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Maroondah News - Winter 2021

The Winter edition of Maroondah News was distributed to Maroondah households in the week of Monday 19 July. 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 News by opening the accordions below or download the PDF version of Maroondah News - July 2021.  (pdf, 2MB)

Mayor’s message

 
Mayor Kylie Spears

Welcome to our Winter edition of Maroondah news. It’s pleasing to see that as a community we are continuing to support each other through the challenges of the ongoing pandemic. Over the past months we’ve shown great resilience and compassion, as we again faced uncertainty and disruption to our daily lives.

Thank you to all in our community for playing your part to keep our community safe by following the restrictions, getting vaccinated and continuing to be vigilant with personal hygiene.

On top of the COVID restrictions we were also hit with storms in June that caused almost unimaginable damage to parts of Victoria, including in Maroondah. Many households were impacted by blackouts and experienced restricted access to essential services.

In Maroondah, many homes were without power for weeks. Emergency crews from Council, SES and other emergency services worked tirelessly to clear trees and debris from our roads, parks, reserves and those homes most impacted.

Council supported our community with services such as emergency housing, additional food waste collections, hot showers at Aquahub and wifi charging at Karralyka, Realm and Croydon Library.

In addition, many families, neighbours and community groups opened their doors to offer support, providing everyday essentials, equipment, food and power.

I’d like to thank everyone who helped, as in times of emergency, even the simplest gesture can mean the world to those who have been impacted.

In this edition of Maroondah news, we take an in-depth look at the recently adopted 2021/22 Budget and Council Plan 2021-2025, as well as our modified walking sports sessions and annual street tree-planting program.

In addition, you can find out more about current projects and asset improvement works that are important to our community.

Our BizWeek 2021 was a hit, featuring workshops and webinars. It was designed to equip business leaders with effective strategies during the recovery phase. Many businesses in response to the past 12 months have benefited greatly from the chance to learn from experts and industry professionals.

Recently, we’ve seen the exciting pop-up community space arrive in Croydon South, which was designed to increase vibrancy during the initial easing of restrictions. Many in our community jumped at the chance to reengage and participate in programmed activities in a COVID-safe setting.

Our Be Kind campaign, has continued with many locals going above and beyond to help others. It’s important that we all continue to practice self-care, as well as look out for friends and family. Our wonderful community will be the key towards leading our recovery locally.

If you or someone you know needs support, Council has many resources available, including Maroondah Connect, where residents can access a range of emotional, practical and social supports.

Kind Regards,

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Councillor Kylie Spears
Mayor

Keep in touch 

We are 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 e-newsletter, Maroondah News, to receive the latest Council news - delivered straight to your inbox! To become a subscriber, visit our website and 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 and YouTube).

We also welcome people to provide feedback on a range of activities, projects and documents in the planning via our Your Say Maroondah website - as COVID restrictions ease, we look forward to being able to undertake face to face engagement with our community in the coming months.

Council meetings

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

  • Monday 19 July
  • Monday 16 August
  • Monday 20 September
  • Monday 18 October

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.

Opening hours

Our customer service centres are here to help. See our operating hours below:

Realm Service Centre

  • Ringwood Town Square,
  • 179 Maroondah Highway, Ringwood (opposite Ringwood Station).
  • Open Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm Open Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm

Croydon Service Centre

  • Croydon Library, 5 Civic Square, Croydon
  • Open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
  • Closed on all public holidays

You can also contact us by:

Council Plan & Budget

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The recently adopted 2021/22 Budget will help us continue to deliver more than 120 services and programs, protect Council’s $1.87 billion in net community assets, deliver $48.25 million of extensive capital projects, and ensure Council’s financial sustainability.

The 2021/22 Budget and Council Plan 2021-2025 have been developed to align Council’s key strategies with priorities, needs and aspirations of the community. Both documents will continue to focus on initiatives and programs that provide support to our community, including Council’s plan for recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Priority actions

The Council Plan lists 37 priority actions to be undertaken by Council over the next four-year period from 2021/22 to 2024/25.

Significant projects identified for delivery include:

  • Implementation of the Maroondah COVID-19 Recovery Plan
  • Infrastructure upgrades to sporting facilities at Jubilee, Proclamation, Springfield, Cheong and Ainslie parks, and at Dorset Recreation and Silcock reserves.
  • Finalise and implement the Maroondah Liveability, Wellbeing and Resilience Strategy 2021-2031 (incorporating the Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan).
  • Develop and implement the Waste, Litter & Resource Recovery Strategy.
  • Design and construct activity centre carparks in Croydon, Ringwood and Heathmont; and at Heatherdale Station.
  • Review, update and implement Council’s Sustainability; Climate Change Risk and Adaption, and Carbon Neutral strategies.

Read the Council Plan 2021-2025 and the Adopted Budget 2021/22.

Delivering vital community services

Over the past few years, Council has received significant recognition for the innovative and quality services it delivers.

These services are vital to the health and wellbeing of our community, and include:

Important Maternal and Child Health services delivered through eight centres across the municipality, including infant health checks and parent groups.

A fully accredited immunisation service, which delivers more than 10,000 vaccinations annually, including for babies and children, both pre-school and school-aged.

More than 250 hours of support provided annually to residents through the Maroondah Supported Residential Services program.

Over 15,500 hours of Social Inclusion and Wellbeing programs for older residents and people with a disability.

Services and programs for young people aged 10 to 25, including drop-in programs and support services.

The creation and distribution of more than 40,000 Delivered Meals every year.

Training and coordinating 90 school crossing supervisors who support safe passage to and from school and kindergarten at 74 school crossings across Maroondah.

