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Whitehorse News


The Whitehorse Centre Season 2018 will take you on a WILD ride.

3 Australia Day Awards


8 & 9 Whitehorse Centre

11 Translated articles

14 Global Fiesta


General news


Contact us Whitehorse City Council Locked Bag 2, Nunawading DC VIC 3131 Phone: 9262 6333 Fax: 9262 6490 NRS: 133 677 then quote 9262 6333 Customer service centres

Whitehorse Civic Centre

February Council meetings

379-397 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading

Special Committee Meeting Monday 12 February at 8pm

(Weekdays 8.30am-5.30pm, cashier: weekdays 8.40am-5pm)

Ordinary Council Meeting Monday 19 February at 7pm

Forest Hill Chase Shopping Centre

These meetings are held in the Council Chamber at Whitehorse Civic Centre and they are open to the public, unless Council resolves to consider an item ‘in camera’ (confidentially).

Canterbury Road, Forest Hill (Weekdays 9am-5pm, Saturday 9am-12 noon)

Box Hill Town Hall 1022 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill (Weekdays 9am-5pm)

Career opportunities Register your details at to receive emailed job alerts about vacancies at Whitehorse City Council.

Sustainability The Whitehorse News is printed on PEFC and FSC certified paper using vegetable inks in a waterless printing process.

Acknowledgement of Country In the spirit of reconciliation, Whitehorse City Council acknowledges the Wurundjeri people as the traditional custodians of the land. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

Whitehorse News online Read and share the Whitehorse News online at whitehorse-news.html

Community learns about Nunawading Community Hub


ore than 150 local people attended the Nunawading Community Hub Community Information Day at the former Nunawading Primary School site late last year. The event was a wonderful opportunity for local residents and other Whitehorse community members to learn more about the project and get to know many of the community groups moving into the hub when it opens in late 2019. Council’s project team and representatives from architectural firm Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp attended. Whitehorse Mayor Councillor Andrew Davenport and Councillors Prue Cutts, Ben Stennett and Bill Bennett were also on hand to explain the plans and design, discuss the project construction program and answer questions on the facility’s operation. Future tenants also set up information displays including the Nunawading & District Lapidary Club, Nunawading U3A, Whitehorse Arts Association and EACH Whitehorse Child, Youth and Family Services. The day was an opportunity for them to make new connections and let residents know about their programs and activities. Positive feedback Many of those attending had fond memories of the site, having been former students of the school or having sent their children there. Several mentioned that they were very pleased that Council took the initiative to purchase the site from the state government for the continued use and enjoyment of the community. Overall, feedback received from the community about the hub was extremely positive.

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3-D Model on Display The 3-D model of the Nunawading Community Hub is now on display in the foyer of the Whitehorse Civic Centre, 379-397 Springvale Road, Nunawading.

Above right: Cr Ben Stennett and Cr Prue Cutts. The Nunawading Community Centre will be located on the corner of Springvale Road and Esdale Street in Nunawading.

Residents were happy about the integration of the hub with the adjoining Tunstall Park, preservation of the heritage school building and new community facilities such as barbecue areas, linked paths and landscaped areas. In particular, they were looking forward to the new learning and social opportunities the hub would create for the local community. Car Parking Car parking and the site entry off Esdale Street were an issue for some residents who were concerned about the potential impact from traffic. It was explained that VicRoads, as the road authority, determined the entry to the hub via Esdale Street as the safest option given the traffic flow and sight lines along the Springvale Road boundary. Council has worked closely with traffic engineers to determine the appropriate number of car parking spaces needed on site and to minimise any potential on-street parking in Esdale Street. More information nunawadingcommunityhub 9894 0356

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Announcing the recipients of the 2018 Whitehorse Australia Day Awards Whitehorse Sports and Recreation Australia Day Trophy

Council’s annual awards program honours the outstanding efforts of people who live, work or volunteer in the municipality. Congratulations to all the winners.

Whitehorse Citizen of the Year

Whitehorse Young Citizen of the Year

Edgar Montgomery David Inglis (David)

Michaela Clare-Cover

David Inglis has dedicated himself to the local community for over 45 years and has held numerous and varied volunteer roles during that time.

Michaela receives her award for her academic achievements as a student at Koonung Secondary College where she completed year 12 last year. Michaela contributed positively to her school and the broader community through sporting and artistic achievements, and her volunteering and charitable endeavours.

He has been a member of the Wandinong Sanctuary Advisory Committee since 1974 and was treasurer until 2017. As part of the Wandinong Sanctuary, David joined the Blackburn and District Tree Preservation Society and is still an active member. David is a tireless attendee at monthly working bees and gives his personal time to watering plants in the warmer months. David was also previously a volunteer driver for the Eastern Transport Register, driving the Bendigo Bank Community Bus to pick up elderly residents and take them to different activities. He has also been involved in Neighbourhood Watch for more than 30 years and is currently a zone representative, attending monthly meetings and distributing newsletters to residents.

Eastern Gymnastics Club Eastern Gymnastics Club is the winner for the second year in a row of the Whitehorse Sports and Recreation Australia Day Trophy. The club is a not for profit organisation that provides recreational and competitive gymnastics programs for all ages and abilities. The club has continued its efforts this year to be truly inclusive, welcoming children and adults of all ages, abilities, gender, backgrounds and personal attributes.

In her role as Koonung Student Representative Council Captain, Michaela organised several fundraising events including World’s Greatest Shave Day, Hoodies for Homelessness and free dress day to raise funds to support youth education in Tanzania.

In addition to his volunteer activities, those who know him best say that David is a wonderful neighbour and supportive to his fellow community members. Congratulations David on being the Whitehorse Citizen of the Year for 2018!

Eastern Gymnastics Club has also been proactive in engaging with local schools to expand the range of services offered, including gymnastics and aerobics programs. The club has a warm and welcoming atmosphere, with one of its values being ‘A friendly and supportive club for all’.

Michaela was also a mentor captain, acting as a role model to younger students at Koonung Secondary College. Michaela immersed herself in a range of extracurricular activities including hockey, athletics, swimming, gymnastics, ballet, singing, piano, choir and school productions.

Community Achievement Awards David Knowles

Paulina Chong

Emeritus Professor David Knowles has been a member of The West of Elgar Residents Association for many years, making valuable contributions to the group's campaign on a number of major issues in the area.

Paulina arrived in Australia from Malaysia in 1989 and since that time has made a significant contribution to the Whitehorse community.

David has also been an active member of the Bennetswood Bowling Club since 2013, where he has dedicated many hours to securing the future of the club, as well as encouraging new members and acting as Board Secretary. David was also successful in applying for grants on behalf of the club to replace a roof and drove the purchase and installation of solar panels at the club.

Paulina has been an active member of U3A Nunawading since 2009, where she is currently on the committee of management and leads a number of classes. She has also organised Zumba dance performances for Whitehorse City Council and Seniors Week at Federation Square. Paulina has also been a member of the school council at Mitcham Primary School and Parkmore Primary School and has worked in their canteens and as part of their fundraising committees.

L-R Paulina Chong, Adelaid Hawkins from Eastern Gymnastics, David Inglis, Whitehorse Mayor Councillor Andrew Davenport, Emeritus Professor David Knowles, Michaela Clare-Cover and Cecily Falkingham.

Cecily Falkingham Cecily has devoted her time to environmental sustainability and protection over many years. She has been an active member of a number of environmental committees and worked closely with local and state government on environmental projects. Cecily also leads nature walks of the Mullum Mullum Valley to help the public

understand the ecology of the area and appreciate how unique it is. She also continues to give her time to advise and consult state and local government on local conservation issues. Cecily’s extensive local knowledge and expertise as a naturalist are highly regarded at both a local level and more widely around the state.



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Let’s get the conversation rolling (or walking or cycling) Y ou are invited to share your thoughts on walking and cycling in Whitehorse at Council’s first Active Transport Forum.

Wednesday 21 February Whitehorse Centre, rear 379 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading Drop-in any time between 5pm and 7pm. RSVP is not required.

