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Maroondah in focus - March 2018

Welcome to Maroondah in focus

The March-May edition of Maroondah in focus was distributed to Maroondah households in the week of Monday 19 March. 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, 2MB) as a PDF file.

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Welcome to the March edition of Maroondah in Focus – our first edition for 2018.

Council is in the process of developing the proposed 2018/19 Budget and Year 2 of the 2017-2021 Council Plan. These vital documents guide the delivery of the many projects and services provided by Council. The proposed documents will be presented to Council in the coming months before being placed out for community consultation. Please keep an eye out for further information on Council’s website.

It has been wonderful to see so many people turn out to our first community events of the year, firstly Australia Day and then our Celebrate Maroondah movie nights. These events provide an opportunity to come together in a relaxed setting. I congratulate the 59 people who became new Australian citizens as part of our Australia Day event, as well as the deserving winners of our Australia Day Awards.

As April approaches, I encourage residents of all ages to pick up the pace, by enjoying some physical activity in our green and leafy city, in support of Premier’s Active April – a month-long initiative that sees Victorians make a pledge to do 30 minutes of exercise each day. Council has a number of events to support this initiative. You can participate in Tri Maroondah on 8 April, or the Maroondah Night Run on 20 April.

You could even get in some laps at the Croydon Memorial Pool, before the season ends on Sunday 15 April. Or, encourage the children into the great outdoors as part of Nature Play Week, between 11 and 22 April. With more than 400 parks and open spaces in Maroondah, let’s encourage our children to get the physical and emotional benefits of outdoor play.

April also sees applications open for Maroondah’s Community Grants program. Eligible not-for-profit community groups can apply for funding for development projects and small equipment purchases that will benefit the community.

In this edition, you will also find updates on some exciting community projects, including the development of Croydon Town Square and the proposed enhancement planning for Dorset Recreation Reserve and Eastfield Park in Croydon. And lastly, this year we celebrate 40 years of our much-loved community and arts hub, the Wyreena Community Arts Centre – happy birthday Wyreena!

Regards,
Cr Nora Lamont.

Council meetings

Council meetings are held monthly and community members are welcome to attend. The next Council meetings are as follows:

  • Monday 9 April – Special Meeting for the draft Budget and Council Plan
  • Monday 23 April
  • Monday 21 May

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.

Rates payment reminder

A reminder to residents who have chosen to pay their annual rates notices via four instalments throughout the financial year – the final payment is due on 31 May 2018.

There are many methods available for the payment of rates notices: online via credit card; via BPAY; by phone; via direct debit over nine instalments; by mail; and in person at the post office or any Council service centre.

If you are having trouble meeting your rates payments, please contact Council on 1300 88 22 33 to discuss options.

Pet registration renewals due in April

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Maroondah pet owners are reminded that pet registration renewal notices will arrive in the mail during March, for payment by Tuesday 10 April. There are many payment options available, and owners registering their pet for the first time can do so online.

Registration is an important part of responsible pet ownership and helps to keep track of your pet. All dogs and cats must be registered by the age of three months, as well as microchipped.

Microchipping provides an extra level of protection should your pet’s collar become detached, and greatly improves the chances of your pet being returned to you if they become lost.

It is also a requirement that your pet wears its Council-issued registration tag at all times. The tags are lifelong and are therefore not replaced when you renew your registration.

Deserving Maroondah citizens honoured

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The 2018 Maroondah Australia Day celebrations exemplified what makes Maroondah (and Australia) a great place to live. There was a sense of community pride and lots of fun to be had.

Plus, at this year’s event, 59 Maroondah residents publicly pledged their loyalty to Australia, as the final step in obtaining their Australian citizenship, in a ceremony that can’t help but make us all proud to live here.

The Maroondah Australia Day Awards were also announced at the event. The awards are presented each year to those citizens who make significant contributions to the community.

Citizen of the Year was awarded to environmental scientist Dr Graeme Lorimer. In 2018, Graeme will be presented with an acknowledgement of 30 years of volunteer service within Maroondah, spanning his work with the Friends of Bungalook Conservation Reserve; the Montrose Environmental Group and the Indigenous Flora and Fauna Association; in government advisory and community education capacities; and as a taxonomist. Graeme is also a member of the Maroondah Environment Advisory Committee and has won several awards for his contribution to the environment.

“I am very honoured to have my citizenship recognised. To me, good citizenship means we all have to help make our patch a better place to live. I’ve found many ways to achieve that, such as community volunteering, helping others and looking after the environment in daily life,” Graeme said.

“I hope my new title will help me encourage more people to take up their civic responsibilities and reap the fulfilment that comes with it.’’

Young Citizen of the Year was awarded to Georgia Read, for her significant contribution as an ambassador and volunteer in the areas of cyber safety, mental health, disability, gender acceptance and childcare.

Georgia has received many awards honouring her achievements, including a Maroondah Youth Award in 2016 for her work in campaigning against homophobia in schools.

This year Georgia will also become Ringwood Secondary College’s inaugural Wellbeing Ambassador, a position created specifically to recognise Georgia’s hard work in this area over the past five years. “When I’m volunteering, it is not about getting awards but it is nice to be recognised,” said Georgia.

