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5 THEATRE TIME! Theatre, music, movies and more


New lease on life for local roads

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


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MAYOR’S MESSAGE Late last month we officially adopted our Annual Plan and Budget for the next financial year, mapping out our areas of priority over the coming 12 months. This is one of our biggest responsibilities as a Council. As we’re the tier of government closest to the community, we have an important role to play in ensuring that as our population grows, the infrastructure and services needed are in place. This is not a simple process. It begins almost nine months prior to adoption, where we give residents the opportunity to share their ideas on what they would like to see included in the document. As this is going on, Councillors work closely with the CEO, Chief Financial Officer, and other officers across the organisation to discuss the needs and priorities over the next year. Once the document is released to the public, we encourage residents to provide feedback. We then consider all feedback, make any necessary changes, and formally adopt the Annual Plan and Budget. It may seem like a lengthy process, but it is important that we bring residents on this journey. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact me. Kind regards, Wyndham City Mayor, Cr Mia Shaw.


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

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

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

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

Our Annual Plan and Budget has officially been endorsed by Council, which means our plan for the coming year is now underway.

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

After extensive community consultation, we’re looking forward to an exciting year for Wyndham.

CrCrWalter Villagonzalo 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

This year we’ve allocated almost $140 million for the infrastructure our community needs, to build and upgrade roads, community centres, sporting reserves, and more. The Plan also outlines our vision, plans and strategies that will guide us over the coming year, and into the future. To have a read of the Annual Plan and Budget visit

Some highlights include: • $9.9 million to complete the redevelopment of Wyndham Park in the heart of the Werribee City Centre • $3.5 million to upgrade Hacketts Road, between Tamworth Grove and Aviation Rd, in Point Cook • $1.74 million for the replacement and upgrade of the tennis courts, oval and pavilions at Galvin Park • $11 million for various road reconstructions and resurfacing across Wyndham • $900,000 to upgrade signals at key intersections • $250,000 for soccer facilities at Galvin Park • $1.236 million for stage 1 of a new library and community centre in Williams Landing, and $233,000 for a mobile library vending machine • $3.33 million for the continuation of the Wyndham Parks 2021 program, upgrading 50 neighbourhood parks across Wyndham • $3.6 million for the construction of a new integrated family centre at Truganina East • $15.57 million to the provision of kindergarten and children’s care services • $11.29 million for maternal child health and immunisation services • $8.57 million to run Wyndham libraries • $6.40 million to maintain our parks and open spaces • $4.57 million to provide in-home care support to enable older residents to live independently • $1.37 million for grants to be distributed to community groups and organisations for initiatives that support the wider community. Wyndham News



Grants to strengthen our community

The Wyndham Cultural Centre will continue to entertain and engage audiences during the second half of the year with a new program of theatre, music and movies from July to December. The next six months promises a vast range of exciting performances including some of Australia’s best-known stories:

SPENCER 7.30pm, Saturday 6 July Spencer, a story set in a humble Australian house, with a tight-knight family of single-mum Marilyn and her three adult children; wayward daughter Jules, outspoken coulda-been Ben and AFL golden boy Scott – this modern comedy-drama is reminiscent of the likes of The Castle and Kath and Kim - capturing modern Australian storytelling and humour at its best. REVOLTING RHYMES AND DIRTY BEASTS 1pm & 6.30pm, Saturday 24 August Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts bursts off the page in a spectacular live show, taking the world’s best-loved fairy tales and rearranging them with some surprising and hilarious twists. Frighteningly funny and seriously silly, this Roald Dahl favourite is sure to delight the young ones and a bring a smile to parents’ faces.

