Our next Monday Morning in the Reserves outing will be Monday 13th November. We will be meeting at the end of Teak ave along the Tarralla Creek ( MEL 50L 11) and weeding the revegetation bed that we have been planting in previously. If you would like to join us, please bring your own gloves and wear suitable clothing and footwear for the bush. Morning tea will be provided.

 Maroondah Festival is being held on Sunday Nov 12th at Town Park, Norton Rd Croydon from 10am to 4pm. CRISP will be having an information stand within the community area, if you are at the Festival, call by and say hello.

Each year, the Maroondah City Council recognises outstanding contributions to the Maroondah community by presenting Awards to individuals and groups at the annual Australia Day celebrations held at Ringwood Lake Park.

Council encourages a wide range of groups and individuals to nominate for the awards

§ Citizen of the Year

§ Young Citizen of the Year

§ Community Event of the Year

Nominations close on Friday 17 November 2017.

Further information relating to the Awards process is available on Council’s website

or from the Councillor Support Officer on 9298 4462.

We are currently looking for articles and items of interest for the next newsletter. If you have any contributions please send them to the editor Linda Hibbs at;

Our end of year celebration BBQ will be held on Saturday 2nd of December. This is a good chance for our members, volunteers and supporters to catch up and celebrate this years achievements. We will be providing the BBQ and drinks if you are able to bring a salad or sweet to share that would be appreciated. Meet in the picnic area at the nursery at 12pm. If you are planning to join us please RSVP as soon as possible for catering purposes.

Planting Session – 5 November

Join Roger Lord, President of Heathmont Bushcare for an exploration of the Dexter’s beautiful one-hectare garden. Features of the garden include its Silver-leafed Stringybark and Cherry Ballarat trees as well as a wide variety of orchids, sedges, and grasses. Hear about the significant trees that mark this area and get involved in planting some native species, to help create new homes for local wildlife.

Date: Sunday 5 November, 10am to 12:30pm
Venue: Heathmont
Cost: FREE

Maroondah Festival – Sunday 12 November 2017

Sunday, 12 November 2017 – 10:00am to 4:00pm

  • Children
  • Community
  • Council
  • Festivals and fairs
  • Music
  • Seniors
  • Youth

Maroondah Festival will take place in Town Park, Norton Road Croydon on Sunday 12 November, 2017 and is presented by Maroondah City Council in conjunction with EastLink.
Girl painting at Maroondah Festival

Maroondah Festival website

This year’s Maroondah Festival will include:

  • Main Stage attractions
  • Kids Kingdom
  • Youth Space
  • Health and Wellbeing Expo
  • Eco Village
  • Community Expo
  • Artisan Market and Stage
  • Plus food, market stalls, amusements, stage and roving entertainment

Date and Time

  • Sunday, 12 November 2017 – 10.00am to 4.00pm

Join the Compost Revolution!

Council is offering Maroondah residents 60% off the purchase of a compost bin, worm farm (including worms) or a Bokashi, plus free delivery.  Each Maroondah residential property is eligible for one subsidised system each year.

You can learn more about how to set up and maintain your compost bin, worm farm and Bokashi system at one of our free upcoming composting, worm farming and Bokashi workshops on Monday 13 November and Thursday 16 November.

How do I get a discounted system?

  1. Go to the Compost Revolution website and complete an online tutorial based on the type of system you’d like to purchase.
  2. Complete the quiz.
  3. Order your system.
Product  RRP Discounted price
 Eco Polo Compost Bin  $99.00  $39.95
 ‘Revolver’ compost aerator  $39.95  $16
 Wormfarm  $109.95  $39.95
 1000 Worms  $48.50  $19.45
 Bokashi  $75.00  $29.95
 1L enzyme spray  $18  $11
 Scrap smasher  $7.95  $2.95

For further information on the available products, including product dimensions visit

Why should I compost?

