Whitehorse News January 2021

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Dive right in Aqualink Box Hill and Nunawading were thrilled to welcome people back to their pools and centres. Page 9

Australia Day activities

Working for Whitehorse

Think Local Buy Local

Events calendar

Explore your local area with a range of activities and trails. Page 3

Find out what is involved in the job of an environmental health officer. Page 4

Some tips on how to support local businesses this summer. Page 5

Activities, sports, challenges, workshops and more. Page 15


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Mayor’s message

Contact Whitehorse City Council

Cr Andrew Munroe

Whitehorse City Council, Locked Bag 2, Nunawading, VIC 3131

Welcome to 2021! I hope everyone had a nice Christmas and new year and was able to catch up with family and friends.

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Forest Hill Chase Shopping Centre Box Hill Town Hall Council meetings Ordinary Council meeting Wednesday 27 January, 7pm These meetings will be held via remote technology, with no attendance in-person. Council meetings are live streamed at webcast. whitehorse.vic.gov.au Sustainability Whitehorse News is printed on paper manufactured at a PEFC and FSC Certified Paper Mill and is produced using soy-based inks. Acknowledgement Chinese Chinese // 中文 中文 of Country

January 2021

As we continue to adapt to a COVID-normal way of living and working, 2021 is looking like a very busy year. We have commenced our 2021-2022 budget process and staff are working to ensure a balanced and measured budget is presented to Council in the coming months.

We will also shortly finalise the community panel selection process for the Whitehorse 2040 Community Vision project. Translation services The panel will meet four times in February and March to draft For free interpreting assistance their vision for our community, call 131 450. Mention the based on feedback received language you speak and from our community and other ask to be connected to relevant research. Whitehorse City Council. Chinese / 中文 Greek / Ελληνικά

Thank you to everyone who put their hand up to be part of the panel, and to everyone who has taken time to contribute ideas. If you are travelling during the holidays, stay safe. If you are away from home, it is important you are aware of weather conditions, including total fire ban days and emergencies where you are staying. Have a plan and make sure your family knows the plan. More information www.vic.gov.au/ plan-and-prepare

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2019/2020 Annual Report highlights

of a range of services, assets and facilities in 2019/2020. Despite a global Vietnamese Tiếngdịch Việt Để được hỗ trợ/ thông miễn was able to continue to provide a high standard pandemic, Council phí hãy gọi 131 450.to Hãy nóiWhitehorse tên ofsốservice the community. Để được trợ thông ngôn ngữhỗ của quý vị vàdịch yêumiễn cầu phí hãy gọi số 131 450. Hãy nói tên được kết nối với Hội đồng Thành ngôn ngữ của quý vị và yêu cầu phố Whitehorse. 2360 street được kết nối với Hội đồng Thành planted phố Whitehorse.


3347 tonnes of rubbish and debris swept from Council roads and carparks

Vietnamese Vietnamese // Tiếng Tiếng Việt Việt

372 animals reunited with their owners More information www.whitehorse.vic.gov.au/annual-report

17,200 maternal and child health consultations involving more than 9200 families 35,957 hard waste bookings collected 74,334 meals delivered

January 2021

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Discover Whitehorse this Australia Day Tuesday 26 January Explore your local area this Australia Day, with a range of free activities and trails available across Whitehorse. Due to COVID-19 restrictions limiting large gatherings, the Australia Day Concert and Fireworks will not be held this year.

Parks There will be pop-up performances and activities happening at some of our most loved parks over the Australia Day weekend. There will be acoustic musicians, ice-cream trucks and sausage sizzles. Please visit our Festival Season webpage for more information: www.whitehorse.vic.gov.au/ festivals-and-events Whitehorse has a range of parklands to explore, so enjoy the beauty of nature in a place that you’ve been meaning to visit, or simply head to your regular spot.

Flora for all

Schwerkolt Cottage

Enjoy the natural environment of Whitehorse while learning about native and introduced plant species.

Schwerkolt Cottage is a historic building located in Whitehorse.

Whitehorse has developed an indigenous plants guide available on Council’s website. Download it and see how many plants you can identify in your local area.

Trails Visit a range of local history, art and culture trails that are significant to the area. Discover the rich history of art in Whitehorse, including the Box Hill artists’ camp and the Heritage Trail. Due to COVID-19 and the limitations around large gatherings we will not be hosting our annual multicultural event in Box Hill Gardens. Instead, smaller performances and activities will be spread across the week in several locations. In 2021 we will celebrate the cultural diversity of Whitehorse over an entire week – from 15 to 21 March.

If you are a not-for-profit community organisation based in Whitehorse and would like to share your culture with the broader community, please get in touch with us. Please email us at global.fiesta@whitehorse.vic.gov.au

The cottage will be open on Australia Day between 2pm and 5pm. Step back in time to understand how the Schwerkolt family lived and learn some history of the area. This is one of Whitehorse’s most hidden treasures. To find out more about what is on offer this Australia Day visit the website below or follow us on Facebook. Whitehorse Festival Season www.whitehorse.vic.gov.au/ australia-day

Did you know that almost 40 per cent of the Whitehorse community was born overseas and among us we speak more than 100 different languages? We are a multicultural community – that’s worth celebrating! More information on Global Fiesta, which celebrates all cultures in Whitehorse, will be available in the February edition of Whitehorse News.



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January 2021

Working for Whitehorse Tattoo parlours, beauty salons and food businesses are all in a day’s work Every day is different for Sarah Edmonds – and she wouldn’t have it any other way. After almost 20 years as an environmental health officer, Ms Edmonds thrives on the knowledge that the next day will always be different to the previous one.

“Our role is to educate, protect public health and prevent the spread of infectious diseases,” she said. “It could be anything. It varies from day-to-day and even after doing this with Whitehorse Council for 16 years I am still learning. “Every food business, every beauty salon, every tattoo parlour has to register under the relevant legislation and then we have to assess it for food safety and infection control at least once a year.” She first considered the job when a couple of environmental health officers talked at her school. A look at the applied science degree at Swinburne – the only university offering the course – listed a diverse range of subjects, from law to physics and chemistry. The prospect of not being office-based also appealed to her. “I get enjoyment and it’s rewarding to see you can help businesses out there to make sure they are doing the right thing,” Ms Edmonds said.

