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Higher education Local design at NGV laneway colour

The Patel family joined the Australian family at a ceremony at the St Kilda Town Hall on Australia Day. They are pictured on the day with Mayor Cr Bernadene Voss.

Many ways to say welcome

Mayor Cr Bernadene Voss

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New school soars South Melbourne Primary School Principal Noel Creece with some of the newest students at the newest school. The soaring five level centre includes the primary school plus a range of community facilities, including a kindergarten, managed by Council. 2

The new South Melbourne Primary School, the first vertical primary school in Victoria, sets a welcoming tone for the emerging Montague neighbourhood. Not only does the bold design impress, but the inclusion of fantastic community facilities also sets a high standard for new developments. Watch for news about a community open day coming soon. Across the municipality there is a lot happening to encourage welcome and appropriate growth. The new residential zones will go a long way towards protecting the character of our residential neighbourhoods by directing growth to the most suitable areas. Encouraging quality design and development is crucial. In March our much anticipated Design and Development Awards will be presented

during NGV Melbourne Design Week. The entries show that quality design is alive and well, especially in residential architecture.

Another design highlight is the win by local architects of the Pride Centre design competition. While the design still needs go through a planning process, the new centre will give Fitzroy Street an inviting new vibe. Welcoming new neighbours and supporting new integrated community infrastructure like schools is all part of being a vibrant, welcoming city that values its character while being open to the benefits that growth delivers.

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Please contact ASSIST on 03 9209 6777 if you require a large print version. Audio recordings of Divercity are available on the City of Port Phillip website and on CD at Port Phillip libraries.

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Walking football for seniors Awards celebrate design Weekly ‘friendlies’ for senior fun at Lakeside Stadium.

Port Phillip will be centre stage during NGV Melbourne Design Week.



Women call the shots

Suzie Flack is Fierce

Women photographers shine at the Melbourne Camera Club.

She has to be. She’s the first female player in the men’s league.

Editor: Greg Day - Story suggestions are welcome: Next deadline 16 March for May - June 2018 Divercity feedback: Information included in this magazine is accurate at the time of publishing, but may be subject to change.

The City of Port Phillip respectfully acknowledges the Yalukut Weelam 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. 3

Best foot forward for fun

South Melbourne Football Club has kicked off a weekly walking football program for seniors at their beautiful new Lakeside Indoor Stadium. Walking football is for people of all shapes, sizes and fitness levels. Played in a non-contact, relaxed, social style, this modified soccer is a fun way to stay active and enjoy the beautiful game.

South Melbourne Football Club walking football ambassador Jimmy Armstrong (centre) with Linking Neighbours participants Beth and John Wells. 4

Try the walking game Fridays (except school holidays) 10.30 am to 11.30 am No bookings required $5 per person per session Lakeside Stadium, Aughtie Drive, Albert Park Sam 0406 907 073 Photo: Chris Cassar

High rise kinder

Where better than Barring Djinang Kindergarten’s inner city rooftop to enjoy early learning?

The award winning* high rise South Melbourne Primary School is a first for Victoria. But did you know that it includes a rooftop kindergarten, two sports courts and two community rooms for hire? The Ferrars Street Education and Community Facility integrates the new school with a range of Council managed community facilities (including the Barring Djinang Kindergarten).

Local win for Pride Centre design

The sports facilities include an indoor competition standard netball court and an outdoor court. There are also two community rooms available for booking during school hours on weekdays, some evenings and all day on weekends. Two consulting rooms on the ground floor will host maternal child health and community services for the community.

The new facility, supported by a $4.35 million contribution from ratepayers, helps establish the emerging Montague neighbourhood as a family friendly community. Find out more * The school building was awarded Future Project of Year at the Berlin 2016 World Architecture Festival Awards.

Architects’ impression of Pride Centre design.

Local architects have won the Victorian Pride Centre Board’s competition to design Australia’s first Pride Centre on Fitzroy Street. The winning proposal by Grant Amon Architects, and Brearley Architects & Urbanists, was described by Jury Chair Dimity Reed as a memorable and exuberant building. The design will now move towards a planning assessment process.  See more about the winning design


Sustainable features like cool roofs can provide good looking insulation, saving money on heating and cooling while creating attractive outdoor spaces.

