April 2019.

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 entertainment will kick off with an opening night gala on Friday 5 April, featuring performances from many of the Spiegeltent acts.

For fans of sizzling burlesque, Dolores Daiquiri returns to host the Moonlight Burlesque show. Or be captivated in a circus experience for the grown-ups, as Rogue brings its decadent blend of acrobatics, operatic cabaret and tonguein-cheek burlesque to the big tent, along with the extraordinary Dolly Diamond, the comedy cabaret diva.

Returning from London’s West End, award-winning musical theatre star Michael Cormick reunites with his leading lady Rachael Beck in You and I, and there’ll be nothing but ‘fun, fun, fun’ and ‘good vibrations’ as we celebrate The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson in God Only Knows - Songs of Brian Wilson.

The musical tributes continue with Sun Rising - The Songs that made Memphis Famous, a tribute show to the record label that launched the careers of the likes of Elvis, Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash.

Lehmo and Dave O’Neil team up for a night of hilarious comedy, and you won’t want to miss appearances from some of Australia’s best talent, including Anthony Callea and Vika & Linda Bull.

The nine-day extravaganza for people of all ages is brought to you by Council, Karralyka and Eastland.

Shows are booking up fast, so reserve your seats today.

Tickets can be purchased on the Karralyka website, by calling 9879 2933 or visiting the Karralyka Box Office, Mines Road, Ringwood.

Your Arrabri Councillors

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Cr Tony Dib JP

Mobile: 0438 515 089

One of my favourite things to do as a Councillor is recognise those people who go over and above to help others in their community.

Earlier this month I had the honour of attending the annual Council Volunteers Recognition Function, where we honoured 23 long-serving volunteers.

I’m always amazed by how humble our volunteers are, some of whom have volunteered for 30-plus years, yet they still shy away from the recognition they deserve.

These dedicated members of our community not only help to deliver meals or maintain our natural bushland reserves they bring smiles to people’s faces and help build strong community connections.

Council has many opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to get involved in volunteering. Trust me you will get as much out of the experience as those you are helping.

Find out more about how you can volunteer to help others in your community

Cr Paul Macdonald

Mobile: 0436 001 760

How exciting it is to see the Reimagining Tarralla Creek project taking shape. The partnership, led by Melbourne Water, will see Tarralla Creek in Croydon totally transformed over the coming years.

While the focus of the project is to improve the health of the creek, it is also a wonderful opportunity for us to create a new community space for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy.

Community consultation has already started, with some initial concept plans on exhibition during October. The concepts were developed using feedback during the first round of consultation, and include things like new bridges, gathering spaces, walking circuits and seating.

I thank those of you who have taken the time to have your say and share your ideas. There will be more opportunities in early 2019 for the community to have its say, so keep an eye on Council’s website and social channels for more information.

Cr Kylie Spears, Deputy Mayor

Mobile: 0436 003 660

It is wonderful to see the traders at Heathmont Village Centre getting into the Christmas spirit. After undergoing some significant parking and access upgrades recently, the traders are welcoming the community back.

I visited earlier this month, and the works have not only made it easier to access the shops, but most importantly they have made the carpark safer for motorists and pedestrians.

As an additional bonus, some of the traders have decorated their shop fronts with Christmas themes, creating a festive spirit for shoppers.

It is so important, especially at this time of the year, to support our local businesses. I’m a regular visitor to Heathmont and it is quite humbling knowing my purchases are supporting local business, employment opportunities and local products and produce.

So, if you’re looking for a gift or something to brighten up your home make sure you visit your local shops.

HE Parker multi-sports complex continues to take shape

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Since our last update in the September edition of Maroondah in focus, there has been plenty of onsite activity at the new HE Parker multi-sports complex in Heathmont.

Over recent weeks the concrete floor slabs have been poured; steel frames erected to the entry foyer, kiosk and offices; external wall cladding and stormwater pipes installed and the main indoor stadium roof completed, so you can start to see the building take shape.