Capital works highlights

Council maintains $1.87 billion in assets on behalf of the community, including 510 buildings and structures, 433 parks, 47 bush reserves, 121 playgrounds, 475 kilometres of roads, 367 kilometres of stormwater drainage pipes and 600 kilometres of constructed footpaths.

Council has allocated $48.25 million in the 2021/22 Budget to ensure our assets continue to meet the current and future needs of our community.

These important and diverse projects include:

  • improving accessibility at our facilities
  • road sealing and reconstruction works
  • footpath replacement works
  • stormwater and drainage renewal
  • sportsfield resurfacing and lighting
  • playground renewals and bridge replacement works in our reserves.
 
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COVID-19 community update

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented challenges for everyone in our community.

In response, Council developed a COVID-19 Recovery Plan, following extensive community engagement with more than 2800 responses received from community members.

The Plan identifies priority areas and actions on how we will support our community during the recovery.

Many of the actions feature partnerships with community organisations. This includes within the areas of community health, family support, food relief and mental health. This is in addition to services already offered through Council.

The key to our recovery locally is ensuring there are systems in place that adapt to changing and emerging community needs and strengths.

For more information on available support services, please visit our website.

Maroondah COVID Recovery Plan  (pdf, 3MB) 

Do you need support?

Individuals, families and communities may find themselves in need of support and it can be daunting to ask for help. But it is ok to ask for help.

If you are feeling lonely or isolated or facing some difficulties our MaroondahConnect service can help you to access a range of emotional, practical and social support.

All you need to do is call Council during business hours on 1300 88 22 33 or 9298 4598; live chat on our website or send an email to maroondah@maroondah.vic.gov.au.

BizWeek 2021 supporting businesses through challenging environment

Our BizWeek2021 events proved to be a success, with hundreds of businesses taking up the opportunity to participate in the series of free and low-cost small business workshops.

Offered by experts and industry professionals, businesses were able to learn more fundamental skills, including how to develop a social media strategy, and staying up to date with changing business trends.

Our BizHub Maroondah team offer training sessions throughout the year. Find our how to get involved by visiting the BizHub website

Keep up to date with the latest COVID-19 updates

For all the latest COVID-19 updates from the Victorian Government please regularly monitor the Department of Health website.

For updates on Council’s services visit our website or call 1300 88 22 33.

COVID-19 community health updates

Maroondah vaccine clinic opens its doors.

COVID Vaccine Clinic entrance doors

Council has worked with EACH and Eastern Health to assist in the establishment of a COVID vaccination clinic for the region. Located in the former civic offices at Braeside Avenue, Ringwood the hub opened its doors in March and will be in operation until the end of 2021.

With plenty of parking, the hub is close to bus and train public transport routes, and is a short walk from both Ringwood and Ringwood East stations.

Choosing to get vaccinated against COVID-19 will help keep you, your family and community safe. However, having a COVID-19 vaccination is a personal choice. It is important to talk to your doctor about your personal situation and any existing medical conditions to find out if vaccination is suitable for you.

For more information on getting vaccinated including locations, eligibility and how to prepare and what to expect, visit the Department of Health website.

Symptoms and testing

Anybody can get COVID-19 if they have contact with a person who has the virus. If you have any of the below symptoms, however mild, you should seek advice and get tested.

  • fever
  • chills or sweats
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • shortness of breath
  • runny nose
  • loss or change in sense of smell or taste

To get further advice, call the 24-hour Coronavirus Hotline 1800 675 398 or your doctor.

The Victorian Government have a range of supports available, including a Test Isolation Payment that provides financial support while people self-isolate to wait for the results of a coronavirus (COVID-19) test.

For more information on support payments visit the Department of Health website.

Using the Victorian Government QR code

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Checking in is the best way to stop the spread of coronavirus, and act fast to protect our businesses, communities, and each other.

The Victorian Government is asking everyone to download the Service Victoria App and to check in when visiting supermarkets, shops, cafes, businesses, community venues, places of worship and workplaces - regardless of how long you spend at the venue.

The quickest way to check-in is to use the Service Victoria app. You can download the latest version of the Service Victoria app onto your smart phone from the App Store or Google Play. For more information visit service.vic.gov.au/check-in.

Nominations open for Bill Wilkins Volunteer Award

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Do you know a volunteer who is making a real difference in the community? If so, now’s your chance to nominate them for the 2021 Bill Wilkins Volunteer Award.

Named in honour of community stalwart Bill Wilkins OAM, the award recognises those in our community who inspire and embody the spirit of volunteerism through their positive contribution to Maroondah.

Volunteering not only connects you to others, it can help keep you mentally stimulated and active, and bring fun and fulfilment to your life.

Nominations close Sunday 26 September 2021. The winner of the prestigious volunteer service award will be announced in December.

Find more information on how to nominate or to find out how you can make a rewarding contribution to the community by becoming a volunteer, or call 1300 88 22 33 to find out more.

Australia Day award reminder

Do you know an outstanding citizen deserving of recognition?

Online nominations for Maroondah’s Australia Day awards are open until 5pm on Sunday 28 November.

The honour rewards community service at local level, recognising impactful contributions to the local community over many years.

Categories are:

  • Young Citizen of the Year
  • Citizen of the Year
  • Community Event of the Year

You can nominate online or by filling in a hardcopy form available at a customer service centre.

Promoting diversity through the arts 

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A range of creative arts projects will be rolled out over the next 12 months thanks to more than $23,294 allocated under Council’s 2021/22 Arts and Cultural Grants Funding Scheme.

