Lord Mayor’s message
Strong financial management underpins the City of Melbourne’s 2012-13 Budget – but it’s also about finishing what this Council started when we
were elected in 2008.
In the past three years we have delivered the largest community infrastructure investment in the history of the municipality. We’ve also kept annual
rate rises low and this year we’re very proud to announce a zero per cent rate rise. Council’s strong financial position ensures we can support our
local neighbourhoods through substantial infrastructure investments.
In total the Budget contains a record $117 million investment in infrastructure and $364 million on community services. Local communities have
played a big role in helping us design and deliver some of the city’s major projects. We’ve listened to your feedback during consultation periods and
your ideas have shaped vastly improved community facilities.
In Southbank the refurbishment of the Boyd School building is due to open mid year, a superb place around which the community can congregate
and enjoy open space and a new City of Melbourne library.
We’ve also guaranteed a strong legacy for our city by drought-proofing our iconic parks and gardens. We’ve doubled the number of trees in our city,
completed major water harvesting projects and saved more than $500,000 a year in watering costs.
In our neighbourhoods, we will complete substantial upgrades to facilities at JJ Holland Park, Royal Park, Princes Park, Domain Gardens and the
North Melbourne Community Centre.
We will also soon see a revitalised Swanston Street, transformed by a $25.6 million investment. Melbourne has become better than ever for
pedestrians and cyclists and in this year’s Budget we’ve announced a major $5.6 million expansion of the city’s bicycle network.
We know that on a busy day close to one million people pass through Melbourne. It has been our goal to ensure residents and visitors experience
the city at its best and we’ve invested heavily in our city’s premier events – New Year’s Eve, Moomba, Melbourne Music and Melbourne Spring
Fashion Week. City safety has also been high on our agenda, with $630,000 in this year’s Budget for new initiatives.
Our guiding principle for the Swanston Street work was ‘great streets make great cities’ and in this Budget I’m very proud that we’re investing to
make a great city even better.
Robert Doyle, Lord Mayor
A Melburnian who inspires me
I really admire the team at Camp Quality. It’s challenging to work with kids who have cancer. I admire them because they take a positive attitude in
very difficult situations, bringing laughter to where there is sadness.
I have an understanding of the impact that cancer has on families. A child of six or seven should have their whole life ahead of them, and there are
many ups and downs ahead when someone is diagnosed with cancer.
Camp Quality helps children and their families to celebrate the good days and cope with the bad ones, using laughter as the best medicine. They’re
opening an office in Spencer Street West Melbourne soon, I wish them all the best.
Councillor Brian Shanahan
An exemplary citizen, enduring advocate for Melbourne and former Lord Mayor: Trevor Huggard.
Trevor is a ‘national living treasure’, a wonderful raconteur and a true gentleman. His knowledge of Melbourne – its heritage, architecture, politics
and social fabric – is encyclopaedic.
The breadth of his personal engagement with Melbourne is astounding and many worthy and diverse local organisations benefit from his
involvement: he is a trustee for the Koori Heritage Trust, board member of Travellers Aid Australia and life member of the Australian Dragon Boat
Trevor is a true ‘citizen’, devoting his intellect, knowledge and energy to improving the quality of life in our city.
Councillor Jackie Watts
Zero per cent rate rise for
Melbourne: draft budget
A zero per cent rate rise in this year’s draft budget underscores Melbourne’s reputation as an attractive place
to live, work and invest, and minimises the financial impact
The draft 2012-13 budget contains a record $117 million investment in infrastructure and $364 million on services, and a zero per cent rate rise for
Rates payments are an important source of income and as the city grows, a greater number of properties come on stream to support council
It should be noted that this is a revaluation year and some ratepayers will experience an increase where others see a reduction, as the market value
of their property changes. In total, the City of Melbourne anticipates rates revenue similar to previous years.
The draft budget focuses on projects from one end of the city to the other. Investments include:
• $10.2 million for stormwater harvesting
• a $5.6 million plan to strengthen and expand the city’s bike network
• $2.6 million to enhance Melbourne’s iconic streetscapes
• $630,000 for city safety
• $4.7 million toward the new Docklands Library and Community Centre
• $6.5 million to finish the revitalisation of the city’s spine, Swanston Street
• $4 million to complete construction of the Carlton Baths and Family Resource Centre, expected to open in October.
Future Melbourne (Finance and Governance) Chair, Councillor Brian Shanahan said the City of Melbourne remains in a strong financial position
with no debt, a AAA/A-1+ rating and strong cash reserves.
‘Over the term of this Council we have returned a combined surplus of more than $38 million, all of which has been reinvested back into the
community,’ Councillor Shanahan said.
‘This budget has a projected underlying surplus of $1.07 million. We are confident that through wise oversight we will continue to fulfil our
responsibility as good economic managers, protecting and enhancing the amenity of the city.’
The draft budget is open for public consultation until 5pm Friday 8 June. A final version will be considered by Council on Tuesday 26 June.
