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Greater Dandenong’s Monthly Magazine

MAY 2018

Volunteer Week PAGE 7

Art across the city

Share the road

Library and Information 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

Mayor ’s message Welcome to the May edition of The City. This month we are celebrating Volunteer Week, which gives us the chance to recognise the valuable contribution made by volunteers across our community. See page 7 for more information. Library and Information Week also falls in May. This week encourages residents to “Find yourself in a Library”. See pages 8 and 9 to discover why the Greater Dandenong libraries are so great. This month offers the chance to learn more about looking after our environment during International Composting Awareness Week. Turn to page 12 to find out more.

Mayor Cr Youhorn Chea

Council is celebrating arts in Greater Dandenong with the Odile exhibition which is happening across several great venues in our city. See page 3 for more details. I hope you enjoy exploring our great city this month and make the most of the mild autumn weather. Enjoy this edition of The City. @greaterdandy cityofgreaterdandenong TTY: 133 677 Speak and listen: 1300 555 727 TIS: 131 450

My City The City of Greater Dandenong is changing, and we have some beautiful architecture in some unusual places. This photo shows an interesting perspective of the Number 8 car park in Springvale. We encourage residents and visitors to stop and look around our beautiful city, you might just be surprised by what you see. Picture: Hilton Stone.

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: Volunteers Natalie Irvine and Simran Verma are celebrating Volunteer Week this month. Picture: Hilton Stone.

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Old bins scrapped In 2014 Council carried out the Great Bin Swap, changing the city’s old waste bins for new ones.

Odile The City of Greater Dandenong is hosting a suburb-wide art exhibition which explores diametrically opposed themes. The exhibition will take place at several venues across Dandenong, and is named Odile – after the character of the black swan in the classic tale of Swan Lake. It features the work of 11 artists who explore the ideas of opposites, including day and night, and good versus evil. Odile opens on Saturday 5 May, and features exhibitions at Heritage Hill, the Drum Theatre foyer, Garnar Lane lightboxes and Walker Street Gallery. The exhibition will run until Saturday 23 June, and will also feature references to dance, puppetry and spoken word as part of the [SUB] URBAN Studio program. See the exhibition as a whole and visit all of the sites and meet the artists via a walking tour of central Dandenong for the exhibition launch on Saturday 5 May, from 2pm.

SHORT CUTS Now in its third year, the Greater Dandenong Short Cuts Film Festival is gearing up to share some amazing stories at the Drum Theatre next month. Curated by Richard Moore and featuring films by local, national and international film makers, Short Cuts tickets are now on sale.

Heritage Hill, 66 McCrae Street, Dandenong, from 2pm–3.30pm See artwork from Kyoko Imazu, Hung Lin, Tarryn Gill and Kate Rohde. The curator will be present at this session. Drum Theatre foyer, 226 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong, from 2pm–3.30pm Art works by Tarryn Gill.

The new bins were introduced to help residents reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill. They look like this.

Garnar Lane, Dandenong, from 2pm–3.30pm See a major new commission by Kyoko Imazu. Kyoko will be present to talk about the work. Walker Street Gallery, corner Walker and Robinson streets, Dandenong, from 2pm–5pm Featuring a performance drawing by Gosia Wlodarczak, a special screening of 23 Degrees West by Vanessa White and spoken word performance by Zakia Baig. Artworks by Zoe Croggan, Juan Ford, Jenny Holzer, Polixeni Papapetrou, Anne Ferran, Vanessa White and Gosia Wlodarczak. Visit odile for more information.

More than a dozen films will feature in the screening on Saturday 23 June, at 7.30pm. At just $10 a ticket you won’t want to miss out on being part of the audience. Visit shortcutsfilmfestival. for more information and online bookings or phone 8571 1666 to get tickets.

Very soon Council will stop collecting the old bins, which look like this.

If you still have an old green, blue or maroon bin, and you would like Council to collect it, please contact Council’s customer service staff who will make the necessary arrangements to have the bins removed and recycled, and your new bins delivered. If you already have the newer bins and want to change the size or number you have, customer service staff will also be happy to help arrange an option that meets your needs. Visit greaterdandenong. com/waste for information about changing your bins, or phone customer service on 8571 1000.




