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Lord Mayor’s message engineering, and digital game and special effects design. Our knowledge-based workforce underpins Melbourne’s dynamic economy and positions our city as a place where the questions of the future will be answered.


Melbourne Knowledge Week showcases the creativity of our city and is guaranteed to fire the imaginations of all who attend.

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Our rapidly growing knowledge industries are worth $28 billion to the local economy. This number is extraordinarily high, but not surprising given that close to 300,000 people are employed in our knowledge sector – working in areas such as finance, information and communications technology, research, design, technology, higher education, advanced manufacturing,

We have worked with some of our best and brightest businesses and educators to put together a compelling range of events. The program includes a focus on the new world of 3-D printing, 3-D body scanning and even 3-D knitting. You can learn how King Kong was made and how he moves around his new home at the Regent, take a crash course in e-etiquette or discover more about the ancestral languages of Victoria’s Aboriginal people.

You can go behind the scenes at one of our state-of-the-art biomedical research facilities, meet some of Australia’s most respected scientists and find out about their work and how it is improving the health and wellbeing of Australians. Melbourne Knowledge Week is an event that has something for everyone. Melbourne is a high tech, global city and a world leader in innovative knowledge-based industries. I encourage you to participate in Melbourne Knowledge Week and learn more about the exciting work that is happening in our city.

Robert Doyle, Lord Mayor

Left to right: Cr Ken Ong, Cr Beverley Pinder-Mortimer, Cr Jackie Watts, Cr Arron Wood, Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, Cr Rohan Leppert, Deputy Lord Mayor Susan Riley, Cr Stephen Mayne, Cr Richard Foster, Cr Cathy Oke, Cr Kevin Louey

Every year, Spring Fling celebrates North and West Melbourne

Forest fling


Start this year’s Spring Fling festival with a free breakfast and contribute to the future of the urban forest in North and West Melbourne from 9am on Sunday 20 October.

The action happens from 11am to 6pm, but first feed your belly and your mind by registering for a free breakfast and Urban Forest Workshop organised by City of Melbourne from 9am to 11.30am at North Melbourne Town Hall. ‘I like the idea of like minded people starting the day with a free breakfast, talking about urban forests. It sets

them up nicely to enjoy the rest of Spring Fling,’ said festival director Sharon Orbell. The breakfast is a way for communities to actively contribute to their local Urban Forest Precinct Plan, one of ten plans being developed over three years, according to Environment portfolio Chair, Councillor Arron Wood. ‘Now is the time to design and plan our future forest. Your participation at the Urban Forest Workshop will contribute to a plan that ensures future tree planting respects the unique character of North and West Melbourne,’ said Cr Wood.

The Urban Forest Strategy is a 20-year plan that responds to the challenges of climate change, population growth and urban heating. It guides the transition of our landscape to a future forest that is diverse, resilient and meets the needs of our community.

For more information visit and to register for the workshop, email urbanforest@melbourne.vic. with your dietary requirements.

Browse new Docklands library like a bookshop ‘Mash-up’ zones in the new Docklands library will make it easier for you to find the story you’re searching for when the centre opens next year. In a twist on the Dewey tradition, non-fiction titles will be arranged more intuitively at the new Docklands Library and Community Centre. Biographies will nestle up with fiction, and arts and culture books will cluster on the third floor near the performance space and studios. Many titles will appeal to the younger, linguistically diverse demographic of almost 6000 Docklands residents.

‘An impressive foreign language section will be great,’ said local business owner Josephine Tan. A significant Chinese print collection will be housed in the library, and a broad range of multimedia, magazines and e-resources in various languages will be available. The aim is to make Docklands Library and Community Centre a real community hub. As well as housing a traditional library collection, it will be a place where people can come together to create, explore, connect, belong, learn and participate. The Docklands Library and Community Centre is a forward

Artist’s impression of the new Docklands Library and Community Centre

thinking community place- making project – a tri-partnership between the City of Melbourne, Lend Lease and Places Victoria.

Visit docklands for more on the Docklands Library and Community Centre.

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Errol Street morphs into an urban village during Spring Fling this month with live music, 120 community stalls and many delicacies to discover. There’s even a pop-up forest planted with species native to nearby Royal Park.

