Smoke Free – including outside and around the buildings Reply

Today is a great day for the City of Port Phillip as we introduce a smoke-free environment at all Council owned and operated buildings, doorways and surrounding grounds. Scientific evidence has established that there is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke. Only 100% smoke-free environments provide effective protection.

31 May 2014 (World No Tobacco Day) became the day when we officially removed all ashtrays from Council owned and run buildings, including town halls, libraries, community centres and the Depot. You will notice the installation of new signage, which informs staff, our visitors and community of the smoke free boundaries.

As part of this initiative, businesses with footpath trading permits have been offered the opportunity to voluntarily become smoke-free. A number of local businesses have already submitted their applications and others have made enquiries about switching to smoke free trading. These early applications are a positive sign that this policy is supported by the business community.

Let me know what you think about this?

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 or

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
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

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

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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
A practical workshop to help with route planning, preparation, road rules and riding in heavy traffic.

West Gate Bridge and CityLink tunnels – asphalt resurfacing works December 2013 and January 2014

VicRoads and CityLink are carrying out essential asphalt works on the M1 corridor over the Christmas and New Year holiday period. The works include resurfacing the Burnley and Domain tunnels, and resurfacing four of the ten lanes on the West Gate Bridge. Long delays are expected and VicRoads asks drivers to plan their journeys and avoid the area.

Domain Tunnel closed from 10 pm, Friday 27 December 2013 until 5 am, Tuesday 31 December 2013

West Gate Bridge city bound lanes closed between Williamstown Road and Todd Road from 11 pm, Thursday 26 December 2013 until 7 am, Friday 27 December 2013 and from 11 pm, Friday 27 December 2013 until 7 am, Saturday 28 December 2013

Burnley Tunnel closed from 10 pm, Thursday 2 January 2014 until 5 am, Tuesday 7 January 2014

West Gate Bridge closed outbound between Todd Road and Williamstown Road from 11 pm, Wednesday 1 January 2014 until 7 am on Thursday, 2 January 2014 and 11 pm, Thursday 2 January 2014 until 7 am, Friday, 3 January 2014

Disturbing site on Port Melbournes Beaches – 100’s dead 1


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.”

South Melbourne Market winners… in the Inaugural Market Awards. Reply

The winners of the inaugural Melbourne Market Awards have been announced, following public votes across Melbourne, South Melbourne Market, Queen Victoria, Prahran and Dandenong Markets through August.

After almost 7000 votes were tallied, the results are:….

The ‘Favourites’ are now in the running to be crowned ‘Melbourne’s Best Traders’ in their respective categories. They are being secretly judged by an expert panel of judges including Russell Zimmerman (Australian Retailers Association), Nicky Riemer (Union Dining) and Hilary McNevin (Food Journalist).

The winners will be announced at an exclusive award ceremony at Feddish in Federation Square on Sunday 8 September.

The Melbourne Market Awards kick off Market Week celebrations, which ran from 7 – 15 September with amarket series of events across each of the Markets of Melbourne.


SHIP… Tuesday September 3 Neighbourhood House, Port Melbourne Reply

Poster for SHIP Community Event

This is your opportunity to have your say on this community plan for social health and Inclusion in Port Melbourne.

Do you want more access to recreation, community arts and activities?

Do you want a greater connection between the older and newer residents of Port Melbourne?

Do you want more youth recreation?

Do you want more community interaction… festivals and gatherings?

Whatever your thoughts – come and participate and let SHIP (Social Health & Inclusion Port Community Plan) know your thoughts.

Time 4pm-6pm – drop in sessions
Tuesday 3rd September
Port Melbourne Neighbourhood House

contact 03 9525 1300 or

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 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