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Greater Dandenong’s Monthly Magazine


Walk Against Family Violence PAGE 7

Art celebrates home

Get creative

National Recycling Week

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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 Fax: 8571 5196 @greaterdandy

Mayor ’s message Welcome to the November issue of The City. This month councillors will hold a special meeting to elect the new Mayor, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the community for supporting me during my term as Mayor. It is an honour to hold such a valued position in the City of Greater Dandenong and I have enjoyed the past year. One of my proudest achievements has been the completion of the refurbishment of the Springvale Town Hall, which reopened in July.

Mayor Jim Memeti

Another achievement was the completion of the new Tatterson Park Pavilion in Keysborough. Over the next few months we will lay a synthetic turf pitch and the $11 million project will bring a world class sporting facility to Greater Dandenong. I also oversaw the opening of the Allan Street Bridge in Dandenong. The bridge is a vital link between central Dandenong and neighbourhoods to the south, and will reduce traffic congestion. The Mayoral Youth Employment Taskforce was also created this year to look at ways to address youth unemployment. Four meetings were held and an action plan has been created to help address this issue in Greater Dandenong. Once again I would like to thank the community and my fellow councillors for their support over the past 12 months, and look forward to working with our new mayor to help make Greater Dandenong an even greater place to live, work and play.

cityofgreaterdandenong TTY: 133 677 Speak and listen: 1300 555 727 TIS: 13 14 50

My City These totem poles, in Mason Street, Dandenong, are just one public art piece that adorns our city. The six towering, ceramic poles were created by community members under the direction of artist Robert Tickner and the Knox Placemakers. Read about more public art pieces on page 8.

Important Numbers 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: Members of the Dandenong North and Parkmore junior football clubs support Council’s Walk Against Family Violence. Picture: Hilton Stone. Picture: Hilton Stone.

This publication is available in alternative formats upon request.


Home exhibition


Five artists wer e shortlisted from the entries

Dandenong artist Zakiria Tahirian will exhibit his art as part of the Home art prize and exhibition at Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre.

Artists from across Australia have used their personal journeys as refugees and asylum seekers to create work for the second annual Home art prize and exhibition.

Renee Dixson is a photographer and social justice advocate. Now based in Canberra, she has been travelling Australia with her camera and coming to terms with her new home.

Five artists were shortlisted from the entries, and will have their work on display at the Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre all month. Each artist was awarded $1000 to create new work for the exhibition.

Victorian Zia Atahi is also a photographer who has created a body of work featuring portraits of women wearing costumes representative of their cultural traditions.

Home aims to recognise and nurture the talents of refugee and newly-arrived artists and provide them with pathways to work in the creative sector. The artists on display are: Pierre Mukeba from South Australia. He paints figures and portraits often on bed sheets and restricts his palette to three colours – red, blue and yellow.

Dandenong Show Roll up, roll up for the 2017 Dandenong Show, where the country is coming to town. This year the Dandenong Show has cut ticket prices to allow families a more affordable experience. Adult entry is $10, while children aged 6–16 are $5, and children 5 and under are free.

Dandenong artist Zakiria Tahirian focuses his art work on fortune telling and advice, often poor advice, that is provided by respected elders to young women in Afghanistan. Scratchboard artist Mahla Karimian, from Victoria, has created a series of works that depict personal and cultural symbols. Writers Tariro Mavondo and Abdul Hammoud will also feature in the

There are plenty of free activities for the whole family, including the Outback Stockmans Show, which plays several times on each day, plus a gumboot throw and tractor pull on the Saturday and a spectacular fireworks display to finish day one. On the Sunday sheep dog demonstrations, sheep shearing and a cattle display will take place on the cattle lawn, while visitors can take their chance at winning $100 by guessing the weight of the animal.

exhibition with video of their spoken word performance. The exhibition will also host two screenings of the film Constance on the Edge. Filmed over 10 years the film is an unflinchingly honest portrayal of one refugee family’s resettlement story. The first screening will be held on Friday 24 November at 7pm. A second screening including a question and answer session with the subject of the film, Constance, will be held on Sunday 26 November at 2pm. Home will open at Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre, corner Walker and Robinson streets, Dandenong on Thursday 16 November at 6.30pm. For more information visit or phone 9706 8441.

