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MFOCUS Fridau 10 August


IN THIS ISSUE The Council all nighters


2018 women's network dinner


An afternoon in the park


Women Inspiring Business Lunch




Working with our community


Staff Profiler: Felicity Lucarelli, Senior Integrated Communications Advisor


We're excited that Andrew Day has been appointed as our new Chief Executive Officer. Currently the Director of Corporate, Business and Finance at Yarra City Council, Andrew will join us on Monday 17 September. Mayor Cr Conlon, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Andrew to Manningham. His appointment was a collective decision of Council after a far reaching and very rigorous search. Finding the most suitable candidate that is both experienced and best positioned to lead the organisation moving forward was front of mind while undertaking this very competitive recruitment process." Andrew has been the Director of Corporate, Business and Finance at the City of Yarra since 2015 where his responsibilities include finance, information technology, procurement, audit, corporate planning and performance, customer service, corporate records, parking and compliance services. He has also held a number of executive and senior management positions in local government over the past 13 years, as well as management roles in the not for profit and health sectors. Andrew said he was pleased to be offered the opportunity to work with Council as Manningham's Chief Executive Officer. With his skills and experience perfectly complementing the needs of the organisation, we will continue to focus on improving service delivery in a financially responsible and sustainable way for the benefit of the city’s vibrant and diverse community, now and into the future. We look forward to welcoming Andrew to Manningham next month.

Contributions to Mfocus are always welcome. Please email yours to: mfocus@manningham.


THE COUNCIL ALL NIGHTERS 8-9 SEPTEMBER GET INVOLVED The Relay for Life walk roster is now available for you to register your name. More importantly, by fundraising for Relay for Life you can help save lives. Here’s what money raised can do for people living with cancer: $5.00 can help give a newly diagnosed cancer patient important support and resources to help them through their journey. $10.00 can help offer free exercise programs which help cancer patients build strength and fitness during and after treatment. $25.00 can help transport cancer patients to and from hospital for treatment. $50.00 can help the Cancer Council Helpline (13 11 20) provide free and confidential information and support. The team timetable can be found on TRIM by searching D18/113266 For more information please call Jenny Horvath (BCV) on ext. 304

NATIONAL TREE DAY A successful community tree planting day was held on Sunday 29 July at Ruffey Lake Park to celebrate National Tree Day. Each year thousands of families, businesses and groups across Australia take part in National Tree Day, although events can be held at any time during the year. 169 people attended our National Tree Day event and 1015 plants were planted, staked and guarded along Ruffey Creek in the north part of the park. Every year Planet Ark undertakes research for National Tree Day, with the key objective of inspiring people to spend time in nature. This year's research looks at Australians attitudes towards technology and the role it can play in enhancing time spent in nature. Research shows that Australians spend just three per cent of their week in nature, yet almost three hours a day on their phones, primarily on social media. Any queries please call Nancy Stokes on ext. 138 or email

2018 WOMEN’S NETWORK DINNER On Thursday 26 July, the annual Women's Network Dinner was held at the Melbourne Park Function Centre. The event was attended by Jessica Simmons (BCV), Deborah Hamilton (PCS), Courtney Power (SG), Jill Colson (SG), Vicki Miller (SG), Natasha Djukic (PCS), Helen Napier (EM), Lee Robson (CP), Vivien Williamson (CS), Mila Boldota (PCS), Georgina Snaddon (SG), Julie Wilson (PR) and Carrie Bruce (SG). This year's event featured a keynote address by Melanie Raymond, the chair of Connect Communities who, in October 2012, was named one of Australia's Top 100 Most Influential Women at the Westpac and Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Awards. Last year Melanie was awarded the Order of Australia medal in the Australia Day honours. Another highlight of the evening was the presentation of the winner of the 2018 Sally Isaac Memorial Scholarship Fund Award which recognises women, both in Local Government and beyond, 35 years and under who have demonstrated achievements in improving community life.

BOOK WEEK Book Week is coming up from Monday 20 August to Sunday 26 August.

It's a great time to check out what your local library has to offer including children’s programs, special events, competitions, writing groups, literature programs, technology activities, language programs and history activities. Find out more at


TEMPLESTOWE PARK TENNIS CLUB OPENS Templestowe Park Tennis Club celebrated the opening of its new club house facilities on Friday 3 August with a special visit from tennis legend John Fitzgerald. Upgrades to the club were designed with a special purpose in mind, to provide better access to people of all abilities to come and play tennis at the club. We provided $380,000 for the club upgrade. Supporting Templestowe Park Tennis Club is just one way we’re working hard to promote disability inclusion in Manningham. Being a part of a local sporting club is more than just access to health and fitness, it facilitates a feeling that you’re a part of a team, a group of people and a community.

John Fitzgerald and club president Emma Bannan at the upgraded all abilities Templestowe Park Tennis Club facilities.