Communicating with Whitehorse business owners is central to Sarah Edmonds’ role.

“We have to be ready for any jobs that come through. That could be noise from a concrete batching plant, early morning supermarket deliveries, sewerage from the next door neighbour’s property, immunisation sessions or farmers’ markets at weekends.”

Ms Edmonds said it was “rewarding” to see they could help businesses succeed through education, supporting them to deliver services to the community safely. The coronavirus also impacted her role – but in an interesting way, with businesses adapting to no sit-in dining and not as many workers around to buy takeaway food. “Something that has emerged through this year has been food businesses thinking outside

Supporting Whitehorse’s community groups and clubs Council will be offering two grant programs in 2021 for not-for-profit and incorporated community groups and clubs. Community Grants Program Through Council’s annual Community Grants Program, eligible groups can apply for funds to deliver projects and activities that contribute to the health and wellbeing of our community.

Community Recovery Grant The 2021 Community Recovery Grant will focus on supporting community organisations, clubs and groups in their recovery from the impacts of COVID-19. Both grant programs will open for applications on Monday 8 February and close on Friday 12 March.

the square,” Ms Edmonds said. “Businesses which tried to come up with new and creative ways to stay open and make money often presented new food safety challenges.” Pre-prepared meals was one example of this, while there has also been a rise in home-based businesses this year, with people registering their home kitchen to make food that they can sell. Now Ms Edmonds can’t wait to see what the next day will bring.

Don’t forget The only way to apply for a community grant is through the online system SmartyGrants. More information www.whitehorse.vic.gov.au/ community-grants Community Grants Officer – 0477 320 873

January 2021

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Think Local Buy Local Whitehorse summer loving checklist To help get the word out about the importance of supporting local, we thought we would put together this summer loving checklist to help you make the most of your summer right here in your own backyard. How many will you tick off before 28 February rolls around?

✔ Get together with some friends or family

and try a restaurant you’ve always wanted to visit or enjoy some outdoor dining to make the most of the balmy evenings ✔ Swap your regular caffeine fix from hot to cold at one of Whitehorse’s many amazing cafés

✔ Pick up supplies for a gourmet picnic in

the park at a local deli or grocery store. Many of our parks also have barbecues. If the weather is right and a fire ban isn’t in place, visit your local butcher and grill up a storm. Check out locations here: www.whitehorse.vic.gov.au/parks ✔ Discover one of Whitehorse’s 75+ shopping precincts – you may be surprised what you’ll discover right on your back doorstep. If the day is mild, challenge yourself to ditch the car and stroll there

✔ Visit Blackburn Station Village’s new urban picnic park ✔ Plan a dinner party menu around locally grown produce. Visit a market to get your items ✔ Try a new local fitness or wellness class ✔ Nominate your favourite local business on the www.golocalfirst.com.au website More information www.whitehorse.vic.gov.au/ think-local-buy-local

Council continues to support local businesses through pandemic recovery As part of Council’s COVID recovery package, Whitehorse businesses are invited to apply for grant funding to assist with innovative projects, operating in a COVIDSafe environment or promoting their business. Round 2 applications open Monday 8 February and close Friday 19 February. There will be two funding streams available. Businesses may apply for one stream only. Stream 1: Innovation ($5000 to $10,000) Businesses need to demonstrate how the costs associated with their innovation project will benefit the local community and their business. Businesses applying for stream one need to discuss their proposed project with grant officers before lodging their application. A project plan and supporting documentation is required. Stream 2: Support ($1000 to $3000) Businesses need to identify the costs associated with supporting them to continue operating in a COVIDSafe environment and help with marketing.

Online information sessions will be held in January and February to help businesses with the SmartyGrants program and to go through the grant criteria and guidelines. Businesses are also strongly encouraged to attend a grant writing workshop presented by Debby Maziarz. Debby is an experienced presenter who has worked with the business community on how to write competitive grant applications. This workshop aims to: ■

provide practical, useful and transferable information about how to approach grant writing; encourage you to explore project ideas and clarify point of difference; and provide practical, useful and transferable information about developing budgets for grant applications.

SmartyGrants online workshop details Businesses must register via the www.wbiz.com.au website by 5pm Friday 5 February and read the guidelines. It is expected all businesses attending will have registered with the SmartyGrants platform before attending the workshop. Workshop one: 9.30am, Wednesday 10 February Workshop two: 6.30pm, Wednesday 10 February More information www.wbiz.com.au

Left: Alastair Boell from Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking


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January 2021

It is illegal to leave a child alone in a car Children left alone in hot cars can die. Hundreds of Victorian children are rescued every year after being left alone in a hot car. Even on mild days the temperature inside a parked car can be 20-30 degrees hotter than the temperature outside. During a 30-degree summer day, a child could be suffering in up to 60-degree heat. There is no safe time limit for a child to be alone in a hot car. As a child’s body temperature rises three to five times faster than an adult, the impact of this heat on a child’s body is almost immediate. This puts them at greater risk of life-threatening heat stroke, brain injury, heart and lung failure and, dehydration. In Victoria, it is against the law to leave children unattended in a car. Parents or carers could face fines or up to six months’ jail. In an emergency, phone 000. More information www.kidsafevic.com.au


International students and their struggles during COVID-19

Council provides free vaccinations against infectious diseases for children aged from six weeks to 19 years old and a limited range of vaccines for eligible adults in accordance with the National Immunisation Program Schedule.

Written by Joshua, a member of the Whitehorse Youth Representative Committee

Council has a booking system for the Public Immunisation Program. To make a booking, please phone 9262 6197. Those without a booking will not be vaccinated. More information www.whitehorse.vic.gov.au/ immunisation

Scan the QR code for the immunisation schedule.

COVID-19 has been the talk of the year, impacting millions of lives worldwide. A large portion of people that were most affected by COVID-19 in Australia were international students, with some key challenges being loneliness, financial issues and mental health. Apart from being away from family and loved ones back in their home countries they, like everyone else, were isolated and had to adapt to the new situations that stripped them of their previous social life. Many students faced financial issues and were forced to either rely on family support, their scholarship, or go bust. A University of Technology Sydney report found that 61 per cent of students lost their jobs due to the lockdown and, out of those, only 15 per cent found new ones.

