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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BBQ Trailer for Community Use

MADRA would like to offer the use of our BBQ trailer to community groups in Mernda and surrounding areas! The trailer was kindly donated by Stockland for use by the local community and features two gas bottles, hot plate, large ice box and attachable cutting board.

A deposit is required, and the trailer is available for community groups only, not for private use. If you would like to enquire, please email us at secretary@madra.org.au or send us a message on Facebook.

Attached to this post are two photos of the trailer during construction, and one of the trailer in action!

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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.