Among this year’s successful initiatives is a community performance developed to amplify lesser-heard voices of Maroondah to the broader community; an exhibition and public program of stories told through Australian sign language, Auslan, and which promotes social inclusion; and a thought-provoking outdoor performance by local production group, Fresh Theatre for Social Change.

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

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

Find more information on the Arts and Cultural Grants Funding Scheme.

Grant funding supporting community

Sixty Maroondah community groups have benefited from more than $167,400 in funding to support important local projects and programs as part of Council’s 2021/22 Community Grants Funding Program.

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

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

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

Winter Shelter is one of this year’s beneficiaries, receiving a grant for its program that provides emergency food, shelter and wellbeing support for those experiencing homelessness.

A program to promote active participation in community sport for people with a disability; community learning opportunities to support positive ageing; and programs helping settlement of newly arrived migrants are among other projects to be funded.

Find more information on the Community Grants Funding Program.

Shining a light on Maroondah’s young achievers

This year’s Maroondah Youth Awards saw 117 exceptional young people recognised for their contribution to the community.

Council’s Maroondah Youth Awards is an annual event that recognises the many talents, contributions and achievements of young people aged 10 to 25 in Maroondah.

The awards presentation evening was held on 21 April at Karralyka, and recognised young recipients across four categories.

Creativity Award recipients included talented young people from the world of music, dance, acting and visual arts. The Perseverance Award recognised newly arrived refugees, young people working hard towards a future career, and those who have displayed resilience in overcoming personal or physical adversity.

The Leadership Award included an impressive pool of young people who display leadership qualities through their advocacy work and by taking on leadership roles at school or in their community.

The Teamwork Award went to an impressive array of projects being undertaken by young people, including Maroondah’s Youth Wellbeing Advocates.

Maroondah libraries more popular than ever, new figures show

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Funded three-year-old kindergarten is being introduced across Victoria as a new initiative to support young children to get the best start to their education.

From next year, as part of the Victorian Government’s Kindergarten Reform, every Victorian three-year-old will be able to access a minimum of five hours per week of subsidised three-year-old kindergarten, increasing up to 15 hours per week by 2029.

Children in Maroondah are eligible to attend a funded kindergarten program if they turn three or four years of age on or before 30 April in the year of attendance. Funded kindergarten means the government will help the kindergarten service with the cost of your child attending.

Research has shown that attending two years of quality kindergarten has great benefits, with children said to be more independent and confident and more likely to make a smoother transition to primary school.

Stand-alone kindergartens in Maroondah are part of the Maroondah Integrated Kindergarten Association (MIKA) central enrolment system, which is supported by Council.

MIKA provides a central enrolment for both three and four-year-old groups, on behalf of its 22-member kindergartens.

To decide if your child is ready to start kindergarten, talk to your Maternal and Child Health nurse about your child’s health and wellbeing.

Find more information on enrolment, eligibility and for a list of kindergartens.

Exquisite artists step out from the shadows

Patricia Hillard painting of a flower

The fine works of Patricia Hillard and Peter Revelman shone brightly among a field of high-quality entries at this year’s annual Mayoral Art Exhibition.

More than 80 pieces graced the Maroondah Federation Estate Gallery walls for the 26th instalment of the exhibition, with the talented duo announced as the Maroondah City Council acquisition winners.

The exhibition was an open call for entries from artists to enter pieces based on the theme of ‘Light and Shadow’. Artists were encouraged to explore light, shade, chiaroscuro and reflections.

Mayor Cr Kylie Spears announced Patricia and Peter as the recipients of the 2021 Mayoral Art Prize at the exhibition opening.

Patricia’s painting, Nella Luce, which translates to ‘Into the Light’, beautifully captures the theme of this year’s prize. Her work impressed with its technical accomplishment in the style of photorealism and for its delicate beauty.

For Peter’s glass sculptures, Precarious and Balanced, he displayed a mastery of glass and exquisite balance of form and colour.

The selected works will be included in the Maroondah City Council Art Collection, which has grown to more than 300 pieces and includes works by celebrated artists such as Sidney Nolan, JA Turner, Lloyd Rees and Yosl Bergner.

As with previous years, all works were available for the public to purchase, with funds going towards the Croydon Branch of the Bone Marrow Donor Institute.

Meanwhile, exhibition supporter, Ringwood East/Heathmont Community Bendigo Bank, also acquired a captivating piece titled Ice-cream Days by Rona Green. Rona is a highly regarded contemporary artist, who uses printmaking to explore ideas about identity.

Let’s get neighbourly, Maroondah! 

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As part of our Be Kind Maroondah campaign, Council has teamed up with Neighbourhood Connect and our local community houses to provide free workshops for people interested in making a difference in their neighbourhood.

The Let’s Get Neighbourly workshops have been a great way for residents to get to know their neighbours and strengthen the sense of community Maroondah is known for.

Research shows that people who connect and bond with their neighbours experience a greater sense of belonging. Social connection makes us feel better and can help prevent loneliness, isolation and depression.

The workshops are designed to help you develop the skills and confidence to engage with other people in your street and neighbourhood - it can be as simple as a wave, a chat over the fence, an online group, inviting a neighbour for a cup of tea or hosting a street activity.

Register to become a connector today by visiting our Let’s Get Neighbourly page.

L2P mentors hold keys to unlocking potential

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Volunteers are an indispensable asset for our community and again we are seeking your assistance.

We need volunteer mentors to assist disadvantaged learner drivers aged 16 to 21 to gain the 120 hours driving experience required to apply for a probationary licence.

Obtaining a Driver’s Licence can be a life-changing experience for a young person.

A licence can mean independence, self-confidence and even the difference between whether they can gain employment.

