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Be safe and connected at Aurora

 

Your community guide

 

This guide aims to help you create a safe, secure, and connected home. You'll find hints and tips to prevent injuries and/or incidents, with contacts for local services that can help. 

Safety and security at Aurora: 
Connect and thrive in a special place that's just right for you. 
We create safe streets, spaces and places for residents, visitors and workers to enjoy. 
We believe in taking a preventative and proactive approach when it comes to safety – and you can too. 
From construction to completion, there are steps you can take to stay safe and connected in your new community. 

Safety during construction:

As we build your new community there are some things you  need to be aware of, so you and your family can stay safe. 
Signage will be placed around construction zones, so you can avoid accidentally entering these areas. Your loved ones, especially children, should also be made aware of these areas, so they don’t mistake them for a place for them to play. Thanks for your patience in this time. 

• We always enclose construction zones to prevent accidental access, using secure and highly visible fencing.  
• All heavy equipment used on site is kept in good working order and our drivers are well trained. Signs will warn you when equipment is in use and barricades will keep you from 
accidentally driving into work areas. Stay well away from all machinery entering and exiting the site.
• Soil, gravel, construction rubbish and other materials are often stockpiled in construction zones. Mounds are usually 
loose, unstable soil and can contain sharp objects. 
• While most of the work is conducted behind a site fence, occasionally contractors employed by Lendlease will do work outside of this fencing, and will employ traffic management. Please be respectful to contractors working on the roads. The signs, bollards and your care are the only things keeping them safe. 
• Periods of construction and building activity on site will result in some level of dust and noise. Methods and time constraints are in place to reduce this part of construction, but if should become an issue for you at any time, please contact the home builder directly or the Whittlesea Council.
• Undeveloped parts of Aurora are private property and may be subject to preliminary surveying, engineering and maintenance works. These areas are not open to the public.
• Many of your future neighbours are building their homes while you move in to yours.  These buildings can be dangerous for any untrained persons entering, children and adults alike.  Please do not enter any house under construction. If you see unsafe conditions or practices, please call the builder whose name is displayed at the front of the building site.
• Please request from your fencing supplier that they complete the fence as soon as possible. Leaving panels out allows gaps for people to enter adjacent houses.

Safety for building your dream home:
Below are some tips to building the safest dream home for you 
and your family. 

Outside: 
• Make sure your street number is clear and visible so emergency vehicles can and you easily if there is a problem or an accident. Please consider that there may be a short amount of time where your street name is not known to emergency services (between the roads being gazzeted and the emergency services updating their information). You may need to be able to provide directions to your new house.
• Design your driveway and front path to allow easy access to your front door. Paths should be even, firrm and non-slip with wide gates (e.g. 1200mm).
• Ensure all access areas are well lit so you can use them safely at night and to improve your home’s security.
• If your home has a pool, you will require Council approval to be sure it complies with all safety regulations.  
• Put a lock on your shed and garage to secure your tools, machinery, and valuables.
• Keep play areas separate and away from the driveway.
• Consider how landscaping can affect the use of your home and garden; items such as shading, plants (thorns or not), flowers, or fruit attracting bees or wasps etc.
• If possible, know the location of buried services – ask the builder to identify these on your plans or observe where these are installed during the build.

Inside:
• Use slip-resistant flooring throughout your home.
• Think carefully about where to place light switches to accommodate everyone living in your home. A two-way control switch at the top and bottom of your stairs, for example, can 
prevent night-time accidents.
• Place light globes in sensible locations to make changing them easy.  For example, over stairs, use wall-mounted fittings instead of ceiling lights.
• Install plenty of power points to avoid using double adapters and long extension leads which may be a trip hazard.
• Make hallways wide with easy access.
• In a two-storey home, install a full-length handrail along both sides of the stairs.
• Mark glass doors using stickers or safety strips so people know if they are open or closed.  Place the marks at 700mm so 
toddlers and small children can see them.
• Ask your builder to install a fire extinguisher and fire blanket in your kitchen.
• Ask your builder to use non toxic paint and carpeting in your home.
• Buy a first aid kit for your home.
• By law, you must install smoke detectors in your home. Long life batteries can be used and can last for 10 years before they need to be changed.  
• Consider installing locks and child-resistant fittings to ensure any poisonous products are out of reach and hazards are avoided.

For more safety tips refer to Kid Safe kidsafe.com.au


Connecting at Aurora: 

Useful information for living at Aurora

Getting to know the local council
City of Whittlesea offers a wealth of knowledge on its website including:

  • The community directory -  an excellent list of community groups and networks to connect. It includes a full list of sporting clubs, venues for hire and networks to join.
  •  Active Whittlesea | Facebook is a Facebook community dedicated to getting physically active in the council area.
  • The Council Business hub is the place to go to connect with local businesses and the council team that can help you with your business idea.
  • Whittlesea has a thriving local arts and creative scene to get involved in and an online community to support it.
  • The City of Whittlesea has a number of sustainability initiatives and supports for community education and awareness there is even a whole section and a helpful newsletter called Living Green.
  • And last but not least we know you will be very keen to know all about bins and waste.

Living sustainably at Aurora:

A note on keeping our area beautiful.

Lendlease is committed to building beautiful and sustainable communities however unfortunately, some of our neighbours feel its ok to dump their rubbish and builders waste on other people’s property or on our shared parks and conservation areas.
Lendlease encourages sustainable purchasing and use and especially reuse and recycling measures. Whittlesea Council recently produced this great guide to help us all take better care. A-Z guide to waste and recycling - Whittlesea Council

Caring for our unique environment and habitats

We care about conservation. Aurora is home to one of Victoria's rarest vegetation communities.
Learn about the native grasslands that we seek to preserve and the species that call it home.

Sustainable & Eco Living at Aurora, Wollert | Communities by Lendlease


For general enquiries 

Lendlease Customer Service Centre ...................... 1300 859 217
Whittlesea City Council ...................... (03) 9217 2170

Emergency Contacts

Police ...................................................................000
Local Police (Epping Police) ..................... 9409 8100
Fire ......................................................................000
Ambulance ..........................................................000
Crime Stoppers ................................... 1800 333 000
crimestoppers.com.au
Hoon Hotline ....................................... 1800 333 000

(If you witness any inappropriate or anti-social (hoon) driver behaviour, 
you should report it to the Victoria Police by phoning the Hoon Hotline)

Whittlesea City Neighbourhood Watch
[email protected]
nhw.com.au/Getting-Involved
Wildlife Victoria ......................................1300 945 35
Kids Help Line ...................................... 1800 55 1800
Lifeline .............................................................13 11 14
State Emergency Services (SES) ................... 132 500

Vic Emergency App &  Website
emergency.vic.gov.au
Provides issued warnings and information for 
all hazards. VICSES warnings and information 
regarding flood, storm, earthquake and tsunami 
warnings are issued via VicEmergency.