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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.