Feedback for the future Council wants your feedback on its plans to meet the goals of Council Plan 2017-27. Topics include transport and parking, fostering business and creative industries, and environmental sustainability. Have your say

Grand Prix permits The 2018 Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix will be held from Thursday 22 March to Sunday 25 March.

Savings program for sustainable apartments Council has a new program for apartment owners to help improve their efficiency and sustainability in ways that will reduce their operating costs. Called Smart Solutions for Apartments, the program is offering free sustainability assessments for 10 Port Phillip apartment buildings who sign up for the program.

The assessment identifies potential sustainability improvements and illustrates the cost savings that can be achieved. Find out more and apply ASSIST 9209 6777

Changes to St Kilda Road for new Anzac Station Works to prepare for major construction of the Metro Tunnel and new Anzac Station are underway in the Domain Precinct. The works mean that St Kilda Road will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Dorcas Street and Toorak Road West. This will result in significant changes to


pedestrian, bicycle, public transport and vehicle movements in the area. It’s anticipated that by 2031 almost 40,000 people will be using the new station daily. For detailed information 

About two weeks before the race, Council will deliver temporary parking permits to all properties in areas where there are Grand Prix parking restrictions. Local access zone permits are distributed separately by the Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC). Parking zones and permits  grand-prix.htm Local access permits AGPC 9258 7134 Temporary parking permits ASSIST 9209 6777

Community looks at children’s services Council will be seeking community advice on the future direction of children’s services. The community will be invited to consider the findings of a recent review, including benchmarking with other councils, changes to legislation, best practice models and population projections relating to child services. More about the review

Have your say on our future streets in the Draft Integrated Transport Strategy from 26 March to 23 April 2018.

Design to shine

Excellence in local design will be part of NGV Melbourne Design Week, as will an event to announce the winners of the Port Phillip Design and Development Awards. This is a major step forward for the awards and an important recognition of the contribution that architecture makes to our City.

Judging Panel Chair, University of Melbourne Architecture Professor Donald Bates, said “the power and impact of an awards program is the degree to which it makes the community suddenly aware that architecture is producing positive transformations to their environment. The Port Phillip Design and Development Awards once again reveal the diversity, the ambitions and the successes of architecture within Port Phillip.� Award ceremony at NGV International Tuesday 20 March 


what’s happening in your city Your guide to what’s on, in and around your city. Port Melbourne

South Melbourne


History of local shops

Until July, Emerald Hill Library & Heritage Centre, 195 Bank Street South Melbourne A photographic exhibition of South Melbourne’s shopping strips.

Albert Park

Middle Park


St Kilda



arts and entertainment

Women call the shots

Opening night Thursday 1 March, 8 pm Saturdays and Sundays 3 to 18 March, Monday 12 March, 11 am to 5 pm 254-256 Ferrars Street, South Melbourne Photo: Mieke Boynton

Free 9209 6795

Archive adventures

Tuesday 13 March, 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm Emerald Hill Library & Heritage Centre 195 Bank St, South Melbourne A masterclass in navigating newspaper archives using Trove. Free 9209 6795

Tours of the dead centre

Sunday 25 March, Sunday 29 April, 2 pm St Kilda Cemetery, Dandenong Road St Kilda East A Friends of St Kilda Cemetery tour of St Kilda mayors (March) and the ANZACs (April). $10 9531 3648

St Kilda’s early story

Tuesday 17 April, 6.30 pm to 8 pm Town Hall Theatrette 208-220 Bank Street, South Melbourne Architect and historian Peter Johnson talks about the fascinating early development of St Kilda. Bookings required. 9209 6795

St Kilda’s historic mansions Finishes Monday 30 April Emerald Hill Library & Heritage Centre 195 Bank Street, South Melbourne St Kilda Historical Society presents a photographic exhibition of historic mansions. Free 9209 6795 8

The Melbourne Camera Club is celebrating International Women’s Day with an exhibition of women photographers.

Festival of bands and choirs Friday 16 March, 5 pm to 9 pm Corner Liardet and Bay streets Bay Street hosts performers from schools across Port Phillip and much more. Free 3207port.

New art space on Carlisle

Carlisle Street Arts Space 99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda Open 8.30 am to 5 pm

Shakespeare Grove Artist Studios Selected Works Wednesday 21 March to Wednesday 18 April

Artists celebrate 20 years at Shakespeare Grove with a diverse exhibition.

