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Mayor Cr Bernadene Voss admires the ceremonial possum skin cloak worn by creator, Boon Wurrung woman Caroline Martin. The coat is now permanently on display at the St Kilda Town Hall as a tangible tribute to Boon Wurrung culture and heritage.
Let’s be bold for change Mayor Cr Bernadene Voss
Clean beach heroes
Keep Australia Beautiful has declared St Kilda’s West Beach the Clean Beach of 2016. See page 12 to read about the community effort that made it happen. 2
Port Phillip is set to celebrate International Women’s Day with an event themed Be Bold For Change featuring inspiring women including LGBTIQ teen Georgie Stone from Elwood College. But it’s not only gender equality that requires bold thinking. In increasingly uncertain times, it’s worth considering how to boldly address issues like climate change, inclusion and our growing population.
There are countless examples of Council bringing people together to respond boldly to challenges. For example, the recent in-depth Council Plan engagement is helping us to develop positive actions on waste management, our water use, diversity and inclusion, and how we travel
around our City. You can comment on our draft Council Plan 2017-2027 from late April - visit haveyoursay.portphillip.vic. gov.au for details. On a more sombre note, I’d like to acknowledge the passing of long-time community activist Maureen Smith, who passed away in January. Maureen was a great example of a bold community participant. A tireless volunteer and leader, she was also active on Council’s Older Person’s Consultative Committee for over a decade. It’s my privilege to once again serve you as Mayor. I urge you to take up Maureen’s example and be a bold participant in our community.
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Every day at a beach near you, Council beach cleaners are on the job.
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The City of Port Phillip respectfully acknowledges the Yalukut Wilam 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.
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Bold for change
Port Phillip Housing Association CEO Haleh Homaei (left) with Councillors Cr Louise Crawford, Mayor Cr Bernadene Voss and Deputy Mayor Katherine Copsey at the Housing Association’s social housing development on Chapel Street in St Kilda. The project boldly delivered 81 new units of social housing on a vacant site. Photo: Chris Cassar
Be bold for change is the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day event with our Councillors joining women from all walks of life for an evening of inspiration. Speakers include Clementine Ford, prolific writer, broadcaster and public speaker, Haleh Homaei (pictured below left), CEO Port Phillip Housing Association, and Georgie Stone, Elwood College student and GLBTIQ Person of the Year.
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Open wide says new school principal Noel Creece.
Find services Near Me Now you can use a smartphone, tablet or PC to find Council services near you. Simply enter a local address and Near Me shows you handy information such as bin collection dates, childcare centres and kindergartens, community centres, parks and playgrounds, off-leash dog parks, sporting grounds and contact details for councillors. For those interested in real estate, you can find out a property’s size and date of construction. The Near Me map works on any web-enabled device, including smartphones and tablets. www.portphillip.vic.gov.au/ near-me.htm
Palais progress Live Nation, the new operator of the Palais Theatre, has started internal refurbishments before reopening with shows as early as mid May. The significant internal refurbishments include disability access, with a lift and accessible toilets, restoration of the magnificent ceiling domes and refurbishment of the dressing rooms. New general manager Mark Graham will be joined in April by two old Palais faces, event manager Lloyd Jones and marketing manager Erin McMahon. The show goes on www.palaistheatre.com.au
New principal to lead Ferrars Street school
Noel Creece has started work as the inaugural principal of the yet to be named Ferrars Street primary school, which is scheduled to open in January 2018.
With extensive experience in leading school communities in small and large country, city and international schools, Noel said he is ‘chuffed’ with the opportunity to lead the new school. He will work to set up the unique fivestorey school over the next 12 months
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Find all the dog off leash areas in Port Phillip. Visit www.portphillip.vic.gov.au
so that it is ready for a great start in 2018. Enrolments for all year levels are due to open mid-year. Council is working closely with the Victorian Government to incorporate an early childhood learning centre and community spaces into the building. Follow the new school’s progress www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au
Inspector Kelly (left) with duty officers in the St Kilda Police Station watch house where the CCTV is displayed.
Linden and Gasworks arts revival Local arts venues, Linden New Art and Gasworks Arts Park Theatre are receiving major upgrades this year.
Police welcome Fitzroy Street CCTV Police are using new CCTV cameras in Fitzroy Street. Monitoring screens have been installed in the St Kilda Police watch house command centre.
St Kilda. ‘It’s about working with Council, traders and the public to find the best ways to use the cameras to prevent crime and boost safety,’ he said.
‘The CCTV is another tool in our kit to prevent and investigate crime,’ Inspector Kelly told Divercity.
