monashbulletin w w w. m o n a s h . v i c . g o v. a u Monash Bulletin | December 2014 Thank you for sharing your views During 2014, Monash residents have shared their views with Council on local issues that matter to them. This feedback from our community has helped us make decisions in the best interests of our community. In many cases, community views have resulted in Council introducing new initiatives or in Council making a different decision than it had been expected to make. Here are some examples from this year: Family Day Care Service continued Council had been considering closing its Family Day Care service after the Federal Government withdrew a $255,000 annual subsidy. Parents who use the service said it was important to them that Council continue the service. Council decided to continue the service (with some fee increases). Campaign on overhanging vegetation In early 2014, we consulted with older residents about how Monash could be made more aged-friendly. One of their concerns is that it is sometimes difficult to travel down local footpaths due to overhanging vegetation. In September, Council staff began a program of visiting every local street in Monash and, where they see overhanging vegetation, leaving a notice asking the property’s occupant to remove this vegetation. So far, about 50% of Monash has been visited, with 3,146 notices delivered to property occupants. Animal registration fees frozen In April, several residents contacted Council to express disappointment that animal registration fees had been increased substantially. In response, Council froze the fees in its 2014/2015 budget. Next April, people will pay the same fee as they paid this year. Increase in funding for bike paths Cyclists said there was a need for Council to invest more in bike paths. In this year's budget, Council increased funding for bike paths by 40%, taking total spending to $517,000. Out and about in community more People have told us that they would like to see Councillors and staff out in shopping centres and other public areas, talking with the community about local issues. Since July, Councillors and staff have visited 14 local neighbourhoods on weekends or during the week. These visits will continue in 2015 as they really help us understand what Council is doing well and what we need to improve. For more info, visit www.monash.vic.gov.au/listening-toour-community or call 9518 3678. Council services over Christmas Waste and recycling Monash Civic Centre 293 Springvale Road Glen Waverley, 3150 Hours: 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday Oakleigh Service Centre 3 Atherton Road Oakleigh, 3166 Hours: 8.45am to 5pm Monday to Friday Telephone Facsimile 9518 3555 9518 3444 National Relay Service 1800 555 660 [email protected] www.monash.vic.gov.au Language Assist Directory Rubbish and recycling will be collected as normal throughout the Christmas and New Year period. The Waste Transfer Station will be: ͫͫ Closing early (at midday) on Fri 19 Dec and (at 2pm) on Christmas Eve (24 Dec) and New Year’s Eve (31 Dec). ͫͫ Closed on the public holidays: Christmas Day (Thur 25 Dec), Boxing Day (Fri 26 Dec) and New Year’s Day (Thur 1 Jan). Council offices The Monash Civic Centre (Glen Waverley) and the Oakleigh Service Centre will be: ͫͫ Closing early (at 4pm) on Fri 19 Dec for a staff Christmas party ͫͫ Open as normal from Mon 22 - Wed 24 Dec ͫͫ Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day ͫͫ Open as normal from Mon 29 Dec - Wed 31 Dec and on Fri 2 Jan. Monash Libraries Monash’s five local library branches will be: ͫͫ Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day ͫͫ Open from 10am-3pm on Christmas Eve (24 Dec) and New Year’s Eve (31 Dec) ͫͫ Open from 9am-4pm on Sat 27 Dec, 2pm-5pm on Sun 28 Dec (Glen Waverley and Clayton only), and from 10am- Christmas window competition Time is running out to vote for your favourite Christmas-decorated shop window in Monash. Other languages We welcome feedback about the Monash Bulletin. Please give us your comments on 9518 3678 or at [email protected] Businesses in Clayton, Glen Waverley (Kingsway), Mount Waverley (Pinewood) and Oakleigh are spreading Christmas cheer by decorating their shop fronts. People can vote for their favourite shop window up until 5pm on Thursday 18 December. People who vote will go in the draw to win a hamper of goods from local shops. To vote for the best shop window, visit www.monash.vic.gov. au/christmas-windowscompetition or call 9518 3577. 6pm on Mon 29 and Tue 30 Dec. Normal hours resume from Fri 2 January. The Mulgrave Neighbourhood Library will close on 20 Dec (at midday) and re-open on Tue 13 Jan. Aquatic and Recreation Centres The Clayton Aquatics and Health Club, Monash Aquatic and Recreation Centre (MARC) and Oakleigh Recreation Centre will be closed on Christmas Day but open all other days, with some reduced hours. For more info, visit www.monash.vic.gov.au/ services-over-christmas or call 9518 3555. Next Council meeting Council will hold its next meeting on Tuesday 27 January 2015, from 7.30pm. The meeting will be held in the Council Chamber of the Monash Civic Centre (293 Springvale Road, Glen Waverley). Community members are welcome to attend and can submit questions in advance for consideration at the meeting. The meeting’s agenda will be published on Council’s