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Get ready to dance Whittlesea. Locals are being encouraged to head to a community dance workshop in Epping tomorrow and sign up to be part of one of the biggest celebrations of dance – Big Dance. The large-scale event will be held in Melbourne on April 29 to mark international dance day. Big Dance aims to encourage people of all ages and experience to give dancing a try. Participants are asked to learn a five minute routine which has been adapted for all abilities. The dance will then be performed at Federation Square next month. Budding dancers from Whittlesea can learn the steps at the Epping Memorial Hall at 7pm. Details: bigdance.org.au Laura Michell
Council behaving badly By Laura Michell Whittlesea councillors have been ejected from three of the past four ordinary council meetings amid rising tensions between two groups of councillors. Councillors were removed from the November 21, February 6 and March 6 meetings, by mayor Kris Pavlidis who said they were not following her directions. On November 21, councillors Mary Lalios and Ricky Kirkham were asked to leave. Cr Norm Kelly was removed from the February 6 meeting and Cr Kirkham was removed from
the March 6 meeting. In recent months, two distinct council voting blocs have developed, with Labor-aligned councillors Pavlidis, Sam Alessi, Stevan Kozmevski, Lawrie Cox and Emilia Lisa Sterjova and independent Tom Joseph regularly voting together, while councillors Kirkham, Lalios, Kelly, Caz Monteleone and Alahna Desiato vote together. The tension between the groups appears to have increased this year, with often heated debate over agenda items. In the past, council meetings tended to finish about 8.30pm but more recent meetings are regularly finishing after 11pm.
Cr Lalios this week told Star Weekly she felt some councillors were being treated unfairly during meetings. “I think there is inconsistency in the mayor’s rulings – I do feel I am being targeted,” she said. “Some councillors get away with saying inappropriate things and other councillors who have a difference of opinion are warned consistently. The meetings are there to debate issues and people who have a difference of opinion are being kicked out.” Cr Pavlidis defended her decision to remove councillors from the chamber, saying she would not tolerate “childish” behaviour.
“I am responsible for the conduct of the meetings and I will do as I have to do,” she said. Cr Pavlidis, who has been on council for 13 years, said she could not recall a time when councillors were removed from meetings so often. “Those councillors who are constantly conducting themselves in an unruly manner have been on council long enough to know better,” she said. “If they are trying to undermine me, they are undermining themselves. It sends a poor message to the community.” Council meeting minutes show that no councillors were removed from meetings in the 12 months prior to Cr Pavlidis’ election as mayor.
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Cops laud dip in Hume crime By Laura Michell Crime in Hume is at an eight-year low, driven by a decrease in burglaries and thefts across the municipality. Latest Crime Statistics Agency data reveals a 14.5 per cent drop in the number of offences recorded in Hume between December, 2016, and December last year. At December, 2016, the municipality recorded 23,650 offences for the year, falling to 20,214 last year.
The drop is the first time since December, 2009, that Hume’s offence numbers haven’t increased from the previous 12 months. Inspector Anthony Brown said police had been working hard to identify crime trends and address them as early as possible. “Over the last 12 months, we have been able to put together a divisional taskforce that has enabled us to proactively target areas of concern,” he said. According to the crime data, Hume recorded a 16 per cent drop in thefts, driven by a fall in
thefts of and from motor vehicles. Inspector Brown said while the data was good news, he did not want people to become complacent. “We don’t want people to leave valuables in their cars,” he said. “Tradesmen’s vehicles we would prefer were parked in a locked area or tools removed.” Hume also recorded a drop in burglaries, falling from 2294 at December, 2016, to 2100 at December, 2017. Inspector Brown said police were continuing to focus on burglaries.
In November, police arrested seven people in relation to 30 aggravated burglaries across the north-western suburbs, including Broadmeadows, Roxburgh Park and Craigieburn. In Whittlesea, crime fell 6.5 per cent between December, 2016, and December, 2017. The municipality recorded a significant drop in burglaries – 28 per cent to 1357 offences. Theft of motor vehicles dropped 40 per cent to 706 offences, while theft from motor vehicles fell 25 per cent.
