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Maroondah in focus - December 2019

The Summer 2019/20 edition of Maroondah in focus was distributed to Maroondah households in the week of Monday 16 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 [ ] at the bottom right of the screen.

 

You can also read Maroondah in focus by opening the following accordions or download the PDF version of Maroondah in Focus - December 2019  (pdf, 3MB)

Mayor’s message

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Welcome to the Summer edition of Maroondah in focus and my first as the newly elected Mayor of Maroondah for 2019/20.

This is my first term as Mayor of Maroondah, and with the support of our new Deputy Mayor, Councillor Marijke Graham, and my fellow Councillors, I look forward to serving the Maroondah community during 2020.

I will be focussed on ensuring our city continues to be one that is vibrant, active, sustainable, connected and attractive to live, work and visit.

As this is our Summer edition, there’s plenty of news and information on activities to enjoy, along with some key health and safety messaging when it comes to being prepared for days of extreme heat, as well as pool safety.

This issue also provides updates on the many projects, services and initiatives that Council is delivering. Major infrastructure projects are progressing well, with plenty of onsite activity happening at HE Parker sporting pavilion, and plans underway for the $3.25 million redevelopment at Proclamation Park sporting pavilion in 2020.

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

I hope to see as many of our community as possible at our annual Australia Day celebrations at Ringwood Lake Park on Sunday 26 January 2020.

Not only is this an enjoyable, free event for the whole family, but also a symbolic day for those receiving Australian citizenship and those honoured in our Maroondah Australia Day awards.

During February and March, we have three free community events. These are a wonderful way to celebrate what’s great about the City of Maroondah, by gathering your friends and family together and enjoying the warmer weather at one of our idyllic parks and reserves. More information on these events can be found on page 15. Come along, enjoy the summer weather and take the opportunity to meet your local ward Councillors.

As Mayor, my goal is to make sure our residents and businesses are connected with, and informed about, the work we are doing on their behalf, both in the immediate community and beyond.

This also includes seeking feedback on a range of activities and projects, and I encourage you to join in a conversation with us, whether that be through our online discussions and surveys, sending an email, following us on Facebook, or mailing us a letter.

And finally, on behalf of my fellow Councillors, I would like to wish all our residents, their friends and family, a happy, safe and enjoyable festive season.

Council meetings

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

Upcoming dates for 2020 are:

  • Monday 17 February
  • Monday 16 March
  • Monday 20 April
  • Monday 18 May

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

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

Council opening hours over the festive season

Do you have Council business over the festive season? Our service centres are here to help. 

City office

Braeside Avenue, Ringwood
Open 8.30am to 11.30am, Tuesday 24 December
Closed on all public holidays.

Croydon Library

Our Croydon Customer Service Centre is now located at Croydon Library, Civic Square, Croydon.

The Croydon Library Customer Service Centre is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Closed on all public holidays.

Realm

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

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

‘Live Chat’ with Council

Residents can now chat with our Customer Service Team online, via our new live chat function.

‘Live Chat’ is a quick and easy way you can contact Council during office hours.

Live chat works in two ways. Visitors may receive a prompted conversation by clicking on the ‘Live Chat’ tab at the bottom right hand side of the screen.

Alternatively, a live chat conversation will be automatically initiated after users have been on the a web page for a period of time.

Live chat technology is just one way we’re providing residents with fast customer response and a higher standard of customer service.

Remember, you can also contact us via traditional methods, including phone, in person, email, via our Facebook page, text, by post and fax. 

Congratulations to all Maroondah Business Excellence Awards winners!

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The best in business has been celebrated as part of the 2019 Maroondah Business Excellence Awards.

Hosted by Council, the awards highlight the achievements of leading Maroondah businesses across key industry sectors.

They also provide an opportunity for businesses of all sizes and type to be recognised for their efforts, commitment and success.

The awards were met with enthusiasm by the business community. Over 150 businesses were nominated for the awards, with 49 participating in the rigorous assessment process. A total of 32 businesses were then shortlisted as finalists across five award categories.

The Babes Project took out the prestigious Maroondah Business of the Year title during a gala evening held at Karralyka on 30 October 2019. The not-forprofit organisation helps women who are facing crisis pregnancy by providing perinatal, antenatal and parenting information, education and support.

The Babes Project was also announced winner in the Collaboration and Partnerships award category, which recognises excellent collaboration with other businesses or community organisations.

Other category winners were:

  • Micron21 and AroFlo (joint winners for Innovation and Technology)
  • Nifty-Lift (Manufacturing and Product Design)
  • Rodine Australia (Construction, Trades and Related Supply Chain)
  • Hutchinson Legal (Service Excellence)

Congratulations to all winners and finalists in this year’s Maroondah Business Excellence Awards.

Did you know?

Maroondah is home to more than 9,500 businesses that provide employment to more than 44,000 people.

Support the Maroondah community this festive season by shopping locally

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

Shopping local not only helps to support local jobs, but also has a positive impact on the environment, where you can leave the car at home and walk to the shops.

What’s more, the unique character of your local community is defined largely by the presence of local businesses.

Whether you’re after clothing, homewares, a greengrocer, or beautician, or just want to grab a coffee or a bite to eat, there’s sure to be a small local business that can meet your needs.

So, the next time you’re heading out shopping or to run some errands, why not explore one of Maroondah’s shopping strips and discover what’s on offer.

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

Do you run a small business in Maroondah?

Why not register your business on our free online Business Directory.

It’s a quick, free and easy way to get your business online. To register, visit the Bizhub Maroondah website

Fay Lawn named first recipient of the Bill Wilkins Volunteer Award

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Long-serving volunteer Fay Lawn has been announced as this year’s recipient of the inaugural Bill Wilkins Volunteer Award.

Fay was presented with the prestigious volunteer service award at Council’s Volunteer Recognition Function ceremony held on Thursday 5 December at Karralyka.