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 5821 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

k , Inspector Mar Cr Angela Long ades with Bl z Ro Cr d Langhorn an rd. d Liquor Acco the newly signe

Liquor Accord Representatives from Council, Victoria Police and local liquor retailers joined recently to sign the Victoria Police’s Greater Dandenong Liquor Accord 2017–20. The Accord sets a standard of responsible management for licensed premises and the service of alcohol, and will help police enforce liquor

licensing laws. Mayor Youhorn Chea said the Accord aims to help improve community safety and public security.

“This Accord is a positive step to help reduce the negative impacts of alcohol on our community,” Cr Chea said.

Council Meetings





Red Gum Ward Cr Angela Long MAY Ph/Fax: 9795 6574 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

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, at 7pm. All Council meetings are held at the city chambers at the Dandenong Civic Centre at 225 Lonsdale Street Dandenong. The May meetings will be held: Monday 14 May Monday 28 May

The general public is always welcome to attend meetings, but 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 Zaynoun Melhem

► Silverleaf Ward

Residents contacted me about the condition of Jacksons Road, and VicRoads undertook significant resurfacing works earlier this year. These works have made the drive around the Jacksons Road and Police Road area much smoother. Every year Council invests in sporting facilities and public park areas to help improve the health and wellbeing of our residents. Recently the Rosswood Tennis Club in Dandenong North underwent an upgrade, with new court surfaces laid and lighting installed to help make night training and games easier.

Council has a strong history of achieving significant outcomes for the community through advocacy campaigns, and over the past year Council has been advocating for better road conditions in Dandenong North.

► Lightwood Ward At the last election, people told me that safety is their number one issue. People said they want to feel safer walking and shopping in the local community. To this end, Council is always looking for ways to improve safety and perceptions of safety. In central Springvale a project is now underway to install additional CCTV cameras. It is part of our Safe City CCTV Program, which has already installed cameras across Dandenong and Noble Park. A total of 34 cameras are currently being installed in Springvale and following a testing period they are expected to be fully operational shortly. Video captured by the cameras is transferred in real-time to Victoria Police. The video assists police to take offenders to court as a crime captured on video is difficult to deny.

Several years ago the Rosswood Tennis Club was on the brink of closure, but through hard work they have managed to rebuild member numbers and have become a very popular club. The improvements to facilities will help them grow more, and who knows maybe the next tennis superstar will come through their ranks.

For the past few years Council has been surveying students across the city as part of a Resilience Project. The surveys are administered by Resilient Youth Australia and measure the resilience of young people from Grade 3 to Year 12. More than 5,800 students took part in a 2015 survey and a 2017 followup survey, and the results have given Council a wealth of information about our younger residents. Another survey will be undertaken in 2019, giving us a longer term look at the resiliency of our city’s children. The results of these surveys are available via some simple fact sheets on Council’s website, but they will also be reported in articles in upcoming editions of The City magazine, so keep an eye out for those.

 ou can contact me via email Y at zaynoun.melhem@cgd.vic. or phone me on 0466 518 082.

Cr Sean O’Reilly Results from the recent Census showed that our community is the most multicultural in Australia. Springvale is a melting pot of Asian cultures. An important aspect of encouraging a safer community is creating a harmonious environment where we encourage and respect cultural diversity. ‘Sensational Springvale’ is well-loved by locals, and is growing in recognition as something of a hidden gem when it comes to food and shopping. More and more people from other suburbs are visiting Springvale on the weekend to buy hard-to-find Asian food ingredients and experience the local vibe. Council works closely with local traders to attract more customers, and Council advocates to other levels of government to encourage more investment in Springvale. Council also has a tourism officer to help promote Springvale as a destination for visitors to the region.

I am available when you want to talk. Contact me at sean., phone 0422 523 258 or find me on Facebook by searching for ‘councillorseanoreilly’.




