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Mernda Community Fair 2017

The Mernda Community Fair is a day of fun, low-cost, family-friendly entertainment!  The 5th annual Mernda Community Fair will be held on Sunday 2nd April 2017 from 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM.  Our new venue is Buttercross Park, on the corner of Mernda Village Dr and Dalmeny Way.  We’ll be having:

  • Local community groups
  • Local sports groups
  • Local businesses
  • Food trucks and stalls
  • Pony rides
  • Fair rides – Chair-O-Plane, Maze with Lazer Tag, Jumping Castle
  • Face painting
  • Animal Farm
  • Reptile Show
  • Classic Cars – 49-59 Ford Customline Car Club of Victoria
  • Main stage with performances
  • Chinese Lion Dance
  • Market area

All activities are cheap or free, so you won’t need to worry about spending too much!

If you would like a stall, please click on the appropriate link for Market stalls or Community stalls

For more details, see the Mernda Community Fair on Facebook, or you can read about the 2016 Mernda Community Fair here!

June meeting

At our monthly meeting on 15 June, we welcomed Chris Jermyn – Liberal for McEwen. Chris spoke about the need to plan ahead for infrastructure in growing areas like Mernda and Doreen, and we stated our position supporting the E6 freeway and other projects affecting the local area, and requested his support.
Michelle Newton from Whittlesea Community Connections also attended and spoke about the valuable services that WCC provides, including connecting volunteers with organizations, translation services and community transport services.

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Mernda Community Fair 2016

The 4th annual Mernda Community Fair  has finished, and the organizing team would like to thank everyone who played a part in bringing the community together on Sunday 6th March!  We are volunteers who run the event in our spare time because we believe that Mernda needs something like this, something which makes Mernda feel like a home rather than just a place to live.

Please give your feedback at this link here, so we know what to change and improve for next year:

Mernda Community Fair 2016 Feedback

We hope to see you again next year!
– The Mernda Community Fair organizing team

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Meeting with Darren Peters and Cr Ricky Kirkham

We had the pleasure of the attendances of two exceptional young men, who have been working hard for our community, at our previous meeting on 16 December.

First, Darren Peters from the South Morang and Mernda Rail Alliance was here to give an update on the Mernda Rail extension. So far there is no absolute decision yet to build the second station at Marymede or Hawkstowe. There is a suggestion from PTV that they might built an overhead bridge over Bridge Inn Rd but the alliance will be lobbying in particular for a crossing under Bridge Inn Rd, to preserve Mernda’s rural feel. Both Darren Peters and the City of Whittlesea are lobbying for the train line to be underground at all crossings.

Next, Cr Kirkham gave the latest report on the issues of Yan Yean and Findon Roads, the progress of the Mernda Town Centre and the Coles development on Bridge Inn Road. An aquatic centre feasibility study will be done in 2017. Current cost estimate is $23 million.

 

Mernda rail extension workshop

Today Public Transport Victoria (PTV) held a public consultation workshop at Mernda Villages CAC at 1.30pm. The PTV representative, Jaswinder Singh explained the history of the Mernda rail line, the plans for the new station in Mernda and the options for the additional stop between Mernda and South Morang. He said the Mernda station will have a bus interchange, stabling yard and will be fully staffed.

Mr Singh asked for feedback on the two proposed locations between South Morang and Mernda and said that a stop exactly midway between Mernda and South Morang was considered but rejected due to the impact to parklands.

Participants were also asked how they would like the Mernda rail station to be integrated with the proposed Mernda Town Centre. They were also asked what facilities they would like to see at the new station.

Our local MP, Danielle Green was also in attendance to answer questions that were in the minds of Mernda and Doreen residents.

Group activity

Group activity

Danielle Green addressing the workshop

Danielle Green addressing the workshop