Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Community Service Hub Administrator - Flowerdale

For all details about this position available in Flowerdale please visit

Select the Job Search tabs, and look for VPSG3 classified positions to save working through the full list.
Closing Date: 01-Sep-2010
The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (GB CMA) is offering property owners in the bushfire affected areas with an opportunity for financial assistance along waterways burnt in the 2009 fires. Landowners may be eligible for assistance with stream side fencing, revegetation to re-establish riparian vegetation along waterways and subsidies for off stream water points. This support is only available for a short time with works needing to be completed before the end of June 2011.

Why is this important?

Riparian land along waterways are ecologically important and excluding stock from these areas have significant outcomes to water quality, biodiversity and land management. The GB CMA is committed to assisting landowners with stock exclusion through permanent fencing, revegetation of native plants for the improvement of the riparian vegetation, and providing landowners assistance with alternative watering points for stock away from waterways.

If you are interested in assistance from the GB CMA please phone the office on 5736 0100 or for more information go to our website and download our Fire Recovery Waterway Grants Brochure
www.gbcma.vic.gov.au .

GBCMA Recovery Grants

Plant Identification Workshop

KRNH Events - Flora Identification

Monday, August 23, 2010

Food Hygiene Course Vacancies still available

Food Safety Handlers Course

Enlightened Spirit Project by Sharon Collins

Sharon Collins has been very busy on her project through "Illuminated by Fire", Regional Arts Victoria.
Sharon has now casted lots of the community hands which will be launched 20th November here in the valley.
If you would like to see her work so far or would like to know how you can have your hand casted for the project visit:


AGM Flowerdale Cricket Club

The Annual General Meeting of the Flowerdale Cricket Club is on at the Recreation Reserve, Wednesday 25th August, 7pm.
For more information please contact Wally 57801435.
All Welcome

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Spring Valley Rec Reserve Public Meeting

Notice is given of a

To be held at Spring Valley Recreation Reserve Pavilion, Flowerdale on the 14th September 2010 commencing at 7.00 pm.
The purpose of the meeting is to nominate no less than 3 or more than 9 persons as the Committee of Management for the Spring Valley Recreation Reserve for a term of three years. The current committee’s term will expire on the 14th September 2010.
All positions will be declared open and nominations will be accepted prior to or on the night.
Nominations from all in the community are welcome.

Further information nomination forms and nominee declaration forms may be obtained by contacting your local Department of Sustainability & Environment Office or at the meeting.
For further enquires please contact the secretary, Jaime Helmot on 5780 2599

Field Day

field day

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Skills Development Workshops - Full details

Skills Development Workshops

Skills Development Workshops

Skills Development Workshops Info Session Flowerdale

Skills Development Workshops Info Session Flowerdale

Flowerdale Community House Planning Permit

Murrindindi Shire Council have now put up on their website the Planning Permit for Flowerdale Community House at Silver Creek Road.
Details are below on how you can put in your feedback.

Community House Planning Permit

Election Day at Flowerdale Primary School

The Flowerdale Kindergarten will be selling soup, sausages and drinks on Election Day at the Flowerdale Primary School, from 8.30am onwards.

Come & support the Kindergarten.

Casual Office Manger Position

Casual Office Mgr VBBRA

Flowerdale Playgroup


Play Group Rhythm and Beat

Recovery Workers Workshops

Recovery Workers Workshops

Solar Hubs Program

Round 1 of the Solar Photovoltaic Community Hubs (Solar Hubs) program is now open.

The closing date for applications in Round 1 is 29 September 2010 at 5 PM.

For more information including program guidelines, application form and other related content, please click http://www.resourcesmart.vic.gov.au/for_businesses/rebates_and_grants_4670.html

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact the Solar Hubs team.

