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Maroondah in focus - September 2018

The September-November edition of Maroondah in focus was distributed to Maroondah households in the week of Monday 17 September. For a printed version visit one of Council's service centres or email


Read it online below by opening the accordions or view Maroondah in focus  (pdf, 5MB) as a PDF file.

Mayor’s message


Welcome to the September edition of Maroondah in Focus. It is hard to believe that the months are passing so quickly, and that this is the final Focus for my Mayoral term.

I thank everyone for their support during this time, which has been very productive and full of many milestones for our community.

In July we welcomed Councillor Tasa Damante onto Council, for the Wyreena Ward, following the resignation of Councillor Michael Macdonald.

Michael was first elected as a Councillor in October 2008 serving for four years, and was again elected in 2016. On behalf of my fellow Councillors, I wish Michael and his family well and thank him for his work on Council.

We are pleased to welcome Tasa onto Council and look forward to working with her on the range of projects coming up in the Wyreena Ward and across Maroondah.

Last month I also had the pleasure of officially opening the new playspace at Ringwood Lake Park. Since it’s reopening it has quickly regained the title of the most utilised park in Maroondah, with thousands of families already visiting. If you’re yet to experience it for yourself, I encourage you to do so as there is so much for families and children of all ages to explore.

In other exciting news, the construction of Croydon Town Square is now underway. The $2million project started last month and will feature a Changing Places toilet facility thanks to $100,000 in funding from the Victorian Government. Works will continue over the coming months, with an official opening expected early in 2019.

Works on the new HE Parker Multi-Sports Pavilion is also progressing well with the concrete poured for all eight courts. The steel framework is now being installed, with the roof and exterior cladding to be installed in stages over the coming months.

Lastly, Council is continuing our advocacy efforts in the lead up to the State and Federal Government elections. This is an exciting time for Maroondah as we lobby for additional funding to support major projects across the municipality.

Regards, Cr Nora Lamont

Council meetings

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

  • Monday 29 October
  • Wednesday 14 November (election of Mayor)

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.

New features added to online listings

Did you know Council’s website has a range of resources to help you better connect with your community?

The events calendar promotes events that are held in Maroondah – from fairs and markets to theatre, courses and more. These can be searched via a keyword or phrase, suburb, date range or category. The results are presented either as a list or in “map view”.

The Community Directory is an online directory of community organisations in Maroondah – from Family Day Care and toy libraries to volunteering, health services and clubs. It is searchable via keyword or phrase, suburb and a range of categories and sub-categories to help you search as broadly or as specifically as you like!

The website also contains a list of the community halls and facilities that can be hired. You can search via keyword and suburb as well as by capacity and features (such as air-conditioning, heating and kitchen facilities).

Youth website gets a fresh new look!


Maroondah’s Youth and Children’s Services team has launched a revitalised website providing useful information for young people, parents, carers, youth workers and service providers. Thanks to feedback from the community, the result is an organised, easy to navigate and connected website – and it adapts to all devices.

Find support quickly and easily

The website provides free support to young people on a wide range of topics, like finding a job, getting involved in the community, issues with school, family and more. There’s even an online support form for those who may feel unsure about reaching out to one of our qualified youth workers.

There’s also a link to the No Wrong Door website – an online youth directory that details the support services and programs available to young people aged 10 to 25 years across Maroondah, Knox and Yarra Ranges.

Explore our range of programs

There are plenty of programs and groups that young people aged 10 to 25 in Maroondah can get involved in, from music, leadership, driver education, an after-school drop-in program and more.

Connect to the community

The site can also connect young people to other things happening in their community, whether it’s sport, arts, volunteering or more. The site provides information for youth workers and schools, too.

Changes to early childhood vaccinations: what you need to know

Families in Maroondah can access vaccines at no cost to protect against infectious diseases during their vulnerable years of life.

From 1 July 2018, the childhood immunisation schedule for Victorian babies and young children was updated resulting in changes to the vaccines given at 12 months and 18 months.

The change in schedule is expected to improve the protection provided by the childhood vaccination program. Immunisations are still given at 2, 4, 6, 12 and 18 months, and at 4 years of age. Your child’s due date for their next vaccination will not have changed – so make sure you check your child’s next vaccination appointment is booked.

Read more about the changes to the early childhood vaccinations.

Did you know?

Council’s immunisation team provides a free immunisation service for babies, children and adults, based on the National Immunisation Program (NIP), with regular public immunisation sessions held at various locations and times within Maroondah.

Get a jump on spring cleaning – book your hard waste collection


Now is the perfect time to get a start on your spring cleaning by booking in your on-call hard waste collection.

Maroondah residents who pay a residential bin charge are entitled to two pre-booked collections per financial year, from July 1 to June 30.

A hard waste collection is a convenient way to dispose of household items, or for items with specific disposal requirements, such as mattresses, TVs and whitegoods.

Bookings must be made before placing your hard rubbish on the naturestrip. You will then be sent a pink ‘Booked collection’ sticker which needs to be placed on an item in the pile, facing the street. This lets Council know it is ready for pick-up and not illegally dumped.

Read more about hard waste collections here or call 1300 88 22 33.

