Divercity 95: October - November 2018

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City of Port Phillip magazine - Issue 95 October / november 2018

football united Junior soccer clinics bring kids together

Tour de Cecil Seniors After Dark 1

Poppies recall those who fell In November, 914 poppies will be displayed across our town halls as part of our World War I centenary program. Each poppy represents a local resident who lost their life on active service in World War I. Mayor Cr Bernadene Voss pictured at the Honour Board at the South Melbourne Town Hall. See pages 12-13 for more ways to participate in the commemoration of the end of WWI.

Time to reflect

A century ago in November, poignantly on the eleventh hour of the eleventh month, the Armistice that ended World War I was signed. It marked the end of a war that claimed the lives of 914 Port Phillip residents and left a lasting toll on countless others. Dotted across our community are dedications to the men and women who served. The Cenotaph in St Kilda, and the solemn honour boards in town halls and South Melbourne Memorial Hall are just some examples. The Women’s Welcome Home Rotunda in Port Melbourne (pictured on page 12) is a magnificent illustration of the community spirit of the time. Built with funds raised by local women, the rotunda was a vital ingredient in ceremonies that welcomed the troops home. 2

Now, a century later, we will add another memorial by establishing a simple peace garden in the Railway Reserve, Port Melbourne. It will be a place of quiet reflection for future generations. As we reflect on the centenary, it’s timely to think about what unites us in times of need. Lest we forget, but let’s also celebrate the peace.

Mayor Cr Bernadene Voss



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10 Divercity 95 - October / November 2018 Editor Greg Day - gday@edunity.com.au

Seniors go dancing

Art meets sustainability

Three big dance events in Seniors Festival.

Imagine foreshore design ideas that generate power.



Story suggestions are welcome Next deadline Friday 5 October Information included in this magazine is accurate at the time of publishing but may be subject to change.

Womin djeka Council respectfully acknowledges the Yaluk-ut 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 and water on which we rely.

Relay for Life

Palais one year on

Walk around the Albert Park Lake to support cancer patients.

Crowds are flocking to the lovingly restored theatre.

We recognise the intrinsic connection of the Traditional Owners to Country and acknowledge their contribution in the management of land, water and resources. 3

Photo: Chris Cassar

Stormwater detectives down our drains Council is using a new robot CCTV system to detect blockages and damage in stormwater drains an unseen but vital asset. The drainage team drives the robot mounted camera down the drains, where it navigates blockages, such 4

as tree roots, and records continuous footage of the drains. As problems are identified, the team arranges for minor problems to be fixed or adds the issue to the annual stormwater renewal and upgrade program.

Keep an eye out for the team and its new electric van as they work their way across the municipality, starting at Elwood’s flooding hotspots.

Art back at Linden After an extensive $1.9 million renovation funded by Council, the historic Linden mansion and gallery in Acland Street has reopened. A striking new entrance welcomes visitors and a new lift gives everyone access to the brand new exhibition space on the second level. The reopening exhibition runs until 4 November, and features Julia deVille’s intriguing taxidermy objects and Natalie Ryan’s collection of animals from natural science collections. Linden New Art 26 Acland Street, St Kilda Tuesdays to Fridays 10 am to 3 pm Weekends, 10 am to 4 pm www.lindenarts.org

Roundabouts a first Moray Street’s bike lanes have had an overhaul to give bike riders a safe and reliable alternative to St Kilda Road during Metro Tunnel works. Several roundabouts have been redesigned with raised zebra crossings and dedicated green bike lanes. w ww.metrotunnel.vic.gov.au

Wayn Wong and Kelly Law ride along Cecil Street to the market almost every weekend. ‘It’s a five star ride.’

A festival of everyday bike riding Tour de Cecil celebrates the joys of everyday riding on Cecil Street - to the market, Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC) and Emerald Hill - during October and November.

Cecil Street links Albert Park to the CBD fringe via South Melbourne and the market. This recently upgraded bike lane offers bike riders a peaceful 1.5 kilometre north to south route.

