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Christmas in Melbourne Time to spring clean PAGE 6 Knowledge Week PAGE 7 Lord Mayor’s message The opinions and ambitions of young people have helped shape a new City of Melbourne policy. Given that a large proportion of our municipality’s residents, visitors and students are aged between 12 and 25, we sought their views. The City of Melbourne consulted more than 140 people, in drafting the new policy Empowering Young People – Young People’s Policy 2010-13. Future Melbourne (People and Creative City) Committee Chair Councillor Jennifer Kanis said young people wanted to be part of decisions that affected their lives. Their participation will underpin the policy, which will guide our actions in the next three years. The work of female councillors past and present was recognised in a recent event marking the Year of Women in Local Government. The City of Melbourne contributed to the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Shilling Wall, as a tribute to the 22 former and current female councillors, including the Deputy Lord Mayor Susan Riley, and Councillors Jennifer Kanis and Cathy Oke. In 2010, the City of Melbourne benefits from their skills, energy and sound experience in business and community involvement. Many women involved in local government in Melbourne, including former lord mayors Winsome McCaughey and Lecki Ord, attended the celebration at the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre. As the year draws to a close, Melburnians can reflect on some of the city’s exciting events, in which many of us have participated. We hosted an enormous crowd at the AFL Grand Final Parade before the (first!) grand final. Attracting a prestigious elite men’s cycling race to Melbourne, as part of the UCI Road World Championships, was a great boost for the city’s profile. This month, we welcome Australian and international thinkers to Melbourne for the Knowledge Cities World Summit. Major events make our city buzz with excitement, and the City of Melbourne will continue to support festivals and events which bring us together as a community. As Councillors, we have almost reached the midpoint of our term, and next month we will report on our achievements over the past two years. Robert Doyle, Lord Mayor Annual Report 2009–10 The City of Melbourne’s Annual Report 2009–10 is now available online or for viewing at Melbourne Town Hall. Financial statements within the annual report show that the City of Melbourne maintained its strong financial position in 2009–10. We remain debt-free, delivered a strong surplus, and continue to be recognised with a AAA credit rating by Standard & Poor’s. The annual report also details our progress toward the 10 key strategic activities of the 2009–10 Annual Plan and Budget, which included developing a ‘one stop shop’ economic development model (Enterprise Melbourne), beginning to redevelop Swanston Street and continuing to drought-proof our parks and gardens. The annual report also outlines how the City of Melbourne performed against a range of benchmarks, including global sustainability benchmarks. In keeping with our commitment to environmental sustainability, we encourage those who would like to read the Annual Report 2009-10 to view it online at www.melbourne.vic.gov.au or at the Melbourne Town Hall administration building, 90 Swanston Street, Melbourne. Review of building planning controls The City of Melbourne has started a review of its planning controls for buildings in the Hoddle Grid area of the central city. The study area is bound by Spring Street, Wurundjeri Way, the Yarra River and Victoria Parade. The Lord Mayor said the review of the city’s ‘built form’ was part of a broader review of the Melbourne Planning Scheme. He said that the city’s buildings shaped the look, feel and function of our streetscapes and the quality of public urban space. ‘The form of the buildings, including overall height and the height of buildings’ levels, affects sunlight and daylight levels in the streets, whether streets are windy and whether the space feels comfortable or overwhelming,’ the Lord Mayor said. ‘We have to protect the civic qualities we value and shape a cityscape that is not just the unplanned outcome of many small decisions but works together as a whole.’ Future Melbourne (Planning) Committee Chair, Councillor Peter Clarke, said the City of Melbourne was assessing the effectiveness of current planning controls for the heights of buildings and their presentation to the street and would develop a set of controls to ensure that our streets are welcoming and comfortable. ‘It’s important that as the central city continues to evolve, it continues to be a welcoming, vibrant, functional and interesting place to live, visit, and do business,’ Cr Clarke said. The built form controls within the planning scheme have been in place since the 1980s, although there have been some amendments since then. The City of Melbourne is working closely with the Victorian Government to ensure good development in the central city. ‘The review of the central city’s built form is an important opportunity to ensure our planning