Dr Arun Kumar on behalf of Solar Hubs, Sustainable Production, Sustainability Victoria

T: 03 8626 8758 F: 03 9663 1007 Level 28 Urban Workshop 50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne 3000 www.resourcesmart.vic.gov.au

Grants of up to $50,000 are being offered to community groups to take practical action on climate change. Find out how your community could benefit by visiting www.climatecommunities.vic.gov.au/grants

Women Gathering After Fires - Kinglake

Women Gathering After Fires Kinglake

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Monday, August 16, 2010

Gaining greater skills and they’re free

Murrindindi Shire Council
Media Release - 16 August 2010

Volunteer groups and organisations have welcomed the opportunity to take part in a range of free Skills Development Workshops being organised by Murrindindi Shire Council.

Following an open survey, the Council is preparing a number of workshops that will be held across the shire on a range of topics. The top six that were identified through the surveys will be conducted early in September through to mid December.

Murrindindi Deputy Mayor Cr Kevin Bellingham said more than 80 responses were received from community groups and organisations.

“It has been a pleasing take-up rate. The workshops will assist and support committees of all types to up-skill,” Cr Bellingham said.

“Our volunteers are such a valuable part of what makes our communities strong. Council is providing these workshops in recognition of community volunteer contributions at all levels.”

Cr Bellingham said community groups, clubs and organisations would gain a wealth of information from the programs in assisting them in carrying out the day to day tasks in managing, promoting and supporting their groups.

The first session has been based on community feedback and will act as a pilot to ensure that future programs are adapted to community needs.

Titled “How to win more grants” the sessions will be held at:
YEA: Tuesday 7 September, 7:30-9:30pm - Yea Golf Club, Clubrooms, Racecourse Road
ALEXANDRA: Tuesday 14 September, 7:30-9:30pm - Alexandra Bowling Club, Paynes Avenue
MARYSVILLE: Thursday 16 September, 1-3pm - Marysville Rebuilding Advisory Centre
FLOWERDALE: Tuesday 5 October, 7:30-9:30pm - Spring Valley Recreation Reserve, Clubrooms, Spring Valley Rd
KINGLAKE: Thursday 7 October, 7:30-9:30pm - Kinglake Ranges Rebuilding Advisory Centre

Interest groups must register their attendance by contacting Lisa Elward at Murrindindi Shire Council, phone: 5772 0363 or email: leward@murrindindi.vic.gov.au

The program is being organised by Murrindindi Shire Council and ‘Our Community’, and is funded by the Department of Planning and Community Development and the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund.

Future workshops include meeting your legal obligations, marketing and promoting your organisation, supporting your volunteers, managing your community group risks and financial management.

Flowerdale Toy Library

The Flowerdale Toy Library operation hours are:

August: Wednesday 25th – 12.00

September: Saturday 11th – 9.30

October: Tuesday 5th – 3.00

November: Saturday 13th – 9.30

December: Tuesday 7th – 3.00

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Flowerdale Early Learning Centre Progress

The Early Learning Centre is certainly progressing well with building. If you look at this video you'll see fast progress.


Friday, August 13, 2010

Kinglake West Primary School Pavers

Are you a former student/family or present one who has attended Kinglake West Primary School? Or are you a business who would like to support the school? If so, why not support the school by buying a paver for their new memorial garden. If you know anyone who would like to support this please forward them on all information.

Kinglake West Primary Pavers

Hazeldene Bridge Replacement

Hazeldene Bridge Replacement

Kinglake Girls Group

Kinglake Girls Group

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Big Fish Competition

After the tragic events of the 2009 Black Saturday Bushfires, the shires of Murrindindi and Mitchell in regional Victoria were amongst some of the hardest hit. However, the regions are rebuilding and want to encourage tourists back. Through this competition, the Murrindindi Mitchell Bushfire Tourism Recovery Group (MMBTRG) are asking keen anglers and fishing novices to hit the water for their chance to win $50,000 big ones in a 16 day fishing competition.

Two tagged fish worth $50,000 each will be released into the Goulburn River to be caught from Saturday 2nd October until Saturday 9th October 2010 and then another two fish will be release in Lake Eildon (excluding the pondage) to be caught from Sunday 10th October until Sunday 17th October 2010.

