Divercity 93 May - June 2018

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City of Port Phillip magazine - Issue 93 may / june 2018

Seedlings of Sustainability more wildlife less waste

film fest

St Kilda Marina future


NDIS comes to Port Phillip Mayor Cr Bernadene Voss welcomed the Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) to its temporary home at the Liardet Street Community Centre in Port Melbourne. BSL is the local provider in the delivery of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), which commenced locally in April.

No time to waste, let’s take sustainability to the next level

Much of this Divercity celebrates the efforts of individuals and the community to bring sustainable ideas into their everyday routine. Mayor From composting food waste to Cr Bernadene Voss growing vegies, walking and cycling cover story

Acting on our Sustainability Pictured at Clarendon Children’s Centre, Tommy Tan delights young learners by making sustainable action fun. Planting seedlings, growing vegies and feeding the worm farm are everyday hands-on activities. 2

when they can, avoiding plastics and recycling, the community is taking sustainability more seriously than ever before.

Now Council is looking to team up with the Victorian Government, South East Water and other councils to transform the way we deal with waste, with a goal to go from 35 per cent waste diverted from landfill to 80 per cent.

To do this, we want an Inner Metro Sustainability Hub to be built and operational by 2026, combining leading edge water recycling, an advanced waste to energy treatment facility, recycling centre and transfer station, depot and community facilities. It’s a big vision that requires the support of multiple funding partners. The Hub is a great example of how we are proactively responding to the challenges of our rapidly growing City with smart solutions for a sustainable future.



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Poppies for remembrance

Parents help penguins

Help knit 60,000 poppies for the Australian War Memorial.

Washing dishes reduces litter and helps the bay.



Who gives a shuck?

Blues go green (and red)

Discarded shells get a second life down under.

Police tackle the blues at the Men’s Shed garden.

Audio recording of Divercity are available on the City of Port Phillip website and on CD at Port Phillip libraries.

Divercity 93 - May / June 2018 Editor Greg Day - gday@edunity.com.au Story suggestions are welcome Next deadline Friday 18 May Divercity feedback: engagement@portphillip.vic.gov.au 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

Short films, big dreams

Behind the scenes with the team from Guilty Content, led by director Clayton Jacobson, filming the 2018 St Kilda Film Festival trailer. After a gala opening night at the Palais, the Festival moves to the St Kilda Town Hall with film screenings, industry events and a Festival Lounge. View the trailer, check the program w ww.stkildafilmfestival.com.au 17 May to 26 May 4

Turf’s up at Peanut Farm

Many ways to shape the future

A resurfaced oval is the first step in a $3.35m upgrade to the sports facilities at the popular Peanut Farm Reserve in St Kilda.

The Council Plan 2017-27 sets out what we want to see for our community by 2027. Council is seeking your feedback on a number of key documents, including the Draft Budget 2018/19, Sustainable Environment, Creative and Prosperous City, and Integrated Transport strategies.

The irrigated oval now has a hybrid synthetic and real grass surface in high-wear areas including the football goal and cricket bowling run-up.

Have your say before 18 May

Maritime Cove Community Park has won the Mayor’s Award in the Port Phillip Design & Development Awards 2018. The park overlooking Sandridge Beach at Perc White Reserve has a fleet of maritime themed elements.

Works to upgrade the sports pavilion and multipurpose courts

Peanut Farm oval in St Kilda has reopened to an enthusiastic response from sports clubs including St Kilda City Football and Netball, St Kilda Sharks and St Kilda City Juniors. Go team!

are underway and expected to be finished by April next year. The pavilion will be fully renovated and the courts will be larger, with a competition grade surface and LED lighting. The project is support by the Victorian Government and will boost participation in sports, especially for women and girls.

Design for great places

For details and other winners www.portphillip.vic.gov.au


Balaclava tram stop upgrade

Shape the future of St Kilda Marina With the current long term lease for St Kilda Marina expiring in April 2019, Council invites your participation in a planning process to identify how the marina, including its social and cultural, economic, environmental and financial benefits, could be enhanced. The first step is for Council to get your feedback on a draft site vision and objectives that will guide future

planning for the marina. Later this year, community members will be able to participate in developing and reviewing options, to help Council determine the best site outcomes and a new lease arrangement. Get involved, stay in touch www.portphillip.vic.gov.au skmproject@portphillip. vic.gov.au ASSIST 9209 6777

Harvesting H2O the way to go? Imagine if we could capture stormwater, filter out pollutants and other nasties, and then use the water when needed on our magnificent parks and gardens. That’s exactly what we are considering for Alma Park. Council is investigating a stormwater harvesting scheme that captures stormwater from drainage pipes, treats it to remove pollutants and stores the water under the Alma Park sports field.

