Monthly Archives: November 2021

Birrarung has a new voice

North Warrandyte resident, Charlotte Sterrett has been appointed a Yarra Riverkeeper, the first woman to take up the role.
The Yarra Riverkeeper Association (YRKA) is the voice of the Yarra, an independent, communityled organisation of advocates who represent and protect this iconic Melbourne waterway.
Charlotte said, as Melbourne’s population grows, the river is under increasing environmental pressure, pollution, and habitat fragmentation.
“Riverkeepers are vital to keeping the Yarra healthy”.
Much of Charlotte’s career has been with aid charities Oxfam and World Vision on climate change education and community adaptation
projects in countries such as Bangladesh, Vanuatu, and South Africa.
She is a member of WarrandyteCAN (Climate Action Now), as well as a local Landcare group, and is a regular environmental columnist for
Warrandyte Diary.
She told the Bulletin that working with Warrandyte CAN has shown her the impact local action can make.
She said her role is as the chief spokesperson for the organisation and “she will be telling the story of the Birrarung/Yarra and lobbying local and state governments”.
Charlotte joins another Warrandyte resident, Warwick Leeson, who is chair of the YRKA.
She replaces outgoing Riverkeeper, Andrew Kelly.


Tax implications of receiving COVID-19 financial support

THIS MONTH WE will turn our attention to Government grants, payments and stimulus programs that have delivered desperately needed financial support for individuals and businesses impacted upon by the COVID-19 lockdowns.

There has been such a complex array of support measures and reliefs that we have never experienced before and therefore have no prior experience or knowledge of how or whether these benefits are taxed.

JobKeeper (from March 30, 2020 to March 28, 2021)

JobKeeper payments are assessable as ordinary income to businesses that were eligible to receive the payments.

As the JobKeeper payments must be on-paid to all eligible employees, the payments, even if in excess of an employee’s normal wage will be a deductible expense to the employer.

In the hands of employees, the JobKeeper payments received will be assessable income and will appear as salary or wages, or an allowance or top up on the employee’s income statement or payment summary.

If you are a sole trader who has received JobKeeper payments the receipts will be reported as business income at the label “Assessable government industry payments” in your personal tax return at item P8 Label G or H.

If your business is a partnership, trust, or company, you need to report JobKeeper receipts in your business tax return at item 6 Label Q.

Cash Flow Boost (from March 12, 2020 to September 30, 2020)

Irrespective of whether your business operates as a sole trader, partnership, trust, or company, if your business received cash flow boost credits they are treated as non-assessable non-exempt income (NANE) and do not need to be included in your business tax return and neither is GST applicable.

Commonwealth COVID-19 Disaster Payments to individuals

This payment was announced on June 3, 2021 in response to the May/ June 2021 Victorian lockdown and was designed to provide weekly assistance to eligible individuals be they full time, part time, or casual workers who have lost hours of paid work due to state imposed health restrictions.

How much of the Disaster Payment an individual receives will depend upon factors such as the location of the applicable health order, the period the individual is claiming for and the hours of work they lost.

On August 9, 2021, the Government passed legislation retrospectively making these payments NANE income, tax free in the hands of the recipient.

TIP: If you received such payments in June 2021 and have already lodged your 2021 income tax return, make sure the ATO makes an appropriate adjustment to your tax return if you included this income as part of your assessable income.

Victoria COVID-19 Economic Support Measures (BCAP)

The Victorian Government’s Business Costs Assistance Program provides grants to small and medium business impacted by public health restrictions.

Top-up payments announced since July 28, 2021 are jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Victorian governments.

The first round of the Business Costs Assistance Program provided targeted support of $2,000 to businesses that were most likely to have incurred direct costs as a result of the Circuit Breaker action during February and March 2021, and is no longer available.

The Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two was launched in June 2021 with an expanded list of eligible sectors compared to the initial program, offering payments of $2,500.

In July 2021, the Business Costs Assistance Program Round 2 July Extension was launched to give businesses that that had not previously applied for the program, or had since become eligible, the opportunity to apply for an initial payment of $4,800.

Both the Business Costs Assistance Program Round 2 and the Business Costs Assistance Program Round 2 July Extension are now closed, but recipients are eligible for a series of subsequent automatic top-up payments.

Note: Businesses must be registered for GST and Business must operate in an eligible sector listed in the list of eligible ANZSIC classes in order to be eligible.

These payments are income tax free and GST free.

