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Travel delays expected this summer

THE STATE Government has announced its Big Summer Build plans, hoping to move a myriad of major infrastructure projects into the fast lane.
While the result is expected to mean shorter travel times and fewer trucks on the road, Minister for Roads and Road Safety Melissa Horne asks those travelling within Melbourne and across the state to allow for extra time.
“These important road and rail projects will transform the way people travel across Melbourne.
“If you are heading into the city over summer, or travelling around, make sure you leave plenty of time as we continue this vital work.”
Those who use the Eastern Freeway or along Thompsons Road in Bulleen will have already experienced delays as the North East Link Project moves lanes to create space for the new tunnel entrance.
Additionally, speeds have now been reduced to 80km/h during the day between Burke Road and Doncaster Road, and 40km/h at night next to worksites to keep crews safe.
As work continues to complete the M80 Ring Road at Greensborough, with five new lanes that will seamlessly connect to the new tunnels, there will also be overnight lane closures between Greensborough Road and Plenty Road at times during summer.
Buses will replace trains on sections of the Belgrave and Lilydale lines from late January 2024 as work ramps up on the Bedford Road, Ringwood level crossing removal project, with work on this level crossing, which will be replaced by a 380-metre rail trench expected to be completed in 2025.
Buses will replace trains on sections of the Hurstbridge Line from December 1 until December 18, and there will be intermittent weekend closures while crews upgrade tracks, signalling and equipment.
The works will take place between Hurstbridge Station and Heidelberg Station and will allow for the future extension of the rail tunnel beneath Greensborough Highway to facilitate the North East Link infrastructure.
The scheduled rail replacement buses are for:

  • Between Heidelberg and Hurstbridge from Monday, December 4, to the last service on Sunday, December 10.
  • Between Heidelberg and Greensborough from Monday, December 11, to the last service on Monday, December 18.

In addition to this, there will be major works and maintenance on the West Gate Freeway, West Gate Bridge, and around Packenham, and also disruption for tram users travelling on routes 1,3,5,6,16,30,35,64,67, and 72 as Yarra Trams conducts maintenance and renewal works at the intersection of La Trobe and Swanston Streets from January 2 to 11.
The Minister for Transport Infrastructure, Danny Pearson, urged transport users to take the long view this summer.
“Victoria’s Big Build continues to gather momentum with substantial works underway this summer as we move a step closer to completing important projects that will slash travel times and ensure Melbourne is ready to support the largest population of any city in the country.”

Warrandyte has a new brew

THERE IS A new beer in town.
The eagle-eyed and more adventurous amongst you may have even already tried it.
The Warrandyte Brewing Co. launched its inaugural beer on Friday, November 28, an Australian pale ale called Sunnyside Ale.
Partial to an independently brewed beer, and always interested in trying something new, I was fortuitous enough to pick up a six-pack from Quinton’s IGA.
Warrandyte Brewing Co.’s first beer from the brewery is light, easy to drink, and perfect for spring/early summer.
I was curious to learn more about who is putting Warrandyte on the beer mat; I sat down with North Ringwood couple David and Bianca Ryan to learn about their inspiration and future plans.
David is a paramedic working out of the Ringwood branch, and Bianca works for a not-for-profit in the disability sector.
I started by asking them what drew them to Warrandyte and making beer.

BR: We both come from a background of wanting to contribute to the community and give back.
We love walking along the river, the sense of community and all the local shops, and we’ve got family out here as well.
Our dog loves swimming in the river as well.
But why we started Warrandyte Brewing Co.? I’ll leave that to David.

DR: Well, I spent a lot of money on beer — so, I guess it’s a way of saving money.
But, I guess the idea started when we lived abroad.
We lived in Calgary, and I guess it isn’t a typical place that people move to overseas because it is a smaller city. It’s on the west coast, so it is known for its harsh climate.
I worked there as a paramedic on a
First Nations reserve; I was contracted to look after them for whatever reason they needed.
It was an eye-opening experience because Australia has an Indigenous population, but there are so many similarities between their culture and the culture of Australia’s Indigenous peoples.
It was a very uniquely beautiful culture, so that was an interesting experience.

BR: Canadians are just so lovely.
Everyone you interacted with was so welcoming and kind of wanted to know your story.
We went there knowing that we wanted to still work in our fields, so I worked for UNICEF when I was over there.
We were there for a year and made great friendships, and hopefully, we can go back to visit soon.