controls are strategic, that they create streetscapes that work for the people of Melbourne and build on our city’s distinctive identity,’ Cr Clarke said. The City of Melbourne’s Future Melbourne Committee will consider the review and associated amendment to the Melbourne Planning Scheme in early 2011. The community will have an opportunity to make submissions on the proposed planning scheme amendment. Celebrate Christmas in the city The city is filled with festive fun in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Our bountiful calendar of events will keep you and your family entertained throughout November and December. From Federation Square to Docklands, Melbourne offers a range of activities to delight every age group. The city’s big-brand and boutique retailers provide unparalleled Christmas shopping, and our restaurants and cafes will welcome you with the friendly service and fabulous food for which Melbourne is renowned. Get set to share a memorable Christmas season in the city with these exciting events. Santa’s Grand Arrival Saturday 6 November A Melbourne tradition, Santa’s Grand Arrival sees excited families flock to Bourke Street Mall for hours of captivating fun. Two shows will take place – the first pre-show entertainment commences at 9.30am with the feature performance at 10am and the second show kicks off at 11.30am with the second feature performance at noon. Much-loved characters Ben 10, Elvin Choir and Angelina Ballerina, along with Wacky Christmas Presents and Giant Christmas Angels, will entertain the crowds as Santa’s sleigh prepares to touch down in Melbourne. Then, Yo Gabba Gabba! are joined by children’s television personalities Shura Taft and Charli Delaney as they herald Santa’s grand arrival in spirited style. Come along and help welcome Santa to Melbourne! Sponsored by David Jones. Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Friday 3 December Celebrate the true spirit of the season at the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. From 6.30pm, Bob the Builder, Bart and Homer Simpson, and Christmas elves and fairies will welcome families, residents and city workers to the City Square. As dusk falls over the city, Les Miserables and CATS star Silvie Paladino will take to the stage, along with Australia’s Got Talent finalists Rolling Entertainment. At last, the magical moment arrives: a child from the Starlight Foundation, our official Christmas charity partner, will light the Christmas tree, starting the official countdown to Christmas Day. Sponsored by Mirabella. Santa in the City Square Saturday 4 to Friday 24 December All I want for Christmas is…stop by the City Square and whisper your Christmas wishes in Santa’s ear between 10am to noon and 1pm to 3pm every day. Bring your camera and have your picture taken with him – it’s free! Nativity Scene Blessing Ceremony Thursday 9 December Join Reverend Tom Knowles, from Melbourne City Churches in Action, for the blessing of the city’s unique calligraphic nativity scene. Recall the story of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth and celebrate Christian customs as a choir sings your favourite carols. Come along and see why this time-honoured Melbourne tradition is as strong as ever. Santa’s Post Box Friday 5 November to Friday 17 December Who can tell if your Christmas wishes will come true? Santa can! Send your Christmas list direct to him from Santa’s Post Box in the City Square. Include your postal address, and you’ll receive a reply from the man himself! Myer Christmas Parade Saturday 13 November Australia’s biggest Christmas party takes over the city streets as festive floats, children’s characters, celebrities and community groups parade through Melbourne to celebrate the arrival of the festive season. The Myer Christmas Parade Grand Marshall leads the event from Spring Street down Bourke Street to the Mall, where crowds await the arrival of Santa and his reindeer, plus his favourite Christmas helper, Jennifer Hawkins. Myer Christmas Windows Friday 5 November Capturing children's imaginations for 55 years, the Myer Christmas Windows bring Australia’s favourite stories to life. Artists, animators and craftsmen have been working hard for six months to create these magical displays, which are unveiled at noon to the delight of families from Melbourne and beyond. What will this year’s theme be? Come along, and be among the first to find out! Myer Santaland Friday 5 November to Friday 24 December The kids will think Christmas has come early when you visit Myer Santaland. Take a journey on the Santaland locomotive train, which takes passengers on a tour of the village. Spend time in the playground. And don’t forget to visit Santa and Rudolph – tell them your Christmas wishes and have your photo taken to receive a special Christmas gift! Santa at Harbour Town Saturday 4 to Friday 24 December Docklands' Harbour Town comes alive with the Christmas spirit, as Santa arrives with a sleigh-load of festive cheer. He’ll visit the centre every day from 11am, to join you in a free breakfast and grant Christmas wishes. Free kids’ craft activities are available on Level 1, and Christmas entertainment