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Greater Dandenong’s Monthly Magazine


Australia Day Awards PAGE 8

Safe City

Sustainability Festival

What’s On at the Drum Theatre

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Customer Service Centres Dandenong Civic Centre 225 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong Springvale Customer Service 397–405 Springvale Road, Springvale Keysborough Customer Service Shop A7 Parkmore Shopping Centre, Keysborough Paddy O’Donoghue Centre 18–34 Buckley Street, Noble Park All correspondence to: The City PO Box 200 Dandenong VIC 3175 Email: Phone: 8571 1000

Mayor ’s message Welcome to the February edition of The City. This month we celebrate our Australia Day Award winners. Read about all the worthy winners who are making a difference in our community on page 8. I would personally like to extend my congratulations to Patricia Keilty, Aishwarya Pokkuluri, Maria Mastroianni, Sarah Williams, Manzoor Nazari, Nilesh Vaheesan, Maria Peters, Colin Robinson and Christine Ware. On page 9 we preview our popular Sustainability Festival. Council is a leader when it comes to environmental sustainability and we want to encourage people to come along to our festival and discover how they can live a more sustainable life.

Mayor Cr Youhorn Chea

Speaking of looking after the environment, our Pop-up Drive Thru Recycle Day is back this month. See how you can give your unwanted items a new lease on life on page 12.

Fax: 8571 5196

Many of our younger residents are back at school this month, and our public libraries have many resources to help them study. Turn to page 13 to find out more. @greaterdandy

This month is also an important one for Springvale with the celebration of Lunar New Year on 11 February. Read more about this on Page 15 and I hope to see you all there.

Thank you for reading and enjoy February in our great city.

cityofgreaterdandenong TTY: 133 677 Speak and listen: 1300 555 727 TIS: 131 450

Important Numbers

My City Wetlands are an essential part of our natural environment that provide important habitat for our native flora and fauna, including frogs, fish, reptiles, mammals and birds. Friday 2 February is World Wetlands Day, but Council will celebrate on Saturday 10 February with a family day and free barbecue at Tirhatuan Park, Dandenong North, from 4-7pm. Phone 8571 1702 to register.

Emergency calls Police / Fire / Ambulance................................... 000 Street lighting faults / non-operational United Energy............................................13 20 99 Traffic signal faults / non-operational................................... 8571 1000 Hoon Hotline................................. 1800 333 000 Hard Waste Collection WM Waste Management Services.................................................... 9721 1915 Australian Animal Protection Society.............................. 9798 8415 RSPCA....................................................... 9224 2222 Nurse on Call................................ 1300 606 024

Front Cover: Australia Day Award winners Patricia Keilty (Citizen of the Year), Aishwarya Pokkuluri (Young Leader of the Year) and Maria Mastroianni (Volunteer of the Year). Picture: Hilton Stone.

This publication is available in alternative formats upon request.


Did you know…


If you renew the registration of your cat or dog now, you will not need to renew it again until April 2019. If you have more than one cat or dog, why not take advantage of spreading the payments out between now and 9 April? The law requires all owners to register cats and dogs aged over three months with their local Council. If you register your dog or cat after the 9 April deadline, you may risk a fine. Visit animals for more information.

Greater Dandenong is a Safe City Council’s Safe City CCTV program has a large number of cameras across the city, keeping an eye on Greater Dandenong. Our city has one of the largest CCTV systems in Victoria, and it is set up to help create a safer environment for residents, businesses and visitors to Greater Dandenong. Council’s cameras assist in reducing crime levels by deterring potential offenders, assisting in the detection of crime and supporting authorities in the prosecution of offenders. Camera locations are made clear with signs informing people of their presence. Current locations include: ► Dandenong Central Activity District ► Noble Park Central Activity District, including the Noble Park Skate Park ► Menzies Avenue, Dandenong North All footage captured is transferred in real time to either Dandenong or Springvale Police Stations 24-hours a day. Visit /cctv for more information.

