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Friday, 15 September 2017

Update on 1-7 Waterfront Place

In July, the City of Port Phillip (CoPP) refused an application for “Construction of a 10-storey mixed use building over two basement levels containing 175 dwellings and two retail premises of 355 square metres and a reduction in car parking requirements”. The application was refused on many grounds but included overshadowing of the foreshore and pedestrian spaces, and visual bulk and massing related to tower design.

It is a great shame that the site continues to look like a rubbish tip. The BCNA has raised this with the CoPP many, many times. We have been told that CoPP's Local Laws are ineffective in enforcing a clean-up and that a review of Local laws offered the hope of a solution. Unfortunately, this has turned out not to be the case. The recently completed review did not reveal any further way that Local Laws could be strengthened to deal with this situation.

The BCNA has written to the Mayor asking for a public explanation.

London Hotel Site

The City of Port Phillip (CoPP) recently approved plans for a redevelopment of this site, but with amendments after community input.

The approval is for an eight storey building, including basement car park, 18 apartments and a hotel. The amendments are for the inclusion of three onsite visitor parking bays; increased setback of the upper levels to ensure that the pedestrian path on the foreshore is not overshadowed after 10am throughout the year; and the inclusion of a heritage record about the London Hotel.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Town Planning, Covenants and Dispute Resolution in Beacon Cove

From time to time residents ask about the planning scheme and covenants that apply to properties in Beacon Cove. The BCNA has prepared a summary which you can access here.

The upgrades of properties across Beacon Cove can lead to concerns and disputes. The BCNA has prepared a short guide which can be downloaded here.  

Station Pier Air Quality Monitoring Results

The Victorian Ports Corporation Melbourne (VPCM) have released a summary report detailing the findings from a recent 12 months monitoring program of the air quality at the sampling station on Station Pier. On behalf of VPCM a consultant company KMH Environmental was engaged to manage and report on the findings. Click here to access the report.

18 months ago the BCNA approached two of our BCNA members to help us review and analyse the information provided by the monthly and annual reports issued by VPCM. Click here to access their final summary findings. This report was provided by members Ian Evans and Jill Maddox, we wish to acknowledge the time and effort they have both committed to this review and the extremely professional report they have issued. They presented their report to a joint BCNA/VPCM/EPA meeting in June which has led to ongoing further dialog with both the VPCM and the EPA.

The BCNA will continue to lobby the EPA/Port to reassure the community their health is not being comprised by Ship Bunker fuel emission and for the emission levels to be established to best practice standards available.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Record Membership

Thank you to all who have renewed their memberships or who have joined the BCNA in 2016/17. Membership reached 373 which is a record.

BCNA continues to be active on your behalf in protecting and enhancing the amenity of the area. Our last newsletter as well as other posts on this website explain current initiatives on your behalf.

Parking Fees Fall at Waterfront Place

The City of Port Phillip has reduced parking fees around Waterfront Place. From April to September the hourly fee will be $1.80 per hour compared to $5.10. The BCNA has advocated for a review of parking policy as has the traders at Waterfront Place and the Port Melbourne Business Association.

The reduction is part of a two-year trial in St Kilda and Port Melbourne to help encourage greater activity in these areas. Further details can be found here.

More Shade for Maritime Cove

A permanent new shade structure is currently under construction in the playground at Maritime Cove, which will help keep little visitors and their parents out of the sun while they play. A part of the playground has been temporarily fenced off while the shade structure is installed, so please note there will be changed access and observe all safety signage in the area.

The new, shadier playground area is expected to reopen by mid-June 2017.


SHIP 5 Year Anniversary Celebration


Monday, 19 June 2017

London Hotel Redevelopment

The City of Port Phillip (CoPP) has advertised plans for this site. The new proposal is for an 8-storey development (previously 8 storeys) comprising basement car parks, hotel and 18 dwellings (previously 35 dwellings). The new plans can be viewed on the Council’s website using this link (please be aware that due to the nature of the CoPP system it takes quite a while for the page to load and a few intermediate pages will flash up in the interim so ignore the intermediate pages and just wait for the final page to load) or by searching for application number number 1220/2016 online.

Council has agreed to provide a presentation to the BCNA in the coming weeks. The BCNA Committee will then decide its position with respect to the development.

Residents can object or support the proposal online using this link (please see above about ignoring the intermediate pages and waiting for the final page to load).

