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Maroondah in Focus - Summer 2020

The Summer edition of Maroondah in focus was distributed to Maroondah households in the week of Monday 14 December. For a printed version visit one of Council's service centres or email communications@maroondah.vic.gov.au

Read it online below by turning the pages by clicking on and double click to zoom in. For a full screen version, click on the [ ]

You can also read Maroondah in focus by opening the accordions below or download the PDF version of Maroondah in Focus - Summer 2020  (pdf, 3MB)

Mayor’s message

Cr Kylie Spears with mayoral drop

Welcome to the Summer edition of Maroondah in focus and my first as the newly elected Mayor of Maroondah for 2020/21.

This is my first term as Mayor of Maroondah, and with the support of our new Deputy Mayor, Councillor Nora Lamont, and my fellow Councillors, I look forward to serving the Maroondah community during 2021.

It is going to be a very busy first year of the new four-year Council term. But I recognise that along with the honour comes a lot of responsibility. I plan to hit the ground running and I assure you all that I will serve our community with energy, passion, commitment and integrity.

So, if you have any ideas or issues that you would like to discuss with myself or your Ward Councillor please reach out to us. We are here to listen and help our community. You will find more information about each Ward Councillor on Your Councillors page

As the COVID-19 restrictions are slowly eased, Council will be here to support our community to re-engage and recover from the pandemic. I have been working with Hope City Mission and Winter Shelter who are providing food relief and support for our most vulnerable community members. This is just one of the many examples of how our community has come together to help each other during these times.

In this edition of Maroondah in focus you will find plenty of news and information on available supports and recovery information; activities to enjoy; and some key health and safety messaging when it comes to being prepared for days of extreme heat, as well as pool safety.

There are also updates on the many capital works projects currently underway including the much-anticipated Croydon Community Wellbeing Precinct; multi-level carparks in our major activity centres and various pavilion upgrades in our sporting reserves.

And finally, on behalf of my fellow Councillors, I would like to wish all our residents, their friends and family, a very Merry Christmas and a safe, healthy and prosperous new year. Please remember to look after each other and make sure if you are planning any gatherings, you do so safely and within the current restrictions.

Council meetings

Council meetings are generally held on the third Monday of each month. Upcoming dates for 2021 are:

  • Monday 15 February
  • Monday 22 March
  • Monday 26 April
  • Monday 24 May

Meetings start at 7.30pm and are held in the Council Chamber at Realm. Public attendance at meetings will be subject to COVID-19 restrictions. Meetings are live-streamed over the internet or can be accessed via an online archive.

Council opening hours over festive season

Do you have Council business over the Christmas season? Our customer service centres are here to help. See our festive season operating hours:

Realm Service Centre

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

  • Open 9am to 1pm on Thursday 24 December
  • 10am to 5pm on Sunday 27 December
  • 10am to 5pm Monday 28 December
  • 9am to 5pm on Thursday 31 December
  • 10am to 5pm on Tuesday 26 January.
  • Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Croydon Service Centre

Croydon Library, 5 Civic Square, Croydon

  • Open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
  • Closed on all public holidays

Please note:  Due to COVID-19, Realm is closed 1pm to 2pm each day for cleaning. You can also contact us by:

Stay connected phone, email, via live chat or SMS

Council is continuing to support and serve our community in the best way we can during these unprecedented times.

Our Customer Service Team are available over the phone, on ‘live chat’ via our website, or you can send us a text message or email. Our website also has a number of ways you can stay in contact, make a request and report matters to Council.

Why not subscribe to our fortnightly-newsletter, Maroondah News, to receive the latest Council news - delivered straight to your inbox! To become a subscriber, simply fill in your details – it’s that easy. You can also stay in touch and interact with Council on a range of social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), as well as via our Your Say Maroondah consultation website.

Dr Graeme Lorimer honoured with Bill Wilkins Volunteer Award

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Congratulations to Maroondah resident Dr Graeme Lorimer, who has been named the recipient of the Bill Wilkins Volunteer Award for 2020.

The long-serving volunteer is the second person to receive the prestigious award in recognition of his 32 years of volunteering in Maroondah. His decades of voluntary work have mostly been undertaken through his tireless work as coordinator of the Friends of Bungalook Conservation Reserves in Kilsyth South, and a guardian of the critically endangered Kilsyth South Spider Orchid - thought to be the rarest plant species on earth.

Dr Lorimer is a member of the Maroondah Environment Advisory Committee and the Committee of Management for both the Bungalook and Uambi Trust for Nature properties, where he has provided technical expertise and undertake non-ground works.

Named in honour of community stalwart Bill Wilkins, the award is presented annually in recognition of those volunteers who inspire and embody the spirit of volunteer is through their exemplary contribution to the community.

The award was presented on 2 December. The private ceremony was hosted by the Mayor and attended by all award nominees and those who nominated them.

To our hard-working volunteers, we say ‘thank you’

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Maroondah’s volunteers come from all walks of life, backgrounds, experiences and age groups, yet they share a common goal - to make a difference to the lives of others.

During these challenging times, it is more important than ever that we give thanks to and acknowledge the valuable contributions made by our community volunteers.

While COVID-19 restrictions have prevented many volunteers from going about their important work, as part of International Volunteers Day on Saturday 5 December, they were recognised for their dedication, whether it be someone who has volunteered for months, years or even made it their life’s work.