Free, family friendly entertainment is on offer at Harmony Square, 225 Lonsdale Street Dandenong, on Fridays in February and March. Now back for a third season, Sunset Cinema promises to offer great entertainment for the whole family, from Friday 2 February, to Friday 16 March, starting from 7pm. The Urban Screen in Harmony Square will show a variety of recent blockbusters and classics this year. Bring your own chairs, blankets and snacks for a fun night out. 2 February 9 February 16 February 23 February 2 March 9 March 16 March

Beauty and the Beast (PG) Paper Planes (G) Queen of Katwe (PG) The BFG (PG) 7pm Moana (PG) 9pm An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (PG) Red Dog: True Blue (PG) 7pm Goonies (PG) 9pm The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (PG)

Visit for more information.




Councillor Contacts Lightwood Ward Cr Youhorn Chea – Mayor Ph/Fax: 9584 5149 0417 320 645

Lightwood Ward Cr Sean O’Reilly 0422 523 258

Lightwood Ward Cr Loi Truong 0466 004 618

Paperbark Ward Cr Roz Blades AM Ph/Fax: 9701 5021 0417 053 612

Paperbark Ward Cr Tim Dark 0466 403 914

Paperbark Ward Cr Heang Tak Ph: 9548 2340 0403 072 291

Mayor Youhorn Chea welcomed in 2018 with a cast of colourful characters and 12,000 people, who turned out to celebrate the New Year’s Eve in the Square event in Dandenong. The popular event ended with a spectacular fireworks display at the family friendly time of 9.30pm. Pictures: Hilton Stone.

Red Gum Ward Cr Matthew Kirwan 0403 072 295

Council Meetings









THU RSD Red Gum Ward Cr Angela Long Ph/Fax: 9795 6574 DECEMBER 0466 004 616 NOVEMBER Red Gum Ward Cr Jim Memeti Ph/Fax: 9792 4683 0434 560 239

Silverleaf Ward Cr Zaynoun Melhem 0466 518 082





Council meetings are held on the second and the fourth Monday of the month.

Did you know you can watch Council meetings live online via our web-cast service?

All Council meetings are held at the city chambers at the Dandenong Civic Centre at 225 Lonsdale Street Dandenong.

You can keep up with all the latest decisions, hear questions from residents and find out the many ways your local councillors are serving the community.

The February meetings will be held: Silverleaf Ward Cr Maria Sampey Ph/Fax: 9790 1291 0438 800 027




Monday 12 February Monday 26 February

To view meetings online simply go to councilmeetings





Cr Loi Truong

► Lightwood Ward space for pedestrians, improved street lighting, new seating, public art and more trees. The other big Springvale project is the Springvale Community Precinct at the site of the old Council offices at 397–405 Springvale Road.

Springvale is undergoing a major transformation, and the central shopping district will experience some obvious changes over the coming months. The first stage of the Springvale Boulevard Project will see Springvale Road start to transform into a signature boulevard, and will reinforce the activity centre as one of Melbourne’s leading cultural destinations. The streetscape design was developed following extensive consultation with locals and will feature more footpath

► Red Gum Ward Taking a stand on gambling harm: Over $3 billion has been lost to pokies in Greater Dandenong since they were introduced by the State Government over 20 years ago. This is equivalent to $60,000 per Greater Dandenong household, and the impacts include family violence, crime, unemployment and homelessness. Because of this I am glad my fellow councillors joined me in supporting a strong advocacy campaign leading up to the State Election in November this year. We are calling for: ► Changes

to the design of pokies to make them less deceptive and addictive

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maximum bets and a maximum loss limit of $120 per hour

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reduction in the amount of pokies allowed in Greater Dandenong

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more effective role for councils and local communities in deciding gambling applications.

Recently the Springvale and District Historical Society temporarily relocated to 11 Morwell Parade, Springvale, in anticipation of the building works starting later this year. Designs for the new library and community hub have been completed and work is due to start on the new building later this year. The project is expected to be completed during 2020. I am looking forward to seeing this project completed, but in the meantime you can see the designs and concepts for the project on Council’s website. Visit springvaleprecinct to see images and read more.