Invite your friends to join you in the many activities. Enjoy a croissant at the French themed Ride2Work Day breakfast or join Projector Bike for the Cecil Noir Twilight Ride and cinema experience. Get your bike into shape with free tune up sessions by Back2Bikes or sign up to training sessions as MSAC. At the Emerald Hill Library & Heritage Centre there’s also bike themed fun for all ages with storytime and displays.

Kelly (pictured) rides along Cecil Street about six times a week. ‘I’d encourage every bike rider to ride Cecil Street rather than car clogged Ferrars or Clarendon streets.’ Tour de Cecil launch and Ride2Work Day breakfast Wednesday 17 October 7.30 am to 9 am South Melbourne Market Get the full Tour de Cecil program www.portphillip.vic.gov.au


Colour on Fitzroy Street Child safe City Council is implementing new policies and procedures to keep children and young people safe. Child safety is now embedded in our organisational culture and behaviours. Read more www.portphillip.vic.gov.au

Make friends with Kirrip Park Kirrip Park has been chosen by Council as the permanent name for the community park in the Ferrars Street Education and Community Precinct.

Councillors celebrate diversity at the launch of the Rainbow Road near Fitzroy Street - just around the corner from the planned Victorian Pride Centre.

Kirrip, which means ‘friend’ or ‘mate’ in the Boon Wurrung language, was the name proposed by the traditional owner group, the Boon Wurrung Foundation.

Football united

He signed on with Port Melbourne Sharks before fulfilling a dream by securing his first professional contract with Melbourne Heart Football Club.

Every Sunday, Football Federation of Australia (FFA) certified coaches teach local youth to bend it like Beckham, especially those from culturally and linguistically diverse communities. These free soccer clinics are designed to develop skills and foster cooperation, self-control, discipline, perseverance and a sense of fairness.

Ages seven to 25 are encouraged to come along and get involved.

Kamal Ibrahim, the program’s facilitator, came to Australia as a refugee in 2003. At the time, Kamal spoke little English.

Sunday football clinics Sundays 4 pm to 5.30 pm J.L. Murphy Reserve Port Melbourne Boys and girls, seven to 25 years Free i nfo@footballempowerment. org.au

The name now awaits official registration.

Paying for parking just got easier Council has invested in smart parking technology to be used in parking hotspots across the municipality, which will be available in October, is coupled with the PayStay smartphone app. It enables drivers to locate, pay for and remotely top up their parking meter. www.paystay.com.au

Get the PayStay app for hassle free parking. Visit

www.paystay.com.au for Port Phillip locations.

Dance, dance, dance for seniors Bush dance

Ballroom dance

Mirror ball disco dance

Monday 8 October 2 pm to 4.30 pm St Kilda Town Hall Put on your dancing shoes and join in as Bushwahzee call your favourite dances to well known tunes.

Thursday 18 October 1 pm to 4 pm Fishermans Bend Community Centre The Port Phillip Retired Persons Dance Group invites you to dress in style and join them for the waltz, foxtrot and other popular dances.

Saturday 20 October 7 pm to 11 pm Memo Music Hall A disco party with DJ Fiona Scott-Norman spinning the records and Anna from Go-Go Academy showing you the moves.

Gold coin ASSIST 9209 6777 rsvp@portphillip.vic.gov.au

$15 / $10 + booking fee www.memomusichall.com.au

Photo: Chris Cassar

Anna from Go-Go Academy and DJ Fiona Scott-Norman will get you dancing at their after dark disco party at Memo.

$5 9645 1460


seniors festival

Elwood musical tea party

Seniors Festival Monday 8 to Sunday 21 October

Thursday 18 October 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm Elwood St Kilda Neighbourhood Learning Centre 87 Tennyson Street, Elwood An afternoon of live music, dancing and scrumptious food that warms the heart. Free 9531 1954 www.esnlc.com.au

Pinaroo Village festival

Port Phillip’s annual Seniors Festival is a celebration that recognises the valuable contribution older people have made and continue to make to our community. The Seniors Festival is a great opportunity to get out and about, meet people,

