Asking About The Arts

By proclaiming itself 'a creative and prosperous city' Port Phillip is boldly claiming creativity as a core value defining the city. This is a wonderful invitation to engage the imagination, but it comes as part of a conjunction with wealth which causes us to wonder about how the arts and the economy are connected.


 

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PPP Submission on the Port Phillip Draft Plan and Budget 2021

Progressive Port Phillip welcomes Council’s continuing investment in important community services outlined in the draft 2021/22 Budget and the opportunity to contribute to Council’s finalisation of it.

 

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Listen.Talk.Local. - Outcomes of conversations with Councillors

Summary notes from three Ward Meetings on Council’s Draft Plan and Budget 2021-2031

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Comment: Climate is a local issue

Luna Park flooded

Councillors will need to take mitigation and planning for climate change risks seriously to meet the requirements of the new Local Government Act, writes the Port Phillip Emergency Action Network (PECAN)

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Comment: Will citizen assemblies change local government?

If instead of merely voting in councillors, what if citizens were able to directly set the strategic directions councils must follow? asks Bill Garner, local writer and historian.

This article was first published in public policy journal Pearls and Irritations 

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Who believes in the Common Good? And who doesn't?

The thing that joins us together—the renter and the landlord, the business woman and the customer, the artist and the audience–is that we are all citizens first of all. Local democracy is about our shared common good, not our personal self-interest, writes a citizen of longstanding.

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It’s no longer just about rates, roads and rubbish

 

Engagement with, and accountability to, the community is at the heart of the new Local Government Act 2020. Its implementation should transform the relationship between the Council and its community.

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Comment: Community building for a sustainable environment

The Port Phillip EcoCentre is an award-winning community-run environmental organisation located in the St Kilda Botanical Gardens, writes local resident Peter Moraitis.

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Talking Shop: Is St Kilda Festival worth it?

Originally a community festival that showcased local artists the festival is now promoted as the largest free festival in Australia. But why should 'largest' be the sole metric by which to measure its worth to the people of Port Phillip? 

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Comment: Action and Inaction

When this crisis is over, do we really want to be in the same position we were before? asks Ella Robinson-Clarke, Public Policy student and Port Phillip local.

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