Working for You

Focus on Gambling Gambling experts gathered in Greater Dandenong to discuss the impact of gambling during a public forum in Dandenong in February. About 45 residents attended the forum to hear from guest speakers including Tim Costello, Dr Charles Livingstone and local community worker Bic Gresty. One speaker, ‘Anna’, shared her own experience of being harmed by gambling. Greater Dandenong Mayor, Cr Youhorn Chea and Cr Matthew Kirwan also attended the forum, which gave Council an opportunity to kick off its pre-election campaign for gambling reform. Cr Chea said more than $118 million was lost to electronic gaming machines (pokies) in 2016–17. This figure equates to the highest loss per resident for all local government areas in Victoria.

Share the Road campaign

“There are many examples of gambling harm, including personal distress, family disputes and violence, loss of employment and homelessness,” Cr Chea said.

Other speakers warned of the deceptive and addictive nature of pokies and the growth of sports betting, and emphasised the need for Council and residents to work together to advocate for reforms to reduce the impact of gambling. Council continues to advocate for gambling reform and is a member of the Alliance for Gambling Reform.

 Visit for more information or to join the Alliance.

Council is looking to provide more infrastructure that encourages residents to use sustainable transport, including walking and cycling.

Cycling is a great option for making short local trips, and offers the benefit of helping you be more active. Bike rides can also be as quick as car journeys and parking a bike is much easier than parking a car.

Roads and paths play an important role in everyday life, helping us get to and from work, school and leisure activities. One major issue faced by Council is managing the space and interactions between motor vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians.

As space is limited, dedicated facilities for all modes of transport cannot always be achieved and often requires users to share paths and roadways. Council encourages residents to consider more sustainable transport every day, including public transport, cycling and walking, to create a healthier lifestyle and ease the strain on our roads and environment.

Together we are working to advocate for a reduction in bet limits on pokies, the introduction of compulsory pre-commitment, fewer pokies and more say for local communities in deciding applications for pokies or gambling venues.

To share the road safely with cyclists drivers are encouraged to:  Be

patient around cyclists and give them plenty of room when passing


cautiously, particularly around schools and parks, where cyclists are likely to be riding on or near the road


parked, use your mirrors and do a head check before opening your car door.

 or more information on F cycling within the city visit to see a copy of the Greater Dandenong Cycling Strategy.

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Celebrating volunteers

…we always celebrate their efforts Volunteers Simran Verma and Natalie Irvine.

HOME LIBRARY SERVICE Deliver library services to clients who are unable to access branch or mobile libraries due to illness, frailty or disability.

Over the past year Council’s 200 volunteers have contributed more than 18,000 hours of their time to support a wide range of services.

Time commitment is a minimum of two hours per client, usually once every three weeks. This position is ideal for someone who loves books and enjoys meeting new people.

Volunteers across Greater Dandenong are dedicated, reliable and generous with their time, and without them there are many services Council could just not deliver.

“The list of duties performed is impressive, and the volunteers’ dedication to the people of Greater Dandenong is to be commended,” Cr Chea said. “Our volunteers are crucial to the support and wellbeing of many of our residents and we always celebrate their efforts, but particularly during National Volunteer Week.” The theme of this year’s celebrations is “Give a little, change a lot”. “You do not need to give a lot to reap the benefits of volunteering. If we all gave a little we could make a very big difference,” Cr Chea said. Council works closely with the Greater Dandenong Volunteer Resource Service (GDVRS), which helps match volunteers with local services.

Volunteer vacancies Help Council fill these volunteer positions. Visit greaterdandenong. com/volunteer or phone 8571 1000 for more information.

National Volunteer Week (21–27 May) is an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution made by Australia’s 6 million volunteers.

Greater Dandenong Mayor, Cr Youhorn Chea said volunteers contribute to the culture, vibrancy, health and wellbeing of our city.


Research has shown that volunteer work can improve your chances of finding work and has a positive effect on career progression. The opportunities through volunteer work are also many and varied, with volunteers required to work in roles related to arts, culture, education, environment, health, emergency services, sport and international development. GDVRS is looking for volunteers of all ages and backgrounds. In 2018 there are several new roles opened including: ► Activity

mate and work experience mentors, volunteering with people living with a disability for two hours per week ► Administration roles within a legal setting ► Client support workers ► Child care ► English tutors.

