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.

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Photo Competition – Station Pier 160 years old Reply

The Port of Melbourne is calling on Amateur photographers to capture your version of ‘Station Pier’ to celebrate the 160th birthday of the pier.
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Entry categories and prizes

Best Contemporary Photograph – open category
•First prize – $500 photographic supplies voucher
•Second prize – $300 photographic supplies voucher
•Third prize – $200 photographic supplies voucher

Best Junior Photograph – for entrants under 15 years of age
•iPad Mini

Best Historic Photograph – taken before 1990

Both original electronic copies and high quality scans of the original image will be accepted.
•iPad Mini

http://portofmelbourne.com.au/community-and-recreation/visiting-the-port/station-pier-photo-competition

PS – I will be one of the judges, so would love to see how many entries we can muster up.

TRANSPARENCY part 2 – more on tenders & contracts Reply

Contracts/Tenders:
· Port Phillip provides a comprehensive register of all tenders and contracts issued including the status of each competitive process ( current open tenders, tenders under evaluation and all contracts awarded)
All lump sum tenders include the actual contract price – History of COPP’s contracts (previous 5 years)

http://www.portphillip.vic.gov.au/procurement-policy-tender.htm

TRANSPARENCY – making available information for all to look at Reply

Leases:
· Governance Department maintains a register of documents Council must make available for public inspection,
· All the property leases are available on our Web Site http://www.portphillip.vic.gov.au/Approved_Leases_and_Licences_23_September_2013.pdf

One of the focus areas of our Council plan is ENGAGED -A WELL GOVERNED CITY

We are proud of the city we represent.
Council will be a leader in Good Governance, and sound financial and asset management.
We will work together, act with integrity and be open and transparent. We will take our collective decision making seriously in the long-term interests of the community as a whole. We aspire to represent a community that actively participates and contributes to our city, and we are committed to inform, connect and engage with our diverse community. We want people to have a positive experience of council, its services and facilities. We encourage community feedback so we candrive continuous improvement, and we value a healthy and respectful relationship with our staff as committed professionals who care and want to make a difference for the community.”

This extract is taken from the Council plan http://www.portphillip.vic.gov.au/default/CorporatePlanningandPerformanceDocuments/Revised_City_of_Port_Phillip_Council_Plan_2013-17.pdf

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Slow down in Bay Street – finally 2

imageYou may have noticed them…. You may have seen they are still covered up … But very shortly… Shoppers, residents and visitors to the Bay Street shopping strip are safer thanks to a reduction in the speed limit. Between 8am and midnight, the speed limit will be lowered from 60 to 40 km/h between Beach and Raglan streets. VicRoads expect the electronic signs for the reduced speed limit will beswitched on by the end of July.

The City of Port Phillip has lobbied VicRoads and the State Government for several years to reduce the speed limit in Bay Street. Its successful implementation is testament to the continued pressure and persistence of Council officers and the community.

The 40 km/h speed limit in Bay Street now falls in line with other shopping strips throughout Melbourne.Lowering speed reduces the likelihood and severity of crashes, especially to those most vulnerable, and encourages more walking and cycling, which enhances the vibrancy of the shopping strip.

Look what’s happening at the Port Melbourne Waterfront Reply

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.
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Volunteer Ambassadors

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.

Flyboarding

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.

Webb Dock – what is happening… Reply

pomI thought I would check in and let you know what has been confirmed today with the development at the Port of Melbourne.
The model in this picture will be available at Port Melbourne Town hall for viewing.

With the new tender for the works being awarded to experienced VICTL – we heard today that the Port of Melbourne will be the most advanced container terminal in the world. VICTL want to make this their flagship project. This a good outcome for the community because of the following reasons:-
NOISE:- the cranes will be fully automated – no people means no beeping, ensuring a smooth approach for moving containers, no banging, and minimal reverse truck beeping.IMG_0217
LIGHTSPILL:- due to the Port being fully automated, there will be no strong light requirement, only ambient & environmental light. This ensures that there is minimal impact on the residential neighbours.
VISUAL AMENITY:- the colour scheme voted by the community was accepted and that was grey for the cranes. they will largely disappear into the background.
SUSTAINABILITY:- all equipment that move containers on the dock are electric. All systems for entry are paperless
TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT:- there is plenty of truck parking within the Port, which will mean that no trucks need to line up and park outside the Port area, clogging up Port Melbourne Streets and interfering with traffic.
Works are expected to conclude by Dec 2016.
The empty container park is located away from the closest residential point. It is anticipated that the Buffer wall will go along way to reducing noise from the empty container park. This area is not automated or managed by VICTL.
We are however, still waiting on VICROADS to advise satisfaction with traffic modelling presented by the Port, and assure everyone that everyday traffic will flow, in particular on and off the freeway.
More to come in a later post on what is happening at Perce White Reserve and associated adequate car parking.

It is important to acknowledge here that there have been a dedicated group of Port Melbourne community members advocating, to the Port, for the best outcomes for our Community for the last 2 years. It is because of this constant pressure and dedication that the Port Melbourne community is getting satisfactory outcomes. Thankyou so much.

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?