Friday, 16 June 2017

Update on 1-7 Waterfront Place

We continue to be asked as to what is happening at 1-7 Waterfront Place.

The BCNA wants to see the site appropriately developed and providing benefit to the community. This was explained in our April Newsletter.

The issue is with Council at this moment. Council staff tell us that they are frustrated that the developer/owner has not forwarded information required to adhere to the VCAT decision of 15 January 2015. Until this is done, the proposal cannot be fully assessed.

It is a great shame that the site looks like a rubbish tip. The BCNA has raised this with council many times. We are told that the Council’s Local Laws are ineffective in ordering a clean-up. Council is undertaking a review of Local Laws and we hope that they will prove effective.

Update on Fishermans Bend

The final version of the Fishermans Bend Vision was released in September 2016. The Vision has helped to inform the development of the Fishermans Bend Framework which is expected to be released in July 2017. The Framework is designed to guide planning and will include strategies for transport infrastructure (road, rail, trams, and road network), community infrastructure, public space, density, sustainability and activity centres. It will be finalised after community comment.

Precinct plans will then be prepared to reflect the fine grain detail.

The BCNA continues to have concerns about decision-making and funding for the redevelopment.

The project requires consistent decision making if the Vision is to be realised around 2050. Without consistency, investors and buyers will not have the certainty they require to make it worth their while to be involved. Similarly, the local community will not have confidence that the Vision can deliver benefits that they can share in. At present, decision making is complicated with decisions split between the Melbourne and Port Phillip Councils, the Victorian Government and VCAT (when there are disputes). Co-ordination and decision making is slower than if one organisation was responsible for all decisions.

There is no agreed funding. This means each Council and the Victorian Government must seek funds through their normal budget processes. Inevitably this means delays. The BCNA and South Port Urban Responsible Renewal (SPURR), an umbrella group representing 49 local organisations, has advocated on these issues and will continue to do so.

To date 6,594 residential dwellings have been approved with permit applications for a further 7,070 dwellings. There have been no applications for commercial developments.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Beach Street Queuing Lane Update

The City of Port Phillip (CoPP) is about to commence construction of the Beach Street Separated Queuing Lane. Works have been delayed to accommodate the cruise shipping season, which has now finished for winter.

Works on the queuing lane will commence on 30 May 2017 and are scheduled for completion by the end of August 2017 weather permitting.

The scope of works include:
  • creating a Station Pier lane along Beach Street, from Bay Street to the roundabout that will separate queuing traffic at cruise ship times
  • the works will be contained within the existing road space. Angle parking on foreshore side of Beach Street will be reconfigured to parallel parking to make room for the Station Pier lane
  • adding a lane to the roundabout to create a lane that goes straight through to Station Pier along with a right turn lane, effectively removing congestion from the roundabout
  • creating an on-road bike lane in both directions on Beach Street, between Bay Street and the roundabout
Works will be undertaken on weekdays between the hours of 7am and 5pm. Noise will be kept to a minimum and no weekend works are scheduled at this stage.

As part of the works, three light poles will be replaced along Beach Street. CitiPower has advised there will not be any disruptions to your power and temporary lighting will be installed during the replacement works.

For more information please visit the project web page.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Our Latest Newsletter is Out

Volunteers are currently dropping copies of our newsletter in mailboxes throughout Beacon Cove. It covers a number of topics including:
  • Update on 1-7 Waterfront Place
  • Beacon Cove Foodstore Redevelopment
  • London Hotel Redevelopment
  • Air Quality Monitoring at Station Pier
  • Beacon Cove Covenants
  • City of Port Phillip (CoPP) Strategic Planning and Budget
  • BCNA Social Events
For those who would like an electronic copy, it can be downloaded here.

Council Plan 2017-27

The City of Port Phillip (CoPP) are inviting the community to 'have your say' on the Draft Council Plan 2017-27 including Budget 2017/18.

Respondents have the option of providing comments via the online form or by uploading a written submission to this web page.

There will also be a drop in session between 11am and 2pm on Saturday 6 May at the Port Melbourne Town Hall, 333 Bay Street.

All submissions must be received by 5pm on Friday 19 May 2017.

Walkspot: How Safe Do You Feel Walking?