IMMUNISATION CENTRE VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT Welcome families to immunisation sessions and assist with streamlining the pre and post vaccination process. Time commitment is one to three hours per session, once a week. If you enjoy working with children and can cope with a noisy, busy environment then this is the position for you. READING BUDDY FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN Provide English language and literacy support to primary school aged children in the Dandenong area. Time commitment is one hour to 90 minutes once a week for at least one school semester. This position is ideal for someone who has a passion for reading and wants to encourage that in children.

 Visit for more information on volunteering opportunities in Greater Dandenong, or visit volunteer to find out about volunteering with Council.




Find yourself in a library Libraries are a great place to be any day of the year, but this month we celebrate all that they have to offer during Library and Information Week (May 21–27). A library is more than just books, and this year’s theme is Find Yourself in a Library, encouraging everybody to discover just how much is on offer. In the past year more than 1.2 million people visited the public libraries at Springvale and Dandenong.

Glenn ‘Wild Man’ Walker

I get here on autopilot. The library is definitely one of the better places in Dandenong – very welcoming. I like the free Wi-fi and I get to chat and catch up with friends.

Find your next great read at the Library Looking for a good book? Why not ask your friendly library staff for a recommendation or come in and browse our fantastic displays and collections. You can search for the latest blockbuster on our website, find out what’s new and popular and see what library staff are reading on the Read and Relax Blog.

As part of Library and Information Week we are launching a Bookmatch service. Simply fill in the form available in the library or online and tell us your reading preferences. We will create a personalised reading suggestion list that you can collect in person or via email. Visit greaterdandenong and find out which book to read next.

a library is more than just books…


The library is a convenient place to catch up with friends and sort out your day – it’s nice and relaxed. My favourite thing is the free Wi-fi – I’ve had to become more tech savvy to keep up with the kids.


I came into the library to study and catch up on my social media. My favourite thing about the library is the availability of computers and internet. It’s also friendly and a nice place to catch up with people. It’s a great social atmosphere.


I came to the library for public Wi-fi and because I like to be in a place where I can see the people of Dandenong – different cultures, different faces, different people. I just moved to Dandenong and I’m starting to get to know the area. The library is helping me become a part of this community.

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Better than Netflix The newest addition to member benefits at Greater Dandenong Libraries is Kanopy, a free on-demand film streaming service. Library members will be able to access Kanopy for free and are encouraged to sign up for the service that can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, Apple TV or Chromecast. Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find-titles, film festival favourites, indie and classic films, and world cinema.


I came to the library to use AutoCAD. I’m studying architecture and am working on my assignments. My favourite thing about the library is that it is quiet and makes me focus on my work. At home there are too many distractions.


The service features collections from Umbrella Entertainment, Madman Entertainment, Under the Milky Way, SND films and thousands of independent filmmakers.

National Simultaneous Storytime

Kanopy provides access to films of unique social and cultural value. The films are often difficult or impossible to access elsewhere, and a key feature of Kanopy’s programming is the wide array of foreign language films.

At 11am on Wednesday 23 May children across Australia will sit down to read the same book.

Kanopy has been likened to Netflix, except that the service is free to access for Greater Dandenong Library Service members. So what are you waiting for? Visit greaterdandenong or to sign up.


I came in to check to see if the library has any of the books I have on hold. Holds are free of charge and you don’t get that in Kingston. Holds on books and discs is my favourite thing about the library. It’s a great service.



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National Simultaneous Storytime is now in its 18th year, and helps promote the value of reading and literacy for all children. You can join in storytimes at both Dandenong and Springvale libraries, and enjoy this year’s book Hickory Dickory Dash written by Tony Wilson and illustrated by Laura Wood.


I came to the library today to do some work as I am studying a Certificate in Welfare Work. My favourite thing about the library is the easily accessible free Wi-fi. I don’t come in often but I am impressed with how the library has changed.


I came into the library today to study. I like the library because if you come in with different questions the staff are very good, they lead you to get the answer and it is nice to sit here and study.