And it’s thanks to our 400-plus volunteers that 34 individual Council-run services and projects are offered to our community, such as Meals on Wheels, bushland renewal projects, social support, and youth programs such as the L2P driver mentoring program.

If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering, Council has a range of opportunities with Home and Community Care, Youth Services, Meals on Wheels, Social Support Program and more. Call us on 1300 88 22 33 or visit our Volunteering page

Citizens recognised as part of 2021 Maroondah Australia Day Awards

Nominations for the 2021 Maroondah Australia Day Awards are in, with award recipients to be announced at a special ceremony to be held on 26 January 2021.

While restrictions on large social gatherings remain in place, Council will host a celebration to announce the award recipients and host a small citizenship ceremony.

Each year, Council’s Australia Day awards recognise and celebrate community members and organisations that make significant contributions to their local communities.

There are many inspiring ways that people contribute to our great city, including contributions to sport and recreation, education, business or trades, protecting the environment and volunteering.

The awards will be presented to the Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Community Event of the Year.

Read more on the awards ceremony

Take a selfie with Maroondah’s Christmas elf!

Have you spotted one of Santa’s official Scout Elves in Maroondah yet? He has been popping up in various locations in Maroondah to spread some Christmas cheer.

Visit our Facebook page for clues as to where the elf might be. If you find him, take a selfie with him and use the hashtag #sELFie to share it with us on social media.

The special elf display by artist Jo Bartlett-Brown will be making its way around the city until Christmas Eve, so there’s plenty of time to capture a selfie with the elfie!

For more information follow us on social media

Light up Maroondah! Christmas lights competition

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Festive cheer is alive and well across Maroondah with houses across the municipality taking part in our Light up Maroondah Christmas lights competition

The competition is aimed at bringing some joy and excitement into our suburbs after what has been a very challenging year.

Thank you to everyone who took part by decorating their homes. We received some amazing photo entries, with a $250 Eastland voucher to be awarded for the Best Lit House; Best Novelty House and People’s Choice.

Thank you also to those who cast their vote for our People’s Choice award from photos displayed on our social media channels. The photos with the most votes will win a $250 Eastland voucher.

The winner of the Best Street category will win a novelty street sign!

Stay tuned to our social media channels for the announcement of winners!

Your new Councillors

In line with the 2020 Council elections across Victoria, the Minister for Local Government determined that Maroondah’s electoral structure would change to have nine single member wards

There are now nine Councillors representing nine separate wards: Barngeong, Bungalook, Jubilee, McAlpin, Tarralla, Wicklow, Wombolano, Wonga and Yarrunga.

The ward structure and boundaries sees each Councillor represent roughly the same number of voters.

Names for the nine new wards are a mixture of references to well-known local places and geographical features that reflect the city’s rich history and diversity.

As part of their role Councillors are appointed to represent Council on a number of external and Council-hosted advisory committees and groups.

See the list of representatives


Cr Marijke Graham

Barngeong Ward

Mobile: 0418 109 015
Email: marijke.graham@maroondah.vic.gov.au

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This is Marijke’s second term on Council, being first elected in 2016 in the former Wyreena Ward. She served as Deputy Mayor during the 2019/20 year. She works at a university in initial teacher education and lives in Croydon North with her husband Adam and their two children. Marijke is interested in the wellbeing of all Maroondah residents, preserving and protecting our environment, the provision of family services and sustainable transport. She looks forward to continuing her work to bring positive change and to serve the Maroondah community.

 


Cr Tony Dib OAM JP

Bungalook Ward

Mobile: 0438 515 089
Email: tony.dib@maroondah.vic.gov.au

Tony Dib

Tony and his wife Janet have lived with their family in Maroondah for over 20years. Tony has a keen interest in local sports, especially football and cricket.

Tony served as a Councillor for Maroondah City Council in the former Eastfield Ward from 2005 to 2008 and represented the former Arrabri Ward from February 2010 until 2020. He was Mayor in 2007/08, 2010/11, 2014/15 and again in2016/17. He also served as a Councillor for the City of Broadmeadows in the 1980s.


Cr Mike Symon

Jubilee Ward

Mobile: 0436 002 080
Email: mike.symon@maroondah.vic.gov.au

Mike Symon

Mike lives in Heathmont with his wife Cheryl and their two daughters. He has a background as a licenced industrial and commercial electrician and OH&S coordinator.

Mike is interested in community infrastructure, local planning, and environment issues, and making sure that Council provides the best value services and facilities for the Maroondah community. Mike served as Councillor in the former Mullum Ward from 2016-2020 and was Deputy Mayor in 2017/18 and Mayor in 2019/20. He is also a Member of the Municipal Association of Victoria Board, representing the Metro East Region. 


Cr Suzy Stojanovic

McAlpin Ward

Mobile: 0429 916 094
Email: suzanne.stojanovic@maroondah.vic.gov.au

Cr Suzanne Stojanovic

This is Suzy’s first term on Council. She lives in Maroondah with her four children and has a passion for vibrant and inclusive communities, environmental sustainability, gender equity and the prevention of family violence.

Suzy is interested in working for a better future, including taking action against climate change. Suzy is looking forward to being an active voice in her community.