Flying the Aboriginal flag
In a powerful symbol of reconciliation, the Aboriginal flag now flies permanently over Melbourne Town Hall.
The Aboriginal flag was raised permanently in May at Melbourne Town Hall during Reconciliation Week.
The move demonstrates the City of Melbourne’s recognition of the Kulin Nation as the First Nations people of Melbourne, and honours a City of
Melbourne commitment in its Reconciliation Action Plan 2011-14.
‘Flying the Aboriginal flag recognises that this is Aboriginal land, and that we always were and are still here,’ said Wurundjeri Elder Annette Xiberras,
who co-chairs the City of Melbourne’s Indigenous Advisory Panel and the Land Justices Group for Victoria.
‘Flying the Aboriginal flag is one of the things we need to start doing if we’re serious about reconciliation and want to recognise the First Australians.
It’s our flag, flying it means recognition and respect for all Aboriginal people,’ Annette said.
Visit melbourne.vic.gov.au/indigenousculture or call 9658 9658 for more about the Reconciliation Action Plan.
‘Buycott’ green businesses
Reward the businesses in Carlton that are greening their work practices through a ‘buycott’ supported by the
City of Melbourne.
Five businesses in Carlton are taking the Eco Carlton challenge and switching to more sustainable practices, and you’ll get the chance to vote for
the business that stands out as the greenest.
The City of Melbourne is working with Cafe Lua, King and Godfree, CV’s Cafe and Bar, La Mama Theatre and Gewürzhaus in Carlton through a
partnership with advocacy group Carrotmob.
Each business received an independent assessment outlining adjustments they could make to improve their environmental credentials. The City of
Melbourne created a short video for each business profiling their actions, to go up online so people can vote for the greenest business. Carrotmob will
then organise an online ‘buycott’ campaign for the winner.
Cafe Lua’s new co-owner Angus Giles said the Eco Carlton challenge was a great incentive to green his business.
‘We’ve put in good lights that use less energy, added timers to the lights in the toilets, replaced our grease tray, and our new taps don’t use so much
water. The previous owners didn’t even recycle their plastics, so we bought a monster recycling bin,’ says Angus.
‘If people judge that we’re the best at greening up our act, we’ll get more business. The campaign has a very clever economic and publicity
incentive built into it alongside the environmental impact,’ said Angus. He and his partner were both English teachers before they bought Cafe Lua
18 months ago.
Future Melbourne (Eco-City) Committee Chair, Councillor Cathy Oke invited people to use their ‘buycotting’ power to encourage more businesses to
look after the environment.
‘Help businesses to make socially and environmentally responsible change by showing that you notice their efforts, and that you’re prepared to
support them as they become more sustainable,’ Cr Oke said.
Check out each business and vote for their green initiatives at carlton.vic.au
Festive start to tree planting season
People in the city can breathe easier as 3000 new trees take root in our parks and streets before the end of the
planting season in October.
In a festive start to the city’s official tree planting season, 32 hoop pines which featured in Melbourne’s City Square at Christmas last year will be
planted this year. The hoop pines will be planted at the University of Melbourne, Melbourne Zoo, the Victorian College for the Deaf and a church in
The City of Melbourne is committed to planting 3000 trees every year for the next ten years to ensure our city’s tree canopy cover in Melbourne
doubles over the next two decades, according to Future Melbourne (Eco-City) Committee Chair, Councillor Cathy Oke.
‘Cool cities make for happier, healthier cities and people, and we need to start planting now if we are to secure Melbourne’s green future,’ Cr Oke
The City of Melbourne’s Urban Forest Strategy plans for Melbourne’s green future over the next 20 years, and encourages private land owners to
look at planting trees in their own backyard.
Tree planting takes place across the city from April to October. A community tree planting day will be held on 3 June for World Environment Day,
with more to follow. Visit melbourne.vic.gov.au/urbanforest to get involved.
New garden gets thumbs up
People in Docklands now have a place to spend the day pottering in the garden, somewhere leafy to catch up
with mates over a barbeque.
There are freshly planted snowpeas, mint and parsley in one of the new veggie patches at the Docklands Community Garden adjacent to the
Village Green on Victoria Harbour.
‘It’s great to see that somebody has put plants in over the week,’ said Mark Patrick Dietsch, who moved to Docklands in February and is keen to be
involved in the community garden, which has been delivered through a partnership between City of Melbourne and Places Victoria.
‘I moved here from Lord Howe Island. At first, Docklands was a bit much for me, especially coming from a small community where I had two big
veggie gardens,’ Mark Patrick said. ‘I’m glad that there’s somewhere for people to hang out in Docklands and make a garden together, it’s a great
Already, lemon and lime trees are taking root in the garden. There’s a communal barbeque, a rosemary grove and two big vegetable patches, along
with barrels that will, in time, brim with herbs and other edibles. The garden makes great use of timbers and materials that have been salvaged from
other areas during the Docklands project.
