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24th November 2009

Wednesday, 25th November
7.00am to 8.30am
Westgate Referral Network Business Breakfast Meeting
Plumms Restaurant
42 Ferguson Street
Enquiries: 0414 397 230

Tuesday, 1st December
10.30am to 12.00pm
Computer Basics: Keyboard and Mouse Skills Class
Altona Meadows Library and Learning Centre
Central Square Shopping Centre
Off Merton Street
Bookings: 9932 3020

Thursday, 3rd December
4.30pm to 6.30pm
Playstation Playoffs Tournament
Altona Meadows Library and Learning Centre
Central Square Shopping Centre
Off Merton Street
Bookings: 9932 3020

Upcoming Council Meetings
Tuesday, 1st December
Friday, 4th December (Statutory Meeting – Election of Mayor)
Tuesday, 15th December
Unless otherwise noted, Ordinary Council Meetings are held every first and third
Tuesday of the month in the Council Chamber, 115 Civic Parade, Altona,
commencing at 7.00pm. All interested members of the public are welcome to attend.

Report Hoon Behaviour
1800 333 000 (Crimestoppers)
The Council encourages residents to report incidents involving hoon drivers and trail
bikes by calling Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

Contact Us
Hobsons Bay City Council
115 Civic Parade, Altona
PO Box 21, Altona 3018
Telephone (03) 9932 1000
Facsimile (03) 9932 1039
TTY (03) 9398 8504
Authorised by Bill Jaboor
Chief Executive Officer

Celebrate International Day of People with a Disability
International Day of People with a Disability is coming up on 3rd December. To
celebrate, the Council is holding a range of activities around the date, including:

 Story time at Williamstown Library – Students from St Mary’s Primary School
Williamstown will perform short puppet plays about ‘seeing the person, not the
disability’. Tuesday, 1st December, 10.30am. For more information, telephone the
Williamstown Library on 9932 4170.
 African drumming session – Thursday, 3rd December from 10.30am to 12.00pm,
Altona Meadows Library and Learning Centre. For more information, telephone 9932
 Open air concert featuring Heidi Everitt, The Bipolar Bears and Sol Nation, at
Commonwealth Reserve, Williamstown. Thursday, 3rd December, 5.30pm to 8.30pm.
For more information, telephone 9932 1000.
 ‘Balls, Bells and Ho Ho Ho!’ Disability Dance Party - come dressed in your
favourite Christmas costume. Laverton Community Centre, corner of Crown Street
and Railway Avenue, Laverton, on Friday, 4th December from 7.00pm to 10.30pm.
$5.00 with a pass, $7.00 without a pass, carers enter for free. This is a fully
supervised, all ages, smoke, drug and alcohol free event. Wheelchair access and
disabled toilets are available. For more information contact the Council’s Youth
Services on 9932 3000.

The Council has developed a services directory for people with a disability, which will
be launched at the open air concert.

Pick up your copy of the services directory from the Hobsons Bay Civic Centre, 115
Civic Parade, Altona, or download a copy from

Shop Locally this Christmas
With Christmas fast approaching, why not avoid the crowds and the hassles of
parking by shopping locally?

The shopping precincts around Hobsons Bay offer great choice for those last minute
gift ideas. And for the freshest produce this Christmas, visit your local butcher,
greengrocer and fishmonger.

There are a number of retail precincts around the city, including Altona Gate
Shopping Centre; Pier Street, Altona; Williamstown business district; Central Square,
Altona Meadows; Harrington Square, Altona; Borrack Square, Altona North; Mason
Street, Newport and Aviation Road, Laverton.

Hobsons Bay retailers have everything you need, so shop locally this Christmas.

Key Council Decisions
At the Ordinary Meeting of the Council on Tuesday, 17th November, the
following key decisions were made:
 Adopt the Councillor and Staff Interaction Protocol.
 Adopt the Procurement Policy.
 Extend the alcohol free zones in Williamstown and Laverton for a trial period until
  30th April 2010.
 Approve funding for the nine applications received for the Trader Marketing Funds.
 Endorse the changes to building fees effective from 1st January 2010.
 Appoint a contractor to undertake the resurfacing of the Newport Athletics Track.

For more information, call the Council on 9932 1000.

Last Chance to Nominate Citizens of the Year
Nominations for the Council’s Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year
Awards for 2010 are closing on Friday, 27th November, so get your nominations in

The annual awards publicly recognise local community members or groups who
have made a substantial and outstanding contribution to life in Hobsons Bay,
including involvement in local community groups, arts and cultural organisations and
sporting clubs.

