Monday, July 26, 2010


The Project Reference Group for the new Community House is seeking input on the inclusion of the Flowerdale Valley Tree Logo into its design. The plans include the design being put on the roof and incorporated into the floor near the entrance of the building.

We have included a short history of the Tree Logo below. If you have opinions – positive or negative – would you please e-mail them to:


After the fires of February 2009, people were invited to submit a logo for the Flowerdale Valley. The group who organized the Day of Service And Celebration held last year at Moores Road Reserve, decided on a winner and 400 Tree Logo badges were made. Each person who attended that day was given an “iron-on” badge with the new Flowerdale Valley Logo on it. This was a gift to each attendee – a memento of the day – a reminder that we are united in all our grief and all our joys - a symbol of hope and recovery. This gift was paid from the Memorial Funds money auspiced through the Shire of Murrindindi.

Many people wear the badge with pride on a favourite piece of clothing. Many people have put the badge safely away – for some, the first of a new collection of mementos. More than 85 people of all ages, across the Flowerdale Valley, have the Tree Logo tattooed on some part of their body. Tee-shirts with the Tree Logo are being sold locally with all profits being donated to the “Flowerdale Fund”. One of our local artists is using the Tree Logo as the central theme of her installation, as part of the Illuminated By Fire Arts Project. The well renowned author, Arthur Zable has written about the Flowerdale Valley Tree Logo in “The Monthly”, which is circulated Australia wide.

Flowerdale Tennis Club

Flower Dale Tennis Poster June 2010

Sony Music Youth Program

The Sony Music Program run on Friday nights at the Hall in co-junction with Salvation Army for the youth of area will now be moved to the Spring Valley Recreation Reserve until Hall is renovated. Starting this Friday 30th July at 4.30pm.
This is a great program which is enjoyed by the youth so if you haven't been before not too late to join this group.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Kinglake Mens Shed open for use for Flowerdale

Whilst the Flowerdale Mens Shed is waiting to happen we are pleased to offer any men from the Flowerdale area an opportunity to visit and become involved in the Kinglake Ranges Mens Shed. Flowerdale Mens Shed members are not required to take our KRMS membership but we would appreciate a gold coin donation when they visit.

The Kinglake Ranges Mens Shed is open Friday 9am – 4pm and Saturday 10am – 1pm and is located at 5 Oldfield Road Pheasant Creek.

For further information please visit

Cris Ruhr

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Grants help young people shape their future

Posted - 22/7/2010
MSC Website

Opportunities are now open for young people across the Shire of Murrindindi to see their ideas that support young people through the arts, sport and education come to fruition under the Shape Your Future Youth Grants Program.

Council’s Community and Customer Service spokesman Cr Cris Ruhr said the grants were wide-raging and supported individual projects or events that created youth participation.

“From writing your own book, to organising a bike, skate or scooter competition through to creating your artwork masterpiece, these grants offer many opportunities for young people to shape their future,” Cr Ruhr said.

The grants are open to young people aged 12 to 25 years old who live, work or study in the Murrindindi Shire Council municipality. The two categories offer an individual sponsorship of $500 (inclusive) and a small grants category that offers up $2000 (inclusive).

Funding will be granted to projects that:
apply social, recreational/sports, arts or a cultural elements
provide an educational component that increases learning and skills development
promote an understanding of young people’s needs and aspirations
meet a demonstrated community need for young people and contribute to improve their wellbeing.
“If you have an idea for a project, event or activity that you would like funded then why not round up some mates and organise a workshop, expo, competition or a leadership day/camp. Or you may choose to look at individual funding to create a CD, music clip or piece of art, the ideas are endless,” Cr Ruhr said.

Applications open on 2 August and close 29 October 2010. Young people wanting further information or to discuss their idea can contact Rani (03) 5772 0713.

The guidelines, application form and lodgment details can be downloaded from the youth website on .

KFT Design Framework

Sunday 25 July 2010
Bringing it Together - Community Planning Day

Over the past few months, local residents have been participating in a range of forums and discussions about what is important for the future of their communities, in order to develop a Kinglake Ranges, Flowerdale and Toolangi Plan and Design Framework.

A further Planning Day is now being held on Sunday 25 July to bring together the findings of the community consultation and detailed investigations undertaken so far. The Planning Day will involve discussions around key issues raised by the communities, and the development of a shared vision and directions statement for the collective communities that will shape the draft Plan and Design Framework.

Community members in the Kinglake Ranges, Flowerdale, Hazeldene, Toolangi and Castella region are invited to attend.

