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Thursday, 18 February 2016

City of Port Phillip Budget Submissions

The council is actively seeking your saving ideas for the 2016/2017 Budget

Visit the council pop-up stall at the Gasworks Market on Saturday 20 February 9am - 12 noon and share your ideas and or visit the council website to review other posted ideas (such as "Scrap Diversity") and post yours before the deadline of midnight Monday 7 March 2016

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Fishermans Bend Planning Forum - Monday 29 February

Members of the Beacon Cove Neighbourhood Association have been invited to a public forum to launch the Consultation Program for Fishermans Bend with our local MLA Martin Foley and the Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne.

It will be held at Port Melbourne FC Social Club, North Port Oval, 525 Williamstown Road, Port Melbourne (Enter via Ingles Street).

More details are available here.

"Sports Mentors" needed

We have been asked to publicise the following request:

‘Be A Sport’ is an exciting new pilot project coming to Port Melbourne Primary School.

We are looking for volunteers who will act as ‘sports mentors’, interacting with students during their lunchtime sporting activities, by umpiring and encouraging fair sportsmanship. Sports Mentors will be assisted by school yard teachers and the PE teachers.

If you, or someone you know, can give an hour or two each week, than this could be an exciting opportunity for you!

School lunchtimes run from 1:40-2:30pm. A short training session will be provided for interested participants.

All participations will need a  Working with Children Check and Police Check (we can help you out with these).

We are really keen to get a group of volunteers together, so please get in touch if you are interested! 
If interested please contact Laura McDonald on 9525 1300 or email ship@ischs.org.au

Monday, 8 February 2016

House of World Cultures

Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV) has released a report on the feasibility of a House of World Cultures for Princes Pier. MAV is seeking feedback on the proposal.


The idea is that a ‘dynamic, active cultural space encompassing the themes of migration, heritage, and contemporary culture - a House of World Cultures’ would be established on Princes Pier. BCNA committee has previously shown support for the activation of Princes Pier and supported the MAV concept being examined for Princes Pier.


The feasibility report is available here and appendices are available here. BCNA will be organising a meeting where staff from Multicultural Arts Victoria will explain the proposal and members can ask questions. Feedback will then be assembled and forwarded to MAV.  More details will be provided in coming weeks.

Closure of Todd Road - 2-7 March

The Port of Melbourne Corporation (PoMC) have advised that as part of the Webb Dock upgrade project, works to reconīŦgure and close Williamstown Road west of Todd Road are scheduled for 2-7 March. This will involve evening works and a full closure of Todd Road between the West Gate Freeway southern ramp to south of Williamstown Road from 7pm Friday 4th March to 5am Monday 7th March.

From 7pm Friday 4th March, Williamstown Road will be closed west of Todd Road and port traffic will access the port via the new internal port road, Webb Dock Drive. Noise mitigation measures are in place to minimise construction impacts. More details to follow in the coming weeks.

This week's Webb Dock works notice notice can be downloaded here.

Port Melbourne Icebergs

We've received the following information about the Port Melbourne Icebergs and thought some residents may be interested.

Join us on Saturday mornings at 8am beach side of Port Melbourne LifeSaving Club for a plunge into the waters of Port Phillip Bay.

Starting Saturday 20th February, continuing throughout the year, including winter (We're starting early so you can experience the warmer waters!)

Coffee and conversation to follow.  No cost, no join up fee. Just pay for your own coffee.

Plunge at your own risk.

More information is available on their Facebook page.

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Piers Festival Returns on Sunday 3 April 2016

Contrary to some earlier reports we had received that there were to be no more Piers Festivals, Multicultural Arts Victoria have announced they will present the 5th Piers Festival on Sunday 3rd April 2016.

The festival celebrates our Indigenous and shared migration stories at the historical Port Melbourne piers precinct with a range of diverse music, dance, food, forums and exhibitions.

Volunteers positions are now open, interested applicants should email Freyja Macfarlane with your CV and this Piers Festival 2016 – Volunteer Form completed. Applications close Friday 4 March.

Sandridge Trugo Club - Toilets - Community Consultation

The City of Port Phillip (CoPP) is planning to install a public toilet at the Sandridge Community Centre and Trugo Club building, for use for visitors to Garden City Reserve.

They will be holding a community consultation session between 10am and 1pm on Saturday 20th February at the Sandridge Community Centre and Trugo Club.

A letter that has been sent to residents can be downloaded here and a poster downloaded here.

Naval tribute unveiled in Port Melbourne

A striking bronze sculpture of a young World War II sailor gazing towards Port Phillip Bay was unveiled recently on the Port Melbourne foreshore.

The sculpture, Answering the Call, is located opposite the intersection of Beach Street and Dow Street, Port Melbourne. It is near the site of HMAS Lonsdale, the Naval Reserve Base which was commissioned on 1 August 1940 and decommissioned in 1992.

The memorial sculpture was the vision of Lieutenant Commander Mackenzie Gregory, whose energy and enthusiasm was the driving force behind the project. Port of Melbourne Corporation's (PoMC) CEO Nick Easy joined Commander Gregory’s daughter, Jane Gregory, and representatives from the Royal Australian Navy, City of Port Phillip and the Anzac Centenary Committee at the opening event.

Port of Melbourne Open Days

The program of free Port Open Day boat tours continues in February, so don’t miss out on your chance to take a behind-the-scenes look at the Port of Melbourne.  More information is available here.

Garden City Reserve Lighting

As part of the City of Port Phillip's (CoPP) 2015-2016 capital works program, new public lighting will be installed along the central pedestrian path.

This project forms part of Council’s Sustainable Public Lighting Guidelines to deliver new lighting that is energy efficient, well designed and meets Australian Standards.

Construction will begin in March 2016. Work hours will be between 7am – 5pm Monday to Friday. Works are scheduled to be complete by March 2016.

Works will be constructed with park users in mind and will minimise any inconvenience



Should you have any queries please direct them to Thomas Nicholls, Project Manager, Public Space, CoPP on 9209 6687 or at Private Bag 3, St Kilda, VIC 3182

What does a healthy Port Phillip Bay mean to you?

The Department for the Environment, Land, Water, and Planning will be developing an Environmental Management Plan for the Bay in the coming months.

They are currently asking for public opinion on how the community values the bay. This can be found at http://portphillip.delwp.vic.gov.au/healthofthebay?tool=survey_tool&tool_id=what-does-a-healthy-port-phillip-bay-mean-to-you&ts=1453959000#tool_tab.