Welcome to the 100th edition of Divercity. With longer days (and hopefully warmer weather), we’ll all have more time to enjoy the great outdoors.
Paint in the Park at Gasworks is a three-hour out paint outdoor ‘competition’ over two weekends. It’s all about participation and inspiration, but there’s also remuneration with big cash prizes.
Also outdoors is a festival of everyday bike riding, the aptly named Tour de Moray (celebrating the spanking new bike track along Moray Street). There will be loads of fun, a scavenger hunt, pop-up attractions and free bike tune ups – you’ll be dinging your bells in delight.
Get down to Fitzroy Street for Luminous, a pop-up art attraction with visuals by five creative outfits. Marvel at the works of PluginHUMAN, Tom Gerrard, John Fish, filmmakers Nick Kozakis and Carl Allison, and recycled nylon sculpture by Elizabeth West. It will be Fitzluminous.
There’s also highlights from the local Senior’s Festival that will inspire swinging, singing and giggling.
Oh, and we look at Divercity covers over the years since we first started in 2001.
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Music, arts, politics and the environment – the youth of Port
Phillip are active, vocal and talented. Meet Ed, Meagan and Nina from the Youth
Advisory Committee and read about what motivates them to get involved. There’s also
great photographs of Semi and Jillian who are making their mark in art, the
enviro club at Albert Park College and the finalists in the Resource Smart awards
from St Columbas Primary.
Plus millions in election pledges coming our way, tackling
the taggers and loads of local events.
In this issue, we meet some of the locals who care about homelessness.
On the cover are Henry and Mark from Father Bob’s Community Pantry. There’s also Donna who helps out by using her skills as a hairdresser. We’ve also got handy contacts for agencies that care and a list of places to get a free feed every day of the week..
You’ll also get an insight into the day-to-day struggles from the crew at the Port Phillip Community Group. We also take a look at Wintringham, an aged care service right here in Port Melbourne that welcomes people who have struggled with homelessness.
This edition also links seniors to a range of activities to keep them connected and social in the winter months and beyond.
And just to show off our love of compost, we look at Veg Out Community Gardens and Council’s community compost waste reduction ideas. You’ll learn about green cones that will put your FOGO in the zone.
Plus an amazing list of local events, including all the buzz from the St Kilda Film Festival.
From the colourful cover to the action packed event pages, Divercity
showcases the style and substance of our neighbourhoods.
Meet Abuk and Afadang who bring the colour and style of South Sudan to life through their sewing collective. A few pages later, meet Susan and Ella who are leaders in theatre. Walk along the foreshore and you might stumble across David, a mathematician and artist reimagining paintings from the 19th century.
Plus there’s a pond built by volunteers near a 700 year old tree with a great Indigenous story. There’s also a snap of eco-teens exploring the reefs of Point Ormond with the Port Philip EcoCentre team.
And now there are more ways to better deal with e-waste – that ever growing collection of unwanted stuff we have in our houses, like old phone chargers, routers and alike.
Catch a double dose of Women’s Big Bash cricket at the newly refurbished Junction Oval on the weekend of 1 and 2 December – it’s gold coin entry – howzat!
Stay up-to-date with the beach litter and drinking rules to keep you and yours safe over the busy summer months. While you’re at it, put the Pride March (Sunday 3 February) and St Kilda Festival (Sunday 10 February) in your diary – and join in the celebrations.
Are you thinking about doing some volunteering in the New Year? Council has a new volunteer’s portal with loads of ways to get involved. To get you started, we’ve listed some interesting volunteer ideas in a variety of fields.
Read young people’s ideas about creating health minds – there’s a lot of wisdom on display.
Events, progress in parks, recycling tips and more, all in the summer edition of Divercity.
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.
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.
Much of this Divercitycelebrates 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.
Divercity 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.