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March 2018

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4 WYNDHAM 5 THE LOOP BUSINESS AWARDS Engage with us Nominate soon!

10 AWARD WINNING SHOW On stage soon

Your Councillors Cr Peter Maynard (Mayor) Mayoral Portfolio: Growth and Transport Portfolio: Sports Development IRAMOO WARD 0429 087 527 Cr Heather Marcus Portfolio: Environment and Sustainability IRAMOO WARD 0400 533 371 Cr Mia Shaw Portfolio: Family Friendly City IRAMOO WARD 0429 675 298

MAYOR’S MESSAGE It has been a busy start to 2018 in Wyndham, and I’m happy to report that your Council is working hard and continuing to achieve a lot for the local community. Soon we will open two new kindergartens, in Tarneit North and Wyndham Vale. Our population continues to grow rapidly, and these new kindergartens will go a long way towards ensuring that our children have access to a quality education. But we know we need a lot more than this. Council’s own analysis has shown that we will need 25 new kindergartens by 2036. That’s why we’ve been calling on the State Government to invest in more kindergartens for Wyndham. We will continue to work with them to get real results for our residents. We’ve also launched the I Love Kinder campaign, calling on the Federal Government to commit once and for all to ongoing funding for 15 hours of kinder per week. So far they’ve only committed to funding until December 31, 2019. During January and February you would have also seen the inaugural Pop Up Park in the Werribee City Centre. This has proven to be very popular, with thousands of people enjoying free live music, movie nights at the outdoor cinema and food truck days. I’m glad we could bring this to Werribee and I look forward to more great events in our City. Thank you, Wyndham City Mayor, Cr Peter Maynard.


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John Gibbons CrCrHenry Barlow Portfolio: TourismDiversity and Major Events Portfolio: Cultural CHAFFEYWARD WARD CHAFFEY 0428747 995839 849 0428

Cr Aaron An Portfolio: Smart City HARRISON WARD 0419 297 931

JohnGibbons Gibbons CrCrJohn Portfolio: Tourismand andMajor MajorEvents Events Portfolio: Tourism CHAFFEYWARD WARD CHAFFEY 0428995 995849 849 0428

Cr Tony Hooper Portfolio: Arts, Culture and Heritage HARRISON WARD 0428 979 358

CrCrJosh JohnGilligan Gibbons Portfolio: Portfolio:Learning Tourism City and Major Events CHAFFEY CHAFFEYWARD WARD 0429 0428078 995039 849

Cr Intaj Khan Portfolio: Urban Futures HARRISON WARD 0408 564 439

CrCrWalter Villagonzalo (Deputy Mayor) John Gibbons Portfolio: Focused Economy Portfolio:Future Tourism and Major Events CHAFFEY CHAFFEYWARD WARD 0429 0428641 995233 849

Cr Kim McAliney Portfolio: Safer Communities HARRISON WARD 0429 943 623

NEW kinders IN TOWN Two new kindergartens are opening their doors in Wyndham this year! With more families moving into the region, brand new kindergartens will open their doors in Wyndham Vale and Tarneit at the beginning of term 2, 2018. Operating in partnership between Wyndham City and bestchance Child Family Care, applications for the two kindergartens are now open. For more information phone the enrolments team on 9742 8147.


I love Kinder

Many studies have proven kindergarten gives kids the best start to life. It gives them confidence, helps them develop a sense of responsibility and is a great way to make new friends. This is all at risk if the Federal Government doesn’t commit to ongoing funding of their share of kindergarten hours. At the moment, all children, regardless of their background or parents’ bank accounts, get universal access to 15 hours of kindergarten a week. The State Government funds 10 hours, while the Federal Government pays for the remaining 5. Wyndham City welcomes the Federal Government’s announcement of extending the funding arrangement through to the end of 2019, but will continue to campaign for ongoing funding. Join our campaign to get the commitment from the Federal Governement and tell us what it is you and your kids love about kinder. Is it the finger painting, the sand box, story time, or just making new friends? Tell us at

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Spotlight on Local Businesses