The stored water would be used to irrigate the sports field and adjacent park areas, including Alma Park West. Using this alternative water for irrigation, this scheme could save up to 17 million litres of tap water per year. It also reduces the amount of nitrogen, phosphorous and sediment flowing into the bay. Download the stormwater harvesting fact sheet www.portphillip.vic.gov.au

The Balaclava Station tram stop on Carlisle Street is being upgraded to a level access stop by Public Transport Victoria. Council has contributed funding for extended bluestone paving and new street trees near the stop; there is also provision for additional lighting in the future. Works are set for May www.ptv.vic.gov.au 1800 800 007

New building will be a life saver Works have started on the South Melbourne Life Saving Club building redevelopment on Beaconsfield Parade. The new building and public amenities are funded by Council ($5.11m) and Life Saving Victoria ($2m) through the Victorian Government. The new building will be ready for occupancy in October 2019. See the plans and follow progress www.portphillip.vic.gov.au

Do we need a youth centre? Is a youth centre needed, where should it go and what should happen there? Have your say online before 18 May. Youth Places Feasibility Study haveyoursay.portphillip. vic.gov.au

Small space, low waste

Eugene and Freya love gardening but they don’t have a garden. To compensate, they use their Port Melbourne townhouse balconies to grow vegetables and herbs. By composting their food scraps, they only need to take out their rubbish once a month.

Food waste challenge Did you know that the average Victorian household throws out over $2,200 worth of food per year. Most of this waste can be avoided by better planning of meals and the right storage of food. You can also start a compost or worm farm for food Photo: Chris Cassar

scraps. Even if you live in an apartment a few simple changes could reduce what you send to landfill by half. Hints and help www.sustainableportphillip.com 7


One woman, 60 minutes

Drama in families, heritage and circus Gasworks Arts Park, 21 Graham Street, Albert Park Gasworks Circus Showdown Heats 23 and 24 May, 7.30 pm Final 26 May, 7.30 pm A circus performance, part competition and part showcase.

Tuesday 1 May to Sunday 6 May Various times Theatre Works, 14 Acland Street St Kilda Hello Beautiful! A funny, big hearted one woman show by celebrated local Hannie Rayson. $45 / $37


Thirty years of childcare Saturday 5 May, 11 am to 2 pm Eildon Road Children’s Centre 17 Eildon Road, St Kilda Join the party to celebrate 30 years of childcare in Eildon Road. www.eildonroad.com.au

Fury Tuesday 29 May to Sunday 1 July Red Stitch, 2 Chapel Street St Kilda East Personal sacrifice and responsibility are pitted against political correctness in a new play by Joanna Murray-Smith. $55 / $38 / $28 redstitch.net 8

Heats $30 / $25, Final $40 / $35 Hotel Sorrento Thursday 31 May to Saturday 2 June, 7.30 pm Familial tensions are exposed in Hannie Rayson’s award winning 1990 play. $45 / $40 Which Way Home Tuesday 19 to Wednesday 20 June 7.30 pm ILBIJERRI Theatre Company’s road trip comedy 80,000 years in the making. $45 / $40 www.gasworks.org.au

Travel photography on show Opening 8 pm Thursday 17 May Exhibition 19 and 20 May 11 am to 5 pm Melbourne Camera Club corner Ferrars and Dorcas streets South Melbourne Travel snaps taken to the next level. melbournephoto.org.au Free

Citizens of the World Space2b, 144 Chapel Street St Kilda Wednesday 6 June to Friday 29 June Open Tuesday to Monday 10 am to 5 pm Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm Opening and performance Friday 8 June, 6 pm to 8.30 pm Six artists from refugee backgrounds focus on the idea of belonging in a new country. Free www.space2b.com.au

South Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Sunday 24 June, 2.30 pm South Melbourne Town Hall Composer Lynette Bridgland and solo violinist Yebin Yoo take the stage. $20 / $15 / children under 12 free www.smso.org.au


Dine with Heart month Tuesday 1 May to Thursday 31 May Dine out to support the Sacred Heart Mission’s meals. You can also organise your own events at home, school or work. www.sacredheartmission.org

Getting women back to work Tuesdays, 12 noon to 2.30 pm until 12 June Clarendon Family Centre 400 Clarendon Street South Melbourne Become more employable. Individual support and mentoring also provided. Free 8598 6600

Short films about Port Friday 18 May, 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm Port Melbourne Trugo Club 218 Esplanade East Port Melbourne Short films about Port made by locals. www.portogether.com

Ferrars Street Education and Community Facility Open Day Friday 25 May, 3 pm to 5 pm 129 Ferrars Street, Southbank An open day for the community to tour the facility.

Reconciliation Week

60,000 Poppies

Indigenous films at St Kilda Film Festival Wednesday 23 May 7.45 pm to 9.30 pm St Kilda Town Hall 99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda A retrospective of the works of Bush Mechanics producer David Batty. Ticketed event. stkildafilmfestival.com.au

Commemorate National Sorry Day Friday 25 May 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm South Melbourne Community Centre, 1 Ferrars Place South Melbourne A community lunch with Aboriginal Elders and friends. Gold coin donation 9699 8804

Flag Raising Monday 28 May, 11 am to 1 pm St Kilda Town Hall 99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda Featuring a Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony. tcondie@portphillip.vic.gov.au

Saturday 26 May, 10 am to 12 noon Emerald Hill Library and Heritage Centre, 195 Bank Street South Melbourne Knit or crochet poppies for the 60,000 poppies project. heritage.portphillip.vic.gov.au

Manic Botanic Day Sunday 27 May, 11 am to 2 pm St Kilda Botanical Gardens Herbert Street, St Kilda Celebrate Botanic Gardens Day with a picnic, activities and competitions. www.foskbg.org.au

Say No to Racism Wednesday 30 May, 9 am to 4 pm St Kilda Town Hall Training that will equip bystanders with the skills and awareness to take action when witnessing racism.

Mabo Day celebration

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Monday 4 June, 11 am to 2 pm St Kilda Town Hall 99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda Featuring a performance of traditional Torres Strait Islander dance.

Queen’s Birthday Street Party

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Sunday 10 June, 4 pm to 7 pm Fitzroy Street, St Kilda Her Majesty may even grace Fitzroy Street in a parade. Free



Open Day for Love & Legacy Sunday 6 May, 10 am to 5 pm Jewish Museum 26 Alma Road, St Kilda A free open day to celebrate the launch of Love & Legacy, part of Multicultural Museums Victoria Grandmothers project. Free www.jewishmuseum.com.au

Montague: The Lost Suburb Tuesday 15 May, 6.30 pm to 8 pm Emerald Hill Library & Heritage Centre, 195 Bank Street South Melbourne The history of Montague, a small but distinctive enclave of South Melbourne. heritage.portphillip.vic.gov.au

St Kilda Cemetery Tours Sunday 27 May and Sunday 24 June, 2 pm St Kilda Cemetery, Dandenong Road, East St Kilda In May be amazed by the Unusual Deaths Tour and in June recall the famous in the Gone But Not Forgotten Tour. $10 9531 3648

Port history

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Life on the Bend

Monday 28 May and Monday 25 June, 7.30 pm Port Melbourne Town Hall 333 Bay Street, Port Melbourne Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation Society’s monthly meetings always have fascinating speakers on historical topics. May looks at women’s footy, June at convict hulks in the bay. Free 0414 655 083 secretary@pmhps.org.au

Tuesday 12 June, 6.30 pm to 8 pm Emerald Hill Library and Heritage Centre, 195 Bank Street South Melbourne A talk on the social history of Fishermans Bend. heritage.portphillip.vic.gov.au

Rotary Book Fair Saturday 16 June, 8.30 am to 5 pm Albert Park College 81 Danks Street, Albert Park Amazing range of books on all topics. Sale to raise funds for local causes. rotarydistrict9800.org.au


Waste free living

Outside Alive Activities for 12 to 25 year olds organised by the EcoCentre. Pamperin’ Penguins Sunday 6 May, 1.30 pm to 3 pm Help our local penguins at St Kilda Pier.