Fitzroy Street CCTV is jointly funded by Council and the Victorian Government’s Community Crime Prevention Program.
Inspector Kelly has been looking at how CCTV is used in other municipalities to help his team develop best practice for
Read more about the CCTV project www.portphillip.vic.gov.au/ cctvfitzroystreet.htm
Get a head start on seniors’ writing comp
You have until 4 August to submit your entry to the Port Phillip Writes competition, part of Seniors Festival 2017. Poems, stories and non-fiction welcome. Get inspired with new ideas and techniques at a writing workshop at your local library. Workshops, entry forms and more library.portphillip.vic.gov.au 9209 6777
Grants a boost for community Applications for Council’s community and arts grants (and subsidies) are now open. These grants support a wide range of community activities and events, including those celebrating social justice, inclusion, diversity and health. Cultural Development Fund applications close 24 March. Community grant applications close 31 March. Full details www.portphillip.vic.gov.au/ funds_grants.htm
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In early March, Linden New Art will temporarily move from its grand home in Acland Street to Domain House, South Yarra, where it will remain until next year. Renovations include a new entrance and gallery reception, improved disabled access and much needed roof and veranda repair. Meanwhile, Gasworks Theatre is being upgraded with improved acoustics, better toilets and easier access for audiences of all abilities. Gasworks Theatre Inc. will operate from alternate venues until the theatre reopens mid year. The Gasworks’ Farmers Market, café, gallery and artists’ studios all continue to operate.
Grand Prix permits The 2017 Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix will be held from Thursday 23 March - Sunday 26 March. About two weeks before the event, Council will deliver temporary parking permits to all properties in areas with GP parking restrictions. Local access zone permits are distributed separately by the Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC). Parking zones and permits www.portphillip.vic.gov.au/ grand-prix.htm Local access permits AGPC 9258 7120 Temporary parking permits ASSIST 9209 6777
Finding what you want is now faster and easier.
Club members pictured during their recent club carnival. Photo: Chris Cassar
St Kilda Life Saving Club are thrilled with their new clubhouse. The clubhouse opened in December and includes a first aid room, extra storage, training and function rooms plus a patrol tower with commanding views of the beach. New public toilets have been installed along with a Victorian Government funded
Changing Places facility - a larger than standard accessible toilet and change room with a height-adjustable, adult-sized changing bench, a tracking hoist system and space for two people in a safe and clean environment. Council is also looking for ways to improve accessibility to the sand and water along the beach.
The clubhouse project was funded with $3.7 million from the City of Port Phillip, the Victorian Government in association with Life Saving Victoria provided $1 million. Stokehouse contributed $750,000 and St Kilda Life Saving Club $100,000. New members welcome stkildalifesavingclub.com.au 7
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arts and entertainment
Autumn at Linden
Linden New Art 26 Acland Street, St Kilda
Swipe Left for Love
St Kilda RSL 88 Acland Street, St Kilda Tuesday 28 March - Saturday 8 April A romantic comedy that follows the chaotic life of a thirtysomething aspiring singer/ songwriter. Part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. swipeleftforlove.com
Acland art to inspire climate action Penny Byrne, #EuropaEuropa, 2016. Photograph: Angela Baily
Thursday 20 April - Sunday 30 April Theatre Works, 14 Acland Street, St Kilda An exploration of France’s medieval heroine, Joan of Arc. Realised in black and white, Joan pays homage to the art of live oration and silent film. $38 / $30 www.theatreworks.org.au 9534 3388
Getting into galleries
Friday 10 March, 6 pm Gasworks Arts Park 21 Graham Street, Albert Park
Join Gasworks’ Visual Arts Manager Tracey McIrvine for a free talk about curating art today. Tracey will discuss the challenges and opportunities facing curators and community advocates. Book at www.newcardigan.org Free
A Dog’s Life
Tuesday 21 March - Sunday 9 April 9.30 am - 5 pm Angela Robarts-Bird Gallery Gasworks Arts Park A family friendly and dog friendly art show in Albert Park. Artist Andrew Forster uses a range of styles and media to portray dogs and our relationship with them. Free 8
Brutal 10 February - 8 March 2017 Penny Byrne uses materials such as bronze, glass and vintage porcelain figurines in her sculptural works. Her work presents an enquiry into popular culture and international politics.
Changing Places Until 8 March Linden New Art invited artists to respond to the title Changing Places, a title that refers to Linden’s temporary relocation in 2017. A group exhibition that includes artists Chris Bold, I-Yen Chen, Sarah Morowetz, James Voller and Siying Zhou is the result.