Do you know a local business that always goes above and beyond for its customers? Then why not nominate them for a prestigious Wyndham Business Award? Nominations will be open soon, with awards in 16 different categories up for grabs. Now in its 24th year, the 2018 awards will include People’s Choice category, where locals will be given the chance to vote for their favourite business. The awards recognise outstanding home-based businesses, franchises, large-scale businesses, and not-for-profit organisations, and the best local talent, initiative, community spirit and drive across categories including experiences, arts and hospitality, transport and storage, manufacturing, retail, and service. The announcement of the prestigious Business Person of the Year and Business of The Year will be a highlight of a gala presentation night later this year. Entries will open from March 2018, so have your say and recognise a truly exceptional business.

Wyndham THROUGH A New Lens A 24-year-old Werribee South man has taken out top honours in the first ever Werribee Visitor Information Centre Short Film Competition.

Giles Campbell-Wright spent two weeks shooting and editing his short film, which featured stunning scenes of some of his favourite places in Wyndham, including the Werribee Mansion and the Cheetham Wetlands in Point Cook. An aspiring film director, he received an $1800 JB Hi-Fi voucher for winning the competition. “I wanted the film to show what I was proud of about Wyndham as someone who lives here. I wanted to portray the real sense of history that we have here and the judges must have seen what I wanted to get across, so I’m somewhat proud that I achieved my goal as a filmmaker,” Mr Campbell-Wright said. “I’ve lived in Wyndham my whole life, so I know the area really well and I was really keen to share it with other people. It’s good for people who aren’t from here to see how unique this area is.” Mr Campbell-Wright’s film will now be on display at the Werribee Visitor Information Centre, located at the Werribee Open Range Zoo, where it will be viewed by thousands of people who visit Wyndham. To view the award-winning video visit


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Wyndham City is changing the way we engage with our residents. The Loop is Council’s new online engagement platform. It’s where Council and the community come together to share, communicate and discuss important topics online. As interested community members you can log on, share your expertise, provide feedback on Council projects and help influence Council decisions. We want our consultation and community engagement to be meaningful, transparent and accessible to everyone. Sign up at to be kept in the loop and help shape Wyndham’s future.

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Wyndham’s Future


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Construction will begin in May on the upgrade of some of Wyndham’s busiest and most congested roads.

GALVIN PARK RESERVE Works have kicked off on the $1.8 million redevelopment of the tennis pavilion at Galvin Park. Part of Wyndham City’s plan to provide opportunities beyond traditional sports, the works will see the existing pavilion demolished and rebuilt, with the car park also upgraded, and landscape works. The construction of the new pavilion will be complete by September 2018.

WILLIAMS LANDING RESERVE The ovals and tennis courts at this exciting new sporting facility are complete. Works have now kicked off on the $3.96 million construction of the pavilion, bringing the project one step closer to completion. Expected completion late 2018.


community centres

$35 MILLION local roads



parks & reserves

Designs are nearly complete for the reconstruction of Rothwell Street and the upgrade of Flinders Street in Little River. This project will breathe fresh air into two Little River streets. Expected completion late 2018.

$12 MILLION sport facilities

The $1.8 billion project is the State Government’s biggest ever investment in arterial roads, which is also set to bring 1200 local jobs. In an Australian-first, the project will also extend to road maintenance – ensuring more than 260 kilometres of the arterial road network in the western suburbs is maintained over the next two decades. For more information on which roads and what works are sheduled visit





In each edition of Wyndham News we’ve been giving you an insight into Wyndham City’s 12 Councillor Portfolios.


CR HEATHER MARCUS Environment and Sustainability Iramoo Ward’s Cr Heather Marcus holds the Environment and Sustainability Portfolio.


Habitat conservation, recycling, sustainability and trees are among the many areas of responsibility for this portfolio. It also focuses on pet and animal ownership.

Chaffey Ward’s Cr Josh Gilligan holds the Learning City portfolio, focusing on community education, training, libraries, youth participation, and advocating for more schools in Wyndham.