Your Arrabri Ward Councillors


Cr Tony Dib JP

Mobile: 0438 515 089

I had the pleasure last month of visiting Café on the Park, a social enterprise of Glen Park Community Centre to see firsthand how it is transforming the lives of young people in our community.

Hungry 4 Success, in conjunction with Campbell Page and EACH, operate the café and catering business at Glen Park, which is giving people an opportunity to gain experience in the hospitality industry.

This project is incredibly exciting, particularly for the young people who have played an important role in its development – from brand design, to menus.

Each time you visit the café you are not only supporting your local café, you are also supporting the people who live in our community. The community centre provides pre-accredited hospitality training for people wanting to re-enter the workforce, but more importantly it provides young people with an opportunity to rebuild their confidence through social engagement.

To find out more visit the Glen Park website

Cr Paul Macdonald

Mobile: 0436 001 760

I would like to thank the Maroondah community for taking the time to provide their feedback on the draft Maroondah Affordable and Social Housing Policy 2018.

As Council’s representative on the Eastern Affordable Housing Committee, I know how important it is for Council to develop a policy that represents the community as well as catering for our future needs.

Currently, 1 in 10 households in Maroondah needs help to avoid serious or severe housing stress and there are more than 4000 households requiring significant housing assistance.

Background research into the policy also found only about 2.5% of all dwellings in the municipality was classified as affordable housing, but to meet the needs of our community this would need to increase to about 10% of all dwellings.

We are currently reviewing the feedback with the intention of having a final Policy ready for adoption later this year.

Cr Kylie Spears

Mobile: 0436 003 660

We are excited to be piloting a ’20-minute neighbourhood’ planning project in Croydon South.

A 20-minute neighbourhood is about giving residents the ability to ‘live locally’, where most of their daily needs – shops, childcare, schools, parks and services – can be met within a 20-minute walk, cycle or public transport trip from home.

We are seeking input from community members who live, work and play in the Croydon South neighbourhood to find out how people are currently using the local area and what opportunities might exist in a social, cultural and recreational capacity to build an even stronger neighbourhood.

The 12-month pilot project is a partnership between Council, the Heart Foundation and Victoria Walks and is funded by the Victorian Government.

HE Parker multi-sports pavilion takes shape


The new HE Parker multi-sports pavilion has risen from the ground with work now focussing on the installation of the steel frame.

The concrete base for the eight courts is about 80 per cent laid, with the next stage of the project to be the installation of the steel frame, roofing and concrete wall panels.

Seven shipping containers have been delivered on site to store the roof steel which will be installed over the coming months.

The concrete wall panels will also begin to be installed this month. The panels have a specially designed foam layer inside which will not only insulate the building, it will also help to reduce noise.

Keep up to date with the development, including regular photo updates

Dandenong Creek project has positive flow-on effect


About 3800 native plants have been planted near the footbridge at HE Parker Reserve following a community tree planting day to mark the completion of the Daylighting Dandenong Creek Project.

Students from Bayswater Secondary College and Heathmont College joined Maroondah and Knox Councils, First Friends of Dandenong Creek and Heathmont Bushcare in rolling up their sleeves for a community tree planting day on 25 July hosted by Melbourne Water. Efforts were rewarded with a BBQ provided by Rotary.

Melbourne Water has been working in partnership with Council to undertake the Daylighting Dandenong Creek Project. One of the most exciting aspects of the project has been the removal of an underground pipe which has returned Dandenong Creek to a flowing waterway between HE Parker Reserve and the railway bridge in Heathmont/Bayswater. The works have restored the creek to its natural shape and form, which will provide more opportunities for revegetation, to maintain flow capacity and improve instream habitats.

Council has been working with Melbourne Water on the project as we manage the bridge that spans over the creek and the adjoining Dandenong Creek Trail.

The project is part of a broader five-year Enhancing Our Dandenong Creek Program to improve the natural amenity of the creek and its floodplain.

Find out more about the Dandenong Creek Daylighting Project

Heathmont Village improvement works update

Heathmont Village Shopping Centre traders and shoppers will soon enjoy the benefits of major works to enhance the safety and streetscape appeal of the popular retail hub.

Additional bollards are being installed in September followed by beautification works, including planter boxes. These are the final elements of a complex project to improve safety, traffic flow and carpark access at the shopping precinct.

Relocating the traffic signals 30 metres east on Canterbury Road will improve access to the shopping centre carpark, while the extension of the right-turn slip lane (for eastbound traffic), conversion of signals into a fully controlled U-turn, and extension of left-turn slip lane will make it safer for traffic entering the centre from Canterbury Road. Also completed are works to improve pedestrian access and drainage.

The works have also meant there is an increase of 12 car parking bays in the precinct.

Based on feedback from traders, the new parking bays in Heathmont Road will have a two-hour parking restriction to prioritise parking availability for local shoppers. 

Your Mullum Councillors 


Cr Nora Lamont

Mobile: 0428 394 581

It is always exciting to attend the opening of a new business in Maroondah.

Recently I had the pleasure of officially opening Ringwood Vet Emergency,

Maroondah’s first 24-hour veterinary service. This is just one of more than 900 new business registrations in Maroondah over the past 12 months.