The MMBTRG BIG FISH COMPETITION focuses on fresh water fish with angler’s able to cast a line in both the river and lake for a chance to win.

The MMBTRG is encouraging safe and legal fishing behavior throughout the competition and the Victorian recreational fishing regulations apply.

Try your luck along the banks of the majestic Goulburn River, the largest river basin in Victoria or hit Lake Eildon, located in the northern foothills of Victoria's Central Highlands, 150 km north-east of Melbourne.

Click on link for all information & registration


Recovery Fund Groups MSC

Flowerdale Community Dinner Change

Flowerdale Community Dinner Flyer

Kinglake Ranges Rebuilding Advisory Centre - Official Opening

Kinglake Ranges Rebuilding Advisory Centre - Official Opening


Wednesday 18th August at 1.30pm

Mariya Waters is an international and Australian award winning quilt maker and teacher.
She will be visiting to talk about quilt making with some of her quilts and photos of others.

Kinglake West Uniting Church
1050 Main Road , Kinglake West

Inquiries Bev 5786 5661

Rob Gordon Visit to Kinglake Areas

Rob Gordon Kinglake Area

Cross Country Skiing Family Day

The Mt Bullfight Ski Club, supported by Sport and Recreation Victoria, will once again hold a Family Day at the snow on Sunday August 22.
If you have never been cross country skiing before and want to have a go, grab this opportunity. Transport is provided by the club and includes free entry to the Mountain. Ski hire is also included as well as clothes hire if required. Once kitted out we will head out onto the ski trails for a lesson and some games.
The cost of the program is heavily subsidised and will be $15 for adults and $8 for children. We require you to bring lunch with you and so that we can have lunch out on the trails.
This is a fabulous opportunity to experience the winter wonderland on our doorstep. So take advantage and contact the club to book your spot. Register for this event at mtbullfight@bigpond.com or phone Malachy on 0428 880 367.
Pick up is at the Kinglake Shire Offices at 8.30 am, with return at approximately 5.00 pm.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Time To Clean Out Chemicals

Written by Murrindindi Shire Council
Wednesday, 11 August 2010 08:25

ChemClear and Murrindindi Shire Council have joined forces in providing scheduled collection points for people to dispose of any surplus, unwanted, unlabelled, mixed or out of date agricultural and vet chemicals.

Council’s Infrastructure and Assets portfolio spokesman Cr Bob Flowers said the ChemClear service provided a range of options for people to dispose of chemicals safely and under some guidelines, for free.

“From the hobby farmer through to major landholders, this service supports best practice principles in making smart disposal choices for agricultural and vet chemicals. It is about reducing and managing risks on farms and in business,” Cr Flowers said. “There has traditionally been a good response from people across the shire in utilising this service. Already, more than 453 litres of chemicals have been registered for this year’s collection.”

Cr Flowers said the process for collection was quick and easy.

“People need to follow a few easy steps which are provided on a toll free number or the collection website to register their unwanted chemicals for retrieval. They are given an appointment time and location to meet the retrieval team to drop off their registered chemicals for disposal,” Cr Flowers said.

ChemClear collects registered chemicals produced by manufacturers supporting the Industry Waste Reduction Scheme. These chemicals are classified as Group 1 and are collected free of charge.

As an additional service, ChemClear collects what are classified as Group 2 chemicals. These agricultural chemicals are de-registered, product out of date by a period of two years, mixed, unlabelled, unknown, or, produced by a manufacturer not contributing to the stewardship program.

There is a cost for disposal of Group 2 products which is quoted to the waste holder once their registration has been processed.

Registration for this year’s October collection closes on 3 September. People can register at 1800 008 182 or visit

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

"Illuminated by Fire" Project RAV

Elightened Spirts Project

Support & Programs for Young People

Support & Programs for Young People

EACH’s Services for those affected by the Bushfires

Counselling and Support – children, young people, adults and families

· Difficulty sleeping?