Fay was chosen from a field of 13 candidates in recognition of her 49 years of volunteering with Meals on Wheels; 39 years with Maroondah Hospital, and as a spiritual care volunteer supporting people through rehabilitation.

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

In 1994, Bill Wilkins became an Honorary Freeman of the City – the highest honour a Council can bestow upon an individual. He was also awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) and in 2013 for his services to the City of Maroondah, which have spanned an incredible 75 years.

A huge ‘thank you’ to our wonderful volunteers

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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.

Council recently acknowledged our 400 volunteers who help to deliver a range of services and programs to the Maroondah community during our annual Volunteer Recognition Function held at Karralyka.

This event was celebrated on International Volunteers Day (5 December), and is one of the many ways we thank them for their dedication and commitment during the year.

Special milestone awards were presented to those who have volunteered with Council for 10 years, right through to 45 years, these 37 volunteers have clocked up an incredible 735 years of volunteering with Council.

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

Read more about volunteering opportunities in Maroondah

Did you know?

Council has more than 90 volunteers who deliver approximately 750 meals to more than 200 clients who are located across all 15 suburbs in Maroondah.

Walking Football and Cricket a game-changer for senior residents

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Older people are embracing a more active lifestyle, by joining in a range of modified team sports which cater for their skills and abilities.

The walking football and cricket programs, which help senior Maroondah residents stay physically and socially active, have been a huge success.

Targeted at participants aged over 50, both programs are aimed at improving the physical health and mental wellbeing of older men and women, providing them with the opportunity to socialise while experiencing the benefits of ongoing physical activity.

For some, it is an opportunity to re-engage in a sport they once played or who perhaps stopped due to injury. For others, it’s about learning a new sport and meeting new people.

Both sports use different equipment and rules, and involves no running or tackling.

Each sport also provides the opportunity to support and maintain mobility skills through walking, stopping, turning and transferring weight – to improve balance and reduce the risk of falls.

Both programs are offered as part of Council’s Active and Healthy Ageing Initiative, which seeks to promote positive healthy ageing for older people.

The Walking Football and Walking Cricket season was launched in partnership with U3A Croydon, Melbourne City Football Club, Cricket Victoria and Knox City Council.

Both programs offer weekly sessions throughout the year. Sessions are free for U3A members, for all other participants it is $5 for Walking Cricket and $2 for Walking Soccer.

Good Food For Me – free nutritional program for seniors 65 and over

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Council supports the health and wellbeing of Maroondah’s senior residents with a range of programs and services that enables them to maintain their independence and stay connected.

A Maroondah-first pilot program Good Food For Me is helping to teach older residents important yet simple, practical ways on how to live with better health through better nutrition.

The pilot program was launched following the success of the Good Food For Me seminar held earlier in the year.

Topics included:

  • Are convenience foods ok for me to eat?
  • What are the best foods to eat as I get older?
  • How can I reduce food waste and save money?

Open to residents aged 65 and over, the three-week program provides an introduction to the dietary needs of older people, while learning how to prepare everyday meals easily, independently and on a budget.

Participants will also learn how to read nutrition labels and make wise food choices to ensure their cupboards are well-stocked with healthy foods.

The program will be held again in February 2020 and is funded by the Commonwealth Home Support Program and is free to those registered and referred through My Aged Care.

Buried in Treasures: program helping those living with hoarding behaviour

Buried Treasures, an award-winning Council program, offers support to Maroondah residents affected by hoarding behaviour.

The program is based on a prescribed program developed in the USA, which Council has adapted to support people with hoarding and compulsive-acquiring behaviours to make a change.

The program offers participants practical strategies, in a non-judgemental environment, to make the appropriate positive changes to their home environment. Participants attend 16 weekly sessions which cover topics including awareness, understanding, discarding and maintaining success.

It is estimated one in 20 Australians are afflicted by hoarding behaviour. Hoarding is a complex mental health issue and it can often be hard for individuals affected or their families to find the help they need. The problem can be socially isolating, damaging to property and relationships, and a potential fire, health and safety risk.

The Buried in Treasures program runs across a 16-week period, starting on Tuesday 11 February 2020.

For more about the program, or for help with hoarding and squalor, see the Maroondah Hoarding and Squalor Network website or phone Council on 1300 88 22 33.

Did you know?

Council’s Buried in Treasures program, a partnership with Tenancy Plus – Uniting and supported by SalvoCare East, was recently named the most Outstanding Program or Project (non-grant based) at the 2019 Local Government Professional (LGPro) Awards for Excellence.

Pool and spa owners reminded to meet new safety laws

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

From 1 December 2019, property owners and landlords, of houses, motels, hotels and apartment buildings, are required to register their pool or spa with Council as part of tough new laws introduced by the Victorian Government.

The implementation period will require owners of existing swimming pools and spas to take action by 1 June 2020.

In addition, owners will be required to provide certification to Council every four years from a registered building surveyor or registered building inspector, certifying that their pool or spa safety barriers comply with the standard applicable at the time of their installation.

Once registered with Council, you will receive further information in relation to the certification and key dates.

While there will be stricter laws on managing pool and spa compliance, the requirement to have safety barriers hasn’t changed. You are already expected to have safety barriers in place.

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

Council will maintain the register of swimming pools and spas within the municipality through owner registrations, existing Council records and aerial photography to ensure the database is up-to-date.

You can check if your pool or spa barriers are compliant using the Victorian Building Authority’s self-assessment checklists.

They reflect the standards and regulations that are applied to your pool or spa depending on your installation date.

Read more about registering your pool or spa

Pet registration renewals due in April

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Did you know that there are over 18,000 registered cats and dogs in Maroondah?

Maroondah pet owners are reminded that animal registration renewal notices will arrive in the mail during March, for payment due by Friday 10 April 2020.

If you are registering your pet for the first time, they must be microchipped before you can complete the registration process. If your pet has passed away or moved to a different Council area, please let us know so we can update our records.

