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All the news and all that’s new at Manor Lakes

Manor Lakes Land Sales and Information Office

2 Eppalock Dve, Wyndham Vale.

Open 10am–5pm, 7 days.

1800 626 675

Melway 204 H1.

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

updated daily.

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


Manor Lakes

Display Village

Have you visited our Display

Village lately?

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 (

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

Hip Hop.

“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

Legacy Charity


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.

Botanica Blooms

Manor Lakes has added to its growing

appeal with keen demand shown for the

recent release of land in the estate’s new

Botanica precinct.

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

Botanica’s environs.

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




Manor Lakes

Central Shopping Centre

Manor Lakes Central – Your local

shopping centre for one stop

convenience shopping and food.

• Coles and Liquorland

• Manor Lakes Medical Centre

• McDonald’s

• Cafe Filipone

• Cafe Zola

• Cellarbrations

• 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

more details.

Manor Lakes Central

Cnr Ballan Rd and

Manor Lakes Blvd,

Wyndham Vale, Melways Ref: 204 J1


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

July 2011.

Contractors are putting the final touches on the

building that will feature:

Dennis Family Corporation Pty Ltd ABN 15 089 081 667 is project manager for Manor Lakes (Werribee) Pty Ltd ABN 86 820 708 320

• Two Maternal and Child Health consulting


• Two Kindergarten rooms;

• Consulting rooms for agencies and

Government departments;

• Three community meeting spaces;

• Community Learning Room;

• Youth lounge and youth consulting rooms;


• Library

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.

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