Victoria Small Business COVID Hardship Fund

On July 28 it was announced that a new fund would be set up to pay grants of $20,000 to small businesses that:

  • had an ABN and was registered for GST on and from July 28, 2021,
  • suffered a reduction in turnover of at least 70 per cent for a two-week period since May 27, 2021,
  • have been ineligible for other Victorian Government COVID-19 support packages launched on or after May 27, 2021,
  • have an annual Victorian payroll of up to $10 million in 2019–20.
  • It has been confirmed that this grant payment is tax free.

Business Cost Assistance Program Round 4 — Construction

This program will remain open until 11:59pm on November 9, 2021 or when funds are exhausted, whichever is sooner.

One-off grants of $2,000 are for eligible non-employing construction industry businesses, and one-off grants of $2,800, $5,600 or $8,400 are for eligible employing construction industry businesses, based on payroll size and to qualify:

  • Must have a worksite located in metropolitan Melbourne, the City of Greater Geelong, Mitchell Shire or Surf Coast Shire.
  • Must have incurred direct costs because of restrictions in place between September 21 and October 4, which have not been partially or fully recovered.
  • Must not have been able to operate remotely between September 21 and October 4.
  • Must not have received a Business Costs Assistance Program Round 2 or Business Costs Assistance Program Round 2 July Extension payment or Small Business COVID Hardship Fund payment
  • Must be in the list of 26 eligible ANZSIC classes.
  • Must be registered for GST on and from September 24 2021.

It is also assumed these grant payments will be declared to be tax free.

Please refer to the Business Victoria Grants and Programs for further details on all available Victorian Government COVID-19 business assistance, particularly if you are seeking commercial tenancy relief or are a sole trader or microbusiness working for yourself or have one to two employees with an annual turnover of less than $75,000 and are not eligible for Victorian Government COVID-19 business support grants.

The content of this article is not intended to be relied upon as professional advice and should not be used as such. If you have any questions you should consult a registered tax agent.

Brian Spurrell B A, B Com, Dip Ed, FCPA, CTA, Registered Tax Agent. Director, Personalised Taxation & Accounting Services Pty Ltd

PO Box 143 Warrandyte 3113 0412 011 946


Mini-season for netball’s return & Tennis bounces back

DONCASTER & District Netball Association is bringing Netball back, with a four week mini-season.

The netball mini season will run from November 13 to December 4, and will be from Under 9 to Open Age.

Game times will be subject to the number of teams entered and will be structured to avoid crowded change overs.

Parents, coaches, and players are advised to get in, play, and get out.

Strictly only one parent/guardian per family allowed.

With a chance to get some netball in before the new year, everyone is reminded that if you are close enough to be called for obstruction, you need to spread out.

Warrandyte Netball’s COVID plan remains the same that it has been during the pandemic.

Making sure everyone is well spaced on the new outdoor courts, sanitising equipment between sessions, and only those involved in the training itself and required for it to run are present.

Warrandyte Netball President, Eilish Vaughan says everyone is so excited to

be getting back into netball after such a long time.

“It’s fantastic that we’ve reached a turning point allowing the players to return with more certainty,” she said.

The four-week competition has been designed to be a fun way for players to reconnect with friends and play some netball before the year is finished.

There will be no official scoring, no ladders, and no finals.

“We’re very excited and grateful for Doncaster Districts Netball Association going to the effort of running a mini season,” said Eilish.

“It’s a great way to keep the girls fit and their interests peaked whilst we wait for our next full season.”

After the mini season finishes, that’s it for 2021.

The Autumn Season commences February 19, 2022 and runs until mid-June.

As well as a return to play, Eilish told the Diary:

“With lifting restrictions we are looking forward to getting back into the swing of things, having some of our beloved communal events that we have missed so much.”


COMMUNITY sport has returned, and with it, clubs, coaches, and associations have been tirelessly working to ensure that everyone get back to playing in a safe and enjoyable way.

Tennis has been in a slightly different situation to other community sport.

As a mostly individual sport, coaches have been able to run session under the personal trainer guidelines.

Craig Haslam, who coaches in the Banyule and Manningham area, and head coach of the Warrandyte Tennis Club, has been running sessions since October 4.

Craig spoke to the Diary about the constant changes in guidelines and the return to tennis.

“The councils have said as long as you are following Tennis Victoria’s guidelines you are fine,” said Craig.

While it is fantastic news that coaching has been allowed since October, one of the early challenges has been organising vaccinated coaches with vaccinated students.

“Up to five fully vaccinated students could train with a fully vaccinated coach, of course you have some of the coaches who are not yet vaccinated so it is just about matching them up.”

With the full training program being able to resume, competition will start for many players Saturday, November 6 and Sunday, November 7.