Registration is an important part of responsible pet ownership and helps keep track of your much-loved pet. All dogs and cats must be registered by three months of age, as well as microchipped. Microchipping provides an extra level of protection should your pet’s collar become detached and greatly improves the chances of your pet being returned to you if they become lost.

It is also a requirement that your pet wears its Council-issued registration tag at all times. The tags are lifelong and are therefore not replaced when you renew your registration. Although if damaged or lost, replacement tags are available from Council free of charge.

Read more about registering your pet or call Council’s Local Laws team on 1300 88 22 33 for more information.

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. Please remember to take a bag with you when you take the dog for a walk.

Book online for immunisation sessions - 2020 calendar now available

Immunisation

Our immunisation session dates for 2020 are now available. To attend a session, book online with a date and time that is most suitable for you.

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

A reminder to parents, your child’s immunisations need to be kept up-todate if you intend to enrol them in any early childhood education or care service.

Early childhood or child care services are required to obtain immunisation records under the Victorian Government’s ‘No Jab, No Play’ legislation. This aims to improve vaccination rates and reduce the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases.

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

Also, parents can feel confident of a safe and effective immunisation service knowing that Council is accredited in compliance with AS/NZS ISO 9001 Quality Standards.

Council’s highly experienced immunisation team also offers a school-based immunisation program, a workplace flu immunisation program and free immunisation advice.

You can pick up a public immunisation session flyer from a customer service centre or maternal child health centre or visit our website for all available sessions and times, and to book online.

Parenting information sessions: supporting families and carers in Maroondah

Parents, grandparents and carers in Maroondah are welcome to attend any of Council’s parenting information sessions, designed to support families in their parenting journeys with children and young people.

One of the first events is Council’s 2020 Kinder Expo, for families in Maroondah in 2020.

Families with children looking to enrol in kindergarten in 2021, or unsure of the process, are encouraged to attend our free Maroondah 2020 Kinder Expo on Thursday, 5 March 2020 at Karralyka, from 6pm to 8.30pm.

The expo is timed to work in with kindergarten enrolments for 2021, which open on Friday 1 March 2020.

This event puts the spotlight on the preschool years, which is a time of enormous growth and development. Families can visit stallholders, speak to educators from local kindergartens to learn about the enrolment process.

Parenting information sessions are offered to families in Maroondah throughout the year, with everything from free advice, professional guest speakers, and information from a host of local service providers.

Details for the 2020 program will be released early in the new year.

The sessions are offered free-of-charge or at a low cost, so please check details for each session when booking.

If you would like to receive information on upcoming parenting sessions and other family events in Maroondah, you can join our ‘Parent mailing list’. Contact our Children’s Services Team on 9294 5740 or email childrens.services.events@maroondah.vic.gov.au

Tarralla Creek restoration has flow-on effect

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Tarralla Creek, home of the spotted marsh frog and other fauna and flora, will be recreated as part of a partnership project led by Melbourne Water, known as Reimagining Tarralla Creek.

A two-kilometre section of the waterway (from Dorset Road to Eastfield Road, Croydon) will be ‘daylighted’ as part of plans to restore the creek to a more natural state, improving the corridor’s habitat creation and biodiversity.

Reimagining Tarralla Creek is a collaborative project between the community, Melbourne Water and Council that will also see the surrounding natural environment improved to create an accessible open space that has better visual amenity and enables better community connections.

‘Spotted Marsh Frog’ leaps into Croydon

Spotted Marsh Frog, by acclaimed artist Ian Bracegirdle, is an eye-catching new public artwork welcoming visitors to Town Park, Croydon.

The larger-than-life likeness of the local amphibian, weighing over 300 kilograms, was hand-cast from fibre-reinforced cement, steel and copper. It captures the Spotted Marsh Frog, a species found in the nearby Tarralla Creek Wetlands, as it perches on reeds.

As well as being a dramatic and appealing art piece, the main sculpture and two baby frogs is a creative and engaging reminder of the importance of our urban wildlife habitat.

Summer spells fun with Maroondah Leisure

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

The Rings

School holiday sports at The Rings are perfect for your little sports star. Not only can they play basketball, they can also test their skills in soccer. The multi-sports holiday program has tailored sessions suited to children aged 5 to 12 years.

Bookings for the January School Holiday Program will be available from mid December.

Maroondah Nets

In January, Maroondah Nets will offer netball programs to keep your child’s skills progressing between terms.

The Netball School Holiday Program provides your child with the opportunity to work with high-level coaches, to improve strength, speed, agility and balance through skills sessions and match play. This program is suitable for children of all abilities, from ages 5 to 12.

Netball Advance, for players aged 11 to 14 years, is a clinic that gives young, enthusiastic netballers the chance to experience an advanced training session. This program offers an intense 2½ hour coaching session with Victorian Netball League coach Tim Smith and Championship players to get the best out of your future sports star.

Registrations for the holiday program and Netball Advance School Holiday Clinic open mid-December 2019.

Dive into the fun at Croydon Memorial Pool

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As we head into the warmer months, there’s no better place to cool off than at Croydon Memorial Pool, which is now open for the Summer season until Sunday 5 April 2020.

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

You can swim some laps, take a refreshing dip, get a group of friends or your family together for a picnic on the poolside lawn.

You can even purchase a season pass, which entitles you to unlimited access to the facility as well as low-impact aqua aerobics classes on Thursdays and Saturdays.

Aquahub aquatics closed for maintenance

Aquahub is improving it’s aquatic facilities by refurbishing the pools and sauna to ensure continued enjoyment for years to come.

Due to the extent of the works the aquatic facilities at Aquahub will be closed from Monday 16 December 2019 to Sunday 26 January 2020. Alternate aquatic facilities during this time can be enjoyed at Croydon Memorial Pool or Aquanation.

The Aquahub gym, group fitness studios and stadium will remain open and unaffected during this time.

International Women’s Day Breakfast - save the date!

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International Women’s Day is celebrated annually on 8 March, with the theme for 2020 being – let’s all be #EachforEqual

Council is once again hosting our Maroondah International Women’s Day Breakfast on Thursday 5 March, from 7.15am to 9am, at Karralyka.

