What you need to know

COVID recovery

As COVID-19 restrictions ease and we enter the recovery phase, we are working hard to support our community and local businesses.

There are still challenges ahead, but together we will #RallyMooneeValley.

How local businesses are moving outdoors!

Your local cafe may not normally offer al fresco dining, but nothing is normal about 2020. As our local food businesses reactivate, we want to help them welcome patrons to outdoor spaces. We are supporting a range of innovative set-ups, including activated laneways and temporary street closures.

If you have a local business and you want to use private land (e.g. the car park of your business) to extend outdoor trading, or if you have a proposal for using road or laneway space, contact us and we will make a decision on a case-by-case basis.

All traders can apply, from clothes shops to cafes, and from gift shops to yoga studios for footpath trading. We want to get business happening in a safe outdoor environment, so footpath trading applications are fast-tracked and free. A reminder that you need the approval of your neighbour businesses to be successful in your application.

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Summer parklets program

Good weather is coming and our resilient community is ready to enjoy street life again, so we’re turning car parking spaces into pop-up parklets.

Parklets are car parking spaces we’re temporarily transforming into places to meet, eat and relax with outdoor seating and greenery. Food businesses can use them to extend their outdoor dining options.

Learn more about our parklets and how to get involved here.

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Moonee Valley parklet locations

Check out some of our parklets in action

Latest COVID recovery news

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Take a look inside a great social enterprise operating from our Moonee Ponds Junction hub.

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Union Square pop-up park

Looking for a cool place to hang out this summer? Look no further than the Union Square Pop-Up Park!

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Check out some of Moonee Valley’s newest outdoor dining spots

Add these new outdoor dining spots to your list to check out this summer

How we are helping our community get active outdoors

With State Government restrictions having eased to allow outdoor physical activity with up to 10 participants, we want Moonee Valley’s personal trainers, coaches, yoga and pilates teachers, and all other physical activity practitioners to get active outdoors and find their own place in our parks.

If you're planning on running classes outdoors with four or more participants, you'll need to apply for a Physical Activity Permit - but as part of our commitment to supporting local businesses through this pandemic, we’ve waived all Physical Activity permit fees.

Fewer than four clients? Register your details now so we can help you find the best location for your needs.

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Queens Park Swimming Pool summer season began on 9 November, and we look forward to welcoming regular and new swimmers to this scenic facility for a well-deserved summer of fun.

Libraries

As of Tuesday, 10 November, Moonee Valley Libraries are back open to the public, with a few precautions in place.

Your Library experience may look and feel a little different than usual, but as always, our team will be there to guide you through.

Please visit our library catalogue for details of the services we are able to provide.

We also have vibrant online programming. Avid readers of all ages can tune into our Read Now Podcast with Librarians Jenny and Jackie, or jump onto our YouTube channel to catch up on the latest Author Talks online. If you have kids at home in need of some educational entertainment, we have engaging online programs throughout the week including Toddler Time, Baby Rhyme Time, 6+ Club and more.

How we have been supporting our community.

In this unprecedented time, we knew that we had to provide our community and businesses with a new level of support.

  • Over 800 rates hardship applications received and processed including payment plans and deferrals
  • Approximately 70 Food Permit refunds have been processed
  • Approximately 40 Health Permit refunds have been processed
  • Approximately 50 Footpath Trading funds have been processed

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Recovery grants

Our Recovery Grants program gave businesses and community groups the ability to adapt to new challenges. We helped facilitate local businesses helping other local businesses, like Melbourne Social Co offering free photography sessions and social media training for other traders. We also supported initiatives to strengthen our community, such as the Talk to 10 project addressing wellbeing for children and families.

Since the program launched in late April, $654,304 has been awarded to 106 projects. This includes 72 businesses, 24 community groups and 10 arts grants.

The latest grants round is now open. More information about the grants process, past recipients, and resources to help with planning projects and applying for funding here.

Cycling and walking

We are looking at temporary bike lanes and other active transport improvements as more people in our community seek alternatives to public transport and cars.