Cr Marcus said it had been a busy 12 months in her portfolio, developing a number of policies and strategies close to her heart.

“In July last year we adopted our Integrated Water Cycle Management Plan – a very important document that focusses on improving the quality of water and the community’s access to water,” Cr Marcus said. “The Domestic Animal Management Plan was another important one, focusing on driving up the number of pets registered in our City over the next few years.” “Looking to the future, we are developing our Coastal Management Plan, the Healthy Rivers Framework with Melbourne Water, and the Better Cat Care Campaign.” Cr Marcus also urged residents to try purchasing clothing that is better quality to reduce the amount of textile waste. “Buying clothing that will last longer instead of a couple of months could mean the difference of another few tonnes of waste going to landfill.”


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Cr Gilligan said a key aim of his portfolio was to ensure that all residents have access to high quality education regardless of their background. “2017 was a busy year for us in the space of learning,” Cr Gilligan said.

“We’ve put out our Library Strategy, which maps out how our libraries will keep pace with population growth. This includes building five new libraries, adopting an open library model which uses swipe cards for 24 hour access, and virtual browsing.” “Another key part of this portfolio is advocacy. We’re spearheading the I Love Kinder campaign, putting pressure on the Federal Government to commit to ongoing funding for universal access to kindergartens, and also constant advocacy to encourage the State Government to build the schools we need to keep up with population growth.”

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Youth Cultural Development Officer

Jon Machler is the Youth Cultural Development Officer at Wyndham City Youth Services. He shares what he does in his role and what he loves most about it. Tell me about your role? Youth Services provide a range of different programs, events and projects for young people aged between 12 to 25. We also have holiday programs to be able to introduce young people to our services and eventually give them access to counselling and that kind of stuff. My role involves working with young people from a newly arrived background and just really providing them with ways to settle more comfortably in the Wyndham area. Some of them are refugees, some of them are migrants,

and being able to provide them access to our services and being sensitive to their culture as well is something that’s really important.

How many young people do you support on a regular basis? In my role itself, I’m dealing with anything from 30 up to 100 people each week.

quite rewarding. Just to see young people graduate through programs, get themselves jobs, pick up really great skills, set themselves up and sometimes just turning people around – some people are really disengaged and getting them involved in some of our programs means they can change their lives.

Why is this work important? I think the most important part is just trying to connect communities together. There’s so many diverse communities out there and people may not understand each other, so having someone there to create those networks and get them to know a little bit more about each other I feel is a really important role.

What do you enjoy most about your position? I just love doing what I do. Being able to come into work and knowing you’re doing something good for the community, that I live in as well, is

“I just love doing what I do. Being able to come into work and knowing you’re doing something good for the community, that I live in as well, is quite rewarding.”

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The Guru


If you’re a fan of films like Slumdog Millionaire, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Life of Pi, then you’ll love the Wyndham Cultural Centre’s newest theatre show. The Guru of Chai is set amid the chaos of a bustling Bangalore railway station, where a poor tea-seller has his life changed forever when an abandoned girl brings the place to a standstill with the beauty of song.

Composer and Best Actor at the Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards, The Guru of Chai is not to be missed.


Adults- $45 Concession and groups- $35 Students and under 25- $20 Children under 15- $15 8734 6000 Wyndham Cultural Centre- 177 Watton Street, Werribee

Boasting two Edinburgh Fringe Awards, three Production of the Year awards and Best Play, Best

Consulting on the coast We all love the coast – it’s one of Wyndham’s best assets.


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This is why we’re preparing a Coastal Management Plan – a strategic document that plans not only how we manage our coast – but how we can enhance it. Wyndham City is in the process of developing the plan, and we want to hear from you!

Help us plan for its future by telling us what you love about the coast, how you use it, and your ideas for the future. To share your thoughts and experiences, head to coastalmanagement


Australia Day

Friday, 26 January,

Friday Night Live Friday, 19 January, 2018

Almost 1000 people flocked to Station Place Place in the Werribee City Centre for the first night of Wyndham City’s Pop Up Park to see Werribee’s very own ARIA Award Winner Anthony Callea in concert.