CHINESE NEW YEAR SATURDAY 17 FEBRUARY, 11AM-11PM With 80,000 people in attendance each year, the Chinese New Year Festival in Box Hill is the biggest annual event in the City of Whitehorse. Central Box Hill will come alive this February with people, colour, movement and sound. The festival showcases music, singing and dancing from our local community, as well as games, rides, firecracker displays and market stalls selling souvenirs and delicious food. Each year, local residents come along in droves as do many visitors from across Melbourne. It’s a wonderful way to showcase Box Hill and all that it has to offer to regular and new visitors.

Council is committed to improving the safety, health and sustainability of our community, and walking and cycling are great ways to achieve this.

This event is organised by the Asian Business Association of Whitehorse with the support of Whitehorse City Council.

Information about Council’s current and proposed walking and cycling activities will be on display and we'd love to hear what you think about them. View displays on: •The development of cycling routes throughout the municipality that use local roads • The progress Council has made in implementing the Whitehorse Cycling Strategy and the Whitehorse Community Road Safety Strategy. More information

The Year of the Dog

More information

2018 is the Year of the Dog according to the Chinese zodiac. Dog is man’s good friend who can understand the human spirit and obey its master, whether he is wealthy or not. The Chinese regard it as an auspicious animal. If a dog happens to come to a house, it symbolises the coming of fortune. People born in the Year of the Dog are said to be independent, sincere, loyal and decisive according to Chinese zodiac analysis. Chinese-New-Year-Festival.html


With ReadSpeaker you can: • Listen to the whole page or specific sections on a page • Choose the speed of the reading

hitehorse City Council's website is now easier for the community to access with the introduction of ReadSpeaker.


• Translate web text into multiple languages, including Chinese (Mandarin), Italian, Japanese, Korean and Spanish (the translation function produces written text).

With a simple click, you can now listen to all webpages on

To begin listening to a page, click on the listen icon on the top right hand side of the webpage.

This is not only great news for vision impaired people, but also valuable for anyone who struggles with reading or who has English as a second language.

By expanding the player toolbar you will have access to all settings and user options. Visit your favourite Whitehorse City Council webpage today and start listening.

Who's listening? The goal of ReadSpeaker is to provide information in an accessible format for people who may have reading difficulties, visual impairment or for people who are from non-English speaking backgrounds. ReadSpeaker is also suitable for use by people who would rather listen than read on small screens.

RATES REMINDER Lump sum payments due

Third instalment due

Whitehorse ratepayers who have chosen to pay their 2017/18 rates in one lump sum are reminded that payment is due on Thursday 15 February.

Whitehorse ratepayers who are paying their 2017/18 rates by instalments are reminded that the third instalment is due on Wednesday 28 February.

Payment options: Mail payment to: Whitehorse City Council, PO Box 14818, Melbourne Vic 8001 BPAY: via your financial institution BPAY View: view and pay your bills using your internet banking. Visit Internet: visit www.whitehorse. Phone: 1300 120 147 to pay by card (MasterCard or Visa)

Direct debit: phone 9262 6333 for more information. Credit card accounts not accepted. In person: at Council’s Customer Service Centres in Nunawading, Box Hill or Forest Hill or any Australia Post outlet. Any ratepayer experiencing financial difficulties should contact Council’s Rates Department to discuss alternative options. More information 9262 6333



Ready for the big Summer Clean Out? ACCEPTED ITEMS

All Whitehorse residents are entitled to two hard waste collections per year at a time that suits them – and summer is the perfect time for a big clean out!


• Furniture

• Hot water systems

• Tyres and car batteries

• Electronic appliances

• S crap metal, small car parts and lawn mowers

• Motor oil and engine blocks

• Safely wrapped and labelled glass and china • Tied branches and prunings (kept separate from other materials) • Timber (no longer than 1.5 metres and no more than 10 pieces) • Whitegoods including washing machines, stoves and fridges (fridge doors must be removed)

•M  attresses and bed bases (maximum of two) • E mpty paint tins (lids removed) • Bicycles (You can also donate bikes to Council’s Bikes4Life program. Simply drop your bike off the Whitehorse Recycling and Waste Centre and it will be passed on to someone in need.) 

• General garden waste (other than branches and prunings), soil or earth • Household waste or recyclables

• Building and renovation materials including rubble or fences • Asbestos and other hazardous waste • Gas cylinders • Household chemicals and pesticides

Thursday 22 February 7pm-8.30pm Whitehorse Centre, rear of 379 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading Bookings: www.shadyedibles.

HARD WASTE ETIQUETTE • Wait until you have made a booking and been given a collection date and “booked” sticker before you place any items out on the kerbside. •W  ait until the weekend before your assigned date to place items out on the kerbside. • Place the “booked” sticker clearly on one item in your hard waste pile facing the road. • Present your hard waste in a neat and compact pile so that it does not become an eyesore.

• Do not rummage through your neighbour's hard waste collection pile as this often leaves an unsightly mess across the nature strip. • Do not present more than three cubic metres of waste for collection, or any items that cannot be easily lifted by two people.

Whitehorse Councillor Tina Liu said that items collected as part of the hard waste service are either recycled (particularly metals and bundled branches) or sent to landfill.


To book a collection, simply call Council’s contractor WM Waste Management Services on 9721 1915.

• Do not add to a neighbour’s booked hard waste collection pile without their consent.


"If your items can be reused, perhaps consider other options such as using Council’s Renew service in May, using an online trading site or donating to a local charity," Cr Liu said.


More information

Cr Tina Liu places a "booked" sticker onto her hard waste collection.


One of the most challenging spots in any garden is shade. Karen Sutherland will share her top tips for turning this challenge into an opportunity. Discover shade loving edibles that will give you aromatic and useful foliage and unusual fruits.

Whitehorse residents are being reminded to only use their domestic waste and recycling bins to dispose of household waste and recycling.

Come along to be in the running to take home a shade loving plant. This event is part of the Whitehorse Tree Education Program and the National Sustainable Living Festival. Hard-Waste.html Renew.html

Nature Play (for pre-schoolers)

SOUNDS OF NATURE Tuesday 20 February, 10am-11 am Yarran Dheran Nature Reserve Ashburton Drive, Mitcham Bookings: parkswidewhitehorse.

Pre-schoolers are invited to explore the sounds of nature. How are these sounds made? Who makes them? Come along and listen to different sounds of the bush. The children will also explore how objects from the bush can make different sounds and music.

Public litter bins should never be used for domestic waste. Council provides three bin options for kerbside waste services as well as drop off services at the Whitehorse Recycling and Waste Centre. If you are frequently overfilling your bins and are tempted to illegally dump your rubbish in public litter bins, here are some tips for reducing your household waste: • reduce your waste by composting at home • increase the size of your rubbish collection service by upsizing or adding bins. For example, if you think you can recycle more, add an additional recycling bin •E  xcess recyclable materials can also be dropped off for free at the Whitehorse Recycling and Waste Centre. More information Waste-Services.html


Family, young people and health


March Parenting Information Forum

Transition from Kindergarten to Primary School


oving from kindergarten to primary school is a time of excitement for children and their families.

To make the transition a smooth one, Council is again running the popular Transition from Kindergarten to Primary School Parenting Information Forum, led by an education expert. The forum will explore: • How do I know if my child is ready for school? • Will they be bored if we wait another year? • How do we choose a primary school? • What can we do to prepare our child for this major transition? When: Tuesday 27 March, 7.30pm-9.30pm (registration from 7pm) Where: Waratah Room, Whitehorse Centre, 379 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading (rear of the Nunawading Library) Bookings essential: Cost: $2 donation payable on the night Please note we are unable to accommodate children in this forum.

More information 9262 6175



ave you ever wished for flexible, short-term childcare that allowed you to fit in a quick workout and a quiet, child-free coffee afterwards? Or simply run a few errands? Aqualink Box Hill and Aqualink Nunawading offer both those options, with flexible crèche and occasional care services available for members and non-members.

out of car seats, interrupt their sleep patterns or rush at a lightening pace to get everything done.


Members can book one week in advance and non-members can ring after 6pm the night before.