website on Thursday 22 January. For more info, visit www.monash.vic.gov.au/ meetings or call 9518 3555. Message from Mayor Paul Klisaris From my family to yours, Merry Christmas (or season’s greetings) to everyone. I hope you all enjoy this festive time with your families and loved ones. My son Tari was overseas playing soccer for much of this year, so I’m really going to savour the time we have together as a family over Christmas. I’m keen to get out amongst our community and find out what I can do to help make our area even better. Monash is a sought after place to live, with beautiful parks, wonderful schools, great sporting facilities, fantastic community welfare services, and terrific cafe precincts. However, there are always things we can improve. With a population that is increasing by about 1.4% per year (or 2,500 people), we need to make sure our infrastructure and services keep pace. Council will need to keep investing in infrastructure upgrades while also continuing to advocate to State and Federal Governments for funding assistance. We are pleased to have the honour of having new Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews as a Monash resident. We look forward to working with his government on improvements for Monash. First off, the government has promised $5 million to upgrade the transport interchange at Huntingdale station. We will also keep pushing for the awful level crossing at Clayton to be removed sooner rather than later. My biggest priority over the next 12 months is eradicating domestic violence. Domestic violence is a scourge on our society. This violence against women and children has tremendous costs to communities, nations and societies....for public well being and safety, for school achievements, productivity, law enforcement and budgets. I operated a child care centre for 20 years and prior to that, I was a high school teacher. I have witnessed first-hand the effects that domestic violence has on children and the way it shapes their behaviour. I want to do all I can to teach boys at a young age that violence against women is unacceptable. To do this I will call on our community and our sporting clubs and codes to help me advocate on behalf of the vulnerable, the ones that live in fear, the ones that have no voice and are impacted on a daily basis. If you’d ever like to have a chat about a local issue, please contact me on 9518 3509 or at [email protected] vic.gov.au Action on nature strips From 1 February 2015, Council will have the authority to issue fines to property owners who refuse to maintain the nature strip at the front of their property. The nature strip measure is included in a new Local Law which covers many matters to do with improving and protecting the appearance and safety of local neighbourhoods. Several residents have encouraged Council to introduce the fine system as they feel that overgrown nature strips spoil the appearance of local streets. About 67% of the approx 300 Monash residents who participated in a recent survey (or gave feedback via letters, email or phone calls) supported the introduction of the $200 fine. Fines will only be used as a last resort, when the grass is higher than 30cm and the property owners have ignored two previous Council requests to mow the strip. People who are not physically and financially able to maintain the nature strip won’t be fined and will instead receive assistance to maintain the nature strip. Several other local law changes will come into effect from 1 February. Supermarkets and other retailers with more than 25 trolleys will be required to put in place proactive measures to reduce the number of abandoned trolleys in local streets. Many residents have told Council that something needs to be done about the eyesore created by abandoned trolleys. Retailers will now be required to have one of two systems: a coin deposit mechanism or a perimeter constraint system that prevents trolleys from being taken large distances. Some Monash retailers don’t currently have either of these systems. Fines of $200 can also be issued for any person who dumps a shopping trolley in the street. For more info, visit www.monash.vic. gov.au/local-laws or call 9518 3696. monash bulletin page 3 Monash wins award Council has won a prestigious crime prevention award for our Milk Bar Network Exchange program. In late November, Monash Mayor Paul Klisaris was presented with the award by the Australian Institute of Criminology at a ceremony in Canberra. The aim of the six-month project was to improve the wellbeing of local milk bar operators. Milk bar operators sometimes feel unsafe, whether it is because they have experienced crime in the past or because they are the only business in their area open at night. Many milk bar operators in Monash are Chinese migrants with limited English language skills. As part of Council’s project, more than 30 local milk bar operators attended meetings where they received tips on crime prevention and other safety information from Victoria Police, Council and community services. Thanks to the project, milk bar operators have established a stronger relationship with Victoria Police. They now have the confidence to report crime and many have introduced security measures in their businesses to prevent being targeted. For more info, visit www.monash.vic.gov.au/milk-barprogram