What I know about National Reconciliation week 27th May – 3rd June Reply

Today is 26th of May and is marked as Sorry Day. It’s a day when we remember the mistreatment of the Indigenous people, those that were forcibly removed from the families are known as the stolen generation.IMG_0180

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These dates are significant – the first marks the 1967 referendum and the latter marks the 1992 decision of the High Court of Australia in Mabo vs QLD Rejection of terra nullius: The decision recognised that the indigenous population had a pre-existing system of law.
 
Today we stand and solemnly pay our respects to the elders on the raising of both the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flag at the front of the Town Hall. A smoking ceremony was held, which is representative of traditional culture.

It recalls the day where Aboriginals (Australia’s 1st peoples) were given the vote, and included in the national census.

At the beginning of all Council speeches, and important events, we always say a ‘welcome to country’ and pay our respects to the elders, and acknowledge their traditional ownership to this land.

Rainbow Flag on The Port Melbourne Town Hall 1

The Australian National flags were lowered and the Rainbow flags raised at 8 am Tuesday 28th January at all three City of Port Phillip town halls. The Rainbow flags will remain in place until 8 am Monday morning 3 February in support of the GLBTI community leading up to Pride March on Sunday afternoon.

The Pride March is a wonderful way to celebrate the diversity that makes our municipality such a vibrant, inclusive place to live and work and we look forward to residents and visitors coming along to celebrate with us.

The Pride March will take place Sunday 2 February at 2 pm.rainbow flag

The City of Port Phillip is a major sponsor of Pride March and has been for 19 years and the flags have been a part of that tradition.

The Australian flag was lowered in compliance with the City of Port Phillip flag protocol. The Australian national flag is flown at mast head from the highest flagpole on every day of the year from the St Kilda, South Melbourne and Port Melbourne Town Halls in accordance with the Flag Act 1953, with the exceptions of Pride March, NAIDOC week and Sorry Day.

Christmas in Port Melbourne 28 Nov with Mike Brady and school choirs Reply

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What a big day we have planned for Port Melbourne community – put together by the Port Melbourne Business Association

At lunchtime (12:30pm) Port Melbourne Specialist School Choir will be singing on the steps of the Old Post Office (located at 253 Bay Street) as we launch the Mike Brady AM Perpetual Trophy.

The Mike Brady AM Perpetual Trophy is an initiative by the Port Melbourne Business Association, to honour one of Port Melbourne’s favourite sons, jingle writer Mike Brady AM. Mike emigrated to Australia in the 1950’s and was raised in Port Melbourne. He went on to become a member of the Order of Australia for his services to the Australian music industry.

The Mike Brady AM Perpetual Trophy will be awarded annually to the school whose lyrics are selected to feature in the Port Melbourne annual Christmas song, which are displayed on shop windows throughout the area. The launch of the Perpetual Trophy will commence with the performance by the Port Phillip Specialist School’s choir for the ‘Launch of Christmas 2013‘. The performance will be held on the steps of the Old Post Office, at 253 Bay Street Port Melbourne.

Commencing at 5pm – we have a night of non-stop activity, and trading hours are being extended for this very special night. Our fantastic, 4km of window displays will be complete. The competition will then begin to find the 12 special windows, featuring the ‘12 days of Christmas’ lyrics. Those who are able to find all 12 businesses will be in the running to win one of the 2 bikes up for grabs. Competition entry forms will be available in most stores and completed entries can be deposited in entry boxes located in Thomas Dux (120 Bay Street) and Coles (203 Bay Street).

Singing in the streets
• There will be live music featured across four blocks in the Bay street area. Our very own Port Melbourne Primary School Modern Choir, the Cadence Choir, Musical Directions, Salvation Army singers, and Salvation Army strings will be performing on the footpaths. At 7.30pm The Melbourne Gospel Choir will be performing at the Uniting Church in Bridge Street.

