Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Have your say on the Kinglake Ranges, Flowerdale and Toolangi Community Forum at www.kftplan.com.au
You can sign up to make comments/feedback on areas of concern and what you would like to see in the future for your area.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
The four who completed the course are: Tina Varano, Anna Burgess, Kirran Wilcoxen, and Odette Hunter, and I'd like to extend them my congratulations.
These four will receive a certificate of achievement, although I am not able to grant full accreditation as we are not a Registered Training Organisation.
I'd like to thank the women in the class for their focus, their interest and their keenness to gain the skills associated with chainsaw work. I'd also like to compliment them on their excellent attitude to the safety issues we raised and discussed during the course.
Classes will continue on Saturdays through June and July for those women who originally enrolled, and we will be scheduling further classes later in the year for those who continue to express their interest in the course.
The building plans are available here on the Blogspot http://helpflowerdalenow.blogspot.com/2010/06/concept-design-flowerdale-community.html , Hazeldene General Store, Flowerdale Hall/Community House, Flowerdale Hub
The issues identified within the Group for community input are as follows:
1. Playground - size, access, fencing & location
2. Memorial Garden Location
3. Carpark access - location, surface & size, existing slab
4. Water Storage
5. Design of Playgroup area
7. Name of Centre
Email : email@example.com with your input.
If you would like to be an observer at PRG Meetings please contact Cris Ruhr, Council Representative for the King Parrot Riding and Chair PRG
via e-mail or mobile:
Mobile: 0459 066 637
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Thursday, June 24, 2010
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Fact Sheet Youth Facility KF 1706
Fact Sheet_New Use for Existing Tennis Courts 1706
Fact Sheet Men's Shed 1706
Fact Sheet Fdale Rec Facilities MSC 1806
Fact Sheet Community Garden 1706
Written by Flowerdale Tennis Club
Thursday, 24 June 2010
FLOWERDALE Tennis Club has been fortunate to receive financial assistance for its courts development project from Rotary clubs from around Australia thanks to links with the Rotary Club of Yea.
Yea Rotary Club has kindly arranged a donation of $3000 to help provide new nets that will be required for the four new courts.
Flowerdale Tennis Club has been working hard over the past 18 months to raise funds to build four new courts to accommodate its many new members.
The State Government has committed $160,000 towards the project and Murrindindi Shire has been very supportive with funds of $30,000 and other project assistance.
Flowerdale Tennis Club president Jeannette Kamar thanked the Rotary Club of Yea for the kind donation.
She said the club had been overwhelmed by the generosity of many individuals and clubs such as Rotary who were keen to help redevelop sports and recreation facilities for the Flowerdale community.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Friday 25th June 1-4pm
From all over Victoria and NSW people have been busy knitting and donating goods for bushfire relief.
We have hats and scarves in all kinds of sizes and colours, blankets, quilts, clothing, craft books and supplies. Book exchange and cuppa also available.
If unable to attend at that time
please contact Bev on 57865661.
Kinglake West Uniting Church
1050 Main Road
Monday, June 21, 2010
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Cowboys, cowgirls and sherriffs mixed with superheroes, vampires and witches. A lot of famous characters from books were there including the Mad Hatter, Dorothy and Zorro.
There were presentations from the Cricket Club with a special Flowerdale Cake featuring the Tree Logo.
Entertainment was provided by a fantastic live band featuring local Michael Minten on drums.
It was a great Flowerdale night with lots of laughs.
I will get more photos during the week and post them online. Thanks to all those who did so much work to get the night together and make it run so smoothly.
I did a count a couple of weeks ago and counted over 70 complete or on the go between the Flowerdale signs. I am sure I would have missed a few as well.
Every time I drive into town I see the signs of new building work everywhere. For the casual observer it is really noticeable when you drive into the Southern end of town with four in a row that all look pretty close to completion. You also see a really big cluster of activity in Creekside with many that are complete or close to completion.
Driving down Silver Creek, Silver Parrot, Riverside, Goats Rd and Long Gully you realise there is rebuilding activity everywhere.
It is a credit to all who have endured so much adversity since February 2009 that so many have been able to work their way through what is a tough process.
Over the last two weeks the foundations have been dug and last week the concrete footings were poured.
Work is all proceeding well and the target for completion is October.
The latest pictures are below:
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Acting Chief Executive Officer of Murrindindi Shire, Rob Croxford has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Moorabool Shire Council.
Mr Croxford informed Mayor Peter Beales, Councillors and staff of his decision to accept the position today.
“After discussions with Mayor Peter Beales it is with some sadness that I am leaving the Murrindindi Shire in this difficult time of reconstruction and rebuilding,” Mr Croxford said.
