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Fire guts house close to main street in Warrandyte

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.

 

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Jock and Steve the toast of the town

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.

 

New operator being sought for Warrandyte Community Market

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.

Warrandyte police station ‘will not close’ says Victoria Police superintendent

VICTORIA Police Force superintendent Richard Watkins says Warrandyte police station will “definitely not be closing” after recent rumours suggested the Warrandyte station was on the way out.

“Not true,” Superintendent Watkins told the Diary. “There’s no one size fits all when it comes to police stations and when there’s such a high bushfire risk in the area there is absolutely no intention of closing down Warrandyte police station.

“We’re still rolling out fire setter patrols (for anti-arson measures) during the warmer months and also going ahead with preparation and communicating with the local CFAs in the other months of the year.”

A source close to insiders at VicPol called the Diary earlier this week saying “it’s a done deal, 100 per cent” regarding the topic of the station closing. It follows more recent, and alarming, downsizing at suburban stations including Ashburton which has gone from being manned seven days to two, while Somerville has a brand new $16mill station completed last year but is yet to be manned and there are reports of a station in the Geelong area operating well below it’s full complement officers among several other examples.

A post earlier this week on the Diary Facebook page asking the question about whether the Warrandyte station would be closed down prompted mixed reactions from locals, most of whom were clearly against the idea of no police station in Warrandyte. “We have been here for two and a half years and had to use the station five times; seriously stupid idea (closing it),” one new resident said. Another pointed out, “No point staying open if no one is ever there,” while others said they would be shocked and disappointed given the station is only relatively new in addition to what many locals believe is a spike in crime in the area and the fact Warrandyte is one of the biggest bushfire risk suburbs in the country.

The topic of the future of the Warrandyte police station, along with how frequently it is unmanned, as well as the recent rejection of local MP Ryan Smith’s call for a 24-7 station with greater police numbers have been big talking points in recent weeks: particularly with the increased number of break-ins and burglaries to businesses, homes and cars within properties and on the street in the lead up to Christmas – and indeed the past two years – which have been of great concern to residents, business owners and community.

From documents received by the Diary showing Mr Smith’s requests (note plural) in August, October and November in relation to his and the community’s preference (1200 signatures were received) for a greater police presence in Warrandyte, official letters to Mr Smith show it is obvious both offices for the Minister for Police and the Chief Commissioner of Police were saying the other was responsible for making the decision about the allocation of additional police. Mr Smith’s letter to Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton in October also suggested “direct communication be made with the Warrandyte community as to why Victoria Police believe the current staffing level of seven officers is sufficient”. Clearly, that suggestion has been ignored.

Interestingly, Mr Smith did eventually get official response and in a letter from the Chief Commissioner’s office it stated: “There is currently no evidence to suggest that Warrandyte requires a 24-hour station or additional resources … statistics released by the Crime Statistics Agency in March this year indicated a decrease in the total number of offences in the Manningham PSA. I trust this advice clarifies the position of Victoria Police concerning the delivery of policing services to the Warrandyte community.”

However, through our own research, the Diary checked the Crime Statistics Agency website and found there has been an increase in offence counts in Manningham year on year for the past four years. Further to this, there has been a surge in thefts and break-ins in Warrandyte in recent months leading up to Christmas.

In one of the major ones, a pop-up gem shop called Rock and Mineral Store near the Roundabout Cafe was broken into on December 8 but security camera footage of the couple caught in the act resulted in the man and woman eventually handing themselves in to police over the burglary of more than $30,000 in jewellery and gems. The man, 39, and the woman, 37, surrendered at Doncaster police station last Wednesday with a large amount of jewellery and are in the process of being questioned and charged.

Furthermore, a recent report in the Herald Sun pointed out how Manningham had become so affluent that it was becoming a hunting ground for thieves, with police warning residents to beef up home security.

And there are more contradictions.

Despite the Chief Commissioner’s office claim there was a “decrease in the total number of offences in the Manningham PSA”, Manningham crime prevention officer Carla Reardon advised the Diary only last month that burglaries were on the increase and thieves often were from out of town specifically travelling to the area and targeting homes for their valuables. Even a roadside sign was placed on the side of Ringwood-Warrandyte Road at the entry point to the town – for traffic coming from the east – warning of a rise in thefts in the area and encouraging residents to beef up security and to be alert.

In Manningham over the past four years, burglaries were up 7 per cent to 533 a year, thefts were up 7 per cent to 1509 and drug use up 71 per cent to 163 people charged with drug offences, according to the latest Crime Statistics Agency data.

MP Ryan Smith believes it is one big mess.

“Warrandyte residents have real concerns about the escalation of crime and anti-social behaviour in their community,” he told the Diary.

“Unfortunately, while the Minister for Police and the Chief Commissioner pass responsibility between each other, these concerns remain unanswered by either party, while the call for an increased police presence falls on deaf ears. This latest development that Warrandyte Police Station may close will only add to the community’s fears that it is not being heard.

“Let’s face it, there has been an alarming trend this year in suburban police stations either closing or reducing the days they are manned.”

The Diary will provide a follow-up report in the New Year.

Anyone with any information about crimes being committed or suspicious activity is urged to call Warrandyte Police on 9844 3231 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

 

 

Bridge of discontent

THE Warrandyte Bridge is a source of community anxiety once again as summer arrives and bushfire season starts early as residents are left waiting for a much-anticipated traffic report and more so a solution to a serious problem.

VicRoads now expects “to present and seek community feedback on a preferred option by mid-2016”. If an emergency event were to strike Warrandyte tomorrow, an estimated 2502 vehicles per hour per lane would be able to evacuate the area, causing total evacuation time to exceed three hours. That’s time Warrandyte residents simply don’t have in the event of a bushfire, Member for Warrandyte Ryan Smith told the Diary.