Through the TAC L2P program in Maroondah, in addition to being matched with a mentor, learners can access up to seven free driving lessons with a professional instructor.

The program aims to develop young people into safe, confident drivers.

Young people involved in the program come from various backgrounds. They may have left home or be away with study. They could be living in residential homes or have parents who cannot drive.

Mentors in Maroondah come from a range of backgrounds and ages - currently from 25 to 88 - and receive support before and during the program. Council has been involved with the program since 2015, so far supporting 72 young people in their journey to obtain a licence.

Before being paired with a volunteer mentor, the young person learning to drive has lessons with professional instructors.

Council provides training and support to all supervising drivers, while lessons will be held in a Maroondah TAC L2P vehicle.

Mentors need to meet the following criteria:

  • Be over 21 years old
  • Hold a full Victorian driver’s licence
  • Can commit to at least one hour per week

For more information, and to register, please visit Careers@Maroondah.

If you have any questions, connect with us on Facebook, call 9294 5723 or email us at L2P@maroondah.vic.gov.au.

Home ground advantage: investing in the future of grassroots sport 

As a result of funding from the Australian Government, Victorian Government and Council, several significant projects have been recently completed or are under construction. For more updates or photos on these and other developments, visit the project pages on Council’s website.

$4.5m HE Parker sporting pavilion unveiled

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In April 2021, we marked the exciting completion of the new $4.5 million HE Parker sporting pavilion.

In a first at Maroondah, Council used an off-site pre-fabricated construction method for the sporting pavilion, which allowed building works to be completed in a shorter timeframe and with minimal disruption to clubs.

The double-storey facility in HE Parker Reserve replaces the former 1960s clubrooms with a facility that now incorporates four female-friendly change rooms, a large multipurpose room and amenities, ensuring inclusiveness and all-abilities access.

The new pavilion will support the anticipated growth of both the Heathmont Football and Cricket clubs, particularly with the increase of female junior and senior teams for football, and the introduction of a female cricket season. The facility is also home to Sport and Life Training (SALT) and will be utilised by the wider community.

The pavilion complements the recently renovated lighting and sportsfield upgrade, creating a first-class cricket and football facility in the heart of Heathmont.

The project was funded by $4 million from Council and $500,000 by the Australian Government, with the Victorian Government contributing $75,000 towards the fit-out.

$8m Dorset Recreational Reserve sports hub

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Works are underway on a new pavilion at Dorset Recreation Reserve 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.

RO Spencer Pavilion Jubilee Park

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RO Spencer Pavilion redevelopment works have begun as part of the Jubilee Park Enhancement Plan.

The $3.5 million redevelopment of RO Spencer Pavilion includes 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 to be implemented over the next 10 years.

$3.5m Silcock Reserve pavilion redevelopment

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The $3.5 million redevelopment of the new Silcock Reserve pavilion is now complete, providing outstanding new facilities for several clubs and the broader community.

The new-look pavilion features multipurpose spaces for enhanced community use, two umpire changerooms, undercover spectator area, all abilities access and social spaces with kitchen facilities in a modern, environmentally sensitive design.

The accessible and female-friendly facilities will help to maximise participation across all ages, skill levels and genders.

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 $3.5 million project was jointly funded by Council, which allocated $2.75 million, with the Australian Government contributing $500,000 and the Victorian Government $250,000.

Proclamation Park sporting pavilion redevelopment

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Works are well underway on the new pavilion at Proclamation Park to make way for a new $3.25 million two-storey facility.

The new sporting pavilion at Proclamation Park will be positioned and designed to capture 180-degree views of the field. The facility will 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 Saints Baseball Club, the Ringwood Cricket Club and Heathmont Cricket Club.

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

Bringing generations together

Senior person with young child both laughing

Council is launching a new program GenConnect to bring our older and younger generations together.

The Intergenerational program will bring isolated members of our community and our Maroondah Occasional Care children together for weekly activities and a chance to socialise over lunch.

Building on the success of Old People’s Home for Four Year Olds it is hoped that the program will bring much needed social interactions to all participants.

To participate in the program the older person must be over 55, live independently, be reasonably mobile and have no or limited family supports.

If you or someone you know might benefit from this please contact Council on 1300 88 22 33 or find out more about the Intergenerational program.

Croydon Community Wellbeing Precinct: Working towards a connected community

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The Croydon Community Wellbeing Precinct redevelopment project is beginning to take shape with works progressing on Hub B, which will accommodate 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 and functional community spaces that will incorporate wellbeing facilities, family and children hubs, sport and recreation spaces, and open space.

Following extensive engagement with user groups, key stakeholders and the local community, the masterplan was endorsed by Council in June 2020. The feedback we received from our community has been incorporated into the masterplan and will guide the design of the hubs, ensuring that the facilities will meet the needs of the community, both now and well into the future.

The first community hub, 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 unique ‘village’ feel of Croydon is not only retained but enhanced.

Maroondah branches out with 3500 new street trees

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Maroondah’s tree canopy is benefiting thanks to Council’s annual planting program.

Approximately 3500 new street trees, including native eucalypts, acacias and bottlebrushes and a selection of exotic species (crepe myrtles, maples and oaks) will be planted across the municipality.

Thousands of trees, shrubs and grasses are planted annually throughout the city, either in place of plants that have reached the end of their life cycle, or to build on our leafy environment.

Urban trees provide many benefits to our community, such as filtering pollutants, creating shade, and providing food and protection for birds and other wildlife. Research also shows 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.

Find out more information on how to request a street tree be planted in front of your property, or please call Council on 1300 88 22 33.

Ensuring longevity of our green assets

To ensure public safety and long-term health of trees across Maroondah, Council undertakes regular tree pruning and maintenance.