“Anything you do for someone else is a big deal. It is an amazing feeling”.

The Community Event of the Year was awarded to the Bounce into Mental Health Carnival – an event produced by Ringwood Secondary College, to increase awareness of support services available at the school and beyond for those affected by mental health issues.

It also promoted the understanding and use of positive psychology and other techniques to increase wellbeing amongst students and staff. Ringwood Secondary College social worker Karen Hallam said the event was a joint effort between students and volunteers.

“It is so unbelievable to receive (the award), the day achieved such positive results but to think it is being recognised as the event of the year, given the size of Maroondah, is fantastic,” she said.

Your Arrabri Councillors 

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Cr Tony Dib JP

Mobile: 0438 515 089

I have been really pleased to see work begin on the Heathmont Village shopping centre enhancement project. This significant project aims to improve traffic flow, car park access and overall safety in the area. Pedestrian-operated signals on Canterbury Road will be relocated, and new raised pavements installed, as a way of improving safety when accessing the shopping centre carpark. Twelve new car parks will also be added. Thanks to Michael Sukkar, Deakin MP, for his work to secure $1.2 million of Federal funding for this project.

Council has worked hard to ensure the village feel will be maintained, with new planter boxes being installed to separate the footpath and the parking bays.

Council is also undertaking the design of drainage and pedestrian improvement works for the western end of the carpark. These works will address important drainage issues and improve pedestrian connections. The works are planned for completion in mid 2018.

Cr Paul Macdonald

Mobile: 0436 001 760

Like many of our residents, I enjoy cycling and walking along our creeks and waterways. While they are beautiful backdrops, they are also vital ecosystems for our native flora and fauna. Council is committed to maintaining these ecosystems and is working with other agencies, including Melbourne Water and Yarra Valley Water, to protect and enhance our creeks.

The Enhance Dandenong Creek project has commenced and will see the removal of 830 metres of underground pipes to re-create the original open waterway. Works are underway by Melbourne Water with some detours in place. I’m looking forward to the renewed vegetation of the area and the improved habitat for our native wildlife when the project is completed mid-year.

Council is also working on future improvements to our creeks and waterways including Tarralla Creek.

Cr Kylie Spears

Mobile: 0436 003 660

I am very excited about the progress being made to develop enhancement plans for Eastfield Park and Dorset Recreational Reserve. These plans will identify a distinct community vision for these popular recreational spaces, in the short, medium and long term. Currently, Dorset Recreational Reserve includes a nature-based playground, as well as walking and bike tracks, and is home to a local soccer and dart club. Eastfield Park is home to many sporting and recreational clubs, as well as Maroondah’s first dedicated dog park.

A big thank you to those who had their say about how they currently use these spaces and what we can do to maximise community enjoyment in them. Our community consultation included a survey as well as opportunities for face-to-face discussions in Main Street, Croydon - at Eastfield Dog Park and during the recent Celebrate Maroondah event at Canterbury Gardens. Council is currently considering the feedback gathered, and will release final plans in the coming months.

Enhancing two key open spaces in Croydon

Dorset Recreation Reserve and Eastfield Park in Croydon will see some future improvements as a result of the development of new enhancement plans for the areas.

Over the past few months, Council has been working with user groups and consulting with the community to understand both the current and future needs for the reserves.

The information collected as part of this community consultation will be used by Council to help develop a draft enhancement plan for each site.

The draft plans will be presented to Council in the coming months. The community will have further opportunities to have their say on the enhancement plans at this stage.

For further information please contact Council on 1300 88 22 33.

Feathered friends move in

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The Croydon South community has recently welcomed two new permanent residents – large timber Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos.

The timber carvings, on Longview Road, are the work of sculptor Rob Bast who has created the native birds from a large wattle tree that was recently damaged by lightning.

The artwork has created a lot of interest from the local community including students who walk past the sculpture on the way to and from school. Council has also received a thankyou card with more than 100 messages from the community!

HE Parker Reserve upgrades

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HE Parker Reserve in Heathmont is a hive of activity this year with planning for the $16.5 million Complex well underway and more works planned for pavilions in the precinct.

Football and Cricket Pavilion

The detailed design for the upgrade of the sporting pavilion at HE Parker, home to football and cricket, is progressing, with construction anticipated to start later this year.

The $3 million project will see the pavilion gain new unisex change rooms; the addition of female bathroom facilities; new umpire, first aid and trainers rooms; a new multi-purpose room and meeting room; a new spectator viewing area and new public toilets. The works will also see improved accessibility to and within the facility, as well as accessible bathroom and change facilities.

The improved amenities will allow the clubs to accommodate the growing number of junior players, both male and female, as well as the growing number of senior female players.

Council is funding the project with $2.5 million from the Capital Works program, and $500,000 funding from the Federal Government’s Community Development Grants program.

Tennis Pavilion

Works will begin shortly on the upgrade to the tennis pavilion to include new toilets, including a unisex accessible bathroom; a new entrance façade; improved landscaping including new paving; shade sails; a fitness area and practice area for children.