In total we have more than 9000 businesses in the municipality, with about 88 per cent of them being small businesses with less than 5 employees.

On the other end of the scale we are also home to some of the state’s largest manufacturers.

Local businesses create local jobs which leads to a strong economy and vibrant communities. So I encourage you all to shop local and support our Maroondah based businesses.

For those businesses wanting to grow, Council’s BizHub team provide a range of support services including mentoring, networking, training opportunities and development programs. To find out more visit the BizHub website.

Cr Samantha Mazzuchelli

Mobile: 0408 145 110

We are so lucky in Maroondah to have some of the country’s best artists performing right here on our doorstep.

Karralyka, owned and operated by Council, offers a range of performances throughout the year catering for audiences of all ages and tastes.

This year’s Theatre Season includes a mix of cabaret, musical theatre, children’s performances, and Toe-Tapping Tuesdays, catering for our older audience members.

If you haven’t had the chance to see a show yet, it’s not too late. There’s still a range of shows left in the 2018 season including From Johnny to Jack – the John Farnham story on Saturday 20 October.

Or bring the kids along to Roald Dahl’s George’s Marvellous Medicine on Tuesday 2 October. Look out for the 2019 Theatre Season program, which will be released in November.

Karralyka also offers facilities and services for corporate events, social functions and conventions.

For more information visit the Karralyka website.

Cr Mike Symon

Mobile: 0436 002 080

Council is one step closer to reaching our target of being carbon neutral by 2020, with a range of sustainability projects recently completed.

The projects, which included installing an 80kW solar panel system on the roof of Realm, will help to reduce around 15,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade.

This is equivalent to removing more than 300 cars from the road each year for the next 10 years. Other projects include replacing the lighting at our aquatic and leisure facilities, Aquahub and Aquanation, with energy-efficient LED lighting.

Not only are these projects great for the environment, they will also generate an annual saving of $144,764 on energy costs, with every dollar we save going back into improving services and amenities for our community.

Significant actions to reduce greenhouse gases in the short term will also be important to reduce the long term impacts of climate change.

Grand opening for new playspace at Ringwood Lake Park


This new playspace has quickly become our most popular destination for families – after its official opening last month.

Councillors were joined by Shaun Leane, Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region and local artists to celebrate the grand opening on Saturday 11 August.

Despite the winter weather children spent the day exploring the playspace.

Council contributed $900,000 towards the project, with $100,000 funded through the Victorian Government.

Thanks to the community’s feedback, Council has come up with a design that is incredibly innovative, providing for climbing, swinging, gliding and sliding.

Accessibility is also a major feature of the playspace, with a Liberty Swing and Carousel both catering for people in wheelchairs.

Ringwood Lake Park has been a staple ‘go-to’ playground of the Maroondah community for many years. This latest upgrade will ensure families continue to enjoy this space for many years to come.

Maroondah’s playspaces, as well as its extensive network of playgrounds, reserves and bushland are supporting health and wellbeing in the community.

Did you know?

There are more than 400 parks and reserves in Maroondah that cater for recreation, relaxation, sport and fitness. Search for a park or playground near you or view our interactive map.

Redevelopment works underway on Bill Wilkins Lodge

Construction has begun on the redevelopment of the Bill Wilkins Lodge, in Bedford Park, Ringwood.

The $706,000 project includes the replacement of the existing hall floor and kitchen, with improved accessibility to the car park, building entrance and bathroom amenities and hall facilities.

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

The project is being completed in partnership with all levels of government. Council is contributing $566,000, the Victorian Government is contributing $100,000 through the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund, and the Federal Government and Maroondah Calisthenics Club are each contributing $20,000.

Construction is due to be completed by June 2019.

Your Wyreena Councillors


Cr Marijke Graham

Mobile: 0418 109 015

During July I was honoured to speak at the Women Leading Change winter dinner at Norwood Football Club, hosted by the Women of the EFL.

It was a pleasure to sit on the panel with the likes of AFLW player Katherine Smith and Women’s Health East CEO Kristine Olaris. We spoke to an audience of more than 180 women about our leadership journeys and provided advice on how to become a leader in your chosen field.

As a Councillor it’s part of my role to encourage and support the very many people who contribute so much to our local community. I believe that no matter your gender or age, all Maroondah residents have their own unique skills, passions and strengths that they can use to make Maroondah a great place to live, work and play.

So, if you’re feeling inspired why not pop into a service centre to find out more about the range of volunteer opportunities available.

Cr Tasa Damante

Mobile: 0438 704 819

I’m excited to join my fellow Councillors in representing the residents of Wyreena Ward following a countback of votes in July.

I have strong links to the community having lived here for many years and operating a small family business.

When I speak to those in my neighbourhood, the one comment I often hear is that Maroondah is a great place to live and work.

I want to ensure that we can all live in a community that embodies our shared values as well as supporting those with accessibility concerns; services for young people, the elderly, families, and those with special needs.

I will be a strong advocate for safer neighbourhoods, better roads, affordable family services, inclusive sporting facilities, and responsible and sustainable development to deal with a growing population.

I look forward to working closely with my community. So please free to contact me with any of your ideas or concerns.

Cr Rob Steane

Mobile: 0407 519 986

October is Community Safety Month, a great opportunity to work together as a community to make sure everyone can live safe and happy lives in Maroondah.