Further, more than half (54 per cent) reported that they were experiencing financial difficulties. There was a consequent rise in students living with anxiety. If you know an international student, reach out to them and check up on them. A simple text message or call could mean the world to them. For the full article, visit the committee website at www.whitehorsecyc.com.au Youth ConneXions is Whitehorse Council’s youth information, support and referral centre based at Box Hill Central Shopping Centre. The centre offers a comfortable and supportive environment for young people aged 12-25, to find information and seek assistance on a range of issues. More information www.whitehorse.vic.gov.au/ youth-connexions

January 2021

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Whitehorse student among ABC Takeover Melbourne winners A Whitehorse student has been named a winner of a storytelling competition in its inaugural year. Year 10 student Tiana was one of 31 young people aged 12-18 to win the ABC Takeover Melbourne initiative. In partnership with VicHealth, Resilient Melbourne and the Centre for Multicultural Youth, ABC Takeover Melbourne set a renewed focus during the challenging period of pandemic restrictions in Melbourne. Tiana was among six winners from Melbourne’s eastern region. She wrote a descriptive account of her experience in a rock climbing accident – “You know when you have that dream about falling, and you wake up just before you hit the ground?” Well for me, it wasn’t a dream; I hit the ground, for real.” Tiana said it was “absolutely amazing” to be involved in the competition. “I met so many new and inspiring people and learnt many helpful skills,” she said. “The fall wasn’t in my top favourite moments, but it has now led to really great opportunities I wouldn’t have experienced otherwise. I’m very grateful to be a winner.”

Tiana said she saw an opportunity to transform her experience into something positive. “I realised it could be a great way to share my story,” she said. “My accident impacted me in a negative way, but I realised it could impact others positively. I could share this story and teach others about resilience and mental health. “Rock climbing is and always will be one of my passions. I’ve always jumped at the chance

to climb anything. I’m very glad to be going back as it means I will be whole again.” ABC Takeover Melbourne’s winning entries were shared on ABC radio throughout December. To read Tiana’s story, along with the other winning entries, visit www.abc.net.au/radio/melbourne/ programs/takeover-melbourne/winners

Making a difference to our multicultural community Whitehorse resident Dilnaz Billimoria was recently awarded twice for her volunteer work with our multicultural community. She received the Victoria Police Multicultural Award and the Excellence in Services to Multicultural Communities by the Communities’ Council on Ethnic Issues. As a migrant herself, Dilnaz has volunteered with diverse organisations and initiatives across the eastern metropolitan region for two decades. These included the Whitehorse Interfaith Network, Women’s Health East, Whitehorse Global Fiesta and Spring Festival, with her focus on culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Victoria Police Leading Senior Constable and multicultural liaison Liz Sidiropoulos said Dilnaz was a huge ally to Victoria Police. “Dilnaz has made a significant contribution to the positive relationships that exist between police and multicultural communities,” she said. Dilnaz was humbled and honoured to receive the recognition, as it acknowledges the contribution of so many who enriched lives, providing access and inclusion. “As a community connector, I have reached out to (Victoria Police) for support and guidance,” she said. “Officers like Liz are always forthcoming in creating bonds of community trust. We all need to celebrate the rich diversity in Whitehorse.”


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January 2021

Libraries click into digital space Digital accessibility is becoming more important in an ever-connected world and Whitehorse Manningham Libraries makes this a priority.

Ms Davidson said the libraries had received “wonderful feedback”, while the use of Zoom, YouTube and social media platforms had helped immensely.

Digital accessibility was critical in 2020 as the libraries adapted during COVID-19 closures.

The Home Library Service staff also made phone calls to vulnerable clients and online children’s activities provided literacy skills and engagement.

Partnerships and programs coordinator Christina Davidson said the libraries were “entirely online” from March to November. “Our libraries have provided our community with a much-needed respite from the stresses of living with a pandemic,” she said. “More than ever the importance of keeping people connected and helping them access digital resources and services online has been a priority.” Part of the challenge was providing its services as best it could while trying to maintain the sense of social connection that is so crucial to an organisation based in the community.

A range of online programs and services continue to be offered, while the libraries are open to the public in a COVIDSafe capacity. More information www.wml.vic.gov.au Blackburn – 9896 8400 Box Hill – 9896 4300 Nunawading – 9872 8600 Vermont South – 9872 8650 Below: Staff at Whitehorse Manningham Libraries contacted vulnerable clients while the libraries were shut.

Signing in when you go out As businesses and society open up and people move around the community once again, many businesses, public venues and council sites will ask you to ‘sign in’. This will ask you to provide a name and contact number. It is part of the Victoria Government’s requirements for a COVIDSafe Summer. Digital sign-ins make for easier record-keeping and will speed up contact tracing efforts in the event of an outbreak. One of the most common ways that people will be asked to ‘sign in’ is the use of QR (quick response) codes. Similar to a barcode, it contains information that can be read using the camera on a smart phone or tablet. Visitors can scan the QR code by opening their smartphone or tablet and allowing it to focus on the code. The device will then generally identify the code and say what to do next. One example of its use is at Whitehorse Manningham Libraries. Collections and information services manager Katie Norton said the QR code was used as a “quick easy way to link to our contact tracing submission form”.

Chinese New Year – Welcome to the Year of the Ox 9-24 February 2021 | Chinese New Year – Friday 12 February 2021 Traditionally Box Hill hosts one of the largest Chinese New Year celebrations in Melbourne, put on by the Asian Business Association of Whitehorse. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will not be held in person in 2021. Look out for a special Chinese New Year feature in the February edition of Whitehorse News.