The HE Parker Tennis Club will continue to use the facilities while the works are taking place. The $200,000 project is expected to be completed in June, weather dependent.

Let there be light!

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Junior soccer players in Maroondah will benefit from new lighting at Belmont Park, thanks to funding from Council and the Victorian Government.
 
Four new lighting towers are being installed which will enable the entire pitch to be used into the evenings. The $180,000 project is funded by Council ($105,000) and with $75,000 funding from the Victorian Government.
 
This significant project will be completed mid-year, and will see Belmont Park become a dedicated junior soccer facility, providing improved training and match day safety and access for the boys and girls who participate in this growing sport program.
 

Did you know?

Belmont Park has also benefitted from an oval renovation which included new a drainage and irrigation systems, as well as new summer grass, which will provide an all year round playing surface.

Your Mullum Ward Councillors

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Cr Nora Lamont

Mobile: 0428 394 581

It was such an honour to welcome 59 new Australian citizens to Maroondah at our annual Australia Day event. Maroondah is such a great place to live, so it is nice that so many new residents are calling Maroondah home.

In Mullum, I am proud of the work Council has recently undertaken in looking at the heritage interests within the Jubilee Park precinct. We have also started work on a municipal wide Heritage Review.

The need for the review was identified following the development of the Council Plan priority actions for 2017-2021. It will see the review of the existing 2003 Maroondah Heritage Study and the preparation of a new thematic Environmental History of Maroondah post-1945. Several of Maroondah’s buildings constructed after World War II are designed by some of Australia’s most respected and accomplished architects.

Information on the Heritage Study can be found on Council’s website, including an opportunity for the community to nominate a possible heritage listing.

Cr Samantha Marks

Mobile: 0408 145 110

I am excited about a new Council project, Youth Uploaded, which will see young people produce short videos to help others build resilience, develop social connections and improve mental wellbeing.

The project, funded by a VicHealth Bright Futures grant, will equip young people with the skills and strategies to better cope with life’s challenges. Studies have shown that between the ages of 12 to 25 can be a particularly challenging time, so it’s important that Council works with our young people to ensure they have the support they need.

The hope is that by encouraging young people to talk about issues they are facing, they won’t become overwhelmed. Given Council works at the grass-root level, we are well placed to assist our young people with projects such as this.

For more information on support available for our young people, the Youth website

Cr Mike Symon

Mobile: 0436 002 080

With National Volunteer Week coming up between 21 and 27 May, I would like to acknowledge the incredible contribution made by our volunteers. From delivering Meals on Wheels to assisting at Community Sheds or taking care of our precious bushland areas, we are fortunate to have more than 400 volunteers who generously give up their time for our community. However, as the cooler months approach, we often have fewer volunteers on the ground.

So if you’ve ever considered volunteering, now is the perfect time to get involved. This year’s theme of National Volunteer Week is ‘Give a little. Change a lot’. And it’s true, giving up a small amount of time, you can make a very large impact, and meet new people in the process.

Construction of Ringwood Lake Park playspace is underway

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The $1 million redevelopment of Ringwood Lake Park playspace is now underway, thanks to funding from Council’s capital works budget and a $100,000 grant from the Victorian Government.

The clever design features a network of play trails that weave through the existing trees, providing active play opportunities at three levels: in the tree canopy, under the canopy and at ground level.

There are swings, sand play areas and a water play area near the creek line. New shelters and barbecues are also being installed.

The design incorporates accessible play equipment including a Liberty Swing and a wheelchair - accessible carousel. Wheelchairs can also navigate sections of the canopy play areas with accessible interactive play features.

Natural barriers will be created between the playspace, the lake and the highway.

Completion of this exciting project is anticipated in June 2018.

To stay up-to-date and view a sketch of the design, visit our Ringwood Lake Park playspace redesign webpage.

Jubilee oval upgrade nears completion

Jubilee Park is in its final stages of a major redevelopment.

The $1 million project, part of Council’s capital works program, has focused on Russell Lucas Oval. The substantial works include the installation of new sub-surface drainage, irrigation and fencing, as well as improvements to the ground contours.

Importantly, for the many sporting clubs who use the oval, the project includes a completely new playing surface of Santa Anna couch grass turf as well as new centre and practice wickets.

The ground is expected to be back in use mid-year once the new surface has established.

Playground renewal for Ricki Court, Ringwood North

The Ricki Court playground in Ringwood North is set for an update, as part of Council’s playground renewal program. The $45,000 project will see the basketball area formalised, equipment refurbished, and some new elements installed.

There will also be improved access and landscaping, including new park benches and picnic settings. A community consultation process will be undertaken shortly, before the design is finalised, Works are expected to begin in May.

Your Wyreena Councillors

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Cr Marijke Graham

Mobile: 0418 109 015

We’re nearing completion on the pond rehabilitation works at Narr Maen Reserve in Croydon Hills. The large open grass reserve, playground and walking trails are popular with families and dog walkers.

The two main ponds are being drained and desilted as part of an ongoing maintenance schedule to ensure the health of the wetlands. Visiting the site recently it was wonderful to see the native wildlife enjoying the ponds, with frogs and ducks throughout the reserve.