A special offer for carnival rides will also run between 10am–12pm on both days, offering two for one ride tickets. The Dandenong Show will be held at the Dandenong Showgrounds, Bennet Street, Dandenong, on Saturday 11 November from 9am–9pm, and Sunday 12 November from 9am–4pm. Visit for more information.




Councillor Contacts

Mayoral Election

Lightwood Ward Cr Youhorn Chea Ph/Fax: 9584 5149 0417 320 645

The City of Greater Dandenong is divided into four wards.

Lightwood Ward Cr Sean O’Reilly 0422 523 258

The City of Greater Dandenong has 11 councillors whose role is to represent the interests of residents and ratepayers.

Lightwood Ward Cr Loi Truong 0466 004 618

Each ward has two or three Councillors who are elected every four years by the community.

Each year one Greater Dandenong councillor is voted by the others to become the Mayor. The Mayor is a spokesperson for Council, helps fellow councillors make fair and good decisions and carries out ceremonial duties.

A special Council Meeting will be held this month to elect the Mayor for the next 12 months.

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

Red Gum Ward Cr Matthew Kirwan 0403 072 295

Council Meetings











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

Silverleaf Ward Cr Zaynoun Melhem 0466 518 082

Silverleaf Ward Cr Maria Sampey Ph/Fax: 9790 1291 0438 800 027



Council meetings are held on the second and the fourth Monday of the month. All Council meetings are held at the city chambers at the Dandenong Civic Centre at 225 Lonsdale Street Dandenong, at 7pm. The November meetings will be held: Monday 13 November Thursday 16 November (Annual Statutory Meeting of Council for election of the Mayor, commencing at 6pm)




Monday 27 November Did you know you can watch Council meetings live online via our web-cast service? 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. To view meetings online simply go to councilmeetings





Cr Roz Blades AM The reserve is Keysborough’s second largest park, covering 13.5 hectares bordered by Kingsclere Avenue, Bloomfield Road and Wahroonga Avenue, and includes two sports ovals, eight tennis courts, a walking path, a playground, cricket nets, a pavilion, picnic area and wetland. The Keysborough Tennis Club calls the reserve home, as does the Parkmore Pirates Junior Football and Cricket Club.

The City of Greater Dandenong has more than 100 parks, sports reserves and playgrounds, including the Frederick Wachter Reserve in Keysborough. This reserve is very popular among locals and will only grow in popularity, so Council has decided to develop a Master Plan for the future of the site.

Every year the reserve hosts the free community celebration Autumn Fest, with thousands of people coming out for the family friendly event, and the dog off-leash area is one of the most popular and heavily used in Greater Dandenong. I have spoken to residents recently about how they use this reserve and what they would like to see happen in this space. Some have spoken about the need for more shade and asked about the installation of shade sails.

Over the past 12 months, as one of your new councillors, I have attended dozens of multicultural and community events and met thousands of people from all walks of life. It has been a privilege to meet such great residents and I’m looking forward to meeting more. In this column I wish to reflect on some key milestones. The past 12 months have seen a large capital works program including significant investment in renewal projects for Greater Dandenong including Springvale, Noble Park and Keysborough.

Ideas like this will help contribute to the Master Plan, which will look at how the reserve is developed and maintained into the future. The Master Plan will be completed in the current financial year and in the first quarter of next year residents will be invited to have their say on the plan. Council will ensure all residents have an opportunity to contribute. Council recognises the importance of open space in our community, and we always look to encourage residents to get outside and be more active. We want to know how you think you will be able to achieve this and how future improvements to Frederick Wachter Reserve will encourage residents to look after their health and wellbeing. If you would like to contact me about any local issues you can email me at roz.blades@ or phone me on 0417 053 612.