Transparent and Colour and Threads

Monday 23 April to Monday 14 May See Elizabeth Milsom’s unique method of printmaking and Ellana Bobenko’s abstract art. Free

Football, neighbours and more Theatre Works, 14 Acland Street, St Kilda

Unknown Neighbours

Tuesday 13 March to Sunday 18 March 6.30 pm Experience St Kilda through new eyes as five performers from Melbourne and Seoul connect to the homes, streets and ambience of the neighbourhood.

All Saints’ Concert Series All Saints’ Church 2 Chapel Street, East St Kilda

Gasworks 21 Graham Street Albert Park

Ensemble Gombert, Music for Holy Week

Mr Snot Bottom’s Stinky Silly Songs

Sunday 25 March, 4 pm

A Melbourne-based vocal ensemble that has achieved critical acclaim. $25 / $15 / students free

Elizabeth-Anne Nixon Sunday 8 April, 4 pm

Elizabeth-Anne Nixon returns to All Saints’ Church on the organ. $15 / $10 / students free

Fiddler’s Feast

Sunday 22 April, 4 pm Old and new adventures in improvisation. $25 / $15 / students free

Back with sax and orchestra Fierce

Wednesday 28 March to Sunday 8 April 8 pm Suzie Flack has made it. She’s the first female footballer to play professionally with the men. $45 / $37

Last days of Winehouse exhibit Exhibition closes Sunday 25 March Jewish Museum, 26 Alma Road St Kilda This popular exhibition illuminates the family life of musician Amy Winehouse, her Jewish roots, adolescence and early career.

Hip-hop, snot and little feet

Sunday 15 April, 2.30 pm South Melbourne Town Hall South Melbourne Symphony Orchestra presents conductor Lynette Bridgland along with solo saxophonist Stuart Byrne. $20 / $15 / children under 12 free

Beehive Fashion Market

Sunday 11 March, 10 am to 5 pm  The Jewish Museum has collaborated with the Melbourne Fashion Festival to bring you over 20 fashion stalls featuring local makers and creators. $12 / $6; children under six free

Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 April 10 am and 12 pm

Expect tasteless tunes, repulsive rhythms and snotloads of ghastly gags. $23

Little Feet Music Concert Tuesday 10 April, 11 am

Funny and wild performance for children featuring Bingle the crazy dancing bear. $23

BMX Trick Bike Show Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 April 10 am and 12 pm Follow Scott doing BMX tricks on stage when he joins the circus and tours the world. $23

Elements Collective Nightly from Wednesday 18 April Saturday 21 April, 7.30 pm Elements Collective presents a hip-hop dance theatre piece that explores ways the mind can create altered perceptions of reality. $45 / $40 8606 4200


what’s happening in your city Your guide to what’s on, in and around your city. Port Melbourne

South Melbourne

Albert Park

Middle Park


St Kilda




Port Melbourne Community Carnival Saturday 3 March, 12 to 4 pm Corner Nott and Liardet streets Make Your Mark is the theme of this year’s festival of all things Port.

Melbourne Street Eatz

Thursday 8 March to Monday 12 March South Beach Reserve, St Kilda Thursday 29 March to Monday 2 April Gasworks, 21 Graham Street, Albert Park Thursday and Friday, 5 pm to 9 pm Saturday - Monday, 12 pm to 9 pm Top food vendors, locally brewed beverages and entertainment for all ages. Gold coin entry melbournestreeteatz/events/

Donut Fest

Saturday 10 March, 11 am to 7 pm Gasworks, 21 Graham Street, Albert Park

The Longest Lunch

Indulge in Australia’s only donut and beer festival. Support local business and fundraise for Foodbank Victoria. Dog friendly. Gold coin donation for Foodbank Victoria

Trivia for Timor

Friday 6 April, 7 pm Middle Park Bowling Club Canterbury Road

An evening of fun, entertainment and prizes. Funds raised will support scholarships in Suai, East Timor. $35

Space2b Laneway Festival

Sunday 25 March, 10 am to 3 pm, Rear 144 Chapel Street, St Kilda

Friday 23 March, 12 pm to 2 pm Luna Park’s mouth An exquisite lunch will be prepared for Melbourne’s homeless community. Your $60 donation will provide a homeless person a three-course lunch.

