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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.

Introducing our new site

Mooroolbark logoThis site has been developed to help people discover more about Mooroolbark. We depend on you to let us know additional ways we can publicise our township. It may be through adding additional material - links, more businesses, clubs and organizations - or other ideas  you might have. We want you to let us know about other ways this website can help you and your networks.

Map Mooroolbark Inc. has been financially assisted by the Shire of Yarra Ranges (in the form of a Community Grant), the Bendigo Bank, Lion’s Club and Living Today in Mooroolbark. In addition, we appreciate the professionalism and help given to us by Paperplane Online Design .

Now that the site has gone ‘live’ we look forward to becoming more and more useful to all who are interested in Mooroolbark – and encourage you to let us know how we can better serve you!

Celebrate Mooroolbark 2007

Celebrate Mooroolbark 2007 – our family festival - took place on Saturday 24 March.

 Early morning saw set-up crews pitching tents and preparing for a 10am start in weather that looked distinctly threatening!

By 10am – after a 9am church service in the Community Centre, the showers had passed and held off until the banner expo (sponsored by the Professionals) and parade had concluded. At 11.15 the colourful parade arrived in front of the Community Stage, where MC for the day – Yarny T presented each banner to the crowd.


The adjudged Best Banner was awarded to Bimbadeen Heights Primary School, and an award of $300 presented by Shire of Yarra Ranges Mayor – Cr. Tim Heenan, who donated prizes.
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