Cr Tim Dark

► Paperbark Ward As I approach the first anniversary of being elected to Council, I want to thank the constituents of Paperbark Ward for putting their faith in me to be one of their councillors over the next three years.

► Paperbark Ward

I have been a fierce advocate for cracking down on crime by moving safety related motions in Council meetings, which were supported by my colleagues. It is pleasing to note that there has been an announcement of additional policing resources for the Greater Dandenong region. The Level Crossing Removal project is well and truly on its way and we need to ensure that the residents of Greater Dandenong get the best funding available for the parks and playgrounds underneath whilst also maintaining the safety and security of the area. We have been successful in being able to fund the master plans for the Wachter, Ross and Parkfield reserves which will set out the design for many years to come. I will continue to advocate for more infrastructure in Greater Dandenong, including increased bus services to the railway stations and also the final leg of the Dandenong bypass connecting South Gippsland Highway to the Freeway.

If you have any issues or projects that you believe are of interest please contact me via email at tim.dark@ or phone me on 0466 403 914.




Working for You

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Shaping the future of Dandenong Oasis

Magical day at the market Dandenong Market is celebrating everything magical and extraordinary with a day dedicated to unicorns.

Visit the market on Sunday 19 November and join the Unicorn Party. Indulge in delicious unicornthemed food, including burgers, cakes, popcorn and donuts. Ride a unicorn or dress up like a unicorn. There will also be face painting for kids and stunning unicorn makeup and mane makeovers for teens and adults. Unicorns are mythical creatures that look like horses, but their horns are said to have magical powers. The colourful figures are popular with children and are celebrated worldwide with festivals and events honouring them. Dandenong Market is excited to have their own Unicorn Party, so join the fun on Sunday 19 November from 10am–3pm. Visit dandenongmarket. for more details.

Dandenong Oasis has been servicing the aquatic and leisure needs of residents in the City of Greater Dandenong for four decades. Originally built in 1976, the centre underwent a major redevelopment in 1991 and further upgrades in 2003. However, this much-loved facility is nearing the end of its effective life and Council is planning a new and improved centre for the future. To assist us with our planning we would like to know your thoughts on a future aquatic and leisure centre for the City of Greater Dandenong. Visit to take part in an online survey.

Feedback from this survey will be one of many considerations that will inform the future of Dandenong Oasis. For those not wishing to complete the survey online, hard copy surveys will be available from Council’s customer service centres, Greater Dandenong Libraries, Dandenong Oasis, NPAC and Springers Leisure Centre. If you would like to provide any additional feedback or are seeking more information please email Emma Michie at communityconsultation@ or phone 8571 1000.

Bangholme Road Upgrade The City of Greater Dandenong has recently commenced works on a $5 million major upgrade of Bangholme Road in Dandenong South. Negri Contractors (VIC) Pty Ltd is delivering the works on behalf of Council. The area being upgraded includes a sealed section of road from EastLink to Hammond Road and an unsealed section between Hammond Road and Eumemmerring Creek.

These works will ensure the road continues to meet the current and future traffic demands of Bangholme Road.

Stage 1 of the project includes: ► Earthworks ► Road pavement ► Kerb and channel ► Piped storm water drainage ► Footpath Construction ► Relocation and protection of Utility Services ► Street lighting ► Signage and pavement marking ► Reinstatement of driveways. Bangholme Road will remain open for the duration of the project, but lane closures and traffic detours will be in place once the major road construction work begins. For regular project updates go to bangholmeroad

