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Cr Michelle Kleinert is the Mayor of Manningham.
Cr Michelle Kleinert is a long-term resident of Manningham and has been a councillor of Manningham since 2012, serving as Mayor in 2016-17 and again in 2021-22.
Passionate about Manningham’s open space and our vibrant and connected community, Cr Kleinert believes in supporting local business in addition to community clubs and our youth.
In her first term as Mayor, Cr Kleinert led the charge to establish a youth mental health outreach service for Manningham with headspace Hawthorn. She is currently the multicultural ambassador for Mental Health Foundation Australia and holds a mental health first aid certificate.
Cr Kleinert has a long standing relationship with Bully Zero and is currently involved in a project to air on TV in late 2022.
With a focus on bringing the community together with a positive message all can relate to, Cr Kleinert is committed to shine a light on the ‘be kind’ message as we reconnect with one another post the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cr Kleinert also dedicates a significant amount of time supporting women in Local Government through her involvement with the Australian Local Government Women’s Association, Victorian branch (ALGWA Vic), where she has served as both president and is currently the Executive Officer.
She is a former vice president of the Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA).
We can all participate in the movement to minimise waste.
To celebrate Plastic Free July, we'll be popping up at our local activity centres to chat with visitors about how we can all continue reducing our waste and in particular, single-use plastics.
Come along and say hello!
One of Australia’s most important national occasions, ANZAC Day goes beyond the anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli in 1915. It is the day in which we remember all Australians who served and died in all wars and operational service past and present. Come along and mark the day at one of the RSL services in Manningham.
- 8.15 am: Parade
Prior to the ANZAC service a march will commence at the Templestowe Hotel car park.
- 8.30 am: Service
Templestowe RSL will hold an ANZAC service followed by a sausage sizzle outside the clubhouse at the conclusion of the service.
Join us as we officially open Pettys Reserve following major upgrade works!
Enjoy loads of FREE family fun including:
watch a NPL2 game - Manningham United Blues FC vs Werribee City FC
see a children’s all abilities session in action, hosted by Macedon Blues United FC.
plus soccer personalities and more!
Upgrade works at Pettys Reserve have included construction of:
purpose built, full size floodlit synthetic soccer pitches
a pavilion, including spectator area
an asphalt car park
Come along and check them out!
This project has been delivered by Manningham Council in partnership with the Victorian Government.
Updated: 10 June 2022
Supplies of our 2022 Community Calendar have run out. We will no longer be taking requests for this year's edition. You will be able to request the 2023 calendar later in the year.
This year our 2022 Community Calendar is available on request and is free for all Manningham residents.
To request a calendar:
- complete the form below, or
- contact us on 9840 9333.
Be sure to enter your full postal address and check it before submitting your form.
Once you have made a request, you will receive your copy of our 2022 Community Calendar in the mail.
Calendars will also be available for collection from our libraries and at our Civic Centre in the Customer Service area.
Register to receive your 2022 Community Calendar
We have installed mini recycling stations at some locations around Manningham to make it easier to recycle common household items that you cannot put into your bins.
When these items - like small e-waste, batteries, globes and ink cartridges - reach the end of their life they can be harmful to the environment if they are sent to landfill. Our processor is able to recycle between 93 and 98 per cent of these products.
On this page:
What can be recycled at these stations?
Where are they located?
How are the items recycled?
Select the item to find out how our processor extracts and reuses the materials from these items.
The Batteries are crushed by equipment and different materials will be separated. During the process, the precious metals inside are collected separately, such as: graphite powder, lithium cobalt oxide, metals, plastics, etc.
- Graphite powder can be used to make pencils and batteries
- Lithium cobalt oxide is mostly used for remanufacturing new batteries
- Metals can be used as building materials, producing new electronics, etc.
- Plastic can be used as a raw material to make new home appliances
98 per cent recyclable
Fluoro tubes and globes are crushed by automated equipment, and the lead in the tube is collected. Glass and hardware metal are automatically separated.
- Lead can be made into new batteries
- Glass can be made into new glass craft products
- Metals can be used as a raw material for construction or into other new electronic products
97 per cent recyclable
It will be crushed, and then the heavy metals and plastics like PET inside will be recycled separately.
- Silver is used as a raw material for batteries, IC chips, and other electronic products
- PET plastic can be made into plastic containers, bottles, toys, and other plastic products
93 to 98 per cent recyclable
Manually dismantling process is used to separate the plastics, metals, printed circuit boards, batteries and other materials in e-waste. Different materials are to be further recycled. Plastics will be made into pellets as raw materials, and precious metals in printed circuit boards and batteries will be recovered.
Plastics can be used for building materials, or as raw materials to make new electronic products, toys and other products.
95 to 98 per cent recyclable
The toner inside the cartridge will be collected and remaining plastic casing will be made into plastic pellet as raw material. The small printed circuit board on the cartridge will be recycled with precious metal recovered.