Council is also out and about throughout the year pruning nature strip trees to ensure they are clear from powerlines, roads and footpaths as part of Council’s Electrical Line Clearance Management Plan and Road Management Plan, both in accordance with relevant Victorian Government Acts.

While pruning can sometimes appear drastic, it is necessary to prolong the lifespan of trees and ensure that they are healthy throughout all seasons.

For more on Council’s annual tree maintenance program, visit our website.

Maroondah moves to sustainable energy

Sustainable energy wind station 

As a member of the Victorian Energy Collaboration, Council has joined forces to form the largest emissions reduction project ever undertaken by the local government sector in Australia.

As part of this initiative 46 Victorian Councils have combined their electricity needs into one long-term contract for renewable energy generated from wind farms here in Victoria.

The VECO project doesn’t just benefit the environment – by joining together for the energy contract, each Council will be paying less for their power than if each Council had sourced their electricity individually.

This is just one of the many ways that Council is working to reduce our carbon emissions. In 2020 Maroondah City Council was certified Carbon Neutral by Climate Active for our operations as a public statutory body.

One of the ways we’re achieving this is through environmentally sustainable design, including installing solar panels on some of our major facilities including Realm and Aquanation.

We are also upgrading our facilities with LED lighting and continuing our streetlight changeover rollout which has seen more than 6000 globes across Maroondah changed to more energy-efficient options.

Stormwater drainage upgrades have positive flow-on effect

Stormwater Pipes

To ensure we can withstand heavy rain events, Council is investing in drainage upgrades across Maroondah.

Major rehabilitation and drainage works are currently underway in the Sherbrook catchment area as well as along New Street, Ringwood, from Maroondah Highway to Sylvia Grove.

A staged drainage upgrade in the Sherbrook drainage catchment (pictured) is a significant project, with the first stage nearing completion.

The project has involved the installation of an 1800mm diameter drainage outfall to the Mullum Mullum Creek through Sherbrook Reserve.

The works will divert the Sherbrook catchment outfall down New Street, Ringwood. This will reduce the risk of flood to properties within the Ringwood Metropolitan Activity Centre.

The installation of a large pollutant trap will also help to capture pollutants before they enter the Mullum Mullum Creek waterway.

The works were identified following an extensive flood modelling project which found drainage upgrades were needed to manage the impacts during extreme weather events.

School crossings protecting our children and families 

Children walking across the road at school crossing

With schools returning for Term 3, it’s important that all road-users are vigilant during peak drop off and pick up times.

In Maroondah we have 74 school crossings and 90 dedicated supervisors, who brave all weather conditions to ensure the safety of children as they cross roads to and from school.

Parking and traffic controls around schools play an important part in keeping children safe. They ensure the crossing supervisor has a clear field of vision and can identify hazards in all traffic conditions.

Traffic and parking around schools needs to be managed carefully and all road-users have a role to play to ensure supervisors can do their important job.

Consider your role in crossing safety

When the flags are displayed at a children’s crossing, you must stop for pedestrians who are waiting to cross or who have started crossing

  • You must remain stopped until the crossing is clear.
  • These rules apply even if there is no crossing-supervisor.
  • Do not stop your car over the school crossing.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and speed limit when driving near schools and remember to park safely at all times.

Funded three-year-old kinder for Maroondah families 2022

Kinder child climbing playground equipment

Funded three-year-old kindergarten is being introduced across Victoria as a new initiative to support young children to get the best start to their education.

From next year, as part of the Victorian Government’s Kindergarten Reform, every Victorian three-year-old will be able to access a minimum of five hours per week of subsidised three-year-old kindergarten, increasing up to 15 hours per week by 2029.

Children in Maroondah are eligible to attend a funded kindergarten program if they turn three or four years of age on or before 30 April in the year of attendance. Funded kindergarten means the government will help the kindergarten service with the cost of your child attending.

Research has shown that attending two years of quality kindergarten has great benefits, with children said to be more independent and confident and more likely to make a smoother transition to primary school.

Stand-alone kindergartens in Maroondah are part of the Maroondah Integrated Kindergarten Association (MIKA) central enrolment system, which is supported by Council.

MIKA provides a central enrolment for both three and four-year-old groups, on behalf of its 22-member kindergartens.

To decide if your child is ready to start kindergarten, talk to your Maternal and Child Health nurse about your child’s health and wellbeing.

Find out more information on enrolment, eligibility and for a list of kindergartens in Maroondah.

Positive parenting: information sessions supporting families

Man with child on shoulders

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

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.

Find out more information on the 2021 Parenting Information Sessions.

Giving thanks to our incredible seniors

Seniors talking at celebration day

Please join us this October as we celebrate the seniors in our municipality.

The 2021 Maroondah Seniors Festival celebrates positive and healthy ageing throughout the month of October. The Festival is run in conjunction with the Victorian Seniors Festival and is an opportunity to pay tribute to and acknowledge the importance and value of our older residents.

Held in October each year, the event is an opportunity for Maroondah residents aged 65 years or over, 50 years or over for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples to find out what activities and community groups are readily available.

Celebration Day

We are once again hosting our Festival Day at Karralyka on Tuesday 5 October. The popular event presents an opportunity for any Maroondah resident over 65 to chat with like-minded people, while enjoying a meal and a chance to reconnect with the community.

The Seniors Wellbeing Expo will highlight services available to seniors, while the talented Me ‘n Me Mates will keep the room entertained with their uniquely Australian style of singing and storytelling.

The Festival aims to celebrate and value our older residents, who have given and shared their skills, experience, time and energy to their community.