The fixtures released by Eastern Region Tennis Inc for the summer season is about as close to normal as you could hope for, with the season running into the end of March 2022 and a two-week finals series, with the Grand Finals to be played on April 2.

Craig explained that because this competition is usually term four and term one the following year, that it is going ahead as planned, however a drop in players has meant that some players may have moved up a division and a few competitions have been merged.

While the guidelines do allow for those who are not fully vaccinated to participate in community sport, assuming the premise is only open for community sport, Tennis Victoria have stated in their guidelines:

“At their discretion, some clubs may wish to introduce measures beyond the above guidelines.

“Tennis Victoria recognises and supports the ability of clubs to do so.”

Manningham Roads

Gathering the evidence to fix 5-Ways

A COLLISION IN September gave rise to renewed calls for safety improvements to be considered for the 5-Ways intersection in South Warrandyte.
The intersection of Ringwood- Warrandyte Road/Croydon Road/ Husseys Lane and Brumbys Road in Warrandyte South, known locally as 5-Ways, is a State controlled arterial road managed by the Department of Transport (DoT).
It has been the site of a number of vehicle crashes and incidents, with the most recent collision between a car and a truck seeing a young woman airlifted to hospital with serious injuries.
Manningham Mayor, Cr Andrew Conlon said Council joins residents’ concerns about the ongoing risks associated with this intersection and are continuing to advocate to have this fixed.
“I know many of you have tried to have this situation improved for years and thank you for your ongoing commitment,” he said.
Prior to the Pandemic Lockdown, congestion at the intersection often saw drivers queuing for extended periods to exit Croydon Road during morning and evening peak time, a situation that is expected to return as we open up.
Manningham Council says it continues to urge DoT to undertake improvements.
“DoT tell us that they don’t have enough evidence to move this road work up their priority list,” a Council spokesperson said.
Council is urging people to help them by reporting their experiences at the notorious intersection.
Visit the Your Say Manningham website to provide details of your experiences of using 5-Ways, including any accidents or near misses that you have been involved in or witnessed, and Council will share this information with DoT to support its efforts in ensuring this dangerous intersection is fixed. ways.

Concept plans released for Jumping Creek Road

THE CONCEPT plans for the remainder of the Jumping Creek Road upgrade are now complete, with the detailed design process to be undertaken in late 2021 and works commencing in late 2022.
Council is planning to invest over $17.9M over five years to upgrade this major road that will see a reconstruction of the full length of the road from Ringwood-Warrandyte Road in Warrandyte to Homestead Road in Wonga Park.
Council says it will also advocate to the State and Federal Government for further funding for this road and associated detours.
Stage 1 of construction works were completed last year, and Council has now presented the concept plans for the remainder of the road upgrade.
Throughout the development of the concept plans, Council has obtained feedback from the community and worked closely with the Jumping Creek Road Community Reference Panel.
Outgoing Manningham Mayor, Cr Andrew Conlon said that these concept plans were developed with the community and would be another step towards the upgrade of this important road.
“Manningham Council is proud to be another step closer to upgrading this road which will see safety improvements as well as increased vegetation, a mixed-use trail, wildlife protection measures, improved road useability and an upgrade to the township intersection and streetscape,” Cr Conlon said.
“We thank those who had input into the design of the concept plans and we look forward to commencing works on this important project.”
To be kept up-to-date with this project, please visit jumping-creek-road-upgrade.

Letter to the Editor

Dear Diary,
Can we trust an urban/suburban council with the upgrade of the last of our “undeveloped” street scapes and bushland remnants?
After Knees Road development which now looks a bit like an unclothed ex- lover, although are there trees to come for covering and shade?
Council should not let the same street scape designers loose on Jumping Creek Road; but they already have.
Stage one is a million-dollar, far-too- expensive-for-what-we-have-got waste, and a waste-land, with few “safety improvements”.
Stop now and rethink the treatment of stage two Jumping Creek Road Please!
Less concrete, roll over curbs, asphalt please, a thirty-centimetre strip of green for a footpath; come on?
It will be an unmaintainable dust bowl in summer, no space for pathways for walking, riding, horse riding, prams, kids etc. insensitive treatment of trees and treescape and no space for replacement of the carbon sinks destroyed and no space for replacement treescapes.
Does somebody in Council own a concrete batching plant?
More heat, more glare, more boring, less attractive, more likely to encourage speed away careless driving!
Expensive counter-productive!
Does anyone agree?

Bob Poppins
Wonga Park

New Mayor elected for Manningham

THE ANNUAL passing of the baton for the position of Manningham Mayor has been held and Councillor for Westerfolds Ward, Michelle Kleinert was elected to the position for 2021/22.