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

Tickets cost $22 per person.

Bookings open soon! And will close on Friday 21 February 2020, unless booked out.

For more information contact Council on 1300 88 22 33.

Celebrate Australia Day with us!

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

The annual event is an opportunity for the community to come together to enjoy free family-friendly activities including Paw Patrol, Animals of the Magical Mountain and children’s performer Bethany Fisher, as well as free rides and face painting.

The Maroondah Australia Day award recipients will also be announced, and you can watch our newest community members take the pledge or oath to become Australian citizens.

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

R & M McGivern Art Prize 2019

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The prestigious R & M McGivern Prize has returned this year with emerging and established artists from across Australia submitting artwork based on the theme of ‘Anthropocene’.

This year’s art prize has attracted a record 450 entries, with 45 artists shortlisted for the prestigious title and prize money.

The $25,000 prize is awarded every three years for an outstanding, original art work. This year’s winning artwork is Nadine Christensen’s, Hang in there, an acrylic on sustainable farmed hoop pine with cedar stretcher.

The winner was announced at the opening of the finalists’ exhibition on Thursday 28 November. The exhibition shares conceptual, abstract and literal interpretations based on the theme of human habitation and its impact on the environment.

The winning painting becomes a valued addition to the Maroondah City Council Art Collection – a significant collection comprising over 400 works of art.

The winning piece, along with shortlisted works, are now on display in ArtSpace at Realm and Maroondah Federation Estate Gallery until 1 February 2020.

The prestigious art prize was established at the bequest of the late Muriel Evelyn McGivern as a legacy to her support of the arts in Maroondah.

Visitors to the exhibition can also vote for the People’s Choice Award, valued at $1000, with the winner to be announced on Friday 31 January.

Thinking outside the box

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Have you spotted our new public artworks on your trip through Ringwood?

To support the R & M McGivern exhibition, Council has commissioned the Anthropocene Art Trail to transform six traffic signal boxes in the Ringwood arts precinct into works of art.

Artists were invited to submit photographic and digital artworks celebrating the theme ‘Anthropocene’ to be displayed on signal boxes.

It’s all part of a signal box art project that will see more Maroondah signal boxes become digital artworks.

So keep your eye out for more great signal box art in 2020!

Celebrate what’s great about Maroondah

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Council’s free Celebrate Maroondah community events are fun, family-friendly celebrations of what’s great about the City of Maroondah. You’ll also get to meet your local ward Councillors and find out what’s happening in your area. Entry is free, and no bookings are required.

Music in the Park

Friday 7 February (Wyreena Ward)
6pm Free family activities
7pm Live music
Wyreena Community Arts Centre, Croydon

BYO picnic rug and dinner and settle into a relaxed evening on the Wyreena lawns while taking in the R&B and soulful tunes of gospel-charged group, SOUL.

Come along and meet your Wyreena Ward councillors and enjoy pre-entertainment activities including the Wyreena playspace, face painting and children’s games.

There will also be an opportunity to purchase something from the Conservatory Café.

Read more about the event

Karralyka’s 40th Birthday

Sunday 23 February (Mullum Ward)
11am to 3pm
Karralyka, Mines Road, Ringwood East

The Mullum Ward Councillors will be hosting this celebration of all things Maroondah, as we ring in 40 years of live theatre and community events at Karralyka.

Hosted on the Karralyka lawn, we will have plenty of guest appearances, entertainment, music, food trucks and free cake!

Enjoy free face painting, interactive games and music for the whole family!

There will be plenty to see and do over the day so come down early and enjoy this wonderful summer event. It will be a birthday celebration to remember!

Read more about the event

Free Movie Night – The Lion King (PG)

Saturday 14 March (Arrabri Ward)
6.30pm, movie starts at approx. 8.15pm
Gracedale Park, Gracedale Avenue, Ringwood East

Bring the family along for the screening of Director Jon Favreau’s computeranimated remake of the 1994 animated Disney film, The Lion King.

Meet your Arrabri Ward Councillors and enjoy the pre-movie activities including crafts, inflatables, face painting and children’s games.

Read more about the event

Dates for your diary

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Arts Lounge Exhibition

Until Saturday 25 January 2020
Wyreena Community Arts Centre
13-23 Hull Road, Croydon

Enjoy the works of talented local artists Alicia Cornwell, Jodie Kimpton and Gillian Nix as they explore the beauty of the natural environment, wildlife and man-made design through mediums including oil painting, soft watercolours and creative printmaking.

The Arts Lounge provides a vibrant and relaxed space for artists to exhibit their work, and where visitors can order a coffee or cake and relax in comfy seating, while appreciating the artwork.

The Arts Lounge is open weekdays from 9am to 4pm and Saturdays from 9am to 3pm. It will be closed from Thursday 19 December and re-open on Monday 6 January.

Heart & Music

Tuesday 10 March, 10.30am
Karralyka, Mines Road, Ringwood East

Internationally acclaimed musical theatre stars Simon Gleeson and Natalie O’Donnell share not just the stage, but a life and two children. As part of Karralyka’s Toe Tapping Tuesday program, Heart & Music offers an intimate performance of song and storytelling that celebrates the music which has shaped both of their careers and lives together. Every Toe Tapping Tuesday show treats you to complimentary tea, coffee and treats 45 minutes prior to each performance.

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

26th Annual Mayoral Art Exhibition

25 April to 20 June 2020
Maroondah Federation Estate Gallery
32 Greenwood Ave, Ringwood

Entries are now open for the 26th Annual Mayoral Art Exhibition, a fundraiser in support of the Bone Marrow Donor Institute, Croydon branch.

The theme for 2020 is ‘Light and shadow’, with artists encouraged to explore light, shade, chiaroscuro and reflections in their artwork.

Artworks of all mediums, including photography, sculpture, drawing, painting, printmaking and ceramics, are eligible to enter. A work will be selected from the exhibition by Mayor Cr Mike Symon to be added to Maroondah City Council’s permanent art collection.