- Toner will be used as a raw material to make a new cartridge
- Plastic pellets can be made into various electronic products and packaging boxes
95 to 98 per cent recyclable
Equipment is used to crush, clean, and separate a small amount of previous metals, the remaining plastic will be made into plastic pellet as raw materials, and paper will be recycled as raw materials as well.
- Precious metals can be used as raw materials to make other electronic products, such as IC chips, etc.
- Plastic pellets can be made into plastic containers, toys, packaging materials, etc.
- Paper can be made into packaging cartons, books, etc.
95 to 97 per cent recyclable
You may have seen fencing around the Templestowe Memorial Hall in recent months. The Hall was damaged in 2021 when a vehicle accident damaged into the Hall. Works had been progressing to repair this damage.
Following the earthquake in September 2021 we inspected Council buildings for damage. Templestowe Memorial Hall’s external brick work was found to have several areas of concern which could lead to collapse of the wall.
“Templestowe Memorial Hall is a key community facility used by many organisations and groups in and around Templestowe” said Mayor Councillor Michelle Kleinert.
“Repairing this facility so it can be used is particularly important and something that can’t be rushed. Please bear with us as we bring this space back to life.”
As a valued and historical significant building we are working with engineer specialists to ensure the repairs consider the age and significance of the Hall.
After inspecting the site the specialists have recommended a Needle and Propping process. This involves propping the brickwork and repairing section of localised brickwork without having to remove the wall above.
Works are expected to be completed in late March and the Hall will be inspected regularly to ensure it still is safe and secure.
Westerfolds parkrun is a weekly free 5km community walk, jog or run event. It’s a positive, welcoming and inclusive experience where there is no time limit and no one finishes last.
Whether it’s running, walking or volunteering, participating in parkrun allows you to learn new skills, enhance your health and happiness, enjoy the outdoors, make new friendships, connect with your community and improve your overall fitness.
One of the best things about parkrun is you can just turn up and run, walk or jog. You just need to register online and bring along your allocated barcode with you which you receive via email. You can also participate with one furry friend or a baby and pram as well.
Westerfolds parkrun only happens because of the fantastic volunteers that make sure the event is set up, run successfully and packed away each week. There are plenty of volunteer opportunities to get involved in and they are always looking for more volunteers.
So why not grab your family and friends this Saturday morning and join in the next parkrun.
For more information and to register as a participant or volunteer, visit the parkrun website.
Following a period of extensive community consultation, Manningham Council has endorsed the Green Gully Linear Park Management Plan that will guide the future use, development and maintenance of the popular Templestowe park.
The vision for Green Gully Linear Park is:
- To protect and improve the natural environment and habitat corridor of the Linear Park;
- To promote community health by encouraging greater participation in park activities, and to improve cyclist and pedestrian connections.
Manningham Mayor Cr Jim Grivokostopoulos said that in line with this vision, Council has developed a Management Plan that will see new capital works funding of $1.4 million to protect and improve the park.
“The majority of the recommendations of the draft Management were well received and in particular there was support for the extension of the Green Gully Trail, to link directly with the Mullum Mullum and Main Yarra Trails.”
“The plan also includes the upgrade of the children’s playspace, the provision of fitness equipment, an automated toilet, new barbecue facilities, additional planting and seating and expanded car parking with an automated gate to restrict vehicle access to limited hours.”
Cr Grivokostopoulos said that during the consultation period Council was made aware of a range of community concerns about some of the proposed improvements resulting in a number of alterations to the original draft plan.
“We should be very proud of the new Management Plan that will implement our vision to make Green Gully Linear Park safer, more accessible and available for the enjoyment of the entire Manningham community.”
Works are progressing on the upgrade of Fitzsimons Lane. Over the coming weeks, Major Roads Projects Victoria will be completing night works at the Porter Street roundabout in Templestowe.
From mid-May until late June, works will be carried out between 8.00pm and 6.00am, Sunday night to Friday morning. The works are part of the plan to upgrade the roundabout at the intersection of Fitzsimons Lane, Porter Street and Williamsons Road to traffic lights.
Works will include:
- relocating the River Peel structure
- relocating the Williamsons Road/Porter Street bus stop (city bound routes 282 and 905) to a new temporary site 150 metres further west
- adding temporary barriers, traffic lights and street lighting
- asphalting and line marking.
Community education organisation Pines Learning is accepting 2021 enrolments for its Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL), which provides a practical learning option for students in Years 11 and 12.
The Pines Learning VCAL program has been a part of the Manningham community since February 2008. It has allowed young adults to complete their final years of secondary schooling in an engaging, supportive and inclusive environment. Students who would have otherwise been unable to see a clear path to complete their education have been able to succeed.
Students from this year’s 2020 class described the environment at Pines Learning as welcoming and friendly, with an approach that changed their attitude to education.
VCAL enrolments for 2021 are open now and are ongoing throughout the year. Interested students can attend information sessions and tour the facility before deciding to enrol.
Image: Several of Pines Learning 2019 VCAL students
One of Manningham's most recognisable landmarks is moving to a new home.