kicks off on Friday 17 December. Federation Square Festivities Wednesday 1 to Friday 31 December Escape the bustle of the city and take a chance to reflect this Christmas at Federation Square. Admire stunning installations and enjoy Christmas films, forums and singalongs. Treat the little ones to children’s workshops, and take in free daily performances by community choirs. One of Melbourne’s great Christmas traditions, Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight, will be shown live on the big screen on Christmas Eve. MRA (VIC) Toy Run Sunday December 12 For more than 30 years, the Motorcycle Riders’ Association of Victoria has collected toys to donate to underprivileged kids through the Salvation Army. Celebrate the spirit of giving as scores of riders roll into Docklands for a gleaming, rumbling, big-hearted toy delivery. Santa will, of course, share the goodwill as Melbourne’s families admire the bikes, enjoy live entertainment and bands and celebrate the spirit of giving. Santa’s Christmas Spectacular at Wonderland Fun Park Saturday 11 to Friday 24 December At Santa’s magical Christmas Wonderland, rides, entertainment and Christmas cheer combine for a fantastic day out. Visit Santa’s stables, have your face painted, post a letter to the North Pole, and meet Santa’s hilarious elves. Take a ride on the magical dragon flyer, the carousel, bungee trampolines and the Santa Express Wacky Coaster before telling your Christmas wishes to Santa himself! David Jones’ Magic Cave Saturday 6 November to Friday 24 December Sneak into the Magic Cave, sit down with Santa, and let him know all your Christmas wishes! Have your photo taken with him for a festive souvenir of your visit. Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight Friday 24 December This year’s Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight celebration, presented by Myer, marks the 73rd year of this timeless event. Join in a chorus with a glittering array of contemporary and traditional performers as Melbourne raises its collective voice in a spirit of goodwill. Visit www.thatsmelbourne.com.au for details of all Christmas events. Spring clean In spring, the City of Melbourne ramps up its street cleaning services to help keep our municipality beautiful. Street cleaners are out in force cleaning up cigarette butts, graffiti and laneways. Since the start of September we have: cleaned more than 50,000 square metres of lanes and streets in the central city removed chewing gum from bluestone paving in streets and lanes around the municipality removed litter and built up sediment from stormwater pits. Residents’ free hard waste and garden organics collection The City of Melbourne is ready to help you spring clean your home and garden. Get into the spirit by taking advantage of our free garden organics and hard waste collection. Saturday 13 November – West Melbourne, North Melbourne and Kensington Saturday 20 November – East Melbourne, South Yarra, central city, Docklands, Southbank and Port Melbourne Saturday 27 November – Carlton and Parkville To find out what we will and won’t collect, visit www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/waste Booking a collection If you live in a house, townhouse or small block of flats, contact the City of Melbourne on 03 9658 9658. If you live in a high-rise apartment, contact your body corporate or building manager to coordinate your building’s collection. Re-use or recycle Future Melbourne (Eco-city) Committee Chair Councillor Cathy Oke encouraged residents to raise the municipality’s recycling rate and recycle their unwanted or broken items, if possible. ‘Remember that mobile phones, old computers, mattresses, clothes and furniture can all be reused or recycled,’ Cr Oke said. Visit www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/waste to find organisations that will be able to reuse or recycle these items. Free bin clean Throughout spring, the City of Melbourne is rewarding central city businesses that have worked with us to clean up our city laneways. The City of Melbourne is giving businesses that have worked with us to comply with new waste laws a free bin clean by The Bin Butlers. Councillor Ken Ong said City of Melbourne education officers were visiting businesses that have bins stored in a central city street or laneway to help them find ways to move their bins inside their premises. ‘In special circumstances, the City of Melbourne may give permission for bins to be stored in a laneway, subject to strict controls to keep them neat, clean and tidy,’ Cr Ong said. Under the new waste laws, overflowing or putrid bins must be cleaned or businesses will be fined. For more information about the waste laws visit www.enterprisemelbourne.com.au/waste Discounted compost and mulch Residents of the City of Melbourne municipality can buy discounted mulch and compost this spring. Future Melbourne (Eco-city) Committee Chair Councillor Cathy Oke said a similar offer last year had proved highly successful in helping the municipality’s keen gardeners reduce their water usage. ‘The compost and mulch, which is made from recycled household garden waste, will improve the health of your plants and soil and reduce the amount of water your garden needs this summer,’ Cr Oke said. Until Sunday 12 December, residents can buy compost and mulch from a number of garden supply outlets across Melbourne. Visit www.mwmg.vic.gov.au for your nearest outlet. Melbourne hosts knowledge summit Australian and international thinkers will gather in Melbourne this month to explore the practical benefits of developing ‘knowledge cities’. Hosted by the City of Melbourne, the third Knowledge Cities World Summit has the theme ‘Knowledge Cities – from theory to practice’. Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said Melbourne had excellent learning and research facilities, a pool of industry leaders in business and research, together with strong economic and cultural foundations. The summit will see more than 100 experts from around Australia and the world come together to explore themes such as how cities can best attract investment, qualified labour, students and researchers, and sustainability. The Lord Mayor said the decision to hold the summit here reflected Melbourne’s success in the knowledge sector. ‘As host of the summit, we will have the opportunity to showcase Melbourne’s modern, intelligent and innovative approach to all aspects of city life,’ the Lord Mayor said. The Knowledge Cities World Summit will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from Tuesday 16 to Friday 19 November. Speakers include: The City of Melbourne’s Director of City Design, Professor Rob Adams, who will be talking about the need for new, sustainable ways of building our cities to take into account expanding urban populations Professor Bjorn Asheim, a major international figure in economic geography from Sweden’s Lund University, who posits that cities make people smarter Dr Cathy Garner, CEO of Manchester: Knowledge City, United Kingdom, who will be sharing insights from her background in international knowledge transfer, urban dynamics and regeneration, education and knowledge-based business development Professor Javier Carrillo, World Capital Institute, Mexico, world leader in knowledge cities and knowledge-based development For more information about the Knowledge Cities World Summit, visit www.melbourneknowledgesummit.com Knowledge Week 2010 A brain fitness challenge and a ‘live art’ project at Southern Cross Station are just two of the events in which Melburnians can take part during Knowledge Week 2010. Future Melbourne (Economic Development and Knowledge City) Committee Chair Councillor Carl Jetter said knowledge Week, from Sunday 14 to Saturday 20 November, would showcase all of Melbourne’s attributes as a ‘knowledge city’, including the arts and culture, education, science and research. Knowledge Week events include: Melbourne Conversations Presented by the City of Melbourne this conversation will focus on whether communities are empowered by social technology. To be held at BMW Edge on Wednesday November 17, it will include speakers from the Knowledge Cities World Summit. Oi! (Online information) sessions The City Library is holding three training and information sessions during Knowledge Week to showcase how you can get the most out of the library’s resources. Southern Crossings Launching in Knowledge Week, Southern Crossings will involve commuters at Southern Cross Station taking part in a live art project developed by the City of Melbourne and local artists one step at a time like this. RMIT Business Innovation Breakfast Dr Cathy Garner, Chief Executive Officer of Manchester: Knowledge Capital, United Kingdom, a featured presenter at the Melbourne 2010 Knowledge Cities World Summit, is the guest speaker at the RMIT Business Innovation Breakfast on Tuesday 16 November at Ernst & Young, Melbourne. Florey Neuroscience Institutes – Online Brain Fitness Challenge The Florey Neuroscience Institutes has developed a fun and quick corporate team building brain challenge that will raise funds for the institutes’ research. For more information about Knowledge Week, visit www.melbourneknowledgesummit.com Events Suit Up & Ride Friday 19 November Piazza and Promenade areas of Waterfront City Grab your workmates and join Suit Up & Ride, Melbourne’s newest, most fun fundraising event. Wear your work clothes – or uniforms! – and ride RACV Melbourne Bike Share bikes around Waterfront City to raise money for youth mental health. For information and to register, visit www.suitupandride.com.au Polish Festival Sunday 21 November Federation Square Federation Square brings you an experience straight out of Krakow’s Old Town with the Polish Festival, a celebration of culture, food, art and music. Pick up Polish foods, handcrafts, clothing and jewellery from a plethora of stalls. And enjoy traditional music, dance and folklore with Victoria’s Polish community. For details, visit www.polishfestival.com.au Melbourne Movember Gala Parté Saturday 27 November 2010 Birrarung Marr Lower Terrace Melbourne’s Mo Bros will flaunt their feats of facial hair in a fancy dress party at the month’s end. While Mo Sistas dressed to suit their Mo Bros will vie for the title of Miss Movember, the lads’ luxuriant upper lips will