Wednesday 2 May, 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm Gasworks Arts Park 21 Graham Street, Albert Park Insights into living a zero waste lifestyle from Erin Rhoades - the Rogue Ginger. Free www.sustainableportphillip.com

Likeable recyclables Saturday 5 May, 12 noon to 4 pm Greeves Street Recycled 12 Belford Street, St Kilda A yard sale with a great range of clothing and bric-a-brac all under $5. www.greevesst.org.au

Speed date a sustainability expert Sunday 6 May, 2 pm to 4 pm Port Melbourne Town Hall 333 Bay Street, Port Melbourne Free personalised advice from leading sustainability experts. Free www.sustainableportphillip.com

Wildlife walks Point Ormond Sunday 20 May, 9 am to 11 am Elster Creek Sunday 10 June, 9 am to 11 am Discover local wildlife, then plant indigenous plants to help local birds. Free www.ecocentre.com 9525 3102

Waste free healthy meal planning Saturday 12 May, 10 am to 11 am Neff Kitchen, South Melbourne Market, Coventry and Cecil streets South Melbourne A tasty, food wastage minimisation masterclass. $10 www.sustainableportphillip.com

St Kilda Repair Cafe Sunday 13 May and Sunday 10 June 2 pm to 5 pm EcoCentre 55a Blessington Street St Kilda BYO broken items - the repair experts love a challenge.

Energy savings for apartment dwellers Thursday 17 May 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm St Kilda Town Hall 99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda Improve your energy efficiency and lower your energy bills. Free www.sustainableportphillip.com

Vegan in the kitchen Saturday 20 May 10 am to 11 am Neff Kitchen South Melbourne Market Coventry and Cecil streets South Melbourne Celebrate delicious homestyle cooking in this vegan cooking class. $10 www.sustainableportphillip. com

Northern Pacific Seastar removal Sunday 27 May 9 am and Sunday 17 June 9.30 am St Kilda Pier Help rid the bay of the pesky invasive Northern Pacific Seastar. Bookings essential. info@earthcarestkilda.org.au

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Wetland advocates: Geoff Love and Jo Samuel-King (rear) join the next generation of advocates Gio Fitzpatrick, Coco Dwyer and Jasmine Mazzarolo with an Eastern Snake-necked Turtle.

Wetlands flood action

A proposal to expand wetlands in Elsternwick Park could reduce flooding in Elwood and boost biodiversity. Prompted by 2011’s damaging floods, locals Geoff Love and Jo Samuel-King have been advocating for expansion of wetlands in Elsternwick. They have

been backed by enthusiastic younger locals who love the abundant wildlife that thrives around Elster Creek. Follow plans for Elster Creek www.portphillip.vic.gov.au

Photo: Chris Cassar


Beacon Cove repairs rock

Who gives a shuck?

As part of its Maritime Infrastructure Renewal Program, Council has completed repair works to the Beacon Cove seawall. Sections have been replaced and additional rock armour has been installed at the toe of the wall to protect it from wave action.

Nearly four tonnes of mussel shells from South Melbourne Market have become part of The Nature Conservancy’s Shuck Don’t Chuck scheme that uses them to create new reefs in Port Phillip Bay.

Parents help schools help penguins

Dish washing teams at school events are reducing waste, which is helping to keep our bay cleaner. Inspired by the EcoCentre, the parent team at the Albert Park Primary School fete gloved up to wash reusable coffee cups, plates and cutlery to reduce waste by about 1,500 items. The school now has an event kit with reusable gear for use at other events. With the experience gained from 10 recent community events, the EcoCentre now has a host of ideas. The centre is willing to support groups who want to reduce waste at events. More ideas for penguin friendly events Karen Jones 9534 0670 karen@ecocentre.com

G-rated e-waste video

Living Water Workbees

A new online video promotes Council’s free electronic waste (e-waste) recycling service. e-waste, any item powered by a cord or battery, should not be disposed in your general waste or recycling kerbside bin. Instead the items will be accepted free at Council’s Resource Recovery Centre in South Melbourne.

