Maps and walking trails
The Immigrants Trail map and guided walk has been installed as a large decal in the shelter, which makes the space look more vibrant and provides interesting information about the area to both locals and visitors. A new Foreshore map has also been produced by the Heritage team. Both of these are new features at the Spirit of Tasmania info booths, to encourage arriving passengers to explore the local area and appreciate its heritage.
A community volunteer program led by the Social Health and Inclusion Port (SHIP) program is closer to realisation and visitors are set to experience a more welcoming waterfront with the introduction of volunteer Ambassadors. The project will pilot a new approach to social and economic development with local residents acting as ambassadors for Port Melbourne (and other areas of Port Phillip) providing a warm welcome and useful information to visitors as they arrive at Station Pier during Cruise Ship arrivals.
What is it, you ask? Flyboarding is an activity where the rider stands on a board connected by a long hose to a jet ski, which supplies propulsion to drive the Flyboard through air and water. Water is forced under pressure to a pair of boots with jet nozzles underneath, which provide thrust for the rider to fly up to 15 metres in the air. Impressive! Our Recreation team will trial this as one of many activities planned to be trialled over the life of the Port Melbourne Waterfront Activation Plan. A demonstration will take place on Father’s Day, 7 September.
Kizomba at Spirit Station Pier
One of our local businesses at Station Pier, Spirit, is welcoming the Kizomba Festival into its venue, showcasing Afro, Latin and Caribbean dance style from 5 to 7 September. With the flyboarding demo and other scheduled activities on the same weekend it will surely be a vibrant and active waterfront.
These actions are all part of the Port Melbourne Waterfront Activation Plan. It’s a joint venture between Council, Port Melbourne businesses, community groups and residents – all working together to create a vibrant, activated and welcoming village.
If you want to help out or have some ideas, contact me.