The registered crèche facilities at Aqualink Nunawading and Aqualink Box Hill have three sessions from 9am to 1pm which coincide with popular group fitness classes, allowing you to come in and complete your exercise knowing your children are well cared for and having fun. Occasional Care

Cr Sharon Ellis with local five year old Gabriel, who started prep this year.

FEBRUARY IMMUNISATIONS Council provides free vaccinations against infectious diseases for children from 6 weeks to 19 years of age and a limited range of vaccines for eligible adults.

There is a maximum of 15 hours per week, per child. Children aged six weeks up to primary school age are welcome. More information

Occasional care, which also operates from 9am to 1pm, gives you the opportunity to leave the centre while your children are cared for. You can take this time to do all those errands that pile up, without having to get children in and

Whitehorse Civic Centre (Willis Room), 379 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading •6  , 16 and 28 February – 9.15am-10.45am • 8 February – 6pm-7.30pm

Box Hill South Family Centre 1228A Riversdale Road (Rotary Court), Box Hill South

More information 9262 6197 Immunisation.html

•7  and 22 February – 9.15am-10.45am • 15 February – 6pm-7.30pm

Burgess Family Centre 15 Barwon Street, Box Hill North

No Jab No Pay As a result of the new No Jab No Pay legislation, the National Immunisation Program (NIP) eligibility criteria has changed. All individuals 0 to 19 years of age can now receive free catch up


vaccinations under the NIP regardless of their Medicare status. For all enquiries about the No Jab No Pay legislation please call the Families and Parent Line on 13 61 50.

• 21 February – 9.15am-10.45am • 27 February – 6pm-7.30pm

Vermont South Community House Karobran Drive, Vermont South • 13 February – 9.15am-10.45am

Did you know that Whitehorse City Council uses a free app to communicate all the latest news on local family events, programs, immunisation, parenting information forums, maternal and child health, Aqualink’s occasional care and information on parenting youth? Flexibuzz is easy to download onto any portable device and can also be accessed via a PC. Download Flexibuzz in your app store, register and then search for Whitehorse City Council and select the categories that relate to you.

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Below: Whitehorse Mayor Councillor Davenport, with members of Council's Youth Representative Council and Flying Pig Events, at Youth ConneXions.


id you know that Council operates a fun and safe drop in centre for young people aged 12-25 years? Youth ConneXions is an information, support and referral centre based at Box Hill Central shopping centre, offering a comfortable and supportive environment. Friendly youth workers are available to help, answer questions or simply have a chat.

• Information and advice on youth issues •R  eferrals to a range of services including accommodation, health and wellbeing, drug and alcohol counselling, legal and financial support. Youth ConneXions is at Box Hill Central Shopping Centre, Main Street, Box Hill (take the lift up next to Platform 3 café). The centre is open weekdays from 1pm to 5pm. No appointment is necessary, just drop in.

Services are free and include: • Computers, internet, Wi-Fi, phone, fax and photocopier


Take lift up to Level 1


• Hot and cold drinks •M  usical instruments and recording facilities


• T able tennis, pool table, games and space to relax

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•R  esume writing and job seeking assistance •G  eneral personal support

More Information Search Youth ConneXions on Facebook CARRINGTON ROAD



Professional tutors are on hand every Thursday during school terms at Box Hill Library as part of the Whitehorse Homework Support Program, Cruzin’ Study.


The program gives young people aged 12-25 years assistance in a range of subjects including English, history, maths, science and humanities.

Sportlink's art, music and dance classes give children the chance to explore their every interest under the one roof. Here are some of the highlights:

Cruzin’ Study also provides access to computers for research and writing, Wi-Fi, printing and photocopying, and free snacks to keep the brain cells firing.

Boogiebubs Creative Dance Classes (Ages 2-5 years)

Secondary school, TAFE and university students and young people from other educational institutions are welcome. The program is open to young people who live, work or study in Whitehorse or have a significant connection to the municipality. This is an initiative of Whitehorse City Council and the Whitehorse Manningham Library Corporation.

ou may be surprised, considering its name, that Sportlink offers children much more than sport!

Tuesdays, 9.30am-10am

Delivered by expert dance instructors, Boogiebubs Creative Dance Classes allow children to discover dance while developing their fundamental motor skills, confidence and social skills. Classes are run to rhymes, action songs and commercial dance music. Mr Kool Art Academy (Ages 4-5 years) Saturdays, 1.30pm-2.30pm

For many children, drawing is not only a hobby but also a great way to learn how to expand their imagination and creativity. At the same time, it helps youngsters to observe the ordinary in their everyday lives and make it extraordinary. Whitehorse School of Physical Culture (Girls 3 years+)

More information

Monday and Wednesday afternoons

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Physical Culture is a fusion of dance and sport and is a fantastic activity for girls

of all ages. ‘Whitehorse Physie’ teaches a mix of dance styles including modern dance, jazz, ballet, contemporary and some elements of hip hop. Also at Sportlink: School Term Programs 4.30pm-5.30pm during school term: • Badminton – Tuesdays • Futsal (Indoor Soccer) – Wednesdays • Table Tennis – Fridays Multi-sport classes for pre-schoolers: • Sporteka - Thursday mornings • Kelly Mini Sports – Friday mornings More information



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Friday 27 April, 8pm Saturday 28 April, 2pm and 8pm

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC Friday 9 March, 7.30pm Saturday 10 March, 1.30pm and 7.30pm Starring Nadine Garner and John O’May, this Stephen Sondheim musical takes you to midsummer in Sweden. An ageing actress, a married virgin, a divinity student and a buffoonish count are drawn into a tangled and hilarious web of love affairs. Featuring a lush score including A Weekend In The Country, Liaisons and the ever-popular Send In The Clowns. HART Thursday 22 March, 8pm Friday 23 March, 8pm Using testimonials from the Stolen Generations, Noongar man Ian Michael invites you to listen in on the silenced stories of his country. Patron Advice: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander audiences are warned that this production contains images of deceased persons.

Glorious! is the hilarious true story of the world’s worst opera singer Florence Foster Jenkins. In the 1940s, Florence was the singer everyone wanted to see. She paid scant attention to her critics and would screech and warble to her audiences, most falling about with laughter. This heart-warming comedy moves from Florence’s early recitals to her ultimate triumph at New York’s Carnegie Hall. SHIRLEY VALENTINE Friday 22 June, 8pm Saturday 23 June 2pm and 8pm Inside Mrs Joe Bradshaw is the former Shirley Valentine longing to emerge. When her best friend wins a vacation for two to Greece, Shirley grasps the opportunity to head for the sun and leave her current drudgery behind to re-find herself, follow her dreams and gain a new lease on life. HOTEL SORRENTO

Jurassica is a story of family, migration, language and growing old. Ralph and Sara migrated from Tuscany in the 1950s to suburban Moorabbin. Their migration and relationship with their children is beautifully explored in a play about the importance of family. THE WHARF REVUE Thursday 27 September, 8pm Friday 28 September, 8pm Saturday 29 September, 2pm and 8pm Indefatigable kings of comedy Jonathan Biggins and Drew Forsythe are sorcerers of satire and masters of mockery. The pair are back in the saddle and gearing up for another glorious year of political satire. So, politicians take cover and pundits stand back, because there will be songs, dance and some very funny impressions.

Friday Saturd FOUR SEASONS IN ONE NIGHT Friday 23 February, 8pm Saturday 24 February, 2pm Relive the sensational Four Seasons in One Night when Bobby Fox returns by popular demand to open Season 2018. In a celebration of the incredible music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Bobby provides a firsthand insight into the world of this legendary man and his band. THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE Saturday 7 April, 2pm and 8pm Award winning actor and singer Philip Gould is joined by the very funny, highly acclaimed Brian Hannan and international soprano Alison Rae Jones in this feel-good musical comedy. Buckle up for all the great musical delights and comedic escapades that have had audiences on their feet with applause and laughter for over 100 years.