“I’m glad there has actually been some progress around identifying some options to ease the congestion and make the community safer during a fire event. However, the timelines are too long and we actually need to see some progress from VicRoads a lot sooner than the timelines that they’ve flagged,” he says.

“I will certainly be continuing to put pressure on the government to ensure we do get some progress in a more timely manner.“

Back in June, VicRoads regional director Adam Maguire informed Mr Smith in a letter that traffic modeling of the Warrandyte Bridge road network would be conducted and a report handed down by the end of August. An additional $140,000 was committed in the 2015–16 budget to investigate ways to improve traffic capacity of the Warrandyte Bridge during an emergency.

VicRoads has since completed the traffic modelling investigation assessing potential options to provide additional vehicle crossing capacity of the Yarra River in the vicinity of the Kangaroo Ground-Warrandyte Road Bridge in the event of a fire evacuation scenario. The report is said to comprise emergency traffic plans to assist in evacuation in the event of emergency and an update on the daily bumper-to-bumper traffic.

A community forum was held on November 12 at the Warrandyte Community Church by VicRoads and Emergency Management Victoria to discuss with residents and authorities the possible scenarios for action in the event of a bush fire, and the construction work that should be done in regards to the traffic flow on the bridge.

David Teague, VicRoads’ director transport and planning metro north west, told the Diary: “Information and supporting documentation on the potential options will be made available on the VicRoads website in early 2016.

Among the options considered as part of the investigation were upgrading the existing bridge to three lanes and building a second pedestrian bridge on Bradleys Lane, which could be opened to vehicles during emergencies.

“VicRoads, in conjunction with councils and emergencies services, expect to be in a position to present and seek community feedback on a preferred option by mid-2016.

“In partnership with Warrandyte Community Association, emergency services and Nillumbik Shire Council we are committed to delivering new traffic cameras in the Warrandyte area over the coming months which will be strategically placed to provide real-time traffic information to the community.”

VicRoads has also installed new traffic management signs and Disaster Plan boxes in the area, which contain equipment needed to assist with traffic management during emergencies and together with Victoria Police and CFA has “also developed improved traffic management plans to better cope during emergency evacuations”.

Three scenarios were proposed by VicRoads at the forum including:

+ Upgrading the bridge to three lanes, two southbound and one northbound, with new T-intersection signals at Research-Warrandyte Road and a wider entry road prior to the bridge on Kangaroo Ground-Warrandyte Road.

+ Building a second bridge at Bradley’s Lane/Everard Drive for emergency use only.

+ Combining both scenario one and two for optimum results, saving over two hours of evacuation time and costing between $7-$10 million.

Warrandyte is in for a hot and dry fire season that all residents need to be prepared for, says emergency management commissioner Craig Lapsley and local fire chiefs.

“The presentation by VicRoads about the Warrandyte Bridge and the options available to help with the access and egress was a worthwhile start to the discussion but it also highlighted that no matter what option progresses, those who live in Warrandyte have to make good decisions about their safety early, and to know what they need to do in the event of a fire, or a high fire danger day,” he says.

“Victoria’s future emphasis is on safer and more resilient communities. Creating a resilience-based approach is the first step in creating a modern emergency management system for Victoria. Empowerment of local communities to drive their own emergency management processes is core to this, working through existing networks, local leadership and community priorities to ensure that planning and recovery process are tailored, meaningful and self-sustaining.”

Bush fire threats aside, residents are still up in arms about the daily traffic congestion at the bridge during peak times.

“Most residents are more concerned by the day-to-day gridlock,” says Dick Davies, president of the Warrandyte Community Association.

“I think in order to resolve the daily gridlock issue in Warrandyte, it needs to be tied into the emergency management planning. We’re [Warrandyte] too far down the list of priorities and I think the two need to be done together.”

If you have more information on this issue, or you want to voice your concerns about local issues, send an email to info@warrandytediary. com.au. To see the full report from the forum visit www.warrandyte.org.au and letters to the editor can be emailed to editor@warrandytediary.com.au

A trucking disaster

A NIGHT-TIME truck ban has been imposed by VicRoads on some of the busiest roads in Melbourne’s north-east, just a month after Melbourne’s new wholesale fruit and vegetable market opened in nearby Epping, drawing heavy truck traffic through Warrandyte from across the state.

Trucks are now banned on all major north-south roads which access the Ring Rd between Heidelberg Heights and Eltham between 10pm and 6am in response to a petition protesting increased truck traffic and noise on Rosanna Rd, signed by about 600 people.

A glance at the map of these banned routes shows the only river crossing to the east of this area that is available to trucks overnight is via Warrandyte Bridge.

The transport industry and fruit and vegetable growers have warned the Andrews government to expect road chaos as the curfew forces thousands of truck drivers onto other residential roads at night and in the early morning. The curfew is a 12-month trial on nine arterial roads that run between the Eastern Freeway and the M80, the so-called “missing link” in Melbourne’s ring road.

VicRoads have put out a brochure North-East Truck Curfew Trial which states: “The night truck curfews trial has been carefully planned to strike a balance for the local community and truck operators.”

However, the bans do not include Research-Warrandyte Road, Kangaroo Ground-Warrandyte Rd, Warrandyte Bridge, or Ringwood-Warrandyte Rd. Furthermore, the brochure goes to great lengths to specify where the trucks are not allowed at night, but does not make any attempt to explain where they should go, particularly for those trucks from the south and east of Melbourne coming up Eastlink to Ringwood that need to access the Ring Road.

The truck industry has warned the ban will simply create new conflict between trucks and residents elsewhere. Victorian Transport Association chief Peter Anderson called the government’s curfew “a lazy and short-term approach to the underlying problem of lack of connectivity of our road network. It’s going to push trucks down roads that they’ve never been down before,” he said.

This latest action by VicRoads reinforces the views of some residents that until such time as the state government does something about connecting the Ring Road to the Eastern Freeway and Eastlink, then Warrandyte is seen as the sucker in the middle that gets all the traffic.