In Noble Park works are continuing on the removal of the level crossings at Heatherton, Chandler and Corrigan roads. You can see the above ground train lines really starting to take shape. Some overnight closures of the roads around all three crossings last month helped crews carry out important works without traffic slowing them down, but as things progress I ask that you all be patient with the road work crews. This project is expected to be completed this year and will make a huge impact on traffic through Noble Park. Visit for more information. If you have anything you would like to discuss with me I am happy to listen. You can contact me via email at or phone me on 0466 004 618.

Cr Matthew Kirwan I hope you can join me in attending a gambling reform forum on 21 February at the Dandenong Civic Centre from 6pm–7.30pm. Maternal and Child Health resourcing challenges: In Greater Dandenong responding to the demand for our maternal and child health services (MCH) is extremely challenging. Our city has high levels of cultural diversity and social disadvantage. In recent times we have also experienced surges in demand for families experiencing family violence and mental health issues. While the Victorian Government has injected a significant amount of additional funding in the past 12 months we are still finding that funding does not always meet demand. As a result of this I have kicked off an advocacy campaign for more Maternal and Child Health funding that has more flexibility to respond to the complex and different needs of families across our city.

Improving pedestrian safety in Menzies Avenue, Dandenong North: Pedestrian safety is one of my key concerns, so when members of the former Lyndale Community Reference Group told me they were worried about crossing Menzies Avenue between the reserve and the shops I made it a priority. It took a while, but I have had great feedback about the raised pedestrian crossing installed there. If you have any ideas or concerns please contact me anytime via email matthew. or phone 0403 072 295.




Working for You

Future of Parks Last month we asked residents to tell us about their ideas for the future of parks across Greater Dandenong.

This month we will carry out face to face surveys with users of four local parks, in a bid to create clear plans for their future development. The information collected during these sessions will help us form Master Plans which will outline the long-term management and development of the parks, including open space areas, sporting facilities and playgrounds.

Face to face consultation sessions will be held onsite at: ► Burden

Park, Heatherton Road, Springvale South, on Saturday 17 February, from 9am–12pm

► Parkfield

Reserve, Ellendale Road, Noble Park, on Saturday 17 February, from 1pm–4pm

► Warner

Reserve, Furnew Street, Springvale, on Saturday 24 February, from 9am–12pm

► Frederick

Wachter Reserve, Kingsclere Aveune, Keysborough, on Saturday 24 February, from 1pm–4pm

If you can’t make it to the face to face sessions you can still have your say online. Visit futureofparks or email to share your ideas for the future of these parks and reserves.

Libraries for diverse communities Greater Dandenong Libraries is undertaking a Multilingual Libraries Project in conjunction with Monash University.

The project will look at the borrowing habits across our multilingual resources, and will help our libraries consider how they deliver services to Greater Dandenong’s culturally diverse community. Community participation will be encouraged, so keep an eye out at your local library to find out how you can take part in this project.

…take part in this project

Keeping safe around schools Children are now back in the classroom, and now is a good time to make sure you familiarise yourself with the parking and speed restrictions around local schools.

These are all designed to keep our kids safe while making their way to and from school. Start and finish times can be very busy with pedestrians and cars. Sometimes arriving a few minutes earlier or parking a couple of blocks away and walking to school can ease the congestion, be less stressful and increase safety around schools during these busy times. While you’re there, stop and say hello to our friendly crossing supervisors, many of whom have been keeping more than one generation of our kids safe.

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Take a Swing for Charity The annual SEBN charity golf day is back to raise money for those in need.

Since its inception, the golf day has raised more than $300,000 for charity.


Now in its ninth year the SEBN Take a Swing for Charity Golf Day will be held on Monday 26 February, at Settlers Run Golf and Country Club, Botanic Ridge.

You can sign up as a player or a sponsor, or donate to the auction event by emailing au or phoning 8571 1576.


Golfers will hit the course from 11am–5pm, with a dinner and auction event starting at 5.30pm.

Visit sebn for more information.

Now in its third year, the Greater Dandenong Short Cuts Film Festival is returning to entertain crowds. Curated by Richard Moore, the festival provides a fantastic platform for local community members, emerging artists and accomplished professionals to share their stories.

Since its incep tion, the golf day has ra ised more than $3 00,000 for charity.

