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 http://portogether.weebly.com/

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.

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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.



2014 Scarescrow Festival DIGIN Port Melbourne Reply

The Annual Scarecrow festival put on a quite a show again this year. The DIGIN garden is looking particularly great with many of the old fences and netting being removed and replaced with raised garden beds all beautifully pump full of vegetable goodness. On today at Murphy’s Reserve.

A picture of many of the scarecrows in the garden.



Congratulations to Bay Street, Port Melbourne WINS ‘Mainstreet Australia Award’ Reply

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This highly respected and energetic association awarded 1st prize to Bay Street for the ‘best practice, innovation, leadership, creativity, success and passion’ in main street marketing and advertising around the ‘Christmas in Port’ Christmas windows and evening shopping event

George Tsingos,  Roz Zweifel, Paul Littmann

George Tsingos, Roz Zweifel, Paul Littmann

This award has been running for the last 15 years and really acknowledges the terrific work the Port Melbourne Business Association does for our community.

Held for the first time in 2009, the ‘Mainstreet Australia’ awards recognise people, programs and organisations that make our main streets succeed and prosper.

The president, Paul Littmann says it takes “hard work, dedication and initiative, to enable “our” main street to thrive and respond to the constant challenges of small business trading”.

The committee is made up of a selection of retailers and is always looking for more energetic people to participate or suggest ways in which to make this years event a real success.

New to the ‘Christmas in Port’ program of events is the welcomed financial support of Yarra Trams through their Community Partnership Program. Their support in promoting the ‘Christmas in Port’ events in 2014 will enable the ‘Christmas in Port’ program to be on the tram network – and beyond.
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#transportforumpp #Getinvolved Metropolitan Transport Forum held at Port Melbourne Town Hall on Wednesday 13 August Reply

With 80,000 residences and 40,000 workers destined for Fisherman’s Bend, we need to ensure early delivery of a sustainable integrated transport network that minimises road congestion and parking demands.

* Pre-event 5-6.30pm informal networking event

* Main event 6.45pm for a 7pm start

State election candidates will be there to answer your questions on transport.

This is what you can do
1. Join the discussion forum pre-event to discuss Councils transport priorities
2. RSVP to Main event – via MTV website http://www.transportforum.org.au/port_phillip
3. Join the discussion forum and post your views about the questions asked
4. Have your saypost a video question (QandA style). These questions will be provided to the local candidates on the night.
5. Use the #transportforumpp for your tweets
6. Encourage others to join in

We want to ensure your voice is heard at this event by any of the above methods possible.

What is the event Format?

This forum will be a Q & A type of forum. The Mayor will facilitate the event.
The Albert Park electorate Candidates have accepted the invitation to this event to speak about their transport priorities and respond to questions from the floor.

CoPP are also asking the community to provide questions through a social media campaign and encouraging the community to attend to ask question from the floor. One question from CoPPs Have Your Say page will be used to open the event by the Mayor.


She Spoke 2014 Festival to encourage more women to ride bikes. 1

She Spoke is a three-month program dedicated to promoting women’s participation in bike riding. The festival features 13 subsidised events aimed at encouraging as many women as possible to “get on their bikes”.

Events and workshops cover activities for beginner to experienced rideshespokers with topics ranging from confidence building tips for riding in traffic to “heels on wheels” advice for those cycling to work.

Girls and boys are welcome to join children’s and family activities including a bike decorating workshop and bike training.

She Spoke will be launched on Sunday 2 March at the annual Pushy Women South Speaking event.
Headed by comedy writer and stand-up comedian Catherine Deveny, Pushy Women features eight of Melbourne’s funniest, fittest and fiercest women sharing their experiences on two wheels. Pushy Women Tracy Harvey and Charlie Farren will also host fabulously funny bike riding excursions on Sunday 23 March and Sunday 6 April respectively.

She Spoke has been designed to celebrate, inspire, entertain and empower women. It’s about having fun, making connections with other women, learning new skills and trying something participants may not have tried before, or for a long time, in a welcoming, non-judgmental environment.

She Spoke will run from Sunday 2 March until Sunday 5 May.

For more information or bookings go to http://shespoke.eventbrite.com.au or http://www.portphillip.vic.gov.au/bike-riding.htm

Pushy Women South: Speaking Event Hosted by Catherine Deveny
Sunday 2 March, 4-6pm
Gasworks Arts Park Theatre, 21 Graham Street, Albert Park
Full $35, Conc. $25, book at https://pushywomensouth.eventbrite.com.au
Featuring: Kate Miller Heidke, Chloe Shorten, Tracey Harvey, Monica Dux, Bev Killick, Sally Warhaft, Lally Katz, Nelly Thomas.

Pushy Women Excursion – A Mother Daughter Sisterhood Ride
Sunday 9 March, 2-4.30pm
Starting at Elwood Primary School Scott St, Elwood
$15, book at http://pwe-sisterhoodride.eventbrite.com.au

Pushy Women Excursion with Tracy Harvey
Sunday 23 March, 2-4.30pm
Starting at Gasworks Arts Park, 21 Graham Street, Albert Park
$15, book at http://pwe-tracyharvey.eventbrite.com.au

Pushy Women Excursion with Charlie Farren
Sunday 6 April, 2-4.30pm
Starting at Gasworks Arts Park, 21 Graham Street, Albert Park
$15, book at http://pwe-charliefarren.eventbrite.com.au

Good2Go Course for kids
Tuesday, 8 April, Wednesday 9 April, 9am-1pm
St Kilda Primary School (near basketball court), Brighton Road, St Kilda
Full $25, Conc. $5, book at http://good2go1.eventbrite.com.au
A two day course of fun bike training, teaching skills children need to be confident travellers.

