AFV | SESSION | Thunderstorm asthma community education | Thursday 16 November 2017 | 7-8.30pm

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Epidemic thunderstorm asthma is the phenomenon where a large number of people develop asthma symptoms over a short period.

This is triggered by an uncommon combination of high pollen levels and a certain type of thunderstorm.

It’s important for everyone in the community to know what they can do to prepare for grass pollen season, particularly those most at risk of thunderstorm asthma.

In November 2016, a thunderstorm triggered an unprecedented thunderstorm asthma event in metropolitan Melbourne and Geelong. It caused significant demand on both Ambulance Victoria and hospital emergency departments — and sadly may have contributed to nine lives being lost.

In response to this event, Asthma Foundation Victoria will host a thunderstorm asthma community education session in Glen Eira.

The session will cover:
• What is thunderstorm asthma?
• Who is at risk of thunderstorm asthma?
• How to respond to a thunderstorm asthma event.
• Information on asthma and medications and how to perform asthma first aid.
• The link between asthma and hay fever.

Where: Duncan Mackinnon Reserve Pavilion, corner North and Murrumbeena Roads, Murrumbeena.

Cost: Free

Bookings: RSVP is essential. Book online through Eventbrite

For further information about thunderstorm asthma and how to protect yourself, visit

Asthma Foundation Victoria

PPLS | WORKSHOP | Origami for adults | Saturday 18 November 2017 | 10.30am-12.30pm

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Origami – an ancient art form originated in Japan – is the creation of paper forms usually entirely by folding. 

This art form is reflective of both the complexity and simplicity of nature and the world around us.
Join Chieko in this class and she will introduce you to the basics of origami. You will learn the meaning of symbols and basic techniques to then be able to learn further on your own.

Who: For ages 16+
Cost: $6
Where: Emerald Hill Library & Heritage Centre

Bookings: Please book online through Eventbrite
Event booked out? Put your name down to be notified if a space becomes available. Just select ‘Add to Waitlist’ on the Eventbrite listing page. You’ll need to do this for each person you want to add to the list.
Need to cancel? Please let us know if you can no longer make your booking. We get a lot of people on the waitlist who might miss out if you can’t come.

Port Phillip Library Service
Address: 150 Carlisle Street, St Kilda, Victoria 3182
Tel: 9209 6655

CoPP | CELEBRATE | Acland Street Village | November

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Stories Made Music

Sunday 19 November 2017 | 2-5pm
Multicultural Arts Victoria bring together Mediterranean musicologists Con Kalamaras and Salvatore Rossano with French Jewish artist and storyteller Sylvie Lever, for an afternoon of music, singing and storytelling reflecting the history and culture of migration in Port Phillip.
Where: Acland Street Plaza

Le Bop Social Dance Classes

Sunday 26 November 2017 | 2-3.30pm
Modern Jive originated in France as a blend between the American GI's jitter bug and the smoother Rock'n'Roll. Over time it developed to encompass an eclectic mix of hot moves from Street Latin and other styles. Set to commercial music as heard on the radio, Le Bop is an extremely addictive dance style!
Where: Acland Street Plaza

2pm: Beginner Dance Class (45 mins)
2.45pm: Le Bop Freestyle Performance (15 mins)
3pm: Beginner Extension Dance Class (45 mins)
3.45pm: Social Dancing / Freestyle (45 mins)

City of Port Phillip

MPIN | WALK | Listening to the Land (Spring): Bushranger’s Bay | Saturday 18 November 2017 | 1-5pm

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Listening to the Land is an initiative of the Mornington Peninsula Interfaith Network, seeking to bring people from all religious and spiritual backgrounds together to connect or reconnect with the Land and to be moved to care for the Land.

Beginning at 1pm, program includes an introductory talk, a listening walk, and a meditation at Bushranger’s Bay. The walk and meditation will be led by Gunditjamara Kirrae Wurrung-Bundjalung man, Lionel Lauch.

Where: Bushranger’s Bay, Cape Schanck, Mornington Peninsula
Meeting Point: Car park on Boneo Rd @ 1pm
Map Route:

Cost: By donation.  Please note: BYO Vegetarian food - something easy to share after the walk.

Organisers look forward to seeing you all there – sunshine or rain.