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Friday 21 September, 8pm Saturday 22 September, 8pm An unmissable concert experience about the making of Australian icon John Farnham. Journey with Australian vocal superstar Luke Kennedy (The Voice) and his world-class band on a musical odyssey featuring John Farnham’s songs including Playing To Win, One, Don't You Know It’s Magic and Please Don’t Ask Me, as well as smash hits Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head, Sadie, and You’re The Voice. COLE

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ndary High Priestess of the Flute Rutter joins forces with stars of a Australia, soprano Taryn Fiebig baritone Jud Arthur, to bring an enchanted evening of romantic and songs from opera, operetta music theatre. The program res works by Mozart, enet, Offenbach, ni, Donizetti, Strauss, er and Loewe, hwin, Cole Porter, and rs and Hammerstein.

A life of hedonism, grave misfortune, enduring love and a legacy that sparkles with wit and wisdom is the extraordinary life of Cole Porter, beautifully explored in this tour de force performance. Helpmann award winner Michael Griffiths explores the colourful life and timeless songs of Cole Porter including You’re The Top, It’s De-Lovely, Let’s Do It and Night And Day.



Tuesday 10 April, 10.30am Suitable for children 8-12 years

Tuesday 25 September 10am and 12pm Suitable for children 3-7 years

A funny, fake-bloody tale of greed and power. Macdeth is a Shakespearian treat performed in an immediate and accessible style. Get set for a funny, cautionary tale that combines Shakespeare’s rich language with a healthy dose of invention and idiocy. Experience Shakespeare unplugged and re-wired, performed with stupidity and skill! Macdeth is the perfect show for children and adults who love the classics with a twist.

One of the most famous and widely read children’s books of all time, The Very Hungry Caterpillar emerges off the page in a masterful theatrical experience for the whole family. This Australian-made show is a delightful and timeless classic for all generations.  

3 SPEED CRUNCH BOX REBOOTED Tuesday 10 July, 10.30am Suitable for children 4-12 years The world-touring, crazy stunt people from Dislocate are bringing their brand new show to Whitehorse. In this hilarious story of a family of outlandish stunt people, expect impressive aerobatics and spectacular circus tricks.


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SUBSCRIBING CAN BE WILD! • Great savings! The more theatre shows selected in the season the more money saved.

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General news



ouncil’s Think Local Buy Local program continues throughout 2018, shining a spotlight on the benefits of buying locally, such as improved job security and helping to maintain a sustainable, vibrant community.

This month we focus on Mitcham-based online business, Jacana Kids.


he exciting Boost program is back in 2018 with a series of workshops and seminars designed to assist, grow and boost your business.

Run by best friends Jacqui Di Benedetto and Ana Garcia, the business is now 18 months old and is “a unique online kids clothing label which raises money for organisations that support kids with disabilities and special needs”, Jacqui said. “We use kids’ drawings to design clothing which we sell online and at markets. We also hold workshops for kids where they design their own t-shirts and backpacks using non-toxic products on 100 per cent cotton ethically made products.

2018 topics include: • Effective business networking • Tapping into tourism • Keeping the right staff • Small business mentoring

“Our company donates 50 per cent of its profits to chosen charities which we change every year.”

• Attracting customers through creative retail merchandising design

Last year, the chosen charity was Yoralla Inner East Services, and this year the charity is Vision Australia.

• How to Increase traffic to your website

The inspiration for Jacana Kids – the business name is a combination of Jacqui and Ana’s names – came when Jacqui discovered her son Dominic, now three, was born with a number of disabilities, including vision impairment and speech difficulties.

All events have a maximum capacity, so register early to avoid disappointment. The full program of events will be featured in the March edition of the Whitehorse News. More information and to book

As a member of Council’s Think Local Buy Local campaign, Jacana Kids aims to support local charities, and will soon begin working with local suppliers and raise awareness with local Whitehorse shoppers.

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“We want to reach out to as many people as possible and make them aware of our cause and belief in creating a brighter future for kids with disabilities and special needs. We are not just another kids’ clothing brand, we want to be known for the meaning behind our label,” Jacqui said. Businesses are encouraged to support the campaign by displaying a Think Local Buy Local sticker in a prominent location on their shopfront. Shoppers then have a visual reminder of the need to support local business.



balcony collapse in Doncaster East late last year has highlighted the importance of the safe construction and maintenance of balconies.

Property owners are reminded that a building permit is required when undertaking any structural works, such as the construction of a balcony or deck. Once the building permit is obtained and the works are completed to the satisfaction of a building surveyor, it remains the property owner’s responsibility to ensure the balcony or deck is well maintained. Depending on construction material and location, balconies can be impacted by termites, wet-rot, loadings and other weathering effects. As a safety measure, property owners should conduct yearly maintenance checks, looking for any signs of damage or potential collapse. If you identify any problem areas, it is recommended that you stop using the balcony until the damage can be inspected and a maintenance plan developed by a qualified engineer or building surveyor. Some things that homeowners and tenants should look out for, include: •

Puddles of water at the base of posts or on the deck or balcony surface

Rotting or loose balustrades/handrails and loose or rusted brackets and bolts

Cracked concrete or signs of leaning and cracked or weak mortar, or dislodged brickwork/masonry

The Victorian Building Authority also recommends using a registered builder or a structural engineer to conduct maintenance checks and repairs to balconies and decks, including balustrades.

Before you entertain on a deck or balcony think about the reasonable number of people that the structure can support. The deck may not have been designed to accommodate larger groups of people or dynamic activities, such as dancing, which can impose a significant additional load. Before starting work on the project, builders should talk to the homeowners to understand how they intend to use the deck or balcony and whether they plan on placing heavy items such as pot plants, barbecues, large tables and furniture on the structure. This extra weight may require the size of the footings, supporting members or fixings to be increased.

More information Victorian Building Authority 1300 815 127

Whitehorse businesses can request a Think Local Buy Local sticker by contacting the Investment and Economic Development Unit on 9262 6333 or More information

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加可持續美食佳釀博覽會,時間為上 辦多元文化社區慶祝活動, l sito Web del Comune di Whitehorse è ora più facile da accedere 午10點至下午4點,地點在博士上市 時間為3月15日星期天中午12點 per la comunità grazie all'introduzione di ReadSpeaker. Con Road, 政廳,地址:1022 Whitehorse 至下午5點,地點在納納瓦丁市 un semplice clic, ora si possono ascoltare tutte le pagine web o Box Hill。博覽會上有烹飪表演、比 政中心草坪上,地址:379-397 tradurre il testo in molte lingue diverse, tra cui cinese (mandarino), 賽、品嘗和購買可持續美食佳釀及其 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading。歡 italiano, giapponese, coreano e spagnolo. 他產品,還有兒童活動及其他活動。 迎大家來欣賞精彩的世界音樂舞蹈 表演,屆時有美食、社區攤位、免 Il capodanno cinese è sabato 17 febbraio dalle 11 alle 23 in centro a Box Hill. Il 3月份可開始遞交社區撥款申請。如果 festival propone musica, canti e balli della 您屬于一個為白馬市社區服務的非盈 nostra comunità locale, oltre a giochi, 費畫臉譜、乘坐游戲、蹦蹦城堡、 giostre, spettacoli di petardi e bancarelle che vendono souvenir e cose da mangiare 文化游戲,還有小尼克、探險者朵 利組織,您也許有資格申領撥款。聯 deliziose. 拉、蒂亞戈加油中的人物出場! 絡市政府了解詳情。 Siete invitati a condividere le vostre opinioni su come si cammina e si va in bicicletta a Whitehorse al primo Active Transport Forum che terrá il Comune mercoledì 21 febbraio presso il Whitehorse Centre, sul retro di 379 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading. Basta presentarsi in qualsiasi momento tra le 17:00 e le 19:00. Non è necessario confermare la propria presenza.