“The code takes users to the form which is hosted on our own library website software,” she said. “There is no need to download an app and all the data is securely stored within our site. Patrons enter data on their own device so there is no need to touch shared use equipment and, of course, if they have any trouble, staff are available to enter details for them.” All stored information will be automatically deleted after 28 days unless the Department of Health and Human Services asks for it for contact tracing. For instructions on how to scan a QR code using an Apple device, go to apple.co/3mXAjzn or for an Android device, go to bit.ly/39QqwaE

January 2021

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Aqualink return making a splash The cool embrace of the pool during the summer heat is available to enjoy once more. Aqualink Box Hill and Aqualink Nunawading were thrilled to re-open their doors, following the easing of restrictions. With COVIDSafe distancing, hygiene, cleaning and other protective measures in place, Aqualink is ready for people to dive right in. One of those who was eager to make a return is regular swimmer and member Daniel Patience, who booked a spot at Box Hill’s outdoor pool the first day available. He also enjoys swimming at Aqualink Nunawading. The local podiatrist gets to Aqualink three times a week, trying to squeeze in a swim between seeing clients. “On the face of it, swimming laps might seem boring to some. But moving through the water gives you a freedom and I do it to exercise the entire body,” he said. “It’s a wonderful skill to have and to pass on to your kids. Being in an outdoor pool on a nice day is simply bliss.” Being able to bring his children for free until they are five years old is a bonus. Children and parents alike can enjoy hours of fun at interactive water play areas at both Aqualink centres. There is something for all ages with indoor and outdoor pools, group

fitness, gym, spa and sauna, while personal trainers and group fitness classes can help provide the motivation to get back into action. To plan your next visit, go to www.aqualink.com.au You can visit casually or become a member. More information www.aqualink.com.au


Water safety tips With summer upon us, many are heading to the local pool or further afield to the beach to cool off. Make sure you look after yourself, by following these water safety tips: ■

Photos: Regular swimmer Daniel Patience relished the chance to get back in the Whitehorse pools.

Maintain close supervision of children when they have access to water, keeping small children within arm’s reach Be aware of the impact of medication and pre-existing health conditions around water Read safety signs to understand dangers Ensure you have the appropriate skills for your activity before going out on the water Call 000 if you need medical assistance More information www.watersafety.vic.gov.au


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Whitehorse City Council is divided into 11 single-councillor wards. The following Councillors have been elected to serve until October 2024.

Eley Ward

Elgar Ward

Trudy Skilbeck 0435 188 822 trudy.skilbeck@whitehorse.vic.gov.au

Blair Barker 0459 857 280 blair.barker@whitehorse.vic.gov.au

Cootamundra Ward

Lake Ward

Mahoneys Ward

Andrew Munroe – Mayor 0429 138 140 andrew.munroe@whitehorse.vic.gov.au

Denise Massoud 0409 230 499 denise.massoud@whitehorse.vic.gov.au

Mark Lane 0435 387 526 mark.lane@whitehorse.vic.gov.au

By Cr Andrew Munroe

By Cr Trudy Skilbeck

By Cr Blair Barker

It is with immense pride that I have been elected for a fourth term at Council and subsequently a third term as Mayor of this great city I have called home my entire life.

Welcome to 2021 to the people of Eley Ward and across Whitehorse. It’s not the entering of a new year that will change our recent experiences, and close the door on a very difficult 2020 – it is our collective positivity and inclusive consideration of others that will make all the difference. Welcome to that shared opportunity.

It was a great honour to be re-elected to represent the Elgar Ward at the recent council elections. I look forward to working hard every day with the community to continue to make improvements to the liveability of our area and to continue improve your Council.

I do also acknowledge some of the concern in the community during the election and that some of our residents have been doing it hard. We as a Council have to look closely at all that we do and ensure we are adding value for the residents’ money that we have stewardship. Cootamundra Walk I was delighted just before Christmas to join with local residents, the Cootamundra Walk Advisory Committee (the parkland after which this Ward is named) and members of the Mitcham Lions to acknowledge the great partnership with the Lions that started 25 years ago with the introduction of Clean Up Australia Day. While the club was looking to do that one activity those many years ago, it led to the Lions combining with the Advisory Committee by helping with weeding, mulching, plantings and more in the linear park. A great friendship and a great outcome. One of those outcomes was the drinking fountain (and dog tap), next to the recently re-built playground (at the top of Francis Street), where the Lions Club raised the whole $5000 cost.

Photo: Cr Munroe with members from the Cootamundra Walk Advisory Committee and the Mitcham Lions Club.

Making connections I am new to public office and local government. While finding my feet as an inducted Councillor in the six weeks before Christmas, I have begun to make some diverse connections, with initial conversations to meet and listen to aspirations – from residents, from our Whitehorse Manningham Libraries (where I’ll chair the board) and from entities like Burwood One Shopping Centre and the Eastern Community Legal Centre. These are small beginnings to my commitment to create all sorts of listening post spaces. Mirrabooka Grounds On the front of improving community user experience, it’s been exciting to watch the progress, very near my own home, of the Mirrabooka South Oval Ground Renewal project in Blackburn South. This is one Eley Ward example of Council’s extensive capital works program that I am committed to both interrogating and supporting to best outcomes.

Photo: Cr Skilbeck at the Mirrabooka South Oval (Holland Road) rebuild, with drainage and irrigation works in progress before a new turf surface is ready for winter sport 2021.

As the COVID restrictions continue to ease it has been wonderful to see so many community groups and sporting clubs bouncing back to life. I’ve spent time coaching blast cricket for five to eight-year-olds, watched Surrey Park Swimmers dominate the Northern Metro Sprit swim meet and enjoyed the simple pleasure of chatting with locals in our parks. 2021 and beyond are years that are going to be full of both challenges and opportunity for our area. State government projects such as rail crossing removals, the Suburban Rail Loop, North East Link and Box Hill Shopping Centre development all present as potentially transformative and highly disruptive to our area. Be certain I will fulfil my promise to fight for fair outcomes for locals when impacted by state projects. Whilst many council events have been held virtually in the past 12 months, the Australia Day citizenship ceremony will be going ahead in person on Australia Day. Wishing you all the best for a happy and safe 2021.

Photo: Cr Barker with Darcy Gregory-Francis (Whitehorse Junior Sportsperson of the Year) and Caitlin Morando at Kerrimuir Cricket Club Woolies Blast.

