Council Elections – Gateway Ward 2

htv-2016  Here is my 2016 Council Election How to Vote card.

For more information please go to

The Port Melbourne Town Hall is the location for early voting. You can vote on Weekdays from 9am – 5pm each day.

Or on Saturday 22 October at any of the following locations:-

Voting Centre IconVOTING CENTRES on Saturday 22nd of October 2016

Fishermans Bend Community Centre
Opening Hours 8.00 am – 6.00 pm  Saturday 22 October
 Corner Dunstan Parade and Centre Avenue
(access via Centre Avenue)  Port Melbourne
 Wheelchair Access: AWA
Assisted Wheelchair Access (AWA)

Mac Robertson Girls High School
Opening Hours 8.00 am – 6.00 pm  Saturday  22 October
350-370 Kings Way (access via Albert Road)  Melbourne
Limited or No Wheelchair Access
The path from the carpark, or street, to the building entrance is inaccessible for wheelchair users.

Port Phillip Specialist School
Opening Hours 8.00 am – 6.00 pm  Saturday  22 October
Corner Nott and Pool Streets,  Port Melbourne
Limited or No Wheelchair Access
Accessible parking is not available. Ramp access to the building entrance may restrict wheelchair access.

Sol Green Community Centre
Opening Hours 8.00 am – 6.00 pm  Saturday  22 October
Corner Coventry & Montague Streets (access via Nelson Road)  South Melbourne
Assisted Wheelchair Access (AWA)
Access from the carpark or street to the building entrance may restrict independent wheelchair access. Building has lips and/or steps (50mm or less).

South Melbourne Town Hall
Opening Hours 8.00 am – 6.00 pm  Saturday  22 October
208-220 Bank Street,  South Melbourne

Seeking your support for re-election Reply

I am seeking your support for re-election to Council on October 22nd  2016.
My details are:

T 0411 746 888
Twitter: @bernadenevoss

The funds raised will be used to communicate to the residents in the new Gateway ward.  This comprises of St Kilda Road, South Melbourne, Fisherman’s Bend, Port Melbourne, Garden City, Beacon Cove.

I am passionate and committed to serving my community as best I can.  I have a strong, successful track record and am willing to continue to serve the public.

Elections Local Government – coming up in October 2016 Reply

With all the talk of elections recently, I have been thinking of my own re-election campaign.

I will be re-nominating and contesting the local government elections for Port Phillip City Council.

I really need some help, if you are interested in volunteering your time or skills, then I would love to hear from you.

Bay Street, Port Melbourne has been bought to life. Reply


Cr Bernadene Voss with the winning artist Amanda Tonkin-Hill and original winning oil painting that has been transposed on the banners. This banner can be found at the pedestrian crossing outside Coles.

Have you seen the new flags flying high along Bay St? Each is designed by local artists and residents. Port Melbourne Resident Amanda Tonkin-Hill has won first place for her oil painting, Summer.

Poster of the Banners in Bay St. Each picture is its own Banner


The Port Melbourne Business Association has sponsored this event and it has really added to the Vibrant, fresh and alive feeling within Bay Street.

This project is a great example of community collaboration with local artist Trudy Rice organising the artists and competition and the business association sponsoring it.


pictured – Curator – Trudy Rice and winning artist Amanda Tonkin-Hill

I hope it is the first of many annual event competitions. The flags will be displayed until the end of April 2015 – so go for a walk and check out the great designs.





Our ANZAC’s and Heath Street, Port Melbourne Reply

IMG_1460It was a very moving experience to go on a walk yesterday with residents of Heath St, Port Melbourne and discover that at least 33 ANZAC’s that served in the war, lived on this street.

I discovered that this street is not unusual for the number of returned war veterans to have settled here in Port Melbourne. Many other streets were popular also, such as Albert Street and Clarke Street, Port Melbourne.

As a contingent of residents walked past each house where a soldier once lived, a short history of their war record and injuries was read out.  A handmade poppy was then placed at the house where they once lived.

Some houses had 2 returned soldiers and got 2 poppies.  I encourage you to take a trip down Heath Street, to see how many poppies are on the front doors, and fences. It has quite an impact.


Barb Mullen & Christine Griffiths are residents in Heath Street and wanted to bring some pride to their street. They successfully told the human stories of these men, many which had lifelong injuries and mental health problems that they endured for the rest of their life.

IMG_1462Sally & Eric live at 136 Heath St, pictured here placing a poppy on their house to honour and remember Daniel Clarke – enlisting when he was 38 years old in Jan 1915.


Ollie pictured above is a current resident and has recently served in Iraq. He showed us how his 5kg packs work and what gets stored in them.

IMG_1474The table of contents is from the book given out during the Heath Street walk, put together by Christine and Barb (residents) with the help of the Port Melbourne Historical Society.

I will post a link to this book soon here.

This impromptu walk is an example of our community having deep pride in our history and being thankful for the incredible sacrifices that have been made for us.

Melbourne food and wine festival comes to Port Melbourne – Bedouin tent for 200 on the beach Reply

 Saturday 28th February 12noon – 9pm Feast on Middle Easter cuisine on our very own Port Melbourne sands. Looks and sounds amazing – make sure you secure your booking at

image Mr Lawrence and The Bedouin Camp

We all have a story in #PortMelbourne Reply

Be part of #PORTogether, a local initiative,portogether funded through City of port Phillip Community Strengthening grant program. We welcome everyone to get involved. PORTogether tells the stories of places that bring people together in Port through photographs and short narratives.

These stories can be found at

Vibrant Villages in Port Melbourne 1

As part of the Council plan, 2 key locations in Port Melbourne, were identified as needing some extra care and work to help activate. These were Waterfront Place, Beacon Cove & Centre Road shops Garden City. See below for more detail about it.

Update on progress:IMG_1140

Garden City
Centre Road Shops has had a makeover. A paint and a new sign over the small centre has lifted the look and feel of the place.
Telstra have included free Wi-Fi at the phone box.
The Fisherman’s Bend Community Hall is about to undergo a renovation, that will see a small increase in size, for improved kitchen and toilet facilities.IMG_1141
We are establishing a village community partnership group which will include Traders and the locals.
Feedback has suggested there needs to be a restful place to go to sit and relax, and also greening the area so it feels more welcoming to locals.

Waterfront Place
Commenced the Waterfront Welcomers program with SHIP. This popular volunteer program aims to ensure all visitors are welcomed to Port Melbourne.

The Heritage Hub on Finger pier has been renovated which the Port of Melbourne have so generously allowed for Councils use for the Welcomers to base.

Installed, bike pumps and extra bike hoops, & hosted ride to work day.
Installed Art of the fence a local competition to increase the plain space into something more vibrant
New way finding signage
New Heritage walks brochure to get passengers to stay and enjoy the area.
Pop Up shops trialled on Cruise ship days
Planning events such as heirloom vegetable market,
Free yoga on the beach.

If you have any ideas for each of these villages, I would love to hear them.

Lighting of the Bay Street Christmas Tree, Wednesday Evening 8.30pm Reply


Wednesday Evening 17th December, 8.30pm

At the Rose Garden on the corner of Raglan and Bay Street, Port Melbourne.

Next years lighting of the Christmas tree will be preceded by a community procession following the annual Christmas carols

on Bay st.