Embolden Tuesday 9 October 10.30 am to 8 pm Wednesday 10 October 9.30 am to 3.30 pm St Kilda Town Hall 99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda A two day festival conference for older people and service providers. It focuses on challenging ageism and building an age friendly world. $180 / $50 www.celebrateageing.com/ embolden 8

get dancing, try new activities and have fun. Pick up a Festival Program from libraries and town halls www.portphillip.vic.gov.au/ seniors-festival.htm

Rethinking what you think Monday 15 October 11 am to 12 noon Tuesday 16 October, 3 pm to 4 pm Foyer Gallery, Gasworks Arts Park 21 Graham Street, Albert Park Not sure why you do the things you do? A philosophical discussion about the everyday decisions we make. Free 8606 4206 tracey@gasworks.org.au

Friday 19 to Sunday 21 October Pinaroo Village 114 Inkerman Street, St Kilda A festival of art and community activities produced by Pinaroo residents. Free 9531 1954 www.esnlc.com.au


Heritage of the home Monday 15 October to Friday 18 January 195 Bank Street, South Melbourne This exhibition focuses on the universal importance and varied meanings of home.


HOWLoween paw parade & children’s trick or treat


Wonderful women Sunday 21 October, 2 pm to 4 pm St Kilda Cemetery, St Kilda East A tour of St Kilda’s Wonderful Women presented by friends of St Kilda Cemetery. $10; includes afternoon tea 0422 379 053

St Kilda’s balcony 13 November 6.30 pm to 8 pm South Melbourne Town Hall 208 - 220 Bank Street South Melbourne Join historian and architect Peter Johnson for a talk on the history of the St Kilda Esplanade. Free 9209 6416

Sunday 28 October Dogs 9 am to 1 pm Children 12 noon to 4 pm Rouse Street, Port Melbourne

Christmas window decorations Friday 23 November Bay Street, Port Melbourne Featuring a storybook window decoration of ‘Why dogs don’t bark at Santa’, by Greg Ray. Free www.3207port.com.au

Bring your dogs and your children, in costume. A festive day with trick or treating. Free www.3207port.com.au

Spooktober Wednesday 31 October to Sunday 4 November St Kilda Town Hall grounds 99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda Hop on your broomstick and get along to Melbourne’s best Halloween festival for a truly haunting experience. From $16.50 spooktober.com.au

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25th annual blessing of animals Sunday 7 October, 2 pm St James the Great Anglican Church 435 Inkerman Street, St Kilda East Community event to celebrate all creatures great and small. Free 9527 1017

Good cause sale Saturday 20 October 10 am to 3 pm Port Melbourne Uniting Church 144 Bridge Street, Port Melbourne Shop for a good cause - fight the war on waste and grab a bargain at the same time. Timed to be part of the national Garage Sale Trail event check their website for other sales across your neighbourhood. www.garagesaletrail.com.au

Food and ferry ride Saturday 20 October, 12.15 pm Meet at Station Pier Port Melbourne A voyage to sample local culinary delights. A family oriented tour conducted by St Kilda Ferry. $45 / $35 (children) www.3207port.com.au

arts and entertainment

Pier at Port Saturday 6 October 11.30 am to 4 pm Station Pier, Port Melbourne A welcoming and diverse festival, hosted by Multicultural Arts Victoria. Free multiculturalarts.com.au

Senior snaps Sunday 7 to Sunday 14 October 11 am to 3 pm Melbourne Camera Club 254 - 256 Ferrars Street South Melbourne A selection of photographs by seniors that demonstrate the fun and pleasure that hobby photography provides. Free melbournephoto.org.au

From nature Saturday 3 to Sunday 11 November Gasworks Arts Park 21 Graham Street, Albert Park A showcase of organic sculpture, an arts experience that displays living public art. Free gasworks.org.au

South Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Sunday 18 November, 2.30 pm South Melbourne Town Hall 210 Bank Street, South Melbourne Lynette Bridgland marks the centenary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein. $20 / $15 Free for children under 12 www.smso.org.au

Land Art Generator Initiative Friday 19 to Sunday 28 October Acland Street Plaza, St Kilda See St Kilda’s foreshore transformed in an exhibition of finalists of an international design competition to create an art installation that generates clean energy. There will also be workshops, walks, talks and markets. Free sustainableportphillip.com



Roy’s Junior Boxing Club

Melbourne marathon

2 Chapel Street, St Kilda Tuesdays (six to 12 years of age) 4 pm Free Wednesdays (12 to 16 years of age) 4 pm Young people are invited to learn the art of boxing and get healthy.

