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For those who eagerly await each edition of Living Today in Mooroolbark click on the cover picture to download from the Living Today site! It's a great read once again! Thanks to Janet Van Dijk and her editorial team!

Anzac Day in Hookey Park

Congratulations to the Lions Club of Mooroolbark for their hosting of the Annual Anzac Day service in Hookey Park. Thanks, too, to the Croydon Citizens Brass Band, local schools and guest speaker and Bugler Tommy Steele.


And then came the rain!

Things started so promisingly, after many months of preparation by the Celebrate Mooroolbark organising committee and other volunteers. The parade started with a bang!


Festival washed out

We certainly celebrated the rain - it had been a long time anticipated.

But sadly, the culmination of so many hours of dedicated planning and preparation by the dedicated organising committee, stall holders, community organisations, performers and contractors ground to a washed-out halt!

Already we look forward to next year's festival! And as we do, we're grateful for the manner in which Celebrate Mooroolbark fosters the well-being of our vibrant community through all of the networks of cooperation and quiet sacrifice for the common good that it brings about!

Thanks to all for their patience and good humour in packing down the festival site once the rains had set in. There'll be more photos in time, but this image from the CM facebook page is a fitting close for now. Thanks to Parkville Music who lifted the spirits of those packing down in the wet!

Festival only days away!

Yes! Celebrate Mooroolbark 2018 will take place on Saturday 24 March in the environs around the Community Centre in Brice Avenue. You may have already received delivery of your copy of the Festival Flyer:

Umbrella Group wins Australia Day award

Congratulations to the Mooroolbark Umbrella Group (MUG) on being awarded “Community Group of the Year” at the Yarra Ranges Council Australia Day awards. The citation on the award reads: “For outstanding dedication and commitment to the Yarra Ranges Community.” Click to read about all awards on the YRC website.

MUG’s purpose is to offer a voice for, and to bring benefit to all in Mooroolbark by partnering with, and supporting Mooroolbark’s organisations. MUG’s ethos derives from the values embedded in ABCD (asset based community development), and the closely related notion of Appreciative Inquiry.

Both ABCD and AI focus on a ‘glass half full’ approach, and help to identify, celebrate, connect and support what is already happening at the grass roots level in our community.

As an organisation of organisations, committed to greater community well-being, MUG’s successes frequently come from “behind the scenes”influence and support. The playful MUG logo – an “upside down” umbrella cradling all kinds of activity attempts to paint a picture of a “non-controlling” group, that derives its greatest satisfactions from seeing Mooroolbark organisations thrive in ways that bring greater richness to the fabric of our community.

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Hookey Park Carols - Blue Skies after Rain!

The Lions Club of  Mooroolbark in partnership with the SES, Croydon Citizens Brass Band and the Mooroolbark Christian Fellowship hosted the annual Community Carols by Candlelight on Friday 8th of December 2017.

Late afternoon light in Hookey Park

Despite threatening rain during the day the skies cleared in the afternoon to provide a wonderful blue sky as backdrop to the evening light and setting sun. About 300-350 people attended starting with a twilight picnic before the band struck up with the National Anthem, followed by performances from 5 local primary schools, community carol singing with accompaniment from the Melbourne Mens Choir.

Thanks to all who contributed to make this annual event a reality in 2017.

One of the schools prepares to sing - introduced by MC Neil Mitchell.

Quiet Achievers

At the Mooroolbark Umbrella Group annual Forum last week several Quiet achiever awards were made to long-time contrutors to our community well-being. Each had contributed to a diverse range of sporting and community activities over several decades. They represent many thousands of people within our communities who serve and strengthen our community lives.

Yarra Ranges Council Mayor, Len Cox and guest speaker Sharelle McMahon (former Australian netball captain) presented awards to:

Shelley Goss

Josie Cairns

Andrew Lang

Toni Madden

Pat Gibson (award accepted by grand-daughter Holly)

Guest speaker Sharelle McMahon in action:

Sharelle McMahon November 23

Book now to reserve your seat at the Mooroolbark Community Centre - 7.30pm November 23 - to hear former Australian netball captain, Sharelle McMahon share some of her life stories with a Q and A to follow.

Click on the graphic below to book. Entry is by a gold-coin donation, and is brought to us by the Mooroolbark Umbrella group - an organisation of Mooroolbark organisations - and their sponsoring partners.

Looking forward to enjoying yet another fine evening brought to us by the Umbrella Group!

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Just in case you missed it, you can download the latest issue of Living Today in Mooroolbark by clicking on the graphic below!

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