There’s so much each and every one of us can do to keep Maroondah safe – it could be keeping an eye on our elderly neighbours; supporting local food banks and homeless shelters; teaching our children to swim; or calling out bullies at school or sporting activities.

As Chair of the Maroondah Community Safety Committee, I work alongside other community partners including Victoria Police, service providers and public transport providers to develop a whole of community approach to community safety issues.

The Committee works together to identify key safety and crime prevention priorities, focussing on improving the perception of safety and reducing the incidence and effects of crime in the community.

Major road upgrade underway


VicRoads has started phase 1 of works on the upgrade of the intersection of Maroondah Highway, and Dorset and Exeter roads in Croydon.

The project contractor has set up site offices at 500 Maroondah Highway, and is working towards the overall completion date of Autumn 2019.

Phase 1 includes the following works:

  • lengthening Maroondah Highway left turn into Dorset Road
  • widening Dorset Road, adding an extra lane from the intersection
  • minor works on Bellara Drive drainage works
  • minor median strip works

During phase 1 works there will be some impacts to traffic at the intersection, this includes:

  • a closed left slip lane from Maroondah Highway into Dorset Road
  • restricted pedestrian access, with clear signage in place to detour pedestrians
  • reduced speed limits through the work area
  • removing the bus stop on the corner of Maroondah Highway and Dorset Road.

Vehicles wanting to turn left into Dorset Road from Maroondah Highway will have to complete this from the left lane within the intersection. VicRoads has also installed signage detouring heavy vehicles onto Croydon Road to make this left turn.

While the intersection may be under construction, it’s business as usual for local traders in the area. You can still support the local traders during the upgrade by continuing to shop locally.

VicRoads advises that some delays are expected during Phase 1 of works, so plan ahead or use alternative routes.

Read more about the project

Croydon Town Square: progress so far

Works are progressing well on the new Croydon Town Square, which once completed, will create a new vibrant open space in the heart of Croydon.

Demolition works to the Exeloo and Allan Jackson Room are now completed, with site preparation underway before construction commences on this exciting new project.

The new Town Square has been made possible through $2 million from Council’s Capital Works budget.

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 and exciting space.

The design of the new town square includes a grassed area, paving, seating and new public toilets.

Also included is a new Changes Places facility, which will be funded by the Victorian Government, following Council’s successful application for $100,000 in the latest round of funding.

Kurboroo Kinder upgrade nears completion


Kurboroo Kindergarten in Warranwood will reopen for Term 4 with even more capacity thanks to major refurbishment works.

A new covered outdoor play area, a large kitchen, large main activity room and a new covered entrance and drop-off and pick-up space are among refurbishment highlights. The works also include the construction of an accessible path from the carpark to the building and an accessible toilet.

The extension and internal refurbishment will increase the capacity of the kindergarten to 33 children per session.

There will also be more spaces for the children to learn inside and outdoors.

Your feedback is important to us

Thanks to your views and feedback, Council is now finalising two key policy documents: Draft Maroondah Gambling Policy and the Maroondah Affordable and Social Housing Policy. 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.

Reducing gambling-related harm


It is important that Council continues to take action to prevent and minimise the harmful effects of problem gambling, especially within our vulnerable communities.

An updated gambling policy will ensure that Council’s work in this area reflects current community needs and attitudes. We thank the community and local stakeholders for their input towards the development of this draft policy, which once adopted, will replace our previous policy developed in 2007.

The strategy is identified as one of the priorities in the Council Plan 2017-2021, which aims to promote and facilitate a safer culture relating to gambling.

Affordable and Social Housing

As we plan for the future it will be important to consider the need for greater housing diversity, increasing the availability of affordable housing and improving the quality of the places in which we live.

The Maroondah Affordable and Social Housing Policy has been prepared to help Council better understand affordable and social housing issues, establish closer relationships and continue sharing information with the local service sector.

The strategy outlines a vision for housing in Maroondah that supports key directions within Maroondah 2040: Our future together – to ensure that our municipality meets its housing requirements over the next 20 years.

Have your say on Ringwood MAC


Do you live or work in the heart of Ringwood? Then we want to hear from you!

Council has recently undertaken a review of the Ringwood Metropolitan Activity Centre (MAC) Masterplan and now we want to test it with the community to ensure it reflects their views and aspirations for the area.

Over the next 15 years, Ringwood MAC is expected to experience significant economic and demographic changes, which will mean an increased demand on the centre to provide employment, homes and services.

To ensure we can maintain sustainable growth in the area, Council has reviewed the Ringwood Transit City Urban Design Masterplan. As part of the review we have already undertaken extensive research to identify the centre’s present and future infrastructure, commercial, residential, transport, service, and urban design needs.

Read more or have your say on the Draft Ringwood MAC Masterplan.

Do you know a deserving citizen?


We all know that within every community there are people who work hard to make things better for us all or who achieve amazing things.

What those people often have in common is modesty – they do wonderful things without seeking the limelight. So, now is your opportunity to bring a deserving person’s achievements into the spotlight!