Sunday 25 July 2010

11.00am – 4.30pm

Kinglake West Primary School & Surrounds

1055 Whittlesea - Kinglake Rd, Kinglake West

Lunch to be provided


To register for the Planning Day and/or childcare assistance email Stephanie on or call 9092 2548.

More information

For information on the project or to participate in a discussion about the project go to: or email
Mayor's Chair
Posted - 19/7/2010
MSC Website

When I was first elected in 1985 I was constantly reminded that the Council must consider all costs when we set budgets and approve projects including the on-going operational costs into the future.

That is why our Council Plan sets the framework of community expectations of service and the budget in an effort to deliver on those community expectations

Murrindindi Shire Council is proposing an annual six per cent increase in rates and municipal charge collections through until 2013/14 in an effort to meet the shire’s rebuilding challenges, community service provisions and future capital infrastructure projects and maintenance needs.

The Council has endorsed the updated 2009-13 Council Plan and Strategic Resource Plan for public consultation, and we make no secret of the fact that there are many financial challenges facing the shire.

While our budget deliberations are progressing, the release of the revised Council and Strategic Resource Plan highlights the growing gap between external funding and Council’s contribution to the bushfire recovery.

The Strategic Resource Plan outlines our financial position until the end of the Council term in 2013/14, and while we are in a sound position, we will need to make a number of significant decisions in terms of project development and maintenance priorities.

At the end of this financial year, as a Council we expect to have spent in excess of $61 million on the fire recovery and received external funding of $54 million.

While we are greatly appreciative of the funds, there is no denying that the $7 million shortfall is having a significant affect on our financial position.

Our challenge in the new financial year is deciding between identified and necessary restoration works and Council’s ability to fund these works.

The Strategic Resource Plan has highlighted the need for Council to support those works that are funded by:
Insurance payments;
Government grants; or
Loan Funds for identified facilities upgrades.

We still have $5.6 million of Bushfire Projects that require funding, and Council will soon be prioritising those projects that fall within our financial means. We will also be indentifying alternate means of funding for those projects and activities which currently have no identified funding source. The reality is if funding is not available then it will be difficult to proceed.

It is essential that we apply prudent fiscal practices so that the Council continues to operate within a sound financial position.

I would urge people to make comment on the plans. It is important that the community is well aware of our challenges and provide the necessary input into determining what they believe are our priorities moving forward.”

The revised Council Plan and Strategic Resource Plan will be available at Council offices, agencies and the public comment page of this website from 20 July 2010. It will be open for comment for 28 days. A revised plan will be endorsed following the public consultation period at the 25 August Council meeting.

Peter Beales

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Fostering Wellbeing St Andrews

Fostering Wellbeing

Goulburn Valley Water Photography & Writing Competitions


Water Week Writing Comp

MSC Memorial Consultant

MSC are seeking expressions of interest in employing a Memorial Consultant across the Shire for all areas to commemorate the devasting fires of February 2009. See document below for full details.

Consutation Brief V3

Budhist Workshop 12-15th August

Buddhist Flyer

Memory Box Workshop

Memory Box Flyer

Mens Get Away Cape Schank

Men's Get AwayCape Schank

Monday, July 12, 2010

From Chainsaw Classes to Timberware Parties

The chainsaw classes for women are now in the second cycle and have a new name. Participants in the most recent group said the classes were a bit like a Tupperware party and have christened the classes Timberware Parties.

The classes are now about to go through the third cycle and we have had participants from Flowerdale together with Strath Creek, Murrindindi and Kinglake.

The graduates I have spoken to are almost scarily excited about their new found skills. I even spotted a recent graduate yesterday having a relaxing drink at the pub having spent the day with her husband on a firewood collection mission.

There are a heap of photos I just added to the Flowerdale Photo Collection on Flickr
so check them out and if you are interested in attending a Timber Party contact Peter Auty at

Friday, July 9, 2010

MSC Pool Survey for Kinglake Ranges & Surrounds

Pool Survey 050710

Flowerdale Tree Assessments MSC

A community inspection will be held to inspect proposed tree works on Tuesday 20 July at 9.30am please meet at the intersection of Spring Valley and Whittlesea Yea Roads.

