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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Divercity autumn gold

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Discover some autumn gold from Port Phillip. See how to share your love of books with little free libraries, get a bus load of faith by visiting local places of worship, find inspiration at St Kilda’s own film festival and peruse dozens of local events. 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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Could labour mobility be a force for a fairer deal for new workers?

Policy makers in employment and industrial relations may be in denial about rates of underpayment amongst new workers, especially student visa workers and youth. Research with student visa holders points to widespread underpayment. Helping these workers to ‘move on’ to a fair workplace could be a practical strategy to reduce exploitation.

Thorough research by Dr Stephen Clibborn, Associate Lecturer in The University of Sydney Business School’s Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies found widespread underpayment amongst students with visas. His survey found that 60% of working students were paid below legal minimums. He concludes that “Australia’s 400,000plus international student guests are particularly vulnerable to exploitation by unscrupulous employers as they are often young, inexperienced, away from support networks, financially insecure and unaware of employment rights and enforcement institutions.”

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A joint Fairfax ABC investigation into students working for 7-Eleven convenience stores by The Age’s Adele Ferguson pointed to widespread and systematic underpayment. Leaked company reports suggest that up to two-thirds of stores are paying workers as little as $10 per hour. In what is being dubbed the ‘half-pay scam’, staff were allegedly paid for only half the hours they work, with time sheets fudged to record hours that met visa limits.

Working with Chinese speaking journalism students, Edunity interviewed a range of current student visa holders about their experiences in Australia, including safety, accommodation and employment. The interviews showed an understanding of minimum wages but an acceptance that most first jobs involved below legal pay. The respondents knew it wasn’t right but felt they had to start somewhere, but hoped and eventually got employment at proper rates. Then the properly paid jobs in respectful workplaces were highly valued.

Other work by Edunity suggests that young workers, especially those desperate for first jobs are at risk of underpayment and even no payment as unpaid interns or trial workers.

Move on to a fair deal

Policy makers should explore ways to support and motivate underpaid workers to move on to a fair deal – quickly and confidently.

Use social – reach out with stories of underpaid people moving on to fair wages, emphasizing the friendlier atmosphere of workplaces that play by the rules

Show how to recover lost wages – step by step instructions to recover of lost wages and benefits after moving on.

Act now to avoid reputation damage – the education industry is important to Australia and negative work experiences are a significant threat to our reputation as a destination of first choice for study. Policy makers should address ’employment risk’ alongside already identified concerns like safety, accommodation and language.

Greg-web Greg Day is a journalist and communications consultant in social issues, including the future of work and grassroot responses to technology disruption.
Twitter @gday_edunity

No FOMO @ FOLA

no_fomo Theatreworks’ Festival of Live Arts (FOLA) is just one of the great theatre highlights in the March April Divercity. There’s also special mate’s rates at ANAM for music lovers and a host of heritage events including an ANZAC Day tour of the St Kilda Cemetery.

Say bravo to St Kilda Mums for getting an award from the Premier and Yvonne who’s volunteered for 35 years delivering library books to house-bound locals.

See the site of a new multistorey primary school in South Melbourne and new ward boundaries in the council election scheduled for 22 October.

Add to this hundreds of courses and classes at local community centres, and you’ve got two months of great things to do in Port Phillip.

Divercity is delivered to over 60,000 households across Port Phillip including Port Melbourne, South Melbourne, Middle Park, Albert Park, St Kilda, St Kilda Road, East St Kilda, Balaclava and parts of Ripponlea.

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

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Summertime and the living is … local

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Watch on as hundreds of sailors converge on St Kilda for the ISAF Sailing World Cup in December. Cheer as young Linus from Elwood joins hundreds in events for off-the-beach boats.

Just up the beach, you might catch the ‘oarsome’ surfboat crews from the St Kilda Lifesaving Club. With summer holidays looming, there’s still time to get kids enrolled in holiday programs, like MSAC Planet Sport.

Hanukkah is also coming and so is the Ripponlea street party on 6 December in Glen Eira Road from 11.00 am – 3.00 pm.

Seniors are invited to get involved in the Linking Neighbours program for coffee chats, bike rides and all sorts of outings.

There are so many things to do across Port Phillip; Indigenous art at the Town Hall Gallery, Summer Solstice Healing, cemetery tours, opera in the pub, skateboarding show-off and much more.

Spend your shopping time in local style at local markets; South Melbourne, Esplanade Craft and St Kilda Twilight, all buzzing in December and beyond.

All this and more, in the latest Divercity

Springtime for the Palais and Port Phillip

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The saving of a much-loved entertainment venue headlines the October/November edition of Divercity.

This edition has a jam-packed program of local events, from the Port Phillip Seniors Festival to the Discover Sailing Day on Albert Park Lake.

Learn how you can also contribute to an inner Melbourne small-scale makers map, and share your favourite Port Phillip parks on Council’s social media.

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There’s a lot cooking in the latest Divercity

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Read about the Restaurant Revolution happening at the St Kilda Triangle, the Mayor cooking up a storm at Sacred Heart and the upcoming Market Week at South Melbourne Market.

Meet Nancy the lollipop lady, Kenny and Terry the pastry chefs and the crew from the Elwood St Kilda Neighbourhood Learning Centre. There’s also dozens of local activities, ranging from local Open Melbourne destinations to craft options at the Market.

Don’t forget the exclusive sneak peek at the new Lemnos legacy statue arriving in August.

Divercity is distributed to every house in St Kilda, East St Kilda, Ripponlea, St Kilda Road, South Melbourne, Albert Park, Middle Park and Port Melbourne.

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Divercity May June coming soon

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Watch out for the May – June edition of Divercity, coming soon to all Port Phillip mailboxes. Learn how to ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’, meet The Furies, celebrate with a local centenarian, and read about Yalukit Willam: The River People of Port Phillip – a history of Port Phillip’s first peoples.

You’ll also find lots of things to eat, see and do in Balaclava, Port Melbourne, Albert Park, St Kilda, South Melbourne, Elwood and St Kilda Road; including a Pulitzer Prize winning play, some home front history, delicious dining for a good cause and activities for crafty kids.

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Divercity May June content call

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Spread the word

Divercity magazine goes to 60,000 households in Port Phillip. It’s full of things to do and people to meet in Port Phillip.

The May June edition comes out on 4 May. Please let us know about any Council or community events in May and June before the deadline 20 March.

We are also looking for interesting items on the Green three Rs: reducing, recycling and reusing.

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Got any questions: call Greg Day 8330 1931

Look out for new-look Divercity

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Divercity March April 2015

The March – April edition of the redesigned Divercity will be arriving in Port Phillip mailboxes soon. Look out for St Kilda’s newest theatre, the return of the South Melbourne Market Mussel Festival and a facelift for Fitzroy Street.
As always, you’ll also find heaps of things to see and do in St Kilda, Port Melbourne, Albert Park, South Melbourne, Elwood and St Kilda Road; including school holiday fun, living art, First World War centenary events and an enchanted wonderland made out of rubbish.

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