Liaison Cafe in Ridgway Place


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Laneway makeover Wider bluestone footpaths make it easier for customers to linger over their morning coffee in a laneway flanked by history.

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An unexpected side effect of recent streetscape works in Ridgway Place is that many regulars at the tiny Liaison Cafe don’t want to go back to work after their morning coffee.

People City portfolio Chair, Councillor Richard Foster said that great streets make great cities and attractive streetscapes encourage people to explore the city on foot.

‘Before the streetscape works it was just a lane with no outdoor area. It’s now a real escape for people from corporate life. It’s a tranquil, quiet laneway with a blend of old and new. It’s a little hidden secret,’ said owner Carlo Lo Castro.

‘If pedestrians are enjoying their time in the city and find it easy to get around, it has a direct impact on the city’s prosperity,’ said Cr Foster.

Nestled in the architecturally striking Monaco House, the cafe faces the 150-year-old brick-walled courtyard of the prestigious Melbourne Club. Rumour has it that in the 19th century, the green door in the wall was once used by club patrons to discretely visit a nearby brothel: it’s how Liaison Cafe got its name. Exceptional old trees hang over the wall and changes to parking and loading zones have made the laneway more people friendly.

Streets ahead $2.7 million is earmarked this year for major streetscape works including $1.8 million for Collins Street between Queen and William streets, $375,000 for Elizabeth Street between Lonsdale and Little Lonsdale streets and $300,000 for Somerset Place off Little Bourke Street.

Visit streetscapes to find out more.

Your say on our sustainable city Help the City of Melbourne become a water sensitive, carbon neutral city by having your say on two new draft strategies: Zero Net Emissions and Total Watermark. Zero Net Emissions finds ways to reduce emissions in the commercial, residential, transport and electricity sectors. It identifies effective and viable ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and outlines ways to work towards the ambitious goal of zero net greenhouse gas emissions. Total Watermark outlines ways to enhance the health of the municipality and its catchment through effective water management, and introduces measures to increase climate change resilience. It draws on the successes of earlier strategies. Environment portfolio Chair, Councillor Arron Wood said, ‘the City of Melbourne has a vision to be a bold, inspirational and sustainable city, but we can’t do it alone. ‘Strategies such as Zero Net Emissions and Total Watermark help us to advocate, educate and engage with the community so we can help each other and reach our goal together,’ said Cr Wood.

Have your say on these two important draft strategies before 31 October. Visit participate or call 9658 9658. Odette Lo Castro manages Liaison Cafe in Ridgway Place

Find out more about 3-D printing at Melbourne Knowledge Week

Melbourne Knowledge Week


Dine with a scientist, unlock the animatronic genius of King Kong, or learn about 3-D knitting during Melbourne Knowledge Week, from Monday 28 October to Sunday 3 November.

More than 60 events including exhibitions, games, panel discussions, workshops and tours will celebrate Melbourne’s strength in the emerging knowledge economy. There are three featured events in this year’s program. At Creating Kong, you can meet Creature

Designer Sonny Tilders of Global Creature Technology and King Kong himself to hear about the techniques that bring Kong to life. Hub Melbourne offers a free opportunity to co-work with people from different sectors in one of Melbourne’s most iconic spaces – a laneway. And a two-day expo, Eurisko Melbourne, showcases the worlds of makers, crafters, sustainability experts and other DIY knowledge advocates. Knowledge City portfolio Chair, Councillor Dr Jackie Watts said

Melbourne Knowledge Week aims to make our diverse knowledge sector accessible, useful and fun. ‘The week showcases innovative knowledge-related projects and encourages public debates about what it means to be a knowledge city,’ said Dr Watts. Melbourne Knowledge Week runs in venues across the city. For the full program, visit knowledge

Out with the old Get rid of your hard waste and old electronics as Spring Clean offers ratepayers, residents and businesses extra free services to responsibly dispose of waste. ‘I encourage people to cull, particularly if they live in high rise apartments and especially flammables like old paint tins and thinners,’ said Yolande Leonardi, president of Residents 3000. Last year 548kgs of paint tins were recycled. This year’s free e-waste recycling day is on 26 October from 9am to 3pm, with a drop-off point at City Square making it easier for car-free

residents. Or book a drop-off time and make a trip to the waste and recycling centre on Dynon Road in Kensington. In October and November, the City of Melbourne also provides extra hard waste and green organic waste collections to supplement regular services and bin cleans for businesses. For more information about collection days, visit

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Last year, residents more than doubled what they recycled during Spring Clean in 2011, with televisions making up 40 per cent of more than seven tonnes of e-waste.