We are calling for nominations for the 2019 Maroondah Australia Day Awards. The awards seek to recognise people who have done great things in the areas of sport and recreation, education, business, protecting the natural environment, volunteering and more. Let’s thank our deserving locals, those who work hard to make our great city even better and who inspire us.

The award nomination process is simple. Forms can be downloaded online and nominations close at 5pm, Friday 16 November 2018.

The Maroondah Australia Day Awards are presented at the annual Australia Day celebrations on Saturday 26 January 2019 at Ringwood Lake Park.

Australia Day Award categories

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Young Citizen of the Year (the person must be over 16 years of age and under 26 years of age on 26 January 2019)
  • Community Event of the Year (the event must have taken place in Maroondah between 1 January 2018 and 31 December 2018)

Supporting our community


A total of 62 Maroondah community groups have shared more than $118,700 to fund important local projects and programs, thanks to Council’s 2018/19 Community Grants Funding Program.

Each year, Council offers eligible community groups the opportunity to share in funding made available through its Community Grants Funding Program.

The funding supports incorporated, not-for-profit community groups who are developing programs, projects and events which make a positive contribution to the Maroondah community.

This year’s recipients came from a broad range of community groups, with a significant amount of funding being allocated to emergency relief, and programs that support children, youth, seniors and disability groups.

Hope City Mission in Croydon is one of this year’s beneficiaries, receiving a grant for its ‘Seasons of Hope’ community garden that helps to provide food relief to hundreds of families in need each week.

A ‘Stitch in Time’ project for women who have experienced family violence; a school and community meals program; and aquatic safety education for youth are among other projects to be funded.

For more on Maroondah’s Community Grants Funding Program, visit Council’s website. Applications for the 2019/20 grants will open in March 2019.

Promoting diversity through the arts

Five community groups will share in more than $21,500 in funding as part of the 2018/19 Arts and Cultural Grants Funding Scheme.

Amongst this year’s successful initiatives are a creative theatre project connecting carers in the community; a community art project celebrating Maroondah’s trees and large-scale dance workshops for all ages and abilities.

The Arts and Cultural Grants Funding Scheme is part of Council’s Community Grants Program and supports not-for-profit groups and organisations to deliver arts and cultural activities that reflect the diversity of the Maroondah community.

Funding is offered annually to groups whose project or program can demonstrate an increase in community participation in arts and cultural activities, and which strengthens the identity and profile of the arts in Maroondah.

Supporting the wellbeing of school students

Council is working with schools in Maroondah to help their students to flourish as part of a healthy and thriving community. To this end, Council has developed the Plus 10 Schools Project, a key initiative of Council’s Youth Strategy.

Plus 10 Schools is a collaboration between Council, 21 schools from the Maroondah schools network and Communities of Wellbeing Inc. – a group committed to raising wellbeing in schools through Positive Psychology.

Initially developed by Geelong Grammar, Positive Education teaches valuable life skills to enhance students’ personal relationships and emotions and build personal resilience.

This new partnership, which is the first of its kind in Australia, will build on the City of Maroondah’s Communities of Wellbeing work and help guide schools in the municipality to implement Positive Education in their curriculums.

As part of the project, Heathmont College will be the home of the very first annex of the Institute of Positive Education, where Geelong Grammar School and the University of Melbourne will train staff and students. Each school in the network has appointed a Head of Positive Education to implement this approach within their school, with the aim being that the project becomes best practice across Victoria. The Victorian Government is also financially investing in this ground-breaking project.

To find out more about the Plus 10 Schools project visit the Youth Services website.

Animals warm the hearts of aged care residents


Maroondah residents living in aged care accommodation have been treated to a special kind of pet therapy thanks to a pilot program between Council and Animal Aid.

The project is aimed at bringing joy, comfort and companionship to those who are no longer able to keep pets of their own.

Over 12 weeks from April to June, Animal Aid staff and volunteers visited eight different aged care homes with a variety of shelter animals and ambassador pets. Each facility was treated to three visits from cats, kittens, rabbits and dogs.

Studies have revealed many benefits to pet therapy, including providing a welcome distraction for residents who may be in chronic pain, providing mental stimulation, help with reminiscence (especially for people with dementia) and increase in social interaction.

The visits brought a feeling of calm to residents, especially for those with physical, emotional or cognitive difficulties.

The Pet Therapy Project is just one of a number of programs and services Council provides to meet the needs of its ageing population.

Find out more about Council' services and programs for seniors and older people

Kerrabee: providing vital social connections for older people


Maroondah’s Social Inclusion and Wellbeing program seeks to ensure that residents who are older, have a disability or are socially isolated receive the support they need, to remain independent and participate fully in the community.

The Kerrabee Centre in Croydon is key to bringing social inclusion to life for older people in Maroondah. The centre provides a planned program of activities directed at enhancing the skills required for daily living, while also providing physical, intellectual, emotional and social stimulation through various mens, womens and mixed social groups; a dementia carer’s group; as well as activity groups such as woodworking.

These groups can help people to regain a sense of purpose in life, enhance self-esteem, foster friendship, and improve physical and mental wellbeing. The centre also organises library visits, shopping outings, guest speakers, entertainment, workshops, games, exercise programs, book clubs and monthly day trips.

