Parks Oakleigh East, VICmonash council have recently upgraded the playground here which includes basket/birds nest swing, decent height rock climb wall, dry river bed, forte, slide, swings, carousel, etc. the park slopes down hill with a very large grass area up top for ball games, also has a creek through middle with reeds/rushes, bridge and frogs. park opens onto a main busy 3 laned road (ferntree gully rd) with low open fence, but council have agreed to consider a more child secure fence. BBQ facilities with large tables/chairs area with cover over. toilet is one of those secure ones.
Cafes Mount Waverley, VICregular menu has not changed for some time now but there are usual 3 specials each day (soup/burgers/salads, etc). pasta of day has included beef and zucchini bolognaise with chilli and parmsan $18 and soup of the day have included cauliflower, bacon, parmesan $11 and burger of the day has included chicken parmigiana with bacon, napoli, parmesan, cos, mayo and chips $18.
Cafes Mount Waverley, VICthe calamari salad (lightly fried) with cucumber, corn, asian herbs, chillis, pickled ginger and oriental dressing is really delicous (you can t go wrong with pickled ginger). it is a bit expensive @ $23 but there is plenty of calamari in dish. the soup of the day was leek and potato which was quite nice (it was green so may have had basil or something in it too) but $12 for soup, especially a 2 ingredient one you would make for yourself at home is too expensive (its just a medium size bowl of soup)
have tried their home and contents insurance and car insurance, for a couple of years now. recently had a window repair claim which we had no difficulty with (settled quickly, followed up with me with satisfaction survey and email, claim form done over phone politely, great communication). appreciate how they dont operate under the rating system (which is a such a farce) where you are penalised when you make a claim by an increase in your renewal premium, have never found them difficulty to get hold of on phone (waiting time). the car insurance policy was fine, never had a need to claim though, but the paying for km is a good idea but gets a bit trickey as difficult to estimate how many km you will do in a year and although you can top up you have to make notes on your calender to remind yourself to keep an eye on it as if you go over and need to claim you are not covered (and we did go over and i didn't realise for several weeks) so decided not to renew just from this issue. there insurance rates are very competitive and often a little cheaper than other companies. did not use their landlords insurance only because they dont offer "rent default by tennant" which we required.
had my child's taken at his preschool by them recently. although they was very friendly I was not happy with the service. They does not respond to repeated emails and phone message you leave with them with queires (such as over pricing) and i prefer more natural shots of kids playing rather than posed shots which they tends to take. prices for photos are expensive considering nature of digital photography now where there is no cost for them to develop prints to show parents to choose whether to buy or not (as there was with film). disappointing.