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Join in and develop your business skills, learn from makers and crafters, hear about cutting-edge medical research, explore game design, tour iconic Melbourne knowledge institutions and share your knowledge with others.


Melbourne Music Week

A colourful mash-up of music, art, multimedia, film and everything in-between, Melbourne Music Week takes over the city from 15 to 24 November.

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More than just a music festival, Melbourne Music Week (MMW) is a carefully curated program of imaginative and eclectic events that string together a vast array of creative industries. Industry veterans perform alongside new talent, and Melbourne’s celebrated venues step into the light alongside the city’s hidden gems as MMW celebrates and supports Melbourne’s thriving, world-class music scene. With 75 per cent of artists hailing from Victoria, MMW is now in its fourth year and is developed in close collaboration with Melbourne’s music community. More than 110 events, more than 230 artists and a staggering 90 event partners come together to create a diverse program, staged in almost 60 locations across the city. Arts and Culture portfolio Chair, Councillor Rohan Leppert said MMW is the only event of its type in Australia, with many of the events exclusive to Melbourne and all having a unique connection to our music city. ‘Melbourne Music Week is designed to support the music industry and provide exciting opportunities for the community to engage with the city as the music capital,’ said Cr Leppert. ‘Through the event, the City of Melbourne offers a unique model of co-production that enables all festival partners to benefit from the event economically, as all revenue realised is directly returned to partners.’

Last month, MMW announced its first six shows for presale and unveiled the event’s flagship venue for 2013: The Residence. Full program announced Thursday 3 October.

Pantha Du Prince & The Bell Laboratory (GER/NOR) Presents Elements of Light, Monday 18 November from 6.30pm German techno minimalist Pantha Du Prince (Hendrik Weber) performs his remarkable, world-acclaimed collaborative symphony Elements of Light in an exclusive Australian appearance for MMW. Armed with gongs, tubular bells and a swathe of percussive instruments including marimba, xylophone and cymbals, Pantha du Prince and a full six-member cast from Oslo’s The Bell Laboratory take the stage for a mesmerising performance. The godfather of glitch, German producer Oval (aka Markus Popp) is supporting, and the gig is co-presented by Melbourne Recital Centre in association with the Goethe-Institut.


From top left: City Calm Down, Chris Cohen, Sonny and the Sunsets, Canyons and Daniel Boyd, Montero

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The Residence Home of Melbourne Music Week

Created in collaboration with the People’s Market, The Residence features video mapping, light installations, market, food and entertainment as well as an exciting music program each day and night of the festival. Each event at The Residence is curated by a leading industry player. Opening night of MMW: Melbourne’s beloved label Mistletone presents a swarm of local talent, including Boomgates and Montero supporting New Zealand’s The Bats and US indie rockers Sonny and the Sunsets. Friday 15 November, from 7.30pm.

I Oh You’s fourth birthday at Flagstaff Station A night of wild dancing and party antics as Melbourne’s party overlords I Oh You lay siege to the extraordinary Flagstaff Train Station, transforming the concourse with a mass of projections and a kaleidoscope of sound.

Canyons and Daniel Boyd present 100 Million Nights: Fresh from GoMA (Brisbane) and Dark MOFO, MoNA (Hobart), Modular presents the Melbourne debut this audio visual collaboration, alongside a bumper line-up of emerging talent from Melbourne and beyond. Thursday 21 November, 7pm.

Yacht Club DJs lead the charge with their dance-inducing mash-ups, while Gold Fields bounces across the concourse and Northeast Party House delivers alt-dance indie tunes. Indian Summer and City Calm Down shudder and swoon from wall to floor, and Neon Love returns for a one-off reunion show with SNKDKTL, spinning tunes between the bands.

