Yarra Glen Community Meal
At the Yarra Glen Uniting Church Hall
Did you know the Uniting Church on the corner of
the Melba Highway and Kameel Drive, opens their
hall doors each Sunday evening at 6.00pm to offer a
free meal for our community (excl Mother’s Day).
Produce from the Centre’s garden is used to cook
up some of the menu items so it’s tasty and fresh.
If you would like a good hearty meal, go along and
join in for a chat, a meal and good company.
Yarra Glen River Circuit Project –
funded through the sale of the Yarra
Glen Maternal Health Centre
($900,000 of the $1 million sale)
Update September 2019
1. Progress Report
1.1. Current works
The underpass is under construction! You may have
noticed the sediment fencing, site fencing, the big
“Cope Ag” banners, site toilet, excavator and timber
poles being driven into the ground for the boardwalk.
The contractor is balancing site works with flood
levels to get the work done without getting too wet;
the boardwalk section will probably be done before
the concrete path starts on the south side. All going
well this will be completed in late October or early
Speaking of flooding, the Outdoor Fitness
Equipment has suffered from Yarra River water level
impact in recent weeks. We did get to launch the
equipment with the support of the Yarra Glen Living
and Learning Centre and the launch showed how
popular the equipment is with people of all ages. I
am confident that once the river returns to normal
levels this equipment will continue to be popular with
locals and visitors. We are already receiving
requests for similar equipment to be installed at
other sites in Yarra Ranges.
Two new drinking fountains are now installed on the
river circuit. We have the premium model unit at the
outdoor fitness equipment and a second unit at the
Gabba car park. Both are fitted with dog bowls.
The canoe launch project has been awarded to
Cope Ag, the same contractor building the
underpass. We have been able to take advantage of
the contractor having equipment on site so he can
move straight off the underpass project to the canoe
launch project once the underpass is completed.
Canoe launch works will need to occur over summer
once the river level is down far enough to be able to
work at river edge to install the rocks. The end result
will give us a design similar to work recently
completed at the Liverpool Road retarding basin,
with large rock beaching and a safe level ramp into
Our Parks and Bushlands team have been busy
removing woody weeds and opening up the views to
the river from the trail. The work near the Gabba car
park in particular has created some new views of the
river with the tree suckers removed and the ground
freshly mulched. Planting of low native vegetation
will continue in the mulched areas.
1.2. Planned works
Our interpretational sign project is well underway
with some amazing work produced by the local
community for the signs. The Yarra Glen and District
Historical Society have produced material for three
panels telling the story of the bridges over the Yarra,
the agricultural show and the history of the MCH.
The Yarra Glen Primary school are producing art
and poetry for one panel and the Wurundjeri are
producing art and story for two panels. We are also
creating a panel for the Yarra Valley Tourist Railway
to be placed on the footpath near the station. These
signs should be in the ground in October.
We have begun early planning for the next stage of
the river circuit path from “The Beach” up along
Steels Creek and around the back of the football
oval to the rail line where it would meet the planned
Yarra Valley Trail (stage two) trail to Healesville. We
hope to have the plans for this section of the trail
ready for community comment in November.
Finally, we have recognised that the anniversary of
the opening of the MCH is on 25
years) and ideally we would be planning a
community event for Saturday 23
Recent flooding and the indication of future flooding
in October and possibly early November means that
we will now meet with the community to plan an
event for early 2020 to celebrate the completion of
Yarra Glen River Circuit works.
Once we have a 2020 date set for a community
event we will be contacting all Yarra Glen groups to
build involvement in the event.
If you have any questions about the Yarra Glen
River Circuit project – please contact the Project
Manager Cliff Overton via email
Watch this space for more on
an exciting community event
coming to the Yarra Glen
River Circuit Project in April