Woodlea wraps up 2021!
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Woodlea wraps up 2021!

As the year comes to a close, what better way to practice gratitude than to take a trip down memory lane for all the things that our Woodlea community has accomplished together!

Aintree Primary opened its doors

 

In February, little ones residing in Woodlea had an exciting start to the school year. Woodlea opened the doors to its very first public primary school! Welcoming over 520 students, Aintree Primary School implemented a number of fun initiatives for its new students, including painting and decorating Woodlea’s new beehives! The community apiary near Kororoit Creek is now home to thousands of European honey bees.

Aintree Primary opened its doors

Blooming West

In March, Woodlea sprinkled back some joy and colour into the Aintree community with the launch of an impressive field of sunflowers called Blooming West! Over 150,000 sunflower seeds were planted that saw a field of yellow come to life, with residents and surrounding neighbours immersing themselves in an abundance of blooms. Following a successful installation, the sunflowers will return next year.

Humans of Woodlea Continued

The heartwarming initiative known as ‘Humans of Woodlea’ entered its second edition, representing the true spirit of communal engagement. The initiative celebrated the compelling stories of everyday members residing in the Woodlea community who came from different cultures and nationalities to celebrate real people with real stories.

Woodlea Town became the beating heart of Woodlea

The highly anticipated opening of Woodlea Town became a reality! Coles was the first store to open followed by 22 other shopping & dining offerings. Family and friends are now able to hang out at a new, local destination as W Town provides a variety of options for locals to enjoy.

The Launch of Woodlea Soccer Academy

The Woodlea community loves to keep active and to show the wonderful community spirit of building Australia’s healthiest community with accessible sporting and recreation facilities, we launched Woodlea Soccer Academy (WSA) – a unique soccer training program led by World Cup level super stars.

Our 13th park opened!

In keeping with Woodlea’s commitment to green open spaces, we celebrated the opening of our 13th neighbourhood park this year! Every park within Woodlea is designed with its own unique identity and reason to visit and caters to all age groups. From flying foxes, a sky-high viewing tower, and water play elements through to dedicated sensory play areas, a variety of accessible play equipment and even a dedicated dog park, Woodlea has a park for everyone!

The Inaugural Front Garden Competition Kicked Off

Speaking of gardens, Woodlea launched its inaugural front garden competition with prizes worth up to $10k as an exciting way for residents to lend a helping hand in beautifying their lawns as well as engaging in community activities.

Free online music classes

As Victorians continued remote learning, Woodlea partnered with Mini Maestros to produce a month of preschool music lessons for residents. Funded by Woodlea to support both students and parents, the free sessions provided a creative outlet for our youngest residents and an opportunity for families to connect and meet online.

Aintree Walk of Honour

After four years of construction, the final lengths of the Walk of Honour were extended to lead directly into our new Town Park. Reflecting the spirit of the famous Avenues of Honour in Melbourne’s west, the Walk of Honour showcases over 180 trees and almost 150 individual plaques commemorating the selfless men and women who have served and sacrificed and those who continue to serve for our country.

Spanning over 600 metres in length, an eternal flame and reflecting pond now mark the conclusion of the walk, with the flame symbolising the community’s perpetual gratitude towards, and remembrance of, those who have given their lives and continue to make sacrifices in war.

The Rockbank Inn was restored

The Rockbank Inn was restored

This year also saw Woodlea carry out significant works to preserve the heritage of the Rockbank area, including the historic ruins of the heritage-listed Rockbank Inn. The Rockbank Inn was built in (approximately) 1853 by liquor merchants James Stewart and John “Como” Brown as an overnight stop for gold miners. To showcase the artifacts found, we hosted a mini pop up museum during the school holidays, as well as offering tours of the ruins.

Public Secondary School confirmed!

Earlier this year, we marked another significant milestone with the confirmation of a public secondary school! Located north of Taylors Road and Frontier Avenue, this school will be the first secondary school for the community and will join two primary schools, including Bacchus Marsh Grammar and Aintree Primary. 

While no date has been set for the commencement of construction, we’re currently fast-tracking key infrastructure to deliver the necessary roads and services to accommodate the new school site.

Sammy comes home for Christmas!

As many of you know, our warrior community member Sammy is fighting Stage 4 Neuroblastoma, an incurable cancer.

In October, Sammy and her Mum traveled to the U.S for her ongoing treatment, which came with the risk of not being able to return to Australia before Christmas. Through the community’s efforts of raising awareness and funds for Sammy and her family, we are pleased to report Sammy and her Mum have now returned safely to Australia in time for Christmas!

9,500 residents and counting

 

Ending the year off with a bang, Woodlea is thrilled to announce a total of 9,500 residences now to call Woodlea home! 

After such a challenging but fulfilling year, we can’t wait to see what 2022 has to offer!