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The joys of the vegie patch

In spite of the cooler weather there's much produce in the home garden! And the zesty flavours, the crisp freshness, the nutritional benefits, not to mention the aesthetic attractiveness of home grown vegies should encourage us all to cultivate! Perhaps it's time to start a garden - it's a good time to prepare for sowing those winter vegies.

There's lots of information out there - here's a link to Diggers!

Good luck!

Thanks for using this site!

Boori in Mooroolbark

Thursday November 17 saw the Mooroolbark Umbrella Group host its sixth Annual Town Forum - this year featuring highly acclaimed author and community advocate Boori Monty Pryor.

In the morning, in a partnership with Eastern Regional Libraries, Boori engaged with a group of secondary students from Mooroolbark and Healesville at the Mooroolbark Library. During the afternoon, 200 local primary students enjoyed a workshop and presentation from Boori at the Mooroolbark Community Centre. In the evening, the Annual Forum took place, again at MCC, and prior to Boori's entertaining and informative presentation about some of his writing and film-making projects, the Umbrella Group awarded two Quiet Achiever awards. The first went to Barb Austin due to her years-long service to the Mooroolbark community in many long-term commitments. The second was awarded to Wurundjeri elder Aunty Dot for her quiet influence through her year-by-year involvement in opening ceremonies of Celebrate Mooroolbark.

Pictured from L-R: Deputy Mayor Cr. Len Cox, Aunty Dot Peters, Barb Austin, MUG president Randall Bourchier and Boori Monty Pryor. Many thanks to sponsors of this event: Mooroolbark Bendigo Bank, Shire of Yarra Ranges, Eastern Regional Library, Mooroolbark Lions Club, MAP Mooroolbark, Mooroolbark Professionals.

Children's Author coming to Mooroolbark!

Boori Monty Pryor will visit Mooroolbark on Thursday November 17 - workshopping with invited groups of primary and secondary students during the day, and addressing the Mooroolbark Umbrella Group annual community forum in the evening - 7.30pm at the Mooroolbark community Centre. Entry is by a gold-coin donation!

For more information about Monty click here


Bookings and more information Mooroolbark Community Centre Ph. 1300 368 333

Email: [email protected]

Or click on the flyer pictured above to make a booking.

Looking forward to a great night!

No emergencies allowed here

Mooroolbark residents must be very well prepared for emergencies if the small attendance at Wednesday night's (5 October) Community Safety workshop was any indication.

It's a pity, as the presentations from representatives of the SES, CFA, and YRC were excellently prepared and delivered.

Pictured are two of the presenters - Luke Roy, the Emergency coordinator from Yarra Ranges Council:

And Brian Miers from the SES

Thanks to the hosting partners - Mooroolbark Community Centre and the Mooroolbark Umbrella Group. And to the presenters from YRC, SES and CFA.

Want to be prepared?

None of us knows when we might be affected by events such as fire, flooding or wild weather! Be well-prepared. The Mooroolbark Umbrella Group (partnering with CFA, SES, Eagle Health and Yarra Ranges Council) brings you a free community safety workshop where you will have an assisted opportunity to begin work on an emergency plan for your household.

More info? Brian 0418326670 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

One of Our Favourite Sons

On Saturday 13 August a capacity crowd at the Mooroolbark Community Centre enjoyed the return of one of Mooroolbark’s sons – Barney McAll – as he performed selections from his ARIA, AIR and Bell award winning album, Mooroolbark.

Before the concert started Barney was interviewed by Mooroolbark Umbrella Group President, Randall Bourchier. Barney shared stories about his formative years in Mooroolbark and musicians who had influenced him. Interestingly, Barney brought with him a trophy he’d received when competing at the Talent Quest that for many years was a permanent fixture at the Red Earth Festival, and latterly at Celebrate Mooroolbark.

Marion Stott from the Mooroolbark History Group is pictured here with Barney and his Red Earth trophy:

The evening which featured Barney’s band ASIO – Barney, piano, Steve Magnussen, guitar, Philip Rex, bass, Danny Fischer, drums and Julien Wilson, tenor sax.

The audience not only enjoyed selections from Mooroolbark, but also some of Barney’s more recent compositions. Between numbers Barney would sometimes reminisce about his memories of our town.

As Barney’s musical genre is cool New York jazz which requires careful and educated listening, I was delighted by the audience response. One woman tapped me on the shoulder at the end of the concert and said: I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I really enjoyed the night.

Thanks to all who arranged the evening – Malcolm and his team at Mooroolbark Community Centre, publicity from Living Today in Mooroolbark and members of Mooroolbark Christian Fellowship who ran the bar and set up the hall on the night.

Touch of Spring!

No doubt there'll be some chilly weather ahead, but we've really enjoyed the milder, spring-promising temperatures.

There are still remnants of the original vegetation in various spots around Mooroolbark. You might like to send us one of your photos of the local vegetation for possible website use!

Here're a couple of nodding greenhood orchids...

Lucky Gray Court Preschool

Gray Court Preschool recently welcomed a local artist back after a 20-year hiatus as a new playground was launched.

Chainsaw carver Brandon Kroon last stood in the kinder 20 years ago as a young pre-schooler and has returned to carve some unique pieces for the playground, including a timber lighthouse. There are also garden snails, a wombat carved from Californian redwood, and a rabbit.

Brandon’s incredible work was designed in conjunction with the preschool, and the project was funded with the help of the local community.

Gorgeous Day!

It was the 13th annual Mooroolbark Planting Day at Rolling Hills Reserve, with representatives from the Lions, Mooroolbark Umbrella Group, Guides and Scouts, St Francis church, Mooroolbark Christian Fellowship and the CWA. The day was one out of the box, and another 1500 plants were planted, staked and shielded in another contribution to beautifying our town! When it was all done, we shared refreshments, provided by Mooroolbark Christian Fellowship) and went home knowing that we'd done what we'd come to do!

Many thanks to the boys from Yarra Ranges Council - Paul, Aaron and Ritchie who prepared the soil, laid out the YRC-provided plants and even brought along an on-site loo for planters!


Planting for the future!

This is the thirteenth year, we've been working together enhancing our beautiful township.

The planting will continue at the same location as last year :  Rolling Hills Primary School, Landscape Drive, Mooroolbark. We’ll plant along the outer boundary of the school grounds.

We plan to work together between 1.00pm and 3.30pm on Sunday 31st July, 2016.

We’re grateful that the Yarra Ranges Council is once again a willing partner. Council staff will deliver and position the plants prior to our arrival, and will remain during the afternoon to provide help and guidance as we plant, stake, and position guards around the plants.

Although some tools will be available, it would be helpful if volunteers brought their own mattock, hammer and gardening gloves.

On the day:
•    Council employees will deliver and position plants prior to 1.00pm
•    1.00pm – short briefing about the task on site : Rolling Hills Primary School
•    3.30pm (or earlier if we complete the work before then) – Mooroolbark Christian Fellowship will provide afternoon tea.

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See you soon!!

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