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council plan 2017-27

New ceo

Checking out the fabulous fresh produce at the South Melbourne Market was just one stop on the Mayor’s welcome to Port Phillip tour for new CEO Peter Smith. Formerly CEO at Adelaide City Council, Mr Smith started with Council on 29 May (see page six for more details of his appointment).

Exciting new era Port Phillip Council is moving into a new era of innovation and improvement. Mayor Cr Bernadene Voss

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Arty alternative to buying bottled water

Making it easier to refill with style, artist Georgie Faircloth with the new crowd funded O-Fountain in Alma Park (see page 13). Photo: Chris Cassar


We have a new Council Plan 2017-27, which for the first time is integrated with our annual Budget, 10-year Financial Plan and Health and Well Being Plan. Linking these important documents means you can easily see everything we want to achieve for our community over the next decade. And there’s plenty of innovation ahead with a focus on improving service delivery, especially around reducing waste and boosting recycling, while better managing water and parking. Our new Chief Executive Officer, Peter Smith, will help us deliver the Plan. Peter brings vast experience from all levels of government, most recently as CEO of Adelaide City, to our Port Phillip family.

This Divercity includes a six page summary of the Council Plan’s key themes and the outcomes you can expect to see in the next year. Of course it will look familiar to many of you because it’s the product of extensive community consultation. This issue also showcases inspiring community initiatives to reduce waste which are a wonderful addition to Council’s sustainability actions. Read about Boomerang Bags volunteers’ sewing bees to replace plastic bags, Beach Patrol’s paper alternative to plastic straws, crafty efforts to transform waste into things we crave and the beautiful O-Fountain in Alma Park. It all goes to show, we are stronger when we work together.

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Display your treasured box Music beyond belief Be part of the Seniors Festival exhibition of boxes in October.

A one day festival of Jewish music at Temple Beth Israel.

Story suggestions are welcome: Cr18Jane Touzeau Next deadline August for Point Ormond October / November



Storytime in the streets

Here, proud and Greek

St Kilda Library brings storytime to Acland Plaza for two sessions in Spring.

Port Melbourne celebrates all things Greek in August.

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Reconciliation action


Employment of more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) peoples is part of Council’s recently endorsed Reconciliation Action Plan.

Council will launch an ATSI employment policy later this year focusing on recruitment, retention and professional development.

In the Statewide local council workforce of roughly 40,000 employees, only 76 Aboriginal people are currently employed. At Port Phillip, among a total workforce of just over 1,000, there are currently seven employees of ATSI descent.

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Council employees Todd Condie, who traces his heritage from the Wadjanbarra Yidinji people of far north Queensland, and Fred Gesha, who traces his heritage to the Murray Islands in the Torres Strait, bring cultural understanding and skill to their jobs.


Photo: Chris Cassar

Cooking with Gasworks Gasworks Arts Park has fully reopened after a Council funded $2.44 million upgrade. Audiences will first notice the new entrance on Graham Street, and then a larger foyer, new toilets and sound locks on both theatres that will reduce outside noise. Performers will enjoy new backstage areas, complete with new dressing rooms, bathrooms, showers and a laundry. Loading access for sets and props will be safer and easier to use now that better ramps and floor levels have been installed. Book for a show and see firsthand

Council live online Forget about Netflix and Stan on Wednesday evenings. You can now watch Council meetings from 6.30 pm via live streaming on the internet. It may not be House of Cards or even Game of Thrones, but it is local democracy in action and a way of making the decisionmaking process more transparent. You can access the archived recordings from 48 hours after each Council meeting. See decisions being made First and third Wednesdays from 6.30 pm

Cr Tim Baxter, who moved the Council motion calling for the plastic bag ban, gets a sewing lesson from Boomerang Bags Port Phillip organisers Kimberley Smith and Mandy Burns at the Elwood St Kilda Neighbourhood Learning Centre.

Stitch in time stops plastic

Council has called on the Victorian Government to ban single-use plastic shopping bags, and now locals have taken up the challenge to replace plastic bags by sewing hundreds of colourful Boomerang Bags. Mandy Burns and Kimberley Smith are coordinating volunteers to sew the bags at the Elwood and Port Melbourne neighbourhood houses. They hope to help support South Melbourne Market’s efforts to be plastic bag free in the near future.