National Ride2School Day
Wednesday, 14 March
Celebrated at schools across Port Phillip, more info http://www.ride2school.com.au
National Ride2School Day is about celebrating active travel within the school day and encouraging those who haven’t started to give it a go.

Cargo Bike Family Picnic
Sunday 27 April, 11am-2pm
Edwards Park, 219 Esplanade East, Port Melbourne
Free, turn up or book http://cargobikepicnic.eventbrite.com.au
Join us for a family picnic. Test some really practical cargo bikes and meet other cargo bike riders.

Wheelie Workshop for kids
Saturday 3 May, 9-11am
Bubup Nairm Family and Children’s Centre, 99B Carlisle Street, St Kilda
$5 per child, book at http://wheelieworkshop.eventbrite.com.au
Bike fun for kids with bicycle doctors, bike decorating workshop and a bike runway.

Rediscover Riding for Older Women

Saturday 22 March, 10am-12.30pm
Elwood Primary School Scott St, Elwood
Full $10 Conc. $5, book at http://rediscover-riding.eventbrite.com.au
Hosted by Jacinta from Ladies Get Back on Your Bikes.

Bike Bella Basics

Sunday 30 March, 1-5pm
St Kilda Primary School (near basketball court), Brighton Road, St Kilda
Full $10, Conc. $5, book at https://bikebellabasics.eventbrite.com.au
A beginner-friendly workshop to build your bike riding skills and confidence.

Assertive Riding for Women – Advanced Skills Session
Saturday 5 April, 8.30am-4.30pm
St Kilda Primary School (near basketball court), Brighton Road, St Kilda
Full $10 Conc. $5, book at https://assertiveriding.eventbrite.com.au Hosted by Steve from Wilcare Services at Cycling Safe
Take your bike skills to the next level and build your confidence riding in traffic.

Fix a Flat
Saturday 12 April, 10am-1pm
Back2Bikes@The B2B Garages, 525 Williamstown Road, Port Melbourne
Full $10, Conc. free, book at http://fixaflat2.eventbrite.com.au
Hosted by Back2Bikes
Mechanics from Back2Bikes will teach you how to fix a flat tyre and maintain your chains and gears.

Heels on Wheels – Riding to Work Workshop

Sunday 4 May, 1-5pm
St Kilda Primary School (near basketball court), Brighton Road, St Kilda
$10, book at http://heelsonwheelstowork.eventbrite.com.au
A practical workshop to help with route planning, preparation, road rules and riding in heavy traffic.

St Kilda Festival- Live N Local in Port Melbourne – what’s On Reply

stkildafestThe following bands will perform FREE at local Port Melbourne venues on Sunday 2nd February as a part of of the StKilda Festival:

Wexford 2pm, seven:am (155 Bay St)
The much anticipated music project by accomplished Melbourne signer/songwriter Tom Carty, backed by a first rate band of local Melbourne musos.

The Broken Sweethearts 4pm, The Local (22-24 Bay St)
An all-originals six-piece band hailing from Melbourne who deliver a distinctive mix of folk, rock, jazz and blues.

4 Letter Lies 4pm, The Exchange (39 Bay St)
A five-piece emotive pop/rock band from Melbourne, blending smooth vocals with full, driving guitars.

The Romeo Knights, 5:30pm, Prince Alfred Hotel (355 Bay St)
Resonant textures and rich sweeping melodies are set to a backdrop of driving guitars, pulsing drums and bass that comes up sounding distinctly Australian.

Grants Committee – City of Port Phillip – Interested? Reply

Nominations for the Community Grants Assessment Panel 2014-2016 Closing Soon!!

The City of Port Phillip is seeking residents interested in a two year voluntary appointment role as an Assessment Panel Member for the annual Community Grants Program. Applications made to the Community Grants Program are assessed by two assessment panels, each consisting of a councillor, council officer and two community representatives.
Criteria for selection:
• Resident of Port Phillip.
• Commitment to supporting and strengthening a diverse community that encourages the participation & inclusion of all residents.
• Knowledge of and commitment to social justice and human rights principles and practice.
• Knowledge of issues affecting the health and wellbeing of the Port Phillip community.
• Knowledge of the local community sector and an understanding of local networks.
• Involvement in local community including but not limited to: clubs, organisations, committees and groups.
• Understanding of Local Governments role in the community.
• Experience in the administration of community funded projects is desirable.
• Available for three evening meetings between mid April and mid May annually.
• Internet access.
Applications will be accepted until midday Monday 9 December 2013 go to http://www.portphillip.vic.gov.au/community_grants.htm
for a nomination form, or for further information please contact Emma Blackford on 9209 6345 or eblackfo@portphillip.vic.gov.au

Design a stamp and the winner will have their design made into a limited edition set of stamps 3

Put your stamp on history and design a limited edition stamp for the Emerald Hill Library & Heritage Centre.

The image should relate to the activities that take place at the Library & Heritage Centre, or to our location on Emerald Hill, South Melbourne. Include the caption/title, “Emerald Hill Library & Heritage Centre”, somewhere within your design. You can search the Port Phillip City Collection online database for an image too

The design can be hand drawn, a photograph, a painting or computer generated, whatever your favourite medium is.

All designs will be included in an online exhibition of competition entries. Age categories are: under 12 and 12+ up.

Entries Close on Friday 22 November, 2013

The winner in each category will have their stamp made into a limited edition set of stamps through the Australia Post website.

How to enter
You can use the blank stamp on the back of the entry form for your design or a plain piece of paper. Entries should be A4, either portrait or landscape and include your name, age category and contact details.