Kerrabee Centre programs are based on assessed need. To take part, you will need a referral from the Commonwealth Government’s My Aged Care program.

For more information call our Social Inclusion and Wellbeing team on 9294 5531.

Did you know?

October 1 is International Day of Older Persons – a day initiated by the United Nations to celebrate and acknowledge the contribution of older people to our communities, as well as to shine a light on issues such as social isolation and elder abuse.

Amazing Albatross arrive at Realm


Visitors to Realm may have noticed the incredible new art installation above the stairwell on level 2. Artists Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison have collaborated on the sculpture titled, A Weight of Albatross.

This clever art piece is literally hanging from the ceiling. It’s made up of albatross of various sizes and colours using laser-cut silhouettes. They hang from an almost-transparent cable – the effect being that this jewel-like flock twist and turn like a seabird colony, flying upwards towards Realm’s atrium ceiling.

And this is art with a message, too – that plastic rubbish is damaging to wildlife. For within the laser-cut silhouettes is a tangle of debris to represent the plastic items that these seabirds ingest, which causes their death and threatens many marine species. This issue was highlighted in Plastic Free July, an initiative supported by Council, that encourages Australians to stop using single-use plastic, including plastic shopping bags.

Play it safe during Community Safety Month


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

Keep kids safe around pools and spas

With summer fast approaching, now’s the time to check that pool and spa safety barriers are effective and working properly, at all times.

While all Victorian pools and spas must be fenced, many become unsafe over time due to wear and tear, house alterations or ground movements.

It’s important to remember that safety barriers and fences are no substitute for adult supervision. Never leave small children unsupervised around water, and never rely on older children to supervise younger children in and around pools and spas.

The Victorian Government has recently announced it will be introducing new law reforms at the end of 2018 to improve pool safety. The changes are expected to include a register of swimming pools and new mandatory inspections.

For more information on the current Building Regulations relating to pools and spas, visit the Victorian Building Authority website or call Council on 1300 88 22 33.

Be StormSafe

While storm season is typically October to March, it is important to stay prepared all year round as severe weather can strike at any time. A StormSafe campaign has been developed by the State Emergency Service to help ‘at risk’ communities, like Maroondah, prepare for storm events.

Maroondah is regarded as a storm-prone area, experiencing regular severe storm events, which can result in property damage, flooding and personal injury.

Often damage caused by storms and flooding can be minimised, or avoided, by ensuring your property is protected before a storm hits.

Prepare for the storm season by pruning tree branches, mending loose roof tiles and clearing gutters and drains. If a storm is predicted, be sure to secure trampolines and outdoor furniture, as these are common reasons for major property damage during a storm event.

To find out how to protect your home and property, and what to do in a severe storm, visit the SES website.

As with any emergency, make a plan and ensure you have an emergency kit ready to go.

Be FloodSafe

With storm season comes the heightened risk of flash flooding across the municipality. Council is continually working to improve our drainage and overflow land parcels, but there are things you can do around your property to minimise risk and improve safety.

The Victorian SES has developed a FloodSafe Guide with advice on how to prepare for, and stay safe, during a flood event.

For more information, visit the SES website and don’t forget you should never attempt to drive through flood waters.

Managing our stormwater

Maroondah’s stormwater drains have been put to the test recently with significant storm events and high levels of rain inundating the municipality.

Investigations into our stormwater drainage system are continuing, including detailed catchment analysis and flood mapping of the most flood prone areas.

We have also established a priority list of stormwater improvements that will be conducted as part of Council’s annual capital stormwater renewal budget.

Residents can help to maintain private drainage systems and protect the community from flooding caused by blocked drains by:

  • Regularly cleaning gutters
  • Not sweeping leaves and other debris down stormwater drains. Not putting cooking fat and oils down the drain which can clog drains and prevent the free flow of water.

Understand your bushfire risk

You can reduce the risk to your home from a fire by taking the time to prepare your property before bushfire season starts.

Maroondah is impacted by declared fire seasons, which occur every year and last an average of four months (usually December through to April).

Preparing your home against embers and cleaning up your property before summer arrives is essential. Make use of Council’s fortnightly green waste collection service.

Fire clearance notices are sent to property owners if their property is considered a potential fire risk. Failure to comply may result in fines being issued.

The CFA website is your best resource for up-to-date information about preparing for bushfire. This includes plans for preparing your property and developing a Bushfire Survival Plan that includes your pets. The CFA also runs bushfire planning workshops to help you improve or review your bushfire survival plan.

Maroondah continues sustainability progress

Council is working hard to deliver a cleaner, greener and more sustainable Maroondah.

As identified in Maroondah’s Sustainability Strategy 2016-2020 and the Maroondah 2040 Community Vision, we have developed activities and projects centred around five key focus areas: climate change, energy efficiency and transport; green assets and water; engagement, partnerships and communication; governance, evaluation and improvement; and funding, resourcing and opportunities.

Council’s progress has been captured in the Sustainability Activities Report, Years 1 & 2. The report outlines actions undertaken by Council and the community to improve social, economic and environmental sustainability in Maroondah.

Some of the highlights include adopting sustainable design guidelines for Council buildings and facilities; successfully trialling a framework for the monitoring of biodiversity health; initiating the first joint Energy Performance Contract program in Australia’s local government sector; and developing Maroondah’s first Climate Change Risk and Adaptation Strategy.

