KIDS Winter 2013 Program – Registrations Now Open Reply

The City of Port Phillip is proud to present the FREE 2013 Winter Leisure and Lifestyle Program for Port Phillip residents. The following activities are designed to get you active, have fun, make friends and lead a healthier lifestyle. Registrations are essential and registration forms can be downloaded below – limited places available!*

Melbourne Sports Hub – Kids Club

A fun, safe and active multi-sport program for kids aged 5-12 years old. Offering the ability to be active and participate in various sports (focusing on soccer, AFL and basketball) and developing new skills. This program is run by the MSAC Children’s Programs Team.

Day: Saturday
Time: 9:00am – 11:00am
Duration: 8 weeks
Dates: July 20 – September 7
Venue: Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre
Address: Aughtie Drive, Albert Park

Melbourne Sports Hub – Kids Club registration form

Driving mentors needed – Can you help? Reply

The St Kilda Youth Service are in desperate need of new mentors for their L2P program. The driver mentor program connects community volunteers with disadvantaged young people to help teach them how to drive.

The young people who access the service face significant barriers to completing their mandatory 120 hours of on road driving experience required to sit for a provisional driver’s license. They may not have access to a vehicle or a family member able to provide this support.

The mentor provides the learner with guidance, instruction and encouragement aimed at helping the young person with their driving skills and provides the added benefit of the opportunity for the young people involved to develop healthy relationships with positive role models in their community
The program is administered through Vic Roads and operates with the support of the Cities of Port Phillip and Stonnington and TAC. The vehicle, insurance, ongoing training and support are provided by the program.

Fire Services Property Levy information Reply

Property owners will see a Fire Services Property Levy (FSPL) on their 2013/14 annual council rates notices due to be issued in the first week of August.

The Levy is collected on behalf of the state government to support Victoria’s fire services and does not form part of Council revenue. It was previously paid on top of home insurance premiums.

Collection by Councils was a recommendation of the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission to make the system fairer by ensuring all property owners fund the service, not just those who pay for insurance.

The FSPL is legislated by the Victorian Government and will be based on a fixed charge of $100 for residential properties or $200 for non-residential properties, plus a variable cost calculated on the property’s capital improved value. A $50 rebate will be applied automatically to all eligible pensioners.

The FSPL applies to all property owners. Therefore, charitable and other organisations that own properties which are not subject to council rates will be receiving a rate notice for the first time consisting of only the FSPL.
For more information, visit If you have any queries that relate to charges on your insurance premium contact your insurance company, or the Fire Services Property Levy Monitor on 1300 300 635 or

Playground Opens at Eastern Road, South Melbourne Reply

Rope mountain was the particular favourite today.

Hardly any space today as crowds of children came and played at the newly opened and renewed play ground. It was so much fun…
Such a large space and so many things to do, including BBQ’s – come and see for yourself.  Worth a special trip with the kids.

It’s opposite “The Block” on Park Street, South Melbourne.


New Morris Reserve – Something for everyone 1

Port Melbourne has an updated pocket park – next to the tennis courts. It has everything for such a tiny space.
* Exercise equipment
* tennis racquet shaped trampette
* giant tennis balls
* giant swing
* giant turtle
* paths – rubberised and natural materials
* lots of new plants for an interesting space.
* seats to sit and watch the kids or the tennis.

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Update on the heritage crane Reply

The Port of Melbourne reports that the crane project is progressing well, with piling complete and concrete poured yesterday.

Over the next month or so, the timber deck rehabilitation and the installation of handrails is expected to be completed.

The crane itself is still undergoing work. Its expected to be will be in place on the pier by September.