 


Cr Paul Macdonald

Tarralla Ward

Mobile: 0436 001 760
Email: paul.macdonald@maroondah.vic.gov.au

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Paul has been a Councillor for a combination of three years with the former City of Croydon and eight years with the City of Maroondah in the Arrabri Ward.

Paul grew up in Maroondah and now lives here with his wife Kathy. He is a licenced plumber and gas fitter and has worked in the government and private sectors. Paul has had an active involvement with community groups, including a number of volunteer roles. Paul cares about our community and enjoys working with his fellow Councillors and residents to help solve current and future challenges.


Cr Tasa Damante

Wicklow Ward

Mobile: 0438 704 819
Email: tasa.damante@maroondah.vic.gov.au

Cr Tasa Damante

This is Tasa’s second term on Council. She joined Council following a count back in the former Wyreena Ward by the Victorian Electoral Commission in July2018. She has a passion for family and children’s services and supporting local businesses.

Tasa lives locally with her husband and their four children, who attend local primary schools. She runs her own small business and participates in a range of activities with local school and community groups.


Cr Kylie Spears - Mayor

Wombolano Ward

Mobile: 0436 003 660
Email: kylie.spears@maroondah.vic.gov.au

Kylie Spears

Kylie is married to Malcolm and has two daughters. This is her second term on Council following her election to the former Arrabri Ward in October 2016.

Kylie has successfully run her own local business for the past 13 years; is a qualified workplace trainer and assessor with more than 15 years of event management experience; is President of Melbourne East Netball Association, sits on the Board of Netball Victoria and is the President of the Australian Local Government Women’s Association Victoria. She served as Deputy Mayor in 2018/19 and is Mayor for 2020/21.


Cr Nora Lamont - Deputy Mayor

Wonga Ward

Mobile: 0428 394 581
Email: nora.lamont@maroondah.vic.gov.au

Cr Nora Lamont

This is Nora’s fourth term on Council. She represented the former Mullum Ward for three Council terms, and served as Mayor for 2012/13, Deputy Mayor in 2016/17,Mayor in 2017/18 and will serve as Deputy Mayor in 2020/21. Nora grew up locally and attended Aquinas College, she and her husband are long-term residents of Maroondah.

Nora is passionate about place making, planning and development issues, the tree canopy and native wildlife issues. Nora has been active in local not for profit boards and is the current Chair of the Maroondah Foundation.


Cr Rob Steane

Yarrunga Ward

Mobile: 0407 519 986
Email: rob.steane@maroondah.vic.gov.au

Cr Rob Steane

Rob has lived in Maroondah for more than 20 years. He and his wife Linda have two adult children in nursing and the Army. Rob runs his own local business, is active in the community, and has been on a number of school and community organisation committees.

Rob is interested in community safety, community engagement and ensuring development in Maroondah is well designed, sustainable and responsive to community needs. Rob represented the former Wyreena Ward for three terms, and served as Mayor in 2011/12 and 2018/19.

MaroondahConnect, supporting our community

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Council’s free community support helpline is available for residents requiring extra support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A call to MaroondahConnect, can help you access a range of emotional, practical and social supports, particularly if you are feeling lonely or isolated or facing some difficulties. This includes emergency food relief; home support services; financial support; family violence support; mental health services; disability support; senior and youth services; and gambling and alcohol support.

The support line operates Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm, and is funded in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services.For more information about MaroondahConnect call 1300 88 22 33 or 9298 4589; SMS 0480 020 200 or contact us via live chat on our website.

COVID-19 grants kickstart community recovery

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Twenty-three community organisations have shared in more than $116,800 in grant funding to assist in community recovery and relief resulting from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created real hardship for many people in the community, but particularly so for those who are vulnerable. The grants are one way that Council is supporting the community and not-for-profit organisations to continue their work, as well as supporting them to develop new initiatives in response to the pandemic.

The one-off funding grants are being used for a variety of purposes, including supporting those in need with food parcels; hosting virtual events and activities to keep people connected; provision of meals for community members and providing information in various languages to support our Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities.

The funding was available to eligible community groups and not-for-profit organisations to allow them to continue to deliver, expand and introduce new programs, initiatives and services.

View the list of grant recipients

The Sunflower Effect Project sowing seeds of happiness

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Since the launch of our Be Kind Maroondah campaign in October, we have been amazed and inspired by the many people, businesses, clubs and organisations who have jumped on board and shared their positive stories with us.

Thanks to the many residents who have shown their support for The Sunflower Effect Project by collecting free sunflower seeds to plant and share with their neighbours.

The project has helped neighbours to get to know each other and promote a message of hope during what has been a difficult time for many in our community.

We hope to have many streets in Maroondah blooming with sunflowers come early next year.

For more stories like this, visit our Be Kind Maroondah page

Outdoor dining support for local hospitality sector

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As cafes and restaurants across Maroondah reopen for business, Council is working with our business community to bring our business precincts back to life.

Council is helping local hospitality businesses to expand their outdoor dining areas, so they can welcome back customers now that COVID-19 restrictions are easing.

Council has introduced free temporary outdoor dining permits that allow businesses to use footpaths, on-streetcar parking, laneways and other spaces to cater for more customers.

Shop local, support local

We are delighted to see businesses reopen across our city as COVID-19 restrictions continue to ease.