Entries close 30 March 2020.

Happy Birthday Karralyka! Turning 40 never looked this good!

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Karralyka – Maroondah’s premier theatre and function venue – is turning 40 and we want you to be part of the celebrations!

Karralyka is all about providing special experiences and the 2020 Theatre Season will be no exception.

Enjoy highly acclaimed shows and artists, with a stunning line-up of theatre, comedy, dance, cabaret, music, children’s shows and more – as well as the popular Toe Tapping Tuesday program, with music and complimentary tea, coffee and treats throughout the year.

The season kicks off in February with 40 Years of Broadway, featuring the best of Broadway hits by the Mountain District Musical Society. During March, enjoy Karralyka Under the Stars with two of Australia’s much-loved musical acts, The Black Sorrows and Vika & Linda Bull.

Australia’s own ‘Man in Black’, Daniel Thompson, returns to Karralyka in April with his latest show based on the music of Johnny Cash; and there’ll be plenty of laughs when the hottest acts direct from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival bring their roadshow tour to the Karralyka stage.

A rollercoaster contemporary performance arrives in June with SLAP, BANG, KISS by multi-award-winning playwright Dan Giovannoni; and in an exciting first, The Sapphires, a multiple award-winning musical play, will be spreading the joy in July.

The second half of the year sees The Rocky Horror Show: Interactive experience, as well as spellbinding illusions, music and choreography with Celtic Illusion Reimagined - a show that has taken the world by storm! And if you’re an Elton John music fan, you won’t want to miss this season’s Rocketmen - The Music of Elton John featuring Naomi Price and Luke Kennedy.

And it’ll be One Summer not to forget when Aussie favourite Daryl Braithwaite performs classic hits from his days as frontman of the Australian band Sherbet and his solo career.

The Victorian State Ballet presents Swan Lake, the world’s most famous traditional classical ballet; and for the youngest of theatre-goers, The Gruffalo’s Child will deliver songs, laughs and scary fun with a magical musical adaptation from the award-winning picture book.

In November 2020, Karralyka is proud to support Your DNA Creative Arts, an allabilities community-based art group that offers people with a physical or intellectual disability the opportunity to follow their passion for the stage. You can even take your theatre experience to the next level with Karralyka’s Red Carpet Experience.

Simply purchase a Karralyka Gold Membership or upgrade your single show ticket to enjoy all the benefits of a VIP, including complimentary drinks, ice-creams and chef’s treats!

To find out more about the 2020 Theatre Season, or to book your tickets, visit the Karralyka website or phone the box office on 9870 2888.

The Ringwood Fire Carnival lights up Maroondah

Prepare to be dazzled and amazed when Ringwood Town Square lights up in 2020 for Maroondah’s first-ever Ringwood Fire Carnival between Friday 27 March to Saturday 4 April.

The nine exhilarating days of acrobatics, amazing illusions, stage magic and spectacular entertainment for people of all ages is brought to you by Council, Karralyka and Eastland.

2020 Maroondah Waste and Recycling Guide

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Waste calendar 2020

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Collection schedule - Area A

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Collection schedule - Area B

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Collection guidelines

  • Place the correct bins out by 6am and bring them in within 24 hours of collection.
  • Check your bin weight. If you can’t easily wheel your bin to the kerb, or it weighs more than 40kg, then it’s probably too heavy to be collected.
  • Your bin lid must be fully closed. Don’t overfill your bin as extra bags of rubbish will not be collected and you will be required to pick up any litter created due to the lid not being closed.

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 before 12 noon Friday
  • Visit one of Council’s service centres before 12 noon Friday.

Join the Compost Revolution

We are offering residents 60% off the purchase of a compost bin, worm farm (including worms) or a Bokashi, plus free delivery. Each Maroondah residential property is eligible for one subsidised system each year. To get your discounted system, go to the Compost Revolution website

Waste Education Program

Places are limited and bookings are essential. To book or for further information, please contact Council’s Waste Education Provider EnviroCom on 9703 5288.

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. Collections in the eastern area for 2020:

  • Wantirna South - 22 February 2020
  • Doncaster East - 21 March 2020
  • Lilydale - 16 May 2020

You must register for these collections online or call 1300 363 744.

Free E-waste drop off

Saturday 14 March 2020
8.30am to 3.30pm
Maroondah City Council’s Operations Centre
24-28 Lincoln Road, Croydon

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.

Items accepted: fluorescent light globes, including compact and tubes, household batteries, car batteries and gas bottles (up to 9kg). Any item with a battery or cord, with the exception of whitegoods or items that two people cannot pick up.

There’s no need to book, just come along with your e-waste, stay in your car and a staff member will take your e-waste straight from your car.

Waste and recycling workshops

Beginners Compost, Worm Farm & Bokashi

Learn how to set up, maintain and use a compost bin, worm farm or Bokashi bin.

Date: Wednesday 22 January 2020
Time: 12 noon to 2pm
Venue: Central Ringwood Community Centre, Bedford Park, Rosewarne Lane, Ringwood

Food Waste Avoidance

This workshop will provide you with all the tips and tricks you need to reduce your food waste at home.

Date: Monday 17 February 2020
Time: 1pm to 2.30pm
Venue: Central Ringwood Community Centre, Bedford Park, Rosewarne Lane, Ringwood

Avoid, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Follow the waste hierarchy and discover all the ways you can begin reducing waste at home

Date: Monday 16 June 2020
Time: 10am to 11.30am
Venue: Maroondah Federation Estate,32 Greenwood Ave, Ringwood

Declutter

Get organised, declutter and learn how to responsibly dispose of items.

Date: Wednesday 1 April 2020
Time: 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Venue: Karralyka, Mines Road, Ringwood East

Beginners Compost, Worm Farm & Bokashi

Learn how to set-up, maintain and use a compost bin, worm farm or Bokashi bin.