Polymer pots with kathykoo Sunday 5 March, 2 pm - 4 pm Join artist, designer and educator kathykoo to learn how to work with polymer clay and create pattern effects and make your own planter pot.
Wednesday 19 April - Sunday 14 May The Art+Climate=Change 2017 festival uses the creative power of the arts to inform and inspire action on climate change. Temporary works of art will be installed along Acland Street and the new Acland Plaza.
Learn to leadlight
Port Phillip Men’s Shed 210 Dorcas Street, South Melbourne Design and make a small window or a wall hanging at the Port Phillip Men’s Shed leadlight workshops. Learn design considerations, glass cutting, soldering and how to apply finishes to your project. Bookings: Don Laird 0438 001 721
South Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Sunday 2 April, 2.30 pm South Melbourne Town Hall Fishley Street, South Melbourne
KATHYKOO, polymer pots. Image reproduced courtesy of the artist.
Book at weteach.me/2g1WxBz $50 per person; includes all materials lindenarts.org
Opening concert for 2017 features vocal soloist Alexandra Ioan, conducted by Lynette Bridgland. $20 / $15 / children 12 and under no charge www.smso.org.au
Picture Frame Skills Workshop Saturday 8, 15 22, 29 April Port Phillip Men’s Shed 210 Dorcas Street, South Melbourne
Hank Marvin Burger Biannual
Monday (Labour Day), 13 March, 11 am - 9 pm, Alma Park, Alma Road, East St Kilda
Learn to build a frame, cut glass and apply decorative treatments. 0438 001 721
All Saints organ concert
Sunday 9 April, 4 pm All Saints Church, 2 Chapel Street East St Kilda
Le Chemin de la Croix by Marcel Dupré on Palm Sunday.
Gasworks school holiday program
Take your pick of 18 of Melbourne’s best burger flippers at the Hank Marvin Burger Biannual. Sliders on Tyres and Fancy Hank’s BBQ Joint are among the vendors. Vegan offerings from The Little
Port Community Carnival
Saturday 18 March, 12 noon - 4 pm Cnr Liardet and Nott streets Port Melbourne 3 - 14 April Gasworks Arts Park 21 Graham Street, Albert Park The children’s holiday program at Gasworks Arts Park has real artists and expert craftspeople teaching children how to do magic, paint pictures, dance like Michael Jackson and make clay creations in a pottery studio. For ages 5 - 14.
All the fun of the fair plus a chance to enter your historical photos or stories in a local history project. Free www.pmnc.org.au
Mushroom Co will also feature, while the Canine Wellness Kitchen truck will keep any dog happy.
Cultural diversity week Who do you think we are? Saturday 18 - Sunday 26 March Cultural Diversity Week brings together locals from all walks of life to promote community harmony and celebrate the many cultures that make Port Phillip vibrant. Attend musical performances and children’s activities from across the world. library.portphillip.vic.gov.au/ Whats_on/Library_events
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Men’s Health Forum
St Kilda Cemetery tours
Sunday 26 February, 2 pm
Prostate Cancer Foundation, the Bowel Cancer Foundation and beyondblue will explain common health conditions. Free health checkups available through the Men’s Shed program, Spanner in the Works. Healthy lunch provided. RSVP
A sporting tour ANZAC Day tour
St Kilda Cemetery Dandenong Road, St Kilda East
Trove and the British newspaper archive
9531 6832 $10; members free
Tuesday 14 March, 6.30 pm - 7.30 pm Emerald Hill Library & Heritage Centre 195 Bank Street, South Melbourne Learn to use Trove, the Australian government’s digital archive, which focuses on Australian newspapers and the British Newspaper Archive. Beginners welcome.
South Melbourne Honour Board Project Saturday 22 April 10 am - 12 noon Join Elizabeth Buckle for an ANZAC Day talk about local soldiers who served in World War I. heritage.portphillip.vic.gov.au
Changing Minds: contemporary women’s activism Saturday 29 April, 2 pm - 5 pm Port Melbourne Town Hall Council Chamber 333 Bay Street, Port Melbourne A performance of writings drawn from Prejudice & Reason: some Australian women’s responses to war, followed by a panel discussion with local women activists. Afternoon tea included. nationaltrust.org.au
Tassels and Tefillin
Sunday 23 April, 2 pm
Piers Festival 2017
Sunday 26 March, 2 pm
At Multicultural Arts Victoria’s sixth Piers Festival see local artists, attend a workshop, grab a bite from a food van or pick up a handmade work at one of the many craft stalls.