POSSUM MAGIC 10am & 1pm, Thursday 19 September & 10am, Friday 20 September

More than $90,000 has been allocated to local community groups, programs and events in the latest round of Wyndham City grants. Up to $5,000 was awarded to 24 not-for-profit groups and organisations across Wyndham in the Identity, Inclusion and Connection grants. Funding has been allocated to local events, projects and initiatives that build a sense of community identity, increasing appreciation of diverse perspectives and strengthening supportive networks. Culturally and linguistically diverse communities, people from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, young people and seniors are just some of the groups to benefit from this round of grants. Some recipients include: • Williams Landing Scout Group received $5,000 for a community food fair and activities in Cultural Diversity Week in 2020. • The Victorian Immigration and Refugee Women’s Coalition received $5,000 for the establishment of a space where women from diverse cultural backgrounds can meet to share stories in a bit to combat social isolation. • Point Cook P-9 College received $5,000 for a project that involves students, teachers, parents and carers painting five water tanks to celebrate their identities and showcase the work of students after engaging with an Aboriginal artist. • Wyndham Girl Guides have an extra $5,000 for a pop-up information day to promote the Girl Guides to diverse group, encourage female leadership and to allow the community to take part in girlled activities.

• Mental Awareness Network and Support received $5,000 for set up mental health awareness workshops for the Indian community to promote early intervention, recovery, and to build coping and resilience skills. • Wyndham Community and Education Centre Inc. were given $5,000 for Wyndham Learning Festival CALD community inclusion 2019, a project providing targeted promotional activities for culturally and linguistically diverse communities to increase awareness of and access to the festival’s diverse community learning activities and information sessions. • Asian Business Association of Wyndham received $5,000 for its 2019 Wyndham Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, a Chinese celebration with traditional performances, various art works and festivities that promote and reinforce the importance of family union. • A $4,200 grant will help Kulture Hive Inc for The Plug Workshop supporting young people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds increase their skills in web design and development, mobile app development, video production and digital marketing. • Parkrun Inc received a boost of $3,800 for a Parkrun at Werribee Mansion to encourage the community to exercise and develop stronger social ties.

For more than 30 years, Mem Fox’s Possum Magic has captivated and enchanted young people all over Australia, and now you have a chance to see it right here in Wyndham. The while family will love watching Grandma Poss turning wombats blue and kookaburras pink, making dingoes smile and emus shrink in the best-selling Australian picture book of all time.

THE SAPPHIRES 7.30pm, Wednesday 23 October Written by Aboriginal Australian playwright Tony Briggs who is the son of one of the real-life Sapphires, The Sapphires is a musical comedy that follows the true heat-warming story of four young Aboriginal Yorta Yorta women in 1960s Australia who travel to Vietnam to sing to the troops. Wearing sequins and armed only with microphones, they find themselves trying to spread joy in the hell that is the Vietnam War. Tickets are now on sale for the new season, with the addition of a new concession ticket price for Under 30s supporting even more theatre and music lovers to enjoy the program.

See the full program and book your tickets at Wyndham Cultural Centre, 177 Watton St, Werribee


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At Wyndham City, we acknowledge that roads are important to get our residents from A to B but footpaths are just as important.


In the 2018/19 financial year, together with developers 5,130 metres of footpaths were constructed across the municipality, including: • Fernwood Drive, Hoppers Crossing • Heaths Road, Hoppers Crossing • Westmeadows Lane, Truganina • Crofton Court, Hoppers Crossing These works are important to ensure that our footpath network is connected, making it easier and safer for residents to walk around.

Almost 10,000 metres of local roads have received a new lease on life. The annual resurfacing program helps to make Wyndham’s suburban streets smooth, safer, and more enjoyable for everyday use.

Plus, we also delivered school crossing and road safety improvements at: • Hewitt Drive, Point Cook • Kirra Close in Point Cook • Elmhurst Road, Truganina • Scholar Drive, Manor Lakes

The works took place at 36 roads across the municipality, including Wyndham Vale, Werribee, Tarneit Point Cook, Wyndham Vale and Hoppers Crossing.

These works are important to ensure that our footpath network is connected, making it easier and safer for residents to walk around.

Works included: • Morris Road, from Andrew Road to Clearwater Rise, Hoppers Crossing • Hogans Road, from Carson Crescent to Cumming Drive, Hoppers Crossing • Parramatta Road, from Tulley Court to Culgoa Court, Werribee • Greaves Street North, between Quarbing Street and Roscrea Court, Werribee • Manor Lakes Boulevard, between Clarence Street and Pedder Street, Wyndham Vale

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As the financial year comes to an end, so too does Wyndham City’s 2018/19 road resurfacing program.

