Council Elections – Gateway Ward 2

htv-2016  Here is my 2016 Council Election How to Vote card.

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The Port Melbourne Town Hall is the location for early voting. You can vote on Weekdays from 9am – 5pm each day.

Or on Saturday 22 October at any of the following locations:-

Voting Centre IconVOTING CENTRES on Saturday 22nd of October 2016

Fishermans Bend Community Centre
Opening Hours 8.00 am – 6.00 pm  Saturday 22 October
 Corner Dunstan Parade and Centre Avenue
(access via Centre Avenue)  Port Melbourne
 Wheelchair Access: AWA
Assisted Wheelchair Access (AWA)

Mac Robertson Girls High School
Opening Hours 8.00 am – 6.00 pm  Saturday  22 October
350-370 Kings Way (access via Albert Road)  Melbourne
Limited or No Wheelchair Access
The path from the carpark, or street, to the building entrance is inaccessible for wheelchair users.

Port Phillip Specialist School
Opening Hours 8.00 am – 6.00 pm  Saturday  22 October
Corner Nott and Pool Streets,  Port Melbourne
Limited or No Wheelchair Access
Accessible parking is not available. Ramp access to the building entrance may restrict wheelchair access.

Sol Green Community Centre
Opening Hours 8.00 am – 6.00 pm  Saturday  22 October
Corner Coventry & Montague Streets (access via Nelson Road)  South Melbourne
Assisted Wheelchair Access (AWA)
Access from the carpark or street to the building entrance may restrict independent wheelchair access. Building has lips and/or steps (50mm or less).

South Melbourne Town Hall
Opening Hours 8.00 am – 6.00 pm  Saturday  22 October
208-220 Bank Street,  South Melbourne

Bay Street, Port Melbourne has been bought to life. Reply


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.





Melbourne food and wine festival comes to Port Melbourne – Bedouin tent for 200 on the beach Reply

 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

image Mr Lawrence and The Bedouin Camp

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

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.



Meet our new neighbours – 2nd Dec 2014 from 5pm Reply

Meet the new Container terminal operator for Webb Dock – all local residents should become acquainted with our new neighbour.

Drop in from 5pm – 8pm at Life Saviving Victoria – Corner The Boulevarde & Todd Road, Port Melbourne on  2nd December – enquiries 1800 451 056



Dragon Park gets a baby dragon in Port Melbourne Reply

A Monterey Cypress tree planted in 1930 within Garden City Reserve has breathed new life as a dragon seat. Designer and carver James Cattel was commissioned to create something from the old loved tree that fell in 2012.


The seat was placed within the playground in memory of all the children that used to climb and play on the Monterey Cypress tree and welcomes all children in the future.


Garden City Reserve is very special to local residents with even the signage noting it is a ‘place like no other’. One of the unofficial custodians of the park is Lois Daley, pictured below helping me to cut the ribbon to unveil the new seat.  Her dedication to the park was acknowledged and is appreciated by all in the community.


James Cattel was the designer of the much loved existing Dragon with in Garden City reserve, so it fits very well within the theme of the park.