The Operatives present MMW Espionage: two of LA’s most forward-thinking producers, Nosaj Thing and Jonwayne, lay it down against a live-painted backdrop by Japanese graffiti artist Jun Inoue, with support from Amin Payne, Silent Jay and JPS. Saturday 23 November, from 8pm.

Saturday 16 November 8pm.

Visit for tickets or to sign up for MMW’s newsletter. For insider info, follow Melbourne Music Week on Facebook and Twitter

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A dynamic, purpose-built venue on the river’s edge at the lower terrace of Birrarung Marr, The Residence follows KUBIK Melbourne in 2011, and Where? House in 2012.

Polyfest, 30 years of Polyester Records: an afternoon musical bonanza featuring Personal and The Pizzas (USA), Chris Cohen (USA) and local favourites Beaches, New War, Terrible Truths and Songs Duo. Saturday 16 November, from noon.

Ten Melburnian ‘super elders’ share their stories in Renegades


Make my heart beat fast After gathering memories for more than 75 years, a group of ‘super elders’ takes to the stage during the Victorian Seniors Festival to share the moments that made their hearts beat fast. Unexpected perspectives on ageing, risk, aspiration and the physical body are rolled into Renegades, a one-hour performance at the HiFi Bar starring 10 Melburnians who are over 75.

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‘We asked a group of “super elders” about events in their lives that made their heart beat fast,’ said composer Rose Turtle Ertler. ‘Being chased by the police or a tiger, falling in love, finding family they didn’t know existed. It was a special treat to hear such beautiful stories.’ Rose took these stories to young people from the Living Music program in North Melbourne, who developed a soundtrack in response to the interviews. The over 75s then worked with choreographer Martin Del Amo to put it all together on stage.

Arts and Culture portfolio Chair, Councillor Rohan Leppert said Renegades supports artists to present and work locally. It is produced by the City of Melbourne. ‘Renegades will appeal to young people because of its music, older people because it is performed by their peers, and an arts audience because of the calibre of the artists creating the work,’ said Cr Leppert.

Renegades tickets are $10 (free for seniors). At the HiFi Bar, 125 Swanston Street, on 8 and 9 October from 12pm to 2.30pm. Book now at

Remote control With neither finger nor foot touching the instrument, the next generation of Melbourne’s sound artists assumes command of the 10,000 pipes of the Grand Organ on 11 October for Organ & MIDI Control. By overriding the traditional console of the Grand Organ and playing it through an electronic MIDI system, Melbourne trio Virtual Proximity reveals that this dramatic instrument is capable of much more than a classical pipe organ repertoire.

‘We make no contact with the organ. It’s completely controlled through our laptops and electronic instruments,’ said James Annesley from Virtual Proximity. Expect to hear dark sonic textures and see psychedelic visual projections that are triggered by the music and mapped to the towering organ pipes. ‘Anyone with an open mind will find the performance very exciting, as well as electronics nerds and people who like improvised and leftfield electronic music,’ said James. The gig also includes new music from RMIT’s Sculpture, Sound and Spatial Practice students. Organ & MIDI Control is part of Melbourne Town Hall’s Grand Organ concert series, which matches the organ with a variety of artistic expressions.

Organ & MIDI Control is free at Melbourne Town Hall on 11 October. Find out more at

Organ & MIDI Control at Melbourne Town Hall. Photo: Kit Webster

Victorian Seniors Festival runs from 6 to 13 October

Victorian Seniors Festival


Seek out your own adventures in the city during the Victorian Seniors Festival, from 6 to 13 October. The annual Victorian Seniors Festival is back for another year with an exciting program of dedicated events and activities for all older Victorians.

Free public transport is available for Victorian Seniors Card holders from 6 to 13 October, so you can travel easily between your favourite festival events.

6 October Celebration Day at Federation Square The week of festivities starts here. Dance to the Silver Grove Swingtet, the Stiletto Sisters, the Ugly Uncles, Louisiana Shakers and the Streetsweepers. You can also enjoy demonstrations, activities and information displays including the University of the Third Age’s Carnival of Learning. Or sit back, relax and take in the sounds of the Lifeview U3A Choirs concert.

