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Warrandyte Bloods shoot for 3 flags

It’s time, people of Warrandyte. Grand Final day is this Saturday in Division 4 of the EFL and the mighty Bloods have all three teams playing for premiership glory. So let’s paint the town red and white.

The place: Walker Park, Mitcham.

The time: All “bloody” day!

A remarkable seven-goal turnaround resulted in one of the most memorable final wins in EFL history when the Bloods’ Under 19s snatched a spot in the GF. The game was a highlight for Warrandyte Football Club president Stephen Bell.

“The 19s win tops off an awesome year and an awesome two years of hard work. We started pre-season in October 2014 for this,” Bell told the Diary. “To the coaches and 19s, they deserve credit because they’ve worked hard. I saw how disappointed they were after the loss the week before and to see them in the rooms after the game they looked really together. They are a terrific bunch of kids.”

The support for the 19s was immense and Bell wants to see the sea of red and white grow even bigger for the big dance.

“It’s a pretty unique situation where you’ve got three sides representing the community on the one day in finals. It’s never been done in Warrandyte before and we want to make sure there’s an absolute sea of red and white down there to get the boys going.”

Unfortunately, a couple of boys will have to miss out on places, due to the nature of competition within the squad.

“You can never have too many players, but obviously you can only field 22 blokes. So a couple of guys are going to have to miss out in the firsts, and a few in the reserves, but they know that they’ve contributed and worked hard to help us get here,” Bell said.

The action kicks off at 9.15am at Mitcham and Warrandyte footy needs your support. Let’s cheer the mighty Bloods home.

 

 

 

Multi-use stadium permit submitted

MANNINGHAM City Council has applied for a planning permit for the proposed $17.9 million multi-use stadium at Mullum Mullum Reserve.

The stadium plans include five multi-use sports courts, seating for up to 500 spectators, amenities and a café. The facility will cater for a range of sports such as basketball, netball, badminton and volleyball. The facility will be critical to addressing the shortage of court space throughout the area.

Manningham chief executive officer Joe Carbone said the stadium development was a key feature of the Mullum Mullum Reserve Management Plan. The plan also proposes additional improvements at the reserve including upgrades to the existing sporting facilities, improvements to landscaping and the construction of better pedestrian and cycling links throughout the reserve.

“Manningham has a growing demand for court space for a range of sports including basketball, netball, gymnastics, badminton and table tennis, so the stadium development will play a pivotal role in freeing up valuable space at our other highball stadiums,” Mr Carbone said.

The planning permit application for the construction of the stadium is on public exhibition from Wednesday August 19 until Wednesday September 9. Submissions should be made during that time, however council can consider all submissions up until the day a decision is made on the application.

As part of the exhibition and planning permit application process, a community drop-in session will be held at the Donvale Hockey and Bowls Pavilion at the Mullum Mullum Reserve, at the corner of Reynolds and Springvale Roads, between 2pm and 4pm, and 6pm and 8pm on Wednesday August 26.

Members of the community are invited to attend the community drop-in session to speak to the project architects, specialist technical consultants and council officers.Following the public exhibition period, a report will be prepared for Council to make a formal decision on the planning permit application. Subject to planning approval, construction of the stadium would commence in late 2016, with the facility expected to be open to the public by the middle of 2018.

For more information on the planning permit application:

  • Visit yoursaymanningham.com.au/MullumMullumReserveManagementPlan to view a copy of the application and plans, acoustic report, traffic report and sustainability report
  • View a hard copy of the application and plans at the Manningham Civic Centre, 699 Doncaster Road, Doncaster, between 8.00 am and 5.00 pm from Monday to Friday
  • Call Council’s Statutory Planning Unit on 9840 9333.

Submissions must be made in writing and include the submitter’s name and address. To make a submission, either:

Drop your written submission in to the Manningham Civic Centre, 699 Doncaster Road, Doncaster.

Warrandyte doctor opens her heart

GETTING across the message that every hour a woman in Australia dies of heart disease, so every day 24 lives will be lost, is a top priority for Dr Linda Worrall-Carter who has formed non-profit organisation, Her Heart.

With a background in nursing, teaching and research, the Warrandyte resident has become an expert in women’s heart health and is a leading authority in Australia on cardiovascular disease in women.

CHERIE MOSELEN spoke with Dr Worrall-Carter about her big new endeavour.

Q. Cherie M: I understand you gave up a professorial role at St Vincent’s Hospital to start this new organisation?

A. Dr Worrall-Carter: Yes, it was a big decision for me, but I felt I really needed to do it. Most people don’t realise heart disease is the single biggest killer of women in Australia. I’ve carried out research in this field for almost 15 years and have learnt women mostly believe two things: that breast cancer is more likely to kill them than heart disease and that men need to worry more about heart problems than women. I want to change these misconceptions and provide resources for women to reduce their risks, because heart disease actually kills more women in Australia than all cancers combined. But the good news is, 80% of heart disease in women is preventable.

