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.
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 http://www.melbournefoodandwine.com.au/event-calendar/mr-lawrence-and-the-bedouin-camp-5658
Mr Lawrence and The Bedouin Camp
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:
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.
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.
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.
A new bike pump right near the tram stop has been installed to make your bike journey as smooth as possible.
Ride up, pump up and go! This has already proven to be a popular addition to the start of the city commute from Station pier.
As part of Councils Vibrant Village project, this small community project livened up a dull fence at the entrance to Waterfront Place, Port Melbourne. Council worked with artist Trudy Rice, children from Port Melbourne Primary School, Spirit of Tasmania and Port of Melbourne.
Postcards to Port, showcased some of the children’s art and what they thought of Station Pier. The art is also dispersed with some historical photos, from the working Port years ago.
We are looking for this space to change regularly. If you have ideas, let me know.
Mike Larkin from Channel 10 came and did a weather cross during the launch. The kids were very happy to work with him.
Monday 20th October from 11-12 noon will be the official opening of the Local Information and Heritage Hub.
Council, as part of the Waterfront Activation project, in conjunction with the Port of Melbourne and SHIP will provide a warm welcome for the Visitors, to Port Melbourne, and help them with local information and way finding.
The PMBA (Port Melbourne Business Association) have supported this project to help encourage the many visitors to explore the shops and businesses that this part of our wonderful city, offers.
The ‘Waterfront Welcomers’ greeters program will be based in the new Local Information and Heritage Hub on west finger pier, near the heritage crane at Station Pier. Some people may remember it being the Dog café for some time.
So if you can’t make the launch, make your way down there and see what you can find out. There will be brochures on the walking trails and Heritage trials, as well as other materials on Port Melbourne.
Local Information & Heritage Hub
West Finger Pier (near Heritage Crane)
Groups involved in this program include: PMBA, SHIP, Port of Melbourne, Port Melbourne Neighbourhood House, Inner South, and City of Port Phillip.
Thankyou to all in the community that have worked hard to make this happen.
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.
If you love watching the ships come into Station Pier – here is a quick YouTube clip of the arrival of The Queen Mary 2 into Port Melbourne.
How small the Spirit of Tasmania looks compared to this majestic cruise ship. Passengers on QM2 stayed an extra night in Melbourne as its departure was delayed by over 10 hours.
Here is your chance to let us know what you think will make Waterfront Place a better place.
The City of Port Phillip would like to hear your thoughts on the Waterfront Activation Plan.
Click on the below link to be taken to the online survey
The Short-tailed Shearwater or Slender-billed Shearwater (Puffinus tenuirostris), also called Yolla or Moonbird, and commonly known as the muttonbird in Australia, is the most abundant seabird species in Australian waters.
Over the past couple of days many 100’s have died and are washed up on the Port Melbourne Beaches.
An explanation of this from Neil Blake of the Eco centre is below.
“The birds are muttonbirds aka short-tailed shearwaters returning from the north pacific for their breeding season in coastal rookeries in southern Australia. Mass deaths of the species in this season occur from time to time (every 10 years or so) but this is the worst I’ve seen. We have just had the windiest October in 34 years.
I’ve weighed 7 of the birds and 5 were 100 gr below minimum weight; 2 just above minimum. So starvation/exhaustion is right. But it’s also worth noting several studies have found this specie ingests micro-plastics. This will inevitably be a contributing factor if the flow of plastics in the world’s waterways is not reduced.”