Burnley Backyard – Community Update Aug 2014

Demolition of most of the structures at 49 Tudor Street, Burnley

Demolition of most of the structures at 49 Tudor Street, Burnley 3121


Exciting times! The renovation has started and we have now officially begun the development of the Burnley Backyard. You can check out the pics on RCLC’s Facebook page!

What does the memory of a backyard mean to you? For most of us in Richmond, this is a dream of days gone by at our parents’ houses in the suburbs….. Planting trees, flowers and   vegetables, the shed full of mystical tools and half finished projects, space to run, play and hide,  family and friends BBQing with plenty of space for unexpected visitors and their dog!

The Richmond Community Learning Centre, with the Richmond Community Garden Group, are endeavouring to bring that backyard back to the community of Richmond. Our aim is to provide a space that offers indoor and outdoor opportunities for the community, representing the needs of residents and  fulfilling expectations of a Community Centre.

Plans for new Burnley Backyard facility [1]

Plans for new Burnley Backyard facility [1]

Proposed Timeline

Our goal is to be up and fully functional by February 2015.   The Yarra City Council are providing funding for a Community Engagement Officer whose responsibilities will be to work with Richmond Community Learning Centre, development of community programs that represent residents needs and liaise with volunteers who will be a vital ingredient in the success of the facility.

Plans for new Burnley Backyard facility [2]

Plans for new Burnley Backyard facility [2]

Community Involvement

This is where you come in…… If you are interested in being a part of this exciting project in a volunteer role, we would love to hear from you. The role of Community Engagement Officer will also be advertised locally and if you have any interest in or questions about this role, please contact Simone Gardiner at Richmond Community Learning Centre on (03) 9428 9901 or lordst@internode.on.net

We will be requiring volunteers for a wide variety of positions. Some of these may involve assistance with:

  • marketing the Burnley Backyard and its role in the Community
  • functions and events
  • running programs and activities
  • delivering brochures/posters to residents and local businesses
  • collecting and collating feedback and information from residents and local businesses

We are very excited about the future development of the Burnley Backyard and its place in our vibrant and ever changing community. We hope to reflect the uniqueness of our Burnley identity and ensure that all feel welcome to be a part of this exciting project.


Burnley Backyard – Community Update March 2014

rcgg201403The break over December and January has meant that activity slowed to a halt for close to two months, but since the end of January all systems have been in place to progress the Burnley Backyard project.

In mid December the planning application was lodged with City of Yarra and no objections to the build were lodged.   The planning application is now being circulated to relevant departments in council for perusal and comment on any issues of concern.   Hopefully, that process will be concluded shortly.

So while waiting for the conclusion of the planning process the following items have been put into play to keep things moving along:

  • The architect has prepared the documentation for the tender for the build and RCLC will be provided with this documentation this week.
  • Council has approved the drafting of a Lease between RCLC and the City of Yarra and negotiations are underway regarding the terms of the lease.

Unfortunately, until the conclusion of all the above issues, the build cannot commence.  I think everyone is anxious that this phase of the process is concluded quickly and some visual signs of progress can be seen by the community.

We will keep everyone up to date with the progress over the next few months.

Richmond Community Garden Group

bby201403The garden group held its first AGM late last year and elected a Committee of Management who very quickly commenced work in a number of areas:

  • Volunteers of the garden group ran a workshop at RCLC and planted out existing boxes on the site and then organised a fundraising activity in the form of a Bunnings Barbeque to raise much needed funds for the organisation.
  • Governance of the organisation was a high priority so the Committee attended a workshop to draw up a Strategic Plan and commence the process of preparing policies and procedures for the group.
  • Membership has grown and so has the list of residents wanting to rent a plot in the new community garden at the Burnley Backyard.

So behind the scenes much has been happening to keep the project moving along and hopefully the next news will be that the build of the facility and community garden can commence.

If you would like to be kept informed on the progress of the project, or volunteer for either the BBY or the RCGG then email jennyf.rclc@gmail.com and your details will be recorded so that future news can be communicated to you.

Jenny Fuge
Burnley Backyard Project Coordinator

Burnley Backyard – Community Update November 2013

Little Gardener

Little Gardener – image courtesy of  George Hodan, PublicDomainPictures.net

Since the Community Information Session back in September, there has been much activity behind the scenes to move along the project.   

The list below gives residents some indication of what has been happening:

  • Soil Tests and Health Risk Assessment were completed with a favourable outcome for the proposed use of the site
  • Final Plans were completed including landscaping (these plans will be submitted for final costings, prior to tenders being awarded)
  • A planning application letter has been submitted to the City of Yarra and awaits a decision
  • A Deed between City of Yarra and Richmond Community Learning Centre (RCLC) has been signed

What Comes Next?

Once the costings have been approved and the planning application granted, tenders for the building of the facility in Tudor Street will be called for.   At present the project is running a little behind schedule, but it is hoped that the tender process will be completed by next March/April.

A Lease for the site needs to be developed and signed by RCLC and the City of Yarra prior to access being granted to commence work on site.  So the project is moving along behind the scenes even though the site remains deserted.