Council is also investing in the accessibility of our reserves with repair works currently underway to rebuild bridges and paths including at McAlpin Reserve and Candlebark Walk Reserve. To find out more about the parks and reserves in your area, visit the parks and playgrounds page on Council’s website.

You can find the parks via map view or an alphabetical listing, and see images as well as information on what to do and accessible features.

Cr Michael Macdonald

Mobile: 0436 001 852

It is great to see continued investment in community safety initiatives, with the upgrade to the existing CCTV network underway in the Croydon Town Centre precinct. Council received more than $430,000 funding from the Australian Government to upgrade and extend the existing CCTV network, through the Safer Streets program.

As part of the project, hardware at Croydon Police Station has been updated, and 14 existing cameras have been upgraded as well as the associated Wi-Fi communication system. We are also installing an additional seven cameras in key areas including along the pedestrian route between Croydon Station to Main Street and into Croydon Park.

Council will continue to work with key stakeholders, including local police, traders and the community, to implement safety initiatives that make Croydon a vibrant and safe place to live, work and visit.

Cr Rob Steane

Mobile: 0407 519 986

As the closest level of government to the community, Councillors are often the first port of call for residents questions and concerns.

While we endeavour to do what we can to assist our community, it is important to note that often situations may relate to a state or federal matter over which Council has no authority.

In these instances, Council takes on an advocacy role. We work with our local politicians and government departments to raise the concerns of our residents and work towards a positive outcome. The circumstances are varied and range from the maintenance of grass along state-owned roads; graffiti removal on railway property; or significant projects such as the removal of level crossings.

Council prides itself on working hard for the community and has a good track record when it comes to advocacy with both levels of government. If you have any advocacy projects you would like to discuss please contact me, or one of your ward Councillors.

Refurbishment marks 40th birthday!

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Residents may have noticed that the Wyreena Community Arts Centre has recently had a face lift, thanks to important roof maintenance works, including the replacement of roof tiles and painting of the eaves.

Council thanks the community for their patience during the centre’s brief closure and encourages residents to visit the centre during 2018, its 40th anniversary year!

You still have time to see the special anniversary exhibition Celebrating Wyreena – 40 Years, which is open until Saturday 24 March.

The Music Café series is back for 2018, so come along and relax over a delicious supper at the Conservatory Café, while being entertained by artists, including Belle Musette on Friday 25 May. Or, why not come and try a creative course or workshop during the school term?

For more information on activities and term programs visit the Arts in Maroondah website

The Wyreena Community Arts Centre is located at 13–23 Hull Road, Croydon.

New town square coming soon!

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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 and visit.

Following the demolition of the buildings on the new town square site, across the summer months the community has had the opportunity to get a taste of what’s to come.

While the design and construction plan have been finalised over this time, the temporary open space has been used for a range of activities, including a multicultural festival in March.

Construction of the new town square with a grassed area; paving; seating and new public toilets, including a Changing Places facility; will start in early May. It will be ready for the community to enjoy towards the end of the year, so keep an eye on Council’s website for updates on this exciting project.

The community will soon have a chance to have their say on the look and feel of Croydon Main Street, as part of an Enhancement Plan.

Last chance for Croydon Memorial Pool season

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Don’t miss out on your last chance for an outdoor swim, with the current Croydon Memorial Pool season ending on Sunday 15 April.

Come down and enjoy the fantastic atmosphere and facilities: three heated outdoor pools: a 50-metre pool, which is ideal for lap swimming; a leisure pool; and a toddler pool. Enjoy the many lawned areas with plenty of shade. Make use of the BBQ facilities and kiosk, or bring a picnic and make a day of it.

Opening hours during March and April are: Monday to Friday, 6am–10am and 4pm–8pm; weekends and public holidays, 8am–12 noon.

Croydon Memorial Pool is an accredited Watch Around Water facility, meaning there are guidelines that must be followed while visiting with children.

Access for all at Brushy Creek

A $250,000 redevelopment is on its way for Brushy Creek Hall in Hughes Park, Croydon North.

The works include new toilets, a ramp from the carpark into the hall and upgrades to the kitchen and storage facilities.

Council is currently finalising the design with the user groups, with works expected to begin in the 2018/19 financial year.

The hall is home to the Brushy Creek and Croydon TOWN Clubs, Joulle Calisthenics Academy, and Soccer Time Kids.

Kindergarten works begin

Term two will see works commence on the upgrade to Kurboroo Kindergarten in Warranwood.

In a popular suburb for young families, the kindergarten currently caters for four groups a day, and improvements are needed at the centre to make the spaces more functional.

The works will include internal layout changes to meet Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) requirements, a new waiting area for families and improved storage facilities.

The $500,000 upgrade is funded with $300,000 from Council and $200,000 from the Victorian Government as part of an Early Facility Upgrade grant.

Community grants applications open in April

Are you part of an incorporated, not-for-profit community group in Maroondah?

The 2018 Community Grants Funding Program and the 2018 Arts and Cultural Grants Program offers financial assistance to eligible groups, for services and programs that make a positive contribution to the Maroondah community; which support community participation and partnerships or increase the profile and participation in the arts.