be lauded in the Man of Movember award. For details, visit www.movember.com The Third National Klop Championships Saturday 20 November 2010 Birrarung Marr, Lower Terrace Klop, a traditional game from Finland, is taking over as the new summer sport of choice for Aussies. The National Klop Championships are open to all, and literally anyone can win. Visit – and compete in – this year’s event, and enjoy great music, good food, and all the Klop you can handle. For details, visit www.klop.com.au Southern Crossings Thursday 18 to Sunday 28 November Southern Cross Station Southern Cross Station becomes the stage for intriguing live art project Southern Crossings in November. Southern Crossings exposes an evolving audio library of commuter contemplations on comings and goings, arrivals and departures, hopes and disappointments. It invites us to experience the station as a place of sharing, listening, and reflecting. Book online at www.trybooking.com Face the Music Conference Friday 19 November to Saturday 20 November The Arts Centre Face the Music is a two-day music conference and industry summit for local and national musicians and other music professionals. The event offers presentations, panel discussions, one-on- one artist development interviews, networking sessions, music showcases and practical workshops. Sessions will explore stagecraft and songwriting, international festivals, new and evolving business models and much more. Presented by The Push. Register at www.thepush.com.au 64th Australian DanceSport Championship Friday 10 December to Sunday 12 December Hisense Arena Witness the glitz and glamour of dancing when Australia's best dancers kick up their heels at the 64th Australian DanceSport Championship. Couples will compete in standard, Latin American and new vogue dance styles featuring waltz, jive, samba, cha cha, gypsy, tap and more. It’s three days of thrilling spectacle, featuring international and Australian champions – plus some great new names on the Australian dance scene. Australasian World Music Expo 18 to 21 November Various venues The Australasian World Music Expo (AWME) brings together musicians, industry representatives and festival audiences from around the globe for four days of non-stop music, networking and industry forums. Hosting some of the region’s finest roots, folk, Indigenous, electronic, reggae, hip hop and world music artists; this year’s lineup includes Afrobeat luminary, Femi Kuti (Nigeria), Groundation (USA), Dan Sultan, King Kapisi, Katie Noonan, The Raah Project, Mista Savona plus more. For the full program please visit www.awme.com.au Melbourne Thessaloniki Sister Cities Community Festival Celebrating the 26th year of the sister city relationship between Melbourne and Thessaloniki, the Thessaloniki Association, in partnership with the City of Melbourne, Victorian Multicultural Commission and the Bank of Cyprus is proud to announce the 2010 Sister Cities Glendi Festival. Explore culture, music, the arts, and multicultural cuisines on Sunday 14 November at Federation Square from noon. For more information visit www.thatsmelbourne.vic.gov.au Dreams Come True: The Art of Disney's Classic Fairy Tales Thursday 18 November to Tuesday 26 April ACMI, Federation Square Discover the artistry behind Disney's timeless animation at this exclusive exhibition exploring the art behind Disney’s most beloved films. Drawn from the Walt Disney Animation Research Library, the exhibition features artworks from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, and the studio’s latest animated feature, Tangled. Fall under the spell of Disney's fairy-tale classics. www.acmi.net.au/dreamscometrue OzMade Musicals Presented by Magnormos, OzMade Musicals celebrates the best of Australian written musical theatre by bringing you highlights from musicals of the past and the present; and also giving you a sneak-peak of the best of what’s to come! Hosted by Toni Lamond AM and featuring a line up of Aussie musical royalty, OzMade Musicals will play for one-night-only on Monday 15 November at Comedy Theatre. Don’t miss it! Visit www.marrinertheatres.com.au for details. Snapped: Melbourne past and present Did you get your entry in to the Melbourne Library Service’s Snapped photography competition? To view the shortlisted entrants – and find out who won – visit the Gallery at City Library, 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne. The exhibition is on throughout November. Come and see how your fellow Melburnians captured our city’s evolution. All photos entered into the competition will be added to the Melbourne Library Service Picture Victoria database. Visit www.melbournelibraryservice.com.au for more details. eBooks now available If you have a Sony Reader or Kobo, you’ll be pleased to hear that the Melbourne Library Service has extended its downloadable collection to include eBooks. eBooks are electronic books that can be downloaded to your computer (Mac and PC) or to an eBook reader. The collection currently features a range of popular titles such as The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. To borrow eBooks from our collection, you’ll need a valid library card