Learn more about some of the projects proposed as part of Council’s 12-month MV2040 Action Plan – Connected on our Walking and Cycling webpage.

Sports fields upgrades

Although this year has seen an unprecedented lack of organised sport, we have been busy improving some of our recreation reserves. These grounds will be better than ever for community sport.

We are nearing completion on:

  • Floodlight upgrade at Cross Keys Reserve (Strathmore)
  • Floodlight upgrade at Etzel St Reserve (Airport West)
  • Pavilion redevelopment at Overland Reserve (East Keilor)

We have commenced a sportsground redevelopment at Clifton Park (Aberfeldie).

We are nearing commencement of the cricket net construction at Cross Keys Reserve (Strathmore).

Family Education Support

The Family Education Support six-month project is funded by the Victorian Government’s Working for Victoria initiative.

Eight new staff will work alongside families living on the Flemington and Ascot Vale housing estates to support children’s education. Support will include helping primary school children with their homework, sharing education resources which make learning more enjoyable, assisting families to navigate the process of kindergarten and school enrolment, and linking families to relevant services.

Helping people get back to work

Employment and Entrepreneurship support

The Employment and Entrepreneurship team, funded through the Victorian Government’s Working for Victoria initiative, will employ four staff across six months to support jobseekers living on Flemington and Ascot Vale Housing Estates through:

  • high-quality 1:1 employment assistance
  • supporting employee confidence-building
  • establishing and maintaining diverse and inclusive workforce cultures
  • assisting in the identification of employee skills and strengths
  • connecting employees to learning opportunities
  • supporting pathways into sustainable and meaningful employment opportunities

They will also provide small business development support and opportunities for entrepreneurs living on Flemington Housing Estates to test their businesses.

Mamma's Kitchen

Mamma’s Kitchen is a six-month project funded by the Victorian Government’s Working for Victoria initiative. It employs 14 women living on Flemington and Ascot Vale Housing Estates to prepare and distribute culturally-appropriate and nutritious meals to 150 local households experiencing food insecurity. Based at The Clocktower’s commercial kitchen, our Mammas will be sharing their culture through food, and assisting local households impacted by COVID-19. Mamma’s Kitchen will be delivering ready-to-eat meals to Wingate Avenue Community Centre and the Essendon Baptist Community Church, to support their food relief programs.

 

Assembled Threads

Assembled Threads is a social enterprise passionate about local, ethical clothing manufacturing and dedicated to creating jobs for people facing barriers to employment in Australia.

The project prioritises locally grown and produced raw materials, and innovative sustainable alternatives. Their first manufacturing hub will run in collaboration with the Moonee Valley City Council and will work flexibly with people according to their complex and personal needs. There is industry training via Holmesglen TAFE, with the goal of creating sustainable employment, increasing self-worth and employability. 

 

Learn more:

Support the establishment of their first hub in Moonee Valley via their crowdfunding page Chuffed - Assembled Threads.

Check out their website for reusable masks Assembled Threads - Masks.

Follow Assembled Threads via social media to keep updated on their Christmas gift launch:

Clocktower Centre artist residencies

During lockdown, the Clocktower Centre launched our first ever Online Residency – an opportunity for local artists to receive financial support to produce a work in a digital format.

Artists were offered in-kind marketing and online distribution through the Clocktower’s online channels as well as support and expert advice from our performing arts team. We had some fantastic submissions and were able to select four dynamic projects, which will feature on our digital channels in the coming months.

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Strathmore Community Parklet - The next chapter of Strathmore's 20-minute neighbourhood project

The State Government's Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, and Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning have funded Council to deliver a community parklet and a mobile library in Strathmore.

Our community parklet on North Avenue is a place for all members of our community to sit, relax and connect with each other while supporting our great local businesses.

There'll be lots of activities over the coming months including visits from our new mobile library in early 2021.

Learn more:

Find out more about the 20-minute neighbourhood project here.