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Mind, Body and Soul at Fitzroy Gardens Awaken your senses with dance classes, gardening and food demonstrations, laughter yoga and tai chi, guided tours of the heritage-listed Fitzroy Gardens or trawl the Cooks’ Cottage mini market for goodies. There is an amazing array of exhibitors on display, prize giveaways and a show bag for participants. Now in its fourth year, this free event is a highlight on the Victorian Seniors Festival calendar, presented by the City of Melbourne. Register at or register on the day from 9.30am to collect your show bag and program.

7 to 11 October Festival after Dark at Melbourne Town Hall A new feature on this year’s Victorian Seniors Festival program. Each night there will be something to enjoy, whether it’s jazz, trivia, choirs or music from yesteryear with Golden Days Radio.

7 and 8 October

Life’s Poker Bike Ride

Lifeview concert series at Deakin Edge

Grab your bike (or hire one) and helmet and join Life Activities Clubs Victoria for a bike ride upstream along bike paths beside the Yarra. Collect playing cards along the way and at the end, the best poker hand wins. Meet opposite Zinc, Fed Square.

A two-day concert series featuring the Gram-O-Phonie Brothers, the Salvation Army Veterans Brass Band, In Transit, The Legends of Brass, Matthew Field and Ally Dawson among others. Presented by Lifeview Residential Care.

7 to 11 October RDNS Melbourne Festival Hub Make a healthy pit stop at the Festival Hub, where you’ll find a daily Yamaha music lounge, photographic exhibitions including My Dad’s My Mate and Bruny Island: Everyday Journeys, lunchtime concerts, daily information and activity sessions.

Pick up your program at the Melbourne Town Hall, Coles or your local library, call 9658 9658 or visit

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Make the most of this inspiring festival, from concerts and dances to demonstrations and exhibitions, and don’t miss the enriching Mind, Body and Soul event at Fitzroy Gardens on 7 October.

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Beautiful One Day at Arts House

Events Wander between here and ‘that wasn’t there last time’ as you explore the city in late spring. Visit to find out more. 10

11 to 27 October

From 15 October

The Australian World Orchestra Classical music talent from across the globe in two spectacular concerts at Hamer Hall, bringing together 107 performers from 47 of the world’s greatest orchestras.

Melbourne Festival A celebration of the city with 105 events and activities including contemporary and classical music, dance, theatre, visual arts, film, forums, conversations and encounters. At 45 venues.

Arts House shows Arts House presents choreographer Stephanie Lake and sound artist Robin Fox in A Small Prometheus from 15 to 20 October, then from 26 November, Ilbijerri’s Beautiful One Day tells the poignant history of Palm Island.

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Diwali Indian Festival of Light The festival begins with a celebration of Bollywood films screened over five days, and culminates with a day of festivities at Fed Square on 26 October.

Garage Sale Trail Whether you’re after retro bargains, need to de-clutter or want to meet the neighbours, join communities holding simultaneous garage sales around Australia.

25 to 27 October

25 to 27 October

27 October

RACV Motorclassica The premier event for classic, vintage and veteran motoring lifestyle. Featuring more than 400 rare cars and motorcycles, 100 traders and 40 clubs. At the Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton.

Carlton Italian Festa A fun, free day of Italian music, food and arts, and the Gelato World Tour, with performers, cooking demonstrations, car and bike displays, children’s and sporting activities. At the Piazza, Lygon Street Carlton.

Great Strides 2013 A walkathon and fun run to help raise awareness and support for those with cystic fibrosis. Register as an individual, family or team. At the Royal Botanic Gardens.

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2 and 4 October

For kids: book now for ArtPlay 26 and 27 October - Big Draw at ArtPlay, Birrarung Marr Try drawing in all sorts of ways, from self-portraits to large-scale outdoor mandalas, iPads to thumb prints characters, mark-making to freehand drawing. 9, 10, 15 and 16 November - Fey at Art Play Make a picture of a creature from your own imagination, then be ready to dance and move as you become your creation. For five- to eight-year-olds.

