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Weekly update #51 - 21 October '22

Hi all

Now in its second year, I’ll post my weekly updates on my website here as well as distributing it by email each Friday afternoon.


Thank you, thank you to all community members and council staff who have spent all or part of the week helping to clean up flood debris and homes. It has been tricky navigating some of the safety and jurisdictional issues, but it’s clear we live in a caring and profoundly generous community. Thank you.

I’ve been posting updates on my Facebook page, and I won’t copy them all here, but the general messages are:

  • Staff have been working hard to clean most public spaces

  • There are ongoing concerns around contamination and other health impacts including mosquitos, so please keep kids and pets away from the mud and stagnant water

  • Most impacted sports fields, playgrounds and park areas are currently closed and will open as soon as they are safe. See our updated list of facilities closures (including parks) on our Moonee Valley floods page:

  • There are a few homes in Moonee Valley that have been inundated – please respect that cleaning up is difficult, and home owners need our support.

In addition:


  • Disaster Relief Australia has now been engaged to coordinate volunteers. There is a volunteer registration button on their website ( Disaster Relief Australia has a role in coordinating support for cleaning up within houses (e.g. mud clean-up).

Spontaneous givers/donations

Year 12s

Congratulations to all Year 12 students – you’ve made it! Chookas for all of your exams. Music, drama and oral language exams have already started, but written exams start next Wednesday. Be brave and do your best!

Council meeting 25 October

Our last meeting under the current Mayor and Deputy Mayor will be held next Tuesday at 6:30pm. The agenda can be found here: Council meetings - Moonee Valley City Council (

  • 492-494 Mt Alexander Road ASCOT VALE

  • Moonee Valley City Council Annual Report 2021-22

  • Achievement of Council Plan and Health Plan 2021-25 Strategies

  • Award Contract - Library Collections, Furniture, Equipment & Associated Requirements

  • Award of Contract - Cold Planning and Supply, Lay and Consolidation of Asphalt

  • Review of Councillor Expenses Policy

  • Disability Inclusion Bill Exposure submission

  • Notice of Motion: - Dogs on leash

  • Notice of Motion: Advocacy for the welfare of racing and post-racing greyhounds, and future Greyhound Off-Leash Dog Park opportunities

Confidential Reports

  • Chris Lane Memorial Field project funding shortfall

  • Variation to Contract - Construction of Flemington Community Hub


Keilor East Leisure Centre is turning one tomorrow and they're inviting you to come and celebrate! FREE Pilates, Yoga, Body Pump and cycle classes, Kids Pool Inflatable session, Free popcorn. Come along this Saturday 22 October from 6:00am to 8:00pm.

Progress Kindergarten Fete Sunday 23 October 10am-2pm

After a two year break, the much loved Progress Kinder Fete is back in 2022. Sunday 23 October is going to be a fun filled day of family activities! Progress is proud to have been part of the local community for 75 years (yep, 75!!) and is grateful for the support of local families and business over this time. Brown Ave Ascot Vale.

Jazz Westside

It's the final weekend of FREE live jazz shows in Moonee Ponds this week thanks to Jazz Westside, part of the 2022 Melbourne International Jazz Festival. Isobel Caldwell and bassist Paddy Fitzgerald team up for a FREE show at Flemington’s Pepper Café on Saturday 22 October at 3pm, where Isobel will showcase songs from her debut album ‘Duty of Care’. Bringing Jazz Westside to a close on Sunday 23 October will be Melbourne improvisational trio Soft Power, to take you on a journey of post-rock jazz at Flemington’s Doutta Galla Hotel from 4pm. Visit and search Jazz Westside for more details.


There’s one new consultation seeking feedback on the proposed design for the play space at Strathaird Reserve, Strathmore:

There are three ongoing consultations.


Moonee Valley Racecourse: an estimated 22,000 to 25,000 race-goers will be heading in for the Ladbrokes Cox Plate this Friday 21 and Saturday 22 October. If you're planning to attend the event we strongly suggest leaving the car at home and taking public transport. There are plenty of tram, train and bus options in the area: Our parking officers will be patrolling the area and issuing fines to illegally parked vehicles. Residents are advised to call Council on 9243-8888 from 8am – 10pm this weekend to report any parking breaches.

Applications are now open for the 2023 edition of our Sustainability Champions program

If you are interested in sustainable living, waste reduction, climate change, community gardening, clean energy, green travel, the sharing economy, waterway health, reducing plastics, ecology, upcycling and more - then this is the program for you! It’s a FREE 10-week evening course that will run from March - July 2023, with a break for Easter. Applications are open to everyone who lives, works or studies in Moonee Valley. Here’s how to sign up to be a champion before 1 December 2022: Visit: , Email us:

Riverside Sport and Recreation Precinct Plan Update

The community engagement period for the Draft Riverside Sport and Recreation Precinct Plan (the ‘Precinct Plan’) concluded on 30 September. There were over 100 survey responses and approximately 65 community members attended the onsite drop in session. The Precinct Plan is currently being updated to reflect the community and stakeholder feedback. This includes feedback received that seeks Council to be clear in the Precinct Plan about the floodplain and impacts of climate change on the site.

The updated document will also include reference to the planned Fairbairn Park New Modular Pavilion. It is anticipated that the Precinct Plan will come back to Council for endorsement by the end of the year. The Precinct Plan will be an vital inclusion to the upcoming tender process for appointing a long term managing contractor and co-investor for the site, as it will describe the expected community outcomes to be delivered under a new arrangement.

Customer Service - 2022/23 Parking Permit mailout delay

The mailout of renewed 2022/23 Parking Permits is running behind schedule due to delays in the production of the permits by our external provider. It is expected that residents will receive their renewed permits after 30th October (expiry date), however residents will be provided with a grace period for the whole month of November. Residents must keep displaying their current 2021/22 permits until they receive their 2022/23 permits in the mail in order to avoid receiving any infringements. The Customer Service and Comms teams are working together to ensure residents are notified accordingly.

Have a good week.

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