‘Every Boomerang Bag makes a difference, but let’s not forget that we have a lot of fun getting together to make them,’ Mandy told Divercity. You can help Boomerang Bags by donating fabric or volunteering at a forthcoming sewing bee. Join the next sewing bee Elwood: Saturdays 22 July, 26 August and 23 September, 1 pm - 4 pm Port Melbourne: Saturdays 5 August, 2 September and 7 October, 1 pm - 4 pm

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Funds for local festivals

Applications are open for Local Festivals Fund grants. These grants support neighbourhood events that celebrate community identity, culture, arts and participation. Applications for events between October and December close on Friday 11 August at 4 pm. Local Festivals Fund information Arts Administrator 9209 6217  local-festivals-fund.htm

Need to print? Whether you are at home, on the move or in one of our libraries, you can now send your files and print your documents from your device and pick them up from any Port Phillip library branch. Choose A4 and A3, colour and mono outputs, and pay when you collect. Printing options explained www.library.portphillip.

One for the box We’ve had pinnies on display and we’ve had a teapot collection. Now it’s the turn of the box. There will be an exhibition of boxes during Seniors Festival from October. Inside/outside: an exhibition of boxes invites you to apply to submit a box or two for inclusion in the display. It might be a hat box, it might be rare or unique, old or new, handmade or machine stitched. Get an application form www.heritage.portphillip. 9209 6416 Heritage Centre,195 Bank Street South Melbourne Applications close 8 September. 6

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The Older Persons Consultative Committee wants to hear your ideas. Back row l-r: Brigid McCoppin, Margo Anderson, Betty Knight, Deputy Chair Dr Jane Sims, Cr Dick Gross, Chair Dr Coralie Ling, Dr Georgina Tsolidis, Alex Njoo, Freda Erlich. Front row l-r: Liz Robson, Lesley Greagg, Anna Cecic, Ian Davidson, Sue McGowan, Jose Simsa.

Older, wiser and waiting to hear from you

Did you know that the Linking Neighbours Seniors Register was originally suggested to Council by the Older Persons Consultative Committee? Since 2000, the committee has been a positive voice for older people, giving advice to Council on issues affecting older residents. The committee also advises on the Seniors Festival and Seniors Forums, as well as advocating on

topics such as safer streets and better seating in public places. If you’ve got an idea that can improve the experience of older people, the committee invites you to contact them. Share your ideas  ccess and Inclusion, City of Port A Phillip, Private Bag 3, St Kilda 3182 9209 6777

Council has a new CEO

Peter Smith, the new CEO, brings more than 20 years’ leadership experience at all tiers of government. Mr Smith’s recent roles include CEO at Adelaide City Council (200815) and Deputy CEO Department of Families and Communities, South Australia (2005-08), where he led the reform of the State’s housing and disability services, and created and led two new government agencies.

He also worked as National Manager Service Delivery for Centrelink and in several executive roles with the NSW Government that involved housing, disability, and family and community services.

Greeves St recycled

Fashion can help change lives, say volunteers Sally and Anika.

Changing your wardrobe can help someone else change their life. That’s the dream of the Greeves St Project op shop, recently opened on Belford Street in St Kilda. Packed with unique, quality, designer (and some vintage) clothing for women and men, the op shop promises to be a popular destination for local bargain hunters.

It’s also an opportunity to get involved by volunteering or donating good quality designer clothing, homewares and books. Just drop in during shop hours. The Greeves St Project op shop supports the work of St Kilda Gatehouse, which in turn supports marginalised women who, as a result of abuse, addiction, poverty and other hardships, are involved in street-based sex work.

Greeves St Project 12-16 Belford Street, St Kilda Tuesday - Friday 10 am - 5.30 pm Saturday 12 noon - 4 pm

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arts and entertainment

Gasworks’ resident artists Until Sunday 23 July Gasworks Arts Park 21 Graham Street, Albert Park

Listen Out Melbourne

Saturday 23 September, 1 pm - 10 pm, Catani Gardens, St Kilda

Artists working in ceramics, sculpture and other visual arts will display their latest works and life stories. Free


Tuesday 18 July - Sunday 13 August Thursday 3 August - post-show Q&A Princeton, New Jersey, 1955. Thomas Stoltz Harvey performs the autopsy on Albert Einstein - and then steals his brain. A play about what it means to be human and the role of memory.


Listen Out is a National dance music festival, with more than 20 artists, in a great location.

Emerald Hill’s finest

Until Wednesday 9 August The Gallery, St Kilda Town Hall

The Emerald Hill Art Group Annual Exhibition explores time - its implications, joys and relentless progression; it also explores change.

