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Autumn Edition 2011
Manor Lake in full majesty
New MLRA Committee 2
Dance Theatre in step 3
Community Centre Update 4
Help for new Gorilla home 4
A by-product of the recent heavy rains has been an unprecedented bountiful supply of water into Manor Lake.
“This is the first time in the estate’s history that the lake has received such a significant intake of water,” said Manor Lakes
Marketing Manager, Christine Walker.
“It has never looked so good. To see Manor Lake brimming is absolutely marvellous and shows what a magnificent and iconic
local landmark it can be for the community here,” Ms Walker added.
Local residents love Wyndham Vale
A feature within the finance section of the popular ninemsn website
invites residents around the nation to vote for Australia’s Best Suburbs.
Suburbs are rated by the website visitors based on three criteria:
Community, Local Services and Affordability. Ratings are averaged and
In the Victorian section, the suburb where Manor Lakes estate is
located, Wyndham Vale headed the voting with a rating score of 9.2 out
of 10 at the time of voting.
The statewide No. 1 ranking is a glowing endorsement from local residents
about the favourable and desirable lifestyle offered in Wyndham Vale.
To access the section, visit
manor talk Autumn Edition 2011
Have you visited our Display
We invite you to call in and take
a look around the latest designs
in contemporary family living.
On display are 24 quality homes
from 12 of Melbourne’s leading
Open daily from 12 noon to 5pm,
the Display Village is located on
Eureka Drive at Manor Lakes.
Family Fun Day
Soaring temperatures of around 42 degrees
Celsius failed to prevent local residents from
experiencing another enjoyable Family Fun
Day at the Manor Lakes estate on Sunday,
30 January. Held in the parkland in front of
the Display Village from 1pm until 3pm, a
range of activities included merry-go-round,
jumping castle, train rides, clowns and face
painting. A sausage sizzle raised funds for
the local Our Lady of the Southern Cross
Primary School, with parents from the school
community supervising the barbecue.
Christmas Lights winners
The Christmas Lights competition at Manor Lakes has become a festive season tradition. Residents
across the estate embrace the initiative with gusto and prove year after year that the spirit and cheer
of the festive season is alive and well in the local community.
The judges faced a very difficult task in selecting the winner of the 2010 competition last December,
before determining Karen Robertson of Weavers Street as most deserving of the honour. As first
prize winner, Karen was awarded $750 for her considerable efforts.
Steve and Ros Crossley of Omeo Street
were awarded the second place prize
of $500, with the third place prize of
$250 shared by Jill and Paul Marshall of
Hindmarsh Drive and Mark and Amber
Ratuszny of Armstrong Road.
Additionally, a $1,000 charity donation
was made to street prize winners -
the residents of Omeo Street – who
nominated the Royal Children’s Hospital
and Make A Wish Foundation as their
nominated beneficiaries to receive the
Congratulations to the winners and a
big thank you to all entrants.
New MLRA Committee
The Manor Lakes Residents Association Inc. (MLRA) has elected a new committee for 2011.
Incoming President, Raj Shiva, is a new resident in Manor Lakes but has already set his sights on
becoming an active member of the local community. He was previously proactively involved in
several community initiatives in Campbell in the ACT and additionally brings on board a breadth of
experience from international Rotary and Lion Clubs.
Other new members of the MLRA Committee are Delphi Anderson (Vice President), Fiona Fox
(Treasurer), Lesley Watson (Secretary) and Cedric Young and Neeraj Shukla (Members).
Outgoing President, Ray McAlary, said that the Association had achieved some significant goals
in its first three years, but there would be many challenges ahead in the fast growing community.
Mr. McAlary said the Association was extremely thankful for the support of Wyndham City Council,
particularly Cr. Heather Marcus and Mayor John Menegazzo, and the Dennis Family Corporation.
The new incoming Committee will drive several local initiative programs that are aimed at bringing
the local residents together with their MLRA. Please take a proactive role in local community events
by joining your association. It’s a fantastic way to get to know your fellow neighbours, identify with
the broader Manor Lakes community and have heaps of fun!
MLRA meetings are normally held at 7.30 pm on the last Wednesday of the month at Manor Lakes
College (Amadeus Building), Minindee Road, Manor Lakes.
Please join us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Manor-Lakes-Residents-
Association/184245661585569) and follow us on Twitter (ManorlakeRA) to keep informed of
happenings in your local Manor Lakes Club!
MLRA Clean Up
A group of over 20 MLRA members and
friends contributed to a tidier community
by participating in the Clean Up Australia
Day on Sunday, 6 March, collecting
more than 30 bags of rubbish in the
process. Well done and thank you to all
who took part.
Dance Theatre in step
The ML Dance Theatre has not missed a beat since opening in August last
year, with enrolment numbers having doubled in that time.
Established by Manor Lakes resident Ros Barratt to give local kids the opportunity to enjoy the
freedom and expression of dance, the theatre currently offers classes in Classical Ballet, Jazz and
“The response has been really encouraging. My children all danced and having endured the
frustration of having to drive to the city for classes so many times I could see value in having
something here on our own doorstep,” Ros explains.
“This is very much a community endeavour and we have been able to set our fees a lot cheaper
than what is charged in the city. The local kids absolutely love coming here and virtually all live close
enough to walk to the classes.”
The program follows the school terms and breaks during holidays. Whilst the focus is on enjoyment,
the Dance Theatre teaches the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus and aspires to promote high
standards in performance.
The ML Dance Theatre currently schedules its classes on Friday evenings from 6.30pm and
Saturday mornings from 9.30am. Friday evenings offer junior and intermediate classes in Jazz and
open age Hip Hop. Saturday morning is dedicated to Classical Ballet, where students from 3 to 15
years are split up in classes according to relative ability.