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TΚαι την Κυριακή 29 Μαρτίου υτό το μήνα ο Δήμος γιορτάζει ε την εισαγωγή του ReadSpeaker είναι πλέον ευκολότερη η συναντήσετε μας στο Sustainable Food την πολυπολιτισμική σας πρόσβαση της κοινότητας στον ιστότοπο του Δήμου Whitehorse. and Wine Fair από τις 10πμ μέχρι κοινότητα στο Global Fiesta την Μ’ ένα απλό ‘κλικ’ μπορείτε τώρα να ακούτε όλες τις ιστοσελίδες ή να τις 4μμ στο Δημαρχείο του Box Hill, Κυριακή 15 Μαρτίου απόσε τιςπολλές 12 το διαφορετικές μεταφράζετε το κείμενο γλώσσες, όπως κινέζικα 1022 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill. Το μεσημέρι μέχρι τις 5μμ στους κήπους (μανδαρινικά), ιταλικά, γιαπωνέζικα, κορεάτικα και ισπανικά. πανηγύρι θα παρουσιάσει επίδειξη Nunawading Civic Centre, 379-397 Το Κινέζικο Νέο Έτος Nunawading. εορτάζεται το Σάββατο 17 Φεβρουαρίου από τις 11 π.μ. – 11 μ.μ. μαγειρικής, διαγωνισμούς, βιώσιμο Whitehorse Road, στο κεντρικό Box Hill. Το φεστιβάλ περιλαμβάνει μουσική, τραγούδια και χορούς από φαγητό, κρασί και προϊόντα για δοκιμή Ελάτε και απολαύστε συναρπαστικές την τοπική κοινότητά μας, καθώς επίσης παιχνίδια, λούνα παρκ, πυροτεχνήματα και και αγορά, δραστηριότητες παιδιών και παραστάσεις παγκόσμιας μουσικής πάγκους πώλησης σουβενίρ και υπέροχων φαγητών. άλλα. και χορού, γευστική κουζίνα, Σας προσκαλούμε να μοιραστείτε τις σκέψεις Επίσης σας για οι το αιτήσεις περπάτημα την κοινοτικά περίπτερα, δωρεάν βαφή γιακαι κοινοτικές ποδηλασία στο Whitehorse στογια πρώτο Φόρουμ Ενεργούς Συγκοινωνίας τουτον Δήμου, προσώπων, βόλτες, κάστρο Επιχορηγήσεις θα ανοίξουν Μάρτιο. την Τετάρτη 21 Φεβρουαρίου στο Whitehorse Centre, από την πίσω είσοδο του 379 άλματα, πολιτισμικά παιχνίδια και Αν είστε με ομάδα μη κερδοσκοπικού Whitehorse Road, Nunawading. Περάστε οποιαδήποτε ώρα μεταξύ 5 μ.μ. και 7 μ.μ. ειδική παρουσίαση από τον Nick χαρακτήρα που παρέχει υπηρεσίες Δεν χρειάζεται κράτηση. Jr.s Dora τον Εξερευνητή και τον Go στην Κοινότητα του Whitehorse Diego Go! μπορεί να δικαιούστε επιχορήγηση.

दफर रसववार 29 मार्क को हमारे िाथि Box ि महीने काउं सिल Nunawading eadSpeaker 的推出讓社區更易於瀏覽白馬市政府網站,您只 Hill Town Hall, 1022 Whitehorse Road, Civic Centre lawns, 379-397 Box Hill पर िुबह 10 बजे िे लेकर शाम Whitehorse Road, Nunawading पर 需點擊一下便可以收聽所有網頁內容,或將文本翻譯成多種語 4 बजे तक रलने वाले िुससथिर खाद्य-पिाथि्क रसववार 15 मार्क को िोपहर 12 बजे िे 言,包括中文(普通話)、意大利文、日文、韓文和西班牙文。 एवं वाइन मेले (िसटेनेबल फू ड एंड वाइन लेकर शाम 5 बजे तक गलोबल फीएसट पर फे यर) में भाग लें। इि मेले में खाना पकाने की हमारे बहु-िां स ककृ सतक िमु ि ाय का िमारोह 農歷新年慶祝活動將於2月17日星期六上午11時至晚上11時在Box प्रिश्कसनयाँ, प्रसतयोसगताएँ, नमूने के तौर पर मना रही है। ककृ पया पधारें और सवश्व िंगीत Hill中心舉行。節目包括由本區各界表演音樂歌舞,並且有各種遊 एवं नकृतय के रोरक प्रिश्कनों, मुह ँ में पानी लाने खाने के सलए िुससथिर खाद्य-पिाथि्क, वाइन और 戲、遊樂設施、爆竹展示和銷售紀念品和美味食品的市場攤位。 उतपाि, बच्ों की गसतसवसधयाँ तथिा और भी वाले व्ंजनों, िामुिासयक सटालों, सन:शुलक फे ि पेंटटंग, झूलों, जम्पंग कॉिल, िांसककृ सतक कई काय्ककलाप शासमल होंगे। 歡迎您在2月21日(星期三)下午五時至七時之間前往白馬中心 खेलों और सनक जूसनयि्क डोरा दि एकिपलोरर िामुिासयक अनुिान आवेिन (क्युसनटी गांट (Nunawading區白馬路379號後面)出席由白馬市政府首次舉辦的 और गो सडएगो गो की सवशेि उपससथिसत का एपलीके शन) भी मार्क में खुलेंगे। यदि आप 活躍交通座談會來分享您對步行和踩單車的看法,無須預先通知您 आननि लें! दकिी लाभ-सनरपेक्ष िमूह का भाग हैं जो 是否會出席。 वहाइटहॉि क्युसनटी को िेवाएँ प्रिान करता




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Poiकेdomenica 29 marzo सिटी unitevi uesto mese il eadSpeaker कीComune शुरूआत के कारण िमुदाय सिए Whitehorse काउंaसिि noiगईalla del cibo e del vino अब nostra कीcelebra वेबिाइटlaतक पहुँचcomunità अब असिक आिान हो है। Fiera एक आिान स्िक के िाथ, dalle 10 alle 16कोररयन presso और la multiculturale della आप िभी वेबपेज़ोंinकोoccasione िुन िकते हैं या चीनी (मेंsostenibili डररन), इटासियन, जापानी, Hillअनु Town 1022 Global 15 marzo सपेसनशनFiesta िसहत domenica कई अिग-अिग भाषाओं में टे्Box िट का वाद Hall, कर िकते हैं।Whitehorse Road, Box Hill. Durante la fiera ci dalle 12 alle 17 sul prato del Centro िेंट्रि Box Hill में शसनवार 17 फरवरी िुबह 11 बजेsaranno िे िेकर रात 11 बजे तक चीनी नववष्ष मनाया dimostrazioni di cucina, gare, civico di Nunawading (Nunawading जाएगा। इि तययौहार में हमारे सथानीय िमुदाय की ओर िे िंगीत और नाच-गाना शासमि होगा, cibi, vino e prodotti sostenibili da Civic Centre), 379-397 Whitehorse िाथ ही गेमि, राइडि, पटाखों की प्रदश्षनी और समाररकाएुँ और सवाददष्ट भोजन बेचने वािे माकके ट assaggiare e comprare, attività per Road, Nunawading. Venite a सटटॉि शासमि होंगे। bambini e altro. godervi spettacoli emozionanti Whitehorse Centre, rear 379 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading पर बुिवार 21 फरवरी di musica e balli etnici, cucina Da marzo si possono anche presentare को काउं सिि के पहिे एस्टव ट्रांिपोट्ष फोरम पर पैदि यात्ा करने और िाइदकि चिाने के िंबंि में appetitosa, stand comunitari, le domande अपने सवचार िांझे करने के सिए आपको आमंसत्त दकया जाता है। शामper को i5Contributi बजे िे 7 बजे के बीच pittura del viso gratuita, corse, un comunitari. Se fate parte di un gruppo दकिी भी िमय पिारें । RSVP करने की ज़रूरत नहीं है। castello gonfiabile, giochi culturali no-profit che fornisce servizi alla e la partecipazione straordinaria di Comunità di Whitehorse potete avere Dora the Explorer e Go Diego Go di diritto a un contributo. Contattate il Nick Jr! Comune per maggiori informazioni.