Community Calendar

The City of Greater Dandenong will take a stand against family violence by hosting its fifth annual Walk Against Family Violence. The walk will be held on Tuesday 21 November, and will start at the Dandenong Market at 10.30am before winding through central Dandenong to Harmony Square. AFL legend Kevin Sheedy will take to the stage to share the AFL’s message on respectful relationships and the role our sporting heroes play in raising issues of gender equality and the prevention of family violence. In the lead up to last year’s Walk Against Family Violence, Council engaged with many sporting clubs who

were supportive of the White Ribbon Foundation and their move to end violence against women. A family violence survivor advocate will also share her story, while the With One Voice Choir will sing their uplifting message. Every year hundreds of people take to the streets of Dandenong to show that our community stands united in opposing violence against women and children. The City of Greater Dandenong is an accredited White Ribbon Workplace, and we take seriously our role in preventing and responding to violence against women.


The walk will be led by our new Mayor, who will be elected this month, and will include people from across the Greater Dandenong community. This walk is just one way that our whole community can take a stand against family violence. Visit for more information.


Local football clubs, including the Dandenong Stingrays, the North Dandenong Sharks and the Parkmore Pirates are getting behind Council’s Walk Against Family Violence campaign.




temporary art pieces


Cube Square

Public Art Greater Dandenong is a community that prides itself on its diversity and creativity and this shines in our streets.

Council values the influence art can have on transforming our public places by highlighting undervalued spaces and engaging with pedestrians in powerful ways. The Transformed Placemaking Program involves the installation of temporary public art that tells stories and brings our streets to life. Since 2006 more than 40 artworks have been installed as part of this program.

This year, four new artworks have added to the mix of installations across our city creating employment for artists and contributing much loved landmarks within our activity centres. For two of these artworks the artists have engaged with local schools to role model career pathways that are available to young people and make up Victoria’s multibillion dollar creative industries. In June artist Julian Clavijo worked with students from Springvale Rise Primary School to create Upside-Down, which was painted on a substation in the Warwick Avenue carpark in Springvale. The mural is inspired by notions of childhood reminding us to embrace the ‘child-like’ feeling that resides in all people and to view the work through a child’s eye. A similar transformation was carried out in Halpin Way, Dandenong, when artist Brett Ashby painted a disused substation with input from Dandenong Primary School students.

Harmony Tree

The students contributed positive phrases for the Cube Square art piece, and were delighted to see their words help bring the project to life. In Noble Park More than 700 bells of different sizes have been attached to two trees in Douglas Street, by artist Jasmine Grace. Harmony Tree provides an immersive sound installation and aims to create a gathering place of peace, respect and celebration of diversity among the community. Creative people who are interested in finding out more about the program can access the Transformed Brief and visit greaterdandenong. com/transformed for more information.

Community Calendar

[SUB]URBAN STUDIO …participate in free workshops and performances


Make, See, Do, Create Find something new to learn, see or do at Heritage Hill during Term 4.

creative classes

Heritage Hill has a variety of creative classes, lifestyle workshops and tours for toddlers, seniors and everyone in between. Popular classes, such as Life Drawing and Art Club will be returning, alongside new classes such as puppet making, stamp making and printing, and polymer jewellery making. Visit creativeclasses or phone 8571 1666 to learn more about the Creative Classes or to book. Heritage Hill Tours: Wednesday 1 November and Wednesday 6 December, 10am–12.30pm Little Craft for Little Hands: Every Tuesday, 10.30am–11.30am Life Drawing: Every Wednesday, 6.30pm-8.30pm

[SUB]URBAN STUDIO is a two year creative arts project offering exciting new arts opportunities in Greater Dandenong. Since launching in April, about 500 people have engaged in free workshops and performances exploring the mediums of dance, puppetry and spoken word. Workshops for the three creative disciplines have been held at primary and secondary schools, in community groups and with the general public. One participant in the spoken word program said the free classes had encouraged and inspired her to work on her writing. “Ever since I began to take my writing more seriously I have been trying to develop a regular writing practice, and the encouragement I have been receiving from the [SUB]URBAN workshops has helped. The long term format of fortnightly sessions works beautifully,” she said. “Even if I have been busy at work, I have time to develop my ideas and work on my writing between times.” The project is funded by the City of Greater Dandenong and Creative Victoria as part of the Creative Suburbs program. A showcase performance will feature participants from the community workshops alongside professional artists in the fields of spoken word, dance and puppetry. The performance will be held at The Castle, Princes Highway Dandenong, on Thursday 23 November, from 7pm-9pm. Tickets are $5 and bookings are essential on 8571 1666. Visit greaterdandenong. com/suburbanstudio for more information.