Nominees for the Young Citizen of the Year Award must be 26 years or younger on
26th January 2010. Nominees for the Citizen of the Year Award must be 27 years or
older on 26th January 2010.

The 2010 award winners will be announced by the Mayor at a Citizenship Ceremony
on Australia Day, Tuesday, 26th January 2010.

Nomination forms are available from the Hobsons Bay Civic Centre at 115
Civic Parade, Altona, Hobsons Bay libraries, and the Council’s website:

What’s Happening at the Libraries?
 Biographical Tale with Goldie Alexander
Get started or continue on the journey of biographical writing with Goldie Alexander
who has published three works of historical fiction.

Biographical writing is a way of exploring your own life experiences, other people's
lives, places, topics and themes. It includes autobiography, memoir, travel, narrative
non-fiction and biography.

Workshop the appropriate audience for your story and work on characters and plots
to assist in writing your own biographical tale.

Goldie Alexander will be at the Altona Meadows Library and Learning Centre on
Sunday, 29th November, from 10.00am to 3.00pm. Cost is $30 including lunch.

Bookings are essential. Book by calling 9932 3020 or online at

   Computer Classes
Hobsons Bay Libraries holds regular computer skills classes for residents to learn
how to use different functions on a computer.

The following classes are being held in early December:
 Computer Basics: Keyboard and Mouse Skills, on Tuesday, 1st December, from
10.30am to 12.00pm, at the Altona Meadows Library and Learning Centre. Book
your place by telephoning 9932 3020.

 Computer Basics: The Next Step – learn the basics such as switching on the
computer, using the desktop and opening programs. Keyboard and mouse skills are
essential. Wednesday, 2nd December from 10.00am to 12.00pm, at the Newport
Library. Book your place by telephoning 9932 2050.

Each class costs $7.50 or $5 with concession.

Notice of Fireworks
A fireworks display will be conducted as part of the Eid Festival being held at P J
Lynch Reserve in Altona North, on Wednesday, 2nd December at 9.30pm. The
display will run for 20 minutes.

Residents should keep their pets inside for this short time. If you are unable to do
this, please try to keep pets restrained for the period of the fireworks.

For further details about the fireworks, please contact Tony Finlay at Southern Cross
Fireworks on 0418 555 170. For further information about the festival, please contact
Mouhammad El Hawli on 0412 122 463.

The Eid Festival is proudly supported by Hobsons Bay City Council.

Public Notice - Restricted Beach Activities
On Tuesday, 4th November 2009, Hobsons Bay City Council designated an area on
Altona beach where restricted beach activities may be conducted.

Restricted beach activities include the use of certain types of watercraft which must
not be taken onto or across any part of the beach that is not designated by the

These watercraft include catamarans less than four metres in overall length,
windsurfers, sailboards, surf-kites, aqua scooters, motorised surfboards, canoes,
dinghies and other similar vessels or vehicles designed to carry persons on water
and primarily or usually propelled by motor, wind or person.

The beach area 100 metres east of Romawi Street to the western boundary of Apex
Park, Altona has been designated as an area where restricted beach activities may
be conducted.

Enquiries should be directed to the Council’s Parking and Local Laws Unit on 9932

Get Your News Online
As part of the Council's commitment to being carbon neutral by 2020, a series of
eNewsletters are now on offer for residents to get their news online.

Residents can now be kept up-to-date with arts and culture initiatives, environmental
projects, libraries’ news and events, multicultural services, community grants,
business and community project opportunities, youth news and what’s on at local
community centres and neighbourhood houses.

The Access for All Abilities (AAA) Project eNewsletter is being launched soon. Keep
an eye on Pelican Post for more details.

Users who subscribe to an eNewsletter will receive the latest news and information
via email directly to their inbox. Although all of the Council's publications are printed
on recycled paper, the eNewsletters are even better for the environment, cutting
down on the amount of paper the Council uses and taking an extra step towards our
target of being carbon neutral by 2020.

To subscribe, visit and click on the eNewsletters icon.

Conservation Activity
On Sunday, 29th November, the Friends of Williamstown Wetlands will be planting
and undertaking general maintenance at the arboretum from 9.45am to 12.00pm.

Meet at the nursery on Bayview Street, Williamstown, behind the basketball courts at
Williamstown High School.

For more information, telephone the Council’s Park Ranger on 9932 1000.

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