or call 9518 3574. New Councillor to be elected A new Councillor is to be elected in Oakleigh Ward, filling the vacancy created by Stephen Dimopoulos’ election to State Parliament. Mr Dimopoulos (pictured) had served as a Monash Councillor for more than a decade before being elected as the Oakleigh State MP at the November state election. In his resignation letter to Council, he said “serving on Monash Council for almost 12 years has been one of the best experiences of my life”. The Councillor vacancy will be filled by holding a countback of the 2012 Council election results. The Victorian Electoral Commission is expected to hold this countback on Monday 22 December. As the ballot papers from the previous election are used, voters will not need to vote again. In a countback, votes for the vacating Councillor from the last election are redistributed to unsuccessful candidates according to the voters' preferences. A candidate who receives more than 50% of the vote is elected. For updates, visit www.monash.vic.gov.au/councillors or call Jarrod Doake, Executive Manager - Corporate Administration and Customer Service, on 9518 3521. We’re listening Council wants to make sure we are providing our residents with the services and support you need. Vacancies at Brine Street Child Care Centre Parents of three year olds might be interested to know that there are several vacancies for 2015 at Council’s Brine Street Child Care Centre and Kindergarten. The vacancies are for part-time care. This high quality children’s service is in Hughesdale and is open between the hours of 7am and 6pm. If you are interested in discussing your child’s child care needs, please call the centre on 9579 0903 (7am-6pm, Monday-Friday). We are visiting local neighbourhoods on weekends, and during the week, to make it easier for you to raise any local issues with us. Please come along to any of these Council “listening posts” and tell us how we can serve you better. For more info, visit www.monash.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay or call 9518 3678. Reg Harris Reserve, Oakleigh East* Saturday 17 January, 10.30am-12.30pm Wheelers Hill Shopping Centre, Jells Road Thursday 22 January, 3.30pm-6pm Gardiners Reserve, Burwood* Saturday 31 January, 10.30am-12.30pm * FREE community BBQs will be held at these events. 15-storey development approved How Do I...? Council has approved a 15-storey development in the centre of Glen Waverley on a site which had been identified for higher intensity residential development. The $36 million development on the Village Walk site (fronting O’Sullivan Rd) will provide 267 apartments, shops and restaurants. It will be about nine metres higher than the centre’s tallest building: the 10-storey Ikon development. Council recently adopted a structure plan for the centre which identifies several sites – including this one – that are suitable for developments of 10 storeys or more. This is in keeping with Glen Waverley’s status as a regionally significant centre. properties. It is also well located, close to public transport and services. Council determined that local streets had capacity to meet the expected traffic volumes generated by the development. Given the development is near a train station and has on-site bike storage facilities, it is hoped that many residents will live there ‘car free’. For more info, visit www.monash.vic. gov.au/15-storey-development or contact James Heitmann, Principal Planner, on 9518 3628. Providing additional housing in activity centres reduces the pressure for intensive development in local suburban streets. There were 23 objections to the 15-storey development, with people citing concerns about building height, visual bulk and traffic management. However, Council believes it is a suitable location for high density development, as the subject site is surrounded by commercial properties and will result in no direct overlooking into residential ...request parking inspectors visit my street? In the first few months of 2015, Council will consult widely with the Oakleigh community about whether it should proceed with a land sale. The Oakleigh Rotary Club holds a popular Sunday market on the site. There are some things you can do to look after yourself and others during a heatwave. The most important things to remember are: keep cool, drink plenty of water, stay out of the sun, and look after yourself and others. Never leave children or pets in cars. Hot weather particularly affects the elderly, the very young, pregnant women and people with a medical condition or disability. If you think your neighbour might be struggling, knock on their door or give them a call to check they’re ok. For more info, visit www.health. vic.gov.au/heatwaves or call 9518 3555. Watch this space Council is yet to decide whether it will go ahead with selling the land, which is on the corner of Hanover St and Atherton Rd. The proposal is that developer Hanover Street Project Pty Ltd purchase the site for $5.05 million, and build a seven storey apartment building with retail premises on the ground floor. ...care for myself and others during a heatwave? The community has told us in recent months how important the market is to the culture and welfare of Oakleigh. Council will continue to discuss possible alternative arrangements with the Rotary