Contact free pick up at Baroona Produce store in Yarra Junction
Community support in Badger Creek
Fairy houses are springing up in Warburton 1
Fairy houses are springing up in Warburton 2
Fairy houses are springing up in Warburton 3
Launching Place nursery offers contact free shopping
Very quiet in the centre of Warburton
While walking with my daughter as the only legal way we can catch up during lockdown, we passed this little group of decorated spoons outside Healesville Primary School. I looked it up when I got home and found it is a global idea started in England as a way for children to be creative and connect through the pandemic. I loved it! By Karen Roberts
During lockdown, my daughter’s kindergarten teachers thoughtfully curated fortnightly packs of activities, including all the necessary materials and instructions, which they then delivered to our letterbox every second Monday evening for the remainder of Lockdown 1.0. Fast forward to Lockdown 2.0: The Lockening, and they have once again shown their commitment to our children by curating 6 weeks’ worth of activities for each child. In the photo you will see all the educators waiting in the alleyway outside the kinder during a designated pick-up time with bags of activities ready to be handed over to the guardians of each child. By Ginger Van Handley
Usually Sundays in Warburton are brimming with visitors, with a steady stream of cars on the Warburton Highway. It was a beautiful day, but due to Stage 4 restrictions, there were not too many people out and about. By Suyin Chan
Meet the family from the other side of the cutlery draw. The FoRkYeWs from Forksville. Join our rEbEl FaCtIoN. By Trevor Mays
Spoonville, spotted in Mooroolbark
Spoonville, spotted in Chirnside Village
Spoonville, spotted in Seville
"After the storm, there will be a rainbow" – signs spotted in Mooroolbark
The ability to find beauty and peace even when the state is in disorder. Taking 1 hour of exercise in a place of tranquility can clear the mind and get reafy for the sunrise that follows the sunset. By Kellye Barton
We walked around the block every day during lockdown #1 and enjoyed seeing the various gardens. Our cat had company everyday. More craft time was available because we couldn't go anywhere and had to use what we had.
Hitting the pause button has meant more time spent exploring our backyard and priceless time together. Image by Kate Williams
We planted dozens of trees in the mornings and evenings when working from home, without long commutes into the city. Melbourne photographer Sanjeev Singh photographed us for his ‘Housebound A Portrait Project in Isolation'.
It's been tough and uncertain, living through this. Small actions (staying home/distant) are so important, but it's hard to stay positive. Being out in nature has helped a lot. Image by Jesse Graham
It was good to work outside for once, and not be stuck inside! By Marilla Marshall Sloan
Fungi in the warm sunshine, just after rain. Image by Amanda Marshall
Freshest fresh air to breath deep and restore your soul. Image of Lilydale Lake by Andree Semmens
An eerie sensation, witnessing the tranquil beauty of the Yarra Ranges while a community clings to memories of normality, buffeted by the devastating winds of change. Image by Daniel Yee
Daily exercise became important as a chance to get out in the fresh air. We found interesting walks to collect the mail at Belgrave instead of quickly stopping the car on the way past. So much time to explore new paths.
Harry joining us for our Stand Up Paddleboarding lessons on Lillydale Lake. He likes to walk around on the boards during SUP Yoga sessions to really test everyone’s balance! Image by Kerrie Edwards
A sunny autumn day. By Justin Stephens
Servicing a Montrose gas heater, I was being supervised by a local bird.
Feeling isolated.....like this tree....but still standing strong in the face of adversity.....moving forward, slowly.
Walks with my guide on the Coldstream trail. Image by Melissa Danher
Freshest fresh air to breath deep and restore your soul. Image by Andree Semmens
Anzac Day – Thomas Cres, Lilydale. By Marita Hearne
The new normal?
Physically distancing whilst staying social. At Lilydale Lake. By Caroline Drury
Physically distancing whilst staying social. Warburton Trail, Seville. By Caroline Drury
We are still, but... Flowers are still blooming. Bees are still buzzing. The world carries on without us. My garden has become my playground and I have discovered a renewed love for it. This Dahlia is just the start. By Keri Morris
Dad trying to help a 4 year old understand why our local playgrounds are closed. By Emma Dickman
During isolation we ensured that we took time family walks and really enjoyed nature as much as we could.
When all else seems out of control the tree doesn’t change, it's grounding in unsettled times. By Allison Mcvicar
A team following safety measures
Kissy bucks and Tonka Trucks. For the full story by Michaela Alcorn, visit the Still Life Stories page.
The strange experience of seeing the seats and tables of the dam off limits with yellow tape. It all felt a little surreal in the cold wintry weather (at Maroondah Dam, Healesville). By Michelle Redman
Saw this cool person greeting people on the side of the road in Sassafras during my Meals on Wheels run. By Skye Beazley
I lost my job but was able to enjoy walking at the Maroondah Reservoir Park with a friend. By Karen Armstrong
Enjoying the simple things. Bonding time! By Jeannie Cerato
'Prior to a filming of Brooke and Dave Wandin doing an open to country for an online event of National Reconciliation Week event called Our Country, Our Future. Filmed these cows on the Coranderrk Reserve.'
'At the beginning of our isolation due to COVID-19, the gym I attended put out a challenge: “who could walk or run the furthest in the month of April, 2020?” I entered and began my daily walks. My walks became longer and I began to feel fitter. I didn’t win the competition but I didn’t care. I also discovered a new app that made it easy to make this little video. Spot the Healesville landmarks I pass.' – Mim Kocher
'Lest we forget. Unable to follow tradition of attending our local Dawn Service, communities united in their driveways, with a candle and a radio, and attended a virtual Dawn Service.' – Robyn Welten
Yarra Ranges Shire Council
P.O. Box 105, Anderson Street
Lilydale, VIC 3140
P 1300 368 333
F (03) 9735 4249
Yarra Ranges Council respectfully acknowledges the traditional owners, the Wurundjeri people, as the custodians of this land. We pay respect to all Aboriginal community Elders, past and present, who have resided in the area and have been an integral part of the history of the region.
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