This will be a COVID-safe event and will implement any COVID-19 requirements in place at the time.

Staying fit has never been easier!

Senior man playing walking sport

Are you keen to get back into sport but perhaps not feeling quite as sprightly as you used to?

Why not check out our modified sports program for those aged over 50.

If you’ve never heard of walking sports before, it’s pretty much what it sounds like. Popular sports like football, cricket and netball which have been modified to encourage a gentler way to stay active.

As with any physical activity, benefits include improved mental health, coordination and flexibility. Also, modified sports are a great chance to meet like-minded, friendly faces in an inclusive setting. Catching up after the game for a tea or coffee is also highly recommended.

So, what modified sports are available? There are plenty of options, so you can hit the ground walking!

Walking football

  • Thursdays from 10am to 12noon at the John Frost Stadium (Cheong Park, corner of Eastfield and Bayswater Roads, Croydon).
  • Cost: $5 per session, or free for U3A members.

Walking cricket

  • Tuesdays from 1.30pm to 2.30pm at Saxon Sports (Unit 7, 37-51 Lusher Road, Croydon).
  • Cost: $5 per session, or free for U3A members.

Pickleball

  • Pickleball is essentially a combination of tennis, badminton and table-tennis - which is played on a badminton-sized court with a solid paddle and a plastic ball. A game takes between 10 to 25 minutes to play.
  • Mondays from 10am to 12noon at Maroondah Nets (HE Parker Reserve, 154 Heathmont Road, Heathmont)
  • Cost: $5 per hour

Walking netball

  • Mondays from 10am to 11am at Maroondah Nets (HE Parker Reserve, 154 Heathmont Road, Heathmont).
  • Cost: $5 per session.

Find out more information about on our modified sports program or contact Council’s Active & Healthy Ageing Coordinator on 1300 88 22 33.

Wyreena: A great place to learn

People sculpting at art course

Do you want to meet new people while developing new creative skills? Then make sure you browse the Wyreena Community Arts Centre Term 3 brochure.  (pdf, 3MB)

Each term, Wyreena offers a range of short and ongoing courses in the creative arts. Courses cater for people of all ages and abilities in a variety of art forms, including painting and drawing, pottery, sculpture, mosaics, relaxation classes and much more.

Wyreena also provides activities to keep children entertained over the school holidays.

To find out more visit Wyreena at Hull Road, Croydon or explore our Wyreena term courses and classes.

Stay connected and educated with community centres

Arrabri community house

Maroondah is fortunate to have community centres that impact meaningfully on the lives of our community.

Through these centres, the work of many dedicated volunteers helps to combat social isolation, create inclusive spaces and provide the opportunity for people to learn from and support each other. Their efforts don’t go unnoticed and we encourage everyone to explore what they can offer.

From strengthening community connections, to helping people improve job skills and improving personal responsive to community needs and are the pride of our municipality.

Community centres in Maroondah include:

Together, they offer a variety of educational and accredited courses and recreational activities. Their mission is united in seeking to create strong, connected and inclusive communities.

For more information on our community houses, visit Learning Local in Maroondah.

Karralyka set for the stage for second half of the year

Margaret Fulton The Musical banner

It’s been an exciting first half of the year as Karralyka welcomed back audiences to live theatre with a dazzling array of shows.

Whatever your age and whatever your taste, Karralyka’s 2021 theatre season program promises something for everyone - from music, song, dance and comedy.

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, and live-streamed, performances available on their website. The website also includes an online ticketing system and interactive seat map, giving you the ability to choose your own theatre seats and take a virtual tour of the stage from where your seats are!

The second half of the year sees the inspiring story of Australia’s first culinary queen brought to life on stage in Margaret Fulton: The Musical and strap yourself in for a night of glittering glam rock and phenomenal acrobatics with Rebel, a live circus rock tribute to the original rebel, David Bowie.

Karralyka’s Morning Music program continues to prove popular with seniors, with music and complimentary tea, coffee and treats offered throughout the year. And for younger theatre-goers, Karrakids provides fun and interactive educational performances, with art and craft sessions prior to each show.

dedicated to bringing world-class performances to the widest possible local audience, making arts and culture accessible to everyone.

So, if you’re looking for some fabulous high-quality musical entertainment, there’s no need to head for the city - it’s all here in the City of Maroondah!

For all the latest shows and more, visit the Karralyka website.

(Please be advised that dates for shows may be subject to change under COVID-19 restrictions).

Challenge yourself for Run Maroondah 2021

Men running along path at Run Maroondah event

Keep an eye out for Early Bird entries for this year’s Run Maroondah event, which takes place on Sunday 19 September at HE Parker Reserve, Heathmont.

Run Maroondah is open to all ages and abilities. Individuals and families can join in the 10km run or the 5km run/walk, and children aged 14 and under can register for the 1.2km kids dash, all while enjoying the idyllic scenery of the city’s parks and trails.

To get your training on track in time for the event, the Maroondah Community Runners Club offers free coaching sessions each Thursday from 6.30pm at Croydon Athletics Track. Focusing on technique, coordination, fitness and fun, the sessions are a great way to stay motivated while keeping active - all under the guidance of a qualified running coach. (Children under 12 must be supervised by an adult).

The Run Maroondah course begins at HE Parker Reserve in Heathmont and continues along the Dandenong Creek trail.

Run Maroondah is a smoke-free event, and dogs are not permitted.

Keep a close eye on our website and social media for registration details closer to the date. 

Triathlon, duathlon coming to Maroondah

Tying up sneaker on running track

Local triathletes and duathlon hopefuls and residents wanting to challenge themselves can start preparing for the Tri & Duathlon Maroondah, coming to you this October!