The views expressed are thoseSubscribe of individual to the councillors e-version and at do www.whitehorse.vic.gov.au/whitehorse-news not necessarily reflect Council policy or the views of Council as a whole. Kingsley Ward

Walker Ward

Simpson Ward

Cr Amanda McNeill 0435 158 360 amanda.mcneill@whitehorse.vic.gov.au

Cr Ben Stennett 0448 375 937 ben.stennett@whitehorse.vic.gov.au

Cr Prue Cutts 0409 867 540 prue.cutts@whitehorse.vic.gov.au

Sparks Ward

Wattle Ward

Terrara Ward

Cr Tina Liu 0418 121 357 tina.liu@whitehorse.vic.gov.au

Cr Andrew Davenport 0407 652 145 andrew.davenport@whitehorse.vic.gov.au

Cr Raylene Carr – Deputy Mayor 0400 886 889 raylene.carr@whitehorse.vic.gov.au

By Cr Amanda McNeill

By Cr Ben Stennett

By Cr Prue Cutts

I am getting into my role as your new elected Kingsley Ward Councillor. There are plenty of issues in our area and across Whitehorse for Council to address.

This is my first ward column after being re-elected to Council, under the new single member ward arrangements.

Thank you to everyone in Whitehorse for your part in helping us achieve zero COVID cases, particularly zero community transmission.

Our parks have been the centre of so many people’s lives over the past year. During the 2020 lockdowns, picnics have been rediscovered with residents and families enjoying the trees and bird life, walking the dog and discovering the beauty that Whitehorse parks have to offer. As your representative I am keen to see Council make more improvements to our parks to make them even better. Improving and extending off-lead dog parks, improving play areas and protecting and increasing access to more green space environment are all important issues to consider. The Mont Albert and Surrey Hills Level Crossing Removal Project will be a major focus in 2021 and I look forward to working with residents as Council supports you during the planning and construction phases. We will be briefed and I encourage all residents to get involved in the consultation process.

Walker Ward was so named after Walker Park in Nunawading. Edgar Walker was a well-known local identity and employed hundreds of people at his company, the Nunawading Tessellated Tile Company, as well as being a local shire councillor and allowing football matches on his land, later to be acquired by the Council. Walker Park is home to the Mitcham Cricket Club and Mitcham Football Clubs, amongst the oldest clubs in the area. Cricket nets at Walker Park Doesn’t the new four-bay facility at Walker Park look fantastic! At the time of writing it was waiting on synthetic turf to be installed. The Mitcham Cricket Club has been able to make use of the new pavilion and can’t wait to start using the new nets!

Please feel free to engage with the Level Crossing Removal Project (LXRP) team and myself as we move ahead. I wish all residents of Kingsley Ward a safe and successful 2021 and I am excited about the year ahead.

Community consultation I was pleased to speak to Council’s proposed Community Engagement Policy document recently, and this document is currently being exhibited throughout January for public comment. I have always been interested in ensuring that everyone in our community, no matter what age or background, has the opportunity to have an influence on matters that affect them. I encourage you to look at this document and have your say!


It has been a mammoth effort from each and every person. The pandemic has tested our resilience and strength, but with courage and seeing the greater good, we have come through this. Grateful thanks also to the voters in the new Simpson Ward for your support at the elections. I am truly delighted to be re-elected and will put the same passion, positivity and purpose into the next four years as I did in Springfield Ward in the past four years. Now restrictions have eased, I am enjoying my Meet and Greets across Simpson Ward. If you have any queries, concerns or ideas feel free to contact me by phone, email or Facebook. I will do my best to respond to all queries. If I don’t have answers myself, I will follow up. Life as we knew it is slowly returning. I have loved attending many in-person meetings and community events in the last few weeks. My hope is we retain our sense of community-connectedness and care for others that we had in lockdown. Wishing you all a fun festive season and a wonderful 2021.


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January 2021

What shall I do with my Christmas tree in January? Here are some ways to recycle your living Christmas tree: ■

Drop your live tree off at the Whitehorse Recycling and Waste Centre (charges apply). Arrange to have your tree mulched on site. Mulch is valuable to use either as compost or placed on your garden to assist retaining water in the soil. Book a hard waste collection.

Please note: plastic trees cannot be recycled. Hard waste collection Have a clean out this summer and book a hard waste collection. Residents are entitled to two free hard waste collections each financial year. For information visit: www.whitehorse.vic.gov.au/hard-waste-collection Please note: bookings may take up to two weeks in peak times. Recycling and Waste Centre Rubbish and recycling can be taken to the Recycling and Waste Centre for recycling or disposal. Visit our website for a list of accepted items. Fees may apply. Battery recycling Did you receive new gadgets or toys this Christmas? Remember to dispose of e-waste and batteries responsibly. Avoid placing e-waste in kerbside bins, as they have the potential to cause issues such as fires. E-waste and batteries are accepted at the Recycling and Waste Centre for free. More information www.whitehorse.vic.gov.au/recycling-and-waste-centre

Sustainable living in Whitehorse Whitehorse continues to engage our community with sustainable actions and educational events. Learn more about being sustainable at home with efficient cooling. Over summer a combination of frequent hot days and rising energy prices means that keeping your home cool can lead to large electricity bills. That’s why cooling your home efficiently is important. To prepare your home for summer, contact the energy advisors at the Australian Energy Foundation. They will identify efficient cooling solutions for your specific home or apartment and arrange an obligation-free quote for draught proofing, window films, insulation and reverse-cycle air-conditioners. To book a free consultation with an advisor or for more information, visit www.aef.com.au or phone 1300 236 855.

Sustainable online events in January Bee a Pollinator Family workshop

Coming soon to Whitehorse... Clothing and small e-waste drop-off hubs and pop-ups will make an appearance in Whitehorse. Keep an eye out for the hubs and pop-ups across the municipality where you can drop-off reusable clothing, accessories and small electricals (e-waste), such as a kettle, laptop, radio or mobile phone, as a part of Whitehorse’s Reusable Items Collection Program (formerly known as Re-New). Announcements for the locations of the hubs and pop-ups are coming soon. Subscribe to Council’s social media channels for updates. More information www.whitehorse.vic.gov.au/reusable-items-collection

When: 20 January 2021, 4pm

This session will introduce families to native bees, pollination and increasing urban biodiversity. This workshop aims to bring joy and wonder to children as they discover insect biodiversity and urban sustainability on a micro level in the garden. Nurturing a sense of respect and excitement to living creatures while learning about the important role bees have to enable us to grow healthy food.