The City of Port Phillip (CoPP) has alerted us to the following survey about the safety of the pedestrian network, eg footpaths, walking paths, streets, etc.  So far there only seems to be two comments about the Beacon Cove area.  If you'd like to add your comments or suggestions go to this web page.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

VICT & Albert Park College Community Day - Saturday 22 April

Please come and join the students and staff of Albert Park College along with Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) to help both organisations recognise and celebrate their community partnership.

10am-2pm, Saturday 22 April 2017 
Princes Pier

The ‘Painting the Docks’ exhibition was inspired by the new terminal opening at Webb Dock East and will showcase the artworks of Year 7, 8, 9 & 10 students under the mentorship of celebrated local artist, Julian Twigg.

Free bus tours of the new automated container terminal will leave approximately every 30 minutes from Princes Pier. (Please register your interest upon arrival to ensure you get a spot on a tour.)

Sausage sizzle provided by VICT and Port Melbourne Rotary plus coffee cart available.

More details on the flyer.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Picnic in the Park - Sunday 30 April

The City of Port Phillip, through its Vibrant Villages Partnership, is sponsoring a picnic in Garden City Reserve on Sunday 30th April, between 2 and 4 pm. It will be held near the Trugo Club. The event is supported by community organisations including Port People and BCNA.

There will be attractions for children such as free kids’ footy and cricket clinics, face painting, and environmental talks about local animals and plants. A swing band will be playing. Free pizza and cupcakes for early arrivers.

Westgate Park – Past, Present and Future

From BCNA Committee member Richard Nowotny:

Westgate Park nestles in the eastern sweep of the Westgate Bridge, a green oasis in industrial Fishermans Bend.

Formerly a natural salt-marsh, then sand mine, rubbish tip and WWII airfield, it has been rehabilitated over recent decades by a dedicated group of urban renovators, the Friends of Westgate Park, into an award-winning nature space for wildlife, walkers, cyclists, bird-watchers and picnic groups.

And, with the nearby industrial area slated for transformation into four new suburbs comprising the Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Area, Westgate Park, situated on its western boundary, is to be expanded and developed to meet some of the recreational and aesthetic needs of a residential population estimated at 80,000 by 2050.

According to the early Draft Masterplan for Westgate Park, its expansion is to be achieved by incorporating the current go-cart land into the park, as a recreational oval connected to the present park by a pedestrian bridge over Todd Rd, with enhancement of overall park amenities and facilities to meet a range of community needs.

Already three parcels of former port land have been added to the park, which will, along with the go-cart land, ultimately more than double the original size of the park.

Residents of Beacon Cove can watch this transformation taking place on their northern fringe while availing themselves of the beauty, tranquillity and recreational opportunities that the park provides.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Sunday 9 April Piers Festival - Change of Venue

Please note that due to predicted inclement weather this Sunday's Multicultural Arts Victoria Piers Festival will not be held on Princes Pier.

It will now be held at South Melbourne Town Hall, 208-220 Bank Street, South Melbourne.

More details are available at http://multiculturalarts.com.au/event/piers-festival-2017/.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Temporary Closure of Todd Road Shared Pathway - 23-25 March

A section of shared bike and pedestrian path on the west side of Todd Rd between Williamstown Road and Perc White Reserve will be closed from 7am Thursday 23 March 2017 to 7am Saturday 25 March 2017.

More details are on this flyer.

Princes Street Storm Water Drain

Heavy rains in late December and January highlighted problems with this drain. Storm water discharges directly onto Port Melbourne beach and a large area was covered by a very smelly and unsightly scum. This constitutes a health hazard and there is inadequate signage by the EPA alerting beach users and swimmers to the dangers. It also provides a poor image to tourists and visitors.


The BCNA has contacted the EPA and met our Gateway Ward councillors to discuss the health hazards and to reaffirm that a drain upgrade is needed. Follow up meetings are planned. The drain is the responsibility of Melbourne Water. A re-alignment was agreed with Melbourne Water in 2006 that would take the storm water further out into the bay. Unfortunately, this work has not been given priority.

Update on Fishermans Bend

The Fishermans Bend Taskforce now plans to release the revised Fishermans Bend Strategic Framework Plan mid-year 2017. This document will provide details on an overarching strategy to guide such things as the future development of transport, schools, community and utilities infrastructure and public space. Further details on the work of the Taskforce can be accessed at www.fishermansbend.vic.gov.au

Planning applications continue to be considered by the City of Melbourne and City of Port Phillip as well as the Minister for Planning. So far 25 major developments have been approved comprising 6,437 dwellings. 21 major developments are pending comprising 6,080 dwellings.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

London Hotel Redevelopment

The existing building is now being demolished in readiness for a new development. The owner has submitted a revised application (1220/2016) and this is being assessed by City of Port Phillip (CoPP) Planning Department. No details are publicly available.