DR: [In Canada] we lived near some breweries, and we found that they were the heartbeat of the area, and it was very social.
A lot of community events happen through the brewery or are associated with the brewing.
I guess that’s how we made lots of our friends that we still talk to now.
So, we want to provide that sort of atmosphere back where we lived, and then I think the COVID lockdown got the creative juices flowing.
And you know, one thing led to another, and the next minute, we are making and selling our brand to local venues and local liquor stores.
It is still weird to see people drinking your beer, but it’s super exciting.

JP: So let’s talk about the beer — with so many great beer varieties around, how did you decide on launching with an Australian pale ale?

DR: Well, that was the great dilemma. But then you have to ask what will number two be, and that’s the next great dilemma.
But, beer has seasons, and people drink beer based on the season.
So we knew that we were going to release it at the start of summer.
The Australian pale ale is approachable to everyone, whether you are a craft beer fanatic or a Carlton Draught drinker.
Through and through, we think there’s something in this pale ale that either side of the story can appreciate.

BR: Our goal is to, I guess, one day have a physical presence in the Warrandyte area but for now, we’re starting small and trying to produce good beer that everyone enjoys.

DR: I asked Michael [Burnley Brewing] his opinion on what would suit the Warrandyte area.
At the time, I was already thinking Australian pale ale, and he recommended it.
I just thought it’s a good fit for an Australian Riverside town.
And yeah, we’re delighted with the way it came out.
It’s low in alcohol or lower on the normal side in our call.
Which for me is a bonus because that’s the way I like.
It’s nice, easy-drinking, really approachable that I hope everyone enjoys it.
We have had a lot of feedback, and everyone seems pretty happy with it, particularly for our first release.
So we’re very, very proud.

JP: Let’s talk a bit about your logo design.

BR: We wanted it to be very on-brand for Warrandyte — we know that our label is quite different to what the other craft beer labels are like out there.
We wanted to make it our own and wanted it to represent Warrandyte as well.
So, there’s a gum tree around the can, and our logo is based on a gum leaf.

DR: It was Bianca’s friend who helped with the design.
I gave a bit of a design profile of what I saw in my head.

BR: We wanted to use the seasonal colours of the landscape as well.
So right now, we are also brainstorming what the next one might look like as well.

DR: We like a simple looking can.
I know some are very in your face and can grab your attention from the shelves.
We hope our beer speaks for itself.

BR: We hope that when we release other beers in the future, you know that as soon as you see our logo that it’s the Warrandyte Brewing Co.
We wanted to keep it simple and true and to represent the area.

JP: Without giving away too many secrets, what’s next?

DR: As I said earlier, beer has seasons, so we anticipate our next one coming out towards the end of January.
With every beer we release, we want it to not be just, ‘get another beer out there to make another dollar’.
We want it to be out there for a long time.
It will be one where on a 30 or 40-degree day when it is nice and dry, it will wet your whistle, be refreshing.

Warrandyte Brewing Co.’s beer is locally available at Hops and Vine and Quinton’s IGA, as well as stores in Ringwood East and Eltham.
See their website for more details warrandytebrewingco.com.au

Bushfires: How can I help?

THE MEDIA COVERAGE around the bushfires currently raging around Australia is as intense and terrifying as the fires themselves — as well it should be.
Warrandyte and its surrounding communities have been lucky so far this season and many people want to know how they can help those in Victoria and beyond who have been impacted by the recent and ongoing bushfires.
But the number of groups asking for money, supplies or time is overwhelming and it can be daunting trying to decide who and how to help.
If you are suffering from analysis paralysis then this list is for you.

Five ways you can make a difference

1. Donate to the Bushfire Disaster Appeal

Bendigo Bank and The Salvation Army have partnered to raise funds to assist all communities affected by bushfire in Australia.
Donations can be made through the appeals website or over the counter at a local Bendigo Community Bank branch.

