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Bulleen Art & Garden was selected as a finalist in the Small & Medium Enterprises category of the prestigious 2012 Premier’s Sustainability Awards.

These awards recognise sustainability initiatives by individuals and organisations across Victoria and acknowledge leadership, innovation and achievement in the business, government, community, tertiary education and built environment fields.

Bulleen Art & Garden (BAAG) shows how a retail nursery can inspire and enable sustainable living and gardening. We show that sustainability is fun by:



  • Helping people grow their own food. The Edible Alley and other demonstration gardens show how this can be done.
  • Inspiration and education – sustainable gardening classes, web, newsletters, Facebook, Twitter, staff advice, signage and inspirational display gardens and art.
  • Community projects in partnerships with local organisations.
  • Revegetation of the local parks. BAAG is surrounded by Yarra Valley parks – an island of bush in the suburbs. Since 1996 we have been working to revegetate this area and encourage biodiversity – planting local native plants, weed reduction, a biofiltration pond. Last weekend we had a Habitat walk showing progress of this long term project.
Rose the Turtle, the new “Healthy Living waterways” gate and disabled access leading to the Yarra – all installed by Bulleen Art & Garden

Category winners will be announced on Tuesday 2 October at Peninsula, Docklands.

The awards are managed by Sustainability Victoria and are now in their 10th year.

For further information about the Premier’s Sustainability Awards Ceremony, tickets to the event, or the category finalists, visit

For more information about Bulleen Art & Garden contact:
CEO Paul McMorran
8850 3030 | 0407 915 689 |

Visit BAAG on the web at

Nurturing creativity and ecosystem sensitive communities.

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From Banyule Arts and Culture news

The latest news from Banyule City Council Arts and Cultural Services,  lots going on in Banyule.

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September 2012 E-News
Captured: The Water Ripple Project at Winter In Banyule

Winter in Banyule
Winter In Banyule is over for another year and what a year it was!  Hundreds of people participated in a brand new program of fresh, creative ideas!  See below for pictures and visit our Facebook page for more.  To read Megan Burke’s short story, Endless Black, written in only 22 hours click here.

DVA perform at Eid and Reading Hour


Carols by Candlelight
Saturday 15th December
Poulter Reserve, Greensborough 3088

Enjoy this fun and friendly family night out under the stars showcasing local choirs, roving entertainment and Santa Claus!

Boulevard Lights
Saturday 15th December – Monday 24th December
The Boulevard, Heidelberg 3084

Come down to Heidelberg and take an evening stroll along the beautifully decorated Boulevard and enjoy the 50 year long tradition that is Boulevard Lights.

Banyule Festival 2013
Twilight Sounds – Saturday 23rd March
Kids ArtyFarty Fest – Sunday 24th March

Sills Bend, Warringal Parklands
Beverley Road
Heidelberg 3084

Banyule Festival 2013 planning has begun! We are getting excited about another f
abulous weekend down at the stunning Sills Bend.

Have your say
Are you a local resident who would like to have more of an active role in what happens at Banyule Festival? We are looking for local community members to be a part of a Banyule Festival Advisory Group who will help the council during the planning stages advising on programming, sponsorship, marketing and community engagement.
If you are interested in being a part of this group please contact the Festival and Events Coordinator on 9490 4222 or email

Ivanhoe Makers Market
Saturday September 15, 10am – 4pm
Livingstone Community Centre, Cnr Livingstone St & Waterdale Rd
Great variety of unique quality handmade wares suitable as great gifts for all occasions!

For more information contact the Livingstone Community Centre on:
9497 2014 or a,

Jets School Holiday Program
This school holidays Jets brings you a really exciting school holiday program. Together with SYN FM radio we will learn about producing a live radio program and writing our own radio play to go live to air! This workshop will run for 4 days :
Day 1 – Tuesday 25th September 10 – 2pm
Radio tour to SYN FM. Learn how a radio station works and together produce a radio program that will go live to air and also be available for downloading at a later point.
Day 2 – Thursday 27th September 10 – 2pm
Write a radio play. Together the group will work with SYN FM & Jets facilitators to come up with a script to transform into a radio play complete with narrators and voice characters.
Day 3 – Tuesday 2nd October 10 – 2pm
Compile a sound track. Using Jets broad and eclectic instruments the group will compile a sound track for the radio play. Complete with narrators, voice characters & musicians to compile the sound track.
Day 4 – Thursday 4th October 10 – 2pm
Go Live to air at SYN radio. After lots of practice and hard work our radio play will be taken to SYN to be played on air! The morning will comprise of a practice session in the station, followed by 1 hour of air time. This program will be a whole of fun!!
For further information please contact us on t: 9467 7152 or email: bookings requires ASAP

Malahang Community Festival
Sunday 18 November
11am – 4pm

Malahang Reserve
Corner of Southern Rd and Oriel Rd,
Heidelberg West 3081

The Malahang Community Festival is back this November bolder and brighter than ever! The festival is a celebration of the vibrant Malahang Reserve and will highlight local talent and support local groups and businesses within the Heidelberg West area. This will be a great opportunity for you to connect with people in your local community and to discover something spectacular that is happening in your own backyard. This year we celebrate the 56th anniversary since the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games with themes of Olympics and sport running through the event. The festival promises roving performers, live music, old fashioned games, sport workshops, skate competitions, art workshops and much, much more!