That viewpoint gains strength when considered alongside other recent VicRoads decisions such as reneging on previous agreements to restrict engine brake noise through North Warrandyte and refusing Yarra Valley Water access from Research Road to their pumping station at Professors Lane on the grounds the road is “too busy”.

The Diary asked VicRoads to comment on why Warrandyte roads were not also considered for this ban, where the heavy traffic from Eastlink to the Ring Road was supposed to go, and what modelling had been done on the effect of this ban on Warrandyte’s roads.

Vince Punaro, regional director Metro North West, VicRoads said: “Before and after traffic volume, data is being collected at various locations in and around the curfew areas. Throughout the trial, this data will be used alongside community and industry feedback to ensure the curfews balance the needs of the local community and truck operators. At the end of the trial, all of the data collected will be assessed to determine the effectiveness of the curfews.”

Five for Friday (spooky!)

What’s happening in Warrandyte and surrounds in coming days? Hold onto your hat … and your heart! There’s something spooky in the air.

One … Tomorrow is the day when witches, monsters, black cats, zombies, vampires, werewolves and all sorts of creatures come out to play trick or treating. We don’t care if you think it’s too American and “unAustralian”. It’s all about the kids having fun, so have a heart!

Two … We are right in the thick of Spring Racing Carnival and where better to go than the mighty Grand Hotel Warrandyte for a beer, a bite, and a bet! TAB, great food, drinks, and the place to catch up with great friends. Aside from Saturday and the Cup on Tuesday, Oaks Day is on Thursday and the pub isn’t the only one having a function. It’s all happening at Olivigna http://olivigna.com.au/oaks-day/ but don’t bother trying to book – it’s a full house!

Three … Blatant plug for a valued Diary advertiser: Warran Glen Garden Centre & Cafe is holding a Pink Ribbon Charity Breakfast on November 5 from 9am to 11am with 100% proceeds going to the Cancer Council. Phone 9844 1322. What a way to start your Oaks Day and also contribute to a magnificent cause! Also don’t forget Warran Glen’s Ladies Shopping Night on November 26 that includes nibbles, fashions, specials and prizes from 5pm to 9pm.

Four … Food, glorious food, and this time it’s a Turkish Dinner Banquet at Cocoa Moon tonight and tomorrow night! $40 per person, don’t forget to book a table.

Five … Warrandyte Football Club’s amazing 15-minute DVD featuring all the highlights of the big Grand Final Day is up for sale for only $10 and available at the Grand Hotel, Warrandyte Newsagency and Diary office. Don’t miss your copy.

 

Bags of Cannabis dumped in Warrandyte

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POLICE were called this morning after loads of marijuana plants were found dumped in Gold Memorial Drive in Warrandyte after a resident noticed what appeared to be rubbish left on the side of the road.

More than 10 large garbage bags and four pot plants along with a hydroponic globe were found at the site on Gold Memorial near Hussey’s Lane. Police are currently investigating.

The resident called the Warrandyte Diary shortly after notifying police and said “at first I thought it was some idiot who had dumped a heap of rubbish, but I quickly realised what it was – it was some idiot who had dumped a heap of cannabis!”.

More information to come in the next edition of the Diary.

 

Living with Lyme disease

Is there anything worse than not knowing what’s wrong with you when serious symptoms kick 
in and affect
 your health and wellbeing? Yes – when you know what’s wrong with you but the Australian system can’t help you. SAMMI TAYLOR investigates

EUGENE Hansen has lived in Warrandyte his entire life. He’s a successful small business owner, a coach at the Warrandyte Junior Football Club and is a familiar face in our local community. He is a loving husband and a father to three children.

But Eugene has lived with a painful secret – an incurable disease. His health is rapidly deteriorating; his quality of life is in decline, yet he’s not receiving the help he so desperately needs.

Eugene suffers from Lyme disease, an infectious disease caused by bacteria and borne by ticks. Lyme disease is characterised by a steady break down of the immune system, causing those infected to become vulnerable to several co-infections. If left untreated, over time Lyme disease can cause a myriad of issues—seizures, migraines, cognitive impairment, arthritis and insomnia are all common for those with Lyme disease. These symptoms are often extremely painful and can, in some cases, be fatal.

But this is more than just your daily pains and aches.

“I’m in excruciating pain. I have seizures. I suffer excruciating migraines, between 21 and 25 days per month of migraines,” Eugene tells the Diary.

“I get pneumonia pretty regularly. I can’t battle illness. I avoid as many public places as I can—hospitals or any place where I could pick up any illness. I don’t have the capacity to fight off any infections.’

It took over 14 months, and 220 medical appointments, before there was even a glimmer of diagnosis or the hope of answers. Treatment, a cure and an end to this excruciating pain seemed like a lifetime away.

“I had CT scans, MRIs, blood tests…I had absolutely everything. The only logical conclusion they could come to was: ‘you’re nuts’. Neurologists throw their hands up in the air and tell you it’s all in your head. But, really? Simply, I am in pain and it needs to stop.”

Eugene’s blood was tested in Germany and America to diagnose the disease—and both tests came back positive. However, Eugene’s Australian tests showed no sign of infection.

The reason? As a technicality, the condition does not exist in Australia. Our doctors aren’t trained to diagnose it and our pathology testing doesn’t have the sensitivity to locate the infection in blood tests.

There’s cruel irony in what comes next. In the northern hemisphere, Lyme disease is not only treatable but curable. If diagnosed within four weeks, a simple course of antibiotics eradicates the disease from your system: 28 pills and you’re cured.

“It’s like if you stand on a rusty nail here in Australia, you go and get a tetanus shot. All I needed was those antibiotics for four weeks. It’s exactly the same as treating the common flu,” Eugene says.

There are at least 1494 diagnosed cases of Lyme disease currently in Australia, according to the Lyme Disease Association of Australia.