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Land in Mickleham and Wollert will be bought by the state government to house four new schools. The government is set to spend $236.8 million on land for 14 schools which will be built in growth suburbs. The funding will buy land for Merrifield West Primary School in Mickleham, as well as Wollert Central and Wollert East primary schools and Wollert East Secondary School. The government is yet to buy the land but is identifying appropriate sites. The locations of those sites have not been publicly disclosed. The schools were chosen following a government analysis of demographic data and enrolments at existing schools. Education Minister James Merlino said the funding would allow the government to meet the future needs of growth communities. “We’re breaking the cycle of short-term planning for new schools and investing now to meet the needs of the future,” he said. “Right across the state, we’re building new schools to make sure that no matter where they live, every child has the chance to get a great education.” Yuroke MP Ros Spence said Merrifield West Primary School would be a welcome addition to the rapidly-growing Mickleham community. “When it opens, Merrifield West Primary School will be another great local school that the whole community can be proud of,” she said. Community engagement on the new schools will start in the coming weeks. Details: schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au
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Pooling their resources Students and staff at St Monica’s College have been working to make the school environmentally friendly. The school has recently implemented a range of initiatives in a bid to save water and energy and reduce waste, including collecting water run-off, placing compost bins in every classroom and installing solar panels. The hard work recently paid off, with the school achieving a four-star rating from the RescourceSmart Schools program. The program aims to teach students about sustainability and reducing resource use. Schools are routinely reviewed by the
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program to ensure they are continuing their environmentally-friendly practices. Principal Brian Hanly said the school had to demonstrate a reduction in water and energy consumption and effective recycling to achieve the rating. “Congratulations to our EnviroFriends staff and students who have worked very hard to have this impact on the college’s overall environmental sustainability,” he said. “Their achievement is well deserved and a benefit to the college as well as having an impact on their own lives.” Laura Michell
Hume’s diversity will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 21, with a special multi-faith service to mark World Harmony Day. Organised by the Hume Interfaith Network, the service aims to celebrate Hume’s many different cultures. It will be at the Hume Global Learning Centre, 1093 Pascoe Vale Road, Broadmeadows, from 6-7.30pm. FOR BREAKING NEWS, VISIT Web: starweekly.com.au Northern Star Weekly @nstarweekly @star_weekly
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Shopfronts boost police presence By Laura Michell Police officers will set up shop at Craigieburn Central if the Liberal Party wins November’s state election. As part of a $7.2 million election pledge aimed at reducing crime, Opposition Leader Matthew Guy has vowed to open a police “shopfront” in 12 of Victoria’s busiest shopping centres. The shopfronts will be staffed by at least two officers during the centres’ main operating hours.
Other centres to be part of the program include Highpoint, Chadstone and Northland. Opposition police spokesman Edward O’Donohue visited Craigieburn Central and said the centre had been chosen because of the “enormous growth” around Craigieburn. “Craigieburn Central is a general community hub. It is the centre of activity,” Mr O’Donohue said. “We want to be taking the police to where the people are.” Mr O’Donohue said the project aimed to increase the police presence in the community. “Shopping centres are entertainment hubs
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as much as they are shopping destinations and wherever there are millions of people visiting each year, you are going to have anti-social activity,” he said. “We believe police can play a role in crime prevention in the centres, talking to retailers about how to protect their stores and be a quick response when there is an incident.”
Mr O’Donohue said the opposition has consulted with the owners of the 12 participating centres, as well as Victoria Police and the Police Association. A spokesman for Lendlease, which owns Craigieburn Central, said the company was open to working with police to enhance the safety and liveability of Craigieburn. “The safety and wellbeing of our customers, retailers and staff is our number one priority. Craigieburn Central features comprehensive security including round-the-clock patrols to provide a safe and enjoyable environment.”