Running a course through Town Park, Croydon, and swimming at Aquahub, this October’s Maroondah Tri & Duathlon is a great event for all fitness levels.

Whether you’re a seasoned runner, a keen cyclist or swimmer, or if you’re just starting out, runners, cyclists and swimmers of all levels and abilities have the chance to take part.

If you’re not quite up to competing alone, you can also enter a Tri Team or the Duathlon Dash. This means you can work with other team members to complete the sections of the event. This is a great option for families wanting to participate together.

Stay tuned for more details on our website closer to the event.

Get active - join in the walking craze

Walking path in Maroondah Heathmont Trail

With more people wanting to get active and explore their local community, Council has put together a series of programs and initiatives to help get people walking more often and in safe and supported environments.

All adults aged 18-64 years should aim for 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week. That’s 30 minutes, five days of the week. The walking initiatives are all free, family-friendly and cater for all-abilities.

Extended lighting

Exercising during the winter months can be hard, so until Thursday 30 September we are lighting up a different oval in Maroondah. This means people have more time to walk after work without having to worry about it getting dark.

  • Mondays, 7pm to 9pm Town Park Athletics Track, Croydon
  • Tuesdays, 7pm to 9pm Mullum Mullum Reserve, Ringwood
  • Wednesdays, 7pm to 9pm Mullum Mullum Reserve, Ringwood
  • Thursdays, 7pm to 9pm Town Park Athletics Track, Croydon

Find out more information on these locations by visiting Walking in Maroondah.

Walk while you wait

While the children are at training why not spend your time doing a quick walk?

To make it easier to get motivated, we are hosting 30-minute walking groups that coincide with junior sport training times.

The walking groups aims to encourage family members, friends and children to exercise whilst waiting for children/siblings at a sport training session.

The first ‘Walk while you wait’ walking group is from 5pm to 5.30pm, every Tuesday until 2 August at Norwood Football Club, Mullum Mullum Reserve, Ringwood.

If you are part of a club who would like to establish a Walk while you wait group please contact Council on 1300 88 22 33.

To find out more about other walking opportunities and programs in Maroondah, visit Walking in Maroondah.

Festival back in the limelight

Children doing craft activity at Maroondah Festival

In what will be a sight to behold, Maroondah Festival is planned to return for 2021 with an exciting mix of new and traditional entertainment.

A highlight on the local events calendar for many years, we are excited to have in the works a full line-up of many family-favourite activities, delivered in a COVID-safe way.

In previous years, events have included plenty of attractions for all ages and tastes. From children’s rides to popular musical acts, to food trucks and workshops.

Maroondah Festival is the perfect event to just grab your friends and family, head down locally and enjoy the atmosphere. There are always plenty of laughs, good food and memorable fun.

The festival originated in 1990 as the Croydon Festival and was designed to encourage the involvement of Council, community groups, local traders and key business stakeholders within the local area and the surrounding eastern region.

The event has received various makeovers and has gradually increased in popularity, with an estimated 25,000 people passing through the event in 2019.

Save the date - Maroondah Festival 2021

  • Sunday 7 November
  • 10am to 4pm
  • Town Park, Norton Road, Croydon

Our beautiful city at your fingertips

Maroondah walking and riding map

Whether you’re walking, riding a bicycle, taking public transport or have your own vehicle - travelling around Maroondah has never been easier.

With our online interactive map of Maroondah, finding your way around and exploring all our hidden gems is simple for locals and visitors alike.

The map function is easy-to-use and shows the features and facilities of Maroondah - and the best way to get to them.

You can select walking and cycling trails, bike lanes and bus routes across Maroondah. Or you can see the footpath network and zoom right in to see what things are available in these locations including park benches and BBQs.

For those wanting to familiarise themselves more with their neighbourhood, our website also gives access to the My Maroondah map which can help to identify your waste collection days, your ward Councillors and what Council facilities are closest to you.

Visit the My Maroondah page to view the map functions.

The world of waste

There are lots of ways you can reduce your waste and make wiser choices when disposing of items. Below are some of the services and programs offered by Council to support our community to recycle more and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

Join the Compost Revolution

Composting at home is a great way to keep organic waste out of landfill and there are lots of different ways that you can do it at home. We are offering residents up to 60% off the purchase of a range of at home composting systems, plus free delivery.

Each Maroondah residential property is eligible for one subsidized system each year. To get your discounted system visit the Compost Revolution website.

Waste Education Program

Council offers a range of workshops and events that help provide the community with knowledge about reducing your waste and contributing to a sustainable environment.

Schools and community groups within the Maroondah area are also offered free waste education sessions. These sessions can be delivered online or onsite and there are a range of different topics available to choose from.

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 double collection. Make sure you have 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 contact our Customer Service team via our live chat before 12 noon Friday.
  • Visit one of Council’s service centres before 12 noon Friday.

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 or call 1300 363 744.

Bin Inspection education Program

As part of Council’s waste education program, during May we have conducted visual inspections of household recycling and garden organics bins. The visual inspections of bins allows us to provide households with feedback on their waste disposal behaviours and gather contamination data for targeted education campaigns.

Contamination means there’s something in the bin that doesn’t belong there. When the wrong thing is placed in the bin it has a big impact on our collection and recycling process. Incorrect materials can damage trucks and machinery, endanger drivers and workers at the Material Recovery Facility and increases the cost to provide the service to our community.

All households whose bins have been inspected received feedback on whether the items in the bin were correct. If everything in the bin was acceptable, a blue star for recycling and a green star for garden organics was placed on the bin. If there was a small amount of unacceptable material, a sticker identifying the unacceptable material was placed on the bin. Where a bin was majority contamination, or had a hazardous material in it, the bin was rejected and had its lid stickered shut.