Over winter, the garden beds are open for all to dig as they please, and people are welcome to help develop the guiding principles and systems for
a coordinated spring planting season. The group will prepare a planting and community events calendar, gardening tools will be sourced and green
thumb workshops offered.
Docklands Coordination Committee Co-Chair, Councillor Kevin Louey said the Docklands Community Garden is a way for people who live in
residential towers to put their hands in the dirt, relax and make new friends.
‘It’s wonderful for families to come down and have fun planting veggies, watch them grow, learn from other gardeners and take a workshop. It’s a
great stress reliever for workers in the area, somewhere to find some peace at lunch in a little green haven,’ Cr Louey said.
Everyone is welcome at Docklands Community Garden. For more, contact the Hub at Docklands, 80 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands. Email
email@example.com or call 9658 9658 for more.
Docklands lights up
Start your winter weekends with free fireworks shows in Docklands every Friday night in July from 7pm.
Catch a different show each week from anywhere in Docklands, but head to Waterfront City to experience the full spectacular, presented by the City
Whether you’re catching up with friends, doing a little late night shopping with family or relaxing at one of more than 100 restaurants, Docklands is a
great place to fire up the weekends.
See the action every Friday night in July, with roving entertainment from 6.30pm from New Quay Promenade to Waterfront City. Fireworks at 7pm.
A new fixture in Docklands, Melba Spiegeltent, is loaded with character. This 100-year-old tent has an array of antique mirrors complemented by
spacious wooden booths, which means you can bring friends and family together to enjoy a unique performance space.
The Melba Spiegeltent is leased and managed by Wonderland Fun Park in consultation with Circus Oz. Located next to Costco under the southern
star observation wheel, the Melba makes space for stand-up comedy, music acts, live theatre, movie screenings and festivals. Book it as a venue
for birthday parties, functions and theatre events, or come along to see a show.
Visit melbourne.vic.gov.au/winter for more.
Rare books and treasures
Your vintage Enid Blyton collection may have great nostalgic value, but it might be worth more than you think.
Bring it along to Melbourne Rare Book Week, from 19 to 29 July, and get an expert’s opinion.
In a bookish spin on the antiques road show, antiquarian booksellers will be on hand at the State Library of Victoria on Saturday 20 July to assess
the value of rare books in private hands, according to convener Kay Craddock.
‘If you have a collector’s instinct or a love of books, there are many reasons to visit the city during Rare Book Week,’ Kay said. ‘Melbourne in winter
lends itself to reading and conversations about books.’
Find a first edition as scores of booksellers from some of the oldest and largest antiquarian booksellers in the world put their wares on display
during the ANZAAB Rare Book Fair from 27 to 29 July, along with old maps and prints.
‘Come along to the Rare Book Fair and find some reasonably priced items, listen to letters from 84 Charing Cross Road read aloud at Reader’s
Feast Bookstore or visit the Melbourne Athenaeum Library to have a bit of fun watching sculptor Nicholas Jones pull discarded books to pieces and
transform them into sculptures,’ Kay said.
Book lovers, collectors and readers alike will find out why Melbourne is a UNESCO City of Literature during Rare Book Week, according to Future
Melbourne (People and Creative City) Committee Chair, Councillor Jennifer Kanis.
‘In the National Year of Reading, it is wonderful that we are able to attract Rare Book Week to the city. It’s timed perfectly to be enjoyed with early
winter warmers like the Open House weekend and the Cultural Treasures Festival,’ Cr Kanis said.
Uncover the secrets of the University of Melbourne’s botanical, medical, musical, scientific, artwork and rare book collections during the University’s
Cultural Treasures Festival from 28 to 29 July, a free program of exhibitions, thematic walks, talks and seminars, demonstrations and displays.
‘There are many architectural and cultural walks through the historic university campus,’ said Susie Shears, cultural collections coordinator at the
University of Melbourne.
‘The Cultural Treasures Festival is a chance to see many fascinating collections, from rare botany books to the herbarium and a system garden, and
the strange Magneto-electric machine held by the Medical History Museum,’ Susie said.
Melbourne Conversations: Rare or ubiquitous, printed or digital, the book is central to our literary status in the National Year of Reading. Reflect on
the future of books and booksellers in ‘The culture of the book: celebrating our city of literature’ at BMW Edge on 19 July from 6pm.
39th ANZAAB Rare Book Fair: Leading antiquarian booksellers from Australia and the wider international bookselling community gather to offer
rare and interesting books, manuscripts, maps and prints covering a broad spectrum of collecting interests. Admission is free. From 27 to 29 July at
Wilson Hall, the University of Melbourne.
Transforming books: Melbourne-based artist Nicholas Jones transforms discarded books by folding, tearing and sewing the leaves into
sculptures. Join Nicholas as he moves his studio into the Athenaeum Library. See the artist at work from 23 to 29 July, with a studio talk on 25 July
Melbourne Rare Book Week runs from 19 to 29 July. The Cultural Treasures Festival is held at the University of Melbourne from 28 to 29 July. Visit
melbourne.vic.gov.au/whatson for more information.
