From War to spirituality, sport to seniors, bike riding to rainbow roads

The latest Divercity is probably the most diverse we’ve ever produced – once again we showcase many ways that you can be more involved in your community.

Join others as they reflect on the centenary of Armistice Day in 1918. There’s a new peace garden and several neighbourhood walks to visit sites of significance related to WWI. You can learn about the War through the service stories of people from Heath Street in Port Melbourne – it’s fascinating and brings to life the service, sacrifice and enormity of events a century ago.

October also includes the Port Phillip Seniors Festival with three big dances to get feet tapping and hearts racing. Check the details alongside a range of other local events in October and November – including HOWLoween for doggies – woof woof.

Meet the stormwater detectives from Council who are using robot mounted CCTV to explore our stormwater drains and keep them flowing – watch for their nifty electric vehicle in a street near you soon.

On the cover, you’ll also meet Kamal who runs free soccer clinics for youngsters in Port Melbourne. As a refugee arriving in Australian in 2003, he’s followed an interest in football to get involved (and employed) in his community. Now he’s helping others enjoy the beautiful game and get involved.

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Feel the creative pulse


Creatures from Port are taking over the world. Yes it’s true, ginormous realistic animatronics created by a Port Melbourne enterprise are being used all around the world.

It’s just one example of the creative local stories in the latest Divercity magazine.

You’ll also see the dynamic crew from The Arcade, a South Melbourne hub for dozens of people developing interactive and online games. It’s an amazing place with local expertise, ideas and creativity reaching out to a global audience.

You’ll also meet musicians Ruby and Joyce who enjoy the creative scene and make music in totally different circles. We also see the artists in residence at Gasworks as they prepare for their annual exhibition.

And to keep it colourful, we also feature Tracey and Sharifeh who are making fashion work in so many ways at space2b in Chapel Street.

Plus plenty of local events and a few local characters from our many neighbourhoods, including Balaclava, Port Melbourne, South Melbourne, Albert Park, Middle Park, St Kilda Road, St Kilda, Elwood and Ripponlea.

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Show me your sustainability and I’ll show you mine


Much of this Divercity celebrates community efforts to bring sustainable ideas into their everyday routine. It’s simple but inspiring stuff.

The youngest citizens are learning about the basics like composting and growing vegetables in the childcare centres. Young wildlife enthusiasts and Elwood residents are backing a clever plan to boost wetlands around Elster Creek to reduce flooding while boosting the environment. School mums and dads are happily washing dishes at school events to reduce litter.

While at the South Melbourne Market shellfish waste is being diverting to a unique program to build new mussel reefs in out Bay.

There’s also many local events in sustainability, the arts and community. Indeed, there’s no time to waste – get into your Divercity.

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Growing and welcoming more people


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March – April looks at how Port Phillip is growing while striving to retain a welcoming local character. The cover features the fabulous new high rise school in the new neighbourhood of Montague. Rising five storeys high, the school includes Council managed maternal / child health services, a kindergarten and sport facilities.

We meet seniors trying a new fitness sensation; join the weekly faith and food gathering at the Hare Krishna in Albert Park that’s open to all; get a glimpse of some of the top local designs that will be celebrated and awarded at the NGV in March; and look in depth at the new planning rules that promise to help retain neighbourhood character.

Combine this with a potpourri of local events, news from community groups and a preview of the new Pride Centre – and bingo – you have the next edition of Divercity.

 

Summer for everyone

People with disabilities can now use beach wheelchairs to enjoy a dip in the bay at Port Melbourne and St Kilda beaches thanks to council and the local lifesaving volunteers. A new monthly Repair Café promises to bring new life to domestic appliances, furniture, toys and clothes. The people behind oBikes have signed a deal to make them work better.

All this and dozens of local events in the December – February Divercity.

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.

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