Linking Rockbank is a place-based project which was first identified by Djerriwarrh Health Services in 2017 in response to the emerging challenges of rapid population growth and infrastructure.
Linking Rockbank has emerged following the earlier efforts and initiatives by the Melton City Council who have engaged with the local community of Rockbank and Woodlea (previously part of Rockbank) since 2014. In late 2017, the suburb boundaries changed and largely reduced the size of the suburb.
To promote a socially inclusive and connected community in Rockbank, capable of responding to local aspirations and community needs.
2020-21 Current projects:
Over the summer of 2020-21 the Linking Rockbank project supported local residents and businesses to plant sunflower seeds in a new initiative called ‘Blooming West’. This lead to a wonderful spectacle in March 2021 with the sunflowers in bloom; creating a wonderful local spectacle that delighted both residents and visitors. The largest site of sunflowers was at the Woodlea town centre, where over 50 kilograms of sunflower seeds were planted leading to a large field of sunflowers for residents to view and enjoy.
Blooming West is planned to return for the 2021-22 growing season, with hopefully even more sites involved to create a sea of beautiful yellow flowers in the Rockbank area.
Linking Rockbank in partnership with We Love Aintree are currently running a project known as Magic Harvest for Rockbank, Aintree and Mt Atkinson residents. Magic Harvest involves supplying participants with a range of seasonal vegetable seedlings and teaching them gardening and cooking skills across a full growing season. The group will become more confident vegetable growers and learn garden-to-plate cooking skills whilst at the same time building community and increasing their food security.
Cows in Rockbank
Working with the Melton City Council, Linking Rockbank has secured 3 life-sized painted cows that will be calling Rockbank their new homes. The cows are ‘moooving’ into the Rockbank Preschool, Sundowner Caravan Park and Rockbank CFA fire station. A design competition to repaint the cows to reflect their new Rockbank homes will be occurring shortly with details to follow.
School holiday activities
Activities will be planned and delivered across Rockbank, Aintree and Mount Atkinson. More details will be provided soon.
Pop Up Activities
We plan to catch up with as many people as possible across Rockbank. Keep an eye out for flyers about free BBQs, community events and various free activities that will be available to community members.
We encourage local community members to come up with ideas about how they can make Rockbank even better! We have funding set aside to help them to bring these ideas to life and will support you and other community members to make these changes or run these events and activities.
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For enquiries call our Health Promotion Team on:
Ph: (03) 9361 9301
See us in action:
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