The original application was refused by VCAT in 2016. While VCAT supported the type of development they found that the height would cause overshadowing of the foreshore, providing no net benefit to the community.

BCNA Budget Submissions to Council

Each year BCNA makes a submission to the City of Port Phillip (CoPP) for their consideration in developing the Council’s budget for the upcoming financial year.

In 2016/17 we were successful  in achieving:
  • Bike trail lighting – eighty new public lighting poles and LED luminaries between Beach St and Boundary St, Port Melbourne have now been installed, making for increased safety for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Safety on the Promenade – the CoPP has completed a feasibility study on potential ramps along the Promenade between Station and Princes Piers. For cost reasons, there are no current plans to construct ramps. However, our request for handrails on the steps between the piers has been granted, and they will be installed by the end of the year. Whilst this is not a solution to separation of the paths, the handrails will improve safety for pedestrians.
For the 2017/18 budget we have sought:
  • Graffiti removal – increased resources for preventative strategies and quick removal of areas affected by graffiti.
  • Princes Street storm water drain – collaboration with the EPA to develop and install improved signage regarding poor water quality, particularly in the pond at the mouth of the drain. An upgrade of the drain in the longer term.
  • 1-7 Waterfront Place – pending longer-term redevelopment of the site, action to ensure a clean up of the site.
  • Waterfront Place/Station Pier toilet facility – resources to fund a street level accessible toilet in the Waterfront Place area.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Port Melbourne Community Carnival - Saturday 18 March

Port Melbourne Neighbourhood Centre will be holding its biggest event of the year - the Port Melbourne Community Carnival 2017 which will take place on Saturday 18th March from 12 to 4 pm, on Liardet St, between Lalor and Nott Sts.

The theme for this year is Port Melbourne Unmasked - Uncovering the Heart of Port Melbourne, which aims to explore and celebrate the essence of this resilient community. People who are coming to the carnival will have the opportunity to be involved in a series of drop-in style workshops. These are always highly popular with children and families. This year the main workshop will be creating masks using recycled materials. The masks will then be worn in the 'Port Melbourne Unmasked Parade', allowing the artwork and creators to be cheered by the crowd.

More details can be found at www.pmnc.org.au/index.php/activities/carnival.

Piers Festival - Sunday 9 April


The Piers Festival is back in 2017.  The 6th Piers Festival will be held on 9 April at Princes Pier.

The annual free Piers Festival features a vibrant mix of artists and cultures, iconic sounds, new collaborations, music, dance and activities for all ages with headline acts Joe Camilleri & the Black Sorrows, the Core-tet, Oi Dipnoi, the haBiBis, Mojo Juju & the Samoan Choir.

MC Anna GoGo will get you go-go-ing, and DJ PAZ will fill the sea breeze with carnival beats at this FREE festival for the whole family.

Enjoy the festive interactive atmosphere of the Landing, with displays, performances and activities curated by various active cultural groups from Victoria: Latin Stories Australia & Casa Cultura; the Ukrainian Association of Geelong; the African Australian Small Business Association; the Shepparton Sikhs Association; Moreland Turkish Association; and more.

Enjoy traditional beverage samples, Pysanka Easter egg decorating, turban tying, art and craft and musical performances including Ismail Metin from the Yunus Emre Centre with martial arts displays.

More details can be found at multiculturalarts.com.au/event/piers-festival-2017.

Port of Melbourne Boat Tour - Sunday 30 April

There’s no better way to see the Port of Melbourne than on one of the free Port of Melbourne Open Day boat tours. The last one for the season will be on Sunday 30 April.

For more information, go to www.portofmelbourne.com/community-and-education/visiting-the-port/boat-tours.

Friday, 3 March 2017

1-7 Waterfront Place – Plans Advertised

As some may know, plans for development of 1-7 Waterfront Place have been advertised on the City of Port Phillip’s (CoPP) website. The application is for a permit for “Construction of a 10-storey mixed use building over two basement levels containing 175 dwellings and two retail premises of 355 square metres and a reduction in car parking requirements”.