Bee friendly vegetable and home gardens When: 20 January 2021, 7pm

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How bees help our food gardens grow Evolution and identification of bees Native bees and your veggies Life cycle of a native bee Safe gardening environment for native bees What we can do as citizen scientists

Find out more and book your place: www.whitehorse.vic.gov.au/sustainable-living

January 2021

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Putting recycled material to good use Council has partnered with RMIT, Boral and the Office of Project Victoria with funding from Sustainability Victoria on a project to develop a more sustainable concrete product that can be used for footpaths, kerbs and channels. Concrete is predominantly made up of cement and materials from quarries of natural sand and rock deposits. The quarries have a limited supply so there is an urgent need to substitute the quarry products with recycled materials so the industry is more sustainable. A concrete mix that uses recycled plastic was trialled to replace some of the sand and rock. Recycled plastic has been used for

many applications including street furniture, but this is the first time it has been used in concrete in Whitehorse. Various concrete mixes were recently trialled in sections of footpath in Ailsa Street, Box Hill South. In a 15m section of footpath, there was about 110kg of recycled plastic used, which is equivalent to the amount of plastic waste generated by one household each year. There will be further trials of concrete using recycled rubber in addition to recycled plastic. The trials aim to develop a commercially sustainable concrete product. Council is pleased to contribute to this innovation. Below: Workers lay some of the concrete containing recycled plastic.

Council develops more online permit applications Property owners, builders and contractors can now apply and pay for an increasing number of permits online. After the successful implementation of online Vehicle Crossing Permits and customer demand for online applications, four more engineering applications are now available online: ■ ■

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Drainage Permits Utility Connections and Miscellaneous Works in the Road Reserve Works by Authorities Inspection of Works (Arterial Roads)

Permits are required for works undertaken outside a private property boundary in the area known as the road reserve. This includes repairs and connections to properties and development sites. It may include services such as stormwater, water mains, gas, electricity and sewerage. Council’s goal was to reduce the turnaround time of permit applications. The online system ensures applicants receive their permit in fewer than 10 working days. This new process increases the number of permits that can be processed by the Engineering team and saves time for customers. Visit our website 24/7 for more online applications including: ■ ■ ■

Keeping trees clear of power lines Council manages tree pruning on public land to ensure a safe distance between trees and power lines. This month, pruning will occur in Surrey Hills. Pruning is done in accordance with the Electricity Safety (Electric Line Clearance) Regulations 2015 and also with Council’s Electric Line Clearance Management Plan. More information www.whitehorse.vic.gov.au/naturestrips

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Resident Parking Permits Register an Animal Planning and Building Online Register your Pool Apply for Footpath and Box Hill Mall Trading Apply for Extended Outdoor Trading in response to COVID-19 Apply for Real Estate Advertising More information www.whitehorse.vic.gov.au/ roads-footpaths-andvehicle-crossings



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January 2021

Caring for the Community Dream run for community group A Whitehorse group is sewing up its position as a base to boost community spirit one stitch at a time. The Migrant and Refugee Women’s Sewing Program, known as Dream Stitches, has been on a mission to remind others that they are thought of in recent months. Based in Box Hill and associated with the Louise Multicultural Community Centre’s English program, Dream Stitches encourages people to come together to learn to sew and make things – but not only for themselves. A long-running project has seen Dream Stitches volunteers initiate a project to make quilts in order to donate them to people affected by the Gippsland bushfires. Group coordinator Jennifer McKenzie said the group wanted to “tell the bushfire victims

that we haven’t forgotten them”. “It’s taken so long to get their houses together, hopefully they can get some new quilts to go in their new accommodation,” she said. Dream Stitches also made about 1500 reusable face masks during the lockdown, with 700 being donated to The Alfred hospital and the rest to one of the program’s partners, Anglicare Victoria. “The women themselves love putting back and giving back, knowing it’s been passed on,” Ms McKenzie said. “They say they are so glad to have been able to do something and help, they feel they’re helping too.” More information www.dreamstitches.org.au Below: Janelle, Rachel and Ni Tin Par with some of the quilts Dream Stitches is sending to Gippsland.

Advocating for Whitehorse Whitehorse City Council has continued promoting and advocating for our community’s interests with other levels of government. Britannia Mall streetscape renewal and activation Council secured $412,500 from the Victorian Government’s Community Crime Prevention Program. The funding will be put towards the reconstruction of Britannia Mall to activate and renew this urban mall to benefit local community use. North East Link Council continues to liaise with North East Link Project and provide opportunities for our community to get involved in the design phase of the project. To stay up to date, visit northeastlink.vic.gov.au/news Suburban Rail Loop (SRL) The Victorian Government made some announcements about the Suburban Rail Loop recently, including the location of stations in Box Hill and Burwood. This project will have a huge impact

on our municipality. We’re receiving briefings from the SRL and will ensure that the interests of our community are well represented. Our community is also encouraged to have input into the project. There is a survey for each station, so if you live, work, shop, study or pass through any of the stations, you can do the survey for that area. Many Whitehorse people use both Box Hill and Burwood areas, so we encourage you to tell the Victorian Government what’s important to you. To complete the survey, visit engage.vic.gov.au/suburbanrail-loop-stage-one Level crossing removal at Surrey Hills and Mont Albert The Victorian Government made an announcement about the removal of level crossings at Surrey Hills and Mont Albert recently. This project will have significant impact on our municipality. We’re receiving briefings from the Level Crossing Removal Authority, and will ensure that the interests of our community are well represented.

January 2021

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Visit Box Hill Community Arts Centre website for news about the upcoming January school holiday program and term one courses and workshops.