Shopping locally and supporting our local businesses will be key to rebuilding a post-COVID economy.

When you purchase locally, you’re not only supporting local jobs but your local community as well. And with numerous businesses moving online, it is also an opportunity for consumers to make a conscious effort to ‘buy local’.

Just as important as buying locally issuing local services and visiting local attractions.

Maroondah has more than 35 local shopping centres and retail strips that will be relying on the support of the community now more than ever.

With Christmas just a few short weeks away, why not explore one of Maroondah’s shopping strips for your gift and grocery needs? You’ll be amazed to discover what’s on offer.

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

Maroondah Leisure- it’s great to be back!

Maroondah Leisure has welcomed back members, user groups and casual users to all seven leisure facilities, following the further easing ofCOVID-19 restrictions.

You can now attend a gym, group fitness or a swim session at Aquanation and Aquahub.

Learn to Swim and Gymnastics classes have also resumed on a limited capacity. Further information on the start of regular Learn to Swim and Gymnastics programs will be available early 2021.

Maroondah Golf, The Rings and Maroondah Nets are also now open, subject to conditions.

Golfers are back enjoying the full 18 holes of golf at Dorset and Ringwood.

Pickleball popularity spreads to Maroondah Nets

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Maroondah Nets has got your answer to keeping active with a low-impact racquet sport that’s gaining interest all over the world.

Pickleball is a paddle sport you can learn in minutes and play for a lifetime. It brings together elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis to create a sport that’s fun for all ages and skill levels, but that gets fast-paced and exhilarating at competitive levels.

In 2021, Council will be hosting a pickleball program in our climate-controlled Maroondah Nets stadium. The game, which consists of two or four players, is played on a court using a lightweight solid paddle and aerated ball. It’s a low-impact sport, so it’s easy on the body, and helps to improve hand-eye coordination, flexibility, strength, speed, agility and balance.

Whether you’ve been playing tennis your whole life, walking onto a court for the first time, young or old or in-between, strategic and competitive, or just want to get involved in something fun, social and active… pickleball may just be the game for you!

Equipment is provided, and no experience is necessary.

For bookings, more details or to watch a video of Pickleball in action, visit the Maroondah Nets page on Council’s Maroondah Leisure website or phone Maroondah Nets on 9298 4535.

Swimmers lap up reopening of Croydon Memorial Pool

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Swimmers have dived right back in to Croydon Memorial Pool and are enjoying all the benefits of the 50-metre outdoor heated pool!

Lap swimmers have been making the most of the outdoor public pool since its earlier-than-usual season opening on 17 October.

The popular outdoor pool has been allowed to operate under the Victorian Government’s roadmap to reopening.

There are limits on the number of people who can use the facility at any one time so please keep an eye on the Maroondah Leisure website for the most up to date information.

You don’t need to be a member to enjoy all that Croydon Memorial Pool has to offer, with casual entry fees giving you the flexibility to choose.

For updates on additional easing of restrictions as they are implemented, as well as information on casual swim session rates or to purchase a season pass, visit the Maroondah Leisure website or phone 9294 5630.

Free, safe and reliable immunisation service

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Council is continuing to operate its immunisation service to ensure the community is protected from vaccine preventable diseases, while working within the confines of COVID-19 health and safety measures.

Families in Maroondah can access vaccines at no cost to protect babies and children against infectious diseases as part of the National Immunisation Program (NIP). Immunisation sessions cover the immunisation schedule for babies and children aged between six weeks and four years, as well as for adolescents and adults.

Victorian Government legislation (No Jab, No Play) requires that all children be fully vaccinated before enrolling for childcare and kindergarten, unless they have a medical exemption.

Immunisation is the best defence against the return of highly contagious diseases such as polio, rubella and whooping cough.

Council’s immunisation service has a full Quality Systems accreditation in compliance with AS/NZS iSO 9001.

To attend a session, bookings can be made online where you can select the time, date and venue of your choice.

For further information, contact Council’s immunisation team on 1300 88 22 33.

Buried in Treasures program supports challenges of hoarding

Has excessive collecting or neglected living conditions become a problem for you or someone you know? Council offers several programs to support members of our community living with the challenges of a hoarding disorder.

Hoarding behaviour is very common in our community. Difficulty discarding possessions often combined with over acquiring, can result in excessive clutter. In extreme cases this can become a major safety and fire hazard in the home.

For the individual, hoarding behaviour can lead to physical and mental health issues, homelessness and social isolation. Council’s Buried in Treasures program is a 16-week self-help course which offers individuals the opportunity to better understand their hoarding difficulties, along with strategies to help them make positive and sustainable changes to their home environment.

Council has partnered with both Tenancy Plus - Uniting and Mind Australia with support from SalvoCare East to deliver this course in Maroondah.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the course has been transferred to online delivery.

In addition to the full 16-week course, the Buried in Treasures Support Group (BITS) is a community led group supported by Council. The group meets on a monthly basis and is open to anyone affected by hoarding challenges and their family members.

For more details or for assistance with hoarding and squalor, see the Maroondah Hoarding and Squalor Network (MHSN) website or call Council on 1300 88 22 33.

What it means to be a responsible pet owner

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There are many benefits to owning a pet, but with pet ownership comes certain responsibilities.