Thursday 20 - Saturday 29 July Theatre Works, 14 Acland Street, St Kilda A dark yet moving portrayal of one of horror’s most iconic creations.

The Crow Family

Saturday 29 July, 7.30 pm

Maude Davey (Summer Heights High, Offspring, Rush), her partner and children perform a work about property developers, a crow and a transformed life. Features songs by Boom Crash Opera’s Peter Farnan. 8


Thursday 10 - Saturday 12 August National Theatre 20 Carlisle Street, St Kilda The National Theatre Drama School’s graduating class brings Ovid’s tales to life. $28 / $18 9525 4611

Eglantyne: the Play

Thursday 24 - Friday 25 August Rippon Lea Estate 192 Hotham Street, Elsternwick

A solo performance of a play about Eglantyne Jebb, founder of Save the Children. $65 - all proceeds to Save the Children Tickets from

Bakersfield Mist

Monday 31 August 2017, 7.30pm Gasworks Arts Park 21 Graham Street, Albert Park Art expert Lionel Percy (John Wood) arrives at a Bakersfield, California, trailer home to authenticate a painting owned by Maude (Julie Nihill). He has no idea what he’s about to discover. $35 / $45


Shir Madness

Melbourne Jewish Music Festival Sunday 3 September, 12 noon - 10 pm Temple Beth Israel, 76 Alma Road, St Kilda A festival of Jewish music. Catch the Klezmatics, US clarinet virtuoso David Krakauer, Renée Geyer, Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier, Tinpan Orange, the Grigoryan Brothers and more. $66 / $33; kids under 12 free with adult entry; VIP $120

Monarch Lane to glow in the dark Friday 15 - Sunday 17 September Dusk till dawn Monarch Lane, St Kilda (off Acland Street beside Monarch Cakes) Drawing with light, Glow is an artwork that invites people to take notice of everyday spaces.

Swell live music

Saturday 26 August, 3 pm Acland Street Plaza, St Kilda

Come and listen to imaginative stories, wild ideas and futuristic vibes around the art of live music. Held inside a village of bell tents.

The Exotic Lives of Lola Montez Thursday 28 - Saturday 30 September Gasworks Arts Park The story of Lola Montez, the wildest showgirl of the nineteenth century, who toured Australia and scandalised a nation. $35 / $45

T’ai chi for all abilities

Wednesday 19 July, 6.30 pm - 8 pm Friday 21 July, 9.30 am - 11 am Middle Park Community Centre 254-56 Richardson Street, Middle Park Taoist t’ai chi is a self-regulated form of exercise that can accommodate all levels of ability. Discounts for seniors, students and concession card holders. 9384 6120

Community ice bath

Saturdays 29 July, 16 September, 12 noon St Kilda Life Saving Club, 34 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda Discover the health benefits of ice therapy at an info session and try out the community ice bath. $35

Local footy Pride Shield

Saturday 12 August, 2.15 pm Peanut Farm, Chaucer Street, St Kilda

See rainbows painted on the oval for the marquee game between St Kilda City and St Pauls. Also pre-match activities and tasty burgers.

Eat your vegies

Saturday 16 September 10.30 am - 12 noon St Kilda Life Saving Club 34 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda Discover exciting new ways to get more plant foods into your diet. 0424 517 645 $35 (includes snacks)

Connor’s Run

Sunday 17 September 8 am and 10 am starts Catani Gardens, St Kilda A fun run and walk to raise funds for cancer research in memory of Connor Dawes, who died aged 18 from brain cancer.

The 10 Marathon Commandments Wednesday 27 September, 8 pm St Kilda Life Saving Club Running coach Rohan Armstrong shares his 10 rules for running a successful marathon. Free

Play-o-rama in the Plaza

Wednesday 27 September Sunday 1 October, 10 am - 4 pm Acland Street Plaza Discover a playful arena of pop-up games and free activities during the school holidays. portphillip. aclandstreet.htm

Zen ninja kids

Tuesdays during school terms, 4 pm - 5 pm St Kilda Life Saving Club 34 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda Karate meets meditation for four-six year olds $195 per term or $22 per casual session


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Reclink Grand Final footy

Wednesday 30 - Thursday 31 August 10 am - 4 pm Peanut Farm Reserve, Spenser Street St Kilda

MAP 57 – St Kilda’s Winter Garden

Six games of community football played across two days, with plenty of celebrity guests and activities. Free

The Greatest Show on Wheels Acland Street, St Kilda Sunday 3 September, 11 am - 5 pm See over 400 classic cars, hot rods and street machines at a family fun day on Acland Street. Kids’ activities and live music, plus a Luna Park ticket offer for dads.

