Monday, September 27, 2010
Goods were stolen from the Flowerdale Primary School so on the look out for anyone trying to sell off gardening tools from Flowerdale area & beyond!
- ride-on mower
- orangy/red colour-Stihl Brushcutter-BRAND NEW
- Victa push mower-electric blue in colour,
- 5 brand new pairs of secateurs
- Ryobi blower.
These items were used by the Gardening Group at the Flowerdale Primary School which maintains alot of the gardens at the school. So whoever has stolen them has now stolen from the community not just an individual.
If anyone knows of person/s trying to sell these items or has anymore information as to who may have stolen items please contact the local police.
Please share details....Thank you
Sunday, September 26, 2010
These are now available for Timberware Party (from Women's Chainsaw course) people and other chainsaw users.
The first is to inspect trees on Joyces Rd please meet at 9.30 at the corner of Joyces Rd and Melba Hwy.
The second is to inspect trees on the Community House site on Sliver Creek Rd please meet on site at 42-36 Sliver Creek Rd at 1.00 pm.
Maps and arborist reports will be available on the Murrindindi Shire web site if you have any further queries please contact me on the details below.
Project Support Officer
Murrindindi Shire Council
Ph 03 5772 3295
Fax 03 5772 2291
Kinglake area, Sport and Recreation Victoria is offering a series of club
development workshops over the next few months. If you are involved
in a sport or recreation group, put these dates in your diaries.
Planning for Your Club’s Future
When: Monday October 11, 7 pm to 9 pm
Where: Kinglake West Mechanics Institute Hall, 1055 Whittlesea-
Kinglake Rd, Kinglake West
Attracting New Members and Players
When: Monday November 8, 7 pm to 9 pm
Where: Kinglake RAC, 2970 Heidelberg-Kinglake Rd, Kinglake
Managing Successful Sports Groups
When: Sunday December 5, 10 am to 1.30pm
Where: Kinglake RAC, 2970 Heidelberg-Kinglake Rd, Kinglake
Recruiting and Supporting Volunteers at your Sports Group
When: Monday February 21, 7 pm to 9 pm
Where: Kinglake RAC, 2970 Heidelberg-Kinglake Rd, Kinglake
For more info please contact Michelle Fleming, Sport and Recreation Victoria, on 0437 738 953 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Alexandra Peters. I am a resident of Coombs Road and a member of the Whittlesea CRC.
Over the last year it has become evident that many residents are located within long dead end roads with a single point of entry or exit and roads where the only practical means of escape in an emergency is an existing Fire Access Track which is seldom accessible due to poor maintenance.
There are also many roads that remain littered with debris from the fires, burnt out trees that have since fallen or have been deliberately felled but then unexplainably left on the road reserve.
Myself and two other local residents and committee members, have formed a Roads Working Group to collect this information in the genuine desire to bring these issues collectively to any & all authorities and/or organisations to highlight the potential dangers this can present to local residents.
It is our intention to include roads from Humevale, Kinglake West, Pheasant creek, Flowerdale and Kinglake so that perhaps if we can highlight this as a larger issue and not to be perceived as one resident with one concern for one road or one tree that it may induce a more serious response.
The Roads Working Group will endeavour to cover the following topics;
1. Single point entry roads of excessive length.
2. Inadequate roadside clearing of debris left from the bushfires.
3. Threatening and potentially dangerous trees .
4. Roads identified by CFA as ‘no go’ roads due to inadequate egress or dead ends with no provision to turn the vehicles around.
5. Fire Tracks poorly maintained.
6. Information for local residents and tourists for direct means of egress in case of emergency.
7. State wide standard for signage for direct exiting from bushfire areas.
Why I am writing to you is to request that my contact details be passed onto any who may like to highlight particular issues with their roads or even if they would like to come to join our group.
They would be most welcome.
We are still very small but our intent to make a difference is immeasurable.
I hope you can help us by getting the word out to your members and others.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
Community Recovery Committee (CRC) Administrative Support
Temporary part-time (Special Engagement) (2 Positions)
Applications are sought from suitably experienced people to fill the role of Administrative Support Officer to the Kinglake Ranges Community Recovery Committee and the Melba Community Recovery Committee that are assisting the Bushfire recovery of communities within the Murrindindi Shire.
Expressions of interest can be submitted to provide administrative support to one or both of the committees. Hours will be flexible depending on demand, however it is expected hours will be approximately 5 to 15 per week per committee. The positions will require extensive evening and possibly weekend work. Applications from local community members are warmly encouraged.
The position attracts an hourly rate of $30.80, based on Band 5 of current Local Authorities Award. Positions are offered on salaried basis, or, where a person has an ABN, by contract.
Applications should include a CV and cover letter as outlined in the position description downloadable via www.murrindindi.vic.gov.au and forwarded to Grace Daley email@example.com or via fax to 03 5772 2291.
