Talking Shop: Re-imagining Port Phillip as country

The pandemic is bringing one phase of human history to an end. We must prepare for the next . . . We need councillors who understand Port Phillip as more than an economic and political unit. They need to understand it as a deeply-storied landscape.

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What happens when Parks are leased to private event operators?

Each spring and summer, Council allows Catani Gardens and South Beach Reserve to be fenced off, periodically, by private operators and transformed into ticketed music events. These weekend ‘festivals’ require extensive infrastructure and increasingly longer set up and pull down times. Is St Kilda’s foreshore heading in the same direction as the Albert Park Grand Prix?  Peter Goad explains the impact of the annual car race on the park.

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Local democracy alive and well despite lockdown

Council meeting (5 August 2020) delivered a major win on early education and childcare services and provided a platform for thoughtful contributions to Council’s 20/21 Budget and revised Council Plan. The engagement of people across Port Phillip sends a strong message to candidates preparing to run in the October Council election.

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Talking Shop: Positive Moves on Fitzroy Street

The solution to the Fitzroy Street problem is GO LOCAL. It will never return to its once dominant profile as a night-time visitor destination. The mix of tenancies to be curated must appeal to local people.

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Enhancing open spaces

The pandemic has forced a global reassessment of the balance between health and economic advantage. In Port Phillip it has drawn attention to how vital is our daily access to open spaces. . . And yet these assets—so important to residents—are not always valued as they should be.

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Council Budget - This is the time for leadership

Much as we might hope otherwise, the pandemic will be with us for some time and its social and economic effects will be profound and permanent. Now is the time for a more expansive vision of our City, not a time to shrink. The old solution of cutting expenditure will not get us out of this continuing crisis but will only deepen it. . . says Progressive Port Phillip's submission to the City of Port Phillip's Draft Budget 2020-21.

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Understanding essential services will shape the 2020 Council election

The Local Government Act 2020 is quite clear in its expectations of a broad scope of responsibilities to be undertaken by local councils, a scope that requires delivery of services and infrastructure to build the economic, social and environmental sustainability of our neighbourhoods, including mitigation and planning for climate change risks. 

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Imagine losing Gasworks Arts Park

There are some who only see the Park as a commercial opportunity for a private operator. The loss to the community would be considerable.

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Retaining a sense of community in the face of rapid change

Looking ahead, we would like the Council to be curious about our ‘lived’ experience of Montague, writes Trisha Avery, convener of community neighbourhood group, Montague Community Alliance

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No one lives in Port Phillip

"In the process of constructing Port Phillip the political relationship that once existed between councillors and the neighbourhoods in which they live has largely been severed", writes Bill Garner, local writer, playwright and activist.

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