“I am leaving the Council that has developed strong partnerships with State Government, the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority as well as community organisations that will ensure that the recovery and rebuilding continues at a rate determined by our community.
“The new role will be exciting and challenging. The Moorabool Shire has a diverse community and I am looking forward to working with staff and stakeholders.”
Moorabool Shire, located 80 kilometres West of Melbourne is a commuter settlement, popular tourist destination and centre of a large agricultural industry made up of 64 localities, hamlets and towns.
“Importantly I want to thank Murrindindi Shire Council staff who have worked tirelessly in the aftermath of Black Saturday,” Mr Croxford said.
“Their strength, compassion and unmitigated commitment to the rebuilding and recovery process has been inspiring and is yet to be fully appreciated by those not closely association with the Council.
“I have made many friends and strong networks across the Shire and in the northeast region and I look forward to maintaining those relationships.”
Mr Croxford will take up his new appointment on 26 July 2010.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
BUS NOW AVAILABLE
(Please consider using this service on offer if you are going to drink rather than getting pulled up by the police for drink driving)
5.45PM SILVER CREEK (BUS STOP)
5.50PM CREEKSIDE DRIVE (2ND ENTRANCE BUS STOP)
5.55PM RIVERSIDE DRIVE (1ST ENTRANCE BUS STOP)
6.00PM HAZELDENE STORE (BUS STOP MAIN ROAD)
TO REC RESERVE
6.15PM STRATH CREEK STORE
7.00PM SILVER CREEK (BUS STOP)
7.05PM CREEKSIDE DRIVE (2ND ENTRANCE BUS STOP)
7.10PM RIVERSIDE DRIVE (1ST ENTRANCE BUS STOP)
7.15PM HAZELDENE STORE (BUS STOP MAIN ROAD)
BUS WILL ALSO DROP OFF AFTER THE NIGHT
BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL TO ACCESS BUS SERVICE ON THE NIGHT
PLEASE PHONE FLOWERDALE COMMUNITY HOUSE 57802664 OR PHONE HENRY 0427808435
Monday, June 14, 2010
Broome Rd and Long Gully please meet at the Hazeldene Store at 3.00pm.
If you have any further queries please contact me on 5772 0711 or via email CAllingham@murrindindi.vic.gov.au
Forest Road Report
Silver Creek Road2 Report
Silver Parrot Road Report
Long Gully Report
Sometime between the hours of 3.30pm Saturday 12 June and 4pm Monday 14 June a Yamaha 6.3KW Invertor Generator and a Onga Pressure Pump were stolen at the #1 Creek Timber Project Site on Whittlesea Kinglake Road (near the corner of Extons Road)
The #1 Creek Timber Project is being hosted by the Kinglake Ranges Mens Shed. The items stolen were donated to the Mens Shed for use by the community at this important project, the value of these two items is around $7,150. The pump and generator were connected to the Toilet & Water facilities for use by the particpants of the project. This project is designed to train community members with new skills as well as supplying the community with milled timber to be used for rebuilding and community projects. Bollygum Park, Mens Shed and Parks Victoria will be using the milled timber.
To gain access the thieves cut through the fence, and then cut through thick gauge security wired container. Both items were bolted to a concrete slab and the bolts were cut to then remove the items from the site. Precise planning would have been required. If you saw any vehicles at the site between Saturday 12 June and Monday 14 June, or you see the items, or are offered these items for purchase please immediately contact Sgt. Macdonald at the Kinglake Police Station on 5786 1333.
The items stolen were:
Yamaha EF6300iSE 6.30KW Invertor Generator. Serial No: 310190
Onga Pressure Pump w/Regulator JMM100
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AND DESIGN FRAMEWORK
MEETING AND WORKSHOP
Held on Sunday 6th June, 2010 at the Flowerdale Hall, more than 50 people attended the discussion to determine our community’s issues and priorities. The Workshop was attended by many Community members, by Kerry O’Neil and representatives from VBRRA, by representatives from the MSC and DPCD, by Noel Matthews from AECOM and by the Flowerdale Recovery Committee.
WHAT IS THE DESIGN FRAMEWORK?
The Urban Design Framework is designed to develop a long term planning process for the
URBAN DESIGN AND BUSHFIRE RECOVERY
The UDF does not interfere with Bushfire Recovery. Recovery continues and is centered primarily around replacement of lost assets and on post-fire community improvement projects, so it’s great to know that bushfire recovery does not have to wait for the UDF to be finished.