Club. Council intends to make sure the market continues to operate in Oakleigh even if the land sale goes ahead. For more info, visit www.monash. vic.gov.au/proposed-land-sale or call 9518 3419. Many streets in Monash have parking restrictions. These restrictions were introduced because there are strong demands for parking, often because there is a school, hospital or train station nearby. The restrictions help ensure that residents with permits have reasonable access to on-street parking near their homes. Some restrictions - such as ‘No Standing’ signs - exist to protect the safety of the community. If people are regularly disobeying parking signs in your area, please let Council know. We can organise patrols if you call us on 9518 3555. monash bulletin page 5 Councillor News – Cr Brian Little I get a lot of correspondence from frustrated residents lamenting the lack of power that Council seems able to exercise to limit what they regard as the excesses of developers. Too many units, moon-scaped properties, and little or no respect for the neighbourhood seem to me to be all too common cries. As an article in last month’s Bulletin indicated, Monash is currently undertaking strategic work to identify which areas are suitable for high growth and those which deserve greater protection. This may lead to stronger rules concerning development in areas classified as low growth. building height to two storeys. Currently the vast majority of Monash is designated as GRZ this was an interim step because Council did not believe sufficient strategic work had been done to rezone all of Monash effectively. areas to, for example, manage water run-off. Monash is enormously privileged to have not one, but three very accessible areas of natural bush running through its heartland. Council is doing the investigative work to take the housing strategy to the next stage which will include revised zoning and has committed to releasing a revised plan for areas of greater significance, such as the creek areas, early in 2015. P.S. If you haven’t visited Damper Creek or Valley Reserve, go do it, you will be amazed! Mount Waverley Ward Mount Waverley Ward North Road Cr Katrina Nolan Deputy Mayor 0406 274 126 [email protected] monash.vic.gov.au Cr Brian Little 0407 878 033 [email protected] monash.vic.gov.au Mulgrave Ward Cr Robert Davies 0416 000 777 [email protected] monash.vic.gov.au Cr Micaela Drieberg 9570 4602 [email protected] monash.vic.gov.au Cr Jieh-Yung Lo 0400 235 363 [email protected] monash.vic.gov.au Cr Rebecca Paterson 0437 959 163 [email protected] monash.vic.gov.au Springvale Road Oakleigh Ward Centre Road Cr Geoff Lake 0411 645 281 [email protected] monash.vic.gov.au Highbury Road Glen Waverley Ward Wa verley Road Poa th Road Glen Waverley Ward Warrigal Road Your Councillors Blackburn Road Councils are able to propose areas for three residential zones: Neighbourhood Residential (colloquially ‘no go’), General Residential (‘slow go’) and Residential Growth (‘go go’). NRZ is designed to respect neighbourhood character and typically allows councils to limit subdivision to two units per block and In last month’s Bulletin it was mentioned that Council had added a new Creek Environs category into the Housing Strategy. Council received a number of strong submissions to its draft housing strategy earlier in the year, but few compared with the submission from the Friends of Damper Creek and the Friends of Scotchmans Creek and Valley Reserve (with whom I am pictured). Their joint submission was a comprehensive study of the creek environs, with detailed maps that illustrated the creek flows and argued the importance of both protecting these unique habitats and providing limitations on the development of surrounding Prin ces Hw y Mulgrave Ward M Wellington Road on as hF re ew ay Police Rd PLEASE ADDRESS ALL CORRESPONDENCE TO PO Box 1, Glen Waverley 3150 Councillors’ faxes: 9518 3444 Oakleigh Ward Cr Paul Klisaris Mayor 9518 3509 [email protected] monash.vic.gov.au Cr Bill Pontikis 0418 355 166 [email protected] monash.vic.gov.au Cr Theo Zographos 9530 9793 or 0430 316 911 [email protected] monash.vic.gov.au Former Councillor Stephen Dimopoulos was elected to State Parliament in late Nov 2014, creating a Councillor vacancy in the Oakleigh Ward. For more info, see page 4. Leaders in sustainability Teaching people about the joys and satisfaction of growing their own food is the philosophy behind Monash Permaculture. The student-run community group is based at Monash University, with the permaculture garden and its 25 raised garden beds located on the Clayton campus and the community farm on five acres near the university. Volunteers (such as those pictured at right with chickpeas) can harvest and take home fresh, healthy and locally grown food. They can also attend sustainability workshops and learn about garden waste and recycling. Earlier this year, the group won the Sustainability Leader category of the Sir John Monash Awards. Convenor James Brooks credits the win with attracting more people to join the sustainability program. “The award was terrific for our group. It gave recognition to the many people, all volunteers, who have worked hard to get this project up and running and it also got the word out about our group to the broader community,” James said. The Essex Heights Juniors Early