Linking Neighbours seniors coffee catch-up Friday mornings 10.30 am to 12 noon Lionshare Cafe, 203 Napier Street South Melbourne This cafe morning is the lastest edition to the seniors cafe schedule - check the website for other times and places. Connect with artists, buy some beautiful products, eat exotic food and listen to world music. 10


English as a second language class Monday 16 April to Wednesday 27 June Emerald Hill Library & Heritage Centre 195 Bank Street, South Melbourne

Beginner level classes Mondays 12 pm to 3 pm

Intermediate level classes Wednesdays 12 pm to 3 pm

Frisbee - ultimate style

Wednesdays until 18 April, 7 pm, Albert Park Sienna and Cooper were Frisbee award winners at a recent competition.

Learn or improve your English. Additional classes at Elwood and St Kilda Learning Centre. $50 full / $35 concession per term 9531 1954

Planning for future care

Monday 30 April, 10 am to 12 pm Council Chambers, St Kilda Town Hall

Older Persons Consultative Committee Annual Forum presented by Advance Care Planning Australia. Plan your future care and have your preferences known and respected. Free morning tea and information kit. 9209 6777

Beginners and the whole family are welcome to train and participate in this fast and free flowing sport. $5 per session


mussel&jazz FESTIVAL 2018

a seafood street party

sat 10 & sun 11 march


Ride to School Day

Friday 23 March

Get confident and help the environment at the same time. rides-and-events/ride2school/

Your chance for Big Dance

Monday 9 April, 2 pm to 3.30 pm Saturday 21 April, 10 am to 11.30 am Temperance Hall, South Melbourne Local rehearsals for the first Big Dance Australia in Melbourne will be held in Federation Square on Sunday 29 April.

Kids TRY-athlon

Sunday 11 March, 8 am to 1 pm Catani Gardens, St Kilda A day of fun and prizes for kids aged 7 to15. Beaconsfield Parade and Pier Road will be closed. $45.95 to register, free to spectate

March With Me

Sunday 25 March

Choose your team and march for youth mental health. news-events/march-with-me-charity-walk/

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Photo: Chris Cassar

The all vegetarian Sunday feast starts at around 4.30 pm with chanting and mediation before and after. All welcome.

Food for faith


The Sunday Feast at the Hare Krishna Temple in Albert Park is a celebration of faith, food and community. For over 40 years, Vaisnava Hindu devotees and others have gathered at the former Christian Brothers school to share a rich spiritual bond.

But of course, everyone is welcome to share food sanctified with us.�

Communications officer Bhakta Dasa says “Many from the local Hindu community welcome the chance to share sanctified food as well as yoga, meditation and spiritual practice.

Share Hare Krishna hospitality 197 Danks Street, Albert Park www.harekrishnamelbourne.

The temple serves free vegetarian food three times daily for people in need of sustenance and connection, an opportunity relished by many international students.

commu n i t y

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is coming to Port Phillip in April

Sarah Holloway from Matcha Mylkbar is excited to be part of #exploreportphillp

Council’s role is to assist people with a disability who use its services to work with the Brotherhood of St Laurence, the Local Area Coordinator, to transition to the NDIS and to continue to provide support and advice to those who are not eligible. Council has partnered with local organisations to present free information sessions about the NDIS and how to prepare for your planning meeting. Parents/carers of a child with a disability Facilitated by Association for Children with Disability (ACD). Friday 16 March, 9.30 am to 3 pm St Kilda Town Hall RSVP Young people aged 12-25 with a disability Facilitated by Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS). Tuesday 20 March 10 am to 12 noon St Kilda Town Hall RSVP by Friday 9 March Places are limited. Interpreters can be provided. Let us know if you need one when you RSVP. Get on board the NDIS 1300 BSL NDIS (1300 275 634)  or

Early explorer Matcha Mylkbar’s Sarah Holloway is a fan of Council’s #exploreportphillip social media campaign. She’s one of the first local entrepreneurs to get excited about this new Council marketing initiative.

“Exposure through the campaign has been great and it’s been even nicer to know it’s all supported by our local council,” she said. Get your business involved

Eyewatch links to local police on Facebook Local police are now using Facebook to share important and useful information with the community. The local Eyewatch page makes it easy for police to share updates about crime, road policing, local events, including local impacts to traffic, and community safety initiatives.

