MADRA 2015-2016 AGM

MADRA held their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 20th April, and we are pleased to welcome back Tom Joseph as President, Lesley Chan Herlihy as Treasurer and Brian Herlihy as Secretary for the coming year! Our other committee members for this year are Graeme Bushby, Sandy Wallis, Sam Musso and Lesley Merrett.

Over the past year MADRA has organized the 4th annual Mernda Community Fair, and assisted with the Diwali – The festival of lights in Mernda and the Mernda Christmas Carols. We have also auspiced a council grant for the U-Kan-Uke Ukelele group, and lobbied for a number of local issues including footpaths on Bridge Inn Rd, the proposed E6 freeway, surfacing of Regent St, and against the demolition of the Schulz farmhouse in Woolert.

We have hosted Darren Peters of the Mernda and South Morang Rail Alliance; Inspector Paul Tysoe and Senior Sargeant Glenn Parker; and Cr. Ricky Kirkham at our meetings.

We would like to thank our outgoing long-serving President Michael Bradley and Treasurer Warrick Peters, and the entire MADRA executive team, members and volunteers who have worked hard over the last year to make Mernda a better place to live for all of us!

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

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