Community Calendar

What’s On May 2018 MONDAY



► L  ive

Life Get Active Boxing class Frederick Wachter Reserve, Keysborough 9.30am (every Tuesday)




► H  eritage

Hill Precinct and Garden Tour 66 McCrae Street, Dandenong 10.30am–12.30pm Ph: 8571 1666


► B  urmese

Women’s Alliance Friendship Group Noble Park Community Centre, Memorial Drive 12pm–2pm (every Thursday) Ph: 9547 5801

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► C  ombined

Probus Club of Noble Park and Dandenong Club Noble, Moodemer Street, Noble Park 10am–12pm Ph: 9546 2346

► C  omposting

Workshop Heritage Hill, 66 McCrae Street, Dandenong 10.30am–12.30pm Ph: 8571 1702 Move – Common Ground Drum Theatre 7.30pm–9pm Ph: 8571 1666

► N  oble

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

► C  hunky


► T  wilight

Frogs – An Evening in the Park Pencil Park, Hidden Grove Boulevard, Keysborough 5pm–7pm Ph: 8571 1702

► B  allroom

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

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

► Conversation 

Circle – Advanced Dandenong Library 6pm–7.30pm (every Tuesday) Ph: 1300 630 920

► Council 

Meeting Dandenong Civic Centre, 225 Lonsdale Street 7pm

► B  aby

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

► S  torytime

► N  eighbourhood

► B  osom

Watch Greater Dandenong Public Forum and Information Night Paddy O’Donoghue Centre, 7.30pm Ph: 0407 325 030

Dandenong and Springvale Library 10.30am (every Thursday) Ph: 1300 630 920 Buddies Drum Theatre 8pm Ph: 8571 1666

21 22 23 24  eer 2 Peer Study ► P Dandenong Library 4pm-6pm (every Monday) Ph: 1300 630 920

► L  earning

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

► K  eysborough

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

► P  avarotti

– The King of the High Cs Drum Theatre 10.30am Ph: 8571 1666

► L  earning

Help for Adults Springvale Library 2pm-5pm (every Thursday) Ph: 1300 630 920

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Park Country Women’s Association General Meeting 10am–12pm Ph: 9547 7261

► C  ouncil

Meeting Dandenong Civic Centre, 225 Lonsdale Street 7pm

► S  ocial

Social Knitwork

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

► S  ongs

in the Key of Motown Drum Theatre 8pm–10pm Ph: 8571 1666

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► D  umplings

and Dessert

Food Tour Springvale 11.30am–1.30pm Ph: 8571 1377




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► F  amily

Fun at the Library Springvale Library 11am (every Saturday) Ph: 1300 360 920


► A  lex

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

► G  reater

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

13 ► S  pringvale

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

► S  isters

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



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

20 ► Tai

Alex Wilkie Reserve

Chi Qi Gong Springvale Neighbourhood House, 46–50 Queens Avenue 9am and 10am (every Sunday) Ph: 9548 3972

Drum Theatre Ph: 8571 1666 Dandenong Library Ph: 1300 630 920 Heritage Hill Museum and Historic Gardens Ph: 9793 4511

Wilkie Nature Reserve Open Day Mackay Street, Springvale South 10am–5pm Ph: 8571 1702



► L  anguage

► T  he

► S  pringvale

Think Tank – Prosthetic Limb Workshop Dandenong Library 3pm Ph: 1300 630 920

Rotary Sunday

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

► F  riends

of Fotheringham Reserve Pyke Street, Dandenong 10am–12pm Ph: 8571 1702

Songs in the Key of Motown

Paddy O’Donoghue Centre Ph: 8571 1436 Springvale Library Ph: 1300 630 920

► Alex


City of Greater Dandenong Ph: 8571 1000

Jan Wilson Community Centre Ph: 9795 9279

► Baby

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


Springers Leisure Centre Ph: 9701 5900 Walker Street Gallery Ph: 9706 8441 Dandenong Market Ph: 9701 3850 Cultural Tours Ph: 8571 1666

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Create a healthy earth International Composting Awareness Week is all about raising awareness of compost and the environmental, social and economic benefits of composting. This year the week runs from Sunday 6 May to Saturday 12 May, and Council is encouraging residents to consider composting their own household rubbish.

Composting your own organic waste, such as garden waste, and fruit and vegetable scraps, can decrease household waste by up to 50 per cent and significantly reduce Australia’s carbon footprint. Diverting organic waste from landfill saves landfill space and reduces Greenhouse Gas emissions.