Ready to Relay Hume Relay for Life organisers are hoping for better weather this year, after last year’s event was rained out. The Cancer Council fundraiser was called off on its second day last year due to torrential rain, preventing teams from completing their laps. Committee member Carly Moore said she was hoping this year would be more successful. “We didn’t have a great year last year so we are hoping this one will be better and want to encourage teams to sign up,” she said. Among those taking part in the fundraiser are Craigieburn’s Beccy Comer and Veronica Cipriani. The pair will be representing Step Into Life personal trainers at the event. Ms Comer, who only signed up two weeks ago, said this would be her first time taking part in Relay For Life. “I usually do the Ride to Conquer Cancer but
that is getting a bit hard to do, so this year, I thought I would sign up for Relay for Life,” she said. “A lot of people I know have been diagnosed with cancer and I have friends who have survived cancer so I wanted to support them. “I want to get behind the Cancer Council and help to one day find a cure.” The Hume Relay For Life will be held from 4pm on April 7 to 10am on April 8 at Sprint Athletics Centre, Aitken Boulevard, Craigieburn. Details: bit.ly/2DvHMyk Laura Michell
Beccy Comer and Veronica Cipriani will participate in the Hume Relay for Life. (Marco De Luca)
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By Laura Michell The wait for Craigieburn Road to be duplicated is set to continue, with planning studies for the proposed project still under way. In November 2016, the state government announced it would develop a business case for the duplication, examining the feasibility of upgrading the road from two lanes to four to improve traffic flow as well as safety and connections for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users. The upgrade, once funded, will result in the arterial road being duplicated between Hanson Road and Aitken Boulevard.
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In a recent letter to Northern Metropolitan Liberal MP Craig Ondarchie, Road Minister Luke Donnellan said VicRoads has recently undertaken traffic modeling investigations and had begun initial cultural, European heritage and environmental investigations. Mr Ondarchie said it was disappointing more work had not been done. “This letter basically tells the community nothing. The comments amount to nothing more than we will maybe look at it and complete it one day,” he said. Campaigner Jim Overend, who has been pushing for the duplication for a number of years, said the community was frustrated by the delays. “We feel like everything was promised isn’t going to happen,” he said. “We believe the road needs to be duplicated.”
Jim Overend has been campaiging for the duplication of Craigieburn Road. (Damjan Janevski)
The letter comes as the RACV included the project on a list of more than 100 infrastructure projects it believes need to be urgently funded to address the growing congestion in the outer suburbs. About 20,000 vehicles use Craigieburn Road daily.
Yuroke MP Ros Spence said she has lobbied for the duplication to be funded in this year’s budget. “The upgrade of these roads is much needed and overdue and I will continue to push for more investment in local road infrastructure,” she said.
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Kebab king in meaty jobs push By Laura Michell A major kebab manufacturer has called for more businesses to open their doors in the north-western suburbs. Mr Muhittin Tercan, who heads up kebab manufacturer Tek Foods, recently opened a new business centre in Somerton that he hopes will attract more companies to the region. The Cooper Street centre is already home to Tek Foods’ factory, retail outlet and cafe, with space for other businesses keen to call the northern-western suburbs home.
“We want people to know that Broadmeadows, Campbellfield is not the back end of Melbourne,” Mr Tercan said. “We want to change its image. Hopefully, we will be an influence on other businesses. We want to make an impact on the community.” Since moving to the business centre in December, Tek Foods has increased its workforce from about 80 people to 150. Mr Tercan said the company was keen to employ as many locals as possible, including former Ford workers. Latest federal unemployment data shows
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that the unemployment rate in Broadmeadows was 25.4 per cent in December, up from 23.9 per cent 12 months earlier. In Campbellfield, the unemployment rate is 22.3 per cent. Mr Tercan said the centre also featured a training facility. “We want to change people’s perceptions of
the industry and kebabs,” he said. “We want people to know kebabs are not just a drunk food.” Mr Tercan said he was passionate about the area, given the support he had received from the community over the years. His family started out owning Glenroy Kebab, before taking on Broadmeadows Station Kebab House and Coburg Kebab Station. In 2006, it opened Tek Foods in a small factory in Lara Way, Campbellfield. “I have enjoyed the support of the community, so I want to give back if I can,” Mr Tercan said.