Another Warrandyte man, Terry Ryan, 45, has also suffered Lyme-like symptoms for over a year. The similarities between him and Eugene are indisputable: they’re both tradesman, living and working on expansive properties in the Warrandyte area. They’re both family men, devoted to their community and battling a mysterious illness that has destroyed their immune system and quality of life.

“I’ve been to dozens of hospitals, seen dozens of neurologists, cardiologists, immunologists. They pretty much told me it was all in my head and I needed to see a shrink,” Terry told the Diary.

But the physical pain and symptoms many Lyme patients suffer are clear signs the disease is far more than a mind game.

“I’ll collapse and have seizures and sometimes I’m just really out of it. I have no control over my body. It’s like there’s this big fog cloud over my head. It’s like you’re in a mist and you just don’t know what’s going on.”

Terry and Eugene are just two among the potential cluster of Lyme disease patients in Warrandyte. The Diary is aware of and in contact with at least a further three members of our local community who are battling the condition.

Australia’s medical boards, federal government and insurance agencies all deny Lyme disease exists in our country. For Lyme patients, these auhorities turning a blind eye to their suffering is just another punch in the guts. With no acknowledgement of the condition, there’s no accessible, or legal, treatment and no Medicare rebates.

Eugene says: “You basically end up paying for all of your treatment and there are locals here in Warrandyte who can’t afford that. They suffer through all the side effects, the seizures and the chronic symptoms, because they simply can’t afford to pay for the treatment.

“I could go to Germany. It costs $77,000 for the treatment there. We’re now looking at selling our home for the treatment. We shouldn’t have to go through this.”

But Eugene is determined to not only overcome his own illness, but fight to improve the lives of other Lyme sufferers.

“I want to just go and shut the gates of my property and get better. But I can’t do that unless I get the acknowledgement that [Lyme disease] exists,” he says.

“I’m going to scream into any microphone until they say that the easiest way to get this bloke to go away is to get off the fence, acknowledge it and fix the issue.”

The Lyme Disease Association of Australia is pioneering that fight. The dedicated group of volunteers provides support for Lyme patients—connecting them to medical services, peer support and updating them with new information. A recent awareness campaign, launched in May this year, saw 20,000 postcards with Lyme awareness messages sent to politicians across the country.

“I believe the government needs to take action right now. They need to indicate there is a Lyme-like illness here and it’s an emerging disease,” says Sharon Whiteman, president of the Lyme Disease Association of Australia.

“Lyme patients need to be given the best standard of treatment. It is hard for anybody to understand that in a country like Australia patients, who are obviously very ill, would go to a doctor and be told that their symptoms and all kinds of abnormal tests are being ignored. It is unbelievable, but it is the truth.”

The next step for the Lyme Disease Association of Australia is to get our federal government to take notice.

“The politicians are skirting around the issue. We’ve been bashing [Kevin Andrews’] door down to meet him but he hasn’t responded to me at all,” Eugene says.

“[There are] constituents here who are suffering, who are in horrendous pain. He says he’s a strong advocate for families—well what about my family, Kevin? Come and spend some time with me and my family when I’m having a seizure or a migraine at 2 or 3 o’clock in the morning. Come with me and tell my children why I’m sick.”

The office of MP Kevin Andrews has sought advice from the Minister for Health, Hon. Susan Ley. They are in the process of investigating the issue of Lyme disease in our community.

“I understand and sympathise with the concerns of people and their families who are suffering from a chronic debilitating illness,” Mr Andrews told the Diary. “But it must be up to the patient and their treating doctor to decide on an appropriate diagnosis and treatment.”

There also is some consolation in the support from the Warrandyte community and those battling the illness are drawing strength from one another.

“I keep in contact with all the others,” Terry says.

“Every now and again we catch up down the street or at footy or whatever, just to see if there’s anything new and what’s going on.”

Eugene says: “And Terry has been a tremendous support. He’s become a part of our support network. I want to try to arrest this thing. I don’t want to give in. I’m in a constant battle with pain because I want it to stop. I want to get better.

“I’m prepared to do what I need to do. I’m going to show everybody here that I can beat it.”

 

If you have any information on Lyme disease, or think you may be experiencing symptoms, please contact your doctor. More information on Lyme disease can be found at www.lymedisease.org.au

Police urge Warrandyte residents to step up home security in light of crime spike

MANNINGHAM crime prevention unit is urging residents of Warrandyte and surrounds to be vigilant with security of their homes and to invoke the basic Neighbourhood Watch Principles after another increase in crime in recent months.
Senior constable Carla Reardon told the Diary there had been a spike in burglaries in Warrandyte, Templestowe, Park Orchards and Donvale.

“By no means are we wanting to alarm people, but do need home security increased in the area to help deter burglars,” Sen Const Reardon said. “On many occasions people have security systems but  aren’t arming them or they are inactive for a variety of reasons including being broken or residents are only out for a short time.
“We are reminding residents to lock their houses including doors and windows, be aware of any suspicious behaviour, and people or vehicles that look as though they are out of place. Descriptions and details are very useful. It’s important to report any suspicious behaviour to 000 at the time of seeing these things so police have the opportunity to attend and make an assessment of it.
“Increase natural surveillance, for example, keeping gardens trimmed and having working sensor lights.
Get to know your neighbours and notify them if you will be away for a period of time, even just the weekend.”

Five for friday (grand final weekend)

One… Grand Final day and the Warrandyte Community Market is on tomorrow. It’s a magnificent 28-degrees and sunny. Why the hell wouldn’t you?

Two… Warrandyte Cricket Club season launch on Thursday 7.30pm with special guest speaker, former Aussie paceman Rodney Hogg. Go Bloods.