PURPOSE OF SUNDAY’S MEETING
The meeting was held to re-confirm the real issues which people in the
WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO THE RESIDENTS OF THE
It is interesting that the major issues had not changed since before the fires. In some way, almost all the issues are inter-linked. Here are the major issues which emerged:
came up as a huge issue and covered things such as Community Connectedness, TV, Internet and Phone Reception, mail services, “
including transport services, road & bridge quality, roadside maintenance, bike safety, walking and bike tracks etc was discussed in detail and raised as a very important long term consideration for planning.
Population Growth & Employment
were very high on the priorities list, as they directly impact on the flavour of our community, on our children’s ability to stay in the Flowerdale Valley, and the infrastructure needed to support changing population.
The need for more Public Spaces
was very evident from the feedback and was identified as a serious long term issue for the
including potable water strategies, waste management systems, roadside control, weed management etc was a recurring theme during the meeting.
Two messages came loud and clear from the meeting –
- One was that, for people to have confidence in long term planning, there is a need to see immediate evidence of action relating to “jobs on the books” right now. A clear example of this is the Bike/Walking Track which is a piece of existing infrastructure in desperate need of repair.
- The second message which did resonate strongly was that, while development and population growth are inevitable, the community would like to see growth, infrastructure and employment opportunities linked to the character of the
as it exists now. Flowerdale Valley
Watchout Flowerdale here comes the new musicians of the town as there are some very talented youth in music & singing.
Sony Music Youth Program - Flowerdale
Or if you don't have Working with Childrens Check but would like to get one & help out forms are available at any Post Office or contact Tanya. Once you have applied please contact Tanya to add your name to list of parent helpers.
Flowerdale Junior Youth Group Year Dates 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
The awards are organised nationally by the Attorney-General’s Department. They are designed to encourage best practice and innovation across Australia's emergency management sector, business, local government and community organisations that are making our communities safer, stronger, more resilient and better prepared to respond to any emergency situation.
If you know of a project in a bushfire affected community that should be nominated for the awards, please encourage them to submit an entry for their contribution to community safety and resilience in the emergency management context. Entries close 2 July 2010. Further information about the awards program and judging criteria is available from www.oesc.vic.gov.au
Since the fires renowned clinical psychologist Dr. Rob Gordon has been talking with communities about the critical stages of recovery.
Now it’s Flowerdale & Hazeldene's turn!!
WHEN: TUESDAY JUNE 15TH 2010
WHERE: FLOWERDALE HALL
TIME: 7PM - 9PM
Rob worked with the Canberra Bushfires, Bali bombings and other large scale disasters. He has great first hand experience; please come along and hear him speak in person, locally.
NUMBERS ARE PREFERRED FOR CATERING PURPOSES. PLEASE RSVP BY MONDAY 14TH JUNE TO EITHER:
Leanne Pleash, Hub Captain, Flowerdale Community Service Hub:
Phone: 5780 2704
SMS: 0400 399 061
Monday, June 7, 2010
Sunday, June 6, 2010
The workshop was facilitated by CERES, who brought their Electric Van to show us how it all worked.
There was a heap of points discussed included the current state of the New Electric Car market, conversion of existing vehicles, the power required to run the vehicles, recharging infrastructure, the range, saftey issues and plenty more.
From the information provided it seems that 'pure" electric vhicles will really hit the market in a big way from 2012 with most of the major manufacturers working on electric vehicles.
There was also a representative of the Geelong Electric Vehicle Enthusiasts club who took us through how the Geelong group work together to convert existing vehicles to electric vehicles. As the day went on there was a lot of enthusiasm to have an electric vehicle conversion as a project for the mens shed.
There was also quite a bit of discussion about solar energy and there are quite a number of people in the area who have become fully self sufficient using solar.
Thanks to CERES and the Geelong EV club for making the trip and sharing their knowledge.
From a relatively small start the dinners have become a key part of the social fabric of the town. It was something that Bob and Ann Dixson, from Greensburg mentioned when they visited Flowerdale, as an important part of the recovery of their town after the tornado in 2007.
These days when i come into town on the weekend of the dinners everyone is talking about how good the dinner was.
The talk around town right now is the Fancy Dress Dinner to be held on the 18th June. This will no doubt be the biggest community dinner so far so make sure you get thinking about your costume and turn up for what will be a fantastic night.
It is also great to see how the Community Kitchen at the Recreation Reserve has become such a useful Community asset and makes a great contribution to the recovery.
A big sign at the School shows the plan and an artist's impression together with an expected completion date of October 2010.
It is good to see the progress being made and I will take photos each week so we can have a time lapse series of the hub being built from the ground up.