Applications open on Wednesday 4 April and close on Tuesday 15 May at 4pm.

Grants are assessed based on criteria around community building, community benefit and community support. The criteria are available on Council’s website or by phoning 1300 88 22 33.

All grant applications must be submitted via Council’s website. Applicants will be advised as to the outcome of their application in mid-July and funding will be assigned during mid-August 2018.

Grant writing workshop Council is hosting a free grant writing workshop on Tuesday 17 April, 9.30am to 11am at Council’s Civic Centre, Braeside Avenue, Ringwood.

Learn more about reducing waste

Composting is a great way for the Maroondah community to cut down on household waste. In fact, composting can remove up to 50 per cent from your household waste stream, reducing the burden on landfills while adding important nutrients to your lawn and garden at the same time. You may even find you can reduce the size of your Council waste bin!

To learn more about creating a compost bin, worm farm or Bokashi bin (an odour-reducing compost bin). Come along to a workshop on Friday 11 May at Yarrunga Community Centre at 10.30am to 12 noon. Bookings essential.

Book online

Another way to help the environment is to ensure that chemicals are correctly disposed of (also ensuring they are recycled and not placed in landfill). There is a chemical drop-off session coming up on Saturday 5 May in Wantirna South, from 8am to 4pm. To register, and to obtain the drop-off location, visit the Sustainability Victoria website.

And for those who want to clear up some space at home, there’s a Declutter Your Home workshop on Thursday 12 April at Maroondah Federation Estate, Ringwood, 6.30pm to 8pm. 

Apply for a planning permit online

It’s even easier to apply for a planning permit, with Council now accepting online applications.

Previously planning applications have required applicants to print multiple copies of large format plans, reports and other paperwork, as well as pay in-person by cheque or money order. Correspondence was also reliant on the postage system which added time to applications.

The new online process will make it easier to lodge a planning application, as well as save time and money in printing costs.

To lodge a planning application, all you need to do is register as a user on the planning application page on our website, and then you can access the portal 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For further information phone the Planning team on 1300 88 22 33.

Get into Youth Week!

youth-week-160318.jpgVictorian Youth Week is a celebration of young people. The week is an opportunity for young people to express their ideas and views, act on issues that affect their lives, and create and enjoy activities and events. In 2018,

Victorian Youth Week is being held between Friday 13 April and Sunday 22 April. Maroondah is doing its part to celebrate, with two key events.

Maroondah Youth Awards

The Maroondah Youth Awards celebrate and recognise the commitments and achievements of Maroondah’s young people aged between 10 and 25. Community members, schools and organisations have nominated young people for recognition in several award categories, and a presentation evening\ will be held on Thursday 19 April at Karralyka.

Pure Talent Visual Arts

Be amazed by the incredible talent of Maroondah’s young visual artists, at the Pure Talent exhibition, being held between Wednesday 28 March and Friday 27 April, at the Arts Lounge, Wyreena Community Arts Centre, Croydon.

To learn more about what Council has to offer our young people, visit the Youth website

Youth Services has a new look!

Are you aged 10 to 25 and want to get more connected with your community?

Council’s Youth Services has a fresh look and new website full of information and resources for young people, parents and service providers.

You can connect with our Youth Services via the new website or social media channels to make a difference, learn new skills, get support, build your wellbeing, and create the future you want!

Check out the Youth Services website for more information.

Social scripts to assist park users

Maroondah has two new social scripts, for Glen Park and Quambee Reserve, now available on our website.

The scripts are documents that can help people on the autism spectrum, or others that may feel anxious in new places, to learn more about a playground before they visit. Each script provides a short written and visual description of the playground, allowing each child to gain information about what to expect there and why. There are also some short activities that may appeal to children during their visit.

The selection of the parks for these initial social scripts was made in conjunction with Maroondah’s Disability Advisory Committee. They were chosen for either their quiet location or enclosed nature, their playgrounds, and the proximity of facilities such as toilets and cafes.

While the scripts are aimed at pre-school and lower primary school-aged children, they can be adapted for different age groups and personalised by parents and carers.

Maroondah’s social scripts are available on Council’s website. If you would prefer a printed version, please contact Council on 1300 88 22 33 or 9298 4598, or email us at maroondah@maroondah.vic.gov.au 

Disability Advisory Committee seeks new members

The Maroondah Disability Advisory Committee is a valuable voice for carers, people with a disability and those who work within the disability sector.

Its members provide important strategic and operational advice on policy, programs, service delivery, community consultation and planning.

To ensure the committee has a good balance of perspectives and experiences, Council is seeking expressions of interest from young people with a disability and people with a sensory disability.

Applicants must be a resident of Maroondah or able to demonstrate strong links to the Maroondah community. For more information phone 1300 88 22 33 or 9298 4598, or email maroondah@maroondah.vic.gov.au

Nominations close on Friday 11 May.

Prepare now for the flu season

The year 2017 was a disastrous one for flu – Australia recorded more than 221,000 people with flu infections, more than any other year.

It’s more common to catch the flu, or experience flu-like symptoms, in the colder months of the year, from April to October.