Writers, booksellers and literati
Sunday 9 April, 11 am - 5 pm Princes Pier, Port Melbourne
Saturday 1 April, 9.30 am - 1 pm Southport Uniting Care 319 Dorcas Street, South Melbourne
9699 4203 by 25 March Free
Jewish Museum, 26 Alma Road, St Kilda Until 28 May, closed Mondays Explore the meaning and symbolism of ritual costumes worn by Jewish people around the world and throughout history. Intriguing, unique and significant to spiritual practice. $12 / $6 jewishmuseum.com.au
Footscray and Port partner in heritage walks Sunday 14 May, 10 am For Heritage Festival 2017, Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation Society and the Footscray Historical Society will hold simultaneous heritage walks on their respective sides of the Yarra. Meet at Spotswood Station, walk the Yarra up to Westgate Park, then return by punt to Spotswood. www.pmhps.org.au
National Ride2school Day
Rowing into history
Friday 17 March Across Port Phillip
Bike, skate, scooter or walk to school. See your mates, get some fresh air and stretch your legs before the school day starts. Three thousand Port Phillip students took part in 2016. For help with your event
Exhibit curator and rower Grace Blake with Bob Duncan, 1956 Olympic rower and former club president, at the Albert Park club boathouse.
When keen rower Grace Blake saw the World War I honour board in the clubrooms, she started a quest to find out more about her former club rowers who had fought in the Great War. The result of Grace’s curiosity and detective work over many years is a free exhibition, Accounts from the Front, 1917, which is displayed at the Albert Park South Melbourne Rowing Club. On show are wartime letters and memoirs written in France by club members, including excerpts from the diary of Harry Duncan, father and coach of 1956 Olympic rower and former club president Bob Duncan.
Grace is sure there are many more stories to be uncovered, so she’s hoping to make contact with the descendants of more club members who enlisted.
Share your family stories www.apsmrc.com/ History-and-Heritage
Saturday 29 April, 9 am - 1 pm Albert Park South Melbourne Rowing Club Plant Williamson Rowing Pavilion Aughtie Drive, Albert Park Lake Free firstname.lastname@example.org www.apsmrc.com
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Port Phillip Women’s ride
Sunday 26 March
Social ride for women as part of the Festival of Women’s Cycling taking place throughout Victoria over the entire weekend. All welcome. Leisurely pace. Meeting time and details to be confirmed.
Rochelle’s Mystery Tour
Saturday 29 April, 9.30 am
A leisurely guided bike tour of the Port Melbourne area. Learn about the history of Port Melbourne. Suitable for all ages and riding abilities. The ride is about 12 km and takes 2.5 hours. Free www.trybooking.com/OGOW
Beach loved back to life
EcoCentre’s Neil Blake says the construction of the breakwater in 1956 effectively created West Beach. 'Before 1956 it was just a 10 metre strip of sand,' he said. Now after decades of community and Council activity, West Beach is a national winner.
St Kilda’s West Beach was awarded the Keep Australia Beautiful Clean Beach of the Year in 2016, an important recognition of the community effort devoted to rehabilitating a once neglected strip of foreshore. Most readers will know West Beach as the area on the city side of St Kilda Pier, where kite and wind surfing businesses operate. You may have walked the relatively new boardwalk through the beach grassland to the seats overlooking the bay. It’s a remarkable oasis in the middle of the urban buzz. West Beach is wonderful because it has been loved back to life. Over decades, Earthcare and Beach Patrol volunteers have committed thousands of hours caring for the beach; along with corporate volunteers and schools coordinated by the EcoCentre. Council restored the crumbling bathing pavilion and installed the recycled plastic boardwalk.
Gio Fitzpatrick: Young Legend Keep Australia Beautiful also recognised local eco activist Gio Fitzpatrick as a Young Legend. As a volunteer at the EcoCentre, Gio has made a special study of the local wildlife and recorded three fauna species never before seen in Victoria. Recently he recorded 100 red-necked stints (migratory wader birds) feeding on the West Beach sandspit at 3 am. Follow Gio’s exploits ecocentre.com/node/1540 12
St Kilda waste warriors are winners St Kilda Primary School was the 2016 Resource Smart Schools Waste School of the Year award winner. Thanks to the efforts of a special team of student waste warriors, the school community has become more tuned in to reducing waste and boosting recycling. Conveniently located inside the school foyer, students created a depot (pictured) to collect printer cartridges, batteries, mobile phones, corks and soft plastic from the school community for recycling. Sustainability education at the school has been supported by the EcoCentre and Council’s Tomorrow’s Leaders program.
St Kilda Primary School students Morgan, Alaska, Ginger, Emily and Isla, who say that everyone can be a recycler.