Sticks and Stories: Thursdays, 10.30am–1.30pm Art Club for Adults: Every Friday, 10.30am–12.30pm Art Club: Every Saturday, 10.30am–12pm The Art of Puppet Making: Every Saturday, 12pm–4pm Stamp Making and Printing: Tuesday 14 November, 6.30pm–8.30pm Puppetry Skills Masterclass: Saturday 25 November and Sunday 26 November Make Polymer Jewellery: Tuesday 28 November, 6.30pm–8.30pm Up-cycling: T-shirt into a Tote Bag: Wednesday 29 November, 10.30am–11.30am Heritage Hill is a unique historic neighbourhood located in the heart of Dandenong, at 66 McCrae Street.



Community Calendar

Event Calendar / November 2017 MONDAY


Halloween in the Park



►  Combined

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



►  Vocational

Education and Training (VET) Support Program Dandenong Library 10am–1pm (every Wednesday) Ph: 1300 630 920






►  Halloween

in the Park Creatures of the Night Alex Wilkie Nature Reserve, Mackay Street, Springvale South 5.30pm–8pm Ph: 8571 1702


►  Bilingual

Storytime – Burmese Springvale Library 10.30am Ph: 1300 630 920


►  Ballroom

Dancing at the Keysborough Senior Citizen’s Hall 352 Cheltenham Road 8pm–11pm Ph: 0428 549 995

►  Noble

Park Community Action Forum Paddy O’Donoghue Centre 6pm 0414 274 878

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

►  Council

Meeting Dandenong Civic Centre, 225 Lonsdale Street, 7pm

►  Follow

Your Waste Tour Departs Springvale Town Hall 9.30am–2.45pm Ph: 8571 1702

►  Social

► Dandenong

►  Greater

and District Diabetic Support Group Paddy O’Donoghue Centre 2pm Ph: 9546 2346

► Dandenong

Evening View Club Dandenong RSL, 44-50 Clow Street 7pm Ph: 9560 9717

Knitwork Dandenong Library 10am (every Wednesday) Ph: 1300 630 920 Dandenong Neighbourhood Watch Public Forum Paddy O’Donoghue Centre 7.30pm Ph: 0407 325 030

►  Multicultural

Women’s Sewing Group Springvale Neighbourhood House, 46–50 Queens Avenue 9am–12pm Ph: 9548 3972

►  Special

Council Meeting – Election of the Mayor Dandenong Civic Centre, 225 Lonsdale Street 6pm

20 21 22 23 ► Peer 2 Peer Homework Club Dandenong Library 4pm–6pm (every Monday) Ph: 1300 630 920 ► Social

Dancing Burden Park Bowling Club, corner Heatherton and Springvale roads, Springvale South 7pm–10pm (every Monday) Ph: 9547 1907

►  Small

Business Bus Visit Parkmore Shopping Centre Car Park, Keysborough 10am–4pm Ph: 132 215

►  Walk

Against Family Violence Dandenong Market 10.30am Ph: 8571 1000

►  Keysborough

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

►  Small

Business Bus Visit Harmony Square, Dandenong 10am–4pm Ph: 131 215

►  Library

Storytime Springvale and Dandenong libraries 10.30am (every Thursday) Ph: 1300 630 920

