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Christmas on Union Road 2022 Recap

Updated: Mar 14, 2023

Last Saturday we celebrated and hosted a festive Christmas event for all to enjoy. Finally Melbourne had its weather right this time, we've had sun and blue skies all day. To the children's surprise Santa made a big entrance with the Victorian Fire rescue services, making his way on the fire truck to meet and greet the children.

Wow look at the crowd, we didn't expect to see many people! We would like to thank the traders and volunteers who got involved with our Christmas event, you all did a brilliant job. It was lovely to see you interact with your local community and I'm sure they all appreciated your services. Together the Union Road Traders Association and traders/volunteers worked as one team to create a joyous event for everyone. Thank you so much for your support, your passion and involvement. (Pure Elements Body Care, Union Road Pharmacy, Serenity Massage and Spa, Paint with me, HQ Melbourne, Willow Design)

The Ascot Vale Library sure was full during their story time session in the morning. It was a nice break for the families to sit down and listen to some Christmas stories hosted by our local Ascot Vale Library. Thank you for taking part on this day.

On behalf of the Mayor, Councillors Katrina Hodgson and Rose Iser stepped in to greet everyone with their speech. The event continued on with all the kids activities and entertainment afterwards. (Paintnsparkles, Xlent events, Balloons by Design, Paint by Me, Action Events)

WELL DONE to the Union Road Traders Association and President for your hard work and time organising this years Christmas, it was so much fun! Thanks to the Moonee Valley Council for your support.

CUS Celebrates 50 years!

CUS Hairdressing celebrates 50 years in the business in December. Operating since 1st December 1972 as Caterina’s Unisex Salon and opened by Caterina & Sebastiano Belvedere.

The legacy continued when their sons Nick and Mark inherited Caterina’s Unisex Salon in 1990.

Nick and his wife Gina then took over the business in 1995 and abbreviated the name to CUS Hairdressing, honouring the heritage and modernising the business.

Keeping the family tradition alive, Nick & Gina were joined at the salon by their youngest daughter Danielle, making this a proud third generation family business.

Happy birthday CUS Hairdressing!


Union Square mural ceremoniously arrives this week

A new public art mural on the Ascot Vale Library arrives in Union Square and will be officially welcomed and blessed. Council invites interested traders and community members to attend Union Square for this short ceremony.

Welcome and Hand Blessing Ceremony for ‘Ngaree (Knowledge)’ mural

Wurundjeri Woi-wurrng Elder Aunty Julieanne

Thursday 2.30pm Union Square


The mural design has been created by Shepparton based First Nations artist and Yorta Yorta man Tommy Day. As Tommy is not local to Moonee Valley, design consultation and approval was provided by local Wurundjeri Woi-wurrng Elders Aunty Julieanne Axford and Aunty Gail Smith.

Artist statement

‘Ngaree (Knowledge)’

The circular design floating across the pink and orange signifies the community of Ascot Vale, interconnected and spreading across the landscape.

I have included Bunjil (Eagle) and Waa (Crow), spirit birds, holding knowledge of all things. Powerful representations of Wurundjeri's past, present and future.

The gum leaves flowing throughout the piece signify the planting of the seeds of knowledge, ongoing and never ending.

All together, this piece represents the knowledge of country and the knowledge of self, the coming together of community to share and exchange knowledge.

Tommy Day III


Wemba Wemba

Yorta Yorta

‘Ngaree (Knowledge)’ will remain in place until future building works commence at Ascot Vale Library.

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