For more great ArtPlay events visit

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Ash Keating, Melbourne Now Photo: Greta Costello

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Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style Celebrate this world of innovation, action and style with an inside view of the world’s favourite secret agent. Experience the journey, from Dr No to Skyfall. At Melbourne Museum.

Classic Yacht Cup Regatta Melbourne’s rare and classic yacht fleet will be on display at the Melbourne Docklands Marina. Built from 1896 to the 1960s, these yachts are a reflection of Melbourne’s maritime heritage.

Melbourne Cup Carnival Four days of horse racing, entertainment, style and glamour. It’s the celebration that stops a nation, attracting the best thoroughbreds (and parties). At Flemington Racecourse and beyond.

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Melbourne Prize Explore a free exhibition of finalists in the Melbourne Prize for Music, valued at more than $100,000. Public voting for the Civic Choice Award finishes at the end of the November exhibition. At Fed Square.

Blue Man Group A theatrical production with a difference, combining electrifying music, technology, comedy and multimedia theatrics to produce a unique entertainment experience. At Her Majesty’s Theatre.

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Melbourne Now The latest in art, architecture, design, fashion and dance. More than 130 artists and 30 curators transform the National Gallery of Victoria: International and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia.

Fair@Square Festival A free, sustainable, morally responsible festival promoting ethical consumption. At Fed Square.

Night Noodle Markets The lights, music, bars and glorious aromas of this Asian hawker-style market are part of The Age Good Food Month. At Alexandra Gardens.

Super Discount Experience a journey into the realms of heroism and imagination with Back to Back Theatre. A riotous spectacle that unleashes multiple realities upon its unsuspecting audience. At Malthouse Theatre.

Christmas is coming 11 November to 16 December – Santa’s Post Box Place your wish for Christmas in Santa’s Post Box, which sends letters direct to Santa. Presented by City of Melbourne and Australia Post. Corner of Swanston and Collins streets. Friday 29 November – Christmas tree lighting ceremony A free concert in City Square for the launch of 2013 Christmas Festival. Welcome Santa and see the city’s Christmas tree lights switched on at dusk, then head over to Melbourne Town Hall for opening night of the Christmas projections program. Free. See for more.

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Skate Club at Riverslide

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Skate Club at Riverslide

Cool by the pool Dive-in movie nights, tunes by the pool … dig out your bathers and dip your toe in the water again as the outdoor pools at North Melbourne Recreation Centre and Carlton Baths open for the summer season on 1 October. Find out more at activemelbourne or call 9658 9658.

Every Sunday between 11am and 1pm, professional coaches help kids further develop their skills, technique and style at Riverslide Skate Park by the Yarra. Skate Club runs all year during the school term and skaters can track their progress as they train for a level one or two Victorian Skateboarding Association certificate.

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Riverslide Skate Park is now taking enrolments. For more, call 9663 0495 or email

Open day in the North Come along to the first open day for North Melbourne Community Centre on 1 October from 11am to 4pm. There’s a jumping castle for the little ones, free barbecue, skate ramps and heaps of other activities. For more, call 9320 4700 or visit

Ride to work today A better connected bicycle network makes it even easier for cyclists of all ages and abilities to hop on their bikes for National Ride2Work Day, and keep up the habit. Cycling to and from work is a fun and convenient way to stay fit, according to NRL player Billy Slater, who plans to ride with his family through Melbourne’s parks to work on Ride2Work Day, 16 October.

‘Riding keeps you active, improves your overall health and wellbeing, and helps boost energy levels at work,’ said Billy, an ambassador for Australian Bananas. All Ride2Work participants can grab a free banana and some breakfast at City Square on the day. Transport portfolio Chair, Councillor Cathy Oke said the City of Melbourne is keen to see new cyclists try some of our new bicycle lanes, such as La Trobe and Exhibition streets, St Kilda Road and Princes Bridge.

NRL player Billy Slater rides to work

‘National Ride2Work Day is the perfect time to test out some of our new bike lanes, which are designed to encourage more people to cycle more often and strengthen the connections throughout Melbourne’s bicycle network,’ said Cr Oke.

