Tears and Best Wishes at Monash Gardens

This post is from the Save Monash Gardens Blog

Save Monash Gardens & Save Elizabeth Gardens

Many tears were shed as staff were farewelled at Monash Gardens this afternoon.   The close knit team and residents are sorry to see some of their members leave. Tomorrow, Thursday 1 May, the new owners Royal Freemasons take over from Monash Council.   The facility will now be known as Monash Gardens Royal Freemasons.

'Goodbye' Cake ‘Goodbye’ Cake

Several older staff have chosen to retire with the change of ownership and others were unsuccessful in their bid to be reemployed by the new provider. It was very sad to say goodbye to staff who have been kind and caring and of whom the residents are fond.  We wish many future opportunities to come their way.

'Good Luck' cake ‘Good Luck’ cake

For the staff, residents and relatives who fought hard with the community to save Monash Gardens from being sold there were strong feelings that we had positively influenced the outcome. Jacki spoke on behalf of…

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Free learning program – Ageing Well: Maintaining health as we age

The Chronic Illness Alliance has developed a new learning program for adults aged 50 plus. This free on-line course was developed in partnership with National Ageing Research Institute and U3A On-Line.  http://plotproject.net/patce/

This course was designed to provide older adults practical tips and resources to manage and improve their health.

If you would like to know more about this on-line course please clink on link provided:


Redo your nature strip before selling your house? Give your feedback.

Monash Council has put forward draft guidelines on the planting of nature strips – perhaps YOU should influence the guidelines by completing the Council’s online survey and / or attending an information session on 30 April or 5 May.

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The proposed Guidelines include:

  • responsibilities for care of nature strips
  • requiring a  permit to plant on your nature strip
  • requiring removal of plantings if a buyer prefers grass
  • permissions and restrictions on plants
  • consequences of non compliance

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Copies of the draft Guidelines, details of information sessions and access to the survey are available at:  http://www.monash.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay/naturestrip-planting-guidelines.htm

Feedback to Council is required by Friday 16 May

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Related post:  https://monashandyou.wordpress.com/2014/04/10/be-involved-its-only-survey-fatigue/


Attention! Waverley Leader article – older citizens worried about internet use?

Do older Australians use the internet? 

waverley leader

There was an article in the Waverley Leader Newspaper stating that citizens are worried about access to computers and knowledge of the internet.  http://leader.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/viewer.aspx

Monash Council is asking older residents in the community to complete an on-line survey on how Monash could become more
‘age-friendly’.  However as stated in the article older Australians may not have have the skills to use the internet. “Some of them are fairly old and I would say that the older generations are not very good with computers or the internet,” Mr Lee said. – Glen Waverley Senior Citizens Centre president Albert Lee. 

Do older Australians use the internet and are there barriers to internet use?

A 2011 report from the Productive Ageing Centre revealed that older Australians were less likely to access and use the internet and there were barriers.

http://www.productiveageing.com.au/userfiles/file/Older%20Australians%20and%20the%20Internet%20-%20Low%20res.pdf                                                                                                                                                                                    The project found three key barriers:

1. Lacking knowledge or skills on internet use

2. Confused by the technology

3. Concerned about security and viruses

Some of the other barriers that was identified were ineffective classes, cost and physical difficulties.

If older Australians are less likely to use the internet how can they have a say on community issues? What can be done to change this? What are the community’s view on this issue?

The Monash Aged friendly Survey closes on the 5 May 2014. http://www.monash.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay/age-friendly-monash.htm                                                                                                                                If you prefer a hard copy  posted to you contact Sallenna Moutis  Positive  Ageing  Community Development Officer  on 9518 3585 or
at sallennam@monash.vic.gov.au

Be involved – it’s only survey fatigue!!

At the risk of survey and meeting fatigue setting in and workers falling asleep at their desks, twitching nervously and jumping at shadows we are urging YOU, the people of Monash, to get involved in the Council’s efforts to engage the community.  Surveys and public meetings are quite the thing for Monash Council at the present time.  Some surveys and meetings get prime coverage on the home page of Council’s web site while some are harder to locate. One scored top billing with a mail out*.

This last week there has been much grumbling over a 25% increase in pet registration fees (Waverley Leader 8 April p4).  Council responded the increase was in last year’s budget.  Did you see it?  We didn’t!  Get involved now to stop unwanted changes being passed.

EM&U has compiled a timeline of events and closing dates to help you plan your involvement over the next month or so.  Forget going away over Easter – Council is still to schedule public meetings re the 2014-15 Budget and public submissions may be made!!!!!