Community Interest

Any Burnley residents or members of the community are welcome to make contact with me to discuss the project, or to become a volunteer of the Burnley Backyard (BBY) and thereby be contacted and kept informed of the progress of the project.   So I look forward to hearing from residents.

Richmond Community Garden Club Activity

At the Community Information Session in September, residents signed up as members of the Richmond Community Garden Group (RCGG) and indicated their interest in renting a garden plot.   The membership has slowly increased and a meeting of members was conducted at the end of October.   About 12 residents attended to hear Trish Pringle outline the activities to be undertaken by the Garden Group in addition to looking after the garden plots at Tudor Street.   Trish indicated that workshops on gardening would be presented to garden club members and any community members who would like to attend.   Fundraising events will be organised to raise funds for the improvement of the community garden, with the first being a barbeque at Bunnings in Hawthorn on 28 December 2013, and volunteers to assist Trish would be welcome.

Pat Grosse, a consultant, who is assisting the RCGG with meeting its governance obligations, was also present at the meeting to provide members and prospective members with an outline of the role of the Committee of Management to be elected at the Annual General Meeting on 19 November 2013.  A number of people indicated an interest in joining the committee which will enable the garden group to run effectively.   Five new members joined the garden group,  the evening was a relaxed informal meeting, and the information provided was appreciated by all.

So the next step for the Garden Group is to hold its AGM on 19 November at 7:00 pm at ‘The Stables’ in 19 Duke Street, Richmond.   Hope to see residents at that meeting as all will be welcome and there will be an opportunity to join the Garden Group on the night.

The Festive Season

With Christmas almost upon us (and RCLC busy with its Christmas Party preparations – see below), I wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas.  Due to the closure of most organisations for some time over the December-January period,  I will endeavour to provide further information on the project early in the new year.

Jenny Fuge
Project Manager
Burnley Backyard Project

Friday 29 November, 5:30pm – Christmas Party

Come to Richmond Community Learning Centre’s free end-of-year celebration for families and individuals in the local community.  Bring a picnic rug and light supper to hear terrific singing of Christmas Carols from our childcare kids, win amazing hampers and be part of a special visit from Santa.

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Festival fever rising – green hands needed to help

With such a variety of stalls and activities for the family at our upcoming Green Family Life Festival, what more can you and I possibly ask for?  RCLC needs a few more hands on deck to help with the running of this great community event.  We’re looking for people who can offer their time and talents for up to 2.5 hours on the day (Sunday 09 September) in a variety of tasks at our centre:

  • Set up site ready for day
  • Help local nursery with tree planting for the kids
  • Assist kids to make milkshakes on a specially-built bicycle
  • Tours of RCLC as eco-demonstration house (only half an hour needed for this activity)
  • Assist kids to make art and craft from recycled items and help judge competition
  • Chicken minding (watch Henrietta and Bess the chickens and make sure they don’t run away)
  • Serve wine and beer
  • Run the BBQ – cook and sell sausages
  • Pack up site and ensure all rubbish is collected

Morning and afternoon timeslots available.  If you can help us, please get in touch now.

A night of fun in Richmond-update

Just when we put word out there that we need help for our Community Fun Night, something comes up and we’ve had to postpone the event!   However, we’re still registering people who can help us put on a fantastic event – now rescheduled for
Term 1, 2012.  Please get in touch if you can:

  • help organise the event with others or
  • set up, run and/or pack away food/drinks stalls or
  • manage our clothes and toy swap or
  • promote our event or
  • suggest any other ideas/contacts (eg entertainment) for the event

You can be involved in one, some or all of the above and you don’t have to be at the event for the whole time.

So, are you still interested in bringing the community together for a night of fun in Richmond?

Let us know and let your family and friends know to join in!

Source image: Golden Fireworks by Petr Kratochvil

Need help for a night of fun in Richmond

We’re looking for people who can help us put on a fantastic Community Fun Night to be held in early November for about 3 hours (more details to come).  You can:

  • help organise the event with others or
  • set up, run and/or pack away food/drinks stalls or
  • manage our clothes and toy swap or
  • promote our event or
  • suggest any other ideas/contacts (eg entertainment) for the event

You can be involved in one, some or all of the above and you don’t have to be at the event for the whole time.

So, are you still interested in bringing the community together for a night of fun in Richmond?

Please get in touch if you can help in any way.

Source image: Golden Fireworks by Petr Kratochvil

What’s going on with the greening of Richmond?

Richmond Community Learning Centre is leading the charge to “Green” Richmond’s homes. And they are looking for volunteers to share their enthusiasm with other members of the community.

Richmond Community Learning Centre is one of five Neighbourhood Houses that have been retrofitted with environmental technologies and appliances. They are becoming eco-demonstration centres for residents wanting to learn how to make their own homes more environmentally friendly.

 “We are moving into the community education phase of the project and are looking for volunteers who have started to make their own homes energy efficient”, Annie Hingston said.

 “If you want to share your enthusiasm for the environment, this is the volunteer job for you.” she said.  “Training in community education will be provided by experts from the National Centre for Sustainability. The free training course starts soon. People interested in volunteering can register now”.

This is your chance to help others do something to reduce their energy costs, make their homes more comfortable and help the environment.

Contact: Annie Hingston on 9457 7900 / 0488 217 417