When the surface of a road gets older, the bitumen can become brittle and begin to crack as vehicles drive over it. These cracks allow water to get in under the road, which leads to potholes, and further damage to the road surface. By getting in early and resurfacing the roads, we prevent water damage before it occurs. To keep track of road upgrades across the municipality, visit the Capital Works Dashboard, which provides real-time updates on all capital works projects across Wyndham. Tarneit Road

Upcoming road works 2019/20 Now that the 2018/19 program has come to end, our plans are underway to deliver road projects in Wyndham including up $11 million for various road reconstructions, including:


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• $500,000 has been allocated to widening roads in Little River including upgrade of Rothwell Road, between McLeans and Old Melbourne Road and Old Melbourne Road, Little River east of Rothwell bridge. • Hacketts Rd - upgrade, between Aviation Road to Tamworth Grove, Point Cook

• Bulban Road - upgrade between McGraths Road and Edgards Road, Werribee • Forsyth Road- upgrade and duplication, includes signals at Federation Trail crossing and Waterway Boulevard, Williams Landing • Tarneit Road - works to widen road between Sayers Rd to Leakes Road, Tarneit

• Hogans Road - works to widen road between Davis Creek to Basinview Drive • Leakes Road - works to widen road between Tarneit Road to Derrimut Rd • Ison Road - works to build road between Princes Highway to Melbourne-Geelong Rail Line.

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THRIVING ARTS in Wyndham Stolen/Wealth

Wyndham Art Gallery is hosting a dual exhibition Stolen/Wealth, which focuses on the impact the stolen generation had on families and how new “wealth” impacted the lives of Aboriginal people. In their weekly review of all things arts, @artguideau said Wyndham’s Stolen/Wealth was one of the top five exhibitions to see.


The exhibition opens a discussion of how government policies and colonisation impacted family cohesion and access to resources.


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

CR PETER MAYNARD Sports Development

CR KIM MCALINEY Safer Communities

This portfolio oversees the construction of new sporting facilities and the redevelopment of existing ones. It is responsible for promoting active lifestyle choices in Wyndham and supporting new and emerging sports.

This portfolio focuses on the safety of Wyndham residents, working with external organisations like Victoria Police, Crime Stoppers, Neighbourhood Watch, and the CFA to explore and improve perceptions of safety across Wyndham.

Cr Maynard said there was plenty going on in the sporting space across Wyndham.

Cr McAliney said Council’s recent adoption of an enforcement policy had cemented the way in which local laws are enforced.

“We’ve just adopted our Annual Plan and Budget for the coming financial year, with significant funding allocated to the upgrade of existing sporting facilities across Wyndham, as well as the construction of new ones.”

“This policy provides officers with a framework to guide their enforcement decisions,” Cr McAliney said.

“We’ve allocated $1.7 million to implement the Galvin Park Master Plan, which will include a new pavilion, changerooms, parking upgrades and more at Galvin Park.”

“Parking, litter, animal control, town planning, building and regulation of food businesses are just some of the areas this policy covers.” “At Council we take seriously our role to enforce these areas, and we make no apology for upholding safety regulations. Breaches are never acceptable.”

“There’s also $1.1 million for sporting facilities at Tarneit West Primary School, $263,000 for the construction of a new netball pavilion at Mossfiel Reserve, $286,000 for Loyola Skate Park, and a further $250,000 for soccer facilities at Galvin Park.”

“In one recent operation, 10 Wyndham businesses were fined $645 each for selling tobacco to children. While the majority of tobacconists are doing the right thing and requesting identification from young people, there are still come not.”

“With our population growing at a rapid rate, it’s important that we have the facilities and infrastructure our community needs in order to lead a healthy and active lifestyle.”

“In a separate operation, a Hoppers Crossing food business was fined $25,000 for pleading guilty to 11 charges relating to food handling. Wyndham City checks all 2,300 food premises in our municipality regularly. We work with the proprietors to achieve a positive resolution to avoid further action.”