Daily before dawn It’s 4 am and the beach cleaning teams from South Melbourne’s White Street depot are on the move. The teams fan out to mechanically rake each beach at least once every week. High traffic areas, which get raked more often, include daily rakes of St Kilda South Beach and twice weekly rakes for Elwood, Pier Road, Kerferd Road and Bay Street beaches. There are also additional rakes for beaches
near the lifesaving clubs and event locations. Over summer (November to April), manual litter pickers attend to all beaches seven days a week. Over winter it’s five days a week. It’s a big job. Over the recent 2016-17 Christmas-New Year period a massive 90 tonnes of litter was lifted from Port Phillip beaches. That’s tonnes of plastics, bottles, cans and other non-organic rubbish. Seaweed is measured separately.
Education is important to in the effort to reduce litter. Council rangers conduct one-on-one surveys, litter audits and attend all major events encouraging foreshore visitors to do the right thing. Learn more about beach cleaning www.portphillip.vic.gov.au/ street-beach-cleaning.htm
A Council beach cleaning team at work on St Kilda’s West Beach. They help remove tonnes of rubbish off our beaches daily. 13
Port Melbourne during the Great War
A certificate was given to the family of each resident enlisted in WWI. Port Melbourne WWI Certificate issued to H J Ainsworth. PMHPS Collection.
More jewels for Emerald Hill arts hub
The Port Melbourne World War 1 Centenary project has uncovered many facts about men from the borough who enlisted. Historical records show that by 1917, 1000 certificates of service had been issued; in order to keep up with demand, a further 500 were ordered. Indeed, young Port Melbourne men were enlisting at a rate of 28 a month. More startling stories www.portmelbfirstworldwar 100.org.au
These two companies join the growing Emerald Hill arts community, which
includes the Australian National Music Academy (ANAM), Multicultural Arts Victoria, Arts Access Victoria, Auspicious Arts Incubator, Australian Tapestry Workshop, JMC Academy, and the Emerald Hill Library and Heritage Centre.
Elwood Primary School turns 100
The Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) is the place to experience live music performed by the finest young Australian and New Zealand musicians.
Elwood Primary is on the lookout for school memorabilia, such as photos, uniforms, reports and anecdotes to display as part of their 28 October Logo designed by Grade 3 student Zali. celebration. Bring in your memorabilia and tell us your stories. Items can be delivered to the office during school times.
Become a mate www.anam.com.au 9645 7911
Centenary updates www.elwoodprimary.vic.edu.au facebook.com/elwoodprimary100
Port Phillip residents are eligible for a free ANAMates membership. This includes free entry to all recitals, soundbites, public lectures and masterclasses, as well as discounts on tickets for all other events.
Deborah Cheetham’s (pictured) Short Black Opera Company has moved into the South Melbourne Town Hall. Just around the corner, at the Temperance Hall in Napier Street, the Phillip Adams’ BalletLab has taken up residence.
Harry Wengier on his first day of school in 1964.
Ruby Wyant, Charlie Mlikota and Corey Arms, the Young ICT Explorer winners.
Disconnected becomes a winner IT savvy students from Albert Park Primary School won a national competition for Young ICT Explorers for a clever parental control of home Wi-Fi. The students created a hardware device they called Disconnected, which enables parents to control home Wi-Fi access from a smartphone. Ironically, the students had the idea after getting
Neighbourhood job skills course Need a little help to get back to work? Enrol in the Applied Reception and Customer Service course at Port Melbourne and Elwood Neighbourhood Centres. This is a supportive and useful six month course that includes one work experience session per week. Develop confidence and employability in a practical and holistic way. Free for concession card holders. Get job ready 9645 1476
distracted from school work by watching too much YouTube. So they built a Raspberry Pi 3 and coded it to be a Wi-Fi Gateway. Easy, eh? Not surprisingly, parent feedback has been great, but fellow students asked the inventors not to tell their parents about it. More about Young Explorers www.youngictexplorers.net.au
Moving on, moving up
Learn practical skills in job seeking and job readiness delivered with self-development and creative thinking at the Elwood St Kilda Neighbourhood Learning Centre. This six month holistic course enables you to learn what your unique skills are and to discard the things that are holding you back. Sessions are held on Thursdays 10 am - 12.30 pm, and the fees are $90 / $60 for the term. Get moving 9531 1954 www.esnlc.com.au
ASSIST hours are changing The ASSIST contact centre is now open from 8.30 am - 5 pm, Monday - Friday. For any urgent matters outside these hours, calls will be diverted through to our after hours service.
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Published on Feb 14, 2017
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