Thousands of people made their way to Werribee City Centre to attend the Australia Day event. Live music, great food, and impressive fireworks were among the highlights.

your LIBRARY queen, sex worker, businesswoman and a trophy wife. Adults 18+. Bookings required. See the Library Event calendar for more details. Cost: FREE Time: 7pm-8.30pm Contact: 8734 2600 Where: Plaza Library

LOUD in the Library Friday 16 March 2018

AUTHOR TALK: Sarah Krasnostein The Trauma Cleaner Wednesday 21 March 2018 A fascinating story about Sandra Pankhurst who started her life as a man and became a father, drag

Get ready for an event just for teens filled with fun, food and freebies. With henna, fun tarot reading, gaming, live music and special guest author Melissa Keil, this is an event not to be missed by those aged 13-19.

New Sporting Hub

Wednesday, 31 January, 2018

The sod has been turned on the Integrated Sport and Community Hub in Williams Landing. Local Government Minister Marlene Kairouz joined Wyndham City Mayor Peter Maynard, Cr Henry Barlow and Cr Aaron An to mark the beginning of construction.

Cultural Diversity Week Saturday 17 March – Sunday 25 March 2018 Wyndham City Libraries will be celebrating Wyndham’s diverse community with a range of activities for all ages during Cultural Diversity Week 2018. Activities include Indonesian shadow puppet workshop, Maltese Easter sweets, Italian meatballs cooking demonstration, Chinese lantern making, bilingual story times and more! Bookings required. See the Library Event Calendar for more details

Cost: FREE Time: 6.30pm-8.30pm Contact: 8734 2600 Where: Plaza Library

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Imagination Creation Writing Competition

Point Cook Pop Up Park

Thursday March 1, 2018 – Thursday 31 May, 2018

A variety of events will be held in the park including an outdoor cinema, picnics and games, cultural celebrations and other fun community activities. Special Easter events in the week leading up to Easter.



26 February – 15 April, 2018

Young writers aged between 5 and 18 are encouraged to submit their creative writing for the opportunity to win big! There are prizes for the best stories and poems in each age group. Submit your story online or at any library branch. Cost: Free Contact:

Cost: FREE Time: Various Contact: Where: Murnong St, Point Cook

Serving up the Werribee Food Bowl

Business training

Wednesday 21 March, 2018

Sunday 18 March, 2018

Wyndham City provides free business training covering a range of topics including social media, tax, legal issues, marketing, government assistance and networking tips. This month’s session covers how Google can help small businesses, focusing on Google Adwords, search engine optimisation and more.

Fresh produce grown locally in Werribee South will make up the menu at a special event for foodies. Three course meal, beginning with canapes on the front lawn.

Cost: FREE Time: 6pm-8pm Contact: Where: Wyndham Civic Centre


Fromage a Trois

Wyndham City is giving away a family pass (two adults and two children) to the comedy show How to be a Rock Star on Wednesday 4 April, 2018, at the Wyndham Cultural Centre. For your chance to win, simply tell us: Where Wyndham’s newest kindergartens are being built? (Hint: see page 3)

Sunday 8 April, 2018 Set in the stunning surrounds of Werribee Park Mansion, Fromage a Trois Cheese Festival will take you from farm gate to picnic blanket, with the best in artisan cheese and local produce.

To submit your entry visit:

Cost: $45. Kids under 14 free Time: 11am-6pm Where: Werribee Park Mansion Tickets via eventbrite. Visit

Contact Us

Wyndham Civic Centre 45 Princes Highway Werribee (PO Box 197) Vic 3030

9742 0777

Cost: $98 pp Time: 12:30pm-3pm Contact: 03 9417 7771 Where: The Refectory at Werribee Park

Competition closes: 5pm, Monday, 19 March, 2018. The winner will be the first randomly selected correct entry submitted. Competition will be drawn 20/3/18. The winner will be notified by phone and email. Translating & Interpreting Services 13 14 50

Wyndham News - March 2018 Edition  
Wyndham News - March 2018 Edition  

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