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What a spring!

What a glorious season we're enjoying... If you linger and look carefully in bushland near you, you'll may begin to notice the beauty and diversity of our native orchids:

Hoping for respite?

This might be for you, if you're in any way involved with caring or carers!

Or you might be interested in the wheelchair soccer tournament:

Changes to our Station

Please note some important information about redevelopment works at Mooroolbark Station received from the Project Team:

We are writing to inform you of upcoming works associated with the Mooroolbark Community Hub Project.

Construction to begin from Monday 18 August 2014
The $2.4 million Mooroolbark Community Hub project will improve safety and accessibility of Mooroolbark Station.

The project will improve the station precinct by:

  • providing additional CCTV cameras and improving lighting
  • upgrading ramps, footpaths, signage and the car park (including new disabled parking spots and drop off facilities)
  • constructing a new café and canopy over the station entrance
  • upgrading and improving landscaping in the station forecourt area.

Works to revitalise Mooroolbark Station will begin on Monday 18 August 2014 and continue until early 2015.

Every effort will be made to keep disruption to a minimum during construction. Works will take place on weekdays and some Saturdays between 7am and 6pm. Residents and businesses will be notified in advance if works are expected to occur outside these hours.

The project is being delivered by Metro Trains Melbourne on behalf of Public Transport Victoria.

Temporary changes to station access via Brice Avenue
During construction, there will be changes to the way you access the station via Brice Avenue.

Access to the station building and platforms via Brice Avenue will be maintained at all times, but some footpaths and parts of the station forecourt will be temporarily closed.

Please follow directional signage to the station entrance and allow extra time to access the station.

Temporary closure of parking spaces off Brice Avenue
From Monday 18 August 2014, a site compound will be set up in the car park off Brice Avenue. Up to seven of the one-hour car parking spaces will be temporarily closed during construction.

Project updates
As you have provided input to the project team during the design for Mooroolbark Station, we will provide regular updates throughout construction of the project via email. If you do not wish to receive future updates on construction works, please reply to this email with "unsubscribe" in the subject heading.

If you would like further information about the project, please visit,  call 1800 800 007 (6am – midnight daily) or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Yours sincerely

Mooroolbark Community Hub Project Team

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Phone 1800 800 007 (6am - midnight daily)

Planting 2014

Thanks to the 120 people who planted 1500 plants in about two hours this past Sunday afternoon. YRC had prepared the planting area and placed plants, stakes and protective sheaths in position.

People started arriving from Transition Towns, St Peter Julian, St Francis in the Fields, Scouts, Guides, CWA, Mooroolbark Lions, the Umbrella Group, local residents and local politicians David Hodgett and Tony Smith with their sons! Thanks again to Mooroolbark Christian Fellowship for organising the day - and for the very efficient SYR for such a successful partnership!

So work began:

Planting Day - THIS Sunday!

See you there! 1pm at the corner of David and Hedwig Reserve. There'll be a cuppa and nibble to follow as we make Mooroolbark even more attractive!

Planting Day coming soon!

Well here we are again!

Looking forward to your company on July 27 for an hour or two as we further help beautify Mooroolbark! More info or RSVP - please phone 9726 8898.

5 Ways

Keep an eye out for some re-vitalising work to Five Ways in the weeks ahead, as the Shire works to improve the gateway to Mooroolbark. The diagram shows some of the patterned planting that will be completed on the traffic islands!

The yellow areas will feature native everlastings and the red shaded areas a red grevillea. Green - a low growing native grass. Should be good!

A prize-winning poem!

Congratulations to Pembroke Primary School for winning the prize given to the school accumulating the most prize-winners at this years Celebrate Mooroolbark writing competitions.

And congratulations to Mia Gordon from Bimbadeen Heights Primary School who won second prize in the Grades 3-6 division of the Celebrate Mooroolbark writing competition with her poem Mad Hatter's Tea Party:

There was an invitation at the door,

A Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and you must be there by 4

Down in the garden for all to see.

With some Mad Hatters sitting under a tree.

Rainbow stocking and polka dot skirts,

Ladybugs heels and big yellow shirts.

Bright red lipstick on everyone’s lips,

And in my hair butterfly clips.

There was a tea party over there,

With some Mad Hatters sitting there

Cupcakes, muffins and chocolate too

Even with a granny just like YOU.

Giant lollypops everywhere,

Popping candy exploding through the air

Party pies with blueberry jam,

OMG! There’s a 5-legged ham!

