Snapshots of the past needed for 03 May Festival

Richmond Community Learning Centre, in conjunction with the Richmond Community Garden Group will be holding its Burnley Backyard Festival Bonanza this Saturday 11:00am – 5:00pm.

49 Tudor Street, Burnley

The former Burnley Neighbourhood Centre site at 49 Tudor Street, Burnley will be redeveloped into Richmond’s newest community hub.

There will be market stalls, food, information and entertainment to enjoy and a raffle to raise funds for the newly-formed local garden group.  Rainy weather is not a problem – there is indoor space to keep you nice and dry.

The Richmond & Burnley Historical Society is seeking photos of the Tudor Street, Burnley area as part of their display at the event.  Photos can be of 49 Tudor Street at any stage of its life as a police station or community centre, or perhaps you have a family snap of your home or the general surrounds.  If you can help, please post your photos (publicly or via private message) on their Facebook page or email them to


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 and your details will be recorded so that future news can be communicated to you.

Jenny Fuge
Burnley Backyard Project Coordinator

Newsflash: Christmas Party @ RCLC

If you haven’t already seen it, check out our RCLC Christmas Party: 29 Nov 2013 Photo Album on our Facebook page to find out what happened last Friday!


Burnley Backyard Community Engagement Session

planting-109014_640Come along to this meeting and view the plans for the landscape gardening for the proposed facility.  

Learn the layout of the garden and the types of  plants that have been chosen for the site.  This is an opportunity to meet the Landscape Architect and discuss the proposed plan for the site.

When: Saturday 07 December 2013, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Where: Burnley Backyard Facility, 49 Tudor Street, Burnley  VIC  3121
Download: Flyer [PDF, 208Kb]

Burnley Backyard

Richmond Community Learning Centre

Container gardening and worm farming – what, when and how?

container-gardening-20131129 Richmond Community Learning Centre and the Richmond Community Garden Group will be holding a free special workshop on Friday 29 November at 4:00pm

Come and learn how to:

  • plant up a container garden with summer vegetables and herbs
  • start a worm farm (and keep it going)
  • get involved with the new Richmond Community Garden Group

The RCLC Christmas Party then starts at 5:30 pm.  If you are staying for the party with your kids, please bring a light supper and a wrapped gift valued under $10 labelled with your child’s name for distribution by Santa later.

Download: Workshop flyer [PDF, 76Kb]


Count down to Christmas Party

The RCLC Christmas Party is only eleven days away and thanks to the individuals and families who have RSVP’ed through our online bookings system – we look forward to seeing you at this fun community event

As an extra thank you we are offering everyone who makes an online BOOKEO booking for our FREE Christmas Party, a chance to get a $50 discount off a party hire at Richmond Community Learning Centre.  To be in the running you must:

  1. be present at our Christmas Party
  2. have a copy of your booking confirmation email with you to claim your prize should you be the lucky one to be drawn out on party day
  3. book now below (those of you who have already booked in are in our draw).

Oh, and keep the donations coming for our hampers – we need more fabulous items!

Christmas Party: Friday 29 November, 5:30pm

boy-179376_640Bring a picnic rug and light supper to hear terrific singing of Christmas Carols from our childcare kids, have a chance to win amazing hampers and/or a discounted party hire at RCLC and see Santa!

book now

NOTE TO FIRST TIME USERS OF OUR ONLINE BOOKINGS SYSTEM: If the bookings system indicates that your email address is already in use this means that you have had a free account set up by our administration staff because you are an existing or past user of our centre. In this case, please click the “Sign in” button, then click “I forgot my password!” and reset your password so you can log in with your new password.  Any issues, please contact our office.

Burnley Backyard – Community Update November 2013

Little Gardener

Little Gardener – image courtesy of  George Hodan,

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.

book now

NOTE TO FIRST TIME USERS OF OUR ONLINE BOOKINGS SYSTEM: If the bookings system indicates that your email address is already in use this means that you have had a free account set up by our administration staff because you are an existing or past user of our centre. In this case, please click the “Sign in” button, then click “I forgot my password!” and reset your password so you can log in with your new password.