Make sure you come down to Malahang Reserve this November and join the celebration and the festivities. You will not want to miss it!

Keep an eye out for the program coming soon!

Youth Blog Project

Banyule Youth service and Express Media are launching a Youth Blog project and are looking to form an editorial team of young people aged between 15-20 years who live, work or play in Banyule. Meetings will be held once per month on a Wednesday evening in Rosanna.
We would very much appreciate it if you could distribute the attached flier to your networks.
For more information please contact  or see attached flier.

DVA Theatre
DVA theatre company, specialising in theatre by Adults with Intellectual disability, are looking for volunteers to assist with a film shoot in October at Monstalvat, in conjunction with Platform Theatre. This film will form part of a performance project to be staged in 2013 at LaMama Theatre. Volunteers are needed to support participants over 3 Mondays in October as well as some weekends. We are also interested in anyone who may have hair and makeup skills who could offer some time. Please email expressions of interest to . For enquiries please call Caitlin on 0430 033 495

Club W Music Camp now open

Wendy’s Music is running its term 3 school holiday music camp for all primary school age creative kids. Whether your child has ever done a music class or not, Club W is all about fun and building confidence and learning creative skills through music. Club W will be offered at Wendy’s Music studios in Diamond Creek, Reservoir and Rosanna and will run both weeks of the September/October school holiday break from 9am – 3 pm Monday to Friday for $70 per day.

Club W sessions include various fun activities such as song writing, music theory and listening games, vocal group, rock band, drama, dance and showcase concert with an emphasis on developing a child’s creativity in a family orientated group environment.
For more information click here.


Dala Minda Youth Theatre

Dala Minida are a brand new youth theatre in banyule.  This September they will premiere their inargural season with ‘Thirst’ written by Eugene O’Neil and directed by Laura Fox.  The season will also include a devised original work from St Helena Secondary College seniors.  For more information and updates email or visit

24th, 25th & 26th of October

St Helena Secondary College’s SM Dyet Theatre

Bollywood Dance Workshop

Register now for this fun and exciting workshop run by Bindaas Bollywood Dance Company. Get involved in the colourful and vibrant world of Bollywood!

Bindaas Dance Company promotes healthy lifestyle choices so workshops will not only teach students the art of modern Indian dance – but will also be physically and mentally invigorating. Suitable for any age, gender & background.

Date: 13th October
Time: 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Place: Watsonia Neighbourhood House – 47 Lambourne Road, Watsonia
Bookings: 9434 6717

Moonlight and Magnolias
By Ron Hutchinson, presented by  Eltham Little Theatre
Directed by Terese Maurici Ryan

Until September 15.

David O. Selznick, the famous Hollywood producer, has a big problem. He’s three weeks into shooting his latest historical epic, Gone with the Wind, but the script just isn’t working. His solution? Fire the director, pull Victor Fleming off The Wizard of Oz, and lock himself, Fleming, and script doctor Ben Hecht in his office for five days until they have a screenplay. Join us for a farcical look at the birth of one of the most beloved films of all time.

Xavier Ryan – David O Selznick
Jennifer Piper – Miss Poppenghul
Bryan Richardson – Ben Hecht
Ben Mitchell – Victor Fleming

To book visit

The Tudor Chorister’s Celebrate 50 years

On Friday 21 September at 8 pm at St, George’s Anglican Church, East Ivanhoe Tudor Choristers will perform music from programmes spanning its 50 year history. Founded iun 1962 by local pharmacist David Carolane OAM, the original choir of 8 voices sang as an entertainment for a seniors group in Ivanhoe, Victoria. The Tudor Choristers grew to become one of the most respected choirs in Australia, specialising in a capella music of the Tudor period from which it takes its name.
The concert will be conducted by musical director Alexandra Cameron and conductor laureate, David Carolane OAM. The programme will include works by Tudor composers King Henry VIII, Tallis, Byrd Tomkins and others, J.S. Bach, Vaughan Williams, Britten, Williamson and the first performance of a new work ‘In Places Where They Sing’ Music by Andrew Aronowicz poem by Mary Jones and commissioned especially for our 50 Anniversary.
For further information please contact 50th Anniversary coordinator Barry Wilkes on 94573351or email