As a pet owner in Maroondah you are required to comply with the Domestic Animals Act 1994 and Council’s Local Laws governing animal management.

Deciding to become a pet owner requires thought and planning. Here are a few important things to remember when taking on the responsibility of owning a pet.

Dog and cat registration

If you’re planning to introduce a new furry member to the family this Christmas, don’t forget that you need to have them microchipped and registered with Council. All pet owners are required by law to register their cats and dogs with their local Council.

Maroondah pet owners are also reminded that animal registration renewal notices will arrive in the mail during March and are due by 10 April each year.

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. If your pet’s tag is damaged or lost, replacement tags are available from Council free of charge.

There are many payment options available, and owners registering their pet for the first time can do so online, or in person at one of Council’s service centres.

For more information, call Council’s Local Laws team on 1300 88 22 33.

Cleaning up after your dog

Leaving messes isn’t just unsightly, it’s unsanitary. Dog owners are encouraged to show courtesy for their fellow community members by picking up after their pet.

Dog droppings contain harmful nutrients and bacteria, and this can end up in our local waterways via the stormwater system. It’s also a good idea to carry appropriate receptacles, such as a bag, pouch or pooper-scooper, to remove and dispose of any dog waste when out walking your dog.

On and off-leash areas

When out in a public place, dogs must be kept on a lead at all times, except in areas that are marked off-leash.

There are off-leash areas in Maroondah where you can exercise your dog without a lead, including Eastfield Dog Park, which is fully-fenced and has a time out zone for quieter dogs.

Although, when exercising your dog in an off-leash area you need to be aware of off-leash rules, including the need to stay at least 15 metres from playgrounds and picnic facilities.

To protect areas of conservation significance and biodiversity here are also some reserves where dogs and cats are not permitted.

See off-leash areas in Maroondah

How to minimise separation anxiety when returning to work

With COVID-19 restrictions easing, the idea of returning to workplaces minus our furry friends can be anxiety-inducing, especially for our four-legged friends.

So, before you grab your work bag and jump back into old routines, take some time to transition your pet to living without you for the workday.

Separation anxiety and stress can often manifest itself through destructive behaviour, such as excessive barking or yelping, chewing, digging and destruction, escaping or pacing.

The RSPCA recommends acting out your departure cues - grabbing your keys, wallet, heading for the door - and then sitting back on the couch. This will decrease your dog’s sensitivity to you leaving. By gradually increasing time spent alone - leaving the house for a couple of minutes to leaving for a couple of hours - your dog will start to realise that it’s okay to be alone.

Find an exercise routine that suits you and your pet, keeping in mind how you can still implement it when you return to work. Also, long-lasting treat toys can be great enrichment and help promote the idea that time alone can be fun.

For more helpful tips visit the RSPCA website

Waste calendar 2021

 

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2021 Maroondah Waste and Recycling Guide

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This guide includes information on how to use your waste services, including:

  • dates for your fortnightly recycling and garden organics bin collection
  • information on where you can take items for safe recycling and disposal, such as paint, chemicals, and electronic waste
  • information on what can and cannot go in your garbage, recycling and organics bin
  • waste and recycling education program events.

On Call Hard Waste collections

Residents are entitled to two on call hard waste collections each financial year for properties with a residential bin charge (this includes renters).

You can book a single or a double collection. Make sure you’ve booked your collection before you place your waste on the naturestrip, otherwise it is considered illegally dumped waste and you could be fined.

There are three ways to make a booking for collection the following week:

  • Book online before 8pm Thursday
  • Call 1300 88 22 33 or use our live chat function on our website before 12 noon Friday
  • Visit one of Council’s service centres before 12 noon Friday.

Join the Compost Revolution

We are offering residents up to 60% off a range of home composting and worm farming systems through Council’s Compost Revolution program. Each Maroondah residential property is eligible for one subsidized system per year. To access the discount, visit the Compost Revolution website

Household chemical collection

The ‘Detox your Home’ mobile collection service is administered by Sustainability Victoria. It allows you to dispose of unwanted household chemicals for free. The collected items are recycled and do not go to landfill.

You must register for these collections online at the Sustainability Victoria website or call 1300 363 744.

Waste Education Program

Learn something new in 2021 and come along to one of our waste education events. See below upcoming free community workshops. We can come talk rubbish with your school or community group, visit our website for more details.

Free e-waste drop off Council’s e-waste collection events are an opportunity for the community to dispose of their electronic waste for free. All waste collected at the events will be recycled.

While we don’t have a date booked for our next event at the moment, keep an eye out for our next e-waste collection drop off event on our website and social media.

E-waste can also be added to your on call hard waste collection.

Waste workshops and online webinars

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Online Waste Free Cooking Class

Wednesday 20 January
7pm to 8pm
Online webinar

Learn how to make a no waste recipe while also learning about the benefits of reducing your food waste.

Food Waste Digesters

Wednesday 17 February
7pm to 8pm
Online webinar

Digesters like bokashi buckets and green cones are another way of composting but not as you know it. Join us and learn how these systems can help reduce your food waste at home.

Modern Mending

Wednesday 3 March
7pm to 8pm
Online webinar

Professional mender Erin Lewis-Fitzgerald will show examples of her work and inspire you to fall back in love with your worn-out clothes and give them another life.