A trip down Literature Lane
As an anonymous lane near the State Library is now named Literature Lane, the signposts really show that
Melbourne is a city in love with books and ideas.
As a tribute to Melbourne’s status as a city of literature, a previously unnamed lane off Little Latrobe Street is now called Literature Lane.
Literature Lane firmly fixes the place of writing in Melbourne’s cultural landscape, according to Future Melbourne (People and Creative City)
Committee Chair, Councillor Jennifer Kanis.
‘Melbourne has a proud tradition of being the home of literature, culture and the arts, and we are recognised as a UNESCO City of Literature. And
Literature Lane is also a tribute during the first National Year of Reading,’ Cr Kanis said.
Many literary beacons call Melbourne home, from the Melbourne Writers’ Festival and Emerging Writers’ Festival, to the Wheeler Centre for Books,
Writing and Ideas and the biennial Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards.
‘Melbourne truly embraces books and ideas, and soon we will have two new libraries to add to the mix, one in Southbank at the former JH Boyd Girls’
School site later this year, and the Docklands Library in 2013,’ Cr Kanis said.
Literature Lane joins other famous Melbourne lanes including AC/DC Lane, Dame Edna Place and Hosier Lane.
‘Our laneways are uniquely Melbourne and visitors enjoy the quirky and enchanting charm they bring to our city,’ Cr Kanis said.
Visit www.melbournelibraryservice.com.au for more about our libraries and what’s happening in the city during the National Year of Reading.
The Melbourne collection
Celebrating Melbourne’s status as a UNESCO City of Literature, the Melbourne collection contains fiction and non-fiction about Melbourne. Found
in each of our libraries, the Melbourne collection is branded with the City of Literature logo.
When the collection was first established, it consisted of a small selection of must-reads about Melbourne: 12 fiction and 12 history books. Not long
after the collection was installed in the libraries, it became clear that we needed add more titles; such was its appeal. People love to read about the
place in which they live.
Here are some of our stories:
The Slap, Christos Tsiolkas
Monkey Grip, Helen Garner
My Brother Jack, George Johnston
Power Without Glory, Frank Hardy
Three Dollars, Elliot Perlman
The Getting of Wisdom, Henry Handel Richardson
Bad Debts, Peter Temple
The Art of the Engine Driver, Steven Carroll
Scraps of Heaven, Arnold Zable
Cocaine Blues, Kerry Greenwood
Stiff, Shane Maloney
Literary Melbourne: A Celebration of Writing and Ideas, Steve Grimwade (ed)
Are you enrolled to vote?
Elections for the Melbourne City Council will be held by postal ballot in late October.
Voters will vote in two simultaneous elections – one to elect the Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor (the leadership team) and the other to elect
To be eligible to vote in the Melbourne City Council elections, you must be on the voters’ roll by 4pm on 31 August 2012.
You will be automatically enrolled on the City of Melbourne voters’ roll if you are over 18 years of age (or will turn 18 on or before 27 October 2012)
• you are on the State electoral roll for your present address in the City of Melbourne; or
• you own or occupy rateable property in the municipality but reside in a different municipality, and you are the first or second named person on the
Council’s property records; or
• you were appointed in the 2008 elections (or previous elections) as a voting representative of a corporation and you still hold the position of
director or company secretary of the corporation (or member of a governing body or public officer of an incorporated association) that
owns or occupies rateable property.
Unlike other Victorian local government elections, voting in Melbourne City Council elections is compulsory for every enrolled voter.
You must apply to the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) if:
• you are an Australian citizen and are over 18 years of age (or will turn 18 on or before 27 October 2012); and
• you have lived at your present address in the City of Melbourne for at least one month; and
• you are not on the State electoral roll for your present address.
Enrolment forms can be downloaded from the VEC website at www.vec.vic.gov.au or collected from any Australia Post office or Centrelink office.
Alternatively, you can have a form sent to you by contacting the VEC on 131 832.
You may apply to Council if you are over 18 years of age (or will turn 18 on or before 27 October 2012) and:
• you are a resident (including non-Australian citizens) owner or occupier of rateable property in the City of Melbourne who is not on the State
electoral roll; or
• you are a director or company secretary of a corporation (or member of a governing body or public officer of an incorporated association) that
owns or occupies rateable property solely or jointly within the municipality.
Council enrolment forms are available from the front desk at the Town Hall Administration Office, 120 Swanston Street Melbourne or can be
downloaded from the City of Melbourne website.
For further information please call the City of Melbourne elections helpline on 1300 735 427 or visit the City of Melbourne website at
More restaurants for Southbank
Melburnians and city visitors have embraced Southbank as a place to live, work and play, according to the
City of Melbourne’s latest research.
The number of restaurants and cafes in Southbank has almost doubled over the past 10 years, according to new Census of Land Use and
Employment (CLUE 2010) data.