Up to half of the rubbish that Maroondah households create is organic waste such as paper, food scraps and garden waste. By composting, we can reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill by up to 50%.

Composting has many benefits for you and your garden:

  • creates a rich fertiliser for your garden
  • adds important minerals, nutrients, bacteria and micro organisms to soil
  • increases the water retention of soil
  • makes more space in your bin You can downsize to an 80l garbage bin and save $42.50 a year.

How can I learn more?

Learn more about composting your food waste by attending one of our free composting, worm farming and Bokashi workshops.  To register your interest in a future workshop please call EnviroCom, Council’s waste education providers, on 9703 5288.


What’s happening to Stringybark trees in Maroondah? Talk with Peter Goegan

Saturday 21 October 2017
1:45pm to 2:45pm. Meet at Realm Foyer, Ground Level.

With 38 years of tree management experience for MCC, recently retired, Peter Goegan is a specialist in the local natural environment and conservation. In this talk he will discuss how Maroondah’s loss of tree cover is due to issues surrounding urban development and Stringybark tree dieback.

Admission: FREE


Artspace Realm
Ringwood Town Square , 179 Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood , VIC 3134



Wanderslore Open day – 22 October 2017

Hi everyone, this is to remind you of the coming Wanderslore Open Day, on Sunday 22nd October, from 10am till 4pm.  There will be lots to see and do at this wonderful ‘Trust for Nature’ property: an art exhibition by the Mt Evelyn Community House Art Group in the Studio,  plus guided and self-guided walks, a sausage sizzle, refreshments and more. Everyone is welcome –  bring your family and friends to help make the day a success.

Car parking is available at the car park off the Warburton Highway on the east side of the Home Hotel in Launching Place.   Then just follow the signs.

We hope to see you there!


Hi All

The next Monday Mornings in the Reserves outing will be Monday 18th September. We will be meeting at 9am at Heathmont Reserve in the carpark on the Cnr of Cuthbert Street and Sunset Drive Heathmont.

We will be continuing work in the South East corner of the reserve weeding the regeneration areas and some infill planting. If you would like to join us please bring your own gloves – all tools and morning tea will be provided.

The Sales Area is well stocked with a good variety of species. Spring is always a great time to come to the nursery and see many of the wildflowers as they begin to flower. See opening hours below.

Upcoming Exhibition at ArtSpace at Realm

The creative legacy of Edna Walling

19 September to 12 November

The exhibition presents the work of four artists whose creative practice draws its inspiration from the life and design practice of Australia’s most famous landscape gardener Edna Walling.

Ringwood Town Square
179 Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood

Opening hours

Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm
Saturday, Sunday and Public holidays 10am to 5pm

Working bee – Sunday 10 September 2017

Our next working bee  for 2017 is scheduled for Sunday 10 September 2017 @ Uambi, from  10.00am till 1.00pm.

Please bring along any weeding tools that you have.  If you don’t have any tools that’s ok, as we will have spares. Dont forget your mug!

If you have any questions, please email us at heathmontbushcare[@]

We look forward to seeing you soon.

HE Parker Reserve – 3000 Indigenous plants – Living Links

Community Planting day at HE Parker Reserve, Sunday 10 September 2017


One of the last big planting sessions for the year, with 3000 indigenous plants going in on the day. This is part of the Living Links project. You would be most welcome 🙂

Join Melbourne Water for a short family-friendly workshop on the frogs of the Dandenong Valley.

You’ll learn practical, hands-on ways you can help frogs in your local area, including:
• How to find out what frog species live near you
• Monitoring frogs using your mobile phone to contribute data towards the Frog Census, Melbourne Water’s longterm citizen science project
• How to build a frog pond
• Get up close with live frog specimens
• Kids activities

Meet down by Dandenong Creek at HE Parker reserve near the tennis courts

HE Parker multi-sports upgrade

HE Parker multi-sports complex

Full details here:

Maroondah City Council has been successful in receiving funding grants, totalling $13.5 million, from both the Victorian and Australian Governments to upgrade the current netball facilities, within the HE Parker Reserve sports precinct in Heathmont.

