What’s going on in Yan Yean

The year is flying by as usual and it will not be long before we see Christmas decorations up around the place!  There is so much going on in the later part of the year, including the Whittlesea Show this month.  It is also an important time of year to make sure your home is Fire Ready for the summer.  There is plenty of information on the CFA website to help you protect your home and your family this summer.  You can get more information on www.cfa.vic.gov.au

Last month I had the honour of joining students and staff at Whittlesea Secondary College for the opening of new buildings at the school. Developed as part of a major $4.7 million upgrade, the new Junior School building features classrooms that can be converted into a large open space to comfortably seat up to 240 people. These flexible classrooms and break out spaces are ideal for special events such as student performances and whole of staff training sessions and are designed to support the latest teaching approaches such as team teaching. The upgrade also includes a converting the school’s old library into a fully refurbished Middle School building and the development of a new cafeteria-style school canteen.

Yan Yean road duplication Stage 1 is on the way with a major step forward announced last month.  I was happy to announce that BMD Constructions Pty Ltd has been awarded the contract to design and build the upgrade between Diamond Creek Road to Kurrak Road.  The upgrade will include a continuous centre median to prevent head-on crashes, straightening the road to improve driver visibility and new service roads to allow residents to safely access their properties. There will also be new off-road cycling and pedestrian paths along the length of the upgrade.  Stage Two of the Yan Yean Road upgrade through to Yarrambat and Doreen received funding of $94 million in this year’s State Budget. This upgrade will be tendered at a later date once VicRoads has completing planning and negotiations with impacted property owners.  However, be prepared to start seeing construction equipment along Yan Yean Road before the end of the year as we get on with the job of fixing this dangerous road.

Another wonderful event in October was opening the new Orchard Road Community and Early Learning Centre in Doreen.  It is now officially open and it’s a great community facility.  The $6.7 million centre which will provide two 33 place kindergarten rooms, a long day care centre, a maternal and child health centre and large outdoor play areas.  The centre will also provide outreach health and wellbeing programs, youth and disability programs and opportunities to provide out of school hours care. The project was funded by the Andrews  Labor Government, YMCA and the City of Whittlesea.  The new Orchard Road Community and Early Learning Centre will be located next door to the new Yarrambat Park Primary School, which will be constructed in 2018 and will be taking enrolments for 2019.

Finally, I want to congratulate our regional Library – Yarra Plenty Regional Library – for being successful for funding for a project titled Whittlesea’s Dark Past.  Library Community Co-ordinator Jack Chan, will manage this project, its aim is to collect, preserve, record, produce, and share stories of the City of Whittlesea’s darker past in the form of a book and e-book. Stories will encompass tales of crime, murder, and the paranormal – some stories will be documented evidence driven, while other stories may be folklore.  I want to congratulate Yarra Plenty Regional Library for their proactive work to preserve local history in the region and I look forward to some scary stories about Whittlesea and its amazing history coming out soon!