· Recurring traumatic or disturbing dreams?

· Mood swings?

· Depressed thoughts?

Or, maybe you’d just like someone to talk to!

EACH has a committed team of counsellors trained to respond to the needs of those affected and impacted by the bushfires.

All of EACH’s Bushfire Response and Recovery Counselling services are: confidential, free of charge and can be provided at a location convenient to you.

Please call EACH on 9871 1890 to discuss how we can help you

Grief and Bereavement Support

EACH, in partnership with the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement, run a group once a month for people who have been affected by a bereavement as a result of the bushfires. This group has been running for several months and there is ample room for more to attend.

The groups are held at EACH in Ringwood once a month on a Thursday evening.

If you are already seeing a counsellor, psychologist or other support person it is still perfectly OK for you to attend this group as well … People can often gain excellent stuff from participating in a group that will complement the one-to-one work - they often do vicarious learning by hearing the journeys/work that other people have taken.

Similar groups are also run for children who have experienced a bereavement through the bushfires.

For more information on these groups please contact either Rosie Petschack or I on 9871 1800. Or email jbowker@each.com.au or rpetschack@each.com.au.

UC Take A Break Family Holiday

UC Take A Break

Mens Get Away V8 Test Day

Mens Getaway V8 Test Day 30 Aug 2010

Men Building Bridges Round 2 Programs

Men Building Bridges Round 2

Parents Speak

Parents Speak

Building Relationships with Teenagers Seminar

Free Youth Seminar Building Relationships With Teenagers

Murrindindi Youth Website Voting now open on logo

Please visit www.youthmurrindindi.com (youth website) and vote for your favourite logo you will be in the draw for a great prize.

Voting opens today and closes 6th September so get behind the local youth and vote now!!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

FREE 2nd Hand Kitchen

Written by KRMS
Thursday, 05 August 2010 11:59

The Kinglake Ranges Mens Shed has been contacted by someone who is renovating their home.

They would like to give their 2nd hand kitchen, including cupboards, cooktop, oven, rangehood and sink (the lot!) to someone who is in need of some help with their rebuild. The cooktop and oven work perfectly, but look a little used.

The Cupboards are white with Stainless Steel handles and the Benchtop is Timber (possibly American Oak)

•Cabinets 2.4 x 400mm
•1.2 x 600mm
•2.1 x 600mm
•2.1 x 600mm
•1 corner unit 900 x 900
•1.25 x 600
•736 O/A wall oven tower
•2.4 x 300 overhead units
•900 rangehood
•double sink with timber surround the 5 burner cooktop will also have a timber surround
The Kinglake Ranges Mens Shed would be happy to pick the kitchen up and can assist in installing it for you.

If you would like to be considered, please email cris@kinglakerangesmensshed.org.au This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or send a letter to Kinglake Ranges Mens Shed, 5 Oldfield Road Pheasant Creek 3757 outlining your details/need.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Mens Getaway Queenscliff

Mens Getaway Weekend

YMCA bushfire school holiday programs

YMCA Victoria, in partnership with the Bushfire Appeal Fund, is once again excited to offer free school holiday programs for bushfire-affected communities over the spring holiday period. Programs will be run in the locations listed below.
More information on which days the programs and activities will be held can be found at www.victoria.ymca.org.au/holidayprograms from Monday 16 August or by calling 9403 5090.

Bookings start on Monday 23rd August and finish on Thursday 9th September, we strongly advise bushfire affected families to BOOK EARLY as they expect some locations to book out!

Primary Age Programs: Alexandra, Churchill North, Healesville, Hurstbridge, Kinglake West, Redesdale, Traralgon South, Wandong, Yarra Glen, Yea

Secondary Age Programs: Alexandra, Warragul, Whittlesea, Yea

While the locations for the free programs and activities have been chosen to meet the needs of the bushfire affected communities, YMCA Victoria recognises that many families have been displaced due to the fires and are unable to access the free programs and activities. Therefore families who have relocated to an area where a free program or service is not being offered can apply for a reimbursement of fees for primary and secondary students who attend programs offered by registered vacation care providers in the Spring school holidays.