Djuki Mala

The Bells

Until Friday 28 July St Kilda Triangle

Saturday 16 - Sunday 17 September Acland Street Plaza, St Kilda Performers will construct an eight metre high bell tower, then leap through the air suspended on ropes. acland-street.htm

Blessing of Animals

Sunday 1 October, 2 pm St James the Great, 435 Inkerman Street St Kilda East Blessing all creatures great and small. Free Michael 0402 095 360

Spring into Storytime

Thursdays 28 September and 5 October 10.30 am Acland Street Plaza, St Kilda St Kilda Library is bringing storytime to the streets. Join in for stories, songs and rhymes. acland-street.htm 10

The St Kilda Triangle (near the Palais) has come alive with an antique Spiegeltent full of stunning shows. Plus small bars, food stalls, carnival rides, quirky sideshows, sparkling lights and an iceskating rink. Full events listing at

Discounts for Divercity readers Blanc de Blanc $5 discount

Tuesday - Thursday shows from 17 - 30 July

Direct from Arnhem Land, Indigenous dance and YouTube sensation Djuki Mala fuse traditional Yolngu and contemporary pop culture, dance and storytelling. $45 / $35; family $130

Ice skating at the Winter Garden St Kilda Triangle Until Sunday 30 July Tuesday - Friday 4 pm - 9 pm weekends 9 am - 9 pm

Djuki Mala $5 discount

Tuesday - Thursday shows from 18 - 28 July Enter the promo code: COPPNEWS

Blanc de Blanc Until Sunday 30 July Aurora Spiegeltent, St Kilda Triangle A circus cabaret show at which you can expect big moves, great tunes, lots of skin and more than a few surprises. 18+ From $55

St Kilda’s very own ice skating rink. Sessions are 45 minutes. Skate hire included in the ticket price. Family $65, single $24 / $20, child $16


History of the inner burbs

Monday 24 July, 7.30 pm Port Melbourne Town Hall

Margaret Bride will lecture on Melbourne’s inner suburbs. 0414 655 083

Middle Park history

Monday 7 August, 7.30 pm Albert Park Baptist Church cnr Kerferd Road and Richardson Street Middle Park Rowing Club member Grace Blake will talk about Middle Park rowers who enlisted in WW1. All welcome. Light supper served. 9699 2852

Lemnos Memorial

Saturday 12 August, 11 am Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial Lemnos Square,* Albert Park

A commemorative service to remember the diggers and nurses of Port Phillip who served on Lemnos during the Gallipoli campaign. * In May this year Lemnos Square was gazetted as the new name for this memorial site.

Friends of St Kilda Cemetery tours Wonderful Women tour Sunday 27 August, 2 pm Residents of the Magnificent Mansions Sunday 24 September, 2 pm St Kilda Cemetery, main gate, Dandenong Road. $10 0422 379 053

Greek history on show in Port


September A month-long festival packed with fun for the kids, learning for adults and ideas to inspire your family to shop and live more sustainably. Kids’ activities

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The Tsingos family (above) has been making and selling men’s clothes in Bay Street since Despina and Nick arrived from Greece 40 years ago. Now they help their son George keep up the Elegant Slax tradition - and a few Greek traditions too.

Wednesday 23 August Monday 11 September Port Melbourne Town Hall Browse through a trove of stories, photos and memorabilia from the Greek families of Port Melbourne. Brought to you by the Port Melbourne Historical & Preservation Society. 11

The last plastic straw

Photo: Chris Cassar


Local cafes and restaurants are replacing plastic straws with environmentally friendly paper alternatives. The push came after well-known beach cleaning locals Beach Patrol got sick of finding so many plastic drink straws on beaches. To get things started, they organised a trial straw replacement program in nine cafes in Port Melbourne, St Kilda and Albert Park. Beach Patroller Ross Headifen said the cafes were keen to be involved in the trial.

Layla Prapes, manager at Hurricane Handsome Cafe in Bay Street, said it was a fantastic idea, one that the customers really liked. ‘It’s good for the environment,’ she said. Beach Patrol hopes to take the Last Plastic Straw program to cafes across Port Phillip. Get involved 

Paper beats plastic. Layla Prapes from Hurricane Handsome Cafe and Ross Headifen from Beach Patrol say: Happy bay, happy life.

