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The Mooroolbark Football Club - our mighty Mustangs - is currently enjoying some finals success! 

Fourth Annual Planting Day

A cold and overcast Sunday afternoon - July 29, 2007 - saw the fourth Annual Mooroolbark Planting Day take place.

 Held this year at Balcombe Reserve in Mooroolbark Road, 80 or so volunteers representing a cross-section of Mooroolbark residents and organizations planted 1500 plants to further enhance our beautiful township. In partnership with the Mooroolbark community, Shire of Yarra Ranges employees had delivered and positioned plants prior to the 1pm starting time.

One volunteer wrote: ‘The soil was fairly soft. The Shire had laid down lots of mulch previously, and the planting went very well and quickly. The sun broke through occasionally and there was plenty of blue sky to give the planters a strong motive to finish.’

Shoefitter Extraordinaire

 Mooroolbark Woman Wins Top Award (from the Croydon Mail - Thursday September 29 1966)

A young mother of three from Mooroolbark has carried off a top award in shoe fitting which so far has been the sole prerogative of males. So keenly is the award sought that retailers will send their staff from as far away as perth to compete for the annual trophy of the Victorian Footwear Retailers' Association.

Mrs. Barbara Warrington of Brice avenue Footwear, was the first of 96 competitors at the 10th annual competition and the first woman to win the award, which included presentation of a gold wrist watch. Her employer, Mr. Bob Roberts, said proudly: "It is also the first time that a small business has won this award."

Mrs. Warrington, who lives in Mooroolbark, has three children - twins, a girl and a boy of eight, and another girl of 10.

'Writing on the Wall' Launch!

 On a beautiful, but brisk Saturday morning - July 7, the Mayor of the Shire of Yarra Ranges, Cr Tim Heenan officially launched the Writing on the Wall. He underlined the commitment of the SYR in supporting public art projects.

The Writing on the Wall project had been a feature of our annual family festival - Celebrate Mooroolbark, where Mooroolbark residents captured memories and impressions of Mooroolbark with help from local artist, Sandra Maxfield. 

Celebrate Mooroolbark Organising Committee

During the Celebrate Mooroolbark AGM on Thursday 28 June, the following were elected to head up the organising committee for 2007.

Chair - Randall Bourchier, Secretary - Jean Mitchinson, Treasurer - Margaret Goldup.

Peter Higgins, Kate Perkins, Neal Taylor, Bill Yardley and Mooroolbark Community Centre representatives - Jennie Davies and Greg Box comprise the committee for next year's Festival - Our Colourful Nation - to be held on Saturday March 15 2007.

MCC July Arts Programme
 The new program of events, concerts, community events and workshops from the Mooroolbark Community Centre is out now!!  We are featuring a great line up of interesting workshops along with some new and exciting programs such as, oil painting, limestone sculpture, Art 4 Kids and Belly dancing.  So get moving...give us a call...and have some fun. 
For all those people who feel like they don't have a creative bone in their body we are featuring a new short course called "Dabbling in Art" where every month we have programmed a different beginners class such as, woodwork, jewellery making, painting and sculpture.  Enrol in one class or enrol in them all.
There are also great performances coming up by 10x10 and Lounge Lizards.  A new exhibition progam is out as well, where we will be featuring a wide range of artists from emerging to vintage artists.  We are also organising an exhibition called "My Backyard" that is open to the public to exhibit their own art work...more information coming soon.
Mayoral Breakfast - National Day of Thanksgiving

A Mayoral Breakfast - hosted by Cr. Tim Heenan - on the occasion of the National Day of Thanksgiving – Saturday 26 May 2007 - saw several Mooroolbark residents honoured for their long-time service within the township. Refreshingly, each individual saw themselves as representing hundreds of other volunteers who care for others in similar ways.

Local recipients were:
No ImageMarj Hookey – for service to education, local church and community groups and Healesville Sanctuary.

No ImageGeoff Earney – for excellence in business, and a long history of community involvement through the former Red Earth Festival and the CFA.

 Gerard Langridge – service to individuals with disability and membership of local organizations such as the Lilydale Lions and the Mooroolbark Township Group.

Elsie Bolwell – for a lifetime of service to Guiding, local historical societies, foundation member of MAP Mooroolbark and the coordination of the Disabled People’s Company.

Bickleigh Vale Village

Did you know?

…that during the 1920s, a young woman with an unusual vision transformed about 20 acres of Mooroolbark into a unique village complete with rustic cottages, charmingly peaceful gardens, and unpaved, leafy laneways.

The young woman? Edna Walling.

The village? Bickleigh Vale.

If you wander through the laneways of Bickleigh Vale, you’ll be impressed by Walling’s original designs – quaint timber and stone cottages opening out to spacious gardens defined by trees and stone walls that provide occupants with an integrated view of many textures and colours – locally quarried stone archways, weathered timber gates, mossy garden beds, lawns and creeper-covered pergolas.

Bickleigh Vale’s peaceful laneways provide year-round opportunities for a quiet stroll. You’ll feel you’ve travelled back into history as you catch glimpses of delightful privately owned, original cottages and gardens – now heritage protected.

 Peter Watts, the Director of the Historic Houses Trust of NSW wrote: Bickleigh Vale Village is a place of exceptional significance. In the history of town planning in this country it is almost without parallel. Perhaps a little of the work of Walter Burley Griffin is comparable, but it was neither as far-sighted, nor as unique a concept, as that of Bickleigh Vale. That the village is still in existence, and to a large extent unchanged is extraordinary. That it is so well documented… adds immeasurably to its importance.

You can discover Bickleigh Vale at Melways 51 K2. Please respect private property by keeping to laneways.


Living History

 Did you know that 2007 marks the 120th anniversary of the Mooroolbark station? The station originally opened so that local farmers could transport fresh milk and other produce to markets. It continues to provide a vital transport link for Mooroolbark commuters. For an earlier article about a long-serving Station Master at Mooroolbark go to: 

Mooroolbark Township Group

At recent meetings this group of key Mooroolbark stakeholders, residents and traders formulated their purpose statement: The Mooroolbark Township Group is a representative voice for Mooroolbark.

The group is committed to operating in such a way as to: 

  • Unite local groups and resources
  • Provide a collective voice for improving the community
  • Create a sense of belonging
  • Enhance the livability, safety and beauty of Mooroolbark
  • Celebrate and achieve together to benefit the community
  • Value the facilities, services and activities already here
  • Help create an inclusive and safe environment
  • Liase with decision makers to promote positive change
  • Reflect the vision of the Mooroolbark community
  • Set aside personal agendas
  • Foster and promote caring partnerships
  • Care for those in our community

We wish the steering committee every success! If you'd like to be involved, contact the Community Center - 9726 5488


Cricket in Mooroolbark

 Did you know that the first Mooroolbark Cricket Club was formed in 1883? According to P.J. McCallum in his book From Paddocks to Parks, the Club lost only one match against teams as far afield as South Melbourne during the 1887 season. And what about the bowling averages? C. Mummery - 38 wickets at an average of 2.2, R. Walker - 41 wickets at an average of 2.38 and C. Walker - 37 at 3.12.

And, as a matter of interest, Hookey Park once was the local cricket ground, long before the Lions Club erected the now familiar rotunda.

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