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đó đến ngày sử Chủdụng Nhật 29 tháng Ba hãy háng Hội đồng Thành phố hờnày có ReadSpeaker, giờ sẽ đây cộngSau đồng có thể trang mạng tham gia cùng chúng tôi tại Hội chợ Thức chào mừng cộng đồng đa văn của Hội các đồng Thành phố Whitehorse dễ dàng hơn. Chỉ cần bấm một ăn và Rượu Trường tồn từ 10 giờ sáng đến hóa tạithể Lễ hội Global cáicủa là chúng quý vịtacó nghe nộiFiesta dung tất4 cả trang hoặc dịchBox vănHill, bản giờcác chiều tại Tòa Thị chính 1022 vào ngày Chủ nhật 15 Tháng Ba từ 12 sang nhiều ngôn ngữ khác nhau, kể Whitehorse cả tiếng Hoa (tiếng Quan Thoại), Road, Box Hill. Hội chợ sẽ có giờtiếng trưa đến 5 giờNhật, chiều tại sân cỏ Trung Ý, tiếng tiếng Hàn Quốc và tiếng Ban những đặcTây điểm nhưNha. trình diễn nấu nướng, tâm Sinh hoạt Nunawading số 379-397 các cuộc tranh tài, thức ăn, rượu và các sản Lễ hội Tết Nguyên đán năm nay là vào Thứ Bảy ngày 17 tháng 2 từ 11 giờ sáng đến 11 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading. Hãy đến phẩm được nuôi trồng theo cách bảo vệ giờ tối ở ngay trung tâm Box Hill. Lễ hội nàymôi sẽ có các màn biểungười diễn nếm âm nhạc, camua, hát trường để mọi thử và chung vui và thưởng thức các màn trình và nhảy múa của cộng đồng địa phương chúng ta cùng các trò chơi, cưỡi giải trí, đốt các sinh hoạt cho thiếu nhi và nhiều thứ diễn sôivà động nhạc khiêu pháo gianâm hàng đồvà lưu niệmvũvàthế thức ăn ngon. khác nữa. giới, các thức ăn hấp dẫn, các gian hàng Chúng tôi mời quý vị đóng góp ý kiến về điChương xe đạp Whitehorse tại Diễn Cấpở khoản Cộng đồng cũng cộng đồng, vẽ mặt miễn phí, các trò chơi, bộ và đitrình đàn Đi bộ Đi xe đạp đầu tiên của Hội đồng Thành phốxin vào Thứ Tháng Tư ngày tháng nhận đơn trong Ba.21Nếu quý2vịtại là lâu đài hơi để nhảy nhót, các trò chơi văn một nhóm bất Nunawading. vụ lợi cung cấpĐến các bất dịchcứvụlúc Trung tâm Whitehorse, phía sau số 379 Whitehorse Road, hóa và sự xuất hiện đặc biệt của Dora the cho Cộng đồng Whitehorse, quý vị có thể nào từ 5 giờ chiều đến 7 giờ tối. Không cần phải hồi đáp. Explorer của Nick Jr. và Go Diego Go! đủ điều kiện để nhận cấp khoản. Xin liên lạc với Hội đồng Thành phố để biết thêm chi tiết.




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Per contattare il Comune


If you require interpreting assistance to contact Council, phone the free Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450. Tell the operator the language you speak and then ask to be connected to Whitehorse City Council on (03) 9262 6333.

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Se avete bisogno dell’assistenza di un interprete per contattare il Comune, telefonate al Servizio gratuito di Traduzione e Interpretariato al numero 131 450. Dite all’operatore quale lingua parlate e poi chiedete di mettervi in contatto con il Whitehorse City Council al numero (03) 9262 6333.

Nếu quý vị cần thông dịch viên giúp đỡ để liên lạc với Hội đồng Thành phố, xin gọi điện thoại cho Dịch vụ Thông Phiên Dịch miễn phí qua số 131 450. Nói cho nhân viên trực tổng đài biết ngôn ngữ quý vị sử dụng và nhờ họ nối đường dây với Hội đồng Thành phố Whitehorse qua số (03) 9262 6333.

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Ward news


These pages aim to provide you with an insight into projects and activities that your Ward Councillors are involved in. CENTRAL WARD Cr Andrew Munroe 0429 138 140

Cr Denise Massoud 0409 230 499

By Cr Denise Massoud

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year break. Responsible pet ownership For dog owners, our pet dogs are special members of our families. In hot weather do consider providing opportunities to keep your pets cool, especially on the very hot days. In off-lead areas, dogs still need to be managed by their owners so that they

socialise in a friendly manner and do not bother other people and pets. Last November, Council committed to discuss with Melbourne Water the potential use of retarding basin land for off-lead dog areas. Retarding basin land is a low lying area set aside to temporarily store stormwater during high rainfall. Masons Road retarding basin has been substantially re-vegetated by the community with further plantings planned. This is already an off-lead area for dogs and is an example of how retarding basin land can be used by the community. Blackburn Lake Visitors’ Centre Blackburn Lake Visitors’ Centre is not currently open to the public due to works in the display area. This is an exciting project which will support the community and the education program, which is highly

sought after by schools and community groups. The Visitors’ Centre should reopen around the end of May. Blackburn Lake is highly prized by our community. I encourage you to take a picnic with family or friends and enjoy a leisurely walk around Blackburn Lake and see the wonderful native vegetation and wildlife it offers.

Below: DG Malcolm Chiverton, Mahesha Peiris, Thanushi Peiris (speaker), Cr Denise Massoud and President Bill Marsh at the Forest Hill Rotary Youth Achievement Awards awarded to 12 grade 6 children from 12 primary schools.

Shake at the Lake Blackburn Lake is also one of the destinations for our Swing Pop Boom series. Come to Shake at the Lake on Sunday 25 March from 2pm to 5pm and enjoy a dance-filled day out in the park! Featuring swing, jazz and Irish music, there is something for everyone so put it in your calendar.

ELGAR WARD Cr Tina Liu 0418 121 357

Cr Blair Barker 0459 857 280

By Cr Tina Liu

Lending a hand at The Barn Along with Rotary MASH members, friends and Whitehorse Rotaracts, I had the pleasure of taking part in and assisting with the Christmas and New Year First Friday Dinner at The Barn in Box Hill. Organised by Rotary MASH, this monthly initiative aims to offer

additional meals for those in need in our community. It was great working alongside the Rotary volunteers to assist hands-on and provide an avenue where members of the community can convene in a friendly and welcoming environment for a healthy, Barn-prepped meal. Council Update At the December meeting, Council passed two motions on matters which relate to the Elgar Ward. Motion one included Council’s official position that it does not support Yarra Valley Water locating the proposed recycled water plant on Whitehorse-owned land. The second motion was in relation to the North East link – that Council does not support option A and is requesting more information from the North East Link

Authority regarding the project and its potential impact on Whitehorse. I have been receiving correspondence from Elgar Ward and Whitehorse residents regarding these two matters and I share similar concerns. As we tackle these issues moving forward, I will continue to work with our community so that our views are duly represented. Please feel free to get in touch. Celebrating the Year of the Dog Box Hill will once again come alive for the vibrant and colourful Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations to usher in the Year of the Dog on Saturday 17 February (11am11pm) in central Box Hill. Come along and enjoy the market stalls, lion dancing and entertainment – hope to you see there! All the best and until next time, Tina

Above: Cr Tina Liu (centre) with Rotary MASH members (inc. President Jan Cook in red) and friends at The Barn for the First Friday Dinner of the new year.

MORACK WARD Cr Bill Bennett 0409 195 530

Cr Raylene Carr 0400 886 889

By Cr Raylene Carr

Council budget In December, the Minister for Local Government announced the rate cap for the 2018/19 financial year to be 2.25 per cent. This rate will form the basis of our budget discussions which are well underway with Cr Bennett and myself nominating several capital works projects relative to the Morack Ward.

North East Link You would have heard of the North East Link Authority (NELA) and their proposal to more than double the width of the Eastern Freeway. I strongly encourage all residents to log onto and analyse the effect this will have on Whitehorse. It is very disappointing the authority decided to go with Option A without holding any consultation sessions in Whitehorse. Last December, Council passed a motion to reject Option A and seek further information on the impact the project will have on open space and traffic within Whitehorse. Council will be closely monitoring this development including seeking information about impacts on traffic and on properties, including noise levels, and

other negative impacts we fear will be of concern to the surrounding Whitehorse community. Johnson– Manning Cricket Trophy In January, Blackburn South Cricket Club and Cr Carr (front) with players competing Forest Hill Cricket for the Johnson–Manning Cricket Trophy. Club played off for the Johnson–Manning Trophy. team members played this game. Thanks The Blackburn South Cobras proved to be the better team on the day losing just seven wickets for 143 runs while the Forest Hill Zebras were all out for 135 runs. It was great to see the spirit in which all

guys for a very enjoyable afternoon. Cr Bennett and I extend our very best wishes for a safe, healthy and prosperous New Year. Until next time.