Cr Diedre Diamante was elected Deputy Mayor.

Cr Kleinert thanked the outgoing Mayor Andrew Conlon and Deputy Mayor Anna Chen, as well as fellow councillors, as she donned the Mayoral Robes in a ceremony in Council Chambers.

“I do not take this position lightly, recognising that it is a robe that is borrowed, many have worn it before me and many will wear it after me,” she said.

She reflected on the tough year that has just past and said that Council has done extremely well in these difficult times, “and together we will bounce back”.

She committed to holding to the mantra “Be Kind”, as she pledged to work on Bully Zero, the Council Plan and Council’s advocacy around the State and Federal elections.

“I pledge to serve with energy and devotion; there is much work to be done in this coming year, and I am very excited about it,” she said.

Cr Laura Mayne led the congratulations for the incoming Mayor, noting Cr Kleinert’s hard work and welcoming demeanour.

Cr Carli Lange thanked the outgoing Mayor and welcomed the new Mayor. “I know you will be able to climb over any challenge that comes your way,”Cr Lange said.

The Council then acknowledge the outgoing Mayor, Cr Conlon.

Former Deputy Mayor, Anna Chen said:

“On behalf of the residents of the municipality a motion of appreciation be recorded for the outgoing mayor, Andrew Conlon”.

She said, in an extraordinary year due to COVID, Cr Conlon demonstrated great leadership, is fair, cares about the community, and always has a positive attitude.

The elections for the Mayor of Nillumbik will take place on November 24.

Featured photo courtesy Mannigham Council/Facebook – pictured from left Deputy Mayor Cr Diedre Diamante and Mayor Cr Michelle Kleinert

New electoral boundaries

VICTORIA’S ELECTORAL Boundaries Commission (EBC) has released new State electoral boundaries to come into operation at the next State election in November 2022.

The EBC report, tabled in Parliament in October, includes the boundaries of each State district and region, and an explanation of how and why each change was made.

The EBC took account of the 127 written and 25 verbal submissions received from the Victorian community when preparing the final boundaries, which led to several key changes from the proposed boundaries.

The boundaries for Warrandyte have changed with the eastern boundary taking in more of Wonga Park uniting the electors of Park Orchards within Warrandyte District, while in the west, areas of Doncaster East have been incorporated into the district of Bulleen.

The Report noted that Warrandyte District was well under quota, at 10.69 per cent below the district average.

The Commission decided to extend Warrandyte District east to gain 4,091 electors in Chirnside Park from Evelyn District, south-east to gain 4,241 electors in Ringwood North and the remaining share of Park Orchards from Croydon District, and south to include 4,853 electors also in Ringwood North from Ringwood District.

The EBC said it also considered it appropriate to retain Warrandyte North within the district, “as the community ties of Warrandyte North tend to face south towards the locality of Warrandyte and its surrounds”.

These additions took the electorate over quota, but this was balanced by the loss of electors to Bulleen District, which brought Warrandyte District well within quota at 5.47 per cent above the district average.

The EBC is an independent statutory agency made up of the Chief Judge of the County Court, the Electoral Commissioner and the Surveyor General.

The Victorian Electoral Commission provides administrative and technical support to the EBC.

Electoral Commissioner Warwick Gately said he was pleased with the level of engagement in the process.

“Redivisions are a key part of Victoria’s electoral system, as they ensure fair representation and an equal voice for all voters in State elections,” Mr Gately said.

Comparing the existing boundaries with the new boundaries, a total of 910,384 electors (21.28 per cent of all electors) have been transferred to different districts.

The redivision has also replaced nine existing districts with nine new ones.

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Earlier this year, the augmented Electoral Commission for Victoria announced the outcome of its deliberations on the names and boundaries of the 39 Federal Electoral Divisions in Victoria.

The Hon. Justice Susan Kenny AM, the presiding member, thanked the individuals and organisations who contributed to the redistribution.

“All written objections and comments, as well as the information presented at the online inquiry, have been carefully considered in deciding the final names and boundaries,” Justice Kenny said.

The Division of Menzies covers Warrandyte and surrounds, and shares boundaries with the proposed Divisions of Casey, Chisholm, Deakin, Jagajaga, Kooyong and McEwen.

In 2025, the Division of Menzies is projected is 112,720 electors, which is less than the minimum number of projected electors required by the Electoral Act.

Menzies therefore had to gain at least 289 electors, or up to 8,485 electors, for it to fall within the permissible range for the maximum and minimum number of electors in an electoral division at the projection time.

