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Wandong-Heathcote Junction Community Group

P.O.Box 242, Wandong Post Office, Wandong, Vic. 3758         

Phone: 0413 832 411 

MEETINGS:
7:00pm on the 3rd Tuesday of each month (except December).
Wandong Public Hall, Wandong Avenue, Wandong   

The group represents the residents of Wandong - Heathcote Junction, including with all levels of Government, on any issues that effect the township.  Natural gas for Wandong - Heathcote Junction has been a focal objective for many years.  Proper and appropriate development is also a high priority.

The group also undertakes many projects to improve the appearance of Wandong - Heathcote Junction and conducts many working bees that we encourage resident participation.  The group also operates or participates in most events in the town.   

Join the Wandong - Heathcote Junction Community Group now and have a say in the matters that affect our towns. 

The Wandong-Heathcote Junction Community Group (WHJCG) was formed in May 2001 by locals wishing to take an active role in the community regarding the views of residents, to liaise with council and government and by instigating various projects around the towns. The WHJCG is dedicated to improve the appearance of Wandong-Heathcote Junction and to make it the best place to live. The comments of residents who have shown appreciation of our work is most gratifying, however like all volunteer groups we would love to receive more resident participation. Have a say in your community and come along to the next meeting of the WHJCG, held on the third Tuesday of each month at the Australiana restaurant. If you cannot attend meetings but can provide other support then please contact Allen Hall on 0413 832 411.

FUNDRAISING: Sausage Sizzle on the fourth Saturday of each month at the IGA supermarket in Wandong Plaza

PROJECTS:

BEAUTIFICATION OF WANDONG RAILWAY STATION RESERVE

The Wandong - Heathcote Junction Community Group (WHJCG) embarked on a project to beautify an unsightly area of land between the Wandong Railway Station and the Epping-Kilmore Road.

The WHJCG obtained a community grant from the  Mitchell Shire Council and together with it's own funds and donations from V/Line, the Wandong-Wallan Lions Club, Whats News, WHJCG Neighbourhood Watch and Robert Gordon Real Estate is turning the area into a small bush and wetlands walk.

The project commenced in December 2005 when the blackberry bushes and weeds were poisoned and cleared.  Heavy machinery then shaped the embankment and formed the pathway. A boardwalk was bridge were constructed to cross the wetlands.

In April and May 2006, three community working bees were held to lay over 840 square metres of biodegradable weedmat and to plant over 1,100 native plants, all indigenous to the area.

The WHJCG has placed a large rock boulder at the station entrance with a plaque to describe the history of the Wandong railway station and the horse drawn tramways to the Mt. Disappointment State Forest.

Bench seating, wooden (red gum) chain sawed sculptures and a large "WANDONG" sign on the Wandong Station embankment have been installed. Two pathway lights have now been installed.

GRAFFITI REMOVAL

The WHJCG has also completed work to eliminate and prevent graffiti at the Wandong and Heathcote Junction Railway Stations and at Wandong Plaza. This included surface cleaning and painting, provision of sensor lighting behind Wandong PLaza, new platform lighting at Heathcote Junction  station, heavy planting and mulching.

The WHJCG gratefully acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government, Department of  Justice for making this project possible.

HISTORY BOOK

In 2008 the WHJCG successfully applied for a grant to collate and publish a book on the history of Wandong - Heathcote Junction.   A committee was been formed and met on the last Wednesday of each month at the Sue Marstaeller Pavilion, Davern Reserve.  The WHJCG gratefully acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government through the Community Support Fund and Public Record Office Victoria for making this project possible.

After three years of research and gathering of photos and information, the book was written by Mr Ron Pickett and on 27th March 2011, the book called "Ghosts, Gold & a White Elephant" was launched at the Australiana Restaurant , Wandong by Mr Robert Mitchell, Federal Member for McEwen. 

The grant also provided for a commemorative rock and plaque to be placed at the Heathcote Junction Railway Station to signify its past history as a branch line to Kilmore, Heathcote and Lancefield.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHJCG Statement of Purpose

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WANDONG SOUVENIRS

Five Wandong souvenir spoons and five Wandong fridge magnets are now available. WHJCG items now available for purchase at the Wandong Post Office are:

"Ghosts, Gold & A White Elephant"    $50

Wandong History on DVD                  $10

Wandong post cards                          $1.50 or 8 for $10

Wandong car window stickers            $2 inside $1.50 external

Wandong souvenir spoons                 $7 or $30 for set of five

Wandong fridge magnets                   $3.50 or $15 for set of five

The Wandong Community calendar ($5) and the book on Wandong's history "Wandong - Remnants of an Innovative Past" ($20) are also on sale at the Wandong Post Office. The WHJCG sincerely thanks Mrs Lynne Dore for her patience and enormous amount of time involved to produce the book on the terra cotta lumber brick industry. 

DECEMBER 2022

THE TIME HAS COME.
We can no longer put our collective heads in the sand and pretend that the A.R.T.C will not be building a new
bridge at the northern end of Rail Street. After many meetings with the staff of ARTC we have at last been privy
to some facts that we were not fully aware of.
1. ARTC do not run the trains on our line, so we need to fight another fight with those who wish to bring
larger, noisier, and more invasive trains through Wandong. But that is a fight for another day.
2. ARTC have been given by the Federal Government the responsibility building a freight line from Central
Queensland through to Melbourne. They will then lease time on the tracks to any one of several rail freight
companies. Their only worry is to build and maintain the tracks.
Our fight with ARTC is to try and protect our town from damage caused by the dismantling of the old bridge and
the construction of a new bridge some two and a half meters higher.
To achieve this, they will have to drastically alter the road heights on all sides of the new bridge, and in turn create
large earthen banks on all sides to gain the necessary height for a new round about that will be some four
meters higher than the current road surface just north of the northern end of Rail St.
This is going to happen and will destroy the immediate surrounds. All we can do is let them know that we are
NOT HAPPY and try to win as many concessions from them as we can in regard to our parkland being
re-established after they have finished, also we must try and protect a huge number of mature trees that will
be impacted by the road works.
There are some people around who are saying that this will never happen. But some two weeks ago ARTC
appointed engineers to start planning the works to be done in the Seymour area, and we along with Broadford
will be next on their list sooner rather than later.
We have two choices, we can either throw up our hands in despair, and bury our heads in the sand.
OR
Let them know that we are not happy and that we want our town protected as much as possible. Now is the time
to get involved, don’t wait till the damage is done.
ARTC hold pop up days every Thursday from 10.00am till 1.00pm in the shop beside the chemists in Wandong
Plaza. CALL IN AND LET THEM KNOW THAT YOU ARE NOT HAPPY, or just ask to see the maps and
diagrams. Get involved, it is your town, don’t let them ruin it..
DAVID MORAN.
PRESIDENT, WANDONG HEATHCOTE JUNCTION COMMUNITY GROUP.
If you want more information on what you can do ring me on 0409.164 660.
Or stop in for a chat at one of our BBQ’s that we hold monthly at the IGA.

 

See LOCAL NEWS for comments on the ARTC proposal to replace the Wandong road over rail bridge.