An exciting new addition to the festival is Shorter Cuts Junior Film Festival, which will entertain the younger generations and showcase family friendly films. Entries are now open across three categories: ► Emerging ► Community/Student ► Open Submissions close Friday 30 March 2018. Submit your film for your chance to win great prizes, including the Mayoral Prize of $3000 and Runner-up $750. Short Cuts Film Festival will be screened on Saturday 23 June 2018 at Drum Theatre, Dandenong , with the winners of each category announced on the night. Shorter Cuts Junior Film Festival will be screened on Tuesday, 26 June 2018 at Drum Theatre, Dandenong. Visit shortcutsfilmfestival. for more information.

Community Support Grants Community groups can apply for up to $20,000 in funding to run projects that connect and support our residents. Council’s Community Funding Team is keen to work with organisations to help them make their applications and work out how their projects can make a difference to the community. Projects should do at least one of the following: ► Increase social participation and create connected communities ► Enhance health and wellbeing ► Support leadership ► Promote harmony and respect ► Improve environmental sustainability Round one of the 2018 Community Support Grants are open from 1–28 February. For more information or support in writing your application contact Council’s Community Funding Team via email commgrants@cgd.vic. or phone 8571 1432.




Australia Day Award winners Leadership Award Sarah Williams

Citizen of the Year Patricia (Trish) Keilty In 2003 Trish founded Avocare, an organisation that provides a range of support services to the local community. She is also a founding member of the City of Greater Dandenong Food Alliance, and a member of many other working and support groups. Trish is the very definition of this award and through her work has improved the lives of thousands of individuals and their families experiencing hardship.

Young Leader of the Year Aishwarya Pokkuluri Since graduating from the City of Greater Dandenong’s Young Leader’s Program in 2016 Aishwarya has fully immersed herself in volunteering in the local community while juggling full time study and part time work. She has also been actively promoting the benefits of volunteering to her peers and sits on a number of committees to give a voice to and represent young people who are most vulnerable and marginalised in our community.

Volunteer of the Year Maria Mastroianni Maria has been a Council Ambassador for the past 8 years and can often be seen at events proudly wearing her red ambassador t-shirt. She shares her own local historical knowledge with visitors to Heritage Hill and is a well-known and respected volunteer at the Drum Theatre. She is also heavily involved with St Mary’s Catholic Church and during 2017 she helped run two dances during Senior’s Week.

Sarah is a co-founder of Footprints Enterprises Inc, which was established in 2008 to bring about social change through the arts. She works as a multicultural youth worker, and is a strong advocate for multicultural communities through her involvement in several peak bodies. Sarah is considered to be a friend and mentor to many of the young people she comes into contact with through work and volunteer roles.

Multicultural Award Manzoor Nazari Since 2014 Manzoor has volunteered with the City of Greater Dandenong’s Freeza youth music event committee, he also graduated from Council’s 2016 Young Leaders Program and has volunteered with many other organisations. Manzoor is a positive role model to other young people from diverse backgrounds and displays a dedication to helping others.

Sportsperson of the Year

Corporate Citizen of the Year Award Maria Peters Maria recently retired from her position as the CEO of Chisholm Institute where she worked for the past 30 years. Maria has a passion for people, which was evident in her work. She oversaw an organisation that prides itself on retaining services for the most disadvantaged in our community. Her contribution to TAFE was significant and went beyond what was expected.

Community Hall of Fame Colin Robinson Colin has been the Town Crier for all major community events and citizenship ceremonies for many years. He joined the Springvale and District Historical Society in 1996 and was named president in 2001. Now aged 81, Colin is highly regarded for his dedication in preserving history and showcasing exhibitions for the community.

Sports Hall of Fame

Nilesh Vaheesan

Christine Ware

Nilesh was named the Male Athlete of the Year at the City of Greater Dandenong’s Sports Awards last year, following his elevation from school competition to Under-18 Victoria 110m hurdles champion. Nilesh joined the Dandenong Springvale Athletics Club in 2016 and has become an inspiration to many athletes at the club by proving that hard work and dedication leads to success.