October is the perfect month to jump on a bike. Visit melbourne. for more about National Ride2Work Day and other cycling activities.

Wagner’s Ring Cycle descends on the city


Melbourne Ring Festival Get a taste of world class opera without the dramatic price tag as the Melbourne Ring Festival welcomes Wagner to the city from 16 November until 13 December.

Arts and Culture portfolio Chair, Councillor Rohan Leppert said the month-long ‘Ring-inspired’ extravaganza was an example of why Melbourne is Australia’s undisputed arts capital. ‘The City of Melbourne is proud to partner with Opera Australia to invite Melbourne residents to share in the spectacular event that is Wagner’s Ring Cycle, one of the world’s

Mazda Opera in the Bowl One lucky winner and a friend will enjoy the red carpet treatment, pre-show cocktails and VIP seats at this free outdoor operatic experience at Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Saturday 23 November at 8pm (gates open from 4pm). Presented by Opera Australia and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra with assistance from the Australia Council.

greatest cultural achievements,’ said Cr Leppert. Don’t miss the Arrival of the Valkyries opening event on Saturday 16 November at 1pm, free at Fed Square. And drop in on Festspielhaus, the City of Melbourne’s Ring Festival Hub at the Arts Centre Melbourne on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

To win, tell us about why you love Wagner in 25 words or less.

Visit inbetween for details, or call 9658 9658.

Send your response, contact number and postal address to by 31 October. Winner notified 6 November.

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Opera spills into the city’s streets, halls and galleries for more than 30 free or low-cost shows, films, events and exhibitions celebrating Wagner’s epic masterpiece, The Ring Cycle.


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Sweet sound of success For turning a passion into a 40-year business, Peter Snow is one of the 55 recipients of this year’s Lord Mayor’s Commendations.

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Running a record stall at a university market in the 1960s was a natural progression for Peter Snow, who began collecting records at age 12. He soon expanded into shops in the City of Melbourne, and still owns Record Collectors Corner. ‘We cater to the avid music collectors who are alternative in their tastes,’ said Peter. Now in its fifth central city location, the store stocks hard-to-find second-hand and new vinyl, CDs and cult DVDs. To mark his four decades in the trade, Peter recently received a gold Lord Mayor’s Commendation, along with four other city businesses. The Lord Mayor’s Commendations program began in 2005 and highlights the importance of small business to Melbourne. There are 12,600 small businesses in the City of Melbourne employing around 75,000 people. Marketing Melbourne portfolio Chair, Councillor Beverley Pinder-Mortimer said the program recognises the long-standing small and multigenerational businesses in our

community, strengthening the future of small business in Melbourne. ‘We are proud of the diverse group of businesses that have been part of the Commendations to date and applaud the contribution these businesses make to our city’s economy and culture,’ said Cr Pinder-Mortimer.

Photography exhibition A free photography exhibition celebrating the 2013 Lord Mayor’s Commendations runs at the Old Metshop Gallery at Melbourne Town Hall, corner Swanston and Little Collins streets from 22 to 31 October.

Visit enterprisemelbourne for the full list of 2013 Lord Mayor’s Commendations recipients. And check out the special offer on the back page.

Working to reunite lost cats and dogs with their owners and reduce the number of pets that end up in animal shelters over the next four years. The City of Melbourne’s new Domestic Animal Management Plan 2013-17 considers ways to minimise the nuisance and possible danger created by some dogs and cats, and educates people about caring for their pets. It was developed through consultation with the community, pet owners and key stakeholders, with a particular focus on proactive enforcement and community education. Issues such as registration and identification, nuisance, dog attacks, dangerous, menacing and restricted breed dogs, overpopulation and high euthanasia rates, training animal management officers and domestic animal businesses are all addressed. People City portfolio Chair, Councillor Richard Foster said the City of Melbourne is proud of its reputation as a pet-friendly city. ‘As Melbourne’s population grows, so does the number of pets who inhabit our city and our aim is to ensure they have a safe and fun place to live and play,’ said Cr Foster.

Visit pets for more about responsible pet ownership and to see the Domestic Animal Management Plan.