Beginners Composting, Worm Farming and Bokashi

Saturday 27 March
10am to 12 noon
Glen Park Community Centre, 30 Glen Park Road Bayswater

Discover what composting, worm farming and bokashi are all about with this hands-on information session and demonstration.

Reusable Nappies 101

Thursday 22 April
6.30pm to 8.30pm
Arrabri Community House, Allambanan Drive Bayswater North

Find out everything you need to know about reusable or cloth nappies. The team at Darlings Downunder will remove the myths, outline the benefits and advise on how to use cloth nappies successfully.

Beginners Composting, Worm Farming and Bokashi

Wednesday 5 May
10am to 12 noon
Maroondah Federation Estate, 32 Greenwood Avenue Ringwood

During International Compost Awareness Week, come along and learn how to set up, maintain and use a compost bin, worm farm and bokashi bucket at home.

Advanced Composting

Saturday 8 May
10am to 12 noon
Central Ringwood Community Centre, Bedford Park Rosewarne Lane, Ringwood

Join our expert Ellen Regos from Cultivating Communities for our advanced composting session.

Zero Waste

Saturday 5 June
10.30am to 11.30am
Online webinar

Find out about the issues of being wasteful and how ­­you can reduce the amount of waste in your home. Read more about these workshops and how to book on our School and community waste education page

Maroondah’s 2500 new trees

Street trees are one of Maroondah’s most important natural assets and we are committed to increasing our urban canopy with new tree plantings.

The nature strip outside of your property may have been included in our recent planting season for street trees which is carried out during the winter months as part of our annual street tree planting program.

Each year, Council plants hundreds of trees and shrubs throughout the city, either in place of plants that have reached the end of their life, or to build on our leafy environment.

The latest plantings comprised a mixture of native and exotic species, with the most appropriate species selected for each site based on available space, height limitations and existing street character.

Urban trees provide many benefits to including filtering pollutants, creating shade, and providing food and protection for birds and other wildlife. Trees also provide a connection with nature, with research suggesting that trees in urban environments can improve a person’s physical and mental wellbeing.

Where possible, Council plants indigenous species to ensure longevity of existing plant and wildlife populations.

We’re just wild about our reserves

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This time every year Maroondah’s bushland reserves come to life with a sea of native wildflowers - some unique to Maroondah.

These biodiverse reserves serve as a snapshot of what Maroondah would have looked like hundreds of years ago. Maroondah is home to 42 bushland reserves which offer visitors the enjoyment of wildflowers, wildlife, bushwalks and wetlands. Some of the reserves contain rare and threatened plant species that need to be protected.

With some reserves consisting of around 200 species of plants and around 150 species of wildflowers, Maroondah’s reserves are a living, breathing museum and serve as the last refuge for biodiversity. Even when not in flower, Maroondah’s reserves support wildlife and have a rich array of biodiversity present.

You can experience the magic of the bushland reserves yourself, just remember to stay on the paths to keep the magic alive for generations to come.

Locate your nearest bushland reserve

Explore Maroondah’s best attractions using our website

If you’re looking for new options to enliven your walks and bike rides, Maroondah is filled with interesting and delightful attractions - perfect for unleashing the imagination and appreciating some of our beautiful outdoor spaces.

Our website showcases the various playgrounds, public art, sports venues, community centres, parks and reserves that can be found across our city.

Under the explore tab, residents can learn about the many wonderful outdoor spaces and public artworks in their local area.

For children who may feel anxious visiting new places, there are social scripts available for Quambee Reserve, Warrien Reserve and Glen Park Reserve, as well as a multisensory and all-abilities play space at Wyreena Community Arts Centre. There are plenty of outdoor activities to explore and ways to stay active too, including Maroondah’s skate parks and playgrounds.

A walk around various parts of our city can also be rich with visual experiences of public artworks and street art - in our nature reserves, our laneways and on our buildings. Residents are reminded to practise safe social distancing when in public areas.

Croydon Community Wellbeing Precinct: Working towards a connected community

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The Croydon Community Wellbeing Precinct redevelopment project has kicked off, with works starting on Hub B, which will accommodate the existing user groups while Hub A is being constructed.

The transformation of the existing Civic Precinct into the Croydon Community Wellbeing Precinct will focus on delivering enhanced community spaces and functionality that will incorporate wellbeing facilities, family and children hubs, sport and recreation spaces, and open space.

The establishment of the new integrated community hubs will enhance accessibility and connectivity for the community. Following three years of engagement with user groups, key stakeholders and the local community, the masterplan was endorsed by Council in June 2020.

The feedback we have received from our community has been incorporated into the Masterplan and will guide the design of the hubs - ensuring the facilities will meet the needs of the community, not only now but into the future.

The first community hub, which is supported by $2 million from the Australian Government, will be home to the Croydon Library and a variety of new and existing community groups and organisations.

Through the various development stages we will continue to work with our key user groups and community, to ensure the rich history, culture and ‘feel’ of Croydon is not only retained but enhanced.

Works progress on multi-level carparks

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Council has made significant progress on the various locations and project timelines for the Australian Government funded multi-level carparks in Croydon, Ringwood, Heathmont and at Heatherdale Station.

All four carparks are located within Activity Centres in Maroondah, with critical public transport infrastructure providing vital links for the Maroondah community to their work, home and leisure activities.