The $16.5 million transformation of the sporting facility will include a new indoor four court complex for training and competition in netball, volleyball, badminton, table tennis and wheelchair sports. In addition, four outdoor netball courts will be built incorporating the latest playing surface technology.

The project also features a variety of environmentally sustainable design initiatives, among them, specially designed foam insulated concrete wall panels, which will not only insulate the building, but help to reduce noise.

The new complex, which will be owned and managed by Maroondah City Council, is on track for completion in May 2019.

Reimagining Tarralla Creek

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Tarralla Creek will be transformed into a fun and friendly open space and waterway as part of a partnership project between Melbourne Water and Council. Reimagining Tarralla Creek is a collaborative project between stakeholders and the community to re-design and restore a two-kilometre section of the existing waterway, from Dorset Road to Eastfield Road, Croydon.

This section of the creek conveys water from the wider catchment via an underground pipe and a channel. Water from Tarralla Creek flows into Dandenong Creek near HE Parker Reserve, Heathmont.

Over the past few months a range of community engagement has taken place to hear the community’s local insights, design preferences and other ideas for the project.

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to have their say. Some of the key feedback involved; creating a more natural environment; improving access and connectivity; creating a meeting place that is relaxing and allows for recreational activities; and making it safer.

Your feedback and key themes will be used by Melbourne Water to prepare detailed designs, which will be shared with the community in 2019.

Through this project, the health of the waterway and surrounding natural environment will be improved to create an accessible open space that has better visual amenity, enables better community connections and is a fun place to visit. Construction is expected to start in November 2019.

Read more about the Reimagining Tarralla Creek project  

Bayswater Business Precinct joins UN Global Compact

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The Bayswater Business Precinct (BBP) is a major industrial and economic hub supported by Maroondah and our partner councils Knox and Yarra Ranges.

The precinct is thriving with over 4,500 businesses supporting more than 30,000 jobs each day and almost $13 billion in revenue generated by the precinct annually – this represents over 43 per cent of Maroondah’s total ‘business’ revenue. Chances are you or someone you know works in this vibrant precinct.

In recognition of the potential for growth, the BBP has been accepted into the 2018 United Nations Global Compact Program – a successful global initiative bringing together public and private stakeholders to undertake transformational change for the precinct.

The program will focus on the key infrastructure and connectivity needs, as well as developing strong local supply chains and a united voice for the BBP to ensure the success of the precinct well into the future.

To learn more about the BBP and how Maroondah, Knox and Yarra Ranges councils are working together, contact the Business and Activity Centre Development Team on 9298 4335.

Canterbury Road works to begin in 2019

Works to add an additional lane to Canterbury Road, between Dorset Road and Liverpool Road, are expected to begin in early 2019.

The additional outbound lane will reduce traffic congestion along the stretch of road, which is used by up to 18,000 vehicles a day.

VicRoads is currently finalising the project design and will be engaging with local residents and businesses to ensure the project can be undertaken with minimal disruption to the busy industrial area.

To keep up to date with the project visit the VicRoads website

Your Mullum Councillors

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Cr Nora Lamont

Mobile: 0428 394 581

It was wonderful to be a part of this year’s Ripple Effect event at Ringwood Station in October. The annual event uses art and music to raise awareness about mental health and suicide prevention, two topics very close to my heart.

Hosted by Council in partnership with Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network, the event provided a chance for people to come together and create a positive ripple effect in the community.

The event included an interactive art installation, and performances by the Streetsweepers band, Cyclo Illuminato, and local rap artist and mental health advocate, Fruity Lex.

Many people across our community have been touched by suicide, but it still remains something that we don’t often discuss. The more we understand, the greater support we can offer those who are struggling.

If you or someone you care about needs crisis support, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Cr Samantha Mazzuchelli

Mobile: 0408 145 110

It’s nice to see that Maroondah is a very pet friendly municipality, with more than 14,330 dogs and 4,618 cats registered with Council.

I love seeing people out walking and socialising with their dogs, but it is important to remember that we all need to be responsible pet owners.

This includes things like registering your pet with Council, getting them microchipped and cleaning up after them when out walking.