and a computer with Internet access. Once you’ve downloaded digital media, they can be enjoyed on a computer and transferred to popular devices such as MP3 players, iPods and smartphones. At the end of the lending period, titles automatically expire and are returned to the collection – you don’t need to do a thing! To get started with eBooks, visit www.melbournelibraryservice.com.au Riverslide Skate Park The Riverslide Skate Park is Melbourne’s premier skate facility. Located in the Alexandra Gardens, it’s a five minute walk from Flinders Street Station. Riverslide is one of Australia’s only public skate parks offering full-time supervision. It’s open from 10am to 8pm every day of the year (except Christmas Day), with Wednesday and Friday night skating under lights until 10.30pm. Staff are trained in first aid. Riverslide caters for beginners, intermediate and advanced skaters. Skate lessons are provided and equipment is available for hire. The park hosts special events such as competitions, free skate clinics and trips – and can also host birthday parties. The Riverslide café boasts picturesque garden views and is a great spot for a coffee and a catch-up with papers while your young skaters perfect their tricks. Benefits of skateboarding Children who start skateboarding at an early age learn to love physical activity. Start skating now, and you’ll enjoy the health benefits for years to come. It’s an inexpensive hobby compared to most other sports. Skateboarding promotes a healthy lifestyle and friendships. 2010 Tan Teams Challenge Relay Wednesday 1 December 6pm, Tan Track, Royal Botanic Gardens The Tan Teams Challenge Relay is a new twilight, mid-week relay race involving corporate and business teams of four. Each team member runs or walks one lap around the Tan Track, then passes the baton to their team’s next participant, until the relay is complete. Eureka Climb Sunday 14 November from 8am to 12pm Eureka Tower Can you climb 1642 stairs? One of the highest vertical races in the southern hemisphere, the Eureka Climb raises money for disadvantaged young people. Whatever your age or fitness level, you’re invited to climb the world’s tallest residential tower – and enjoy a full day of festivities and fun. To register visit www.eurekaclimb.com.au Train with us for the Eureka Climb Active Melbourne will provide free, hour-long stair-based training for the climb every Wednesday from 6 October to 10 November. Meet at Melbourne City Baths, 420 Swanston Street, Melbourne at 6.30pm. You’ll receive a locker token for your belongings. For more information, visit www.activemelbourne.net.au Melbourne City Relay For Life Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 November Alexandra Gardens The Melbourne City Relay for Life gives local teams a chance to celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost to cancer, and fight back against this disease. Teams of 10 to 15 members will keep their baton moving through the night to raise money for the Cancer Council. For details, and to register, visit www.relayforlife.org.au. Dive-in movie at NMRC Saturday 27 November 8.30pm to 10pm The warm weather is finally here and the North Melbourne Recreation Centre’s pool is in full swing. Kick back with your family on a balmy evening at NRMC with some popcorn and a great movie on the big screen. It’s free for members and only $5 for non-members. Visit www.nmrc.com.au or phone 03 9658 9666 for more information. Tehiya Umer accepts the laptop on behalf of the Kayyo Oromo Women's Group. Giving back to the North Melbourne community North Melbourne Recreation Centre has given away a laptop to the Learning and Life Centre to assist local communities and refugees. Representatives from the centre presented the laptop to Tehiya Umer of the Kayyo Oromo Women’s Group, who said the laptop will be a great asset to her women’s group. The North Melbourne Recreation Centre also provides three 12-month gym memberships, including 12 personal training sessions, to members of the Learning and Life Centre and three lifeguard training sponsorships. Sponsored individuals can seek part-time employment with North Melbourne Recreation Centre on completion of the course. The Learning and Life Centre, an initiative of the North Melbourne Football Club, provides relevant, professionally designed programs for children and adults from all walks of life including homework classes. Transport strategy review gets moving A connected city with an integrated and sustainable transport system that provides for locals and visitors’ needs for the next 20 years – this is the goal of the City of Melbourne’s transport strategy review. The draft strategy is expected to be released for community comment in March next year. The draft strategy will build on the extensive consultation undertaken for other transport-related projects, including Future Melbourne and the Swanston Street redevelopment. Key transport stakeholders, including the Department of Transport and Bicycle Victoria, Yarra Trams and Metro Trains will also be invited to provide input. Future Melbourne (Connected City) Committee Chair, Councillor Kevin Louey, said the new strategy will replace the City of Melbourne’s current strategy, Moving People and Freight 2006 to 2020. ‘Since Moving People and Freight was endorsed four years ago, there have been considerable changes in transport policy and travel behaviour,’ Councillor Louey said. ‘These include strong growth in public transport use and pedestrian numbers, a significant increase in bicycle use, 24-hour activity in the central city, and our new Municipal Strategic Statement. ‘We also need to ensure that the strategy is integrated with recent Victorian and Australian Government strategies and policies, such as the Victorian Transport Plan and Victorian Bicycle Plan – and supports sustainable urban planning and development.’ For more information about the transport strategy go to www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/strategies or call 03 9658 9658. If you would like to register for updates on City of Melbourne consultations go to www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/getinvolved New river shuttle takes off This summer, take the scenic route to Docklands. Departing from Southgate, the Melbourne River Cruises shuttle offers a daily return service to Waterfront City Marina, starting Monday 8 November. The shuttle leaves Southgate hourly from 10am to 4pm on weekends and from 11am to 3pm weekdays. The return service leaves on the half hour. Visit www.thatsmelbourne.com.au for more details. Empowering young people The City of Melbourne has released a new youth policy which will drive its actions for young people over the next three years. Empowering Young People – Young People's Policy 2010–13 provides a plan to enhance the lives of young people aged 12 to 25 years who live, study, work or visit the municipality. The new policy was developed after talking with young people, families, youth and community organisations, government departments, educational institutions, and the community. Empowering Young People outlines the City of Melbourne’s vision for young people so they can reach their full potential as healthy, resilient, empowered, valued and fulfilled young citizens and play an active role in their communities, Actions outlined in the plan include locally based youth support services, a youth street team program, a youth night market, youth grants and an international student program. Future Melbourne (People and Creative City) Committee Chair Councillor Jennifer Kanis said that in developing the policy, the City of Melbourne had consulted young people, international students and youth organisations. ‘We spoke with more than 140 young people as part of our policy development process,’ Cr Kanis said. ‘Young people want to be seen and heard. They want to be part of decisions that affect their lives. That’s why the participation and inclusion of young people are two of the core principles underpinning the Empowering Young People policy.’ The City of Melbourne will be promoting the policy through youth and community networks with a poster that has been developed with young people, for young people. The poster will be circulated to schools, youth organisations, clubs and services. For more information about the new youth policy visit www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/youngpeople or phone the City of Melbourne on 03 9658 9658 for a free copy of the poster. Plan for child- friendly Melbourne A new plan to make Melbourne a more child-friendly municipality will help children feel more involved, connected and empowered. The City of Melbourne has released a new plan to recognise the rights of children and respect their ability to help shape their municipality. Future Melbourne (People and Creative City) Committee Chair Councillor Jennifer Kanis said Children’s Plan 2010-2013 champions the rights of children and provides opportunities for them to be involved in community debate and decision-making processes. ‘The plan will help children, adults and the wider community secure children’s rights as citizens, and give children the chance to say what they want for themselves over the next four years,’ Cr Kanis said. Recent figures reveal there are nearly 6000 children under 12 years of age living in the City of Melbourne municipality and this group is increasing. According to the latest estimates, children under 12 will represent 7.2 per cent of the municipal population by 2020. During the plan's development, children shared their ideas of what it meant to live in, study in and visit the City of Melbourne municipality and what they needed to feel safe, secure, grow and learn. A first for the City of Melbourne, the plan commits to: a two-way engagement strategy to communicate with children from different socioeconomic, cultural and linguistic backgrounds a whole-of-council, whole-of-government approach to child-friendly decision making. meaningful opportunities for children to participate in the design, development and evaluation of City of Melbourne policy high quality, accessible services and infrastructure for children pathways for children to move easily, safely and confidently around the municipality with their families, and by themselves. For more information or a copy of the plan go to