Sunday 14 October 7 am to 2 pm Starts at Batman Avenue Watch on as the runners snake their way along the roads and boulevards of Port Phillip.

$15 0420 550 496

$155 melbournemarathon. com.au

PCYC for you and me Tuesdays and Fridays 4.30 pm to 6.30 pm St Kilda PCYC basketball court 179 Inkerman Street, St Kilda Disadvantaged young people aged 10 to 17 years are encouraged to get down and get active. A variety of activities are available from hip hop production to basketball. Free stkildapcyc.org

Soccer Mums Every Monday from 8 October to 12 November Wattie Watson Oval, Elwood Park Mondays 6 pm to 7 pm An introductory program specifically designed to enable mums to have fun, meet new people and learn basic skills. $40 recreation@portphillip.vic.gov.au soccermums.com.au

Community recreation group Affordable gym, tennis and swimming on a weekly or fortnightly basis. Gym Tuesdays 2 pm to 3 pm Fitness First 97 Alma Road, St Kilda Tennis Fridays 2 pm to 3.30 pm Carmelite Tennis Club, opposite Armstrong Street, Middle Park Swimming Fridays fortnightly 10 am to 11.15 am MSAC, 30 Aughtie Drive Albert Park All programs $3 per session 8598 6600

Bubs’n’Bowls Wednesday 24 October 10 am to 12 noon Port Melbourne Bowls Club 130 Spring Street, Port Melbourne Parents can enjoy a roll while their babies relax next to them. Get out of the house, meet others, enjoy a gentle game of bowls and have a coffee. Free 9646 2642

24 hour Relay For Life Saturday 27 October to Sunday 28 October 10.30 am to 10.30 am Lakeside Stadium, Aughtie Drive Albert Park Friends, families and colleagues are encouraged to join forces and team up to raise funds for cancer patients. relayforlife.org.au 1300 65 65 85


Photo: Chris Cassar

Janet Beeston and Janet Bolitho are members of the World War I Centenary Community Commemorative Committee; David Thompson created Port Melbourne’s World War I centenary website.

Rotunda was first to say welcome home As troop ships made their way back to Port Melbourne during World War I, local women were horrified to learn that wounded servicemen were returning without welcome. Quick to remedy the situation, the Red Cross established a sub-branch, 12

which it called the Women’s Welcome Home Committee, to greet all returning troop ships, a practice that continued until the end of 1920.

Presenting it as a gift to Port Melbourne Council in 1918, the rotunda became the first Australian memorial to mark the end of World War I.

As a permanent legacy of this work, committee members erected a band rotunda at their own cost.

Port war stories and more p ortmelbfirstworldwar100. org.au

Walk to remember the service of Heath Street

Christine Griffiths moved to Port Melbourne in 2014. In order to help put down roots in her new neighbourhood, she started researching the World War I service history of Heath Street’s residents. After enlisting the help of neighbour Barbara Mullens, the pair embarked on a project to unearth the stories of the 34 men in their street who enlisted during the ‘Great War’. This Armistice Day, these two women will lead a walk past the former Heath Street homes of the veterans and share their remarkable stories. Heath Street WWI centenary walk Sunday 11 November, 12.30 pm Meet at corner Bridge and Heath streets, Port Melbourne Free Read the veterans’ stories p ortmelbfirstworldwar100.org. au/anzac-centenary-heath-streetwalk/

Battlefields bayonet

This bayonet was recovered from the battlefields near Pozières, where Australian Imperial Forces fought with distinction in 1916. Presented to the City in 2014 by the Mayor of Pozières, it will be on display at St Kilda Town Hall from January 2019 as part of the annual Albert Jacka exhibition.