►  Small

Business Bus Visit Palm Plaza 10am–4pm Ph: 131 215

27 28 29 Meeting Dandenong Civic Centre at 225 Lonsdale Street 7pm

►  Council

►  Learning

►  Spirit

►  Spirit

►  Valewood

►  MakerSpace

►  Upcycling:

►  Conversation

Toastmasters Club Dandenong North Senior Citizens Club, 41a Latham Crescent, Dandenong North 7.15pm–9.30pm Ph: 0417 512 344

Help for Adults Dandenong Library 1pm–3pm (every Tuesday) Ph: 1300 630 920 Tech Tuesdays Dandenong Library 4pm–5.30pm Ph: 1300 630 920

of Gaslight Christmas Drum Theatre 10.30am Ph: 8571 1666


T-shirt into a Tote Bag Heritage Hill 10.30am Ph: 8571 1666

of Gaslight Christmas Drum Theatre 10.30am Ph: 8571 1666 Circle – Beginners Dandenong Library 6pm–7.30pm (every Thursday) Ph: 1300 630 920

Community Calendar



►  Baby

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


►  Family

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


►  Alex

Wilkie Nature Reserve Open Day Mackay Street, Springvale South 9am–3pm Ph: 8571 1702





►  Greater

Dandenong Environment Group Dandenong Wetlands, Stud Road, Dandenong North 9.30am, Ph: 8571 1702

11 and My Dad: Geology Rocks Dandenong Library 3pm Ph: 1300 630 920


►  Me

►  Springvale

►  Dandenong

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

►  Dandenong

Show Greaves Reserve, Dandenong 9am–9pm

of Mercy English Tutoring Dandenong Library 9am–11am (every Friday) Ph: 1300 630 920

► Art

Club Heritage Hill 10.30am–12pm (every Saturday) Ph: 8571 1666

City of Greater Dandenong Ph: 8571 1000 Drum Theatre Ph: 8571 1666 Dandenong Library Ph: 1300 630 920

Show Greaves Reserve, Dandenong 9am-4pm

17 18 19 ► Sisters


► Tai

Chi Qi Gong Springvale Neighbourhood House, 46–50 Queens Avenue 10am (every Sunday) Ph: 9548 3972

Heritage Hill Museum and Historic Gardens Ph: 9793 4511 Jan Wilson Community Centre Ph: 9795 9279 Paddy O’Donoghue Centre Ph: 8571 1436 Springvale Library Ph: 1300 630 920


►  Zumba

Gold Jan Wilson Community Centre 9.30am (every Friday) Ph: 9795 9279


►  Keysborough

Resurrection School Community Swap 414-418 Corrigan Road, Keysborough 10am–11am

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

Springers Leisure Centre Ph: 9701 5900

►  Springvale

Walker Street Gallery Ph: 9706 8441 Dandenong Market Ph: 9701 3850 Cultural Tours Ph: 8571 1666

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National Recycling Week

Every year Planet Ark runs National Recycling Week, a week that celebrates the environmental benefits of recycling. Now in its 22nd year, the week will run from Monday 13 to Sunday 19 November. While Council helps you recycle via kerbside collection of your yellow lidded bin it is important to remember that you can recycle more items every day. For example Council has a recycling station at the Dandenong Civic Centre, which helps keep valuable and potentially toxic materials out of landfill. These items include: ► Mobile phones, chargers and accessories ► CDs and DVDs ► Household batteries ► Light globes. Larger household items, whitegoods and household chemicals can also be disposed of at a range of specific sites. For example, the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme is a free service and has local drop off points. ► Computers

can be dropped at Officeworks Dandenong South, 55–67 Dandenong-Frankston Road

► Televisions

can be taken to Harvey Norman Dandenong, 141–165 Frankston-Dandenong Road

► Barbecue

gas bottles up to 9kg can also be dropped off at Supagas, Commercial Drive, Dandenong South.

Visit wasteandrecycling for more information about disposing of household items and tips for recycling. Planet Ark’s Recycling Near You website is also a great resource for residents. Visit for information about how to recycle goods that can’t go in your yellow lidded bin.