Christine is a former Councillor and Mayor of the City of Dandenong, and has long been a role model and advocate for sport in Greater Dandenong – particularly the sport of netball. She is considered the heart of operations at the Gloria Pyke Netball and Sporting Complex and has held the role of administration manager at the Dandenong and District Netball Association. She has also driven a wider program of health and wellbeing classes offered at the centre, and is a strong advocate for women’s participation in sport.

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Sustainability Awards Individuals, schools and businesses who are playing their part in making our city more sustainable will be recognised at the Greater Dandenong Sustainability Awards. Now in their fourth year, the awards recognise those who are making a difference on the environmental front and are presented across four categories.

Entry is FREE

Sustainability Festival Council’s annual Sustainability Festival is a fun and educational day out for the whole family. Now in its fifth year, the festival celebrates and promotes environmental sustainability in an entertaining way. Entry to the event is free so join us for activities and demonstrations that will share innovative ideas you can implement at home, school or your workplace. Learn how to do more with less, and see how being environmentally friendly can save you money and change your life.

Attendees can learn gardening skills, meet native animals and discover new ways of growing, preparing and cooking food. Spot prizes will be up for grabs, and Council will announce the winners of the annual Sustainability Awards. The festival will also feature: ► Face painting and children’s activities ► Pedal powered smoothies ► Sustainable product stalls ► Free veggie pot plants ► Live musical performances ► Cooking demonstrations

Experts will also be on hand to answer your questions, including sustainability specialists and Council’s environmental staff. So use these resources to help start your sustainable journey. The Sustainability Festival will be held at Dandenong Market, on Sunday 4 March, from 10am-3pm. It is proudly presented by the City of Greater Dandenong, sponsored by the Dandenong Market and supported by the Sustainable Living Foundation. For more information visit sustainability

The Sustainable Community Award is open to schools, homes, individuals and community groups, while the Healthy Waterways Video Competition is open to filmmakers aged 5-25. The winners of both awards will be announced at the Sustainability Festival on 4 March. Sustainable Business and Sustainable Development awards will be announced at an industry event hosted by Council next month. Visit sustainability after 4 March to read more about the winners.




Community Calendar

Event Calendar / February 2018 MONDAY


Lunar New Year




►  Library

Tech Assist Dandenong Library 3pm–5pm Ph: 1300 630 920


►  Combined

Probus Club of Noble Park Club Noble, Moodemere Street, Noble Park, 10am Ph: 9546 2346

►  Toddler

Time Springvale and Dandenong Library 10.30am Ph: 1300 630 920


►  Learning

Help for Adults Dandenong Library 1pm–3pm (every Tuesday) Ph: 1300 630 920

►  Dandenong

Evening VIEW Club Dandenong RSL 7pm Ph: 9560 9717

7 Hill Precinct and Garden Tour 66 McCrae Street, Dandenong 10.30am Ph: 8571 1666


►  Heritage

►  Library

►  Social

►  Conversation

Knitwork Dandenong Library 10am (every Wednesday) Ph: 1300 630 920

Storytime Springvale and Dandenong Libraries 10.30am Ph: 1300 630 920 Circle – Beginner Dandenong Library 6pm–7.30pm Ph: 1300 630 920

12 13 14 15 ►  Combined

Probus Club of Sandown Club Noble, Moodemere Street, Noble Park, 10am Ph: 9791 6807

► Dandenong

►  Council

► Creative

Meeting Dandenong Civic Centre, 225 Lonsdale Street, 7pm

and District Diabetic Support Group Paddy O’Donoghue Centre 2pm Ph: 9546 2346 Workshop – Terrariums Heritage Hill 6.30pm–8.30pm Ph: 8571 1666

►  Baby

Bounce Dandenong Library 10.30am (every Wednesday) Ph: 1300 630 920

►  Sister

Cities Exhibition Talk Heritage Hill 11am Ph: 8571 1666

►  Noble

Park Community Action Forum Paddy O’Donoghue Centre, 7pm Ph: 0414 274 878

19 20 21 22 ► Peer 2 Peer Homework Club Dandenong Library 4pm–6pm (every Monday) Ph: 1300 630 920