Q: Why then, are so many women dying from it?

A: Heart disease is simply not on women’s radar. I’ve published exten- sively and spoken at forums about this silent killer for years and it’s become clear to me – we don’t need more research but strong national campaigns to raise better awareness.

Women are still shamefully under-represented in research studies and poorer treatment outcomes make them 38% more likely to die in the year following a cardiac event.

I have a family history of heart disease and I’m a mum of two teenage daughters, so I’ve been urging my own family to be proactive about their risk. But when a friend said, “it’s all well and good that you have this knowledge, but most women don’t”, I realised more could be done.

That’s why I started Her Heart.

Q: What are Her Heart’s objectives?

A: Her Heart aims to offer educational programs, activities and events, also to advocate for national action on women and heart disease. It will reach out to women using social media and selected print, radio and television media.

Nothing like it currently exists in Australia – an organisation solely focused on raising awareness of the prevalence, risk factors and symptoms of heart disease in women.

Today, more than 90% of women in Australia have at least one risk factor for heart disease, as many as 50% have two or more. Meanwhile, it’s estimated the number of women over 65 in Australia will more than double in the next decade, so women need this information now more than ever.

Q: Pink ribbons are the hallmark we associate with breast cancer advocacy. How will we know its Her Heart?

A: Around the world, the universal colour for Heart Disease is red and the logos often (but not always) include hearts. Our branding supports both and has a beautiful red heart. We support the international Go Red for Women campaign (also supported by The Heart Foundation), which is known by its red dress.

Q: How will you fund the organisation?

A: Through my professional and research collaborations, I’ve developed extensive international links and affiliations, so I anticipate sourcing a variety of funding by way of government submissions and philanthropic avenues.

In 2014, I was invited to act as a program leader for the World Heart Federation and Congress of Cardiology with over 8000 delegates and have since been collaborating with Professor Noel Bairey-Merz and her ambassador Barbara Streisand from the US, who have a strong Women and Heart Disease campaign. All these connections will be extremely helpful as the organisation moves forward.

Q: What steps have you taken so far, in getting your message out there?

A: A Her Heart website was the obvious place to start (with links to other social media platforms), because women are strong social media users.
However, people tend to suffer

from information overload these days, so I’ve taken care in making the site accessible. Rather than heavy, medical language, it’s filled with easy-to-read articles, videos and user-friendly tools to calculate risk factors.

Most importantly, it focuses on just three key messages around women and heart disease: Know the signs and your risk. Change your lifestyle, if needed. Maintain your wellbeing.

Google analytics showed that people from 50 countries accessed the website in the first three weeks and in 25 of those countries, visitors spent more than four minutes exploring its content. I’m told that’s really good going for a new website, so I’m thrilled!

Q: If you could say one thing to emphasise your message about women and hear t disease, it would be…?

A: On the website, I talk about how important it is to connect, recharge and unplug. Women tend to leave themselves last. Unfortunately, that can be fatal. So, I would say: spend some time prioritising ‘me’.

For more information, visit the website: www.herheart.org.au

Warrandyte residents praised for campaign

WARRANDYTE residents demonstrated remarkable maturity and rationality when confronted with a disaster scenario last year, according to Joe Buffone, director of risk and resilience at Emergency Management Victoria.

Mr Buffone was referring to his appearance on an expert emergency services panel at the ‘What if it’s Warrandyte’ scenario event last year.

“I was expecting to get attacked from all sides for not doing enough, but people responded thoughtfully and sensibly as the disaster scenario unfolded,” he said. “It was a very well run community event”.

Mr Buffone was commenting at the Monash University Disaster Resilience Initiative conference at the end of July where the ‘Be Ready Warrandyte’ campaign was showcased.

Several other participants were generous in their praise.
“We are still using the humerous video, ‘Do you have a fire plan? In New South Wales” said Tony Jarrow of the NSW Rural Fire Service.

The video (pictured) can be viewed here

Lauren West of Surf Coast Shire said that they regularly consulted the ‘Be Ready Warrandyte’ website for information that may be useful to them. BRW also helped the Warbuton and St Andrews community and liaised with the Yarra Ranges Council Officers. The Park Orchards community is organising a similar Scenario Event for October this year which will welcome attendance from Warrandyte residents who missed last year’s event.

 

Warrandyte residents petition Manningham council to oppose petrol station at VCAT

WARRANDYTE residents turned out in force to petition Manningham City Council in opposition to the construction of the proposed petrol station near the roundabout in Yarra Street.