Learning and Child Care Centre and Mariette Toohey (founder of the Ashwood College Permaculture Food Garden) were highly commended in the same category of the awards. The annual awards are organised by Council to recognise local people and organisations who are making a difference in our community. For more info, visit www.monash.vic.gov.au/awards or call 9518 3619. Playspace upgrades Preventing disease New playspaces will be created at six parks in the first half of 2015, with the community having been involved in deciding what will be included. Children can receive FREE vaccinations at immunisation sessions run by Council’s nurses. The largest consultation concerned Valley Reserve in Mount Waverley, with more than 500 people sharing their ideas and concerns through community gettogethers and an online forum. The feedback from the community regarding Valley Reserve was that they wanted Council: to protect and enhance the bush, create an exciting active play area, and improve social opportunities for everyone. Taking this feedback onboard, we will focus the new play and social areas within the existing BBQ area and adjacent lawn clearing. The design will provide naturebased activities; adventure play and fitness opportunities for people of all ages; bush education opportunities; and social spaces and improved accessibility and amenity. Playgrounds in Beverley Grove (Mount Waverley), Brandon Park Reserve, Jordan Reserve (Chadstone), Marykirk Drive (Wheelers Hill) and Wellington Reserve (Mulgrave) will also receive upgrades in coming months. For more info, visit www.monash. vic.gov.au/playspaces or contact Council’s Recreation team on 9518 3559 or at [email protected] monash.vic.gov.au FREE vaccinations are available for children who have an Australian Medicare card (or are eligible for one). The aim is to prevent diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella and whooping cough. Eligible adults are also able to access some FREE vaccines. Bookings are required for evening sessions but not for morning sessions. To book or for more info, visit www.monash.vic.gov.au/immunisation Enquiries: 9518 3534. January Session Times Tue 6, 5.30pm-8pm Oakleigh Seminar and (Bookings required) Training Centre Mon 12, 10ammidday Ashwood Hall Monash Aquatic and Thur 22, 5pm7.30pm Recreation Centre (Bookings required) (Glen Waverley) Fri 30, 10ammidday Oakleigh Seminar and Training Centre monash bulletin page 7 WHAT’S ON ….at Monash Gallery of Art Photography talks to painting Runs until 1 March 2015 Australia Day In this exhibition, the MGA’s collection of photographs will “converse with” the Wilbow Group’s collection of Emmanuel Australian paintings. Jack CATO Untitled c. 1930 PHILLIPS FOX The exhibition will gelatin silver print On the balcony showcase artists such c. 1912 as Margaret Preston, Arthur Streeton, Frederick McCubbin, Olive Cotton, John Kauffmann and Harold Cazneaux. Don’t forget it is FREE to visit the MGA (860 Ferntree Gully Rd, Wheelers Hill). For more info, visit www.mga.org.au or call 8544 0500. ....at Monash libraries Summer activities for children Bring your kids or grandkids along to some FREE storytime sessions including: Summer storytime fun Glen Waverley Library (112 Kingsway) Saturday 10 January, from 11am. No bookings required. Midsummer night storytime Mulgrave Neighbourhood Library (36 Mackie Rd) Wednesday 14 and Wednesday 21 January, from 7pm (both days). Kids are encouraged to wear their PJs and bring their cuddly toys. No bookings required; just turn up. Other activities on offer as part of the libraries’ school holiday program include: a drama workshop with a circus theme (ages 5-12, $3 per child), a graphic novel workshop (ages 12-18, $3), and a magician show (ages 5-12, $3). Bookings are essential for these activities. For more info, visit www.monlib. vic.gov.au or call 9560 1655. Celebrations Monday 26 January, 10am-2pm Celebrate all that is great about Australia at this FREE event, which will include multicultural music performances and a community BBQ. Held at the Monash Civic Centre (293 Springvale Rd, Glen Waverley), the event will begin with a citizenship ceremony in the atrium. It will then spill out onto the library forecourt where families can enjoy an afternoon of interactive fun and entertainment. Local community groups are also hosting FREE activities across Monash for the community to enjoy over the Australia Day long weekend. For more info, visit www.monash.vic.gov.au/events or call 9518 3636. SAVE THE DATE.... Clayton Street Festival Sunday 15 February, Midday-6pm (Main Festival) and 5pm-9pm (Hawkers Night Market) More than 20,000 people are expected to flock to Clayton Rd for the 13th annual Clayton Street Festival. During the day, festival goers will be able to enjoy food and market stalls, roving entertainment and displays by local traders and community groups. People can take in live performances across three stages, and free kids rides. At 4pm, there will be a street parade featuring local school students, sports clubs and community groups. Then from 5pm the Hawkers Night Market will open in Haughton Rd East, featuring international foods, art & craft stalls, and a unique program of entertainment. For more info, visit www.monash.vic.gov.au/events or call 9518 3636.
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