Between 2006 and 2010, Southbank’s residential population increased by 18 per cent to 11,744, and in the two years to 2010, employment in
Southbank increased by 12.2 per cent to more than 41,000 people.
With the opening of South Wharf, the retail sector has grown dramatically with 53 per cent more retail floor space.
Future Melbourne (Economic Development and Knowledge City) Committee Chair, Councillor Kevin Louey said the new research showed that
Southbank was a burgeoning community.
‘The City of Melbourne recognises that Southbank is an evolving and thriving community. The establishment of a new community hub with a library
and civic centre at Boyd is going to be a great addition to the Southbank precinct, giving residents and visitors access to a range of community
services,’ Cr Louey said.
Read the Southbank CLUE report at melbourne.vic.gov.au/CLUE
Celebrate at Boyd
Join us to celebrate the opening of Boyd, a vibrant new community hub for Southbank, with a day of entertainment and activities, facility tours and
service information. Boyd transforms the former JH Boyd Girls High School, housing the new Southbank Library, family services, Creative Spaces, a
cafe and more.
Where: 207-229 City Road, Southbank
When: 7 July from 10am-2pm
Visit melbourne.vic.gov.au/boyd to find out more, or phone 9658 9658.
Hot Spots 2012
There’s a handmade resurgence stitching its way across the city and old Aunty Beryl would blush with pride.
Here, Hot Spots offers a taste of what’s new and reinvented this winter.
In the latest issue of Hot Spots, your handy guide to the stuff that shapes the city, find out where you can learn how to make dumplings, be tempted
by jewellery that looks good enough to eat, and everything in between.
Take the physical challenge and try something new from Hot Spots every week. Open a page at random and then take your pick. Every spot is hot
so you won’t be disappointed.
As suppliers of vintage haberdashery and fancy goods, L’uccello is at home in the curious interior of the Nicholas Building. Imagine you’re Alice and
– rather than Wonderland – you’ve woken up in your great-grandmother’s sewing kit.
Many of the buttons, bows and bits and bobs have been in storage since early last century, which means they’re authentic rather than pre-loved.
Ask about their ‘crafty’ tea and cake events – perfect for thoroughly modern baby showers and hen’s parties.
Where: Nicholas Building, 37 Swanston Street Melbourne, level 2, room 5
When: 10am to 6pm Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm Saturday
The Sharing House
Restaurateur Paul Mathis (ex-Taxi) transforms an old cargo shed at South Wharf with chef Mark Briggs (ex-Vue de Monde), coming up with a
simple, playful concept where things like spag bol and cheese on toast are downsized as sharing plates, so you can feasibly eat your way across
the whole menu.
There’s an element of Romper Room fun here – the Lego bar spells it out loud and clear.
Where: 35 South Wharf Promenade, South Wharf
When: 12pm to late daily
Self-professed slavophiles Frank Moylan and Melissa Macfarlane have concocted an eating itinerary that encircles the Black Sea and throws in a bit
of Ottoman Empire and Russia for good measure. Text-based propaganda posters, Baltic branding and concert posters add more than just a point
of interest to the walls.
Supplement your lunch or dinner with a tipple from the vodka trolley or simply clink glasses in the bar while listening to rare Eastern
Where: 351 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne
When: 3.30pm to late Tuesday to Saturday, 12pm to late Sunday
Docklands & surrounds
Channel your inner salty dog with a Port Phillip Bay charter on the Enterprize Tall Ship – a replica of the first ship that brought British settlers to
Melbourne in 1835.
Sleep onboard as you embark on the perilous overnight voyage to … Geelong, for example. Go hands-on and participate as crew or do it landed
gentry-style and watch others sweat it out. Or hire her for a dockside knees-up if it be the wish of ye landlubbers.
Where: 2 North Wharf Road
When: charters and overnight tours by appointment
Pick up a copy of Hot Spots at the Melbourne Visitors Centre or in cafes and shops around the city. Tell us @thats_melbourne what you think is hot
at #hotspotsmelb on Twitter.
Melbourne and winter. Go together.
Whichever winter warmer draws you into the city, there’s always a myriad of other things you can do before
or after the event, to make your experience even more uniquely Melbourne and wonderfully winter.
Rug up and venture into the MCG for a nail-biter, then stay for a heartwarming meal or drink at a cosy venue nearby the game.
Come to see the conquering Frenchman at the National Gallery of Victoria, and stay for some hearty Italian.
Watch the fireworks at Docklands and have a bite to eat at one of the waterside restaurants.
Find fabulous films at the Melbourne International Film Festival, then lose yourself in laneways full of Melbourne’s most stylish shops.
Future Melbourne (Economic Development and Knowledge City) Committee Chair, Councillor Kevin Louey said that if you stay longer, you’ll
experience more of what the city has to offer.
