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Weekly update #53 4 Nov 2022

Hi all

Thanks to the long weekend, Council has had a welcome reprieve from regular Tuesday reports, briefings and meetings. Back on task next week.

It’s lovely to have responses to the emails each week – great to know the update is useful to so many of you. If you’re responding with a request for me to follow up on something, if you could just change the subject line of the email, I’d be grateful. A new subject line means the email won’t get lost in my inbox systems.

We’re on the countdown to both the State Election (don’t forget to enrol by 8 November), and summer holidays (it might get over 25 degrees) and I’ll try to follow up on some of the matters outstanding in the next six weeks. Thanks for your patience.

Also – a huge thanks to the dozens of people who attended the clean up of Fairbairn Park last Sunday. There’ll be more clean ups in coming weeks as staff teams assess our needs.


Clean up organised by Moonee Valley Sustainability – Sunday 6 Nov 10-11:30am

@ Thompson St Reserve, Avondale Heights

Meet at the western end of North Rd in Avondale Heights at 10am. This is the park entry located outside No.120 North Rd (entry to Doutta Galla Aged Care). Note that this event isn't suitable for young children.

Remembrance Day – 11 Nov from 10:15am

There are three local services next Friday:

Queens Park – from 10:15am

Flem/Ken RSL – from 10:45am @ cenotaph crn Racecourse Rd and Bellair St

Keilor East RSL – from 10:45am @ Heinze Rsve, opposite clubrooms

Illuminate the River – 19 Nov 12pm-9pm

A big free music event that will have the Valley pumping – so please note the changes to traffic and access to the area and come along and enjoy!


There are no consultation processes open currently. You can find information about all of Council’s engagement opportunities here:

Reconciliation Action Plan – Bagarru Bagarru Djerring (‘Shoulder to shoulder together’)

This is our commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. The draft plan has been devised by a working group made up of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders, community members, service providers and advocates. Three yarning circles were held in 2022 to hear from Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung and other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, as well as the broader community. Public feedback on the draft will open in December – so keep a watch out for further information.


2022/23 Fire Prevention Program

As we approach summer, Council needs to proactively inspect properties at risk of becoming a fire hazard and ensure that fire risks within the municipality are appropriately managed. This annual activity is a critical component in incident prevention, ensuring a safe City. After the wet spring we have had, and the spring growth we are witnessing, fire risk becomes elevated as the spring growth dries out over summer, making it more important than ever to carry out this preventative program.

Council’s City Safety and Amenity Department leads this annual initiative. It involves sending letters to 887 owners of vacant lots across the City, providing advice primarily around maintaining grass or weeds at a height not exceeding 200mm. These letters are followed up with visual inspections of all 887 properties. Letters are anticipated to arrive with residents next week and Council will undertake inspections in mid to late November. Council will undertake enforcement if it is apparent its engage, educate and enabling actions are not generating the community compliance outcomes required.

Have a great week.

Ngoon godjin (Thank you) and kind regards,


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