►  Little

Craft for Little Hands Heritage Hill 10.30am–11.30am Ph: 8571 1666

►  Conversation

Circle – Advanced Dandenong Library 6pm–7.30pm Ph: 1300 630 920

►  Gambling

Forum Dandenong Civic Centre, 225 Lonsdale Street 6pm–7.30pm Ph: 8571 1000

►  Learning

►  Life

Drawing Heritage Hill 6.30pm–8.30pm Ph: 8571 1666

26 27 28 ►  Council

Meeting Dandenong Civic Centre, 225 Lonsdale Street 7pm

►  Creative

Workshop – Beeswax Wraps Heritage Hill 6.30pm–8.30pm Ph: 8571 1666

►  Keysborough

St Andrews Daylight Masonic Lodge Meeting South Eastern Masonic Centre, corner Greens and Perry roads, Keysborough 10am Ph: 0488 782 392

Help for Adults Dandenong Library 2pm–5pm Ph: 1300 630 920

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►  Baby

Bounce Springvale Library 10.30am (every Friday) Ph: 1300 630 920

Drive Thru Recycling Day Greaves Reserve, 2-20 Bennet Street, Dandenong Ph: 8571 1000





►  Pop-up

►  Sunset

Cinema – Beauty and the Beast (PG) Harmony Square, Dandenong 7pm


►  Open

Art Studio Heritage Hill 10.30am–12.30pm Ph: 8571 1666

February 10

►  World

Wetlands Day Tirhatuan Park, Kriegel Way, Dandenong North 4pm–7pm Ph: 8571 1702

►  Sunset

Cinema – Paper Planes (G) Harmony Square Dandenong 7pm


City of Greater Dandenong Ph: 8571 1000 Drum Theatre Ph: 8571 1666

11 Rotary Sunday Market Springvale Railway Station 8am–2pm Ph: 0438 303 939

Dandenong Library Ph: 1300 630 920

►  Springvale

Heritage Hill Museum and Historic Gardens Ph: 9793 4511

►  Springvale

Lunar New Year Festival Buckingham and Balmoral avenues 10am–10pm



► Melbourne

► Family

Food and Wine Festival Preview Harmony Square, Dandenong 11.30am–2.30pm

Art Club

Jan Wilson Community Centre Ph: 9795 9279 Paddy O’Donoghue Centre Ph: 8571 1436

Fun at the Library Springvale Library 11am (every Saturday) Ph: 1300 630 920

► Sunset

Springvale Library Ph: 1300 630 920

► Summer

Springers Leisure Centre Ph: 9701 5900

Cinema – Queen of Katwe (PG) Harmony Square, Dandenong 7pm Community Festival 16-18 February Burden Park, Springvale Friday 5pm–11pm Saturday 11am–11pm Sunday 11am–2pm


►  L anguage

Playgroup for Families Seeking Asylum Dandenong Library 11am (every Friday) Ph: 1300 630 920


►  Art

Club for Children Heritage Hill 10.30am–12pm Ph: 8571 1666

►  Springvale

Rotary Sunday Market Springvale Railway Station 8am–2pm Ph: 0438 303 939

Dandenong Market Ph: 9701 3850 Cultural Tours Ph: 8571 1666

►  Sunset

Cinema – The BFG (PG) Harmony Square, Dandenong 7pm


Walker Street Gallery Ph: 9706 8441

Send your event listings to List your community event online at eventlistings




What’s on at The Drum Drum Theatre has always attracted some of the biggest names in showbiz, and the 2018 season will be no exception.

Next month the worldrenowned ventriloquist David Strassman will bring his quirky cast of characters to Dandenong for two performances of his all new show.

Gambling forum Council will host a forum for the wider community to come along and hear about the impact of gambling on our community, and how we can all be part of the solution. Special guest speaker will be the Reverend Tim Costello, a commentator and advocate for gambling reform. The forum will be held at the Dandenong Civic Centre, 225 Lonsdale Street, on Wednesday 21 February, from 6pm7.30pm, and everybody is welcome to attend.

Featuring classic characters Chuck and Ted E, Strassman has created this hilarious all-new show where he will delight audiences by throwing his voice to five puppets all at once. But the comedy is for mature audiences, with the show rated MA. Strassman’s iTedE will perform two shows on Saturday 3 March, at 7pm and 9.15pm. Tickets start at $49.90. In May two of Australia’s most famous showbiz names will join forces for Bosom Buddies. Nancye Hayes and Todd McKenney will hit the stage for a night of reminiscing.