“Most of our students are beginners and we have a higher percentage of boys in our Hip Hop
classes,” Ros reveals.
“Our biggest enrolments have been into our Ballet classes. The technical training is really important
and we encourage students who want to take up Jazz to also do Classical Ballet.”
The ML Dancer Theatre has made the Performing Arts Centre at Manor Lakes College its base, but
has made application to move into the Community Centre when the new facility opens mid year.
“The College has been a tremendous initial home, but the Community Centre will provide greater
flexibility in our class times and allow us to expand further,” Ros says.
Whilst Ros has fully accredited Royal Academy of Dance training qualifications herself, she prefers
to concentrate on the administration side and leave the main instruction role to her daughter Ash,
who has advanced level RAD qualifications.
Ash is supported by two other teachers, Rebecca and Brad, who specialise in Hip Hop.
“Whichever of our dance styles appeals to them most, we just encourage kids to take part,” Ros
New enrolments to the ML Dance Theatre are welcome at any time, although class numbers are
limited. For further details, phone 0435 451 178 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A new home has been constructed at Manor
Lakes by Dennis Family Homes to support
This is the third time the leading builder has
constructed a charity house in aid of Legacy,
with the two previous initiatives having raised
almost $85,000 for the organisation which
is dedicated to the welfare of widows and
dependants of war veterans.
“It is our hope that this year’s charity house
project will once again generate significant
funds to aid Legacy in its ongoing welfare
work for the families of deceased veterans,”
said Dennis family patriarch, Bert Dennis.
“Legacy provided wonderful assistance to
my own family during my youth and remains
close to my heart to this day,” he added.
Legacy charity house under construction.
Manor Lakes has added to its growing
appeal with keen demand shown for the
recent release of land in the estate’s new
Designed to become a natural haven within
the thriving community at Manor Lakes,
Botanica’s stage 114 offers a select number
of lots ranging in size from 320m2 to 7042m2 and priced from $176,000.
The Botanica precinct is located off Ison
Road, with the western boundary bordered
by an expanse of open space along Lollipop
Creek which is planned for transformation
into a stunning nature reserve. Carefully
selected plantings will be a feature of
With expert landscaping and outstanding
attention to detail, every pocket of Botanica
has been carefully planned to become a
place its fortunate residents will love to call
Central Shopping Centre
Manor Lakes Central – Your local
shopping centre for one stop
convenience shopping and food.
• Coles and Liquorland
• Manor Lakes Medical Centre
• Cafe Filipone
• Cafe Zola
• Hair Vision
• Manor Lakes Fish and Chips
• Manor Lakes Fruit and Vegetables
• Manor Lakes News and Lotto
• One Star Variety Discount Shop
• Pizza King
• R & S Family Gourmet Meats
• Tash X (Laser and Cosmetic Centre)
• Top Bakery
• Wyndham Lakes Real Estate
Manor Lakes Central
Leasing Opportunities available.
Contact Fitzroys (03) 9275 7777 for
Manor Lakes Central
Cnr Ballan Rd and
Manor Lakes Blvd,
Wyndham Vale, Melways Ref: 204 J1
LAND NOW SELLING!
We have a selection
of stunning creekside
blocks now selling,
with sizes ranging from
386sqm to 632sqm.
Call our Land and Sales
Information Centre on
1800 626 675 for more
Council contact details
Keeping Manor Lakes beautiful requires
your help. If you notice any maintenance
issues such as damaged footpaths or street
trees in need of some TLC, please contact
the Wyndham City Council on 9742 0777
Help for new Gorilla home at Werribee
Manor Lakes estate project manager, the Dennis
Family Corporation, has lent a helping hand
towards the construction of an exciting new
Gorilla enclosure at Werribee Open Range Zoo.
In September last year, a supply of felled logs
from farmland in undeveloped areas of the
Manor Lakes estate was provided by the Dennis
family for use as natural habitat and outdoor
dens within the new enclosure. The grand
10,000sqm exhibit will soon take pride of place
inside the zoo’s main entrance.
Anticipated to be ready for opening in June, the
“Gorillas in the West” enclosure will provide an
expansive new home environment at Werribee
for Melbourne Zoo’s three Gorillas – Motaba,
Yakkini and Ganyeka.
Furthering its cooperative relationship with the
Werribee Open Range Zoo, the Dennis Family
Corporation also provided a quantity of timber
from Manor Lakes for the construction of
animal shelters for Bison, Antelope, Zebra and
numerous other smaller species in addition to
the materials supplied for the Gorilla sanctuary.
Community Centre update
The Wyndham Vale Community Learning
Centre at Manor Lakes is nearing completion
and Wyndham City is on the lookout for
community groups and agencies interested in
using its valuable space.
The $8.3 million Wyndham Vale Community
Learning Centre, which is located at the corner
of Manor Lakes Boulevard and Howqua Way,
is expected to open progressively from in
Contractors are putting the final touches on the
building that will feature:
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• Two Maternal and Child Health consulting
• Two Kindergarten rooms;
• Consulting rooms for agencies and
• Three community meeting spaces;
• Community Learning Room;
• Youth lounge and youth consulting rooms;
The centre is expected to be opened in time
for community use in Term 3. For information,
contact the Centre on 0400 690 833 or email
Mambourin Sensory Garden & Cafe
is located at 2 Recreation Close,
Werribee, just off Ballan Road, opposite
the Recreation Centre.
Open 10am – 3pm,
Monday – Friday.
Enquiries: 9731 8226.