When recycling food

containers remember they do not need to be spotless – just scrape off solid food and give containers a quick rinse. If in doubt leave it out. Sometimes it is better to put recyclable materials in the wrong bin, rather than contaminate a bin full of recyclables.

Follow Your Waste Tour Celebrate National Recycling Week by seeing how and where your recyclables are treated after they are collected from the kerb.

Kerbside recycling collection

Join this free tour which follows the journey of the contents of your recycling and green waste bins.

Here is a list of items that can be placed in your yellow lidded bin.

The tour also visits Replas, where you can see some of the great things made out of the soft plastics we recycle.

► Aluminium

cans, foils and trays food cans and aerosol cans ► Rigid plastic bottles and containers ► Paper including magazines, newspapers, phone books and envelopes with windows ► Glass bottles and jars ► Steel

Remember to put these items in your bin loose, not in plastic bags.

The tour bus departs from Springvale Town Hall on Tuesday 14 November at 9.30am. The tour concludes with a lunch and walk at Alex Wilkie Reserve in Springvale South, before the bus returns to the Town Hall at 2.45pm. Places are limited and bookings are essential, phone 8571 1702.

Community Calendar


Talking Faith at the libraries Greater Dandenong Libraries is partnering with the Interfaith Network of the City of Greater Dandenong to host a Talking Faith Forum on Christianity. Talking Faith Forums aim to build interfaith bridges or trust, understanding and friendships through dialogue. A diverse panel of people from the Christian faith as well as representatives from Greater Dandenong’s Christian communities will take part in the discussion.

The public is able to submit questions for the forum via boxes provided at the Dandenong and Springvale libraries.

Game on for a good read

The forum will welcome Nick Tsiavos, a Melbourne-based composer and double bassist who will perform his music inspired by ancient and sacred chants and early Christian music. The free event is open to all, and will be held at the Dandenong Library on Thursday 2 November from 7pm. For more information visit greaterdandenonglibraries. or phone 1300 630 920.

Greater Dandenong Libraries Summer Reading Club is back again, and this year’s theme of Game On sets the challenge. Summer Reading Club will launch on Tuesday 28 November, inviting children aged 5–12 to read at least 10 books for a chance to win some great prizes. There will also be a number of competitions that children can enter along the way. Each year the Summer Reading Club gives young readers a chance to indulge in some real page turning action over the summer school holidays, for free.

competitions to enter along the way

The club wraps up just before school returns for 2018, with an entertaining presentation day on Sunday 28 January. Visit greaterdandenong or pop into the Dandenong or Springvale libraries for more information.

Immunisation Timetable – November 2017 Date



Wednesday 8 November


Dandenong Civic Centre, 225 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong

Tuesday 14 November


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

Monday 20 November


Jan Wilson Community Centre, Halton Road, Noble Park North

Monday 20 November


Springers Leisure Centre, 400 Cheltenham Road, Keysborough

Wednesday 22 November


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

Saturday 25 November


Dandenong Civic Centre, 225 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong




Business News

Small Business Bus The Small Business Bus tour around Greater Dandenong continues with three more stops across Dandenong and Keysborough. The bus, run by the Victorian State Government, helps businesses throughout Victoria by providing free mentoring and face to face assistance. Each session is free, runs for 45 minutes and is confidential. Bookings are essential. Visit business. or phone 132 215.

The bus will be at: ► Parkmore

Shopping Centre Car Park, 317 Cheltenham Road, Keysborough on Tuesday 21 November, from 10am–4pm

► Palm

Plaza (between Clow and Walker streets) on Wednesday 22 November, from 10am–4pm

► Harmony

Square, 225 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong on Thursday 23 November, from 10am–4pm.

Smart Recycling Managing Director Ward Petherbridge, Cr Matthew Kirwan and Sustainable Melbourne Fund CEO Scott Bocksay with the signed agreement.