Public Art in the City of Melbourne
For Information Click here.  Closes November 2

Register for Cultural Organisations (ROCO), Ongoing

DeviART Grants
For Information Click Here. Ongoing

Laughing Waters Artists Residency Program ,
For Informaiton Clikc Here. Closes September 28

Phonographiv Performance Company of Australia,
For Information Click Here. ongoing

Australia Council ATSI grants
For Information Click Here. Ongoing

Australia Council Community Partnership grants,
For Information Click Here. Ongoing

Australia Council Literary Arts Grants
For Information Click Here. Ongoing

Screen Producers Association
For Information Click Here. Closes September 14

Blackburn South Community Grants,
For Information Click Here. Closes September 14

East Keilor Grants Program,
For Information Click Here. Closes September 10

Warrandyte Grants Porgram
For Information Click Here. Closes September 10
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Parks Victoria’s Online Survey closes today

Dear All

 Today is your last chance to let Parks Victoria know of your opinion on the Impressionist Lab (gallery) project if you have not done so already. Parks Victoria’s Online Survey closes today.

Click here to fill in Parks Vitoria’s Survey Now; it will only take 2 minutes of your time to comment on this innovative and exciting project. Please feel free to forward this e-mail.

 Your comments and thoughts on this proposal are important to its future development. Council believes that the Impressionist Lab (gallery) will benefit the Banyule and wider community especially students as well as provide an opportunity for people from around Victoria, Australia and the world to learn more about the Heidelberg School Artists in the actual birth place of this significant art movement.

 The Proposal

The Impressionist Lab (gallery) proposal involves the development of a new cultural facility within Yarra Flats Park (Parks Victoria has already given in principle support for this project), the birth place of the Heidelberg School Arts Movement. The Impressionist Lab will be a purpose built gallery and education centre that will celebrate the contribution of the Heidelberg School Artists in the area that moved and inspired the. The Lab will provide dedicated spaces for exhibitions, public programs, education and research.

 The proposed site is on the corner of The Boulevard and Banksia Street Heidelberg on the edge of Yarra Flats Park and will create a cultural precinct which will include Heide Museum of Modern Art and the Impressionist Lab (gallery) linked by an artists trail and proposed new pedestrian bridge.

 The foot print of the Impressionist Lab building will be kept to a minimum and will touch the earth lightly, will be architecturally designed, provide a framed view into the park through its design and be integrated with the proposed Storm Water Harvesting Wetlands.

 This will be Banyule’s first ever publicly owned purpose built gallery and will provide the community with a great opportunity to experience and be immersed in art in an environment that inspired artists before us.

 Car Parking Myths

There is currently some misinformation within the community about the car park requirements of the Impressionist Lab (gallery) which I would like to clarify. It has been indicated that the Impressionist Lab (gallery) project will include the development of an extra 200 car parks within Yarra Flats Park , this is factually incorrect. The proposed Impressionist Lab (gallery) project could be built without an increase to the existing number of car parks. However, due to their being three proposed projects within Yarra Flats Park by three different organisations (Melbourne Water-Storm Water Harvesting Wetlands, Parks Victoria-Tree Based Adventure Facility and Banyule City Council’s Impressionist Lab Gallery  as well as a proposal to upgrade park facilities in general, there is a proposal to increase the car parks by 140 car parks to take it from the existing 160 car parks to a total of 300 car parks.

This is reflected in the Preliminary Yarra Flats Concept Plan developed by Parks Victoria. For comparison Heide MOMA currently has 90 car parks.

 If you would like to know any further information about the Impressionist Lab (gallery) Project or the Preliminary Yarra Flats Concept Plan before filling in the survey click on these links.

Impressionist Lab (Gallery) Proposal

Yarra Flats Park Preliminary Concept Plan

 Community Feedback for the Impressionist Lab (gallery)  will be received by Banyule City Council via our online survey up until 30 June 2012. If you haven’t yet filled in this survey, click here.

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Banyule Council Want to Hear From You About the New Cultural Vault

We’ve conducted extensive community research over the last year or so and we’ve heard your requests for a community art space.  A place where arts practitioners and arts lovers from all walks of life can get together and learn, explore and create.

We’d like to propose developing the Banyule Art Space from a sometimes gallery into a full-time Cultural Vault – a communtiy arts hub that achieves these goals and provides a central point of engagement for our passionate and growing arts community.

You can view the proposal by clicking here: Cultural Vault Proposal March 2012

Please take a look at the Cultural Vault proposal and tell us what you think by:

Calling Ella Hinkley, Team Leader Cultural Services on 9457 9931

Emailing Ella at

We’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas so that we can make this space as useful and dynamic as we possibly can.

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