Truganina South Conservation Reserve update - 3 February 2021
Earlier this year I was contacted by residents who were concerned about a large amount of tumbleweeds on their properties. I understand this is an ongoing issue that often reoccurs around summer, with most of the tumbleweeds coming from the Truganina South Conservation Reserve.
While Parks Victoria is responsible for maintaining this land, I wanted to provide you with an update of what is being done to solve this issue once and for all.
Parks Victoria recently met with a number of residents to discuss their plans for the reserve’s ongoing management. Temporary fencing has now been installed at the reserve as an interim measure to reduce the impact on the community. This will be installed for a total of two months and any tumbleweeds caught on the fence will be removed.
In Autumn this year a burn will also be conducted and native grasses will then be planted to reduce the amount of weeds.
Council officers are working closely with Parks Victoria and the Victorian Government to manage this problem, and I’m looking forward to seeing some long-term results.
In more news for Truganina residents, I’m also excited to announce that work is now complete on the FIFA 1 Star Rating synthetic pitch at Arndell Park, which is located at Federation Boulevard Reserve.
The $918,000 investment in local sport will help provide for the growing popularity of soccer in Wyndham. It’s also an environmentally friendly option as synthetic surfaces require no irrigation during warmer months, resulting in lower maintenance costs.
The redevelopment includes a new and improved drainage system, which will help the pitch last for years to come.
Cr Adele Hegedich.
Over January we’ve seen our local businesses continue to emerge from the impacts of COVID-19. Events such as the West End experience and the pop-up park in Point Cook have been a great celebration of all our city has to offer. Now Council has launched an exciting new initiative that gives a leg up to local makers, artists and designers.
The MADE on Watton pilot project has transformed a vacant tenancy at 90 Watton Street into a curated, market-style space that hosts original, high-quality handmade textiles, stationery, ceramic, homewares and jewellery.
The pop-up shop is open every Thursday to Sunday over the next three months, with the stallholders rotated to keep the items on offer fresh and exciting.
We know that for every $100 spent at a local business, $67.16 stays in Wyndham, whereas only $4.17 stays here on average when people purchase online from a non-Wyndham retailer.
Having visited this space myself, I was very impressed to see what our local artisans are creating and I would encourage all of you to check it out and support Wyndham businesses.
For more information visit https://www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/madeonwatton
In more exciting news for Wyndham, last week we learned that construction of the new 15,000-seat Wyndham City Stadium and elite sports training facility took a significant step forward after State Planning Minister Richard Wynne approved a key planning amendment.
This is a major milestone in the construction of the new stadium at 1160 Sayers Road in Tarneit, which is expected to be complete and operational by 2023.
The facility will be home to the Western United Football Club, which has been making our community proud for the last few years as they go from strength to strength. Congratulations to everyone involved in making this major project a reality.
Regards, Cr Adele Hegedich.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year - 16 December 2020
This is my last column for the year so I wanted to take the opportunity to wish everyone in Wyndham a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. However you are planning on celebrating it, I hope you stay safe and take some time to recover from what has been a very challenging 2020!
The arts and events industries have been particularly hard hit by Covid-19. It was great to see public events returning to our City over the weekend with the launch of the West End Experience in Werribee, which brought pop up alfresco dining and live music to Watton St. This event will return in January 2021, so keep an eye out for it. We also saw Werribee Park transformed, with the exciting new event BLINK taking over the grounds of the Werribee Mansion. The free immersive experience is a collaboration between Council and local photographer David Mullins. Huge illuminated portraits of Wyndham residents are projected onto the surrounding trees, completely transforming one of our most famous landmarks. While this event is nearly booked out, the further relaxing of rules for social gatherings means that extra tickets are now available. This exciting event will run until 20 December, so get in now if you want to see it by visiting https://bit.ly/ticketstoblink
Wyndham is a great City for events that bring our community together and they are an important part of our economic recovery, which is why it’s exciting to see so many families enjoying these new and innovative experiences.
As we enter 2021 there will be a full calendar of events for you to enjoy so be sure to visit www.wyndhamtogether.com.au/ events/ to be a part of the action.
Mayor Election and 16 Days of Activism campaign - 2 December 2020
Last month I was elected as the Mayor of Wyndham Council. While it is only the sixth time a woman has held this position, I’m confident that many more women will continue to break this and many more barriers in the future. I am proud to represent this Council, especially as I will be working closely with so many other talented women.
This year, Council is once again participating in Respect Victoria’s 16 Days of Activism campaign, the theme of which is “Respect Women: Call it Out”. It aims to support communities to engage in conversations around respect – what it means, what it looks like, and how to put it into practice, especially in the context of gender equality.
The timing of this campaign is no coincidence either as it coincides with the United Nations 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. It will run from 25 November until 10 December 2020.
Council has already hosted two community workshops and a free movie event as part of the campaign, which have been very well received by the community.
While the events of 2020 have meant that all our lives have been greatly disrupted, we can never afford to forget that gender inequality and violence against women are real and should never be tolerated.
I encourage all of you to find out more about the 16 Days of Activism by visiting https://www.respectvictoria.vic.gov.au/16-days-activism-2020
Regards, Cr Adele Hegedich.