A FIRE has gutted a house in Brackenbury Street in Warrandyte today as more than seven CFA trucks attend the blaze.
Firefighters are at the scene containing the fire, which is only a few hundred metres away from Yarra Street, Warrandyte’s busy main strip. At this stage it is unknown what caused the fire and it is believed the house had no people present.
Neighbours called 000 after smelling smoke today at about 1.30pm. Resident Cassie Jones told the Diary she could smell smoke for about half an hour before taking a look around the area to see where it was coming from.
“The CFA trucks were here within minutes,” she told the Diary. “That same house only had a chimney fire that did some damage just a few years ago as well.”
It is believed the house is in ruins with fire coming through the side walls and rooftop with large amounts of smoke billowing out and across the eastern suburb.
More to follow.
WARRANDYTE’S Jock Macneish and Steve Pascoe have been recognised for their great services to the community by each receiving an Order of Australia Medal (OAM).
Announced on Australia Day, Jock, our much loved Diary cartoonist and master of many talents, was recognised for his service to the visual arts and to the community of Warrandyte. Steve, a legendary figure at the Warrandyte Cricket Club, was recognised for his service to cricket.
Both popped into the Diary this morning for a photo shoot and you can read all about it in the February edition of your CNAV Newspaper of the Year (back to back) Monday week.
MANNINGHAM council is seeking applications from not for profit community groups based in Manningham to operate the Warrandyte Community Market from April 2016.
The Warrandyte Community Market is held in the Warrandyte River Reserve on the first Saturday of each month (excluding January) with a second market held in on the third Saturday in December each year.
The decision to seek a new operator for the market has been made to resolve management issues at the market and follows extensive liaison between council and the existing Warrandyte Community Market Committee over the past two years.
In the interim, a working group has been set up to operate the market until a successful market operator has been selected. This interim group, comprising representatives from the Warrandyte Lions Club, Warrandyte Donvale Rotary Club, North Warrandyte CFA, Community Church and Be Ready Warrandyte, will operate the February and March 2016 markets.
Prospective market operators must demonstrate that they have the capacity, capability and skills to manage the community market, including effective governance through a properly constituted committee.
The successful operator will enter into a licence agreement with council for a term of three years, and will commence operation from the April 2016 market (Saturday 2 April).
Applications are required by at 11am on Wednesday 17 February 2016 and must be received by this time.
For more information, visit www.tendersearch.com.au/manningham or call Paul Goodison, Council’s Co-ordinator Landscape and Leisure on 9840 9460.
Full report to follow in the next edition of the Diary, February 8.