There are a number of ways you can recycle your organic waste at home – common systems include compost bins, worm farms and Bokashi buckets. These systems turn your old food scraps into rich natural fertiliser and compost that you can use on your garden and pot plants. To celebrate International Composting Awareness Week Council is hosting a free workshop to help you find out more.

You will have the opportunity to have a look at the composting systems in place at Benga Gardens that are used to process the kitchen waste from Council’s offices. This workshop will provide you with information about the best system to use for your household and how to set it up and maintain it.

At Heritage Hill, 66 McCrae Street, Dandenong  Places are limited and bookings essential. Phone 8571 1702 to book.

Heritage Hill’s Term 2 public program is jam packed with workshops, exhibitions and seminars for all ages – including some awesome creative outlets for kids.

“I think all children are naturally creative. My goal is to bring out each child’s confidence in their own unique artistic abilities, while learning and having fun,” said Lisa.

Every Tuesday morning is Little Craft for Little Hands for pre-schoolers, and every Saturday morning is Art Club for primary school aged students.

More wonderful workshops will help adults get in touch with their creative side, including life drawing, macramé for beginners and a winter wellness seminar.

Come along to this workshop to find out more about compost bins, worm farms and Bokashi buckets.

On Tuesday 8 May, 10.30am–12.30pm

Explore your creative side

These affordable classes are run by local artist, Lisa, who provides structured yet creative sessions covering different activities such as painting, drawing and craft.

Composting Workshop

Visit creativeclasses or phone 8571 1666 for more information or to book.

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Help plan holiday activities

Youth Market Council is seeking crafty young people to contribute to a Youth Market during one of Greater Dandenong’s biggest annual community celebrations.

The market will operate as part of this year’s Springvale Snow Fest on Sunday 29 July. In the lead up to th eYouth Market workshops will be available for young people, aged 12–25 years, to make their own craft for sale at the market. The workshops will be run at Dandenong Library during term 2. Schools or individuals are also welcome to register for a stall. Visit youth.greater or phone Youth and Family Services on 9793 2155 for more information. Visit for more information about workshops at Dandenong Library.

If you want to help plan school holiday activities for young people across the City of Greater Dandenong then you should consider joining the Holiday Activities Committee for term 2. Organised by Council’s Youth and Family Service, the committee is seeking participants aged 12 to 16 years for the latest committee. Meetings start on Monday 14 May and run for six weeks, with committee members asked to help plan, promote and deliver school holiday activities. The benefits of involvement are enormous. Develop your leadership and communication skills, become a peer leader and help out on some activities in exchange for free entry.

…make a difference If you want to make a positive difference to the happiness and wellbeing of your peers through the organisation of fun activities, then consider joining the Holiday Activities Committee. Visit youth.greaterdandenong. com or phone Youth and Family Services on 9793 2155 for more information.

Immunisation Timetable – May 2018 Date



Monday 7 May


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

Tuesday 15 May


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

Wednesday 16 May 4pm–6.30pm

Dandenong Civic Centre, 225 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong (enter via Harmony Square)

Monday 21 May


Jan Wilson Community Centre, Halton Road, Noble Park North (BJ Powell Reserve)

Monday 21 May


Springers Leisure Centre, 400 Cheltenham Road, Keysborough

Wednesday 23 May 10am–12pm

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

Saturday 26 May

Dandenong Civic Centre, 225 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong (enter via Harmony Square)





Business News

We are team 11 The cities of Greater Dandenong, Casey and Cardinia have taken a lead in bringing an A-League and W-League franchise to the south east of Melbourne.

players, making this the perfect base to attract fans for the club and also to scout local talent.

Football Federation Australia has announced plans for the expansion of Australia’s elite level soccer competition, with the introduction of two new teams by 2019-20.

Our ultimate aim is to become Australia’s football heartland and we are working hard to make this a reality.

The three councils believe that working together will give this region the best chance to secure a third Melbourne team, to play alongside Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City. The south east Melbourne region is one of the fastest growing areas in Victoria and is home to more than 90 clubs, with 17,300 registered

Supporting small business Council is committed to helping small businesses thrive in Greater Dandenong. A series of low cost local business events and workshops run across the year in conjunction with Small Business Victoria and Kingston City Council.