Annual flu vaccination is the best protection against influenza, and April/May is the best time to get vaccinated, before the flu season hits.

To help prevent the spread of flu, it is important to avoid close contact with people who are sick, stay home if you are sick and follow good hygiene practices.

The flu vaccine

Council provides a safe and reliable immunisation service to Maroondah residents and the wider community.

Council’s immunisation service has full accreditation in compliance with AS/NZS ISO9001:2015 Quality Standards.

Many vulnerable groups, including pregnant women, nursing home residents and people aged over 65 years, are eligible for a free flu vaccine. Those not eligible for a free flu vaccination can still obtain it on a user-pays basis.

See when our public immunisation sessions are

Maroondah’s Corporate Flu Program

Council also offers influenza vaccinations to eligible Maroondah businesses and will visit your workplace to administer them. Businesses must be located within Maroondah’s municipality, and have 20 or more employees who want to receive the vaccine.

See Corporate Flu Program request forms

For further information, contact Council on 1300 88 22 33 or at immunisation@maroondah.vic.gov.au

Holiday programs put the focus on fun!

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Keep the kids engaged and active these school holidays with Council’s variety of school holiday activities, all available in a safe and caring environment.

For those requiring an all-day option, Council runs Vacation Care programs at Springfield Park, Croydon and Belmont Park, Croydon South. The programs include fantastic activities that will keep children from Prep to Year 6 enthralled.

Whether a visit to the movies or a comedy show, or an in-house rock and roll day, the focus is on keeping children entertained. Programs run between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday during school holidays (except for public holidays).

Maroondah Leisure also offer fantastic programs for primary school aged children that will keep the kids active and teach them new skills in a fun, supportive and social environment. Free for Maroondah Leisure program members, the Holiday Intensive Swim Program offered at Aquanation and Aquahub is a five day intensive swimming program that reinforces vital swimming skills. If your kids love team sports, The Rings school holiday programs include basketball, netball, soccer and multisports.

To help children aged between 5 to 14 years explore their creative side, Wyreena Community Arts Centre also offers holiday programs based around artistic activities such as pottery, painting, collage and more. Classes are divided into age groups.

Give a little. Change a lot.

“Give a little. Change a lot” is the theme of National Volunteer Week (NVW), which will be held this year between 21 and 27 May. NVW is an annual celebration that acknowledges the tireless and generous contribution made by volunteers.

Here in Maroondah, we rely on almost 400 generous and hard-working volunteers to keep some of our essential community services and programs running. It’s thanks to volunteers that 34 individual Council services and projects are offered to our community, including Meals on Wheels, bushland renewal projects, social support, and youth programs such as the L2P driver mentoring program.

If you are interested in giving back to the community and wish to volunteer, read more here.

2018 Maroondah BizWeek (7-11 May)

Leadership, Culture, Change

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Susan Alberti AC will speak on May 9 with Maroondah businesses at BizWeek 2018

Now in its 18th year, Maroondah BizWeek is the must-attend business event of the year, and you’re invited to come along! Get inspired, connect with other small businesses and gain tips from experts, inspirational speakers and workshops.

The theme for this year’s Maroondah BizWeek is ‘Leadership, Culture, Change’.

Leadership skills are valued by employers and individuals alike. While not everyone possesses the natural ability to lead, and that’s okay, fortunately leadership is a skill that can be learned and developed.

Don’t miss your chance to hear from this year’s keynote speaker – pioneer, accomplished businesswoman, humanitarian, philanthropist, medical research campaigner and AFL footy devotee, Susan Alberti AC.

Susan has forged paths in areas traditionally dominated by men. Along with being one of Australia’s first female registered builders, she played an instrumental role in the formation of the AFL’s female competition and becoming an ambassador for the women’s AFLW league and chair of her own medical research foundation, the Susan Alberti Research Foundation.

This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to hear from Susan on her approach to leadership, culture and change in business.

Find out what it takes to become a more effective, inspiring and engaged leader at the BizWeek Eastland Business Event on Tuesday 8 May.

Culture is the driver for innovation and creativity. Over the course of the week, there will be workshops covering a wide range of topics such as online digital marketing, and how to start a business. The workshops will assist you to get your business off the ground, advance your learning in an ever-changing world and build on the essential skills and knowledge needed for success.

Change the way you approach networking on Monday 7 May, where you will learn about matching beverages to foods at The Public Brewery while engaging with potential new business contacts. This will be a fun and interactive networking night with a difference.

We look forward to seeing you at Maroondah BizWeek!

Visit the BizHub website for more information on 2018 Maroondah BizWeek and to book your seat.

A special thanks to 2018 Maroondah BizWeek Partners - Eastland, QIC, Matchworks, Aughtersons Lawyers, Century 21 Ringwood East and RACVBusiness Insurance.

What’s on for business in Maroondah

Look out for the 2018 Maroondah BizWeek events and workshops, during May, providing opportunities to learn and connect with others to grow your business.