• The Gingerbread decoration workshop will begin – children can decorate and take home their own Christmas tree decoration.

• Circus Oz will be conducting an informal workshop in Bay Street, including things such as juggling, diabolo, devil sticks, plate juggling, hat juggling, object balance, plate spinning etc.

• The Rotary Club of Port Melbourne and the Uniting Church will be running sausage sizzles.

• Santa will be making an appearance during the evening so bring your cameras.

• Additionally we will have the Victoria Police and the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (including their fire truck)

Santa Photo’s: Santa will be in Port Melbourne every Sunday during Dec (10.00am-3pm) and Wednesday 4th Dec (between 10am-3pm) for children to have their photo taken with him.
• Photo Location: Tiny Polka Dots 293 Bay Street
• Photo Collection: The Photo Shop 215 Bay Street

ANZAC Day Memorial Speech – Port Melbourne 25th April Reply

I am very honoured to be involved in this ceremony today.
Welcome
The City of Port Phillip respectfully acknowledges the Yalukit Wilum Clan of the Boon Wurrung. We pay our respect to their Elders, both past and present. We acknowledge and uphold their continuing relationship to this land.
I would like to acknowledge
– Martin Foley MP – Member for Albert Park
– Commander Mike Lovell RFD RANR(Rtd) Reserve Force Decoration -Royal Australian Navy Reserve (retired)
– Inspector Paul Breen, Cr Huxley, Cr Bond – service men and women and families
Two weeks ago a local man by the name of Geoffrey Charles Jackson died and the flag on the Port Melbourne town hall was lowered in honour of his dedication to his community and country. It has been told to me that he lived for this day and has been a part of this service for over 30 years. This day comes about by some hard work and dedication and I would like to acknowledge the effort of all the organisers of this special event. – thankyou

98 years after that fateful landing on the shores of Gallipoli, Anzac Day continues to be a defining moment in Australian history:
• a day when we honour those who have fallen on our behalf
• a day when we remember the human cost of that and subsequent actions in World War 11, Malaya, Korea and Vietnam
• a day when we celebrate the qualities of endurance, courage and fair play which characterise Australians and the Australian way of life.

ANZAC Day also has a unique power
• To bring about this gathering
• To bring Port Melbourne people – long standing, new residents or in between – together
• To bring different generations together
It is a moment in time to remember, in particular, the over 60,000 Australians who died on the battlefields of Europe and Turkey – the highest casualty rate of any imperial army involved in the Great War. This experience irrevocably changed our fledgling nation, forging our sense of national identity but also leaving in its wake a generation of men scarred by war.

Let us not forget, either that amazing generation of women who scraped by in their menfolk’s absence only to be left widowed or caring for their injured men when they returned. They then endured the further heartbreak of seeing their sons – and daughters too – have to march off to another world war.

Many younger Australians will be part of this national collective act of remembrance. And this turn out today gives us all hope that the history of our country will still be valued for future generations.

The handing down of communal memories is essential. It’s also important that each generation also remembers and understands that peace if fragile.

Our City is privileged to have war memorials erected together by the citizens and councils that recognise those men and women who served, and acknowledge those who did not return. I often contemplate my grandfathers that fought in the war and imagine what could it have been like to be one of the last men of the shores of Gallipoli, as one of my grandfathers was. For Port families, departure for war would have been particularly poignant, seeing fathers, sons and uncles departing from Princess pier and Station pier right here, where they worked, and which formed the cornerstone of many of the local industries.

These families, their contributions and their losses, are recorded on Honour Boards across the city. These beautiful, intricately carved and golden lettered boards are well named. It is well worth seeking these out – in sporting clubs, at Town Halls and other community venues – and reflecting on the names inscribed in gold. Families of those named will be represented here today, others at ceremonies across the country. These honour boards remind us, generations on from the ANZAC conflict, that this is the story of our local people – family by family – name by name.

Lest we forget. Written and spoken by Cr Bernadene Voss