Laid on the table for all to see

Was a bright coloured teacup only for me

87 clocks with all hands missing,

Knives and forks all kissing.

Out on the lawn fun games we played

Funny dancing and silly noises we made

Handshakes, backflips and cartwheels

There was so much laughter and squeals.

As the sun began to set

We all started to make a bet

I don’t know who’s going to win

Yuk! Mr Hare won a bucket of skin!

As the party slowed down

There was nobody around.

What a wonderful night

Don’t let the bed-bugs bite!


Writing Comp winner!

This week we bring you the winner of the Celebrate Mooroolbark writing competition - Grades 3-6 division. Congratulations to Joshua Duach from Pembroke Primary School.


Once upon a time, in a poor, poor town there lived a very beautiful girl named Violet. She had brown hair, green eyes and she always wore her beautiful violet dress with a picture of a red rose on the front. She was always nice to the people of her town and never committed sin. 'Good morning to you all' Violet shouts from her doormat.

'Oh good morning Violet, what a fine day it is.... But did you ummm…………happen t-to have…………..
any money on you' said the dwarfs.

'Sorry not today, maybe next time' said Violet with a sad facial expression.

'Oh okay, bye' the dwarf says trying to hide his emotion.

Then came a bunch of knights in an enormous huddle. 'Separate!' shouted a familiar voice from the centre. As the knights opened up there huddle out came the prince of France. 'I am here for Violet' says the wealthy prince with a deep voice.

'Oh Prince Bruno, I am very sorry to say this but, Violet has gone to the lake Forrest with William' says an old woman from the town. 'Well go get her; don't just stand around like stupid knights' says the prince ordering his knights. 'There is something we need to talk about' said Prince Bruno with a smile on his face.

As Violet and William were walking around the Forrest a lot of interesting topics came up. 'Where are you from?' said William. 'That is for me to know and you to find out' said Violet cheekily. 'Well I am from England just in case you want to know' said William. Violet smiled. 'I have to go, bye' said Violet walking away. 'Wait, I didn't get your name' shouted William. 'That's for me to know and you to find out' screamed Violet. William chuckled as he packed all his fishing gear and started walking back as well.

When Violet was halfway home, the knights came and picked up Violet. 'AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH' screamed Violet before being put to sleep by a Knight. Once William had heard the scream, he immediately ran towards the direction of Violets home. Once he stopped running he tripped on something. When he was back up on his feet, he saw that he had tripped over one of Violets shoes, and that's when he got worried and he started to run even more. When he reached Violets home town he asked the old lady where she had gone.

'Excuse me have you seen a girl go past here?' asked William. 'Well what's her name?' asked the old woman. 'I don't know but she has brown hair, green eyes, and a Violet dress' said William. 'Oh yes, my daughter just saw her, apparently she was knocked out and on a knights horse' said the old lady talking a little more quietly. 'Did they say where she was going?' asked William getting a little bit frightened. 'Well they were heading in that direction so I think they must be going to the circus' said the old lady pointing to the left. 'Thank you very much, I will head to the circus now' said William feeling determined to save Violet.

When William arrived at the circus he saw Violet being screamed at by Prince Bruno. 'YOU LEAVE HER ALONE', screamed William pushing Bruno to the ground. Whilst William was fighting Bruno, Violet sneakily grabbed the sword from one of the knights and threatened to stab them if anyone got involved in the fight. `I'm warning you, take one step closer and it will be a bloody mess' said Violet. While William and Bruno were fighting William got on top of Bruno and started punching.

'Run, run while you can' said William still throwing punches. 'Then what's going to happen to you?' asked Violet feeling worried. 'That's for me to know, and you to find out' said William. 'Okay' said Violet under her breath. 'I can do it' she mumbled. Then she turned around and stabbed all three of the knights. Violet ran and ran. Then she stopped and thought about William and how much she would miss him if he was killed.



Violet was a grown woman she had her own house, a job and hundreds of Violet dresses, but there was one thing she was missing.... Bang Bang Bang, there was a loud knock on the door. 'Coming' shouted Violet from upstairs. She opened the door and she couldn't believe who was standing at the door. It was William with a red rose in his hand, the exact same one as the one on her Violet dresses.



Fancy a bit of G & S??

Looking for a good afternoon out on June 1...??? $5 sounds like pretty good value and helps a good cause!

Anzac 2014

On a gorgeous late autumn day, we gathered grateful for our freedom and sobered by its cost...

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