A feast for the senses Craigieburn will become a foodie haven this weekend when the Food Truck Carnival rolls into town. Running from Thursday to Sunday, the four-day carnival will feature a variety of food trucks offering a selection of international dishes. There will also be plenty of entertainment throughout the carnival, including live music, prizes, games and children’s activities. Event organiser Danny Grant said the Craigieburn Food Truck Carnival was part of a range of carnivals held across Melbourne during summer. “It’s a great opportunity for locals to experience a range of cuisines that aren’t normally available,” he said. “We are trying to build a breathtaking carnival atmosphere for people of all ages to enjoy. People can sit back and enjoy their delicious food with an ice cold beer, jump on
one of the rides or just enjoy a day out with the family.” The carnival will be held at Craigieburn Anzac Park from 5-10pm on Thursday and Friday and noon-10pm Saturday and Sunday. Entry is free. Details: www.ftcco.com.au Laura Michell
The Food Truck Carnival is coming to Craigieburn this weekend. (Supplied).
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Brian Mott has lived and breathed basketball for more than 50 years. The Craigieburn Basketball Association member was this month honoured by Basketball Victoria for 50 years of service to the sport. Mott, whose passion for basketball started in Bendigo as a child, has spent the past five decades as a player, coach, team manager, referee and mentor. “I just love the sport – the way you move up and down the court and the skills involved,” the Craigieburn resident said. “I am quite humbled and excited to have received the recognition.” Over the years, Mott has been involved with basketball at Bendigo, North Fawkner and Coburg. He started coaching at 15 years old, before becoming a referee. He joined the Craigieburn Basketball Association in the late 1970s and has been a member ever since. Mott said he has enjoyed watching the growth of the sport. “I started playing in Bendigo because the YMCA had a basketball program. It was a relatively minor sport in those days,” he said. “It had slow growth for the first 10 to 15 years I was involved in the sport, but since then it has been steady.” Mott’s playing career spanned 50 years before knee injuries led to a focus on administration roles. He believes basketball remains popular because it is an inclusive sport. “It is a sport where everybody has a role and everybody feels part of the team. It is also a sport where people can be fairly creative and develop their own way of doing things,” he said.
Thirty-three new frontline police officers will hit the streets of Whittlesea and Hume from May, as part of a Victoria Police plan to increase resources in growth areas. Fifteen officers will be added to the Hume Police Service Area (PSA), while eight will be added to the Whittlesea PSA. Family violence units in both municipality’s will also be boosted. An extra two family violence officers will be based at Broadmeadows police station, while two will be added to Epping police station and five at Mernda. Across the state, 825 new officers will be deployed from May. The allocation is the first part of 2729 new officers announced by the state government in December 2016. Whittlesea Inspector Andrew Falconer said the new officers would have the sole aim of improving community safety. “This is great news for our community and will mean more police to detect, deter and disrupt crime in the area.” Hume Inspector Anthony Brown said he did not know where the 15 new officers would be allocated, but hoped they would be spread between the municipality’s three stations at Broadmeadows, Craigieburn and Sunbury. He said the allocation would result in more units on the road and would ease the burden on existing officers. Laura Michell
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New rules for child care centres By Laura Michell Child care centres in Whittlesea will be restricted from being built on busy roads and next to service stations under a proposed change to the council’s planning policy. The council has noted a substantial increase in the number of applications for child care centres, leading to an oversupply of places. There are 6702 existing or proposed child care places across Whittlesea, however, only 3408 places are needed.
The council said many of the applications are to build centres in inappropriate locations, such as on main roads or next to service stations, car washes and convenience restaurants. In a bid to address the oversupply, the council will ask Planning Minister Richard Wynne to authorise a change to its planning policy, outlining where centres can be built. Under the proposed changes, applicants will need to demonstrate that there is a need for another centre.
The council will also prioritise applications for centres next to activity centres or in non-residential/community hub locations that are well-serviced by public transport. Applications for centres on roads with “very high traffic volumes” will be discouraged. Cr Emilia Lisa Sterjova welcomed the planned changes, saying there was no need for an oversupply of child care places. “Why should we have an oversupply of child care centres when we could have other essential services?” she said.