For those who like to exercise their dogs in one of Council’s 35 off-leash areas, please make sure that your dog remains under effective voice control the whole time. And don’t forget that even in off-leash areas, dogs must be kept on-leash while on a shared path and within 15 metres of playgrounds or children’s play equipment; barbecue or picnic facilities; or any organised sporting events or training sessions.

Cr Mike Symon

Mobile: 0436 002 080

As Chair of the Maroondah Arts Advisory Committee, I am very proud of the quality and diversity of arts and cultural venues we have across the municipality.

Our gallery at Maroondah Federation Estate has been enjoyed by thousands of residents each year since it opened in 2001. It has presented a cross-section of artworks, including the Maroondah City Council Art Collection and artworks by community groups, and established contemporary and traditional artists.

We are excited to announce that in 2019 we will be renaming the gallery. It will be known as Maroondah Federation Estate Gallery. This change gives the gallery a geographical location, and references the gallery’s opening, on the 100th Anniversary of Federation. It also more closely reflects the diverse breadth of programs and experiences that we offer, and will continue to create for the community.

Please look out for our exciting program for Maroondah Federation Estate Gallery in 2019.

Bill Wilkins Lodge redevelopment nearing completion

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The $850,000 redevelopment of Bill Wilkins Lodge in Bedford Park, Ringwood is nearing completion.

The works include the replacement of the internal roof and kitchen, and improved accessibility to the car park, building entrance, updated bathroom amenities and hall facilities.

The project is set for completion by January 2019.

Built in 1958, the facility is one of Maroondah’s most used community halls. It is named after Bill Wilkins, an Honorary Freeman of the City for his dedicated service to the community.

The $850,000 project is being jointly funded by Council, with the Victorian Government contributing $100,000, the Australian Government $20,000 and the Maroondah Calisthenics Club $20,000.

Investing in the future of grassroots sports

A major redevelopment of Mullum Mullum Oval #2 is now underway.

The $1.4 million project will improve the playing surface, drainage and irrigation systems which will make the ground safer and help cater for the growing number of junior and female players using the ground.

As part of the work the ground will also benefit from new lighting, a scoreboard and coaches box.

The works, which started in October, are progressing well with a new synthetic centre wicket and new multi-sports allweather pitch already starting to take shape. The LED light towers have recently been installed, which will enable junior teams to utilise the ground for evening training for the first time.

The new turf will be laid in February using Santa Ana couch, a warm season grass providing a first-class playing surface.

Mullum Mullum Reserve is home to 200+ players from Norwood Cricket Club, the EFL’s Norwood Football Club, multiple user groups, and the Norwood Woodettes Netball Club - the largest represented club in the EFL Netball League.

The ground will be reopened in April 2019. To keep up to date with the development, including regular photo updates visit our Mullum Mullum Oval project page

Your Wyreena Councillors

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Cr Marijke Graham

Mobile: 0418 109 015

Since Council began its Compost Revolution initiative in September 2017 we have seen a huge uptake from the community.

It is wonderful to see more than 1480 households signing up for a subsidised compost system. As part of the initiative residents can purchase a Bokashi, worm farm or compost bin at 60 per cent off.

With all these residents now composting, we have diverted about 125,300kg of food waste from landfill. Recent waste audits also show that the average amount of food waste from one Maroondah household has reduced by 2kg per week.

I’m so proud to live in a community that cares about the environment and is making positive changes to protect it.

We still have a long way to go, and Council is continually looking into new ways we can support our community to recycle and compost.

Read more about the Compost Revolution initiative and other ways to reduce and recycle

Cr Tasa Damante

Mobile: 0438 704 819

In October this year, Maroondah had the pleasure of hosting the 2018 Australian Local Government Women’s Association Victoria Annual Conference at Realm.

The conference provided a great opportunity to showcase Maroondah to our counterparts from across Victoria. It was exciting to see Realm as the centrepiece for the event, as we are lucky to have such a versatile and community-focused facility right in the heart of our municipality. Visitors were also able to experience Ringwood Town Square and our extensive art and cultural offerings in the precinct.