Ward news



The views expressed are those of individual Councillors and do not necessarily reflect Council policy or the views of Council as a whole. RIVERSDALE WARD Cr Sharon Ellis 0419 397 194

Cr Andrew Davenport (Mayor) 0407 652 145

By Cr Andrew Davenport

Budget 2018/2019 The planning for the 2018/2019 Budget is underway. The good news is that the average rate increase has been capped at 2.25 per cent, however as properties are being re-valued this year, if you have experienced strong property prices, your rates may increase more than 2.25 per cent. On the other hand, if you have experienced weak property prices, your

rates may not increase at all. I see my role on Council as working hard towards the goal of having Council continue to provide quality services to our community. Chinese New Year The Asian Business Association of Whitehorse is hosting the Box Hill Chinese New Year Festival Celebration at Box Hill Mall. Central Box Hill will be filled with food, music and a spectacular traditional parade during the 12 hour event running from 11am-11pm on 17 February. Whitehorse City Council is proud to once again support the Asian Business Association of Whitehorse in this great event. Victoria Walks Walking is one of the main recreation activities undertaken by Whitehorse residents

in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Over the New Year period, I have undertaken a number of walks with my family, one of my favourites being Gardiners Creek trail which passes through much of Riversdale Ward. I found the Walking Maps website particularly useful in finding walks outside Whitehorse. The website is located at The website allows members of the public to provide details of walks. I encourage you to participate and document your favourite walks within Whitehorse.

Know your Council Website The Know Your Council website is an opportunity for you to access consistent information about the performance of Victorian councils. The latest information on Whitehorse’s performance was released in November 2017 and it was pleasing to see that Whitehorse provides many services at a lower cost than comparable councils, which is one of the reasons why Whitehorse has the second lowest rates within metropolitan Melbourne. The Know Your Council website is at

SPRINGFIELD WARD Cr Ben Stennett 0448 375 937

Council's Tree Education Officer will be our special guest speaker on 26 February. North East Link

Cr Prue Cutts 0409 867 540

By Cr Ben Stennett

Ward Forums You are invited to attend one of our community forums in February. Please come along on either Saturday 17 February or Monday 26 February. Both are being held in the Willis Room at the Civic Centre from 10am. This is an opportunity to hear from your Ward Councillors, and raise and discuss any local matters important to you.

Council has recently formally opposed the state government proposal to construct the North East Link Option A. Of the four options proposed by the government, this is the one that has drawn the most criticism from a number of councils in the eastern region including Banyule, Boroondara and Manningham. Council has met with representatives of the North East Link. It is my hope that Council will work with the community and other local councils who oppose option A to send the government a strong message. Option A will involve a freeway from the end of the M80 Ring Road South to the



ome based business Baking Mummas has been nominated for Council’s 5-Star Food Safety Focus this month. The business, which specialises in celebration cakes, has been acknowledged for outstanding standards in food hygiene and safety. Linda Pellegrino from Baking Mummas is now in the running for the Food Premises of the Year award. 5 Star Safety Information Now Online Find out which local food businesses have a 5-star rating by visiting Council’s new e-portal at More information 9262 6197

Spotlight on... Baking Mummas Home based business in Blackburn North 0407 627 724 bakingmummas@ bakingmummas

Eastern Freeway at Bulleen Road. It will cause the number of lanes on the Eastern Freeway to double and therefore widen the corridor between Bulleen Road and Springvale Road. This widening will mean much more noise and pollution, which will affect thousands of residents along this corridor. The North East Link was designed for freight traffic, and the Eastern Freeway is not a suitable place for such traffic since it heads into the CBD. Please contact me if you would like to know how to join with Council to lobby against Option A. Hail Storm in December I would like to personally acknowledge the impact the December hail storm had on our local community. There was damage to property including cars and homes. After such a major event Council is also

impacted, contributing to a large cleanup program and we thank you for your patience while that occurred.



Community news


join global fiesta 2018

welcome to country and smoking ceremony

stalls from around the world

sunday 18 march 12 noon to 4pm box hill gardens

A Wurundjeri Elder will lead the community through a traditional Smoking Ceremony. To perform this ancient ceremony, leaves from the balga (grass tree), wattle and other plants are smouldered on a small fire. The smoke is then used to cover the participants’ bodies, ridding them of what is not needed, purifying the area and warding off bad spirits.

Learn more about how people in Whitehorse contribute to your community. Stalls will feature a range of community groups, service organisations, sponsors Deakin University, Philip Webb Real Estate, Healthy Smiles Dental Group and ANZ Mobile Lending Box Hill, and Council departments including Arts and Recreation, Youth ConneXions and Parkswide.

Let’s come together with friends and family to enjoy food, music, dance, games and activities from around the world as we celebrate Whitehorse’s diversity. Set in the beautiful surrounds of the Box Hill Gardens, Global Fiesta is Council’s national Harmony Day event and is a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home. The day coincides with the United Nations 'International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination'.

global fiesta passport The Global Fiesta Passport is an interactive way to explore and experience different community stalls and activities. Learn a new language, try a new skill, play a new game and much more. Meet a wide variety of people from different cultures and experience the wonder of Global Fiesta.

Whitehorse City Council acknowledges the Wurundjeri people as the traditional owners of the land upon which Global Fiesta will take place.

global stage Watch exciting performances of world music and dance from Whitehorse’s various cultural groups and a number of very special acts. The stage will run from 12 noon to 4pm. PRINCIPAL SPONSOR

Featuring ‘Paul Williamson Hammond Combo’ plus ‘The Gospel Belles. Buckanbe Park Sunday 18 March, 3pm-7pm Free event. Bring a picnic tea, rug or chair for an afternoon of great entertainment. More information Vivien Ibbott 9874 5469

Probus Clubs in Whitehorse Did you know that Probus Clubs are about friendship, fun and fellowship in retirement? There are 18 Probus clubs in the City of Whitehorse open to both men and women 55 years of age and over. Clubs meet monthly with guest speakers but the monthly meetings are only part of the story. Probus Clubs provide opportunities to get to know other active retirees, join members for a cup of coffee, be part of a walking group, a theatre group, a music group or play card games such as Mahjong. Clubs open the door to new experiences and friendships and members can participate in a wide range of activities and explore the local community or the wider world. Many Probus Clubs have websites which detail what each club has to offer (Google Probus and your suburb). More information Michael Ransom 0417 514349


ANZ Mobile Lending


Blues at Buckanbe 2018

Enjoy free face painting, rides, a jumping castle, cultural games and an animal farm.


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JOIN THE WHITEHORSE RECONCILIATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE Whitehorse City Council is seeking expressions of interest for the Whitehorse Reconciliation Advisory Committee (2018-2021) from: • Indigenous community members • Community organisations • Interested community representatives The purpose of the Whitehorse Reconciliation Advisory Committee is to provide strategic input to Council on relevant reconciliation matters. The committee will meet quarterly and will be made up of up to 15 people, chaired by an appointed Councillor. The Committee terms of reference, a position description and an expression of interest form can be found on Council’s website Expressions of Interest are due by Friday 9 March. More information Rosemary Sheehan 9262 6101

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST INVITED FOR THE WHITEHORSE DISABILITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE Whitehorse City Council is seeking expressions of interest to join the Whitehorse Disability Advisory Committee from: • People with a disability • Family members and carers of people with disability • Service provider representatives • Community representatives As a member of this committee you will have the opportunity to provide strategic input to Council about systemic, structural, cultural and social matters that are important to the lives and opportunities available to people with disabilities. A full position description and terms of reference is available on Council’s website. Applications close on Friday 9 March 2018 More information Maureen D’Arcy 9262 6516 Maureen.D’

Above: Ann-Marie Baker was a member of the Whitehorse Disability Advisory Committee from 2012-2017.