You can help local schools earn up to $20,000 for rainwater tanks or rain gardens by participating in volunteer environmental activities. Locally, the Living Water Workbees program supports Elster Creek catchment clean-ups, wildlife surveys and planting days. Volunteers earn $25 worth of credits per hour towards grants to schools and community groups.

Watch the video www.portphillip.vic.gov.au

View the clean-up calendar


Award winning effort for Market South Melbourne Market has won two statewide sustainability awards for waste reduction and recycling. In 2016/17, the market’s worm farm converted around 400 cubic metres of green waste into compost; their bottle crusher processed 15 tonnes of glass for

reuse and recycling; 10,800 litres of oil were converted to biodiesel; SecondBite collected nearly 24 tonnes of fresh food; and rainwater was used for washdown and toilets. Learn more s outhmelbournemarket.com.au


Police Commissioner Graham Ashton with South Melbourne Senior Sergeant Dermot Avon and others at the Men’s Shed garden.

Shoulder to shoulder Police Commissioner Graham Ashton recently visited the Port Phillip Men’s Shed Garden to see first-hand an effort that’s helping police to deal with a tough and often distressing job.

Police affected by the Bourke Street incident and other critical events have been taking time out to help create the Men’s Shed Garden at the Uniting Church in

South Melbourne. About 20 police got involved in the garden by sourcing sleepers, building up soil and planting vegies.

Like other men’s shed activities, it’s about getting blokes together to build connection and reduce isolation. Police Commissioner Graham Ashton knows that this is crucial for all people with tough jobs. ‘Men talk when they’re

shoulder to shoulder,’ Graham told Divercity. It is clear that the effort is bearing fruit.

You’re welcome at the Men’s Shed mens-shed.org.au Southport Uniting Care Shed 317-29 Dorcas Street South Melbourne

Photo: Susan Gordon-Brown


For general enquiries contact: www.portphillip.vic.gov.au/ contact_us.htm

Let there be light

ASSIST 03 9209 6777

Canal Ward Cr Tim Baxter tbaxter@portphillip.vic.gov.au Mobile 0466 495 250

Cr Louise Crawford lcrawfor@portphillip.vic.gov.au Mobile 0466 514 643

Thirty-nine families in Suai Loro now have solar electric lighting thanks to an innovative Village Lighting Scheme supported by the Alternative Technology Association and Friends of Suai/Covalima.

Cr Dick Gross Deputy Mayor

dgross@portphillip.vic.gov.au Mobile 0466 355 640

Gateway Ward

Write for reconciliation

Cr Marcus Pearl mpearl@portphillip.vic.gov.au Mobile 0466 448 272

‘Don’t Make History a Mystery’ is the theme of the Port Phillip Citizens for Reconciliation’s 2018 writing competition.

academic Clare Bradford. The competition offers a $4,200 prize pool across one adult and five student categories.

Cr Ogy Simic

Open to all adults, and secondary and primary school students from Victoria, this year’s judging panel includes author Tony Birch and

Entries close 24 August 2018 www.ppcfr.org writingcomp2018@gmail.com

Cr Bernadene Voss

Time to tell a story?

Saturday arvo art

The Port Phillip Writes: Seniors Festival Writing awards are on again this year. You are invited to submit fictional stories or poems on any topic, or a non-fiction piece about life in Port Phillip, past or present up to 1,000 words. Get writing and share your story or poem. Entries close Friday 3 August.

Vincent Art Studio in Pinaroo Village welcomes artists of all levels and techniques to join others for an afternoon of art. People work in watercolours, acrylic, pastel or pencils in a friendly space.

Get an entry form ASSIST 9209 6777 w ww.portphillip.vic.gov.au/ seniors-festival.htm

Vincent Art Studio Saturdays 1 pm to 4 pm 114 Inkerman Street, St Kilda Classes are available for $20, which covers the cost of materials.

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bvoss@portphillip.vic.gov.au Mobile 0413 246 704

Lake Ward Cr Andrew Bond abond@portphillip.vic.gov.au Mobile 0481 034 028

Cr David Brand dbrand@portphillip.vic.gov.au Mobile 0466 445 807

Cr Katherine Copsey kcopsey@portphillip.vic.gov.au Mobile 0466 478 949 15

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