The conference also provided an opportunity to network with other women in local government and learn how we can all be more effective leaders in our community. I look forward to putting my learnings into practice and work with the community on matters that are important to them. If you have anything you would like to discuss with me, please contact me or come and say hello next time you see me at an event.

Cr Rob Steane, Mayor

Mobile: 0407 519 986

For many people, the Christmas and New Year period is a chance to head away with the family on a much-needed holiday.

Unfortunately, this time of year is also popular with burglars. So, before you go away it is important you protect your house and property.

There are a few simple things you can do such as telling a trusted neighbour of your movements so they can keep an eye out for any unusual activity. Also, ask if they can collect any mail and put your bins out for collection.

Programming lights to come on during the evening and asking a neighbour to park their car in your driveway are also great ways to make it appear someone is home.

You can also fill out an Absence from Residence form at your local police station so that police can keep an eye on your property.

These simple steps could be enough to deter a would-be thief. So make sure you’re prepared over these holidays, as it better to be safe, than sorry.

Kurboroo Kinder upgrade a win for families

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Local families now have even greater access to early learning opportunities with the recent opening of the newly extended and refurbished Kurboroo Kindergarten in Warranwood.

The extension and internal refurbishment has increased the capacity of the kindergarten and provides better connected indoor/outdoor environments that cater for children’s learning experiences.

The works feature accessibility improvements, new landscaping including soft fall materials outside, plus extensive internal upgrades: purpose-built children’s lockers, an improved outdoor play area, larger kitchen and main activity room, and new covered entrance. In addition, the construction of a path from the carpark to the building and accessible toilet facilities has improved accessibility, while a focus on energy efficiency has seen LED lighting and double glazed windows used throughout the building.

The $840,000 project was jointly funded by Council ($590,000), the Victorian Government ($200,000) and Kurboroo Kindergarten ($50,000).

Maroondah/Dorset road project update

The first two phases of the $8 million upgrade to the major intersection at Maroondah Highway, Dorset Road and Exeter Road in Croydon will be completed by Christmas.

The VicRoads project began in August, with phase 1 and 2 works including:

  • lengthening Maroondah Highway left turn lane into Dorset Road
  • drainage and line marking works on Bellara Drive
  • reconstruction of the Dorset Road service road entrance
  • Dorset Road (south-bound) widening and Dorset Road median works.

Initial drainage works along Exeter Road and Maroondah Highway will also  be completed by Christmas. Phase 3 works to reconstruct Dorset Road (northbound lanes) up to Bellara Drive will start in the new year. There will be electronic signs and traffic management on site to assist motorists to navigate through the area.

To keep up to date with the project visit the VicRoads website

Your Say Maroondah

Consultation for Maroondah 2040

Council has launched a new community consultation portal, which enables residents to have their say on all council consultations, including key planning issues, policy development and future enhancements in Maroondah.

The online portal will complement Council’s traditional methods of engagement, making it more convenient to share your thoughts and ideas on the projects that are most important to you.

Ultimately, Your Say Maroondah opens the way for genuine two-way engagement.

It is important for us to hear your opinions as it means that we can make informed decisions that reflect a shared vision for our city’s future.

To find out more visit the Your Say Maroondah website

Preparing for our future

In Maroondah we have 46 sporting ovals, over 150 community facilities, 650 hectares of open space, more than 475 kms of local roads and 625 kms of footpaths.

It is a complex task maintaining and future-proofing all of these community assets. To ensure we can continue to meet the needs of our community well into the future, we regularly undertake planning for specific precincts, facilities, and open space areas.

As part of this process we assess the current usage, and identify whether there is an opportunity to improve facilities and address the changing needs of our community while maintaining our natural bushland, wildlife habitat and public open space areas.

The planning process is extensive and involves significant background research, needs analysis and other factors such as population growth, demographics, environmental impacts, building conditions, changes to regulations such as accessibility, and funding opportunities.

