Local Laws – smoke free areas and more… 1

At Council last night we released for public consultation some proposed new local laws. Most of these have been ongoing requests from residents that will help improve the community amenity.
for example:-
* introducing the ability for Council to designate an area as being “smoke free”
* ensuring trailers can no longer be stored on Council roads and land
* alterations to laws concerning illegal campers with improved provisions for enforcement
* improved laws around when rubbish can be collected
* introducing controls over the installation of audible intruder alarms that cease to turn off and continue to disturb neighbours
* maximum number of animals and birds that may be kept without a permit.

For more information and to have your say about the proposed changes please see http://www.portphillip.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay to make a submission.

Arts and crafts workshops Reply

Come and join us for arts and crafts workshops as part of the Creative SustainAbility event on Thursday 6 June 4.30 – 7.30 pm at St Kilda Town Hall.

Workshops include:
• Indigenous Plant Illustration with Trace Balla
Arts and crafts workshops• Sustainable Ikebana: Japanese Flower Arrangement using Native Plants
• Natural Indigo Dyeing – reinvent your old clothes
• Treasures from Country – indigenous craft with Yarn Strong Sista
• Recycling is Fun – making yoyos and puppets
You can book in for two workshops of your choice, with the first one starting at 4.45 pm and second one at 5.45 pm. Please tell us your preferences and book in quickly due to limited places!

Bookings are not required for other activities on the night:
• Making an art installation with a wide range of found plastics;
• Create an interactive mandala;
• Bring your Bike to decorate – yarn-bomb your handlebars;
• Explore the Volcano Dreaming diorama; and
• Create a SustainAbility Poster workshop.

More information about the workshops and facilitators can be found here.

On the night, we will also be launching the Creative SustainAbility exhibition of local artists in The Gallery at 6 pm.

And stay around to learn Boonwurrung stories performed through dance and story-telling from 6.30 pm. Or just kick back and enjoy live music and sustainability short films.

Delicious food is provided and drinks served for the exhibition launch.

Discover. Create. Have fun. Be inspired. This event celebrates World Environment Day 2013.

See you there!

Sustainable Programs Team

T: 9209 6548

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Diesel leakage in Rosney St drain and Williamstown Road in Port Melbourne Reply

Melbourne Water Bulletin
For Information purposes only in relation to what Melbourne Water are doing. This is their bulletin for community information

Following community concerns we received and subsequent investigations, we have determined there is diesel leaking into the drainage system around Williamstown Road.
From Thursday 16 May, we are commencing the clean-up process to protect both our drains and the bay from this pollutant.

What does it involve?
We will use an educator truck going from manhole to manhole to suck out the contaminated water and silt. Once we are satisfied that we have sucked out all the diesel we will need to jet wash the drain – essentially a steam clean to get rid of any residue.
We will have the drain isolated at the Boulevard Park to minimise the risk of any contaminated water heading out into the bay while we are cleaning.

Impacts and working hours
We will have in place a comprehensive site environmental and safety plan to minimise impact to the community and the environment. While the works are being undertaken there will be an increase in diesel odour.
There will be traffic management onsite as we work along the drain. The crews will work between 7.30am and 5pm Monday to Friday. During this time there will be an increase in noise as the educator trucks work like a large vacuum cleaner. These works will have no impact on drinking water.

What if it rains?

If there is a rain event, we will stop work as it is not safe to be in the drain. We will as best as possible try to contain the pollutants from entering the bay.

Working in collaboration?
Melbourne Water is working closely with City of Port Phillip and the EPA to determine the extent of the contamination and the source. Our first and foremost priority is to protect the environment.
Please contact EPA on 1300 372 842 for more information about the contamination source investigation and City of Port Phillip on 9209 6777 for more information on its street drainage.
For more information about this project or for general information on projects to enhance life and liveability

Film festival – celebrating 30 years – with Australia’s top 100 films Reply

Thursday evening was the launch of the St Kilda Film Festival at the Palais Theatre. This is the first time I have had the pleasure to be involved in the festival and the opening night was spectacular. Over 3000 people attended the launch. The short films were varied and often unexpected. My favourite was “Julian” – so surprising and clever. The short films are available for viewing at the Palais and the Astor until 1st June.
http://www.stkildafilmfestival.com.au/2013-s2/ for what’s on

Reconciliation lunch and smoking ceremony Reply

On Friday I attended a small luncheon in the Sth Melbourne Community centre to celebrate and remember reconciliation. There was a terrific turn out from the Aboriginal community. Today (Monday 27/5/13) I witnessed a traditional aboriginal smoking ceremony while the flags of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people were recognised. There were reconcilation

reconcilation2traditional owners and elders in the audience. It was moving for me to learn how much it means to them.