For further information please contact Michele Braid on 0400 333132 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications close 5pm Friday 8 October 2010.
Friday, September 17, 2010
Super Soil Garden Centre Demonstration 25th Sept 2 Oct
Super Soil Anniversary Sale 25th Sept to 16th Oct
Super Soil Volunteering
They would rather deliver it locally for resident benefit, than spend the time and money taking it further afield, so anyone interested should call the builder, Greg Hay, on 0408 370 815.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Goods stolen were:
- LOWRA Water Pump off the 12x12 Building
- LG Green Vacuum Cleaner
Due to theft there is no use of water on the 12x12 building which is being used by community groups whilst the hall is under renovation.
The vacuum cleaner was left in the building for all community groups who are using this building to clean after use.
The person/s responsible for the thefts have stolen from the community which now will cost the community to replace the stolen goods.
If you know person/s responsible or if anyone tries to sell these items please report to police.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Kinglake Cricket Club
Junior & Milo Registration Day
Date: 18th September 2010
Location: Club Rooms, Main Oval
Time: 9am -11am
Free BBQ for all player’s and there family’s.
For more info contact Jimmy on 0414-332-989
Please pass this on to those with young kids to inform them.
From the Premier of Victoria
GOVERNMENT TAKES ACTION ON MAJOR BUSHFIRE REFORMS
A massive scale-up of fuel reduction burning, 612 new career firefighters and 231 seasonal firefighters and new community bushfire warnings headline the Victorian Government’s $867.3 million investment to make Victoria as fire-safe and as fire-ready as possible.
The Premier, John Brumby, today outlined major new investments and reforms to the way Victoria prepares for and responds to bushfires stemming from recommendations of the Royal Commission, as well as further measures.
This brings to almost $1.4 billion the new measures the Government has announced to address the threat of bushfires since the Black Saturday and Gippsland fires.
In its final response to the Royal Commission inquiring into the fires of February 2009, the Government has accepted in full or in part 66 of its 67 recommendations, with recommendations not accepted in full based on a combination of expert advice and feedback received from communities.
Key changes include:
· Hundreds more firefighters and a doubling, then tripling of fuel reduction burns;
· A significant Increase in support for volunteer firefighters;
· New fire mapping technology for faster and more accurate community warnings;
· More funding to accelerate the roll-out of more Neighbourhood Safer Places;
· A tougher maintenance regime for electricity businesses and high visibility arson operations;
· Agreement to replace the Fire Services Levy with a progressive property-based levy and improvements to planning controls in bushfire-prone areas; and
· A major boost to community education and information about preparing for bushfires, including the introduction of bushfire education in the school curriculum.
“We have made big changes to how we prepare for and fight fires since the tragic Black Saturday and Gippsland fires, including investing over $1 billion towards the firefighting and reconstruction effort,” Mr Brumby said.
“Now we are going further and taking the next steps to continue driving a new focus on the protection and preservation of human life from the threat of bushfires.
“Our Government’s strong economic management means that our State Budget has the capacity to fund new measures as we undertake fundamental reforms to make our State as fire-safe and fire-ready as possible.
“We want to put as much high quality, accurate and timely information as possible in the hands of individuals, so they can make informed decisions on how they respond to the threat of bushfires.”
The Victorian Government’s $867.3 million package will deliver the following key investments and reforms to bushfire preparedness and response:
· Victoria’s Bushfire safety policy: $105.5 million to reform and further enhance Victoria’s warning systems, support for local councils in high bushfire risk areas to plan and prepare, new equipment grants for volunteer emergency services organisations, a new bushfire education curriculum in Victorian schools, more community education and information and support for vulnerable people in communities;
· Incident Management and Response: $120.9 million to drive further improvements in emergency and incident management including a new significant expansion of fire information systems using Australian-first fire mapping technology, more training for incident controllers, further upgrades to incident control centres, more joint fire agency training and a package of volunteer support initiatives including a new identification card;
· Fireground Response: $197.5 million for 342 new career CFA firefighters and 100 additional MFB firefighters, a new program to standardise the radio connections between the CFA and DSE to deliver quicker information to incident control centres, a new CFA program to identify and remediate communications black spots and improved aircraft despatch. This is in addition to 170 additional permanent DSE firefighters funded under the Land and Fuel Management package;
· Electricity Caused Fire: Implementation of new legislation to strengthen maintenance obligations of electricity businesses, new incentives to minimise fire starts caused by electricity distribution assets and enforce greater accountability for organisations operating powerlines with $2 million to be invested in a new Powerline Bushfire Safety Taskforce;
· Deliberately Lit Fires: A new high-visibility arson operation on high bushfire risk days will be deployed through Victoria Police’s new Operational Response Unit, with a further $2 million to Crimestoppers and to Victoria Police to gather information from the public about possible arsonists to further target police activity;
· Planning and Building: $28.5 million to better integrate building and planning in bushfire-risk areas, including new local policy solutions and changes to the requirements of vendors selling a home in a bushfire-risk area, an enhanced focus on vegetation management and an extension of the Government’s 10/30 rule for landowners;
· Land and Fuel Management: $403.8 million to meet a large-scale fuel reduction increase of 275,000 hectares of all public land over the next four years, rising to the 385,000 hectare target over the following two years, 170 new permanent DSE firefighting staff and 231 seasonal firefighters improve vegetation management as well as monitoring of the impacts of fires and fuel burning on the State’s biodiversity; and
· Organisational Structure: $6.1 million to reform the organisational structure of Victoria’s firefighting agencies through the establishment of a new Fire Services Commissioner to sit over the top of the state’s three firefighting agencies as the most senior operational firefighter.