Three… Those of you who have not yet booked to see All in the Timing, Warrandyte Youth Theatre’s performance of 5 brilliant David Ives plays are missing a real treat.  A fantastic funny evening (or afternoon) awaits.  Grab the last tickets now for performances for tonight and tomorrow.  You will not be disappointed.  Tickets at http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=151653

Four… Fabrics and book sale at Warrandyte Uniting Church tomorrow from 10am until 3pm.

Five… Looking to expand your personal universe? The Warrandyte Community Centre (upstairs) plays host to a book launch – Peter Smith’s ‘Quantum Consciousness’. From 3pm.

ATO scam rattles residents – just hang up!

THE latest money-grabbing scam has hit residents in Warrandyte in the form of a hoax phone call to landlines or mobile phones.

On answering the phone, the listener receives a recording in a female voice with an American accent advising it is a call from The Australian Taxation Office suggesting you have failed to pay an outstanding debt. You are warned unless contact is made immediately, arrest warrants will be issued.

To prevent that from happening the caller is told to phone a Melbourne or Sydney number to arrange immediate payment.

Needless to say, it’s a hoax message.  The Diary contacted the ATO who advise it has been flooded with calls and has nothing to do with the message. It has been reported to the Australian Federal Police, but the AFP are powerless to stop the calls as they originate from overseas and the phone numbers given (Voice-over-IP lines) are changed frequently.

If you receive such a call, the best advice is to simply hang up.

Bloods bag three flags

WARRANDYTE Football Club made history in a momentous day for the community winning three out of three grand finals in front of a jubilant crowd at Walker Park on Saturday.
the U19s, Reserves and Seniors outfits all displayed the necessary grit and desire to record hard-fought wins over Ferntree Gully, Forest Hill and Kilsyth respectively.
For Warrandyte, the Grand Final victories mean a promotion back into division three of the EFL, as well as a place in the history books, becoming the first team of the decade to have all three sides win their grand finals in one year.

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Icing on the cake

Bloods seniors seal the deal for triple treat

By MIKEY DI PETTA and SCOTT PODMORE

AS if the pressure wasn’t on.

Two sensational performances by the Warrandyte Football Club Under 19s and Reserves to claim flag glory, and the Bloods seniors were suddenly faced with ticking off a perfect day – a triple premiership bonanza that was as rare as hen’s teeth.

Pressure, indeed, because our seniors were the ones every fan was most confident about and also because their victory would be the deciding factor for moving back into Division 3 where the competition is better and healthier.
Playing a Kilsyth team that had pipped the Bloods by a point during the season, Warrandyte was well and truly primed with a week off after a convincing second semi final win over Forest Hill and also welcomed back James Appleby and Troy Ratcliffe to field an imposing line-up full of strong run and carry.
The Bloods line-up couldn’t look any more menacing.

With the crowd also primed after two big wins in the earlier games, the roar for the Bloods was immense.
Warrandyte couldn’t have asked for a better start, winning the ball early out of the middle and generating penetrating inside 50 entries. The Bloods forwards were licking their lips and it didn’t take long for Froud to claim his first and Appleby to slot one shortly after. The Bloods stormed to a 13-point lead within minutes.
However, Kilsyth proved it was up for the fight and star full forward Jay Sherlock answered Froud with a major of his own, starting a run of three straight Kilsyth goals. The momentum of the game was turned on its head and only desperate defending by skipper Tom Naughtin kept the margin under single digits at the first change.

Sherlock began to stamp his authority on proceedings and booted a controversial second major that seemed to graze the post to hand Kilsyth a two-point lead at quarter time.

Coach Tout calmed his troops in the quarter time huddle and pointed out “we knew they would challenge like this, it’s no surprise”, urging his troops to settle, focus on their roles and get stuck into the style of game that had worked for them all year. That including demanding more from playmakers to rise to the challenge, and even squared up in and under veteran Tom Appleby with a poke to the chest making it clear he was one he wanted a big lift from – and deliver he did, as the Bloods came out in the second with a dominant display throughout the second term kicking six goals to two.

Dunn and Froud began to link up in brilliant fashion, assisting goals for each other to help build a strong Warrandyte lead. They would continue to dominate and bag 11 majors between them in a powerful display of two gun forwards seamlessly linking up as the competition’s most dangerous forward set-up.

Froud ran amok and quickly had the crowd in a state of delirium with three majors in 10 minutes and that excitement reached fever pitch when skipper Tom Naughtin bombed one in from outside 50.
As the half-time siren sounded, the Bloods left the field to raucous applause, having taken a commanding 25-point lead, 9.7.61 to 6.6.36.

The onslaught continued in the third term and Warrandyte seemed to have one hand on the cup with Froud benefiting from quick inside 50s that were clearly unsettling the Kilsyth defence. The Warrandyte run and carry was on show and was complemented by plenty of physical pressure from Jacob Daley, who threw his body into every contest as he had done all year. Daley was tremendous, an inspiration all day and eventually was rewarded with best afield honours.

Fans young and old began to accept that the trio of wins was now not just a possibility, but was looking extremely likely with Warrandyte leading by 44 points with a quarter to play.

It seemed impossible, but Kilsyth capitalised on Warrandyte’s drop off in intensity at the beginning of the fourth to squeeze their way back into the game. The underdogs chipped away at the deficit and suddenly found themselves within four goals off the lead with about ten minutes to play, but Warrandyte did enough to hold that lead and emerge as 23-point victors claiming the third premiership of the day.
Warrandyte fans piled onto the ground to celebrate with the three sides who had provided the first taste of grand final success since 2006. In a spirited community gesture, the senior team invited one and all in for the theme song which was delivered loud and proud.

Bring on season 2016 when the Bloods step up to Division 3.

FINAL SCORES

Warrandyte 3.5.23   9.7.41   15.10.100   16.11.107

Kilsyth           4.1.25   6.6.42   8.8.46       12.12.84

Warrandyte goals: Froud 6, Dunn 5, Naughtin, Lamaris, Ansaldi, Skorsis, T Appleby.