Please see attached reports if you require ant further information please do not hesitate to contact me.
Christine Allingham
Project Support Officer
Murrindindi Construction
Murrindindi Shire Council
Ph 03 5772 0711
Fax 03 5772 2291

Spring Valley Road
Old Spring Valley Road Report
Moore Road Report

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Breaved Community Recovery Forum

Bereaved Community Recovery Forum

Film Festival - Kinglake West

Film Festival Kinglake West

Tenders: Supply of Materials - Provision of Subcontract and Trade Services for Bollygum Park, Kinglake

Name: Supply of Materials - Provision of Subcontract and Trade Services for Bollygum Park, Kinglake
Written by Murrindindi Shire Council

Reference Number: Contract 24/13/1021

Description: Murrindindi Shire Council invites expressions of interest in the provision of materials and services to the contractor appointed to construct the playground, associated park infrastructure and landscaping in the Bollygum Park Reserve, Kinglake.

The Invitation for Expression of Interest document plus Registrant's Response are available via the download button above.

Enquiries regarding these works should be directed to Roger Smith 0439 314 042.

Closing Date: 2pm Friday 27 August 2010

Are you interested in Mosaic?

Saturday 4 – Sunday 5 September 2010

Are you interested in Mosaic?

This two-day workshop about learning and understanding the art of mosaic will be held at the Kinglake West Uniting Church in September.

Mosaic is the art of creating images with an assemblage of small pieces of colored glass, stone, or other materials. It may be a technique of decorative art, an aspect of interior decoration, or of cultural and spiritual significance. (Wikipedia).

Perhaps many who have lost homes in the fire regions were able to recover pieces of memorabilia from home sites and are not quite sure how to preserve them. Mosaic may well be the answer. Creating a very special art piece that can be placed in a new home that brings both the old and the new into harmony may help to bring about a sense of connection to the old and the new.

Mrs Barbara Ramage and Mrs Lorraine Ralston will facilitate Working with Mosaic. Both are experienced craftswomen who will demonstrate and teach participants the foundation of this art form.

The workshop is sponsored by Unitingcare Bush Fire Recovery and co-facilitated by Bette Phillips, Creative Ministries Network.

The workshop is of no cost to participants; however, bookings are essential, as numbers are limited to ensure each individual will have the experience of learning the craft.

Please bring a plate to share for lunch both days.

For further information please contact Bette Phillips

BH: 9827 8322 or Mobile: 040 978 8883

Mens Get Away Queens Cliff

Mens Get Away Queens Cliff

Free Mary Poppins Tickets

Mary Poppins Tickets

Friday, July 2, 2010

KFT Planning Workshops

The KFT Workshop Flowerdale and Hazeldene is 13th July (see details below) & all communities are invited to "Bringing it Together Day" 25th July (see details below)

There have been a series of community forums and discussions already around the Kinglake Ranges, Flowerdale and Toolangi Plan, but prior to the Bringing it Together Day on Sunday 25 July we will be running Themed Discussions in each of the communities around the following Key Themes:
· Sustainable Growth
· Environment and Water
· Bushfire Preparedness

Flowerdale KFT Workshop 13 July

Bringing It Together - 25 July 2010

Womens Self Defence

Womens Self Defence

Where will "Dale" show up next???


Saturday was rainy, cold.
Five of us were brave and bold.
Got to Burgo’s shed and met
our fellow chain saw suffragettes.
Roaring fire warmed us up.

Put some coffee in a cup.
Bolt down coffee. Let’s begin.
Don’t touch chainsaws, just tune in.

Peter Auty gives his pearls
of wisdom for the chain saw girls.
“Safety, safety, safety first.
Those who are not safe are cursed”.

Next, we pull the saw apart,
before we even make it start.!!!!!
I think: “Now Pete don’t push your luck,
cause my mechanic’s skills, they suck”
I think: “It’s going to take forever
to put the beggar back together”
But smooth as silk our Pete explained
the mystery of the saw unchained.
We gave our saws a healthy cleaning.
Give their workings some vague meaning.
Identified the parts and then
put them back together again.
Bits left over? No.!!! Surprise.!!!

Learnt more than I realized.!!
Then with our files we learned a thing
or two about chain sharpening.

I’m a chain saw devotee.
I’ll chain saw everything I see.
(Joke there, Pete) I won’t abuse it.
First I have to learn to use it.!!!!!
That’s why I’m going back next week.
(I’m going to be a chainsaw freak)
And shout until I’m bloody hoarse,
how great is the girl’s chainsaw course?
I like chain saws, yes sir-eeee.
Chain saws are the tool for me.

John Schumann (Red Gum) will perform his classic songs

Steak, Chat & Live Music

John Schumann (Red Gum) will perform his classic songs,

also appearing David Bonython Wright

6 pm Wednesday 7th July

Location: Kinglake Pub

$5.00 Cover Charge