Council supports green business Council recently signed its first Environmental Upgrade Agreement, a step towards helping local businesses save money on energy bills. Dandenong South business Smart Recycling recently installed a 100kw solar panel system. Managing Director Ward Petherbridge made the decision to help cut his companies energy bill by more than $28,000 each year.

While the solar panels are expected to pay for themselves in about three years, Smart Recycling took advantage of a new Council initiative to support local businesses to become more sustainable.

Council is working with the Sustainable Melbourne Fund to deliver Environmental Upgrade Agreements (EUA), which will allow local businesses to borrow money for sustainable initiatives and pay the money back via their annual Council rates bill.

Support for auto industry workers The Victorian Government is encouraging retrenched auto workers to seek support in their search for a new job.

Specialised automotive Skills and Job Centres have been set up across the state to provide services and support for retrenched workers in the car manufacturing supply chain. One such centre has been set up in Dandenong. Council is encouraging workers and their family members affected by closures within the car manufacturing industry to reach out to these services. Skills and Jobs Centres can help you identify the skills you have to offer a new employer and can even provide information on other jobs available in this area.

EUAs can be used to fund building works that improve energy efficiency, reduce waste and cut water use.

They can also assist with updating your resume, improve interview skills and advise on updating your qualifications. Their support is open to workers from all sectors of the industry with all levels of experience.

By making repayments through the Council rates system loans are more secure, allowing lenders to offer more competitive terms.

To contact your local Skills and Jobs Centre phone 134 389. For advice in a language other than English phone 131 450.

For more information visit Sustainable Melbourne Fund’s website at sustainable or phone 1300 432 044.

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…continue life-long learning practices,make new friends and explore fresh opportunities

Dream Catchers in Dandenong

U3A for lifelong learning Other classes include cooking, exercise, mah-jong, gardening and singing, while cycling and walking groups help keep you active.

The University of the Third Age describes itself as a low cost learning cooperative of mature age people. It is also a supportive environment for retired people to continue life-long learning practices, make new friends and explore fresh opportunities. Based out of the Paddy O’Donoghue Centre in Noble Park, U3A Dandenong runs a long list of social and education groups across Greater Dandenong. Learn about computers, genealogy and medieval history, or explore Italian or Spanish language from fluent tutors. Get creative with craft, photography, drawing or oil painting classes, and expand your mind with classes on meditation, philosophy, social studies and behavioural science.

Community festival call-out Every year Dandenong West Primary School hosts a Community Festival to celebrate the community’s diversity.

The festival coincides with Cultural Diversity Week and Harmony Day and is open to the whole community.


Dandenong U3A member Jim Archibald said the Dandenong branch was established in 1994 and all of the staff were volunteers. He said the idea was for people to share their own knowledge with interested peers. While the sessions were aimed at learning new skills, they were also a chance for people to make new friends and build social connections. Fees for memberships were kept low and members could attend as many classes as they wanted, Mr Archibald said. Visit for more information, or phone 9546 2997.

Community groups and individuals interested in taking part in the festival are invited to a planning meeting being held at the school, at 32 Birdwood Avenue, Dandenong, on Monday 4 December, from 2.30pm–3.30pm. For more information phone Vikki on 9792 2868.

Young netballers are being encouraged to sign up for a mentoring program through the Dream Catchers initiative.

Now in its sixth year, the Dream Catchers program offers Under-15 netballers a chance to inspire young women to become leaders and mentors on a range of issues covering healthy lifestyles and selfconfidence. The program involves three workshops, each focusing on a different topic – mind, body and soul. After completing the program the participants will be able to share their healthy message with local primary school children. The program is open to Under 15 players in the Dandenong and District Netball Association. Sessions will run from 5pm–7pm on: ► Mind: Tuesday 14 November ► Body: Tuesday 28 November ► Soul: Tuesday 12 December. Visit au/community for more information or to apply.

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