Date: Monday 20 April 2020
Time: 10am to 12 noon
Venue: Wyreena Community Arts Centre, 13-23 Hull Road, Croydon

The Science of Composting

Discover the science behind composting, to take your home composting to the next level!

Date: Wednesday 6 May 2020
Time: 9am to 11am
Venue: Central Ringwood Community Centre, Bedford Park, Rosewarne Lane, Ringwood

Waste and Recycling in Maroondah

Learn more about Council’s waste and recycling services.

Date: Tuesday 16 June 2020
Time: 6.30pm to 8pm
Venue: Maroondah Federation Estate, 32 Greenwood Ave, Ringwood

A convenient way to have your say

Council’s online consultation portal, Your Say Maroondah, provides the opportunity for our community to have their say on a range of Council projects – be it through online discussions, completing a survey, voting in quick polls, or simply sending us feedback.

Thank you to those who have taken the time to provide their views on key projects, initiatives, planning issues, policy development and future enhancements for Maroondah.

Your views are important to us and we continue to welcome your feedback.

View projects currently seeking feedback

Would you like to be notified of upcoming consultations, or receive updates on the projects that interest you? Register online

Maroondah Golf Strategic Review

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The Maroondah Golf Strategic Revoew consultation has been extended to 26 January 2020, so you now have more time to have your say on the Maroondah Golf Strategic Review.

Council is undertaking the review to ensure that golf in Maroondah is sustainable in the future and that we can continue to meet the changing needs and interests of our community.

To date the review has included an analysis of sports trends, golf participation rates, golf industry trends and golf facility innovation as well as two rounds of community consultation with local residents, golfers, and the broader community.

Read more and have your say on golf in Maroondah

Maroondah’s Liveability and Wellbeing Strategy 2021-2031

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The current Maroondah Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2017-2021 is due to conclude in 2021 and will be replaced by the new Maroondah Liveability and Wellbeing Strategy 2021-2031.

The strategy will provide a longer-term direction and create an holistic strategy covering key priorities to improve the health and wellbeing of Maroondah residents.

We are inviting the community to be part of the conversation. You can share your thoughts and ideas with us by completing our online survey or by sending in written feedback, focusing on eight key topics – celebrating diversity; community learning; healthy lifestyle; liveable neighbourhoods; safe communities; social inclusion; social influences and sustainable environment.

Council is also completing research on various social issues to ensure we develop an integrated action plan as part of the strategy.

The results of the research and community consultation will be used to determine where Council should focus its liveability and wellbeing efforts.

To add your voice to the conversation, visit Maroondah’s Liveability and Wellbeing Strategy 2021-2031 page on our Your Say Maroondah website

Consultation closes Tuesday 31 March.

Draft Eastfield Park Enhancement Plan

Over the past six months, Council has analysed extensive community feedback to determine common themes, ideas and opportunities for the enhancement of Eastfield Park.

The five proposed key elements were supported by the user groups of Eastfield Park and the wider community. The five key elements are: improvements to bushland and vegetation areas; enhanced football and cricket facilities; enhanced light harness and horse and pony facilities; enhanced open space areas and enhanced accessibility.

Council is now progressing with the development of a revised enhancement plan, which will be presented to the community for comment in early 2020.

You can stay up to date with the project and upcoming consultation opportunities by visiting our Eastfield Park Enhancement Plan project page

Draft Jubilee Park Enhancement Plan

Thank you to residents who attended our drop-in consultation sessions and shared their views online on the four key elements being considered for Maroondah’s premier sporting precinct, Jubilee Park.

This feedback will now be used to refine the key elements and to develop a Draft Jubilee Park Enhancement Plan for the sporting precinct. The four key elements include enhancements to bushland, sporting facilities, open space and accessibility.

This will help us to establish a clearer direction and vision for Jubilee Park, as well as to identify improvement works that would take place over the short, medium and long term.

If you would like to receive an email notification of when the next round of community consultation on the draft Jubilee Enhancement Plan is open, you can register your details via the Your Say Maroondah page on our website, otherwise stay tuned via our regular social channels.

Croydon Community Precinct vision comes to life

We have received positive feedback for the draft Masterplan for the future enhancement of the Croydon Community Precinct during the most recent community engagement period.

Initial preparation for a masterplan commenced over 12 months ago and more recently has included consultation with existing precinct user groups; refining the shared community vision for the precinct; and exploring key elements, including enhanced community wellbeing facilities; a family and children’s hub and sport and recreation hub.

The feedback helped to shape the draft Masterplan for the precinct that aims to bring together a range of community services, programs and activities for people of all ages and abilities.

The draft Masterplan also focuses on enhanced open spaces and better connectivity between the precinct, recreational hubs, Main Street, Croydon Town Square and public transport services.

To bring the draft Masterplan to life and help the community picture what it may look like, we created a visual fly through of the precinct as well as a 3D model.

Both of these highlight the proposed key elements for the precinct, including three community hubs, improved pedestrian linkages, increased areas of open space and future development site opportunities.

Based on the feedback from the community Council will now be undertaking further detailed design works, which will include how best to retain and incorporate heritage elements.

Further opportunities will be available for community input and feedback into the draft Masterplan during 2020. To stay up to date with the project you can register your interest on the YourSay Maroondah project page

Wondering what the future precinct might look like? We have set up a 3D model of the draft Masterplan at Croydon Library. Or jump onto the Croydon Community Precinct project page on the Your Say Maroondah website a visual fly through.

Keep your cool this summer with vital safety tips

Prepare a fire plan

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As we head into the bushfire season, now is the time to make sure that you and your property are ‘fire ready’.

Preparing a fire plan will ensure that you are prepared in the event of a bushfire or grass fire. Your plan should outline what you need to do in the lead up and during a bushfire season, as well as your backup plan. Tell your friends and family what you plan to do in the case of a bushfire. And don’t forget about your animals or pets.

The CFA website is a fantastic resource and offers advice on preparing a Bushfire Survival Plan.

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

Play it safe around water

Between July 2018 to June 2019, 276 people drowned in waterways across Australia.

