Get on board and promote your business on the Spirit of Tasmania Reply

In 2012/13 the Spirit of Tasmania carried 330,698 passengers. Both boats (Spirit I & Spirit II) have staffed information booths on board providing visitor information to passengers. Council has negotiated a dedicated stand and discounted group rate for displaying brochure materials within these information booths. The rate offered has also been partially subsided by Council and is less than half the full rate.
Council is seeking expressions of interest from businesses to participate in this visitor information initiative. The cost to participate is $70 per month + GST, per brochure. Participants will need to commit for a minimum of 12 months and be able to supply 10, 000 DL sized (10cm x 21cm) brochures over the year. Brochure materials can be changed throughout the year, but initial stock of 2,000 needs to be available for display by 1 March 2014.

If you are a tourism operator or your business thrives on visitors and you are interested in this opportunity, please email detailing your business name, a short description of the business type and your contact details.

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

Bubup Womindjeka Taking Registrations – Port Melbourne new integrated Childrens Centre Reply

Families can now register for sessional kindergarten and long day care services at the new integrated centre Bubup Womindjeka Family and Children’s Centre in Port Melbourne

Bubup Womindjeka Family and Children’s Centre is opening soon at 85 Liardet Street, Port Melbourne.

The new community run integrated centre will provide a range of early childhood and family services such as long day care, sessional kindergarten, maternal and child health, as well as a consulting space for allied health professionals, space for new parent groups, playgroups and other community groups.

The City of Port Phillip has chosen a locally significant indigenous name for the facility, Bubup Womindjeka Family and Children’s Centre, to celebrate indigenous history and culture.

Bubup Womindjeka means ‘Welcome Children’, and identifies the new integrated centre as a place for children and families while honouring the history of its location, our nation’s first people and their connection to the significant site of the lagoon in Port Melbourne.

To register on the waiting list for long day care please ring the City of Port Phillip Children’s Services Waiting List on 03 9209 6360.

To register on the waiting list for sessional kindergarten please call 0467 188 513 or email

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
for a nomination form, or for further information please contact Emma Blackford on 9209 6345 or

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.


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

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.”

A visit to South Port Day links – I’m sure you have seen the cars… Reply

SPDL has recently celebrated its 25 years in business.  Image This year they have helped to improve the lives of around 400 residents and provided approx 1100 trips providing door-to-door transport services to help people access medical help, shopping or recreational activities.

Today, I decided to see how it all works and went for a drive with Volunteer driver ‘Rosemary’. It was a lovely experience to visit some residents and accompany them to their appointment.  Along the short journey, I was intrigued to hear all about their lives and how ageing and its associated issues, isolates people.

The delightful Mary and the new General Manager, Rob Menzies spent time with me to explain how all their systems and processes work.  Without their volunteer network and their grant from the State Gov’t and the City Of Port Phillip they would not be providing such a wonderful service to the residents of Port Melbourne, South Melbourne and Albert Park.

SPDL has 3 cars and is currently fundraising for a 4th car. These cars are fully booked each day with numerous volunteer drivers and residents requiring to be taken to places.

As well as the Daylinks community transport program, SPDL also has a Petlinks program which supports the frail and elderly keep their pets at home.

GardenMates and Walkmates are two further programs, again linking volunteers to residents that need assistance and connections.

Port Phillip Community Ball – everyone was dancing. Belle & Beau of Ball announced. Reply

Port Phillip Community Ball
Thursday 10 October, 5.30pm – 8.30pm, South Melbourne Town Hall
The event brings together local residents living in supported residential services, residential care or are supported through local age care and community services.

I now know that every year the senior residents in residential and aged care facilities look forward to this event. And I can see why. Lots of colour, fun and dancing. Last night was no exception, with all of the councillors joining in the fun. see more future activities below…

Mayor and Betty Top Hat

Mayor and Betty Top Hat

Cr Bernadene Voss, MC Betty and Cr Jane Touseau

Cr Bernadene Voss, MC Betty and Cr Jane Touseau

Everyone up dancing - guests numbered approx. 300

Everyone up dancing – guests numbered approx. 300

Cr Thomann and Cr Horvath

Cr Thomann and Cr Horvath

Announcing the Belle of the Ball - wallflower Joan

Announcing the Belle of the Ball – wallflower Joan

Beau Geoff  & Belle Joan with their prizes

Beau Geoff & Belle Joan with their prizes

Upcoming Events
Mayors Tea Dance –
Monday 14 October, 2 – 4pm, St Kilda Town Hall
The Mayor will launch the 2013 City of Port Phillip’s Seniors Festival as part of the Mayors Tea Dance.
This year’s theme is Rock n’ Roll and we are pleased to announce that we have the Victoria Police Rock n’ Roll Band ‘Code One’.

Port Phillip Seniors Festival Art Expo
Launch – Thursday 17 October 2013, 4pm, Port Melbourne Town Hall
The Expo Open Days are Friday 18 and Saturday 19 October, 10am – 4pm

‘Port Phillip Writes’ Seniors Writing Awards
Sunday 20 October, 3pm – 5pm,St Kilda Library
The Mayor will close the Festival and hand out the writers awards at the Writers Award Ceremony,
This is the closing event of the festival.

Centenary Reserve and playground, Port Melbourne needs an upgrade. What should it look like? Reply

Do you know where this reserve is??  It is on Swallow Street Opposite the Skate Park, next to Graham Street Bridge underpassCentenary_Res_for_HYS

Centenary Reserve and playspace in Port Melbourne is due for an upgrade and we would like to hear from you. 

Tell us how you currently use the reserve, how you would like to use the reserve in the future and how it can be improved.

Have Your Say

Come along to a drop-in session and give us your feedback on the reserve.

Ward Councillor Bernadene Voss, designers and staff from the City of Port Phillip will be there to discuss your ideas.

  • Saturday 12 October, anytime between 10am-12pm
  • Wednesday 16 October, anytime between 4pm – 6pm 

You can also have your say by completing our short online survey.

Survey closes on Friday 15 November 2013.

Next steps

Your feedback and ideas will be used to develop a design concept which will be displayed onsite for further feedback and comments.

For more information please contact:

Christa Mitchell, Landscape Architect City of Port Phillip, ASSIST 9209 6777