To find out more about what’s happening, visit Council’s website and check out the Annual Plan and Budget or see real time updates on projects via the Capital Works Dashboard.

For more information on areas that Council enforces visit Council’s website.


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The dual exhibition may make you consider your own definition of wealth - perhaps the luxuries in life are things that cannot be bought or sold. Visitors will be surprised and challenged to think about what is really important in life and be reminded of the age-old adage, ‘you can’t take it with you’.

Wyndham Art Prize Winner

The Wyndham Art Prize is a national prize, and this year attracted submissions from 96 artists from across Australia. A local artist who is known for his powerful and captivating multi-disciplinary work has won the prestigious 2019 Wyndham Art Prize. Wāni (pictured) is an accomplished artist, known for his spoken word performance, complemented with his media work that uses image and representation to challenge commentary on race, society and political rhetoric. Below is Wāni’s lastest work which is being exhibited at Stolen/Wealth.

The exhibition will be at: Wyndham Art Gallery 177 Watton Street until Sunday, 4 August 2019 Monday to Friday - 9am to 4pm Weekends - 11am to 4pm

Pictured: Wãni – ‘Kongo Must Come’

HAVE YOUR SAY: K ROAD CLIFFS DRAFT MASTER PLAN A draft master plan for the K Road Cliffs has been released for public feedback, outlining a long term plan for one of Wyndham’s most beautiful sites. The Draft Master Plan aims to reduce erosion and protect the unique cliff geology, protect and enhance natural vegetation and habitat, improve parking to minimise vehicle impacts on the site, and improve pedestrian access and walkability. The draft Master Plan proposes: • Drainage works to redirect storm water runoff away from the fragile cliff edge • Two new carparks significantly reducing the impact of vehicles • Reflective and viewing spaces overlooking the Werribee River landscape • A new cliff top walking path to connect site features • Fencing to limit access to the cliff edge • A new staircase, viewing platform and terraces suitable for viewing and bird photography • Revegetation works on upper cliff area To read the draft plan or to provide feedback visit Wyndham News


The latest members to join the OneWyndham family are Jumess Tschischmbi (pictured), Agnes Agala and Pauline Pesa who set out to banish the negative stereotypes associated with young African people. The women started a movement called Afro Fever last year, an initiative which aims to show the true rich African heritage and everything that made them proud to be of African descent. The main aim of the project was to educate the community on African culture and to break down stereotypes of African gangs that often play out in the media. The women knocked on doors across their neighbourhood to invite the community to a cross-cultural barbecue event, all while completing Year 12 and getting ready for university life. While they continue their tertiary education, the women behind Afro Fever continue to speak about the issues that affect young African people through events, dance, poetry and maintaining an online presence. If you know of inspirational young people like Jumess, Agnes and Pauline, you can nominate them to join the OneWyndham Family to give them recognition for the great work they have done in our community and to give us the chance to say “thank you” for contributing to making Wyndham a great place to live. To nominate visit:



At Wyndham City, we are always looking to add to our OneWyndham Family. Council’s OneWyndham program is a Council initiative where we showcase young people who have demonstrated ingenuity and positive accomplishments within the Wyndham Community.

Kulin Dreaming Music Fest Saturday, 1 June 2019

Friday, 17 May 2019

The Slipdixes made their way to the Plaza Library at Pacific Werribee for Live Jazz in the Library. Over 170 people enjoyed listening to 1920s and 1930s jazz and blues.

Popular author John Marsden was the guest at Manor Lakes Library to talk about books, writing and his lifelong love of reading. He spoke of how his love of reading led to a successful career as a writer.

your LIBRARY Managing your money, presented by The University of Melbourne

Wyndham City’s E-Youth Project is taking applications for its next program, starting on Tuesday, 23 July 2019. The program creates a safe place for young people to reconnect with education in an adult learning environment.

The Certificate also creates pathways for further education and opens doors to numerous career opportunities.

During the course, students build networks and friendships with their peers, which increases confidence and improves their health and wellbeing.

The Certificate II in Information, Digital Media Technology is accredited by Victoria University Polytechnic, Werribee Campus.