Details of the application including plans and detailed documents (including the developers responses to the Council’s initial objections) can be viewed on the CoPP website. Unfortunately the design of this part of the CoPP website means that we can’t provide a direct link to the relevant page. As a result you’ll need to take the following steps to access the information. Firstly go to this page and select “Let’s get started!”. Then select “Resident” then “Planning and building” then “Object to or Support a Planning Permit” then go to the bottom of the list, select “New Search”, and enter 989/2016 in the box under “Application Number” and then (finally!) click “Search”. I’m sorry I can’t make it any easier – that’s the easiest way I’ve found to get there.

The BCNA Committee would like to see the site developed and used for the benefit of the community. However, BCNA has concerns about the current plans. The plans do not conform to covenants varied by VCAT in its decision of 15 January 2015. This means that the proposed building is bulkier than it should be and reduces sunlight on the site and beyond. The plans do not conform to Design and Development Overlay 23 of the Port Phillip Planning Scheme which means the building will be bulkier at higher levels and this will influence sunlight and shadows on the site and on the bike path, footpath and foreshore. The proposal does not minimise overshadowing at the winter solstice as required by Design and Development Overlay 23.

We encourage residents to look at the plans and respond directly to Council. Please also let us know your views at feedback@beaconcove.org.au so that we can better represent our members in discussions with Council. Council has indicated that they will not decide on the application before 6 March 2017.

Clean Up Australia Day Beach Patrol - Sunday 5 March

This month's 3207 Beach Patrol regular monthly clean coincides with Clean Up Australia Day.  Both new and long-time members are welcome come along.

When:  9-10am, Sunday 5 March
Where:  Port Melbourne Beach - meet opposite The London/Mr Lawrence with coffee afterwards at Cafe Grumento.

If you want something to print and put up on your fridge to remind you, you can download a flyer here.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Meeting with Ward Councillors next Monday (6 March)

Port People (www.portpeople.org.au) have arranged a meeting with our Gateway Ward Councillors – Bernadene Voss, Ogy Simic, and Marcus Pearl – next Monday evening.

They have been in place for just over three months now, and it will be a good time to hear how they’re finding the new three Ward, nine Councillor system.

Date: Monday 6 March
Time: 7:30pm
Venue:  Sandridge Community Centre and Trugo Club, 1 Tucker Avenue, Garden City

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Free Town Hall History Tours

More free town hall history tours will be run by ex-councillor and Waterfront Welcomer Russel Griffiths. You can discover Port Melbourne Town Hall’s history, hear personal stories from a former councillor, see inside the Council Chambers and see where the historic plaques are housed.

They start at the Port Melbourne Town Hall at 333 Bay Street Port Melbourne.

Tours will be held at 10am and 11am on the following days:
   Tuesday 7 February
   Wednesday 22 February

Tours are free but bookings are appreciated at ship@ischs.org.au or 0459 988 353.

Community Film Night - Thursday 16 February

BeachPatrol Australia and Inner South Community health are hosting a community film night to raise awareness about the local marine environment and the detrimental impact of plastic litter pollution. The night includes a Q&A with the producers of the films.

It will at 6:30-8:30pm on Thursday 16 February at Port Melbourne Town Hall.

More details can be found on this flyer.

Council Plan - Community Survey

In addition to the workshops regarding their 2017 Council Plan, the City of Port Phillip (CoPP) has now added a community survey.  This survey can be accessed here.

The survey closes on Sunday 26 February.

More details about the plan and associated consultation can be found at http://haveyoursay.portphillip.vic.gov.au/CouncilPlan2017.

Monday, 30 January 2017

Webb Dock Survey

The operator of Victoria International Container Terminal (the new container part of Webb Dock) would dearly love input from BCNA members on their views of the community engagement in the design and construction of the facility.

It can be accessed here.

The deadline for responding is midnight on Friday 3rd February (that's THIS Friday).

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Reminder - Waterfront Place Survey

Just reminding everyone that you are invited to have your say on the City of Port Phillip's (CoPP) design guidelines and public realm concept design for the Waterfront Place Precinct.

The survey closes this Friday (17 Jan).