More information on reimbursement can be found at www.victoria.ymca.org.au/holidayprograms or by calling 9403 5090.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Royal Commission Consultation


Ballarat Thursday 5 August 6.30 - 8.30pm Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre 613 Main Road, Ballarat
Beechworth Thursday 5 August 6.30 - 8.30pm Beechworth Memorial Hall
Ford Street, Beechworth
Churchill Thursday 5 August 6.30 - 8.30pm Monash University Gippsland Campus The Auditorium, 3E Building Northways Road, Churchill
Bendigo Friday 6 August 6.30 - 8.30pm Bendigo Exhibition Centre Prince of Wales Showgrounds, Holmes Road, Bendigo
Anglesea Friday 6 August 6.30 - 8.30pm Anglesea Memorial Hall Civic Centre Precinct, 1 McMillan St, Anglesea
Labertouche Friday 6 August 6.30 - 8.30pm Labertouche Public Hall
Corner Forest and Labertouche Roads
Daylesford Saturday 7 August 2 - 4pm The Daylesford Inn 2891 Ballan Road
Apollo Bay Saturday 7 August 2 - 4pm Apollo Bay Youth Club
17 - 19 Moore Street, Apollo Bay
Pakenham Saturday 7 August 2 - 4pm Pakenham Police and Emergency Service Complex 780 Princess Highway, Pakenham
Whittlesea Sunday 8 August 2 - 4pm Whittlesea Bowls Club
101 Church Street, Whittlesea
Kinglake / Kinglake West Sunday 8 August 2 - 4pm Kinglake West Mechanics Institute 1055 Kinglake Whittlesea Road
Marysville Sunday 8 August 2 - 4pm Marysville Community Golf and Bowls Club 956 Buxton-Marysville Road
Woodend Monday 9 August 6.30 - 8.30pm Woodend Community Centre
Cnr Forest and High Street, Woodend
Colac Monday 9 August 6.30 - 8.30pm Colac Otway Performing Arts and Cultural Centre Corner Rae and Gellibrand Streets, Colac
Olinda Monday 9 August 6.30 - 8.30pm Olinda Hall / Olinda Community House
Olinda Monbulk Rd (corner of Georgian Rd)
Horsham Tuesday 10 August 6.30 - 8.30pm Horsham Sports and Community Centre 177 - 179 Baillie Street Horsham
Warburton Tuesday 10 August 6.30 - 8.30pm Warburton East Community Hall
Woods Point Road, Warburton East
Inverloch Tuesday 10 August 6.30 - 8.30pm Inverloch Community Hub
16 A'Beckett St, Inverloch
Mildura Wednesday 11 August 6.30 - 8.30pm The Setts (Settlers Club)
Corner of 8th Street & Orange Ave, Mildura
Portland Wednesday 11 August 6.30 - 8.30pm Portland RSL Bowling Club
33 Cape Nelson Road Portland
Bairnsdale Wednesday 11 August 6.30 - 8.30pm Bairnsdale Sporting and Convention Centre 117 the Great Alpine Rd, Bairnsdale

Of the Commission’s 67 recommendations, the Victorian Government has supported 59 in principle and has called for further consultation.
The remaining recommendations are complex and will affect communities in different ways.
To develop its final response, the Government will consult people who are directly affected.
As part of the consultation process over the coming weeks, communities will be
asked for their views on these important decisions that will help make Victoria as
fire-safe as possible.
Meetings closest to Murrindindi are listed below. Some venues are still being
finalised - details will be available at www.premier.vic.gov.au
All members of the community surrounding this area are invited to attend.
Please refer to www.premier.vic.gov.au for further details.
Feedback can also be emailed to the Premier, John Brumby, at:

