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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This is not the time for smaller local government

If there's one idea that won't fly in these COVID critical times it's that we need less government in our lives. And yet it is precisely that idea that some in our community are advocating.

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Life after the coronavirus – two views of our community's future

We are back into relative isolation and on-going anxiety as Victoria confronts new waves of community transmission of COVID-19 . . . but  we have also seen hope, generosity and glimpses of a better future for our community. Can we build a more creative and caring community out of this crisis?

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Fighting threats to Council's childcare services

The COVID-19 crisis has made it clear to all Australians what families with young children know – childcare is an essential service.

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Port Phillip needs its artists and its creative industries

A municipality that does not reach out to artists and support them will lose them. Is that the sort of place we want Port Phillip to be?

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