2. Give provisions to the CFA

Coldstream, Belgrave, Lilydale and Gruyere Fire Brigades are currently accepting donated provisions as part of their East Gippsland Bushfire Appeal.
Supplies will begin their journey to Bairnsdale and communities impacted by bushfire on Monday and locals who are looking to contribute have time this weekend to give what they can:

Long Life Milks / Breakfast Long Life Drinks
Non perishable Can items.
Biscuits (Salada, Ritz, Cruskits etc)
Salt / Pepper / Sugar
Small Drink Bottles
Bottled Water
Pet Items – Especially Food, Leashes, Bowls, Bedding
Camp Chairs
Camping Beds
Sun hats
New Kids Thongs and Sandals
Toiletries – Shampoo/Cond, Deodorants
New Make up
New Brushes and Combs
Face Washes & good Towels
Moist Towelettes
Tampons and Pads
Any Bedding, Doonas, Blankets or New Pillows (Please mark size on items)
Childrens Pyjamas
Packs of New Childrens Underpants and Socks (Boys or Girls)
Zip-lock bags (all sizes)
Shopping bags (all sizes)
***STRICTLY NO 2 minute noodles, adult clothing, books or bbq’s – there is already an abundance donated.****
(source: Facebook)

Times and locations for donating:
Coldstream: Currently not accepting due to overwhelming community support and a lack of space.

Lilydale: Saturday, 10am–12pm and Sunday, 10am–11:30am.
Unit 1/100 Beresford road Opposite super soil and behind Melbourne heating.
Please enter from Hiltech place.
There will be a CFA vehicle on site helping to direct you

Gruyere: Saturday, 10am–12pm and Sunday, 10am–11:30am.
103 Killara Road — this is opposite the Gruyere fire station and next to the primary school.
There will be a CFA vehicle on site to direct you.

Belgrave: Saturday, 2pm–6pm and Sunday 10:30am–1:30pm.
4 Bayview Road, Belgrave.

3. Donate to Wildlife Victoria

Wildlife Victoria are currently seeking donations to provide support to Wildlife Shelters impacted by bushfire.
Donations will allow these shelters to repair fences, building and enclosures to continue to the work of caring for Australian wildlife.
Donations can be made through their website.

4. Share your space

Airbnb’s Open Homes program aims to provide free, temporary housing for those affected by bushfire in Victoria.
If you would like more information on how to get involved, visit their website.

5. Don’t become the next problem

The messages of preparation and planning are still relevant and people should continue to prepare their property, update their fire plan and follow-through when the weather, fire danger rating, total fire ban, etc. trigger you to leave.
With potentially still months of hot weather ahead of us, we should not let our guard down on the home front.
If you were not able to attend the Be Ready Warrandyte event held late last year, Eltham CFA will be running a Fire Ready Victoria meeting on Tuesday, January 14 at 7:30pm at 909 Main Road Eltham.
Ensure you understand the risks and know what to do in the event of an emergency.
To get the latest on the Plenty Fires there is a Community Readiness Meeting being held on Sunday, January 5 at the Plenty Hall.
Finally, remember if you do want to go camping in the bush, walking for the day or spend the weekend at the beach — be mindful of the fire danger rating, where the bushfires are, the weather and the current dangers (via the Vic Emergency app).
Smoke from bushfires across Australia are having a detrimental impact on air quality, the current advice is: if the visibility is less than 1.5kilometres limit your time outside.
Stay safe.

Stay in the know tomorrow

THURSDAY, November 21 is going to be hot and windy across Australia.

With temperatures staying in the high 20s overnight and the mercury rising to 37 before the cool change hits tomorrow afternoon, it is going to be a very hot and windy day across the state tomorrow.

The northwest of Victoria under Code Red condtions and everywhere else either Severe of Very High, in addition to this there are Total Fire Bans in place across the entire state.

With this in mind, there are a few things people need to be aware of tomorrow.

State Parks

Due to the weather, some State Parks are closed to the public.

If you decide to venture out, visit the Parks website to find out if the area you want to visit is open to the public.

Locally, Norman Reserve, Koornong Reserve, Jumping Creek Reserve, and Pound Bend will be closed tomorrow.

Although it will be hot and the river inviting please stay away from the these parks.

Last summer, cars parked on either side of Bradleys Lane prevented fire trucks from accessing Normans Reserve, which also doubles up as a filling point for the CFA.

There is ample parking in and around the Warrandyte township and a number of swimming spots along the river path in Warrandyte township.

Know what to do

There are a number of activities you cannot perform during a Total Fire Ban.

The CFA have a comprehensive website listing what you can and cannot do during a Total Fire Ban.

The Warrandyte Diary’s Fire Safety page and YouTube channel also contains a number of animations, made by Swinburne University Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media – Animation students, in collaboration with the CFA and Warrandyte Diary.

Stay across it all

Make sure you have the VicEmergency ap installed on your phone and local alert notifications set up.