The submitters meeting at council offices was attended by the three Mullum Mullum ward councillors, mayor Cr Paul McLeish, Cr Meg Downie and Cr Sophie Galbally, and Cr Dot Haynes.

Dick Davies presented on behalf of the WCA, and Grant Waldram and Maurice Burley on behalf of the Warrandyte Character Protection Group. Several residents also presented a case against what they believe to be “inappropriate development”.

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WCA president Mr Davies

Residents made a case suggesting the development would be a first in what is supposed to be a Neighbourhood Residential Zone, that it would completely marr the ‘Gateway to Warrandyte’ aspect at the roundabout, that it could not be considered part of the West End complex, that disturbance as a result of all night access would be a problem, that bushfire and water contamination risks were exacerbated and many other concerns. WCA called on council to strongly oppose the appeal to VCAT with legal counsel and expert witnesses.

The developer declined to attend the submitters meeting and has appealed directly to VCAT.

The VCAT hearing is on October 19 and will last five days. At the request of the WCA, VCAT has ordered the proponent to produce new plans by August 14 allowing all parties two months to review the new plans before the hearing.

The WCA submission reads:

WCA Submission to the MCC submitters hearing

Officers report on 1,3,5 yarra street (pl13/023819)

The Warrandyte Community Association has a mandate from its membership to:

  • Promote all aspects of community life in Warrandyte
  • Defend the character and heritage of the Township, and
  • Protect the environment and encourage restoration and regeneration of native flora and fauna.

Our feedback over the years is that any new development should preserve this character and feel of Warrandyte.

Consequently, WCA has adopted the view that any large development, such as a fuel outlet, must blend in with the heritage character and environmental aspects of the Township. It is our view that the current proposal for a petrol station at 1,3,5 Yarra Street does not meet these criteria. While some might want a service station in Warrandyte, it is impossible to drive more than 10 minutes without finding one – some of which operate 7 x 24.

The WCA is one of 68 local objectors to this proposal. We oppose the current plan on the grounds of Traffic management, Visual amenity, Heritage streetscape, Loss of roadside vegetation and Environmental concerns.

Specifically these are:

  • As detailed in the Council Officers’ report, the proposal is inconsistent with Council’s planning scheme and neighbourhood character provisions. The scale and intensity of the proposal is an overdevelopment of the site from many perspectives.
  • By any reasonable judgement, the proposal fails to satisfy Clause 52.15 of the planning scheme, which states that: “The amenity of the locality must not be adversely affected by activity on site, the appearance of any building, works, or materials, emissions from the premises or in any other way.” There is no way that the proposal can come close to meeting this criterion.
  • Neighbourhood Residential Zone is the most restrictive of the Government’s three residential zones. There are no service stations in other NRZ. This would be the first , making a mockery of the purpose of the NRZ, which is —“to manage and ensure that development respects identified neighbourhood character, heritage, environmental or landscape characteristics”.
  • The Design and Development Overlay 3 (DDO3) adds another layer to the NRZ. The proposal appears to be in direct contravention of the objectives of the overlay.

(which seeks to ensure that:

  1. development responds to the area’s environmental characteristics;
  2. development recognises the existing infrastructure capacities and does not generate demand for extensive upgrades of infrastructure, including the standard of roads and drainage;
  3. development responds to the area’s environmental characteristics, including topography, soils and vegetation;
  4. development is sympathetic to the existing built form and style and retains the predominance of single detached housing and discourages other forms of works.)
  • No other businesses operate 24 x 7 in Warrandyte. The lights, traffic noise and disturbance would be unreasonable in a residential zone. The presence of a 7 x 24 convenience store (that could easily morph into a fast food outlet) would significantly change the character and ‘Country Town’ feel.
  • Furthermore, there is the potential for contamination in the flood zone.
  • Also there will be additional traffic impacts on an area already suffering significant congestion.
  • Removal of six large mature yellow box gumtrees contradicts the objectives and guidelines in the planning scheme for this area.

We note that the applicant has decided to bypass appropriate Council procedures with a direct appeal to VCAT, with changes that may appeal to the referral authorities, rather than amend the application to address the issues raised by Council Officers. At the request of the WCA, VCAT has ordered the proponent to produce new plans by August 14th allowing two months to review the new plans before the hearing.

We support the Manningham Council Officers Report (PL 13/023819) which proposes that Council oppose the application to VCAT. We urge Council to vigorously oppose this application and dedicate significant resources to fight it, including, but not limited to:

  • An experienced planning lawyer with a track record of defeating inappropriate developments at VCAT, and
  • Expert witnesses as recommended by the planning solicitor.

If this proposal were to be built, the character of Warrandyte, a resource not just for the residents but all of Melbourne, would be significantly and detrimentally affected.

We thank you for your time in consideration of this matter.

Dick Davies, President, Warrandyte Community Association Inc.