Warrandyte best: Daley, Gauci, Froud, T Appleby, Tout, Naughtin.
FLAG NO.2 Reserves dig deep and deliver

FRESH off the back of the inspirational U19s victory, the Reserves came out pumped up and ready to add to the Warrandyte tally.

The misty morning had cleared and the sun began to beam down over Walker Park and the crowd swelled to new levels in expectation for another terrific contest.

However, the game was a scrappy affair for the first 15 minutes of the match when both teams locked down each other’s forward line and the scoreboard was showing donuts. Not even a point had been scored as both teams went at it with relentless intensity.
But the Bloods finally broke the deadlock, finally managing to prize the ball free out of the endless stoppages and peg the first on the board before 100-goal star Gareth Hitchman also found a way through the big sticks to give the Bloods a two goal cushion going into the quarter time huddle.

Being scoreless in the opening stanza didn’t deter Forest Hill, who came out with the same level of attack on the ball and it started paying dividends.

Stoppages were certainly clogging the flow of the game and neither side was able to crack the game open. Jake Bentley showed admirable determination around the packs to help Warrandyte restrict opposition movement, but it was clear the Bloods had to get their season-defining “run and gun game going” to have a real chance, as one supporter aptly pointed out behind the fence.
A quiet quarter on the scoreboard for Warrandyte allowed Forest Hill to creep closer as the halftime siren blew, and managed to get within seven points of the Bloods, trailing Warrandyte 2.0 12 to 3.1 19.
An expectant and slightly restless Warrandyte crowd primed themselves to get behind the Reserves as they came out for the second half and do their part to help the side secure a second Bloods premiership.
However, it was Forest Hill doing all the singing in the stands after a magnificent three-goal burst stunned Warrandyte midway through the third term. The Bloods midfielders struggled to provide any serviceable entry for star forward Hitchman and co, as the fiercely congested nature of the game seemed to suit Forest Hill.

Strong defending by the Forest Hill back six restricted the Bloods to just two behinds for the term and Warrandyte trailed by nine heading into the last change, leaving the game on a knife balance. It was looking terribly like a repeat of last year’s Grand Final match in which the Bloods succumbed when it counted.

But not this time.
After a three quarter time spray by coach Wally Cashion, the Bloods came out showing they wanted it more. The game continued to sit in the balance throughout the early stages of the quarter, but it was Warrandyte holding field position due to terrific forward and midfield pressure, in particular by Toby Versteegen. The Bloods reduced the deficit to just two points by the 10 minute mark of the term and what followed in the final 20 minutes gave every supporter at the ground goosebumps. The Warrandyte boys well and truly switched on in the game’s most defining moments.
The Bloods found another gear and their forward line burst into life, seemingly feeding off the crowd. Hitchman bagged his third, which was quickly followed by a brilliant running goal by Kyle Sultana to put Warrandyte eight points up with just 10 minutes to play.
Dangerous small forward Matt Colborne-Veel finally got his moment late in the term kicking a clutch goal to give Warrandyte a double digit lead and send the pro-Warrandyte crowd into raptures.
With time winding down, Mitchell Gaffney iced the cake, kicing one of the goals of the season tucked on the boundary line to seal a classic 19-point win, Warrandyte taking the premiership by 18 points.

 

FINAL SCORE

Warrandyte 2.0.12   3.1.19    3.3.21   8.9.57

Forest Hill   0.0.0     2.0.12   5.0.30  6.3.39

Goals: Warrandyte: Hitchman 3, Sultana, Gaffney, Jurey, Colborne-Veel, Parker.

Best: Bentley, McWhirter, Munro, Johnstone, Versteegen, Gaffney.

 

Flag No.1 One giant leap for Warrandyte

By MICHAEL DI PETTA

UNDER 19s captain Sid Phillip-Owen said it best on Saturday in the post-match pandemonium as our Thirds rose from being underdogs to premiership heroes – “it’s one giant leap for Warrandyte”.

The Bloods’ Under 19s were first up on the big day and set the tone in sensational fashion claiming the flag with an inspiring 22-point win over Ferntree Gully.
Phillip-Owen played a terrific captain’s game to take home best afield honours and young star Benny Richardson kicked three to lead the Bloods to victory.

The game began in in typical finals fashion; tough and uncompromising, with consistent drizzle also affecting play. Warrandyte was relentless in its attack on the football in the middle of the ground and staunch down back, limiting inside fifties.
Young star Ben Richardson got Warrandyte off to the start they needed, finding space in the forward 50 to mark and convert.
The game remained stoppage heavy, with snap shots at goal serving as Warrandyte’s only way of troubling the scorers until Daniel Mifsud booted a beauty through the Bloods second.
Richardson added another late in the quarter to cap off a terrific first term, allowing Warrandyte to stun the more fancied rival in Ferntree Gully and take a 22-point lead into the quarter time break.
The second term was a very different affair, as Forest Hill emerged a much more effective team attacking the football with more vigor then the Bloods.

Getting numbers around the stoppages, the Forest Hill midfielders and forwards worked to lock the ball in their half and struck back with two quick snapped goals.
A couple of dropped marks and strong forays forward allowed Forest Hill to draw level, before a timely after-the-siren goal by Josh Beasley relieved the pressure for Warrandyte and allowed the Bloods to five-point lead into half-time.

The second half saw the Warrandyte leaders come to fore, especially captain skipper Sid who led by example, going back with the flight and putting his body on the line over and over again to rescue his side from opposition attacks. Defender Astan Ure stuck to his task in a lockdown role in the backline, but Ferntree Gully were still able to wrestle control of the game and took a five-point lead into the final change.

With the game and season on the line, Warrandyte lifted brilliantly in the final term, with Sean Bowers slotting one to put the Bloods 10 points clear with just 15 minutes to play. Ferntree Gully attempted to respond, but Captain Sid continued to play a blinder, especially when it counted, and refused to let his team surrender the lead.
A quick-fire pair of goals by big man Josh Beasley put the game beyond doubt with just a few minutes to spare and Warrandyte and supporters celebrated the first flag of the day.