The course runs for six months, starting on Tuesday, 23 July with three classes a week, from 11am to 5pm.

The students will use art and media to highlight the voice of young people through creative arts-based projects, workshops and events.

To apply go to:


Friday, 14 June 2019

Wyndham City’s inaugural Indigenous music festival was a hit, with an all-star line-up including rapper Briggs (pictured), Alice Skye, MC Philly, DRMNGNOW and Pirritu. Presented as part of National Reconciliation Week, the free all-ages event at Encore Events Centre celebrated Indigenous talent, strength and resilience.

RECONNECTING YOUNG PEOPLE WITH EDUCATION At the end of the six-month free course, students will receive a Certificate II in Information and Digital Media. The E-Youth project is open to students who are aged 16 to 25 years old with an interest in digital media and technology.

Author Talk: John Marsden

Jazz in the Library

Author Talk: Rachel Cassidy Friday 19 July Did you know that 1 in 5 Australian women and 1 in 13 Australian men experience stalking in their lifetime? Rachel Cassidy’s book, Stalked: The Human Target, tells the stories (including her own) of people who have been pursued by stalkers and the devastating effects it’s had on their lives. Bookings required. Time: 6.30pm – 7.30pm Where: Plaza Library

Thursday 18 July Life involves making financial decisions, yet many of us lack the basics when it comes to understanding how to make them. Join the University of Melbourne’s Department of Finance Senior Lecturer Bryan Lim as he shares tips to help you better manage your money. Time: 6.30pm – 7.30pm Where: Plaza Library

Resolving conflict with your neighbours Thursday 25 July What can you do if you have problems with your neighbours? Find out during this session with the Dispute Settlement Centre Victoria. . Time: 6.30pm – 7.30pm Where: Plaza Library

Tuning in to Exam Anxiety: family information session Tuesday 30 July Having conversations with your teen about managing their study is never easy. Come down and learn some strategies for managing anxiety, as well as how to have conversations to support your teen’s academic related stress. Presented by the Wyndham City’s Youth Services. Bookings required. Time: 6.00pm – 8.0pm Where: Julia Gillard Library Tarneit

For bookings or enquiries visit: or call 8734 2600 JULY 2019

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Princess Bride

Wild Nights at Werribee Open Range Zoo

Sunday Movie Club - 14 July, 2019 With a choreographed sword fight and costume competition, have fun storming the castle these school holidays with a special Sunday Movie Club screening for the whole family. Cost: $10 Time: 2pm Contact: 8734 6000 Where: Wyndham Cultural Centre, 177 Watton Street, Werribee

Saturday 6 July – Saturday 13 July 2019

See what animals get up to at night, toast marshmallows at the camp fire, play in the glow zone, watch dazzling fire performers and refuel with hot chocolate, mulled wine and delicious food. Cost: Adult $39, child $10, free for under 4s. Member discounts apply. Time: 5.30pm to 9.30pm Where: Werribee Open Range Zoo, K Road, Werribee South


Wyndham City is giving away a $50 voucher to Waterstone Café in Point Cook. For your chance to win simply tell us:

Heritage Fruit Tree Festival Sunday 28 July, 2019

Coffee with a Cop Thursday 25 July, 2019

No speeches or formalities, just a great chance to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know your local police. Cost: Free Time: 10am - 12pm Contact: Where: The South Corner, 11 Wedge Street, Werribee

Contact Us

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

9742 0777

Discover the best of the Werribee Park Heritage Orchard with tours of the orchard, tree sales, grafting demonstrations, market stalls, workshops, live music, and more. Cost: Free Time: 10am - 3pm Contact: 0448 854 146 Where: Werribee Park Mansion, K Road, Werribee South Contact: 0411 720 283 Translating & Interpreting Services 13 14 50

How many metres of road were resurfaced over the last financial year? To submit your entry, visit: competitions

Competition closes: 5pm, Wednesday 31 July 2019. The winner will be the first randomly selected correct entry submitted. Winner will be drawn on Thursday 1st August 2019 and notified via phone and email.


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