AN AFTERNOON IN THE PARK TO LAUNCH NEW PLAYSPACES This month we’re hosting a series of community celebrations as we launch our recently upgraded neighbourhood parks in Manningham. The community is invited to explore recent updates to parkland and playspaces while enjoying activities like: •

rock painting

shrub planting (some events only)

afternoon tea.

The first event kicked off on Thursday 9 August at Bimbadeen Reserve (pictured below). To find out more visit

Women Inspiring Business Lunch with 4 Ingredients author, Kim McCosker

Wednesday 5 September, 12 noon to 2.30pm Manningham Function Centre 699 Doncaster Road, Doncaster Tickets $60.00 per person includes two course meal and beverages Bookings essential: 9840 9304 or Major sponsor: Doncaster East and Templestowe Village Community BankÂŽbranches

Event partners:




Fixed term to 16 July 2020

Salary range $69,048 to $72,350 plus superannuation

Opportunity to lead and develop a team

If you have any questions about the position please call Jeff Gower, Manager Statutory Planning on ext. 283. For all other enquiries call the HR Officer on ext. 422 or email Applications close at 10.00am on Monday 13 August 2018.


Ongoing Senior Executive Officer position

$138,000 to $140,000 package, including superannuation

Opportunity to work in a dynamic, collaborative, improvement focused team and make a positive difference to Council operations

Member of the Transformation leadership group

If you have any questions about the position please call Fiona Park, Manager Transformation, on ext. 125. For all other enquiries contact the HR Officer on ext. 219 or email Applications close at 5.00pm on Monday 13 August 2018.


Fixed term 2 years

$109,490 to $113,637 plus superannuation

Opportunity to work in a dynamic, collaborative, improvement focused team and make a positive difference to Council operations

If you have any questions about the position please call Fiona Park, Manager Transformation, on ext. 125. For all other enquiries contact the HR Officer on ext. 219 or email Applications close at 5.00pm on Monday 13 August 2018.



Leah Barker, Office Administrator

Juanita Haisman, Manager Communications Kirsten Reedy, Social Planning and Development Officer Jacquelyn Laurent Goeman, Maternal and Child Health Nurse



Your Say Manningham is our online consultation portal where our community can voice their opinions, share ideas and provide feedback on issues and projects that are important to them. We currently have 2 key initiatives out for consultation, these are the draft Inclusive Manningham Strategy and the draft Parking Management Policy. See more information about each of these initiatives below. Want to consult the community on your initiative or project? Contact Communications at

Draft Inclusive Manningham Strategy We are asking the community for their input on how Manningham can be more inclusive for its diverse people and communities. Four key areas have been identified as part of our draft Inclusive Manningham Strategy 20182021 and Action Plan: •

Protecting and promoting human rights

Enhancing our workplace culture and leadership

Offering our community equitable opportunities for social and economic inclusion

Valuing diversity and creating a welcome community

Consultation closes Monday 13 August.

Draft Parking Management Policy Our draft Parking Management Policy 2018 has been developed following community consultation in May this year and guides on-street parking in Manningham. This draft is currently out for consultation until Tuesday 18 September.


FELICITY LUCARELLI SENIOR INTEGRATED COMMUNICATIONS ADVISOR BRIEF BACKGROUND I’ve come from the private sector, based in corporate and financial services. My most recent role was at Transurban, they own and operate most toll roads in Australia. This role is my first soiree into local government, although I’ve worked closely or in partnership with different government bodies throughout my various roles. My experience sits in comms, PR, brand, UX/CX, digital and social (media). My favourite function of marketing is creative brand work – hands down.

MY INSPIRATIONS People who make a positive difference. I think real and tangible change is often hard to achieve. I’m pretty passionate about social justice so I really respect people who take the time to advocate for social causes.

LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME I am born on Christmas Day. I love shows like Q&A, Insight and Australian Story when most of my friends tend to become obsessed with shows like The Bachelor or Love Island (no judgement if you do).

FAVOURITE STUFF Sun, beach, travel, hikes, nature, shopping, food, coffee, fam/ friends.

OUTSIDE OF WORK, I LIKE TO... Do all my favourite stuff. I like to exercise too.

CURRENTLY I AM... Planning for a European summer in 2019. South of Italy, Greek Islands and Croatia.

GET YOU MANNINGHAM MATTERS STORIES IN FOR OCTOBER Remember to get your story submissions in for our October Manningham Matters by Friday 17 August. Issue 8 (October) will be delivered to our community from Monday 1 October to Friday 5 October. Send your story ideas, and any events or activities happening in October, to

HAVE I MET ANYONE FAMOUS? A few! Roger Federer at Crystal Club in Crown. I was staying there while the Aus Open was on and so was he. We got heaps of selfies and he was really nice. While I was at uni, I used to nanny for one of the Real Housewives of Melbourne (ha ha!) – It was a great job! I met Ted from How I Met Your Mother – Josh Radnor. I ran into him on the streets of New York a few years ago.

Mfocus 10 August 2018  
Mfocus 10 August 2018