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War on waste at your place

Photo: Chris Cassar

Plastic is everywhere, so it can seem a daunting task to reduce your use of it. But if you want to make a difference, start with these simple steps.  S ay no to straws. If you really can’t enjoy or manage your drink without a straw, buy a reusable one or encourage your local café to stock paper straws.  Use a reusable cup for takeaway coffee. Any kind of cup will do.  G  et into the routine of bringing your own reusable plastic bag with you to the shops. Don’t accept plastic bags in shops if you don’t need to.  Invest in a refillable water bottle. Once you are in the habit of carrying a bottle with you, you’ll never buy bottled water again.

A touch of magic for your garden

O water, where art thou? Local artist Georgie Faircloth learnt about the O-Fountain on the Almaville Facebook page. She applied and got the gig to do the crowd funded art on the fountain.

A new water fountain in Alma Park is making it easier to refill your drink bottle and reduce plastic bottle waste. The O Initiative transforms public water fountains into art. Fill your bottle at your next visit to Alma Park or at the Saturday

Swap balloons for bubbles Market Magic is an organic compost produced by earthworms fed on South Melbourne Market fruit and vegie scraps. Buy a bucket of Market Magic for $15 from the market office, or from the nursery and florist traders. Fifty cents from every purchase goes to charity.

Seabirds can die if they swallow balloons, and the strings and ribbons attached to them. Following the lead of Zoos Victoria, Council has pledged to ban balloons from all future functions and festivals it organises. Council urges you to do likewise. Fun alternatives include bubbles, flags, bunting, candles and tree plantings.

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Hank Marvin Market and check out Georgie Faircloth’s beautiful painting on East St Kilda’s very own O-Fountain. Read the O-Fountain story 

Double the warmth this winter

Here’s a simple idea to help you to stay warm over winter while providing a warm welcome to people from refugee backgrounds. Consider buying a fabulous multi coloured door snake from Space2b, a local social enterprise, supporting people from refugee and multicultural backgrounds. Drop by their shopfront opposite St Kilda Primary School and check out a lot of other crafty ideas. Draught dodgers for sale  144 Chapel Street, St Kilda 13

Rapt in recycling Louise Perkins from Rapt in Hide reclaims leather from discarded couches. She uses the leather to make bags, book covers and children’s shoes. ‘Knowing that I’m doing something to save stuff going to landfill, to give something a second life, it’s my life really. I like to recycle as much as possible,’ Louise says.

Pick up a handmade gift St Kilda Esplanade Market Sundays 10 am - 4 pm

Louise has been part of the Esplanade market for 17 years. Many other stallholders at the Esplanade market also use reclaimed materials to make beautiful and sustainable products. Next time you’re at the market, look for jewellery, puppets, hats, furniture and more made from reclaimed materials.

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Louise Perkins sells leather in all weather by the seaside.

Be part of the Espy market The St Kilda Esplanade Market has vacancies for people who make handmade art and craft products in homewares, clothing, artisan pre-packaged food and plant growers. Casual and long term spaces are available. Apply online www.stkildaesplanademarket.

Show your art The Albert Park College Art Show is happening again in October and the deadline for entries is Monday 11 September. Go online to submit up to three works.  au/artshow

A little kindness in store Christ Church Community Centre’s Little Pantry on Acland is making it easier to give and receive a little kindness. Located on the fence outside the vicarage, the Little Pantry has an ever-changing range of simple items toothbrushes, canned food, toiletries and tissues - available at any time to those in need. Centre manager Michele Sholl said their emergency relief program already provided food and toiletries to about 80 people each month (Monday to Thursday, 10.30 am - 1.30 pm). ‘Now those in need can get small items at almost any time. But most encouraging, local people are also contributing to the pantry. ‘Adding to the pantry is a way to show you live in a caring community, and a simple act of kindness is something that anyone can do,’ she said.

Take if you need, give if you can. Passers-by can contribute to the pantry on the vicarage fence outside the historic sandstone church on Acland Street.

Little Pantry on Acland 14 Acland Street (corner Eildon Road), St Kilda 

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Crafty waste warriors Meet locals who are reducing waste in very crafty ways. Georgie Faircloth and how her art on a crowd funded drinking...

Divercity 89 July September 17  

Crafty waste warriors Meet locals who are reducing waste in very crafty ways. Georgie Faircloth and how her art on a crowd funded drinking...