Trim back trees for a safe and clear pathway

If you have tree branches or shrubs overhanging the footpath adjoining your property, now’s the time to give them the chop.

Overgrown trees and vegetation can become a nuisance or even a danger to pedestrians, cyclists and drivers if it overhangs, obstructs or blocks visibility.

Many people in our community are vision impaired or use mobility devices and prams. Overhanging branches and shrubs on footpaths can be extremely dangerous and limit accessibility. A person with low vision or using a cane may not detect all hazards. A person using a Guide Dog may be taken off the path and onto a road to avoid a hazard.

Ensuring gardens are well maintained means everyone can safely make use of our footpaths. Garden trees and bushes with branches overhanging the footpath should be cut back to the property line and have a vertical clearance of at least three metres.

Not only will this help prevent accidents from occurring, but will also help keep our neighbourhoods looking neat and tidy.

Find out more on overhanging branches, or call Council on 1300 88 22 33 for more information.

Maroondah branches out with almost 15,000 new plants

Maroondah’s streets, parks and expansive bushland reserves are benefiting thanks to Council’s annual planting program.
Among the new plantings are 1400 street trees including native gums, wattle, eucalypts, acacia and bottlebrushes and a selection of exotic species such as crepe myrtles, Chinese elms, and flowering pear.
Approximately 3500 seedlings, understory plantings and grasses have been planted within Maroondah’s formal parks and reserves, with around 10,000 major grasses and trees now at home in bushland reserves.
Thousands of trees, shrubs and grasses are planted annually throughout the city, either in place of plants that have reached the end of their life cycle, or to build on our leafy environment.
Maroondah’s landscape is defined by its extensive canopy, with an estimated 70,000 street trees, 47 bushland reserves and more than 750,000 ancillary trees (most native species) in parks and reserves.
Where possible, Council plants indigenous species to ensure longevity of existing plant and wildlife populations.

Pruning to ensure longevity of city’s green assets

To ensure public safety and the long-term health of trees across Maroondah, Council undertakes regular pruning and maintenance.
Council is also out and about throughout the year pruning nature strip trees to ensure they are clear from powerlines, roads and footpaths in accordance with Council’s Electrical Line Clearance Management Plan and Road Management Plan, both in accordance with relevant Victorian Government Acts.
It is also important that our arborists prune limbs to ensure trees aren’t at risk of becoming too top-heavy. While pruning can sometimes appear drastic, it is necessary to prolong the lifespan of the trees and ensure that they are in full bloom over spring and summer.

Get on your bike for Ride2Work Day


Riding to work not only saves on fuel and parking costs but it also builds incidental exercise into your day and can even improve cognitive ability and productivity once you get to work!
Ride2Work Day is Australia’s largest ride-to-work program and this year Maroondah City Council staff are getting on their bikes again and encouraging locals to do the same by riding to work on Wednesday 17 October.
To support riders in their efforts, Council is hosting a Ride2Work breakfast event at Ringwood Town Square, serving a delicious hot breakfast to all riders from 7am to 8.30am.
The event is hosted in partnership with the Bicycle Network, Eastland, Café Stazione, EACH and Cycles Galleria.
For those not yet comfortable riding their bike to work, why not take part in a free virtual spin class at Aquahub or Aquanation. The virtual spin class is an indoor cycling workout where you ride to the rhythm of music!
Register your participation in Ride2Work Day online at Bicycle Network’s website. The website also has a variety of cycling resources and tips.
For more information on the Ride2Work community breakfast or virtual spin class, phone 1300 88 22 33.

Walk, ride or scoot this October

Primary school students from across Maroondah will take to the streets during October as part of the annual Walk to School initiative, which runs from 8 October to 2 November.
The initiative, in partnership with VicHealth, is a great way to help students learn healthy habits, stay fit and arrive to school happy and ready to learn.
Students are also encouraged to host a Crazy Sock Day event where they can wear fun, bright and colourful socks or tights to celebrate safe and fun walking or riding to and from school.
Participation in Walk to School month is free, easy and rewarding for schools, students and families.

Fast facts

Studies show that physical activity before school, such as walking, increases a student’s ability to pay attention, be alert and concentrate better in the classroom.

Be part of Maroondah’s No.1 Festival


On Sunday 11 November, Town Park Croydon will come to life for the 29th annual Maroondah Festival, presented by Council in partnership with EastLink and Swinburne.
This iconic event unites the community for a fun-filled, entertaining, interactive festival extravaganza. There are hundreds of free and low-cost activities for people of all ages, including the popular Community Expo, food and artisan market stalls, Youth Space, Kids Kingdom, Main Stage entertainment, plus so much more.
The day will include special activities in honour of Remembrance Day, which has a special significance in 2018, marking the centenary of the Armistice which ended the First World War.
Maroondah Festival is recognised as the largest free community event in Melbourne’s East. Join us at Town Park on Norton Road, from 10am to 4pm.
There will be a continuous free shuttle service operating from Eastfield Park and Croydon train station on the day.
Phone our festival hotline on 9294 5604 for further information.

Come in and have your say!