This highlights the importance of being safe around 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 keep a close eye on friends and family when around water. Teaching children water safety skills and enrolling them in swimming lessons are a vital part of water safety.

For pool and spa owners, new laws introduced by the Victorian Government require mandatory registration of all swimming pools and spas. It is also a requirement that pool/spa fences and gates meet regulations and are in proper working order. Also check that there aren’t any items nearby that might be used to climb over the fence or gate.

Never leave children or pets unattended in cars

Children, as well as pets, must never be left unattended in a car, especially on hot days. In Victoria, it is against the law to leave a child unattended in a car.

Temperatures inside a car can double within minutes, putting children and animals at severe risk of heat stroke, and can even be fatal.

Remember to always keep car keys on you to avoid the risk of children accidentally locking themselves inside the car.

While it may be tempting to leave your dog or cat inside the car while running a quick errand, they can quickly succumb to the effects of heatstroke. Even if windows are wound down or the car is in the shade, pets can still overheat.

Prepare for heatwaves

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With summer here, 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, occurs 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, looking after others including pets (who should be kept indoors and well hydrated), and 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.

Be Storm Safe

Maroondah is a storm-prone area, experiencing severe storm events on a regular basis, often resulting in property damage, flooding and personal injury.

It is important for residents to ensure their property is protected well before a storm occurs. This includes developing a home or business emergency plan and assembling an emergency kit (including a torch, battery-operated radio and list of emergency numbers).

You should also prepare your home or business site to reduce incidents and ensure you have adequate insurance.

Site preparation may include cleaning gutters, downpipes and drains, trimming overhanging branches, repairing the roof and securing outdoor furniture.

For further information, contact Council or visit the State Emergency Service’s website

Keeping pets safe during fireworks and thunderstorms

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Missing a pet during the festive season can quickly put a dampener on celebrations, so double check the security of your yard and ensure their microchip details and council registration details are up to date.

To avoid animals becoming fearful during times of loud noises like thunderstorms and fireworks, make sure you provide access to a safe place where your pet may feel more at ease. And remember never to punish your pet for exhibiting this behaviour during times of stress.

It is also important that you ensure your pets are well cared for if you are planning to head away for the holiday season. Animals can become distressed during their owner’s absence and can often escape or cause noise nuisance to neighbours. It is recommended that owners have someone stay with your animals or have them cared for in a boarding kennel if you are away.

Your Arrabri Councillors

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Cr Tony Dib OAM JP

Mobile: 0438 515 089

During 2019 more than 500 people, from more than 44 different nationalities made the Australian citizenship pledge in ceremonies held in Maroondah.

I have the privilege to be involved in these ceremonies through the year, which are an important final step that members of our community take to become an Australian citizen.

It is a pleasure to attend these ceremonies and witness people from so many different countries embracing Australia, and Maroondah, as their new home.

Having taken the oath myself many years ago, it makes me so proud to see Maroondah continue to be such a supportive multicultural society, one that celebrates the richness and diversity of our community.

For those who have never attended a Citizenship Ceremony I encourage you to come along to our next event, on Australia Day, at Ringwood Lake Park.

Find out more about becoming a citizen or an upcoming ceremony

Cr Paul Macdonald

Mobile: 0436 001 760

This time of year is great to explore our parks and reserves. And what better way to do that than using our extensive network of walking and cycling paths.

Whether you enjoy walking, running or cycling the shared pathways are vital connections between reserves and major road networks.

Each year we program maintenance and upgrades to our pathways with one of the current projects underway being the reconstruction of the shared pathway along Dandenong Creek.

Works are now complete between Laura Reserve and Dorset Road meaning users of the pathway can now enjoy a wide three metre pathway in sections, and there were also minor alterations to the alignment to preserve the surrounding vegetation.

Early in 2020 the next stage of the project will begin, with works to reconstruct and widen the shared path from Laura Reserve to Colchester Road.

These works are expected to be completed mid-2020.

Cr Kylie Spears

Mobile: 0436 003 660

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to share their thoughts with us over the past months, as we prepare an enhancement plan for Eastfield Park.

Council has been working closely with the user groups and our community to ensure we have a clear understanding of what people love about the reserve and what areas they would like to see enhanced.

Discussing ideas and concerns directly with residents is one of the best ways we, as Councillors, can keep our finger on the pulse. I’ve enjoyed speaking with user groups and am pleased that the majority are very supportive of the proposed key elements.

We are now preparing a revised draft of the enhancement plan for Eastfield Park, with further community consultation to take place late January and February.

I encourage the community to stay engaged with the project on the YourSay Maroondah website, so that we can get the best result for the future of Eastfield Park.

$4.25 million revitalisation of HE Parker sporting pavilion underway

The redevelopment of HE Parker sporting pavilion in Heathmont is underway with the former 1960s clubrooms demolished and earthworks completed onsite.

At the same time the new pavilion is being pre-fabricated off site, with the ground floor sections to be delivered and craned into place during December and the first floor scheduled to be delivered and installed in February 2020.

Completion is expected in late April. The double-storey facility will be home to four female-friendly change rooms, to cater for growing female involvement in grassroots sport, as well as a large multipurpose room and amenities. The facility will focus on inclusiveness and accessibility for all abilities.

The new pavilion will accommodate the Heathmont Cricket Club and the Heathmont Football Club, both of which had outgrown the former building. It will also be home to Sport and Life Training (SALT). It is also envisaged that the facility will be used by the wider community.

The $4.25 million project will complement the nearby $16.5 million HE Parker multi-sports complex, Maroondah Nets, which opened earlier this year, and the $200,000 Council funded HE Parker  tennis pavilion refurbishment, completed in mid-2018.

Your Mullum Councillors

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Cr Nora Lamont

Mobile: 0428 394 581

One of the great things about living in Maroondah is our tree canopy and large areas of open space.

Council is doing a lot of work to ensure that these spaces are not only preserved for our future generations, but also that they can continue to provide vital habitat corridors for our native wildlife.