Your Council The Right Honourable Lord Mayor Robert Doyle

Deputy Lord Mayor Susan Riley

Cr Richard Foster

Cr Ken Ong

Future Melbourne (Major Projects) Committee Chair Phone: 9658 9658 Email:

Future Melbourne (Marketing Melbourne) Committee Deputy Chair Phone: 9658 9043 Email:

Future Melbourne (People City) Committee Chair Phone: 9658 9056 Email:

Future Melbourne (Planning) Committee Chair Phone: 9658 9704 Email:

Cr Rohan Leppert

Cr Beverley Pinder-Mortimer

Cr Kevin Louey

Cr Jackie Watts

Cr Stephen Mayne

Cr Arron Wood

Future Melbourne (Arts and Culture) Committee Chair Phone: 9658 9051 Email:

Future Melbourne (Marketing Melbourne) Committee Chair Phone: 9658 9038 Email: beverley.pinder-mortimer@melbourne. Future Melbourne (Knowledge City) Committee Chair Phone: 9658 8580 Email:

Future Melbourne (Environment) Committee Chair Phone: 9658 9630 Email:

Future Melbourne (Finance and Governance) Committee Chair Phone: 9658 9636 Mobile: 0412 106 241 Email: Future Melbourne (Transport) Committee Chair Phone: 9658 9086 Email:

Postal address for all councillors: City of Melbourne, GPO Box 1603, Melbourne VIC 3001 Fax for all councillors: 03 9658 9613

Council and committee meetings All committee meetings are held in: Council Meeting Room, Level 2 Melbourne Town Hall Swanston Street, Melbourne, except the Docklands Coordination Committee, which is held at: Goods Shed, 710 Collins Street, Docklands, Melbourne.


All council meetings are held in: Council Chamber, (Public Gallery, Level 3) Melbourne Town Hall Swanston Street, Melbourne. On occasion, council meetings are rescheduled or special meetings of the committees and council are called. For upcoming council and committee meeting dates and times, visit

Changes to the meeting schedule are published at and on the notice board at the front

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When a 93-year-old customer makes a special trip into the city to get her watch battery changed at your shop, you know your business is still doing something right. ‘Benjamin’s clientele has remained loyal throughout the years. Some of our customers have been coming here for longer than I’ve been alive,’ said fourth generation jeweller, David Benjamin.

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David’s great grandfather Abraham came to Melbourne from England by boat 133 years ago to open a jewellery business, and bequeathed it to his three sons. They passed it on to David’s father and uncle.

‘Now I will run the business until I die, but I enjoy what I’m doing and plan to go on ad infinitum,’ said David, who has been full time in the business for 40 years. He became the sole proprietor in 1989. ‘There’s something nice in supplying love tokens, anniversary gifts. It’s nice to see people at the happy end of their lives. These are emotional moments and it gives people pleasure to annotate them in gold and fine gems,’ said David. A Benjamin and Sons has moved just six times since 1880, but has always stayed on Little Collins Street. To celebrate 133 years in the business, A Benjamin and Sons is offering a gift voucher to the value of $150. For your chance to win, tell us the answer to this classic joke:

Contacts Phone: 03 9658 9658 (7.30am to 6pm) Website: Online enquiries: National Relay Service: Teletypewriter (TTY) users phone 13 36 77 then ask for 03 9658 9658 Speak & Listen users phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 03 9658 9658 In person: Melbourne Town Hall Administration Building 120 Swanston Street, Melbourne 7.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday Postal address: City of Melbourne GPO Box 1603 Melbourne VIC 3000

How do you make gold soup? Send your response to A Benjamin and Sons, 360 Little Collins Street or email benjaminsjewellers-shop@ before 30 November. Only the winner will be notified.

The businesses featured on this page are all recipients of the Lord Mayor’s Commendations. The commendations recognise the long-term commitment and contribution to the City of Melbourne by Melbourne’s small business proprietors and family-run businesses. Above: David Benjamin. Photo: Donna Stevens. Check out the free Lord Mayor’s Commendations exhibition at the old Metshop Gallery at Melbourne Town Hall, from 22 to 31 October. More on page 14.

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