Café Consult at Maroondah Festival offers a range of opportunities for the community to have their say on Council’s activities and initiatives. Visitors who take part in three or more activities will receive a free coffee or cold drink.

Fantastic free programs at Realm

Realm’s monthly and weekly free programs seek to bring people together in a friendly and supportive environment.

Conversation Café

Every Friday, until 21 December, 10.30am to 12noon
Come along each Friday to improve your English skills, make new friends and enjoy a coffee.

Monthly Wednesday Bookchat

Wednesday 26 September, 31 October, 28 November, 2pm to 4pm

 Join in the discussion about your favourite books and authors with other passionate readers.

Family Movie Night

Friday 28 September, 26 October, 30 November, 5pm to 8pm

Your favourite kids' books come to life at these free movie nights for families. 

Your Realm Writers Group

Saturday 29 September, Saturday 27 October, Saturday 24 November, 10am to 12noon

Curated by local freelance copywriter Carmen Thornton, for beginner and experienced writers, aged 18 and over.

Find starting points for your writing, unlock your creativity, and explore place, character, point of view and plot, and enjoy a coffee, too.

Puppets coming to Ringwood Town Square

This September, as part of Council’s Circus Connecticus program, the acclaimed arts company Snuff Puppets will be working with students from the VCAL program at Swinburne University to create a new work to be performed at Ringwood Town Square during the September school holidays.

Combining the elements of puppetry, live music, visual and physical theatre, the Snuff Puppets will perform the ‘Boom Family’ – your average Aussie family who have travelled the world in search of the same kind of fun as everybody else. Towering over the crowds at four metres tall, they are immediately recognisable icons in the landscape, but are anything but average!

Celebrate ageing well during Seniors Festival

October is a great time for seniors in Maroondah, with a range of activities and events to enjoy during the annual Seniors Festival celebrations.
Council is hosting a number of events at Karralyka on Tuesday 16 October including the annual Seniors Wellbeing Expo, from 9.30am to 2pm. This free event will have a variety of displays and information from local organisations that provide opportunities and services for residents over the age of 65. While you’re at Karralyka, why not come along to the free Maroondah Seniors Festival Celebration Lunch. Bookings open 9am on Monday 10 September. Book online on the Karralyka website
You can also enjoy an afternoon performance by the award-winning Dolly Diamond as she returns to the Karralyka stage accompanied by a three-piece band, between 2pm to 3pm. Book at or call the Karralyka Box Office on 9870 2888.
Council is a proud supporter of the Victorian Seniors Festival, which recognises the contributions and achievements of older residents in our community.

Did you know?

Council has compiled a list of the many local events being offered in Maroondah during the Senior’s Festival. Pick up your booklet at a Council Service Centre, library, neighbourhood house or download a copy from Council’s website.

Celebrate Children’s Week this October

Children’s Week, from 19 to 28 October, celebrates the right of children to enjoy childhood. It is also a time for children to demonstrate their talents, skills and abilities.
Council has a fantastic line-up of fun events suitable for children up to the age of 12 years and their families.
You can pick up your Children’s Week program of events at a Council Service Centre or leisure centre.

Children’s Fun Day

Wednesday 24 October, 10am to 1pm
Town Park, Civic Square, Croydon Council joins a host of local community groups to bring this free event to young children and their families. Enjoy musical entertainment, storytelling, face painting, party pack toys, sensory/water/nature play activities, with information on road safety, immunisation and much more.
Plus, there’s free fruit!

Magical Wyreena

Saturday 27 October, 11am to 2pm
Wyreena Community Arts Centre. 13-23 Hull Road, Croydon
Families are invited along to this free event to explore the magical gardens with Wizard Sim Sala Bim. There will also be craft activities, face painting and live music. Children are encouraged to come dressed in their favourite magical or superhero costume. BYO picnic or The Conservatory will be open for tea/coffee, lunch and cake.

Dates for your diary


Tim Campbell: Electrifying 80s

Friday 30 November, 8pm

Karralyka Centre, Mines Rd, Ringwood East

A celebration of the music, life and culture from the era that brought us WHAM!, Madonna and even our own Kylie and Jason, performed by the supremely talented Tim Campbell.

To find out more or to book your tickets, visit the Karralyka website or call 9870 2888.

Arts incubators at Realm

14 September to 5 October
ArtSpace at Realm, 179 Maroondah Highway, Ringwood

Circus Connecticus brings exciting artists to Maroondah for 3 weeks of fun in ArtSpace at Realm and Ringwood Town Square. Enjoy performances, workshops and more by Snuff Puppets, Westside Circus, and Thomas and Wells. Play in the ArtSpace pop-up circus space and see your ideas transformed into a wall mural by artist Edwina Atkins.

Find out more about Council's Arts Incubators

Ringwood Art Society: Artist of the Year

24 September to 19 October
Maroondah Access Gallery

Maroondah Federation Estate, 32 Greenwood Ave, Ringwood

The Artist of the Year is an annual exhibition showcasing new works by artists from Ringwood Art Society. Be sure to also check out MAG’s pop-up exhibition in the ‘Lifestyle Gallery’ hallway at Maroondah Federation Estate.

Find out more about the exhibition

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