Arts and culture




hitehorse Artspace is a sublime gallery space within the Box Hill Town Hall. With free entry and an incredible line up of exhibitions in 2018, we encourage you to visit, pause for a while and discover the joy of art. Artspace showcases the exceptional talent of local and internationally renowned artists as well as the extensive City of Whitehorse Art Collection. A diverse program has been created for 2018 with seven main exhibitions throughout the year featuring paintings, photographs, ceramics, sculptures, textiles, etchings, linocuts, mono-prints, woodcuts and woodblock prints. The opening exhibition is on now until 3 March and is an exquisite display of Chinese brush paintings perfectly timed to coincide with Chinese New Year celebrations. Titled Echoes of Nature, this exhibition from Echo Wu features a beautiful collection of pieces reflecting the natural world. From 8 March to 28 April, an inspirational exhibition of art by women from the Whitehorse Art Collection will display significant works from

both local and international artists. A must see! Between 3 May to 2 June, visitors will be treated to a photography exhibition like no other. John Street is an award-winning photographer who is known for his unique method of ‘painting with light’. Free from negatives or transparencies, Street uses photosensitive paper and exposes his photographs to various light sources. The results are truly breathtaking.

Echoes of Nature: The Art of Echo Wu

Women in the Whitehorse Art Collection

John Street: Painting with Light

18 Jan – 3 March

8 March – 28 April

3 May – 2 June

With these exhibitions and more, make this the year to indulge your passion for the arts. We look forward to welcoming you to the Whitehorse Artspace. More information

Join our mailing list to receive priority access to free floor talks, workshops and demonstrations. Simply email your name to

Shake at the Lake Sunday 25 March, 2pm-5pm Blackburn Lake Sanctuary, Central Road, Blackburn Put the Swing, Pop and Boom into your weekend with a dance-filled day out in the park! Featuring swing, jazz and Irish music there will be something for everyone. The Georgia Brooks Swingtet will delight with a range of swing classics and crowd favourites, while your toes will not be able to resist tapping to contemporary and classic Irish songs from The Rogues. Snacks and face painting will also be available.

The popular Swing Pop Boom! series opens on Friday 9 March with a family movie night in a new location! Swing Pop Boom! runs over three (nonconsecutive) weekends in March and April and showcases some of the City’s most popular locations. The free event series includes two outdoor movie screenings and an outdoor concert at the beautiful Blackburn Lake Sanctuary.

Moonlight Movie Night – Gardiners Creek Beauty and the Beast Friday 9 March, 7pm-10pm Gardiners Creek Reserve, Burwood, Pedestrian entry via Stott St

Our outdoor cinema is on the move! Nestled in the beautiful surrounds of Gardiners Creek Reserve, locals can enjoy a cinema under the stars as we screen the live-action Beauty and the Beast. Relax and enjoy pre-show entertainment at 7pm, with the feature film commencing at 8pm. Snacks will be available.

Moonlight Movie Night – Morack Golf Course Despicable Me 3 Friday 6 April, 6pm-9pm Morack Golf Course, Morack Road, Vermont South Pack the popcorn and enjoy a night of cinema under the stars in Vermont South. See Gru and his minions in their new adventure in the hilarious family film Despicable Me 3. While you wait for the film to start why not have a hit on the driving range or sneak in a twilight round of golf. The Morack Golf Course team will also be running a number of drop-in skills sessions for kids! Pre-show entertainment begins at 6pm followed by the feature film at 7pm. Snacks will be available for purchase. More information

Event program

9262 6333

7pm Pre-show music

Whitehorse Festival Season

7.45pm Official welcome 7.50pm Deakin University short films 8pm Screening of Beauty and the Beast





What's on


Located at Box Hill Town Hall, 1022 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill


Echoes of Nature The Art of Echo Wu

Kindy Creations (3–5 years)

18 January – 3 March

An opportunity for kinder-aged children to explore their creativity while making fun clay and craft creations with their carers.

It is no secret that Chinese brush painters respect and adore the natural world, from small insects and plants to towering mountains.

Fridays 9 February – 16 March, 9.30am-10.30am Cost: $102 / 6 weeks

ADULTS Basket Weaving Learn how to make traditional and contemporary coil-woven baskets. Play with different materials from locally sourced indigenous grass to recycled fabrics and wool. Learn about different styles and material handling and practise the coiling technique. Sundays 4 February – 25 March, 10.30am-12.30pm Cost: $168 / 8 weeks

Botanical Dyeing Join us for a day of extracting colour from local plants, flowers and food scraps to dye fibres. You will learn how to identify suitable dye sources, get multiple colours from one plant, methods to preserve and set the dyes and how to work in a sustainable way in your environment.

Collographs and Collage Learn to make and prepare a collograph plate to produce your own original collograph prints. Study the principles and techniques of collage and have fun combining your collographs with other materials to create exciting and unique collaged works of art.

Chinese Brush Painting Learn the unique art of Chinese brush painting. Discover brush strokes and techniques using water, ink and colours on Xuan paper. Fridays 23 February – 2 March, 11am-2pm Cost: $130 / 2 weeks

The Art of Watercolour Explore watercolour painting techniques, including mixing colours, laying washes, glazing and incorporating mixed media. Materials list will be provided.

Inset: Echo Wu, Autumn lotus (detail), 2016 © The artist

Whitehorse Centre Rotary Club of Box Hill Central presents Royal Australian Navy Band The sounds of this instrumental extravaganza will delight people of all ages, in a program of popular music ranging from the big band era to well known musicals. All proceeds from this concert will go towards assisting the Eastern Emergency Relief Network and local Rotary Club service projects. Friday 16 February 7.30pm All tickets $29

Four Seasons In One Night Relive the sensational Four Seasons In One Night when Bobby Fox returns by popular demand to open our 2018 Season. Friday 23 February 8pm – Sold out Saturday 24 February 2pm Full $58, Con $55, Under 25 $25


Mondays 5 February – 26 March, 1pm-3pm (no class 12 March) Cost: $166.25 / 7 weeks

Children aged 5-10 years are invited to fun weekly play sessions during school term.

Cooking to Celebrate Chinese New Year

Wednesday 7 February, 5.30pm-7.30pm Cost: $65 / 1 day

Right: Echo Wu, Abundance (detail), 2016 © The artist

Sunday 11 February, 10am-4pm Cost: $120 / 1 day

Saturdays 17 February – 3 March, 9.30am-12.30pm Cost: $120 / 3 weeks

In this hands-on class you will learn to cook a wide variety of dishes including a prosperity toss (Chinese New Year salad), braised five-spice soy sauce chicken, steamed whole fish with ginger and spring onion, cabbage with pork dumplings, noodles, rice dishes and a festive dessert.

Be enchanted by the beauty of the natural world captured by Echo Wu in Artspace’s first exhibition for 2018 – perfectly timed to coincide with Chinese New Year celebrations.

Blackburn Library on Wednesdays, 4pm-5pm Vermont South Library on Saturdays, 2pm-3pm

Rear of 397 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading Phone: Box Office 9262 6555

Baby Karaoke Parents with babies under 18 months can enjoy weekly sing-a-long sessions with simple songs and nursery rhymes. Box Hill Library on Mondays, 10.30am-11am Nunawading Library on Tuesdays, 2.30pm-3pm Vermont South Library on Thursdays, 2.30pm-3pm

Scrabble Club

Bookings Essential

Visit to view our full range of courses

Come along to enjoy a game of scrabble, some fun and a bit of competition. All welcome, no bookings required. Blackburn Library on Wednesdays, from 1.30pm

Bookings are essential for events listed this month at

470 Station Street, Box Hill Phone: 9895 8888

Blackburn Library, Blackburn Road Ph: 9896 8400

Box Hill Library, 1040 Whitehorse Road Ph: 9896 4300

Nunawading Library, 379 Whitehorse Road Ph: 9872 8600

Vermont South Library, Pavey Place Ph: 9872 8650

Whitehorse News February 2018  

The official newsletter of the City of Whitehorse

Whitehorse News February 2018  

The official newsletter of the City of Whitehorse