Summer Reading Club Runs until 31 January

Follow BHCAC on Facebook and Instagram to stay connected: www.facebook.com/ boxhillcommunityartscentre www.instagram.com/bhcac More information: www.bhcac.com.au


The splash pad is available daily from 9am to 6pm, while the dive boards will be open from noon to 4pm on weekdays and 1 to 4pm on weekends. 27 January – 1 April

SPORTLINK Kelly Sports program Runs until 25 January

Enjoy your summer holidays with Kelly Sports. Its all-inclusive programs, aimed at those aged 4-12, will have children engaged in sports and other activities for a full day of fun. Sports include basketball, soccer, footy, cricket, badminton, crazy games, hockey and many more. Kelly Sports runs weekdays between 8am and 5.30pm. For information, contact Cody by emailing blackburn@ kellysports.com.au or phone 0413 930 218. To enrol, visit www.kellysports.com.au Where: Sportlink, 2 Hanover Road, Vermont South Cost: $55 full day; $38.50 half-day

The splash pad will be in action from 9am to noon and 3.30pm to 6.30pm on weekdays and between 9am and 6pm on weekends. Jumping off the dive boards can be done between 4pm and 6pm on weekdays and from 1pm to 4pm on weekends. MORACK GOLF COURSE Holiday golf classes Runs until 31 January

Golf classes for children aged 10 to 16 will be run three days a week throughout the school holidays at Morack Public Golf Course. The hour-long classes will be held on Wednesdays at 4pm, Fridays at 4pm and on Sundays at 10.30am and 11.30am. Cost: $40 a session or $360 for 10 sessions More information: Morack Pro Shop – 9801 4479 Daniel Griffin – dgriffin@pgamember.org.au

Designed to keep children reading throughout the summer holidays, the annual Summer Reading Club helps children earn a chance to win great prizes. Research has shown that children who stop reading can fall behind in the next academic year. The live prize draw will be held on 3 February. For information, visit www.wml.vic. gov.au/Services/Children-Youth/ Summer-Reading-Club The libraries also hold many events and activities. More information www.wml.vic.gov.au/Services/ Events-Programs

ACTIVATE WHITEHORSE Smartphone Stories Workshops Free community-based smartphone film workshops will be held in Whitehorse at Box Hill Mall during February. Learn VicHealth Everyday Creative Partnerships is presenting a series of free workshops on how to make films using just your phone. Learn new skills to tell your community story and make your voice heard. Workshops are being held between 6 and 14 February.

SCHWERKOLT COTTAGE Visit Schwerkolt Cottage during the summer holidays. Schwerkolt Cottage and Museum Complex is open weekends and public holidays. Schwerkolt Cottage adjoins the Yarran Dheran bushland park in Mitcham and is a great place to visit for walks, picnics or to learn a little of the history of our local area. More information: www.whitehorse.vic.gov.au/ schwerkolt-cottage

WHITEHORSE ARTSPACE Whitehorse Artspace is closed during January and will reopen for 2021 on 23 February with the exhibition Bloom. Visit the Whitehorse Artspace website to find out about the 2021 exhibition program and stay in touch with Artspace by subscribing to its newsletter. More information: www.boxhilltownhall.com.au/ artspace-exhibitions

More information: www.smartphonestories.com

WHITEHORSE CENTRE Details will be announced late January for Whitehorse Centre Season 2021. Sign up for the e-news to be among the first to hear about the fabulous shows on offer. More information: www.whitehorsecentre.com.au

Aqualink 重开为您提供戏水场地 炎 炎夏日,Aqualink Box Hill 和 Aqualink Nunawading 业已重新开 放,大家现在可以投入泳池的怀抱, 尽情享受清凉了。Aqualink 实施了 Covid 安全距离、卫生清洁和其他保 护措施,做好准备供大家使用。 大家可以在两家 Aqualink 中心的互 动戏水区享受数小时的乐趣,同时也 可以使用室内及室外游泳池、团体健 身、健身房、水疗和桑拿以及私人教 练服务等设施。 请浏览网站:Aqualink.com.au,为 您下次到 Aqualink 游玩做好计划 您 可 以作 为 散 客 或 成 为 会 员 使 用 Aqualink 设施。

图书馆数字化 自从 3 月以来,Whitehorse 的各家 图书馆完全实现在线服务,使用起来 比以往更加便利。 各家图书馆做好 Covid 预防措施, 以安全的方式向公众开放,而同时 也继续提供一系列的在线活动和服 务。 详情请浏览网站:wml.vic.gov.au

把小孩单独留在车内属违法行 为 小孩被单独留在闷热的车内可能会 丧命。即使在天气较为温和的日子 里,处于停泊状态的车辆的车内温 度也可能比车外高出 20 至 30 度。 由于儿童的体温上升速度是成年人 的三到五倍,这种热量的影响几乎是 即时的。 维多利亚州规定,在无人看管的情况 下把孩子留在车里属违法行为。 (孩 子的)父母或照顾者可被处以罚款或 最高 6 个月的监禁。 如需进一步了解有关汽车安全的信 息,请浏览网站:kidsafevic.com.au 如遇到紧急情况,请拔打电话 000。

Sự trợ lại của Aqualink tạo ra điều thú vị bất ngờ Vòng tay mát mẻ của hồ bơi trong cái nóng mùa hè giờ đây là điều mà mọi người có thể tận hưởng khi Aqualink Box Hill và Aqualink Nunawading mở cửa trở lại. Với các biện pháp giữ an toàn khỏi Covid như giữ khoảng cách an toàn, tiệt trùng, vệ sinh và các biện pháp bảo vệ khác tại chỗ, thì Aqualink đã sẵn sàng cho mọi người tham gia ngay. Khách hàng có thể tận hưởng hàng giờ vui chơi tại các khu vui chơi tương tác dưới nước tại cả hai trung tâm Aqualink, đồng thời có các hồ bơi trong nhà và ngoài trời, phòng tập thể dục nhóm, phòng tập thể dục, spa và xông hơi và huấn luyện viên cá nhân. Để lên kế hoạch cho lần ghé thăm Aqualink tiếp theo của quý vị, hãy truy cập Aqualink.com.au Quý vị có thể thỉnh thoảng ghé thăm hoặc trở thành thành viên.