Mr Brumby said the Victorian Government would prepare a full implementation plan for these reforms in coming weeks and be guided by emergency services agencies and departments about what steps could practically be taken ahead of the next bushfire season.
“The 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission report is a catalyst for change that provides key recommendations to make our State safer from the threat of bushfires,” Mr Brumby said.
“I am determined that this Royal Commission report is never allowed to gather dust. It is crucial that we grasp the opportunity now to make our State safer.
“Our Government will act swiftly and decisively. We are determined that the actions we take, in partnership with emergency services agencies, local government, businesses and communities, unite Victorians in one commitment to do all we can to protect human lives from bushfires.”
The Government will also invest $1.1 million to appoint a monitor to oversee progress of government agencies and departments in implementing Royal Commission recommendations.
Mr Brumby also released the Government’s report bringing together all of the feedback received from the Victorian community in the weeks after the release of the Royal Commission report.
“I said when I established the Royal Commission that I wanted to leave no stone unturned in the examination of why the terrible events of Black Saturday and the Gippsland fires occurred, and why 173 people tragically died,” Mr Brumby said.
“Since Black Saturday we have delivered significant new measures introduced to improve Victoria’s preparation for and response to future bushfires and funding for our fire and emergency services is triple what it was a decade ago.
“Across the State, there are signs of recovery. Schools and community halls are being rebuilt, sports clubs are getting back on their feet and our parks are sprouting new life again. We’ve made real progress but there is still more work to be done.
“Our Government believes it is vital that we take communities and emergency services with us to support new actions to make our State safer and that’s why we listened to the community before formulating our final response.
“Over 1500 people have attended more than 20 public meetings held across Victoria since the Royal Commission report was released. I thank members of the public who took the time to put forward their views on future directions to make Victoria as fire-safe and fire-ready as possible.”
Media contact: Jessica Harris 0409 188 743 or Cameron Scott 0448 346 942 www.premier.vic.gov.au
Finally I would like to congratulate Kinross Farm (Flowerdale) and especially Phillip and Jane Szepe who in partnership with Coles and Sunny Queen Eggs raised money from the sales of specially marked eggs for their local essential services. As a result, Flowerdale, Kinglake West and Kinglake CFA's together with the Kinglake SES and AFRT-CERT (Ambulance service) are to receive individual cheques for $10,000 to continue their good work.
It will be a trial Bus service so please consider using to keep it operational for the future.
See timetable details below:
Timetable Flowerdale Bus Service From 14th Sept
The Small Business Mentoring Service offers a free service to all of those affected by the February 2009 bushfires, including new businesses starting up in these areas. It’s an independent, not-for-profit organisation providing experienced business mentors to Victorian businesses, including those facing challenging times
Contact Geoffrey Lee of Small Business Victoria on 9651 9573 to sign up for these free sessions, or visit www.sbms.org.au.
The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement has also established groups for children aged 5-14 who have lost someone close to them in the Victorian bushfires.
Kids Grieve Too (KG2) groups are now running in Kinglake and Hurstbridge, with the possibility of other groups being developed in Ringwood, Yea, Gippsland and North Melbourne.
"The groups are invaluable. They provide you with an opportunity to be with others who really do understand your pain, people who understand that a year ago, one or more members of your family were incinerated in the fires" (Carol 2010).
This is what a participant in one of the Bushfire Discussion and Support groups had to say about the experience of being in a group.
When and where are the groups held?
Groups have been established in the following areas:
Eltham Evening: group meets monthly on a Monday evening
Eltham Day: group meets monthly on a Monday morning
Epping: group meets monthly on a Monday evening
Geelong: group meets monthly on a Thursday evening
Kinglake: group meets monthly on a Thursday evening
North Melbourne: group meets monthly on a Tuesday evening
Ringwood: group meets monthly on a Thursday evening.
Strathewen Men's group: Meets monthly on a Friday evening
Strathewen Women's group: group meets monthly on a Monday evening
Strathewen Young women's group: group meets monthly on a Wednesday evening
Yarra Glen: group meets monthly on Wednesday evening