Barbara Mullens and Christine Griffiths have collated the war service of residents of their street in Port Melboume.

Explore more places in WWI history On the home front: a self-guided walk A new self-guided trail remembers World War I and its local impact. It includes the story of Burnett Gray MLA, the first serving councillor in Victoria to enlist in World War I. Gray was invalided back to Australia in 1920 and, while still in hospital, was re-elected to Council. He went on to be mayor four times.

A place to reflect A new peace garden in Port Melbourne will be a simple but poignant place to reflect on the impact of World War I on the local community. The garden will comprise tree plantings, a gentle landscape, seating and information about our local stories. Peace garden ceremony Saturday 10 November, 11 am

Pick up or download Emerald Hill Library & Heritage Centre, 195 Bank Street South Melbourne heritage.portphillip.vic.gov.au

Railway Reserve between Bridge and Ingles streets

St Kilda sites of remembrance

Join local historian and former mayor Janet Bolitho on a Port Melbourne walk that reflects on significant moments from the war and their lasting impact.

Join the St Kilda Historical Society’s commemorative walk of World War I landmarks with local historian Maureen Walker. Sunday 25 November, 5 pm Bookings essential i nfo@stkildahistory.org.au

Walk the Port of departure

Sunday 11 November 10 am to 12 noon Bookings essential h eritageportphillip. eventbrite.com Bookings open 11 October 13

Susan Frykberg (standing), Susan Southall, Philip Harvey, and Ann Rochford cherish the library’s unique collection of texts exploring spirituality and mysticism.

Calling all spiritual searchers Nestled away in leafy Middle Park, the Carmelite Hall is one of Port Phillip’s best kept secrets. The Hall, which celebrates its centenary next month, is an oasis of calm that plays home to everything from yoga and meditation through to the expansive and unique Carmelite Spiritual Library. Open to the public and boasting over 50,000 works, the library has

Australia’s largest collection of spiritual and mystical texts. With its huge selection of books the collection reaches well beyond Christian theology to cover the major religions, including Buddhism, Islam, Judaism and Hinduism, as well as diverse ideas on spirituality. Everyone from passers-by to divinity students are free to enjoy this welcoming space.

Carmelite Hall Centenary celebrations Sunday 7 October, 2 pm 214 Richardson Street Middle Park Celebrate with drinks, music, displays, and reflections on the connections between the Hall and the community. Local historian Val Noone will be the keynote speaker. www.thecarmelitecentre melbourne.org


Photo: Jim Lee

Crowds thrilled by loving renovation

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

St Kilda Film Festival 2018 opening night under the magnificently restored dome.

Since re-opening last year after spectacular $21 million renovations, the Palais Theatre has welcomed over 125,000 patrons. From the glittering St Kilda Film Festival opening night to an impressive list of international stars including Alanis Morissette and Europe plus sold-out local events like the

A special place anchored by a working marina The current 50 year lease for St Kilda Marina ends next year, creating an exciting opportunity to steer the site’s future. A community panel is working with Council and specialist consultants to identify the best ideas for the site. Council would like your comments on directions developed with the panel. Comment on options haveyoursay.portphillip.vic. gov.au/stkildamarina Closes Sunday 7 October Sign up for project updates skmproject@portphillip. vic.gov.au

joyous Heart of St Kilda fundraiser, the lovingly renovated theatre has delighted audiences and performers alike. And there’s more good news to come, with more improvements to toilets and balconies being planned. Watch for more details in the theatre operator Live Nation’s first annual report to Council in November. Follow Palais progress www.portphillip.vic.gov.au

Legal service turns 30 Congratulations to the Southport Community Legal Service (SCLS) for three decades of providing free legal service to Southport locals. This Council-funded service, which employs three part time staff plus about 40 volunteers, has helped over 10,000 people. SCLS recently started a specialist legal service for victims of crime to assist them with compensation claims. Connect online or by phone southportcls.com.au 9525 1300

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

Cr Dick Gross Deputy Mayor

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

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

Cr Ogy Simic osimic@portphillip.vic.gov.au Mobile 0466 517 360

Cr Bernadene Voss Mayor

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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