Thư viện chuyển sang kỹ thuật số Quý vị có thể tiếp cận các thư viện ở Whitehorse dễ dàng hơn bao giờ hết khi thư viện trở nên trực tuyến hoàn toàn kể từ tháng Ba. Một loạt các chương trình và dịch vụ trực tuyến tiếp tục được cung cấp, trong khi các thư viện vẫn mở cửa cho công chúng với sự kiểm soát an toàn với Covid. Để biết thông tin, hãy truy cập wml.vic.gov.au

Để trẻ một mình trong xe là vi phạm pháp luật Trẻ em bị bỏ lại trong xe ô tô nóng một mình, có thể bị tử vong. Ngay cả trong những ngày ôn hòa, nhiệt độ bên trong xe ô tô đang đỗ có thể nóng hơn nhiệt độ bên ngoài từ 20-30 độ. Vì nhiệt độ cơ thể của trẻ em tăng nhanh hơn người lớn từ ba đến năm lần, nên tác động của nhiệt này gần như ngay lập tức. Ở Victoria, để trẻ em một mình trong xe hơi không có người trông coi là vi phạm pháp luật. Cha mẹ hoặc người chăm sóc có thể phải đối mặt với tiền phạt hoặc lên đến sáu tháng tù. Để biết thêm thông tin về an toàn xe hơi, hãy truy cập kidsafevic. com.au Trong trường hợp khẩn cấp, xin gọi 000.

Το Aqualink επιστρέφει δυναμικά

Aqualink torna alla grande

Η δροσερή αγκαλιά της πισίνας τις ζεστές μέρες του καλοκαιριού είναι κάτι που όλοι μπορούν να απολαύσουν τώρα που οι πισίνες Aqualink Box Hill και Aqualink Nunawading ξανάνοιξαν τις πόρτες τους. Με την τήρηση ασφαλούς απόστασης, υγιεινής, καθαρισμού και άλλων προστατευτικών μέτρων για τη νόσο Covid, το Aqualink είναι έτοιμο να βουτήξετε.

Ora che Aqualink Box Hill e Aqualink Nunawading riaprono le porte, tutti potranno finalmente godere della frescura della piscina durante il caldo estivo. Grazie al rispetto del distanziamento anti covid, all’igiene, alla pulizia e alle altre misure protettive messe in atto, Aqualink è adesso pronta per permettere a tutti di rituffarsi in pieno nelle attività.

Μπορείτε να απολαύσετε ώρες διασκέδασης σε διαδραστικούς χώρους παιχνιδιού και στα δύο κέντρα Aqualink, ενώ υπάρχουν επίσης εσωτερικές και εξωτερικές πισίνες, αίθουσες για ομαδικές ασκήσεις, γυμναστήριο, σπα και σάουνα και προσωπικοί γυμναστές. Για να προγραμματίσετε την επόμενη επίσκεψή σας στο Aqualink επισκεφθείτε το Aqualink.com.au

In tutti e due i centri Aqualink, si possono trascorrere ore di divertimento e giochi acquatici interattivi, mentre ci sono anche piscine interne e esterne, fitness di gruppo, palestra, idromassaggio, sauna e i personal trainer. Per pianificare la tua prossima visita a Aqualink, vai al sito Aqualink.com.au Puoi venire saltuariamente oppure iscriverti.

Μπορείτε να πηγαίνετε περιστασιακά ή να γραφτείτε μέλος.

Le biblioteche diventano digitali

Οι βιβλιοθήκες έγιναν ψηφιακές

Le biblioteche di Whitehorse sono adesso più accessibili da quando sono diventate completamente digitali nel mese di marzo.

Οι βιβλιοθήκες στο Whitehorse είναι τώρα πιο προσιτές από ποτέ επειδή έγιναν εντελώς διαδικτυακές από τον Μάρτιο. Εξακολουθούν να προσφέρονται διάφορα διαδικτυακά προγράμματα και υπηρεσίες, ενώ οι βιβλιοθήκες είναι ανοιχτές για το κοινό με μέτρα ασφάλειας για τη νόσο Covid. Για πληροφορίες επισκεφθείτε το wml.vic.gov.au

Είναι παράνομο να αφήσετε ένα παιδί μόνο του στο αυτοκίνητο Παιδιά που τα αφήνουν μόνα τους σε καυτά αυτοκίνητα μπορεί να πεθάνουν. Ακόμη και σε ήπιες μέρες, η θερμοκρασία μέσα σε παρκαρισμένο αυτοκίνητο μπορεί να αυξηθεί 20-30 βαθμούς περισσότερο από την εξωτερική θερμοκρασία. Καθώς η θερμοκρασία του σώματος ενός παιδιού αυξάνεται τρεις έως πέντε φορές ταχύτερα από έναν ενήλικα, η επίδραση αυτής της θερμοκρασίας είναι σχεδόν άμεση. Στη Βικτώρια, είναι παράνομο να αφήνετε τα παιδιά χωρίς επίβλεψη μέσα σε αυτοκίνητο. Μπορεί να επιβληθούν πρόστιμα ή φυλάκιση έως έξι μηνών σε γονείς ή φροντιστές. Για περισσότερες πληροφορίες για την ασφάλεια στα αυτοκίνητα, επισκεφθείτε το kidsafevic.com.au Σε έκτακτη ανάγκη τηλεφωνήστε στο 000.

Vengono ancora offerti una serie di programmi e di servizi, mentre le biblioteche sono aperte al pubblico nel rispetto della capienza anti covid. Per informazioni visita il sito wml.vic.gov.au

Lasciare un bambino da solo in un veicolo è un reato I bambini lasciati da soli al caldo dentro un veicolo possono morire. Anche in giornate miti, la temperatura all’interno di un veicolo parcheggiato può essere di 20-30 gradi più alta rispetto alla temperatura esterna. La temperatura del corpo di un bambino sale dalle tre alle cinque volte più rapidamente rispetto alla temperatura di un adulto, e l’impatto del calore è quasi immediato. Nel Victoria, è un reato lasciare i bambini da soli dentro un veicolo. I genitori o gli accompagnatori rischiano multe e pene fino a sei mesi di carcere. Per ulteriori informazioni sulla sicurezza nei veicoli visita il sito kidsafevic.com.au In caso di emergenza chiama il numero 000.

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