www.melbourne.vic.gov.au International Day of People with Disability Disability Sport and Recreation Festival Federation Square Friday 3 December Celebrate International Day of People with Disability at the Able and Active Disability Sport and Recreation Festival, from 7am to 2pm, and enjoy: annual Disability Sports Awards Breakfast community sport and recreation exhibition ‘come and try’ accessible sport and recreation activities Scoring the Equaliser mini-conference lunchtime Knock Out corporate wheelchair basketball challenge The City of Melbourne supports several participating organisations through the International Day of People with a Disability community grants. Grant recipients for 2010 include the Spina Bifida Foundation of Victoria, Wild@heART Community Arts, Blind Sports Victoria and Grit Media. For more information, contact Wheelchair Sports Victoria at email@example.com phone 03 9473 0133 or visit www.dsrf.org.au Vision-impaired tennis demonstration Monday 29 November 9.30am to noon Carlton Baths Community Centre 248 Rathdowne Street, Carlton If you find playing tennis hard, imagine what it’s like for blind or vision-impaired people. This fascinating demonstration will show you how they do it. You can also try it for yourself wearing goggles that simulate vision loss. For more information, contact Blind Sports Victoria by phone 03 9822 8876, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.blindsports.org.au Chair Chat Grit Media – the team who brought you the popular C31 program No Limits – is running a television workshop for people with disabilities in the C31 Television Studio Level 1, 501 Swanston Street Melbourne. Participants will learn the ins and outs of working in front of the camera as well as behind it as the group creates its very own television pilot. All participants will receive a DVD copy of the pilot to show family and friends and re-live their moment of fame. The workshop is open to anyone with a disability over the age of 16 years. Contact Naomi Chainey at email@example.com or the MetroAccess Project Officer on 03 9658 8587 for more information. WheelTalk Program Wheelchair Sports Victoria’s WheelTalk Program showcases individuals whose positive attitude, personal stories and energy for life inspires others and raises awareness about disability. The program is presented to around 20,000 Victorian students each year. The WheelTalk Program can also be adapted for other groups. The corporate-focused Impact Program educates businesses about accessibility issues. For more information, contact Adriana by phone 03 9473 0133 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Female councillors honoured The contributions of past and present female City of Melbourne councillors have been recognised in tributes at the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Shilling Wall. The Shilling Wall, in the centre’s grounds in Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, acknowledges women who have made a positive contribution to the lives of others. The wall was inspired by the work of a committee, led by suffragette Annette Bear- Crawford, who devised the Shilling Fund in 1897 to raise money for the Queen Victoria Hospital. Deputy Lord Mayor Susan Riley said that in the Year of Women in Local Government, it was fitting to pay tribute to the 22 past and present female councillors who have served the City of Melbourne municipality. ‘The Shilling Wall tributes to female City of Melbourne councillors not only recognise women’s participation in public life but are among the City of Melbourne’s initiatives to help promote and encourage women’s participation during the Year of Women in Local Government,’ the Deputy Lord Mayor said. The first female City of Melbourne councillor was Clare Cascarret, who was elected in 1967. The other former councillors are Alexis (Lecki) Ord and Winsome McCaughey (former lord mayors), Barbara Champion, Catherine Ng, Catherine Redwood, Cheryl Fruscalzo, Fiona Snedden, Francesca Sciarretta, Hanna Pan, Irene Goonan , Janette Hibberd, Joanna Pace, Kimberley Kitching, Lorna Hannan, Lorna Rolfe, Lynette Hatton, Rhonda Cumberland and Rosemary Daniel. The City of Melbourne’s currently serving female Councillors, Deputy Lord Mayor Susan Riley and Councillors Cathy Oke and Jennifer Kanis have also been honoured with tributes. Payment for the tributes goes to the Shilling Fund, which now contributes to the work of the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre. The current and former female City of Melbourne councillors were invited to a function at the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre to celebrate and acknowledge their contributions. Volunteer drivers needed Link Community Transport and the City of Melbourne are seeking volunteer drivers to help seniors groups travel to social and recreational events. If you enjoy driving and meeting new people, and have a current driver’s licence, you might enjoy being a volunteer driver. We can provide you with all the training and support you need. The City of Melbourne is committed to keeping seniors active and connected. 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