The iconic River Peel sculpture will be relocated from the Fitzsimons Lane and Porter Street roundabout in Templestowe to a site further along Fitzsimons Lane just south of the Yarra River.
The River Peel sculpture is being relocated as part of the Major Road Projects Victoria upgrade to Fitzsimons Lane. The roundabout, which has been home to the sculpture for over ten years, is being upgraded to traffic lights to make it easier and safer to travel through.
The Fitzsimons Lane upgrade plans to reduce congestion in peak periods to provide more reliable travel times, improve safety and make walking and cycling around the community safer.
The plate steel sculpture was created in 2000 by artists Michael Bellemo and Catriona Macleod. The design reflects the Yarra River curves, as it bends and turns through the area, and an apple peel, as a homage to the history of orchards in the Doncaster and Templestowe areas.
The River Peel sculpture's new location will ensure it stays a gateway piece for Manningham and enjoyed by people in the 60,000+ vehicles using Fitzsimons Lane every day.
For more information about the Fitzsimons Lane upgrade, visit the Major Road Projects Victoria website.
Fitzsimons Lane is getting an upgrade to make it easier and safer to get you where you need to be.
The Victorian Government’s Major Road Project Team will improve four intersections in Eltham and Templestowe to improve traffic and cycling across the Yarra River.
The upgrade works are now coming up and BMD Constructions have been awarded the contract to deliver the project. For more information see Major Road Project Victoria’s February 2021 project update.
Over the next few months, you may see contractors completing site investigations, spending time setting up safe work areas and then starting to relocate or protect utility services and build drainage in the area.
The Fitzsimons Lane Upgrade plans to reduce congestion in peak periods to provide more reliable travel times, improve safety and make walking and cycling around the community safer.
You can sign up to stay up to date with the latest news on this upgrade by email or SMS via the Major Road Projects Victoria website.
The Garden Waste Recycle Centre has now been permanently decommissioned and closed.
In 2018 the State Government’s Waste Management Policy (Compostable Recycles and Waste Materials) came into effect. This policy was focused on ensuring that combustible recycle and waste materials at waste facilities are managed and stored in a manner that minimises risks of harm to human health and the environment from hazards such as fire.
Following a review of this policy and other guidelines, it was deemed the facility does not meet the guideline requirements. Over the past few years there have been several small fires which have ignited at the site, requiring the Country Fire Authority (CFA) to respond.
The centre, located at the corner of Websters Road and Blackburn Road, Doncaster East has been operating for the past 25 years. Residents have used the service to dispose of garden waste material from their property and to reduce their fuel loads in preparation for the summer bushfire season.
Manningham Mayor, CR Andrew Conlon said the closure of the Garden Waste Centre is a necessary option to manage risk and ensure the safety of our residents and environment.
“We are committed to the safety and protection of our residents and environment. Bushfires can start quickly and impact lives and homes. Closing this facility was necessary to minimise fire risk. We will continue to provide garden waste disposal services for residents in Bushfire Prone Areas.”
Manningham has a Bushfire Prone Area within the eastern parts of the municipality. Residents living in the Bushfire Prone Area (BPA) previously used complimentary Garden Waste Disposal Vouchers at the Garden Waste Recycling Centre.
Given the closure of the Garden Waste Recycling centre we implemented Garden Waste Disposal Days (GWDD) to assist residents that previously used Garden Waste Vouchers.
Disposal days have been found to be more efficient, cost effective and a favourable option, helping residents dispose of excess garden waste from their properties in the BPA. A community survey to residents living within BPA indicated that they found the initiative highly positive, found drop off easy and staff friendly and helpful.
The next Disposal Days are scheduled to take place in August and November 2021, allowing time for residents to manage their properties before the Fire Danger Period (FDP) is declared by the State Government.
Council has an interpreter service that can be reached on (03) 9840 9355 for any resident that would like to call and arrange to speak to someone in their own language about any Manningham Council matter.
From 8.00pm Wednesday 16 June to 5.00am Monday 19 July, Major Roads Projects Victoria will start a five-week work blitz along Porter Street between the Fitzsimons Lane roundabout and Edwin Road. They will work 24 hours a day, seven days a week to relocate underground utility services and undertake pavement construction and drainage works.
Hawtin Street and Edwin Road will also be closed at Porter Street to allow service relocations to be completed in those areas. All access to Hawtin Street and all intersecting roads including Mandella Street will be from Foote Street. Access to Edwin Road will be via Read Street.
What to expect:
- 24 hour works
- signed detours will be in place via Foote Street, Reynolds Road and Blackburn Road
- plan your journey. Delays of approximately 20-minute expected along the detour route
- traffic controllers will direct local traffic and speed reductions will be in place
- buses and emergency services will still be able to enter Porter Street from the roundabout
- local traffic only will be allowed access to the Templestowe Reserve and BlueCross Silverwood aged care from the Warrandyte direction
- entry to the Water Tunnel Car Wash and café will be from Fitzsimons Lane only
- entry to Hawtin Street will be from Foote Street only
- construction impacts such as noise, dust and vibration.