The Port Phillip Eyewatch page covers the Port Phillip area. Follow Eyewatch Eyewatch is not for reporting crime and is not a replacement for calling triple zero (000) in an emergency.

don’t dump it, book it!

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New residental zones protect character Recently approved residential zoning changes seek to manage growth while keeping character. Faced with concerns about Melbourne’s growing population, the State Government asked all councils to apply new residential zones to better manage this growth. Port Phillip’s local application of Amendment C123 was based on the Council’s Housing Strategy which included considerable community input.

Both the strategy and the amendment direct new housing to areas near shops, transport and other services, while protecting the character and heritage of established residential areas.

generally with a three storey limit. GRZ includes some ‘Review Areas’ (identified in Amendment C123) that will be revisited in 2018/19 as part of an updated housing strategy.

The new residential zoning was approved by the Minister for Planning and came into effect in December 2017.

Neighbourhood Residential For areas where more limited development is anticipated, including most heritage areas, generally with a two storey limit.

It includes three new residential zones: Residential Growth (RGZ) Allowing increased housing growth and higher density, generally with a four storey limit. General Residential (GRZ) For areas with good access to services and transport where housing diversity and moderate growth is encouraged,

Much of the anticipated population growth in Port Phillip is likely to be in mixed use or commercial zones outside established residential areas, mostly in South Melbourne, Port Melbourne, St Kilda and along St Kilda Road. Go online to check your zone

Nearly half of the municipality is included in zones that strongly protect character with only two per cent in the Residential Growth zone (RGZ). 14

For general enquiries contact: contact_us.htm ASSIST 03 9209 6777

Canal Ward Cr Tim Baxter Mobile 0466 495 250

Music for the Sol The diverse participants of Wild At Heart’s song writing program at the Sol Green Community Centre have produced a compilation album of their original songs called Sol Tram. The music speaks of life in all its shapes and sizes, including the shared experience of mental health challenges. Wild At Heart provides opportunities for people who experience disability, mental illness or other disadvantage to find their own voice through music and art. New participants are welcome at the weekly song writing program. No previous experience necessary as brilliant teachers will work with you to create your own songs. Get the music, get involved 

Child safety is everyone’s responsibility Council has adopted a Statement of Commitment to Child Safety that reinforces the responsibility of all Port Phillip Councillors, employees, volunteers and contractors to prevent and report child abuse and maintain a child safe culture. More about child safe standards

Cr Louise Crawford Mobile 0466 514 643

Cr Dick Gross Deputy Mayor

Food, fun, fundraising Sacred Heart Mission is once again asking Melbourne to Dine With Heart in May, with a great range of popular cafes and restaurants participating. This year you can even host your own event at home, at your workplace, or at your school. Host a morning tea at work, a taco lunch at school or a pot luck for the neighbours - it’s up to you. Dine online

Funding and subsidy opportunities Applications are now open for the annual community and arts grants and subsidies. Grants will be available for activities that promote social justice, inclusion, creativity, innovation, equity, health and wellbeing, recreation and arts, and cultural heritage within the municipality. More information for applicants  Cultural Development Fund applications close 29 March. Community Grant applications close midday 9 April. Mobile 0466 355 640

Gateway Ward Cr Marcus Pearl Mobile 0466 448 272

Cr Ogy Simic Mobile 0466 517 360

Cr Bernadene Voss Mayor Mobile 0413 246 704

Lake Ward Cr Andrew Bond Mobile 0481 034 028

Cr David Brand Mobile 0466 445 807

Cr Katherine Copsey Mobile 0466 478 949 15

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Ellana Bobenko Colour and Threads

Isabel O’Brien Re-thought

Port Phillip City Collection Sculptural

Exhibition program out now January to June 2018 Carlisle Street Arts Space presents a diverse exhibition program that encourages innovation in arts practice. The City of Port Phillip aims to enhance the cultural vitality of the community by providing a balanced exhibition program, incorporating local artists, community groups and works sourced from the Port Phillip City Collection.

CARLISLE STREET ARTS SPACE St Kilda Town Hall 99A Carlisle Street St Kilda VIC 3182 EXHIBITION HOURS Weekdays 8.30 am to 5 pm Late night Thursdays to 7 pm Closed public holidays

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Divercity March – April looks at how Port Phillip is growing while striving to retain a welcoming local character. The cover features the fa...