Saturday 12 April, 10 am – 1 pm
Meet the Mt Waverley Councillors in Hamilton Place.  This is an opportunity to talk about the surveys and meetings or any other aspect of Council.
See: http://www.monash.vic.gov.au/council/councillors.htm#waverley

old Glen Alvie estate Mt Waverley
old Glen Alvie estate Mt Waverley April 2014

Tuesday 28 April, 7.30 pm
Monthly Council meeting.
If you live in Monash you can ask a question in Public Question Time.  However you need to submit the question in writing the day before.  See: http://www.monash.vic.gov.au/council/public.htm Sorry, if you work or volunteer in Monash the Council does not consider you a member of the ‘public’ for the purpose of asking a question.
Whether you are asking a question or not come along and watch the meeting from the Public Gallery.  It is a good way to find out more about Council business.  Representatives from EM&U will be there.

Wednesday 30 April, 5 pm
Public meeting regarding the planting of nature strips. Oakleigh.  See: http://www.monash.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay/naturestrip-planting-guidelines.htm

Wednesday 30 April, 5 – 8 pm (yes, two meetings on the same evening!)
Public drop in information session on review of the Monash Planning Scheme
See:  http://www.monash.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay/planning-review/index.htm

Thursday 1 May, 5 – 8 pm
Public drop in information session on review of the Monash Planning Scheme
See:  http://www.monash.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay/planning-review/index.htm

Monday 5 May, 5 pm
Public meeting regarding the planting of nature strips. Glen Waverley  See: http://www.monash.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay/naturestrip-planting-guidelines.htm

Glen Waverley Street
A Glen Waverley Street edged with nature strips

Monday 5 May
CLOSING DATE for Age Friendly Monash Survey**
See: http://www.monash.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay/age-friendly-monash.htm

Friday 9 May
CLOSING DATE  for Survey of Planning & Policy
See: http://www.monash.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay/planning-review/index.htm

Glen Waverley April 2014
Glen Waverley central June 2013

Friday 16 May
CLOSING DATE  for feedback on Nature strip Planting Scheme

No specified date
Have your say on the School Sites Project
See: http://www.monash.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay/school-sites.htm

No specified date
How to stop two graffiti hot spots
See: http://www.monash.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay/graffiti.htm


Please note on your survey form If EM&U is the only place you heard about these surveys & meetings.   🙂

*The reluctance of Council to do mail outs is a sore point with EM&U as in July 2013 relatives of residents at Monash Gardens and Elizabeth Gardens requested Council to mail all Monash residents information about the proposed Aged Care sell off.  They outright refused.

**Monash Council’s Positive Ageing Action Plan 2010-2014 recognises older people prefer to receive information by post or local paper.  Many of our older citizens do not have computer access or could not use a computer for the purposes of answering a survey.  Even so this survey is online.  Printed copies are being distributed but not by mail.  Please help to ensure all over 55 year olds know about this survey.  Carers and others may help complete the survey for an over 55 year old who cannot complete the survey themselves. There is plenty of room for comments on this survey form so please provide plenty of relevant feedback on the needs of the Monash community.

Would this really rebuild the community’s trust?

On Wednesday 2 of April 2014 the Victorian Government introduced a new legislation – Local Government Amendment (Governance and Conduct) Bill 2. The bill is reviewed and considered before it can become Law.

It is claimed these reforms will ensure good conduct by Councillors as well as ensuring councils fulfil their responsibilities appropriately.         “Victorians should know that they can trust their elected council representatives and feel confident there are effective measures in place to deal appropriately and quickly with any instance of poor conduct and performance,” Mr Bull said – Minister for Local Government.

How would this affect your Local Council? Here are some changes that will impact Councils:

  • The Mayor will need to provide guidance and ensure good working relations among Councillors and is the main spokesperson for the council
  • Councils will have to introduce a CEO Employment matters committee which will provide advice on all contractual matters relating to the CEO’s employment
  • Councillor conduct panels members will be chosen from a list of people appointed by the Minister for Local Government
  • The Act will introduce new criminal offences for unlawful direction of council staff and release of confidential information
  • The  chairperson of the  audit committee can only be a person who is not a Councillor or a member of staff
  • Councillors will not be able to nominate council funds to a person, organisation or to a fund
  • The oath of office will include the promise that Councillors will need to follow the conduct principles  and the chairperson will need to recite the oath at the start of each council meeting
  • After an election, an elected Councillor will be required to complete a councillor induction program
EM&U encourages citizens to make their own observations of the conduct of Monash Council. Monthly meetings may be viewed from the public gallery (upstairs in the Council building 293 Springvale Road, Glen Waverley 3150). The next meeting is on Tuesday 29 April 7.30 pm. EM&U members regularly attend these meetings.
Monash Ratepayers Inc (MRI) has published feedback on meetings. See: https://monashandyou.wordpress.com/2014/02/27/councillors-failed-report-card/

For more info on this new legislation please clink on links provided:



Change of Local Govt MP – where to contact…

Apparently the Hon Tim Bull MP has taken over from Jeanette Powell MP as Minister for Local Government: http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases/from-the-minister-for-local-government.html

Thank you to Jeanette Powell MP for the work she did on Local Government Reform.

Contact details for The Hon Tim Bull MP

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