A range of species, including koalas, used to frequent Maroondah, but unfortunately it has been a number of years since some native species have been spotted in our municipality.

In order to attract native wildlife back to Maroondah we need to maintain and expand a range of habitat elements, and provide the connectivity between spaces that different species need to survive.

The actions we take today to maintain our wildlife movement corridors will hopefully result in a range of native wildlife returning for our future generations.

Cr Samantha Mazzuchelli

Mobile: 0408 145 110

Christmas is just around the corner, so it’s time to start thinking about how we can continue to be waste-wise.

We all enjoy unwrapping presents, but unfortunately a lot of waste ends up in landfill that could so easily be recycled, such as wrapping paper, packaging, boxes, disposable plates and more.

Recycling is one of the simplest things we can do to reduce our impact on the environment. So, once it’s time to start the post-festive season clean out, please make an effort to sort and then recycle all appropriate material.

Sorting is essential. It is vital that you only place appropriate items in your recycling bin. Non-recyclable material, especially plastic bags, can block machinery and contaminate recyclable material. Plus broken glass poses a hazard for those processing the material.

It’s not just wrapping and packaging that can be recycled, live Christmas trees can be cut into small pieces and placed into the green waste bin.

Cr Mike Symon, Mayor

Mobile: 0436 002 080

We are very fortunate in Maroondah to have such a high calibre of arts events and activities on our own doorstep.

Council prides itself on providing interesting, engaging and thought provoking offerings to our community across a range of artistic mediums.

Having the opportunity to work with members of the Maroondah Arts Advisory Committee over the past 18 months, I have seen first hand the passion and talent we have within our community.

At the moment, we have some of Australia’s most highly acclaimed artists in the R & M McGivern Prize exhibition. You can see the finalists on exhibition in Artspace at Realm and Maroondah Federation Estate Gallery until February 1.

In January the new season of events and activities from the 2020 Ringwood Arts Precinct Calendar kicks off, including a performances and activations.

Find out more about arts and cultural activities in Maroondah

Proclamation Park sports pavilion

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A $3.25 million redevelopment will be taking place at Proclamation Park sporting pavilion in 2020.

The project will involve the demolition of the existing pavilion and construction of a new two-storey facility, including female change facilities to meet the growing female participate in cricket and baseball.

In addition, there will be an accessible public toilet, storage for clubs, and a levelone multipurpose room with kitchen, kiosk and spectator viewing area.

Proclamation Park is a popular Maroondah sporting precinct, featuring the recently redeveloped $2.86 million AC Robertson Athletics Track and Tony Lethbridge Pavilion; two baseball diamonds; three ovals; and surrounding bushland.

It is also home to the Ringwood Athletic Club, Ringwood Little Athletics Centre, Ringwood Professional Athletic Club, Ringwood Cricket Club, Ringwood Saints Baseball Club, and Proclamation Park Walkers.

Works to upgrade the baseball and cricket sports pavilion are expected to commence in mid-2020.

Your Wyreena Councillors

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Cr Tasa Damante

Mobile: 0438 704 819

I’m happy to see works are continuing onthe upgrade of Lincoln Road, Croydon. Council received funding from the Federal Roads to Recovery program to reconstruct and upgrade Lincoln Road, between Dorset Road and Hull Road.

The works are being undertaken in two stages, with Stage 1, between Hull Road and Dornoch Court, already complete.

Stage 2 of the project will begin in early 2020 and will make a huge difference for the community. It will improve the road condition as well as provide new bike lanes and footpaths, new street lighting, and improvements to the service road access points.

A big focus of the project is to protect existing vegetation areas as well as allowing for new landscaping areas and water sensitive urban design along the road. The Lincoln Road reserve has more than 4500 trees, with more than 50 different species, so it is important that we protect and enhance the spaces.

Cr Marijke Graham, Deputy Mayor

Mobile: 0418 109 015

Local businesses will soon be able to take steps to be more environmentally sustainable, with Council in the process of establishing an Environmental Upgrade Agreement (EUA) program.

The initiative will help Maroondah businesses access funding for building works to improve energy efficiency, reduce waste, and cut water use.

To be launched early in 2020, the program involves businesses working with a financial institution and Council to enter into the EUA, which means they can pay for the improvement works through their rates.

This is a win/win for businesses and the environment, as it makes upgrading to sustainable options more affordable, and has the opportunity to create more local jobs and ongoing cost savings for tenants and business owners.

Cr Rob Steane

Mobile: 0407 519 986

This time of year it is wonderful to see so many of our community members out and about joining in festive celebrations.

Maroondah Carols and the lighting of the Christmas Tree in Ringwood Town Square attracted thousands of community members.

There are also more social events and activities over the holiday season and Summer months, that it is inevitable we will spend a lot of time on the road. So, it is important that we all take extra care and pay attention.

It’s great to join in and have fun, but this shouldn’t mean making silly decisions, as these can have a devastating impact on the road toll, and our family and friends.

So, as drivers, cyclists and pedestrians, please stay safe on the roads and enjoy the quality time with your friends and family this festive season.

If you are heading away please make sure that you are prepared for any emergency situations. Staying up to date with warnings and having an evacuation plan may prove to be a life saver.

Smoother journey for motorists travelling through Maroondah Highway intersection

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It’s good news for commuters with the major redevelopment of the Maroondah Highway, Dorset Road, Exeter Road and Bellara Drive intersection now complete.

Managed by VicRoads, the $8 million project, funded by the Federal Government, is designed to reduce congestion and travel times through this busy intersection, which the RACV found was the second worst for evening peak travel times in Melbourne.

Approximately 33,000 motorists travel along Maroondah Highway each day,with six per cent of those being heavy vehicles.

If you haven’t visited the area since the works have been completed, we encourage you to head back and support the local businesses. The upgrade means there is now better accessibility to businesses and shops in the precinct.

A range of safety treatments also ensure the intersection is safer for vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.

17/12/2019
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