FINAL SCORE

Warrandyte   3.4       4.5       5.8       9.13.67

Ferntree Gully 0.0     3.6       6.7       6.9.45

Warrandyte goals: Richardson 3, Beasley 3, Bowers, Mifsud, Bektash.

 

 

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”.

davies

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.

 

Burglary at Ruby Tuesday

THIEVES smashed their way into Ruby Tuesday and have stolen items and caused damage estimated at $10,000 after what is being described as a brazen early morning attack on Saturday.

At 6.45am it is believed three men wearing headlamps and driving a medium sized hatchback dark in colour, similar to a Mazda 3 shape car, used some sort of hammer or sledgehammer to break into the popular jewellery store on Melbourne Hill Rd.

A security camera in the top left hand corner on the exterior of the premises captured the incident on film and a passerby witnessed the men breaking in through the front door. At the time the Diary went to print no arrests had been made and the security camera footage hadn’t been viewed.

Cabinets were left shattered
and some jewellery remained, including gold items. Fortunately thieves didn’t rob the safe, nor did they enter the workshop
area, according to Ruby Tuesday owners Terry Rafferty and Anita Sigmund who believe the robbery must have been “a smash-and- grab” incident. “They haven’t taken the most expensive things, it seems, and they were obviously in a hurry.”

Crime investigation squad members from Box Hill were at the scene on Saturday morning taking fingerprints and looking for other clues.

A post about the robbery on
the Diary Facebook page reached almost 10,000 people in social media and drew about 50 comments from locals who were appalled by the robbery to one of our favourite business houses.

Things to do these school holidays in Warrandyte and surrounds

Stuck for ideas these school holidays? We’ve put our heads together in the Diary office and also asked friends of our Warrandyte Diary Facebook page  to help us come up with these beaut suggestions.

Bounce into action

Are your kids bouncing off the walls at home? Well why don’t you take them somewhere where bouncing is actually encouraged and loads of fun! Bounce is a massive indoor trampoline park with more than 50 trampolines and giant airbags with slam dunk arenas, wall running and dodgeball courts rolled in. The kids will never got bored here and there is a café so you can chill out while the kids go wild. Or you can jump into the action too. Bounce is at 22 Joseph St, Blackburn North.

More: bounceinc.com.au/locations/blackburn-north

Go to the movies

Want something a little bit more relaxing? Croydon Cinemas is just around the corner! I know what you’re thinking: “I would love to take my kids to the movies but they’re so expensive.” Well, not any more! Croydon Cinemas tickets are really affordable – children’s tickets are $9.50 and adults just $12.50. There are heaps of great movies to see including Minions, Inside Out and if you’re kids are a bit older, Jurassic World. Croydon Cinemas are located at 1,3-5 Hewish Road, Croydon.

More: www.croydoncinemas.com.au

Load up on lollies

Of course you can’t watch movies without some yummy snacks, so head over to see Francesca and the team at Warrandyte Lollies and Treats for the most delicious confectionery that all kids will love. She has great sweets from all around the world including Hersheys and Ben & Jerry’s from America, Speculaas and Syrup Wafers from the Netherlands, Walnut Whips and English Cadbury from England, Quavers and Monster Muches from Scotland, and don’t forget the good old Aussie treats such as Sherbert Fountains, Liquorice Logs, and Timeless Drops from Sovereign Hill. They have an unlimited selection over at 207 Yarra Street, Warrandyte. How could you ever just drive past, especially with hungry kids in the back seat!

More: www.warrandytelolliesandtreats.com.au

Jump on a horse

If your kids are animal lovers, and in particular horse lovers, then we have two fantastic suggestions. Head to the Ponyland Equestrian Centre for an amazing horse riding experience where you can ride in a group through the beautiful native bush with experienced leaders – your kids will never get lost or bored. These horses are as tame as they come and they love people, especially kids. Ponyland Equestrian Centre is at 35 Osborne Road, Christmas Hills (make sure to pack the carrots and apples!).  Otherwise, Tandivale Equestrian Centre and Pony Club Holiday Program in South Warrandyte is going to be a big hit over the next fortnight. Even if your kids have never ridden a horse and they just want to have a go, the school holiday program at Tandivale covers it all. Your kids will learn the basic skills they need to groom, saddle and ride their own horse or pony for the day. The day runs from 9am to 4pm with a BBQ lunch provided. Give your children an experience they will remember these holidays at 88 Johansons Road, Warrandyte. Karen Paine and Marnie Kruyer sent Tandivale’s School Holiday Program into us over Facebook. Thanks for the great suggestion!

More: www.tandivale.com/holidayprogram.htm or www.yellowpages.com.au/vic/christmas-hills/ponyland-equestrian-centre-13672134-listing.html

Go 10 pin bowling

If you’re feeling like a little bit of competition these holidays then you should head over to AMF 10 Pin Bowling and challenge your kids in a game of this great activity that everyone in the family will love. They are running a special offer for these school holidays:  two games of bowling or laser PLUS 5 arcade tokens, shoe hire and a $5 return game pass for only $19.90 per person. What better time to head over to the Forest Hill complex or the Knox complex, so get striking! Thanks to Sheya Atherton who made this great suggestion and many others on our Facebook page. Check them out at our Facebook page

More: www.amfbowling.com.au

Head for the Dark Zone

Are your kids more into the athletic, skill and teamwork sort of activities? Then you should be in your car heading to Box Hill for games of Laser Tag at Dark Zone! Dark Zone is one of the only Laser Tag centres in Australia to offer the latest Helios Pro Laser Tag technology as well as having the biggest and best multi-level arena in Australia. Dark Zone offers the best variety of deals for all groups from kids events and birthday parties to corporate events and overnight lock-in. They also have many deals for these holidays. Head to 942-946 Whitehorse Road in Box Hill for a crazy, fun time.