Wednesday 18 April  Workshop $20  Starting up: How to turn an idea into a business
Thursday 19 April  Mentoring Free Small business mentoring clinics (increasing sales) 
Monday 7 May  BizWeek   Networking Event 
Tuesday 8 May Workshop  $20  Taking Your Business Online 
Wednesday 9 May BizWeek    Eastland event with Susan Alberti AC 
Thursday 10 May Mentoring Free  Small Business Mentoring Clinics 
Friday 11 May BizWeek   Women’s Forum 
Thursday 21 June Workshop  $20  Collecting the Cash: How to get paid on time 

Visit the events calendar on the BizHub website to find out more and book online.

Bayswater Business Precinct is an economic powerhouse

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The Bayswater Business Precinct (BBP) is a major industrial and economic hub where many national and international firms have established their headquarters.

Manufacturing is thriving in the area, led by an increasing number of innovative, flexible and highly-skilled, small-tomedium growth businesses. Future success will rely on businesses working together, embracing technology, exchanging information and resources, and establishing strong networks.

With over 4500 businesses that support more than 23,000 jobs each day, the value of goods and services produced in the BBP is critical to the eastern region. In fact, almost $13 billion in revenue is generated by the precinct annually, representing over 43 per cent of Maroondah’s total ‘business’ revenue.

While some of this is generated by a strong core of multi-nationals, the backbone of the precinct is the almost 92 per cent of businesses with less than 20 employees.

Home to the Australian headquarters of global corporations such as Siemens, NCA, ARB and PACCAR/Kenworth, as well as many manufacturing start-ups, the precinct is constantly evolving.

To support growth in the BBP, Maroondah, Knox and Yarra Ranges Councils have joined forces to provide opportunities for collaboration and to create engagement between businesses and industry partners and government agencies. To find out more visit the project website

Have your say: Business and Activity Centre Development Action Plan

Would you like to know how Council will be helping businesses in the future? We will be developing a new Business and Activity Centre Development Action Plan in 2018 and would like to hear from you!

All businesses – big or small, new or established, commercial, industrial or home-based – are invited to share their views on the plan, which will reflect Council’s ongoing commitment to supporting businesses and growth in Maroondah.

For more information, and to be kept in the loop, visit the BizHub website.

A snapshot of Maroondah workers

  • 44% of all jobs in Maroondah cover three sectors – Retail, Manufacturing & Health Care and Social Assistance.
  • Almost 30% of Maroondah residents also work in Maroondah
  • 30% of residents travel to a neighbouring municipality for employment and 13% travel to Melbourne’s CBD for work.
  • Maroondah’s unemployment rate sits 1.11% below the Victorian state average, at 4.89% (2017; June quarter)
  • Local businesses trade over $4 billion in goods and services each year to consumers and businesses outside Maroondah.

Become part of the global movement of coworking spaces

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Are you freelancing or running a business from home in Melbourne’s east and would prefer to work in a designated and supported office space but don’t have the budget to ‘go it alone’?

Council is supporting businesses to do just this, with the BizHub Coworking Space providing a purpose-built, professional, shared working environment that provides a dynamic, cost-effective option for entrepreneurs, start-ups and microbusinesses seeking an innovative way to do business.

Whether you’re tired of the daily commute to work, looking to start your own business, or simply want a professional office space away from the distractions or isolation of home, the coworking space may be the perfect solution.

With advances in online technology and less time spent at a personal desk, more and more people are gravitating towards these collaborative coworking spaces in search of networking opportunities, flexibility and improved productivity.

At Council’s BizHub Coworking Space, you can book a place for a day, a week, a month or even longer. You can also have access to a multitude of office facilities, tools and resources including mentoring, networking opportunities, meeting and computer room spaces, creative content studio, on-site café and kitchen, plus much more.

You can work solo or connect as you please and take full advantage of BizHub’s flexible workspace that fits in with your business hours, from individual or group desks to quiet lounges – all within a vibrant and welcoming environment. BizHub is located within Realm – Council’s state-of-the-art library, cultural and innovation centre – in Ringwood Town Square, directly opposite Ringwood Station and bus interchange.

Book in to see the space, or take a virtual tour and check out the facilities on offer on BizHub's website.

For more information, contact BizHub on 9298 4320.

Why cowork?

Reduced overheads, state-of-the-art technologies, high-speed internet and not having to sign a major lease are just some of the reasons why businesses are flocking to coworking spaces like BizHub.

Fast facts:

  • 40% of the world’s workforce will be freelancers, temps, independent contractors and solopreneurs by 2020
  • 70% of coworkers reported they felt healthier than they did working in a traditional office setting64% of coworkers are better able to complete tasks on time
  • 78% of coworkers are under 40
  • 50% reported higher incomes

(*Statistics courtesy of Officevibe, 2017)

Meet some BizHub coworkers

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Coworkers Ferdinand and Linda Stark from Tecsico and Herbst Stark.

Technology companies Tecsico and Herbst Stark are among the growing number of local businesses that have made the BizHub Coworking space their home.

“The BizHub Coworking Space was a godsend to us. We desperately needed to move out of our study at home and into offices where we could work from after taking on additional employees”, says Operations Manager Linda Stark.

“Leasing office space was just too expensive to even consider and the mainstream coworking spaces available are also way out of reach from an affordability perspective.