The ability to provide increased parking within these precincts will minimise parking and road congestion, while encouraging business investment and development in Maroondah and the wider eastern region.

Croydon multi-level carpark

Site preparation works have begun on the Croydon multi-level carpark located on Council-owned land in Devon Street following the appointment of a contractor, with the building expected to be completed by October 2021. View alternate parking options in the area

Ringwood multi-level carpark

The intended site for the Ringwood multi-level carpark is the land on the corner of Bedford Road and Warrandyte Road, Ringwood, adjacent to the Ringwood Station and public transport interchange.

Council has recently made a land purchase and completed a road closure of a parcel of discontinued roadway. Early design works and feasibility investigations are underway, and community consultation will be undertaken in early 2021.

Construction is anticipated to start in 2021.

Heathmont multi-level carpark

Council is currently in the early design and feasibility phase of the carpark at 127B Canterbury Road, which is located adjacent to the Heathmont station and bus interchange. In early 2021 we will be consulting with the community, prior to applying for the appropriate planning permits. Construction is expected to start in 2021.

Heatherdale multi-level carpark Council continues to investigate a number of sites in the vicinity of Heatherdale Station to enable construction to start during 2021.

Investing in the future of sport

As a result of funding by the Australian Government, Victorian Government and Council, several significant redevelopments are underway for multipurpose pavilions located in sporting reserves across Maroondah.

$8m Dorset Recreational sports hub

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Works on the new pavilion at Dorset Recreation Reserve will start this month, as part of a multi-million dollar enhancement of the reserve.

The new multipurpose community and sports hub will be home to Croydon City Soccer Club and Maroondah’s Burmese/Myanmar community. The facility is being funded by Council with $2 million from the Australian Government and $2 million from the Victorian Government.

These works form part of the enhancement plan for the reserve, which also includes upgrades to the open space and accessibility within the precinct with improved lighting, signage and carparking.

The works form Stage 1 of the enhancement plan and will include a multipurpose pavilion, two new soccer pitches (one synthetic) with lighting, and warm up pitch/volley ball courts.

Further enhancements to sporting facilities, lighting and pedestrian connectivity to be considered for implementation in future stages of the project.

Silcock Reserve redevelopment takes shape

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The $3.2 million redevelopment of the new Silcock Reserve Pavilion continues to take shape, with the easing of COVID-19 restrictions meaning we can have a full workforce back on site.

Once completed, the new pavilion will include multipurpose spaces for enhanced community use, four female-friendly changerooms, a new kitchen and kiosk, a first-aid room, two umpire changerooms, undercover spectator area and public toilet facilities.

The facility is one of Council’s most utilised pavilions and is currently home to the Croydon Ranges Cricket Club, Croydon Ranges Football Club and the Croydon and District Obedience Dog Club.

The project is being jointly funded by Council, the Australian Government contributing $500,000 and the Victorian Government $250,000.

The Victorian government has also contributed $125,000 towards the installation of new lighting to the reserve.

The works are expected to be completed in March 2021.

RO Spencer Pavilion to receive $3.5m redevelopment

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The $3.5 million redevelopment of RO Spencer Pavilion will include a new facility with improved accessibility features; new change and toilet facilities; female-friendly amenities; social space and balcony; and designated office space.

The RO Spencer Pavilion serves the Jubilee Sporting precinct, and the Russell Lucas Oval is a Premier Grade cricket ground.

The pavilion redevelopment is also part of a broader precinct enhancement plan that will see some key longer-term outcomes for the community identified in the plan to be implemented over the next 10 years.

The Victorian Government has committed $2 million in funding to support the project, which is expected to be completed in mid-2021.

$3.25m Proclamation Park Sporting Pavilion

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The new sporting pavilion at Proclamation Park will be positioned and designed to provide 180-degree views of the field. It will also include new female-friendly change facilities to meet the growing female participation in cricket and baseball.

In addition, there will be an accessible public toilet, social rooms, storage for clubs, and a first-floor level multipurpose room with kitchen, kiosk and spectator viewing area.

The site of the existing pavilion will make way for much needed additional carparking capacity for this well utilised reserve.

The new pavilion will be home to the Ringwood Cricket Club, Ringwood Saints Baseball Club and Melbourne Winter Baseball Association.

The $3.25 million project is predominantly funded by Council, and includes a recently announced $100,000 funding contribution from the Victorian Government and $20,000 from Cricket Victoria.

Overwhelming response to COVID-19 Community Survey

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Thank you to everyone who participated in our COVID-19 Community Survey.

We have had overwhelming feedback from the community with almost 3000 responses received, the results of which are now available on Council’s Your Say Maroondah page

Your feedback has helped paint a picture of how we as a community are coping with the pandemic and identified areas we need to focus on in planning for recovery.

Together with the survey results, a recovery planning framework, data and research, Council has developed a draft Maroondah COVID-19 Recovery Plan. The draft will be on community exhibition until 22 January 2021. We encourage the community to provide further feedback on the plan to ensure it truly reflects the needs of Maroondah.

Please visit Council’s Your Say Maroondah website for further details.

Have your say on how we engage

As part of a review of our Community Engagement Policy, the community are encouraged to have their say on how we engage.

Maroondah’s current community engagement policy was endorsed by Council in 2015 after extensive consultation with the community.