The proposed design – community information sessions

Following extensive consultation with key stakeholders and user groups of the new HE Parker multi-sports complex, a number of information sessions have been arranged for the community to meet with Council and the design team. This is an opportunity to provide feedback and comment on the design of the new complex.

Community information sessions will be held on:

Saturday 26 August 
11am to 2pm

Wednesday 30 August 
6pm to 8pm

Both sessions will be held at the current netball courts and pavilion in HE Parker Reserve, Heathmont Road, Heathmont

UAMBI – Guided Walk

On Sunday 6 August,  Graeme Lorimer has kindly agreed to lead a guided tour of Uambi next Sunday 6th August.
If you would like to attend please meet at the Uambi gate at 10.00am.
As 6th is a Heathmont Bushcare working bee date, and the venue is the railway line opp the Greenway,  we will conclude by doing a little weeding if time permits.
Many thanks


Our next Monday Morning in the Reserves will be Monday 24th July. We will be meeting in along Old Lilydale Rd, East Ringwood at 9am and continuing to plant out prepared mulch beds (near Maroondah Highway – Mel 50 C4). All tools, equipment and morning tea will be provided, please bring your own gloves.

We are currently collecting articles and items of interest for the next issue of the CRISP Newsletter if you have something that you would like to contribute please contact Linda Hibbs, the editor on

Please note that all membership renewals are due at the end of June – you can renew by paying cash at the nursery, sending a cheque to PO Box 706 Heathmont 3135, or by Direct Deposit BSB 033 044 Acc No 149422. Single membership $10, Family membership $15 Group Membership $20. Please include your name as the reference when paying so we can update your membership details.

National Tree Day – Sunday 30th July – find a site and join in

 Montrose Environmental Group will be having a special presentation “Supporting our Local Frog Species” with James Frazer

James Frazer is Melbourne Water’s Frog Census Co-ordinator. He holds a Masters in Conservation Ecology with expertise in habitat restoration, community engagement and threatened species management in Austaralia and New Zealand. During his presentation on local frog Species you will also learn how to use your mobile phone to record frog calls and contribute meaningful data to the frog census.

Date: Saturday 22nd July

Time: 11.15am registration for 11.30am start

Where: Montrose Town Centre. 935 Mt Dandenong Tourst Road, Montrose.

Entry by donation. For details please contact John 9723 4700 by Monday 17th July

“Insects – The little things that run our city – Insect biodiversity in the City of Melbourne”<>  A great new interactive website by the City of Melbourne is worth checking out for all you bug enthusiasts.
Over 560 species of insect are found within the City of Melbourne. They
provide important environmental services that benefit us all, from
pollination and pest control to improving soil fertility.

Planting morning with Heathmont Scouts

Heathmont Bushcare in conjunction with the Heathmont Scouts have arranged for a planting morning.

This will be held as follows:

Date: Sunday 20th August
Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm

Heathmont Bushcare will provide the plants and the Scouts will provide a free BBQ lunch for all participants.

We would love to see you all there!

Spread the word!


Hi All

Our next Monday Mornings in the Reserves outing will be Old Lilydale Rd East Ringwood, (Near Holland Rd Mel 50 C 5) We will be meeting at 9am and planting in some of our prepared mulched areas. If you would like to join us please bring your own gloves – all tools and morning tea will be provided.

We are currently collecting articles and items of interest for the next issue of the CRISP Newsletter – if you have something that you would like to contribute please contact Linda Hibbs, the editor on

Please note that all membership renewals are due at the end of June – you can renew by paying cash at the nursery, sending a cheque to PO Box 706 Heathmont 3135, or by Direct Deposit BSB 033 044 Acc No 149422. Single membership $10, Family membership $15 Group Membership $20. Please include your name as the reference when paying so we can update your membership details.