The ECB has moved the southern boundary of Menzies to incorporate areas of Blackburn, Box Hill and Mitcham, while to the north areas of Kangaroo Ground, Research and Eltham will be folded into Jagajaga.

A small area of Warranwood will be incorporated into Deakin.

The changes were gazetted at the end of July, and the new boundaries will be used at the next Federal Election, which is due to be held before August 2022.

The full report and an interactive map of the new State electoral boundaries are now available to view on the EBC website

The new Federal boundaries can be viewed on the Australian Electoral Commission’s website

The sky’s the limit for Doomsday Pilot

Winners of Rockfest 2021, Eltham Festival Battle of the bands 2020, Doomsday Pilot is a four-piece heavy rock band formed at Templestowe College, made up of group members Pablo Benzon Tuke (Vocals), Skyte O’Malley (Guitar), Gus Foletta (Bass), and Halley Simpson (Drums). Making a name for themselves, and starting to work the pub circuit, the Diary’s KIERAN PETRIK-BRUCE sat down with the group to discuss everything Doomsday Pilot.

How was the band in its current iteration formed?
Halley: Back in the midst of 2019, around mid-year, we were placed in a music performance class. It was just Skyte and me in that class, everyone was forming groups and whatnot, and I think we were the last ones.
Skyte: The nerds!
Halley: And we just looked at each other and were like, hey, you want to play together? Sure. Then we were thinking, who plays bass? I think Gus played bass a few times.
Gus: I never had, you were wrong, but it didn’t matter.
I originally joined as a guitarist but then Skyte was better so I was like, ok, I’ll pick up bass then.
Halley: Pablo was a more recent addition
Pablo: They had another vocalist.
Halley: But they changed schools, which made it hard.
Pablo: Skyte and I have known each other for a while, so when he didn’t have a vocalist, it took him a while, but eventually he texted me, “do you want to do vocals for us”?

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How has being at the same school together helped the music?
G: I don’t know if it would have worked if we weren’t at the same school
H: Obviously access, the facilities the music program has is unreal, a professional-standard recording studio we have access to whenever we can.
P: I think the way it was organised it’s very supportive, if you’ve got a lot of passion the music program will just kind of let you pursue that, even if that meant you sitting in the music room all lunchtime, every lunchtime.
Who are your musical influences?
G: Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, and Royal Blood made me want to play bass.
S: Very into The White Stripes, Royal Blood, and Jeff Buckley is very important in expanding the more complicated parts of my writing that isn’t just power chords.
H: Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters, really anything influenced by Dave Grohls drumming.
P: I sort of picked up singing, with early 2000s pop-punk so Panic! At The Disco, Fallout Boy, My Chemical Romance.
Now the singing I’m doing sounds a lot like Jeff Buckley, but I’ve never listened to Jeff Buckley!
How did you get the name Doomsday Pilot?
H: We basically had a sheet of random song names and album names and we simply pieced them together Doomsday Pilot and we were like, damn, that’s a pretty epic name. It doesn’t have any real relevant meaning behind it. Also, the fact that it’s really easy to find on Google and streaming services as no other artists run by that name.
How did it feel to win at Rockfest?
H: We were absolutely off the walls when the winners were announced! We were incredibly doubtful as to whether we could win just due to the great number of artists that entered and at such a high standard. It’s a confidence booster, if we get this music to the right people, yeah, they will appreciate it for what it is, and we can get results like that.
P: Yeah, it was a nice confidence booster
G: It feels like a bit of an ego booster, but I don’t want it to be!
H:Wellhe(Gus)gotnominatedforbest bass player as well.
And you only picked up the bass two years ago?
G: Yeah about that long.
Over lockdowns, have you picked up any new instruments, or played around with any new sounds you might incorporate?
S: Saxophone Solo!
P: I want to play some piano.
H: Pablo is a bit of a freak on the piano, so imagine we would be incorporating some of that.
G: And more Cowbell!
Is the progression of the sound something discussed, something you’re trying to do?
S: It just sort of happens, it gets very boring if you do the same thing over and over again.
P: I think the way the band kind of works, everyone is in the band because the other band mates want them to do whatever their thing is.
So what’s next, anything new and exciting brewing?
S: Well, we are working on an EP, four tracks and we are in the final stages.
P: Most of these we have had for ages.
S: We just want to get them out, we hope within a month.
H: I would hope by the end of the year.

For those wanting to hear Doomsday Pilot’s newer music before their EP drops, the tracks are a part of their current set list, and with lockdown ending the group hope to have a few gigs in November.
Keep a lookout on their Facebook and Instagram Pages for upcoming event details.

November 2021

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