Through song, dance and hilarious stories, you will hear about the highs and lows, the backstage stories never before told and see video footage that has never been seen before. Bosom Buddies will play on Thursday 17 May, at 8pm. Tickets start at $59. Visit to book tickets or to see what else is playing at Dandenong’s iconic Drum Theatre in 2018.

Recyc ling in Greate r Da nden ong Council is encouraging residents to take advantage of the return of the Pop-up Drive Thru Recycling Day this month. Take advantage of the event and dispose of everything from bicycles and mattresses, to prams, electronic goods and household items that you can’t dispose of through your regular waste collection. There will be a limit of 15 items per drop and items must be delivered by car or in a trailer. No trucks are allowed. Many of the items will be given a new lease on life by being recycled or donated to charity.

The event will be held at Greaves Reserve, Bennet Street, Dandenong, on Saturday 3 February. Another Pop-up Drive Thru Recycling Day will be held later this year. This event is only open to Greater Dandenong residents and those attending must provide proof of address or a copy of this brochure. Visit popup for more information.

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Creative Classes at Heritage Hill

1000 Books Before School Before your children starts school, reading and sharing books is a key activity to help them develop. Sign up to the 1000 Books Before School program and help get your child off to the best start.

Children from birth to five years old can register for the program, which involves parents and caregivers sharing books, online stories, eBooks or talking books. The program complements existing library programs including Storytime, Toddler Time and Baby Bounce. Each child will receive a gift upon signing up and as they reach different milestones they will be rewarded for their involvement. To register visit your local library or phone 1300 630 920.

Have you ever wanted to learn a new skill – like painting, sewing or gardening? Come along to a creative class or lifestyle workshop at Heritage Hill and explore your options. We have loads of classes for all ages in Term 1 including Little Crafts for pre-schoolers and Art Club for primary school aged children, along with Terrarium, Beeswax Wrap and Vertical Garden making.

Along with old favourites returning like Life Drawing and Composting workshops, you’re bound to find something to spark your interest. For more information and to book, visit www. creativeclasses

Back to school As students return to school your local library is the place to be and study help is an important part of the services on offer. Greater Dandenong Library members can get free, on-demand help with study questions using our online resource Studiosity. Formerly known as Your Tutor, Studiosity connects students from Grade 3 through to university, to a real life tutor who is waiting online to answer questions covering a variety of subjects, including maths, physics, biology, chemistry, English, business studies and more. Visit to access Studiosity, or visit your local library and ask one of our friendly staff members.

Immunisation Timetable – February 2018 Date



Monday 5 February


Springvale Service for Children, 23–28 Lightwood Road, Springvale

Tuesday 13 February


Paddy O’Donoghue Centre, 18–34 Buckley Street, Noble Park

Wednesday 14 February


Dandenong Civic Centre, 225 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong

Monday 19 February


The Castle, Princes Highway, Dandenong

Monday 19 February


Springers Leisure Centre, 400 Cheltenham Road, Keysborough

Saturday 24 February


Dandenong Civic Centre, 225 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong

Wednesday 28 February


Springvale Service for Children, 23–28 Lightwood Road, Springvale




Business News

Support for social sector business

The country is coming to the city Want to have a sneak peek of what will be on offer at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival in March? On Friday 16 February suppliers for the Regional Longest Lunch that will be held at Acheron during the March festival, will set up stalls in Harmony Square, Dandenong. From 11.30am-2.30pm food businesses from Murrindindi Shire and City of Greater Dandenong will be showcasing their products. Come along to sample or purchase the delicious foods and beverages and talk directly to the makers. The businesses on display during this event will all be providing produce for the Regional Longest lunch, which is being co-hosted by Little River Winery, Marian Rennie and the City of Greater Dandenong on Friday 16 March. Visit www.melbournefoodand for more information.

The social sector is a rapidly expanding sector of the economy, which sits alongside the private (business) and public (government) sectors.