Throughout the process, we will also seek feedback from the community on how they use certain areas, what they like and what they think could be improved. This information is a vital piece of the planning process which is why we check in regularly with the community to ensure we are on the right track.

To keep up to date with any future planning projects, you can register your interest on the Your Say Maroondah website

Planning for Maroondah’s parking needs

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With population growth and increasing vehicle numbers, demand for parking in Maroondah has never been greater.

To help guide our future planning for parking and traffic needs in our municipality, Council has developed a Draft Maroondah Parking Framework.

The framework takes into account the views and priorities expressed by our community during our Maroondah 2040 Community Vision consultation and outlines how we will manage and better plan for future parking needs.

During November, the community had the opportunity to have a say on the draft framework and actions. The constructive feedback will be used to further shape the framework and action plan.

Council is now reviewing the feedback and will present the document back to Council and the community in early 2019.

To keep up to date on this and all Council consultations, view the Open for Comment section on our Your Say Maroondah website.

Council’s vision is that parking in Maroondah will be highly valued, well considered and carefully managed, contributing towards the achievement of the future outcomes that underpin Maroondah 2040.

Eastfield Park Enhancement Plan

Most recently Council has been consulting on the proposed Eastfield Park Enhancement Plan. As part of the consultation on an initial draft concept for the park, Council received significant feedback from the community.

We are now in the process of analysing the feedback to determine common themes, ideas and concerns. We will also be continuing to consult with user groups.

We will be engaging with the community again in early 2019. Keep an eye on the Your Say Maroondah website for updates.

A future Croydon Community Precinct

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Council is in the early stages of preparing a draft masterplan for the future redevelopment of the Croydon Civic Precinct into a new Croydon Community Precinct.

Once completed, the masterplan will provide a direction for the precinct, with the aim of identifying and facilitating major improvement works in the short, medium, and long term.

The Croydon Civic Precinct contains a significant number of Council’s community facilities, and accommodates a diverse range of associated community and sporting groups including Croydon Library.

Council’s initial investigations shows many of these facilities are ageing and do not meet the current or future anticipated community needs or service requirements.

With this in mind, Council is developing the draft masterplan which will cater for a mix of civic and recreational elements, with the aim of transforming the area into a new and vibrant community precinct. There will be a significant focus on community wellbeing, and ensuring enhanced visibility of the precinct along with improving access and connections to other key aspects of the area including:

  • major recreational hubs
  • shopping centres to the east and north
  • Croydon Town Square
  • services and public transport hub to the north.

This is a long-term project with the masterplan and identified projects to be progressively developed from 2019 and beyond.

Council is strongly advocating to both the Victorian and Federal Governments for funding towards the development and delivery of the various elements of this long-term project.

Have your say!

Initial preparation of a draft masterplan for the Croydon Community Precinct started in 2017, and to date has included consultation with each of the current user groups and stakeholders in the precinct.

These consultations have progressed well and next year Council will consult with the wider community on the possible consolidation and integration of facilities in the precinct and the establishment of two new Community Hub buildings.

The first hub could include:

  • an integrated family and children’s centre, including MCH services,

The second possible community hub could include:

  • Croydon Library;
  • Council service centre;
  • centre for community wellbeing;
  • all community groups currently in the precinct; and
  • additional space for other community groups to relocate into the precinct.

The Maroondah community can have their say on the draft masterplan and concepts in early 2019.

Register your interest on Your Say Maroondah

The existing precinct

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Legend:

  1. Croydon Centre Maternal and Child Health Centre (drop-in centre and playgroups)
  2. EV’s Youth Centre
  3. Croydon Citizens Advice Bureau
  4. Croydon Centre Kindergarten
  5. Croydon Senior Citizens Centre
  6. Croydon RSL
  7. Croydon Bowls Club
  8. Maroondah Occasional Care Centre
  9. Croydon Library
  10. Aquahub
  11. Maroondah City Council
  12. Keystone Hall
  13. Croydon Scout Hall
  14. Croydon Central Maternal and Child Health Centre
17/12/2018
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