‘Melbourne and winter really go together. From cosy corners to comfort food, activities to warm you up and winter music to chill to, there are so
many new and unique things to do. You’ll want to stay a little longer,’ Cr Louey said.
Use your smartphone to scan the QR codes on our winter advertisements for more great ideas for things to do in Melbourne, and your chance to
win great prizes each month.
There are many ways to get around the city. Catch a train, hop on a bus, take the tram, ride your bike or car pool with friends or family.
Visit melbourne.vic.gov.au/winter for more great ways that Melbourne and winter go together.
Photography night walks
To explore the city at night, take a walking tour through the eyes of a photographer. Open to any skill level, these creative night walks help
participants develop their photography skills through tips and walking with fellow photography enthusiasts.
When: every Thursday 7pm and Sunday 6pm in and around Melbourne
Where: contact 0407 555 168 for bookings and receive a 15 per cent discount during winter
North Melbourne Market
Wall-to-wall, room-to-room, chandelier-to-chandelier, the North Melbourne Market fills every nook and cranny of the amazing Lithuanian Club with
independent stalls each month.
When: Sunday 24 June 10am to 3pm (see melbourne.vic.gov.au/whatson for future dates)
Where: Lithuanian Club, 44 Errol Street North Melbourne
Melbourne International Jazz Festival
Celebrate life as it should be this winter – immersed in music. Look out for Katie Noonan, Vince Jones, Dr Lonnie Smith and his trio, Dee Dee
Bridgewater, Doug de Vries, Albare, Patti Austin, Hiromi and many more.
When: 1 to 10 June
Where: local jazz musicians jam in the Club Sessions at Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, while international acts play the Melbourne Recital Centre,
Comedy Theatre, Forum Theatre, Melbourne Town Hall, Federation Square, ACMI, the Hi-Fi Bar, ArtPlay, The Wheeler Centre, The Cave, The
Langham and the Palais.
Curl up alongside your favourite console this winter, with a new exhibition at ACMI from 28 June. Game
Masters co-curator Emma McCrae gets us in the mood.
What sort of games can boffins look forward to seeing? The exhibition features some original arcade games that introduced many of the key
features still seen in videogames today, like Space Invaders, Asteroids and Pac-Man – and they’re all displayed in their original cabinets. There are
early games that pioneered new genres, such as Populous and SimCity, plus some of the latest games – Dance Central 2, Shadow of the Colossus
Can you tell us about the public programs? We’ve organised guests Peter Molyneux, Tim Schafer and Warren Spector for a series of public events
in the opening week. We’ll be having ‘Late Bit Thursdays’ with special evening programs and there’ll be lots of events ranging from Machinima
workshops to family activities, and collectors and curator talks. There’s also the accompanying film program, Game Masters’ Choice, where you can see
films selected by the games designers that have influenced the games they’ve created.
Why is Tim Schafer such a gaming legend? Tim Schafer has been in the games industry since the early 1990s and has come up with some of
the most popular and memorable adventure games ever made, like Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge and Psychonauts. He has a definite
quirky and unique sense of humour that he infuses into his games, so it’s not really surprising that he’s got a reputation as the comic genius of the
Game Masters runs at ACMI, Federation Square from 28 June to 28 October. Read the full story in Hot Spots and visit melbourne.vic.gov.au/winter
Bohemian, South Wharf
A warm and cosy retreat from the cold with wooden and leather finishes and hearty serves of paella, Catalan casseroles, Spanish wine and a
unique lively atmosphere including retro classic cinema and a Flamenco guitarist.
When: Tuesday rustic casserole, Thursday paella of the day with sangria, Saturday four-course set menu
Where: 35 Dukes Walk, South Wharf Promenade
French Brasserie, city
Beat the chill with a beef bourguignon. Just the thought of a warm French stew and a glass of juicy red is enough to shake the cold, and that’s
exactly what the French Brasserie has in mind with its new winter special.
When: every Wednesday night during winter, beef bourguignon with a glass of wine $25 per person
Where: 2 Malthouse Lane, Melbourne
Tour de France with Mr Mason
French inspired restaurant and bar Mr Mason is the place to be this winter. Join Mr Mason as we follow the Tour de France through the Normandy,
Rhône-Alpes, Provence and Languedoc-Roussillon regions of France each Saturday evening with region-inspired dinner menus.
Where: Mr Mason, 530 Collins Street Melbourne
When: Saturday nights from 30 June to 21 July
With a spring-loaded love of the absurd, Circus Oz bolts together a fantastical new future, From the Ground Up. Comedy engineering
at its best,
with power-packed aerialists, knockabout jugglers and live wire musicians, all acrobatically suspended in disbelief.
When: from 20 June to 15 July
Where: under the heated Big Top at Birrarung Marr
Get into shape for life with social and recreational activities all over the city, many of them
supported by the City of Melbourne through events, initiatives and facilities. For more, visit
After upgrades to the Kensington Community Recreation Centre, a wide range of junior sports are now on offer for kids up to 12 years old.