There are many social enterprises operating in the City of Greater Dandenong, and Council recognises that these businesses also need support.

It includes organisations with a social conscious, including social enterprises, charities, cooperatives and not-for-profit organisations.

Two such organisations are: ► Twich – a sewing collective for migrant women ► Carers of Africa, a migrant support group whose Sleep Well Project is turning plastic bags into sleeping mats for the homeless.

The sector plays an increasing role in delivering employment, education, health and social care, housing, and environmental outcomes to the community. Victoria is now home to more than 5,000 social sector organisations, employing more than 75,000 people. Social enterprises are the backbone of the social sector, and derive a substantial portion of their income from trade or service provision and use their profits to create social benefit.

Council’s Economic Development Unit is keen to hear from other social enterprises who have ideas or opportunities they would like to explore with some help from Council. Home based businesses are also eligible to tap into Council’s expertise, networks and resources. For more information email or phone 8571 1550.

Clean Up Australia Day Help make Greater Dandenong beautiful by cleaning up your neighbourhood on Clean Up Australia Day. Clean Up Australia Day is our country’s largest community-based environmental event and Council is calling on the whole community to get involved by registering as a volunteer for the Sunday 4 March event. Businesses are also encouraged to register for the Business Clean Up Day on Tuesday 27 February, and schools can sign up for their own Schools Clean Up Day on Friday 2 March. Visit cleanupaustraliaday. or phone 1800 CUA DAY (1800 282 329) to register a clean-up site or to find a site near you.

Community Community Calendar News


An opportunity to get fit Meet new friends and get fit while playing in a mid-week men’s tennis competition. Tennis clubs across the area are calling for men who have retired from the work force, or who work on a part time basis and can join in a regular Wednesday morning competition.

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The competition accommodates all standards of tennis, with four sections from C Special to A Reserve.

Dandenong Urban Garden Central Dandenong is turning green thanks to a new community garden project overseen by youth support agency TRY. TRY is an organisation that creates opportunities for young people to change their lives through the chance to work. The organisation helps mentor and train vulnerable and at-risk youth who are looking to change their lives.

A team from TRY has been working in Halpin Way, Dandenong, to build a community garden that will be used to share in the communal benefits of a green space.

The workers spent weeks building garden beds and preparing the site for planting, as part of their studies towards a nationally accredited building qualification. The garden will soon be open to community groups who will plant seeds and tend to their plants, producing food that can be shared among themselves and the wider community.

Clubs across the Dandenong District include those at Springvale South, Doveton and Dandenong, while teams from nearby Waverley district also take part in the competition. Men who are interested in joining in can contact Lindsay Coster on 9803 5331 or 0419 535 537.

Visit to keep up to date with the progress of the Dandenong Urban Garden and to find out more about the community groups planting the garden beds, and how their bounty will be used.

Lunar New Year

array of food and carnival rides for the whole family.

Springvale will once again welcome in the Lunar New Year with a day of celebration.

Welcome in the Year of the Dog in central Springvale, on Sunday 11 February from 10am-10pm.

Now in its 26th year, the Springvale Lunar New Year celebration will showcase the best of Asian culture and traditions, including live entertainment, Chinese lion dancers, firecrackers, traditional folk music, a multicultural

Visit SpringvaleAsianBusiness AssociationSABA for more information.


FREE family movies 2 Feb

Beauty and the Beast (PG) 7pm

9 Feb

Paper Planes (G)

16 Feb Queen of Katwe (PG)


Every Friday 2 February – 16 March 2018

23 Feb The BFG (PG)


Harmony Square 225 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong

7pm 8571 1000

2 Mar

Moana (PG) An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (PG)



9 Mar Red Dog: True Blue (PG)


16 Mar The Goonies (PG)


The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (PG)

BYO chairs, blankets and picnics Movies played with subtitles when available Smoke and alcohol free

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The City February 2018  

Greater Dandenong's Monthly Magazine February 2018 - Australia Day Awards | Safe City |Sustainability Festival | What's On at the Drum Theat...

The City February 2018  

Greater Dandenong's Monthly Magazine February 2018 - Australia Day Awards | Safe City |Sustainability Festival | What's On at the Drum Theat...