Belonging matters

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Divercity October – November 2017 celebrates the many ways our community invites participation and gives people more opportunities to belong. Sing in a choir, enjoy a night out, build a park and get seniors together for their very own local festival.

We also reflect on the shameful arrest of two women in 1977 for holding hands on a tram. Their journey, and the stories of other women, will be told during a tram ride and afternoon tea during Seniors Festival.

And, as usual, there are details of lots of things to do in our community: walk for causes, keeping active, arts & theatre and a host of seniors’ events.

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Divercity covers topics of interest to residents of Balaclava, Port Melbourne, South Melbourne, Albert Park, Middle Park, St Kilda Road, St Kilda, Elwood and Ripponlea.

Editorial suggestions are welcome: gday@edunity.com.au

Crafty waste warriors

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Meet locals who are reducing waste in very crafty ways. Georgie Faircloth and how her art on a crowd funded drinking fountain attracts people to refill rather than buy water. Leather worker Louise sells recycled leather wallets and more at the Esplanade Craft Market. While teams of people are making Boomerang Bags to help you say no to plastic bags while shopping. Don’t forget the pre-loved clothing at the new Greeves St. op shop in Belford Street, because changing your wardrobe could help change a life.

You can also meet Peter Smith, the new Port Phillip CEO. His last gig was CEO at Adelaide City, so he’s got lots of experience and ideas.

There’s more than 30 local events to tempt you out this winter, including the wonders at MAP57 of the St Kilda triangle and much more.

Plus a lift out about the Council Plan.

In letterboxes from 17 July.

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Listen to a one-minute posdacst interview with Georgie who painted the O-fountain

Proud about Pride Centre


After an exhaustive selection process, the Victorian Pride Centre Board has unanimously selected Fitzroy Street as the location for Australia’s first Pride Centre. Read why in the latest Divercity.

Also read about Seniors rights forums in June, a fantastic winter garden coming to the St Kilda triangle, meet the woman who created a digital storytelling machine that’s on show at the St Kilda Library.

Plus there much to get involved in: Dine with Heart month in May for the Sacred Heart, lots of theatre, arts and dance, and a diverse community calendar.

In letterboxes from 1 May

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Research Work – got a suggestion?

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Work is changing fast. My job is changing – your job is changing. There is a genuine question mark on the future of work; having a job with rights, security, status, structure and even pay could soon be thing of the past.

Are the new work rites (sic) the rules of the jungle? Have we reached ‘peak’ employment and is the future mostly casual and gig work? What’s does the future look like for entry level workers? And equally, how will older workers (unable to afford retirement) keep going?

Research Work is a journalism and grassroots research project organised by Edunity. The aim is to discover, document and discuss contemporary work issues. We don’t claim to have the answers – or even fully understand the questions – but we are convinced that we (as a community) need to talk about how work is working for everyday people.

Suggest a story for Research Work. We’ll partner with you to get that story into the public discussion about the future of work. We can’t follow-up every story, but we can bring an experienced eye to your story ideas.

Discretion assured – anonymous tip offs welcome

Anonymous tip offs are welcome however we are more able to follow-up stories if we have your contact information. Feel free to use snail-mail for documents (Research Work, 202/517 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000)

Greg Day is a journalist and social researcher with three decades of experience in communicating about work issues.

Highlights include
Concept and content for the popular ACTU’s Worksite for schools.
Creation and fundraising for ACTU / Red Stitch touring theatre for schools
Multiple campaigns for the Commonwealth on vocational opportunities for youth

Meet the people of Divercity March / April 2017

coverMeet the women Councillors who are bold for change; meet Mr Creece the new school principal from Ferrars Street; meet the clean beach heroes from West Beach in St Kilda; meet the cleaning crews who work daily before dawn; meet the primary school waste warriors and IT winners.
Divercity is people places and participation.
Plus dozens of events.
Plus a lift out with hundreds of classes and courses.

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Read the Courses and Classes lift-out

Great education destinations

Edunity’s Education Destination service is taking a break. But our tour partners are still delivering great walking tours of Melbourne’s CBD.

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For architecture and sustainable design, contact Melbourne ArchiTOURS. Esther Sugihto and her crew will work out a plan for your school group. Email melb@architours.com.au

For history, heritage or settlement, contact Melbourne Walks. Meyer Eidelson has a great range of tours available for schools. Email melbwalks@gmail.com

Summer is better beside the seaside

Divercity has your guide to the big and little events of summer in Port Phillip. You’re invited to rock, run, ride or relax as you please. Ride the beachside bike paths from Elwood to the new Webb Point observation deck. Run in the Carmen’s Women’s Fun Run or the Gatorade Triathlons. Relax at the open air cinemas or Shakespeare in the Park or chill in the new Acland Plaza. Read about kids being wildlife ambassadors, locals giving unwanted dogs a second chance or find new ways to get involved in your community.

And don’t forget to meet the new councillors headed up Mayor Cr Bernadene Voss and Deputy Mayor Cr Katherine Copsey.

All in the summer edition of Divercity.

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Our Lane is going green

Our Lane off Flinders Lane is getting a green treatment.

Katherine Place is one of three lanes were selected by council-appointed engineers, sustainability experts and landscape architects from 800 public nominations made after the plan was floated in March.

Read more at The Age

Celebrating cultural assets

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The latest Divercity will be in letterboxes from 4 July – but you can preview it now
Storytime in local libraries, landmarks of Indigenous heritage, festival of film, Divercity celebrates the cultural assets of Port Phillip.
Red Stitch Actors Theatre turns 15 plus dozens of local events, including theatre, heritage, active and community.
Divercity covers topics of interest to residents of Port Melbourne, South Melbourne, Albert Park, Middle Park, St Kilda Road, St Kilda, Elwood and Ripponlea.
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