The new Local Government Act 2020 requires all Council’s to adopt a revised community engagement plan by March 2021.

A review of the policy started in November 2019 and included community consultation in Café Consult at Maroondah Festival. The feedback assisted to inform the development of a draft Community Engagement Policy, which is now out for community feedback until 17 January 2021.

The draft meets the prescribed elements of the Local Government Act 2020 and includes new deliberative engagement practices which could be applied to the development of future plans and strategies including our Community Vision and Council Plan.

You can read the draft policy and provide your feedback on our Your Say Maroondah website

Keep your cool this summer with our summer safety tips

Be Fire Safe

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

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

If you live in a high-risk area, it can also be useful to keep an evacuation kit in the car, including a battery-operated radio (and spare batteries), bottles of water, emergency phone numbers and a first aid kid. To protect against damage from regular house fires, make sure your fire alarm is working properly and check those batteries!

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

Play safe around the water

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Between July 2019 to June 2020, 248 people drowned in waterways across Australia.

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

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

For more information on pool and spa safety requirements, contact our Building Services team on 1300 88 22 33, or visit Victorian Building Authority website

Prepare for heatwaves

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

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

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

Council has an official heatwave plan that is activated during days of extreme heat. This may mean that some Council services or appointments could be cancelled, and should this occur, clients will be notified.

For 24-hour health advice residents can contact NURSE-ON-CALL on 1300 60 60 24.

Understanding thunderstorm asthma

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Epidemic thunderstorm asthma is a sudden, serious and potentially life-threatening condition. Thunderstorm asthma is thought to be triggered by a unique combination of high grass pollen counts and a certain type of thunderstorm.

It can cause severe symptoms and breathing difficulties in those who suffer from asthma or hay fever. Due to the weather conditions this is a high-risk period for thunderstorm asthma.

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

For more information about thunderstorm asthma and how to protect yourself, visit the Vic Health website

Have you registered your pool or spa?

Do you own a pool or spa? Under Victorian Government regulations all pools and spas needed to be registered with Council by 1 November 2020. If you have not yet registered your pool or spa, you must do so immediately via our online portal

Owners of properties with a swimming pool or spa, including landlords, have a legal obligation to ensure they maintain safety barriers to reduce the risk of unsupervised children gaining access. This includes above-ground, bathing, wading and portable pools and hot tubs capable of holding more than 300mm of water.

The new laws were introduced by the Victorian Government on 1 December 2019 and require mandatory registration of all pools and spas. All owners are also required to have their pool and spa barriers inspected and certified by a registered building surveyor or a registered building inspector every four years.

Read more on our Swimming pool and spa registration and fencing page or phone Council on 1300 88 22 33.

Did you know?

If you install a new swimming pool or spa you must register it within 30 days of receiving the relevant Occupancy Permit or Certificate of Final Inspection. 

Planning for our 2021 International Women’s Day celebrations

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Council is proud to again be celebrating the unique and inspiring women we have in Maroondah as part of International Women’s Day (IWD) in 2021.

While the event may be delivered a little differently next year due to the pandemic, we will continue to celebrate the contribution women make to workplaces, families and communities.

International Women’s Day is celebrated annually on 8 March, with the theme for 2021 being #ChoosetoChallenge.

Individually and as a community we can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements.

Further information on our 2021 IWD event will be made available on Council’s and social channels in early 2021.

Karralyka bringing the entertainment to your lounge room

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While nothing quite beats the real-life theatre experience, Karralyka continues to bring the stage to viewers’ screens with live-streamed musical performances you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home.

Karralyka’s live-streamed performances have played an important role during a difficult time for the performing arts industry by supporting artists and engaging with the community.

There are many new and exciting performances each month and Karralyka has made it easy for you to stay informed with an up-to-date list of live performances available on the Karralyka website

Live-streamed performances are also available to watch anytime on demand, which means you’ll never miss a show featuring some of Australia’s top performers, including Wendy Stapleton, Karen Knowles and Kane Alexander.

For more information phone Karralyka on 9870 2888.

Explore your creative side at Wyreena

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If you’re looking to take up a new interest or pursue your creative calling, now’s the time to browse Wyreena Community Arts Centre’s Term 1 program. We are kicking off 2021 with a range of creative and lifestyle courses from early February through to March.

The program offers one-day workshops, classes for adults and an age-streamed children’s art program conveniently held after school hours during school terms.

Children from as young as five can unleash their ‘inner artist’ through a range of arts-based workshops. For adults interested in building on their artistic skills or wanting to learn something new, there are course in mosaics, drawing, painting, pottery and contemporary art.

You can also find your path to tranquillity and wellbeing through weekly classes of yoga and meditation.

To adhere to COVID-19 rules on safe distancing, there will be a reduced number of students in each class.

To enrol or browse Wyreena’s classes and courses, phone 9294 5590 or visit the courses and classes section of our website.

Positive parenting: information sessions supporting families

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Council provides information sessions for parents, guardians, carers and those working with young children in Maroondah to support families in their parenting journeys.

The information sessions explore a range of strategies as well as providing parents and carers with current information and resources on various topics such as resilience, body safety, understanding adolescents and encouraging confidence and self-esteem in children.

The sessions are provided free or at a low-cost and are presented by well regarded professionals in the sector.

Read more on our Parenting information sessions

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