Join a soccer or basketball clinic, where an experienced coach will help fine tune children’s skills, while offering the chance to make new friends in a
Basketball clinics run for an hour every Tuesday from 4.15pm for five to eight years old and from 5.15pm for eight to 12 year olds.
Soccer clinics run for an hour on Thursday from 4.15pm for five to eight years old and from 5.15pm for eight to 12 year olds.
Or enrol in a dance class, learn to play the keyboard, learn to swim or take the younger ones to a ed-gym class where they can run around in a fun,
Melbourne City Baths member night
Members of Melbourne City Baths who have been dedicated to their health and wellbeing for ten consecutive years will be honoured at the annual
recognition night on 29 June. Six members’ names will be added to the Melbourne City Baths honour board.
All members are invited to enjoy good music and fine food to help celebrate this milestone. Contact Melbourne City Baths for more information.
Learn 2 Ride clinics
Skateboard, scooter and BMX clinics run at Riverslide Skate Park throughout the July school holidays.
Through Learn 2 Ride clinics, beginner riders who are new to skate parks can get a safe introduction to using skate parks along with some tips and
tricks to learn.
The programs are held in groups of up to eight students and all equipment is available for use.
Sessions are one hour and cost $16 per students, bookings are essential and places fill up fast. Contact Riverslide Skate Park on 9663 0495 or
email firstname.lastname@example.org for more.
Looking for a great way to motivate your staff in a relaxed, team building environment? A corporate lawn bowls day is the perfect way to get your
staff active and out of the normal work environment. Active Melbourne City Sports can provide demonstrations and coaching, incorporate themes,
fixtures, games, prizes and more. Contact email@example.com or visit www.melbournecitysports.ymca.org.au
Don’t miss out on a visit to Cooks’ Cottage these winter school holidays. Use your navigating skills to find treasures along the way to your final
destination. No bookings required.
For more information visit cookscottage.com.au or call 9419 4677.
Ditch the Desk
A walking and fitness program developed to encourage workplaces to get people out of the office and active. Guided by professional fitness experts,
participants train at their own pace and are offered helpful tips that show how simple it can
be to get active, and improve health and wellness.
Visit www.melbournecitysports.ymca.org.au or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more.
Phone: 03 9658 9658
Melbourne City Baths
Phone: 03 9663 5888
North Melbourne Recreation Centre
Phone: 03 9658 9444
Phone: 03 9376 1633
Active Melbourne City Sports
Phone: 03 9604 8600
North Melbourne Community Centre
Phone: 03 9320 4700
Riverslide Skate Park
Phone: 03 9663 0495
Docklands resident Shane Scanlan worked as a journalist before starting his own business in the 1980s. He
moved to the area four years ago to immerse himself when he became owner and editor of Docklands News.
What’s the view from your window? I live on the 38th floor of the Victoria Point tower looking down the bay and across the central city to the
Dandenongs in the east. I have put a lot of words and images about this on www.docklandsisbeautiful.com.au, a website I started to counter negative
perceptions about Docklands.
Describe a typical day in your neighbourhood: After watching from my bed the traffic gridlock on the freeways, I walk to work and use a bicycle
to get around Docklands during the day. Docklands is like a country town. Everyone knows each other and I’m always running into people in the
street and stopping for a chat.
What does it mean to be a local? I frankly didn’t expect to like living here, but now I can’t imagine living anywhere else. As residents in a new and
often misunderstood suburb, Docklanders tend to band together for the common good. Economically, things are tough down here for small
businesses so we look for ways to help each other out. There’s a pioneering spirit and an appreciation of the minor miracle which has transformed
an industrial wasteland into something wonderful.
How do you get involved in your community? I’m in the local Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce so I have regular commitments there. I go
to all the other meetings too. I run a quarterly networking lunch for businesses and have also attempted to get a community internet TV station off
What are your neighbours like? There is a lot of community, particularly within each apartment tower. I have great relations with
and everyone is very quiet and respectful towards each other. I’m often taking the stairs between floors to visit friends.
Who do you like to cross paths with on the street? I enjoy meeting people I know on the street. That’s how I catch up with all the gossip. And it’s
the news that doesn’t make it into the paper that is often the most interesting.
How do you imagine your neighbourhood into the future? Docklands is only halfway completed, so it will be quite a different place when
completed in 2025. By then the rest of Melbourne will have cottoned on to the place and everyone will want to live here. The neighbourhood will be
more stable and settled, but it will have also probably lost its edge and the sense of adventure that currently underpins the suburb.
Fend off the flu
As we head into winter and face the traditional influenza season, we encourage you to take care of you health.
To protect yourself and those around you from flu, it is recommended that you visit your doctor and discuss having the seasonal flu vaccination.
Good hygiene is the first step to fending off the flu, colds and other lurgies. Some tips for avoiding germs and staying well:
• cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
• throw the tissue in a plastic-lined rubbish bin after you use it
• wash your hands often, with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze and when visiting the bathroom
• alcohol-based hand sanitisers
can be used when there is no convenient access to hand washing facilities
• avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth as germs can spread easily this way.