More: www.darkzone.com.au/beta

Visit chocolate heaven!

Are you and your kids chocoholics? Then Yarra Valley Chocolaterie is definitely for you! Enjoy free delicious chocolate tastings and watch some of their European chocolatiers create over 250 of their incredible chocolates. They also have a range of ice creams for you to taste and enjoy. If the kids are getting a bit tired then scoot over to their café where they specialise in amazing sweets. Once the kids have fueled up on chocolate then they can run around and play on the beautiful lawns and gardens. What’s not to love about a place where the kids are entertained and you get to indulge in chocolate? NOTHING! So get in your car and head over to 35 Old Healesville Road (Cnr Melba Highway), Yarra Glen.

More: www.yvci.com.au

Spin those wheels in a Go Kart

Those looking for a bit of an adrenaline rush, and you’re willing drive a bit further, should set your GPS sights on 55 Waterview Close, Dandenong South to experience Le Mans Go Karts Melbourne. With more than 23 acres and four massive tracks you’re bound to have a great day! Le Mans Go Karts provide you with all the safety equipment you need so don’t worry if you don’t do this often, you’ll be safe. With great prices and ultimate experiences, everyone in your family will love a day out at the track.

More: www.lemansgokarts.com.au

Get ready to be splattered with paint

Looking for a bit of fun with your kids where you can shoot them? Then Melbourne Indoor Paintball is the place to go. But don’t worry, it’s all in the name of good fun. Even though the drive is a little long, the experience and fun is totally worth it. The address is 25 Salmon Street, Port Melbourne, and just five minutes from Melbourne CBD. There are many exciting fields, fully carpeted and with a sniper tower and surround sound. What better way to entertain the kids for a day.

More: www.melbourneindoorpaintball.com.au/index.html

Read a good book in our beautiful library

Are your kids books worms or have always wanted a PlayStation? Then visit the Warrandyte Library at 168 Yarra Street for a quiet but fun afternoon. The library has such a variety of books for kids to choose from and now with the PlayStation kids can take turns playing fun interactive games. There are also DVDs for the kids if they’re keen to borrow a free movie. The library has some great holiday activities for the kids and staff are always happy to help them find books. So c’mon, book lovers, visit the Warrandyte Library. Sheya Atherton and Michele Petalas both suggested this one on our Facebook page.

More: www.wml.vic.gov.au/Page/Page.aspx?Page_id=848

Join the Circus Oz team

After a fantastic and funny show for the kids? Well you’re in luck because Circus Oz is back in Melbourne these school holidays from June 17 to July 12 at Birrarung Marr. The new show is reportedly one of the company’s best shows yet, full of fun, laughter, jokes, comedy and of course circus tricks. This would be a great show for any kids but especially for kids who are interested in the arts, gymnastics, dancing and acrobatics. Hurry! Tickets are going fast.

More: www.ticketmaster.com.au/section?tm_link=tm_header

A day out at the theatre

Looking for a more gentle, relaxing outing? One is certainly on offer at the Regent Theatre where The Lion King is on until July 3. Tickets are selling out very fast for this incredible show and before long they’ll all be gone. Don’t miss the opportunity to take your children to what must be one of their favourite movies recreated into an amazing live theatrical performance.

More: www.ticketmaster.com.au/Disney-Presents-The-Lion-King-Australia-tickets/artist/820969?tm_link=tm_homeA_b_10002_1

Visit Edendale

Rug up and take your kids over to Edendale farm at 30 Gastons Road, Eltham. Meet and feed some of the farm animals, try out the new activities revolving around patterns, pictures and textures or book into one of the wildlife or art school holiday programs.

More: www.edendale.vic.gov.au/Visit_Edendale/School_Holiday_Activities

Whatever floats your boat

Want to take your kids to some place fun where they probably haven’t been to before? Inflatable World is the place to go. They say it’s all about having fun, so bring the whole family and bounce on in to Inflatable World.  It’s not just for the kids – they encourage the parents to have fun too. Sessions are for two hours per single entry fee after which time you will be pooped anyway. You can play on the inflatable activities as many times as you like during the session and  supervisors are there to make sure everyone is safe and gets a fair go.

More: www.inflatableworldoz.com.au/stadiums/oakleigh

Lots on in Nillumbik Shire

Nillumbik Shire Council has many events running throughout these school holidays. If your kids are interested in helping out with the environment and have a real green thumb then these are perfect: Backyard chooks for beginners, Stories of Place – Heritage Walk, Energy Freedom workshop 5 – solar electricity, Beekeeping – a taster, Set up and maintain a worm farm, and so many more. Don’t let your kids sit at home and do nothing these holidays, get them involved and actively learning while having fun in the outdoors.

More: www.nillumbik.vic.gov.au/Environment/News_Activities_and_Events/Activities_Program

Warrandyte Basketball holiday programs

It has been another great term of basketball in Warrandyte and while the holidays are a fantastic time to get a little rest, they are also perfect if your kids want to stay active and participate in some basketball extension activities. There are some wonderful opportunities open to the Redbacks and Venom players, some of which are Warrandyte Basketball-based and some are offered by external organisations.

More: www.foxsportspulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?client=1-4089-0-0-0&sID=112048&&news_task=DETAIL&articleID=35114007

Grab a DVD and chill at home

Can’t take your kids out but can’t keep them entertained at home? Video Ezy at The Pines could be your best friend. They have a wide selection of movies for all ages including the new Cinderella movie, Paper Planes, Big Hero 6, Paddington and so many more. What kid doesn’t enjoy sitting and watching movies all day? NONE! So head over to Video Ezy and grab some movies for great prices and pop the kids down in front of the TV for the day and they’ll stay out of your hair.

More: www.videoezy.com.au

A big thank you to all the people who made excellent suggestions on Facebook.