10 August 2021  

Just when we thought things were improving, we find ourselves back in another lockdown. The lockdown we have just had has been hard, and many of us are incredibly tired of all the planning and cancelling. During this continued time of uncertainty, continue to be kind to each other and look out for one another and reach out if you need support.

The Olympic Games have been a welcome distraction and I hope you have all enjoyed following along - I know I certainly have. After such a big build up to the Tokyo 2020 games it’s been fantastic watching our athletes performing so well.

We were on the edge of our seats watching our local Donvale resident Brendon Smith win bronze in the final of the 400m Individual Medley and share his excitement as he brings his medal home to celebrate with his friends and family. Having grown up in Manningham attending Our Lady of the Pines Primary School and Yarra Valley Grammar I’m sure many of you were joining me in supporting Brendon from afar.

Due to COVID restrictions, our July Council meeting needed to be run online, the first time for this current Council, but Facebook Livestream still means the meetings are open to all.

The July meeting saw us adopt the main priority funding outcomes for our Community Partnership Grants Program. We're very proud to run this important program as the funding helps not-for-profits and community organisations deliver a diverse range of services within Manningham.  Applications open on Sunday 15 August and you can find more information including translated resources on our Community Grants page.

We also discussed our draft Health and Wellbeing Strategy at the July Council Meeting. We’ve consulted with our community to develop a framework of seven ideas which will ensure the Manningham community is healthy, safe, resilient, connected and inclusive.

The Health and Wellbeing Strategy is now ready for a final check with you. You can read more about the plan and share your feedback.  We're really keen to work with you to achieve better health outcomes for our community, so please let us know what you think.

Until next time, all my very best

Cr Andrew Conlon
Mayor
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