The proposal has drawn criticism from some councillors, who fear the new policy will prevent child care operators from investing in the municipality. Cr Norm Kelly said he feared the changes would be too restrictive and would “drive people out of the community”. “I don’t think it is up to council to say how many child care places we need. We don’t determine how many fish and chips shops we have, or how many restaurants we can have up at Uni Hill,” he said.
Very appealing auction The Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal charity house will be auctioned in Mickleham this month. The five-bedroom house at 13 Harfield Avenue is part of Villawood’s Waratah estate. The auction will mark house builder Henley’s 25th year of building and donating houses to the appeal and Villawood’s ninth year of donating land. It will be the 10th year that Adrian Butera, managing director of Compton Green at Williamstown, has pulled out the gavel for the appeal. Henley managing director John Harvey said it was satisfying to know every dollar raised would go to sick children in need. “I have personally experienced the care, skill and services of the Royal Children’s Hospital over three long years, with my grandson successfully finishing specialist treatment in 2016,” Mr Harvey said. Villawood executive director Rory Costelloe said one buyer would have the satisfaction of
knowing their successful bid was a significant appeal donation. “Mickleham has always drawn a lot of interest and attention, with the two previous auctions in the area yielding an average of $654,000 for the appeal,” he said. “We would love to smash this result in 2018.” Mr Butera said he was looking forward to auctioning the house for such a worthy cause. “I’ve got three kids now, so I’m happy to commit my time,” he said. “It’s an unreserved auction so the property sells to the highest bidder. This is the first time they’re offering the property fully furnished and styled.” Prospective buyers can view the Mickleham house on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-3pm, on Wednesdays from 5-6pm or by appointment. It will go under the hammer on Friday, March 30, at 2pm. Goya Dmytryshchak
The Mickleham house that will be auctioned for the Good Friday Appeal. (Supplied)
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MY PLACE Tony Francis enjoys living in Epping but hates the area’s worsening traffic problems, writes Laura Michell.
I have lived in Epping for just over 10 years in the Aurora estate. I previously lived in Canberra from 1968 to 2006 when I worked in the public service. What brought you to the area? I was looking for an affordable modern, energy-efficient house which eventually drew me to VicUrban’s development of the Aurora estate in 2006. Such a house would have cost much more in Canberra where I had only lived in rented homes. I also wanted to be in closer contact with two brothers who live in Melbourne. What do you like about your suburb? I am drawn to Epping North which mainly comprises new housing estates with modern and attractive housing. The residents are from a variety of national and cultural backgrounds and many are new arrivals to Australia which makes the area quite interesting. What, if anything, would you change? The Epping North and Wollert area has an identity of its own which justifies a much needed new suburb name. I would like it named Aurora. A huge and growing problem in this area is the failure of transport services to keep up with population growth both here and more generally in the western half of the municipality of Whittlesea. This especially applies to public transport and a rail line to
Wollert and it also applies to residents living outside but near to the safe Labor electorate of Thomastown. Expert urban planning is not being considered. It’s all political which makes it too easy for the major political parties to ignore the needs of those living in the Epping North precinct. Are you involved in any groups other than the Aurora Community Association? I am very much involved in a local residents transport campaign group which is working closely with the Aurora Community Association. The main campaign concerns are to improve local roads and build Wollert rail. Why are you so passionate about finding transport solutions for Epping North? The consequences of not finding transport solutions for Epping North are dire. Road congestion is increasingly taking away precious time for families, friends, community, recreation, entertainment, exercising, healthy eating, advocacy and other essentials for good living. Transport neglect will further diminish liveability until no one wants to live here. What is your favourite place to spend time? I spend most of my time at home. I like visiting the local shopping centres – Pacific Epping and Plenty Valley. I am also looking forward to the Aurora Town Centre which has started well with the Aurora village shops. Two community centres serve the area well – Creeds Farm Living and Learning Centre and the Galada Community Centre.
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