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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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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).

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• 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