Cr Marijke Graham

Barngeong Ward

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

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Practising self-care and being mindful about your personal wellbeing has never been more important.

As part of our recovery from the ongoing pandemic, Council has partnered with Communities of Wellbeing and the Wellbeing Lab to offer a unique program that is designed to improve overall wellbeing in our community.

We are supporting local community leaders to complete a Certificate in Creating Wellbeing. Participants come from a cross-section in our community, and are in the position to influence wellbeing in their own environment. The 14-week program involves participants undertaking their own community wellbeing activities. You can visit Council’s website for more details on this project.

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Cr Tony Dib OAM JP

Bungalook Ward

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

Tony Dib

In Maroondah, we believe all young people deserve the opportunity to shine and be acknowledged. For example, we recently said ‘thank you’ to our local young people at our Maroondah Youth Awards.

We also acknowledge that many young people face adversity in their lives, which is why we provide a range of services and programs.

So, I encourage our young people to consider trying a sports activity, or something completely new like the youth theatre or a music group - or dropping into our EV’s Youth Centre. There are so many opportunities to connect and be supported. Visit the Maroondah Youth website for more information on the range of activities and support available.

Cr Mike Symon

Jubilee Ward

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

Mike Symon

Maroondah, like most areas in Melbourne, has experienced severe storm events in relatively close succession over the past decade, most recently in June.

In the Jubilee Ward, major rehabilitation and drainage works are underway in New Street, Ringwood, from Maroondah Highway to Sylvia Grove.

The works involve upgrading the stormwater drainage pipes and increasing the pit capacity so that more rain water can be captured. We are also reconstructing and raising the footpath on the western side of New Street and at the Molan Street intersection to prevent overland flows.

Visit the project page on Council’s website for more information on the New Street rehabilitation and drainage works.

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Cr Suzy Stojanovic

McAlpin Ward

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

Cr Suzanne Stojanovic

 I love how Maroondah unites to support each other. This has been highlighted over the past 18 months as we have relied more heavily on our friends and neighbours.

Council has been seeking ways we can work with our community to break down barriers and create positive change.

Through the Let’s Get Neighbourly Program, we have partnered with Neighbourhood Connect and our local community houses to run free workshops.

This program will help participants learn how to become a community connector.

Let’s Get Neighbourly program sessions are running throughout the year at our Community Houses including Parkwood Community Hub. Please visit Council’s website or your local community house to find out more.

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Cr Paul Macdonald

Tarralla Ward

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

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During this challenging period, to encourage more people to support our local businesses, Council has created a temporary pop-up space at Eastfield shops.

The shopping centre in Croydon South is part of Council’s 20-minute neighbourhood pilot project. The Victorian Government launched the pilot projects in 2018 to encourage people to ‘live locally’.

Over the past few months, the vibrant pop-up space has hosted many events and activities. Still to come on Sunday 25 July is a Christmas in July art and craft market.

I encourage you to head down to Eastfield shops and check out the pop-up park. Visit Council’s website to find out more.

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Cr Tasa Damante

Wicklow Ward

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

Cr Tasa Damante

Supporting families and their child’s early development is one of the most important roles of Council. In Maroondah, we are fortunate to have eight Maternal and Child Health centres.

These services include early-parenting programs, first-time parent groups, baby-settling programs and more. Earlier this year, we expanded our services to include a fit-for-purpose facility at Eastland.

I would like to remind parents of the importance of visiting our nurses for the key age and stage check-ups from birth to four years old. These appointments help parents navigate their child’s transition to kindergarten and school-readiness.

Visit Council’s website for more information on our MCH services or contact Council on 1300 88 22 33.

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Cr Kylie Spears - Mayor

Wombolano Ward

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

Kylie Spears
 

If you haven’t visited Ringwood East recently, I encourage you to head down and check out our new public art project, Dancing with Creation.

We have been working with the Ringwood East Traders Association and Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place to enhance the laneway at26 Railway Avenue, Ringwood East.

The project is aimed at bringing more people into the precinct, as well as highlighting our local Indigenous history.The murals on a large wall, as well as planter-boxes, have completely transformed the streetscape.

Visit Council’s website for more information on the project or the artists involved.

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Cr Nora Lamont - Deputy Mayor

Wonga Ward

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

Cr Nora Lamont

One of the highlights on the Maroondah calendar is our citizenship ceremonies. For me, it’s a huge honour to witness so many people, from so many different countries, embracing Australia and Maroondah as their new home.

This is our opportunity for us to formally welcome them to Maroondah.

We pride ourselves on ensuring these ceremonies are memorable, respectful and fitting of the life-changing commitment for those taking part. It is lovely to see people attending in their own national, traditional or cultural dress. We hold around five ceremonies each year.

Visit Council’s website for more details on our citizenship ceremonies - or on how to apply to become an Australian citizen.

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Cr Rob Steane

Yarrunga Ward

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

Cr Rob Steane

Now is the time to reignite the spark in our community and to support our municipality’s clubs and associations.

Whether you’re a volunteer, or just normally very active - I encourage you to get back out there. And if you’re looking for a new outlet, consider our many options to volunteer or participate. From our community houses to support groups. From the University of the Third Age to the various Men’s Sheds, the Probus Club, or the Country Women’s Association.

Then, there are our first-class sporting facilities such as Aquanation and Aquahub - and our golf clubs, reserves and walking trails, which offer fun and health-benefits for all ages. I encourage you to get back out there. Get back into your community, re-connect and show your support.

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07/07/2021
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