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

New President and Treasurer of MADRA

We would like to welcome Tom Joseph as our new president. We look forward to serving the community with him, in partnership with the residents of Mernda.
We would like to thank our outgoing president, Michael Bradley for his many years of service to MADRA and the community.

Lesley Chan Herlihy has also been elected to replace Graeme Bushby as treasurer for the 2015/16 committee. Graeme took over the Treasurer position from Warrick Peters following the AGM in April 2015. We thank Warrick Peters again for his long service with MADRA and Graeme for stepping in to fill the position at short notice.

 

As of 15th July 2015, the new committee are:

President: Tom Joseph

Secretary: Brian Herlihy

Treasurer: Lesley Chan Herlihy

Committee members: Sandy Wallis

Graeme Bushby

Sam Musso

Mernda Community Fair 2016

stallholder poster 2016We are pleased to announce next year’s Mernda Community Fair will be held on 6th March 2016 at Mernda Villages Town Centre. Stall applications are now available here. Applications will close on 5th February 2016.

The fair in 2015 offered free and low cost entertainment such as petting zoo, reptiles, fire engine rides, jumping castle, pony rides, mobile skate park and many more.

We welcome small businesses, food vendors, community groups, dance, sports groups and so on to apply for a stall.

Apply online now.

Special meeting on 15 July

Our next MADRA meeting on Wednesday July 15th will be a special one – our long-serving president Michael Bradley has stepped down, and we are now looking for a new president! MADRA has been active in Mernda since 2005, securing gas and sewerage connections for the then small township, and recently has organized the hugely successful 3rd annual Mernda Community Fair, as well as assisting with the Mernda Christmas Carols and the Mernda Diwali Festival. We also provide auspicing for local community groups. We are inviting applications for President. Applicants will be asked to give a relaxed and informal talk on what they can offer the Mernda community, and we are excited to hear from you! The only requirement is that you have a genuine desire to make a difference in your local community. We are also looking for normal members, and everyone is welcome to come along on the night to find out about MADRA and to see how you can be involved in making Mernda an even better place to live! If you’d like to be involved in your community but don’t know where to start, then this is the place to be. Additionally we are looking for a treasurer – no qualifications are required, just a willingness to put aside an hour or two each month to prepare a report on MADRA’s finances. The meeting will be held on Wednesday July 15th from 7pm to 8.30pm at the Mernda Villages Community Activity Center at 70 Mernda Village Dr. Our meeting are held in the meeting room. We thank Michael for his contribution to MADRA all these years and wish him a happy retirement!