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									Christmas in Melbourne
Time to spring clean

Knowledge Week

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

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 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

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
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

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

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
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 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
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

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

‘Remember that mobile phones, old computers, mattresses, clothes and furniture can all be
reused or recycled,’ Cr Oke said.

Visit to find organisations that will be able to reuse or
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

‘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

Discounted compost and mulch
Residents of the City of Melbourne municipality can buy discounted mulch and compost this

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 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
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

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,

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
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,

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

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

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

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.
invites us to experience the station
as a place of sharing, listening, and reflecting.

Book online at
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

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

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

Dreams Come True: The Art of Disney's Classic Fairy
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.

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 for details.

Snapped: Melbourne past and present
Did you get your entry in to the Melbourne Library Service’s Snapped photography

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 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
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

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

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

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 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 or call 03 9658 9658.

If you would like to register for updates on City of Melbourne consultations go to
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 for more details.
Empowering young
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

The new policy was developed after talking with young people, families, youth and
community organisations, government departments, educational institutions, and the

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 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

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
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 phone 03
9473 0133 or visit

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 or visit

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 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
Female councillors
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

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

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
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.

For more information, contact Shane at Link Community Transport on 03 9376 8642, or
0407 837 108, or email
Chin Communications
If you want to do business with China, Chin Communications can help you. This company's
skilled translation services have helped city businesses connect with China for almost 20
years, since 1992. Chin Communications' long-standing experience means you can be sure of
culturally sensitive and accurate results – giving you an advantage in the face of an
increasingly competitive push into China.

Chin Communications' services include translation, interpreting, voiceovers and business
card production. Services are also available in many other languages including Korean,
Vietnamese, Indonesian and Japanese.

Along the way, Chin Communications has collected many well-known clients, including
President Hu Jintao and former president Jiang Zemin; US presidents Bill Clinton and
George W Bush; Prime Minister Julia Gillard and her predecessors; plus many state
premiers, governors and VIPs. Chin Communications also works with many small businesses
in Melbourne and further afield, helping many as they embark on their first forays into

Help us celebrate almost two decades in business. Answer the following question by Monday
29 November to win a voucher for translation services to the value of $100.

What year did Chin Communications start helping businesses in Melbourne?

Email your answer with the subject ‘Melbourne News Offer’ to:

Or post your answer with your name, address and phone number to:

Chin Communications
Level 8, 350 Collins Street

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