The overall vision for Team 11 involves the development of a stadium in central Dandenong, and the development of an administration and training facility at Casey Fields in Cranbourne East.

This month two interesting workshops will help you consider social media for your business and how to employ the right people. Facebook for your business – Everything you need to get started At Kingston City Council, 1230 Nepean Highway, Cheltenham Tuesday 15 May, 6pm–8pm Cost $20 per participant Ph: 9581 4786

Council is calling on the whole community to support this region’s bid for an A League and W League team. Visit for more information and to show your support.

Keeping the right staff – How to employ the right people At Springvale Customer Service Centre, 411 Springvale Road Thursday 24 May, 5.30pm–9pm Cost $30 per participant Email Visit businessevents to see what other events and workshops are happening in 2018.

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Keeping a watch Noble Park residents Dawn and Reg Vernon were recently rewarded for their commitment to community safety. Dawn is the Greater Dandenong Neighbourhood Watch President, a position she has held for many years, and Reg is the Secretary.

Centenary celebrations for the Bulls In 2019 the Noble Park Football Club is celebrating its 100th anniversary and is calling on community members to help collect memorabilia. The club is seeking historic photos, which capture the past century both on and off the sporting field, including photos of the local streets and people who are a part of the club’s history (not all people have to be in their football attire). In 1909, 5 acres of land in Moodemere Street was donated to the community for sporting grounds. In 1918 the first football club was formed and played their first game in the under 21 competition of the Berwick Football Association. The club became a centre for community activity during the tough depression years of the 1930s, and the club really came into its own, tasting success as runners up in 1934 and finally clinching a flag in 1935 in the Dandenong and District Football Association. Across the 1935 and 1936 seasons the club had a winning streak of 17 matches.

In the early 1960s the club adopted the colours of blue and gold, which they still wear today. The club experienced success through the 70s and 80s, but the 90s was the most successful era for the Bulls, starting with a clean sweep of premierships across the club. Every year of that decade saw premiership success across one or more teams, and in 2000 the club joined the Eastern Football League.

Over the years there have been many players who started with Noble Park Football Club who have gone on to play in the VFL and AFL. For centenary celebrations the club is hoping to collect photos for a 100 Years book. Send photos to noblepark or phone Kellie on 0412 798 530 for more information.

The pair were nominated by Victoria Police Inspector Mark Langhorn for a Victoria Police Divisional Commendation for Commitment to Community Safety. They received their awards earlier this year from Southern Metro Region Assistant Commissioner Robert Hill. Dawn said she was proud to receive the award, and love playing a part in keeping her community safe.

She encouraged other residents to get involved with Neighbourhood Watch and volunteer their time to help keep the organisation going. The group meets regularly to talk about local community safety issues, with local police, councillors and other community leaders involved in the discussions. The next Greater Dandenong Neighbourhood Watch public forum and information night will be held at the Paddy O’Donoghue Centre, on Wednesday 16 May at 7pm. For more information phone Dawn on 0407 325 030.


IMAGE. Detail Tarryn Gill, Odile is the name offrom the Guardian Sisters, 2017, Mixed media, 44 x 37 x 29, black swan in Tchaikovsky’s Courtesy the artist and Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne ‘Swan Lake’. The dancer who dances the white swan, Odette, traditionally also dances the part of Odile.

ODILE 5 MAY – 23 JUNE 2018 Eleven artists explore ideas implicit with good and evil, performance and identity while referencing dance, puppetry and the spoken word FEATURE ARTISTS Zoe Croggon Anne Ferran Juan Ford Tarryn Gill

Kate Rohde Jenny Holzer Vanessa White Kyoko Imazu Gosia Wlodarczak Hung Lin Polixeni Papapetrou

An exhibition over four venues: Drum Theatre, Heritage Hill, Garnar Lane and Walker Street Gallery. More information: STUDIO


The City May 2018  

Greater Dandenong's Monthly Magazine May 2018 - Volunteer Week | Art across the city | Share the road | Library and Information Week

The City May 2018  

Greater Dandenong's Monthly Magazine May 2018 - Volunteer Week | Art across the city | Share the road | Library and Information Week