Perserving Kit Course

Come and use some great preserving kits to make your won beautiful preserved fruit and vegetables, jams and chutneys in time for Christmas. This is an informal group that will learn the art of preserving together. All equipment and materials provided. You don't need experience, just book in and come along. The last Saturday of each month.
August to December
1pm - 4pm
Enrol at Kinglake Ranges Neighbourhood House Phone: 5786 1301

Plant Propagation & Growing Techniques

An intro to plant propagation and growing techniques. Covers basics of seed and divsion growing, seed storage, what plants to sow and when, potting on, when to plant out as well as general plant health and maintenance. Day one focuses on growing food plants and ornamentals. Day two focuses on growing local native plants.
Sunday 22nd & 29th August
10am - 3pm
Cost $20
Lunch provided. Enrol at Kinglake Ranges Neighbourhood House
Phone:5786 1301

Plant Propagation

Thoughts on Release of Royal Commission Report ACGB Rob Gordon

Thoughts on Release of Royal Commission Report ACGB Rob Gordon

Inspection of Trees (Glenburn Areas)

There will be two community consultations to inspect trees on Break O” Day Rd Glenburn.

August 12 2010 9.30am to inspect from Yea Whittlesea Rd to Fanning please meet out side 1259 Break O” Day Rd.
August 12 2010 1.00pm to inspect from Fanning Rd to Brehauts Rd including Brehauts and Gullet Roads.
August 13 2010 9.30 am Brehauts Rd to Melba Hwy including Walls Rd
August 13 2010 1.00pm to inspect the small unnamed road that runs off Melba Hwy near the boundary of 3523 Melba Hwy.

All these inspections are excluding unburnt areas.

Maps and arborist reports will be available on the Murrindindi Shire web site under bushfire recovery, tree removal. Please note

If you would like any 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

Events Workshops

Events Workshop Flyer

Flowerdale Playgroup News

Playgroup News

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Tax Help

Tax Help is a network of community volunteers who provide a free and confidential service to help people complete their tax returns at tax time. They are not ATO staff, but they receive training and support from the ATO.

Tax Help is for people on low incomes. Since tax can be complex, volunteers are only able to help with fairly straightforward tax returns. Tax Help volunteers cannot assist clients with business tax returns, partnership and trust matters, capital gains tax or rental property.

Tax Help is available by appointment at numerous community-based facilities. Locations vary from year to year.

For full details, visit: http://www.ato.gov.au/individuals/content.asp?doc=/content/9172.htm

Call the Australian Taxation Office on 132 861

Red Cross Personal Support Outreach

Red Cross volunteers will be visiting properties in the Flowerdale area commencing on 8 October 2010.

This program is being run as a partnership with Red Cross, The Department of Human Services and Mitchell Community Health Service. This project also has the support of the Flowerdale Recovery Committee.

The volunteers will simply be talking to people to provide information and advice on services that are available in the Flowerdale area, and to enquire if any additional support is needed.

If anyone does not wish to speak to the Red Cross volunteers, please either just say ‘no thanks’ when they call at your property or call the Flowerdale Community Services Hub on 5780 2704 to advise if you would prefer the Red Cross didn't call.

Fire awareness awards and grants

Entries for the 2010 Fire Awareness Awards are now open. Awards are offered across eight main categories, rewarding the hard work of individuals, groups and organisations who have carried out fire projects in Victoria.

Grants are also on offer, including the $10,000 RACV Insurance fire safety grant and special incentive grants of up to $2,000 to develop and undertake a fire project, or to further an existing fire project in Victoria.

All entries for grants and awards must be submitted by 4pm on Friday 20 August 2010.

For more information, call 9412 4465 or visit the website: http://www.fireawarenessawards.com.au/

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Flowerdale Education Hub really taking shape

I haven't posted on the progress of the Flowerdale Education Hub for a couple of weeks and there has been plenty of progress as the new building really begins to take shape.

The first photo below shows the foundations and flooring

In the last two weeks there has been plenty of building work and the frame is up and you can now see the shape of the building:

The Education Hub is due to be complete by October and with the work to date things are looking good.