If you feel unwell and think you may have a flu-like illness, don’t go to work, and seek medical advice.
For more about influenza and immunisation, visit melbourne.vic.gov.au/communityservices >> emergency management >> influenza.
City Village turns four
Inside an unassuming building on Bourke Street, some of the city’s most dynamic and creative organisations
have quietly built a community powerhouse over the past four years.
Celebrating its fourth birthday in May, City Village brings together likeminded community organisations in a place where they can share their
expertise and knowledge to create a central community hub in the city.
Major festivals including Melbourne International Film Festival and Melbourne Fringe call City Village home, along with community groups
supporting people with disabilities, women’s rights, human rights, social change and arts and culture.
Melbourne Fringe CEO Esther Anatolidis said City Village has been home to dozens of vibrant, critical non-profit arts and community organisations
‘Each one of us plays a leading role in making Melbourne a creative, connected, sustainable city. We’re proud of our achievements and we look
forward to continuing to transform this amazing city in partnership with the City of Melbourne,’ Esther said.
Through this project, the City of Melbourne offers not-for-profit community and cultural organisations the opportunity to rent central city office space
at a reduced rate.
A literary life
Literary matriarch Muriel Craddock, a leading figure in the antiquarian book trade for more than 45 years,
celebrated her 100th birthday in April.
Along with her daughter, Kay, Muriel was a foundation member of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers in the
1970s, and she is now a life member.
‘Muriel Craddock is a gracious lady who with her daughter Kay has given Collins Street another true point of difference,’ said Don Parsons,
president of the Collins Street Precinct.
Muriel and Kay established Kay Craddock – Antiquarian Bookseller in Melbourne in Bourke Street in 1967, moving 23 years later to the current
premises at the Neo Gothic Assembly Hall at 156 Collins Street. Muriel was honoured to receive the Lord Mayor’s Gold Commendation for her
longevity as a small business proprietor in 2006.
Morning tea for older men
An interesting, informative and fun morning discussion to give men over 50 a chance to meet, talk and enjoy
time with others who live near Fawkner Park.
Council on the Ageing (COTA Victoria) and the City of Melbourne invite men over 50 to be part of a morning event on 13 July. Developed and run by
peer educators from COTA, this event will be a chance to:
• meet, talk and enjoy time with other local men your age
• chat about the challenges facing you and other men.
Enjoy free morning tea and refreshments during the discussion.
When: Friday 13 July from 9.15am to 12 noon
Where: Fawkner Park Community Centre 65 Toorak Rd West South Yarra
Bookings essential. Contact the Healthy Ageing team at the City of Melbourne on 9658 9658.
Out and about
Keep up to date with the latest news and activities for seniors in the City of Melbourne. The autumn issue of Out and About, the City of Melbourne’s
quarterly newsletter for seniors is available now.
Out and About is online at melbourne.vic.gov.au/seniors or call 9658 9190 to join the mailing list.
Special Offer – Gallery Freya
Beautiful 20th century European designer jewellery gleams from the cabinets at Gallery Freya,
design gallery in the Grand Hyatt hotel’s Russell Street entrance.
Eva Yencken developed a keen eye for the finest pieces of contemporary silver in the late 1960s, as a young curator of history at the National
Museum of History in Stockholm, Sweden.
‘I dealt with jewellery and silver, Georg Jensen and other designers, collecting contemporary designs for the future and curating these collections at
the National Museum of History,’ says Eva.
These curatorial skills and a passion for design followed her in 1973 when she came to Australia as the assistant Swedish Trade
Commissioner. When Eva’s post finished, she stayed in Melbourne, sitting on government boards including the Council for the Arts, the Museums
Advisory Board, and consulting for the National Trust.
Eva’s experience in history, design and linguistics came together when she opened Gallery Freya at the Grand Hyatt in 1987, as a way to support
and spend time with her young family.
Initially the gallery focused on 20th century silver and jewellery. Gallery Freya has developed into a small concept design gallery displaying the work
of European designers, not available elsewhere in Australia.
‘I enjoy my clients, thinking about what suits them and seeing the jewellery tried on. I also enjoy finding jewellery which looks good on them, just the
right piece. It’s the reason I’m still here,’ says Eva.
Eva Yencken recently received a bronze Lord Mayor’s Commendation for her 24 years in the trade. To celebrate, Gallery Freya is offering a pair of
Monies earrings to one person who correctly answers:
Which year did Gallery Freya open?
Send your response and contact details before 30 June to Gallery Freya, Grand Hyatt, 123 Collins Street Melbourne 3000 (enter
Street). Only the winner will be notified.
The businesses featured on this page are all recipients of the Lord Mayor’s Commendations. The commendations recognise the long-term commitment
and contribution to the City of Melbourne by Melbourne’s small business proprietors and family-run businesses.