Waterfront Place and good design of the public realm is important for everyone.  More details about the survey are here.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

What's On - Community Gardens, Walking, Tennis. Swimming, and Film Making

You may be interested that there are number of community gardens in Port Melbourne.  For more details of them and how you may participate go to www.portphillip.vic.gov.au/gardens.htm.

Inner South Community Health (ISCH) runs the following walking groups which some residents may find interesting / worthwhile / fun / etc.  More details can be found on this page.

As part of Melbourne Tennis Week, there will be free come and try cardio tennis sessions at JL Murphy Reserve on Tuesday 7 February. More details can be found here.

The Port Melbourne Icebergs meet at 8:30am on Saturdays - we have now put a link to their Facebook page in the Links to Useful Websites section on the right hand side of our home page.

ISCH also have a free short film making course starting soon. Learn how to make a film by working in small teams to bring a story to life. All films produced will be used to promote the various work that ISCH's Social Health and Inclusion Programme (SHIP) does. It runs on Fridays for 11 weeks beginning 10th February at the Port Melbourne Trugo Club. For more information or to book your place, contact Sally Rossiter on 9525 1300 or email ship@ischs.org.au.

Council Plan - Workshops

The City of Port Phillip (CoPP) are holding evening workshops in February across four key topics which are important elements of their new Council Plan 2017-2027. They are seeking a representative cross-section of our community in these workshops.

There will be some pre reading involved for participants prior to the workshop which CoPP will provide by email. CoPP will provide a $50 voucher to offset expenses, like transport costs and care arrangements, to enable people to participate. A light meal will also be provided. An online forum will also be hosted for anyone who can’t attend.

The following key topics will be discussed:
Water:  Tuesday 7 February, 6-9pm
Diversity and inclusion: Thursday 9 February, 6-9pm
Waste management:  Tuesday 14 February, 6-9pm
Transport and parking:  Thursday 16 February, 6-9pm

Register your interest by Sunday 29 January 2017 at www.portphillip.vic.gov.au/councilplan2017.htm. Spaces are limited. They will contact you towards the end of January to confirm your participation in the workshops and will endeavour to offer you a place for your preferred topic.

Workshop participants will also be invited to attend a Findings Forum on Thursday 23 February, 6-9pm to discuss the outcomes and recommendations from all the workshops.

Community Grants

The City of Port Phillip (CoPP) Community Grants program aims to work together with funded groups and organisations to meet identified community needs, support local networks, promote and encourage participation in community life, facilitate innovation and promote access, inclusion and acceptance of diversity.

The 2017-18 Community Grants Applications Forms and Guidelines are now available for preview. For more information go to www.portphillip.vic.gov.au/community_grants.htm.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Blessing of the Waters - Sunday 8 Jan, Princes Pier

Sorry for the late notice but it's only just come to my attention that this is on THIS WEEKEND.

The Blessing of the Waters Greek Orthodox ceremony takes place on Sunday the 8th of January 2017 commencing at 1pm and will be followed by music, dancing and activities for children until late afternoon. Also, food and drink will be available at the Pier together with a variety of other stalls.

The Blessing of the Waters at Port Melbourne is a combined celebration for all Parishes in Melbourne celebrated by His Grace Bishop Ezekiel of Dervis together with all the Clergy of Melbourne.

The promise of a year's good fortune enticed scores of young Greek Orthodox men to try their luck in the annual Blessing of the Waters Ceremony. The ritual commemorates Christ's baptism in the River Jordan, termed the Epiphany by St. John Chryssostom (from the Greek word for 'manifestation', 'epifaniea'). The ceremony of Theofania, following Epiphany Day, culminated in Bishop Ezekiel of Dervis tossing the wooden cross into the bay. Epiphany, the 12th day after Christmas, celebrates the visit of the three kings or wise men to the Christ Child, signifying the extension of salvation to the Gentiles.

Survey on Outdoor Exercise

The Social Health and Inclusion Port (SHIP) project (part of the Inner South Community Health Service, ischs.org.au) are looking into offering a series of short outdoor community exercise classes at a beginner level for people to try in early 2017. Let them know what you would like to see available in Port Melbourne by completing their short survey. Depending on community interest, classes will run between February and April 2017.

Westgate Park Health Walk

I've been alerted to this by the SHIP project.

Victoria Walks are this month featuring a walk around Westgate Park. Located just off Todd Road, this walk provides the some stunning scenery, including waterways, abundant bird life and different indigenous plants.  Details here.