As a small business, this was critical and if we didn’t find the BizHub Coworking Space, I really don’t know what we would have done.

“The working space, facilities, location and access to Eastland is absolutely fantastic!

“We would highly recommend it! We have already ‘sold’ (the idea of) BizHub Coworking Space to mutual small business owners who will be moving here soon. Working from BizHub is a no-brainer; the advantages are huge!”

Put your business on the path to long term success

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Did you know that Council has a team dedicated to supporting businesses in Maroondah?

The BizHub team can help guide you through the various stages of running a business to ensure it stays on track to long term success. BizHub at Realm is a one-stop business resource centre which hosts practical workshops on a whole host of topics, from starting a new business, and marketing for growth, to improving digital presence; and managing cash flow.

You can also attend free and confidential one-on-one mentoring sessions that will teach strategies to adapt and excel, and view your business differently.

BizHub also provides an activated coworking space, learning and development programs and meeting spaces for business’ growth and success.

Council’s BizHub team, are on hand Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.

Did you know? Small businesses – those with fewer than 20 employees – account for 96 per cent of all businesses in the City of Maroondah.

BizHubMaroondah.com.au is open 24/7

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Visit the BizHub Maroondah website to get information to assist you start or grow a business.

You are only one click away from blog articles, facts and links to valuable business information.

BizHub has recently published a special series of podcast interviews with people that share their secrets of online and tech savvy businesses.

For more facts visit the BizHub website

Love a local – buy local

Supporting local business is more important now than ever before.

You can find a local business in our growing Business Directory on the BizHub website or tell your favourite Maroondah business to list themselves in it (for free)!

A meeting place for everyone

Do you need a space to hold your next meeting, workshop or interview? Spaces are available for businesses and community groups to hire at Realm, conveniently located at Ringwood Town Square. A range of room sizes, setups and technology support is available.

For more information call Council on 1300 88 22 33.

Encouraging children to play in nature

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The past 30 years has seen a shift away from outdoor play, with more children spending time watching television or on devices. Nature Play Week, 11 to 22 April, is a collaboration between the Kids in Nature Network and Premier’s Active April, which encourages all Victorians to do 30 minutes of physical activity a day during April.

During Nature Play Week, families are encouraged to spend more time outdoors and connect with nature. Research suggests spending time outdoors benefits children mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Plus, it helps children to see the natural environment is a place to play, explore and even protect.

Maroondah is fortunate to have so many wonderful natural outdoor spaces. Use the searchable tool to find somewhere near you.

Register for Premier’s Active April

Foot bridge upgrades across Maroondah

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Bridges and pathways in Council’s parks and reserves are being rejuvenated as part of an ongoing maintenance program of works.

During March, work will continue on several bridges at McAlpin Reserve and Candlebark Walk Reserve. Where necessary, detour signs and pedestrian management controls will be in place to advise pedestrians during these important upgrades.

Stay active this April

The Premier’s Active April encourages all Victorians to do 30 minutes of physical activity a day during April. It’s free, it’s fun and it’s all about improving physical and mental wellbeing though physical activity. You can register your participation, track your progress and go into the running for some great prizes! Visit the Active April website to register or find our more.

To help keep you motivated Council is hosting two community events that are family-friendly and fun!

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Tri Maroondah, Sunday 8 April

Join us in April to swim, ride and run – all within a safe, supportive environment. The course spans Aquahub and Town Park, Croydon. This is a great event for all fitness levels. Register your interest here by April 5.

Maroondah Night Run, Friday 20 April

Get your glow on and join us for a 5-kilometre walk or run around Ringwood Golf Course at night! There will be music to keep you motivated, as well as giveaways and show bags. You can register here - all registrations close at midnight, Sunday 15 April.

ArtCart – Maroondah’s mobile art space

Maroondah’s artists now have access to a versatile new ArtCart to display their works across the municipality.

The ArtCart is a mobile art space that can be used to display artworks whenever and wherever it’s needed. It was designed and constructed by the talented woodworking team at the Croydon’s Men’s Shed. When it’s not in use at exhibitions and events, or hired out to external groups, the ArtCart will be on display at Maroondah Federation Estate.

To hire Maroondah’s ArtCart, call Council on 1300 88 22 33.

Dates for your diary

In the Blood

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Running until 30 April
Artspace at Realm

Documentary maker Andy Drewitt speaks to locals to explore what ANZAC means to them. The exhibition captures the thoughts of people who are once or twice removed from those who went to war.

Wooden it be lovely

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Running until 11 May
Maroondah Access Gallery, Greenwood Avenue, Ringwood

Flossie Peitsch’s installations follow her personal journey of finding place in the community while exploring how our social wellbeing is linked with our everyday environment.

Bosom Buddies

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Running 20 & 21 April
Karralyka, Mines Road, Ringwood

She is Australia’s leading lady of musical theatre; he is Australia’s favourite song and dance man. Together on stage, Todd McKenney and Nancye Hayes reflect on their careers (and their off-stage lives, too) with some singing, dancing and reminiscing. Todd and Nancye will even take questions from the audience!

19/03/2018
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