What’s on in Mernda

PROJECT 2040 A3 FINAL                                

What are the things you love about your local area? What are your hopes for your local area by the year 2040? The City of Whittlesea is building a long-term vision for the municipality, and we want to hear from you about your aspirations for the local area for you and for the future generations. By having your say, you go into the draw to win some great prizes including iPads, Coles/Myer vouchers and double passes to Village Cinemas. For Information Contact: Kirsten Van Diggele on 03 9127 2293 or email: W2040@whittlesea.vic.gov.au For more information or to participate visit  www.whittlesea.vic.gov.au/whittlesea2040              PROJECT 2040 A3 FINAL    

Baseline presents – COMEDY National Youth Week Art Competition!

Young people aged 12 – 20 years are invited to submit images of their artworks in any medium exploring the theme, Comedy. Westfield vouchers to be won! Get yourself set for the school holidays by purchasing a Grab Bag.  Fun includes movie pass, bowling, go-karting and much more. 

Competition Entries: Opens Thursday 15 February 2018

Closes 5 pm, Tuesday 10 April 2018

Exhibition: Thursday 12 April – 22 April 2018

Where: Lalor Library, 2A May Road Lalor

Closing gala: Wednesday 18 April 6pm7pm

Further information:   art comp flier 1

CAPOW Creative Conversations – come and meet other artists and practitioners and Councils Arts team!

Creative Practitioners, Artists and Hobbyists

Please find attached an invitation to our first ‘Creative Conversations’ event to be held at the Civic Centre in South Morang on Wednesday 18 April, from 6pmThis is the first in a series of events where you can meet other artists and practitioners, meet Council’s arts team and start a conversation about the arts and the creative sector in the City of Whittlesea. The conversation is open to all creative people from the hobbyist to the professional, across all art forms and to creative people from all cultural backgrounds. The aim of this series of conversations is to assist creative practitioners to identify networking and collaboration opportunities which will contribute to the vitality of the local creative sector in the City of Whittlesea.

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Volunteer English tutors needed for refugees and migrants

Melbourne AMEP runs a Volunteer English tutoring program for recently arrived refugees and migrants. Our program is focussed on helping those students who either cannot attend classes, due to illness, caring responsibilities or other barriers, and also students who may be struggling in classes and need additional support to remain engaged in education. Tutors are given free training and support and provide one hour per week tutoring to a student in need.Our next round of training begins in May. We have students across all areas of metropolitan Melbourne needing assistance. Please find contact detail in the attached flyer.

Please see MPT0021 Melbourne AMEP flyer for further information      MPT0021 Melbourne AMEP Home Tutor Scheme A4_V7_HiRes_2

Community Development Grants Program – Reminder

The City of Whittlesea Community Development Grants Program provides grants of up to $5,000 to local groups and organisations for activities that will benefit residents of the City of Whittlesea. 

Key Dates

Opening date –Monday 26 February 2018

Closing date –Tuesday 10 April 2018

Successful applicants announced – July 2018

Project period– July 2018 to July 2019

For more details on available sessions please visit  www.whittlesea.vic.gov.au/communitydevelopmentgrants

All Community Development Grants Program documents are available online and in hard copy from customer service centreslibrariesneighbourhood houses, and community centres.

Previous Grant Recipients

Details of the 2017 Community Development Grant Program recipients can be found here.

 More Information
Contact the Community Development Grants Officer on 9217 2397 or at

Application Guidelines and further details available at   www.whittlesea.vic.gov.au/communitydevelopmentgrants

Men’s Sheds Funding NOW OPEN

Please see link regarding Men’s Shed funding round.  2018-19 funding now open for applications. Incorporated not-for-profit organisations and local councils across Victoria can apply for funding in the 2018-19 men’s sheds $875,000 program.

Final applications must be submitted to the department’s Local Connections Team by 5pm Friday 8 June 2018.

For guidelines and application forms, see:


New Wollert Schools – Have your say

Victorian Schools Building Authority (VSBA) want to hear what’s most important to the Craigieburn / Whittlesea communities so that they can plan and build the best schools to cater for the current and future needs of local students and their families.

From 28 March – 30 April, VSBA is inviting the Craigieburn / Whittlesea communities to contribute ideas for the design of their new schools via an online survey on Engage Vic.

VSBA will also be hosting a community engagement workshop on Monday 30 April from 6.30pm – 8.00pm at Hume Global Learning Centre Craigieburn, 75-95 Central Park Ave, Craigieburn VIC 3064.

Feedback from the survey and community engagement workshop will help shape the schools’ design. 

Further information on each proposed school can be found at the links below.

VSBA Wollert Schools Engagement

Edgars Creek Proposed P6   

Story Camp School Holiday Activity – Free

State Library Victoria’s three-day program of storytelling workshops for 12- to 15-year-olds is running again in the April, July and October school holidays. Story Camp is free and includes lunch and an MYKI card to cover travel.

We are excited to announce the April workshops:

Fiction with Kirsty Murray

Learn how to craft a compelling story from multi-award-winning children’s and young adult author Kirsty Murray. Spanning many genres from speculative fiction to historical and contemporary fiction, Kirsty’s novels include The year it all ended, The four seasons of Lucy McKenzie, India dark, Vulture’s gate, Market blues, and the epic quartet of historical fiction, Children of the wind.

Slam poetry with Sukhjit Khalsa

Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa is a first generation Australian Sikh spoken word artist, educator, performer & human rights reformer. With experience tackling topics such as Australian identity, feminism and cultural confusions on stage, Sukhjit will help you provoke conversations – even uncomfortable ones – with your words.

Visual storytelling with Texta Queen

Texta Queen is known for using the humble fibre-tip marker to draw out complex politics of gender, race, sexuality and identity. She has exhibited wildly and widely, from bedroom shrines to the wide white walls of the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; Elga Wimmer Gallery, New York and Kunsthalle Darmstadt, Germany. Let Texta Queen teach you how to make a statement with your own masterpiece.

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