Mornington Peninsula Interfaith Network
Judy O’Donnell
Tel: 0400 088 410

The Mornington Peninsula Interfaith Network (MPIN) acknowledges the traditional owners and custodians of the land, the Boonwurrung/Bunurong people, part of the Kulin Nation, and their elders past and present.

ASRC | CAMPAIGN | Conversation Project Handover | Sunday 19 November 2017 | 1-5pm

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In this practical half-day Conversation Project Handover, share tools, strategies and logistics for coordinating values-based conversation projects that shift community attitudes on the rights of people seeking asylum.

Bringing together people from the electorates of Melbourne Ports, Goldstein and beyond, this will be a great opportunity to reconnect with, and perhaps meet for the first time, others in the area who wish to drive change and collaborate strategically.

Running a conversation project is a strategic way of targeting people you want to support the rights of people seeking asylum, and in the lead up to the next federal election provides a strong evidence base to prove to your community and MP that people want our to Government respond fairly and humanely.

See the report about the conversation project in Higgins here.

Where: Elsternwick Park Tennis Centre Function Room, 464 St Kilda St, Brighton Victoria 3184 Australia

Bookings: Online RSVPs here

Event Information: Organisers look forward to seeing you there! Any questions feel free to contact Gayle and Joel by emailing

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Footscray (ASRC)
214-218 Nicholson Street, Footscray VIC 3011
Tel: 03 9326 6066

FCCV | WORKSHOP | Bystander Intervention to Prevent Gender Violence | Monday 20 November 2017 | 10am–3pm

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The workshop is a facilitated discussion, not a lecture. Highly interactive. Awareness raising is utilised to develop concrete options for participants to employ during a range of work or social situations – ranging from inappropriate comments to physical abuse. 

Additionally, workshops open dialogue regarding participant leadership around issues such as: the drivers of gender violence as it relates to unhealthy behaviour, sexual objectification of women, sexual harassment, battering and sexual assault.

Facilitator: Dr Ree Bodde, Program Director Think Prevent

Workshop Goals:
  • Raise awareness of participants about the level of violence against women in our culture
  • Challenge thinking by countering mainstream messages about gender, sex and violence
  • Open dialogue by creating a safe environment for men and women to share their opinions and experiences about these issues
  • Inspire leadership by equipping participants with concrete options to safely confront and interrupt abusive situations
Where: Victorian Council of Churches, Causeway House (Level 4, Chellew Room), 306 Little Collins Street, Melbourne

Cost: Free

Bookings: register online through

Faith Communities Council of Victoria (FCCV)
Mr Sandy Kouroupidis, Multifaith Officer
Mobile: 0412 670 369

Think Prevent
Dr Ree Bodde
Mob: 0450-039-288

A colloboration between Faith Communities Council of Victoria and Victorian Council of Churches

AGMC | WORKSHOP | Multicultural/Multifaith and LGBTIQA+ | Friday, 24 November 2017 | 9.30am-1pm

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A half day training workshop exploring the intersections between race, culture, and religion with LGBTIQ identity. 

The purpose is to inform and empower individuals, organisations, and workplaces to celebrate diversity and create an inclusive environment for all.

Topics covered in the training include:
  • Understanding sexual, sex, and gender diversity.
  • Discussing the intersections between multicultural/multifaith identity with LGBTIQ identity.
  • Unpacking stereotypes and unconscious bias.
  • Creating an inclusive environment.
  • Setting SMART objectives celebrating diversity.

The training is delivered by Budi Sudarto from Ananda Training & Consultancy, an experienced facilitator with an in-depth knowledge on diversity, intersectionality, and inclusive practice.

Where: Thoughtworks, Level 23, 303 Collins St, Melbourne

Cost: $50 per person or $30 concession.

Considerations: A Certificate of Attendance will be issued as a proof of professional development.

Bookings: For registration, email or visit

Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council (AGMC) 

SFMAF | CELEBRATE | SalamFest | 11am Friday 24-12.30pm Sunday 26 November 2017

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A three day Muslim Arts Festival including Sufi poets, whirling dervishes, musicians, mosaic artists, contemporary rap artists, traditional and modern singers and performers, meditation space, interactive art workshops, panel discussions, various talks, films, conversation salons, giveaways, and much more.

The Muslim community of Melbourne comprises of over 70 ethnically and linguistically diverse groups and at SalamFest we will celebrate the long standing contributions of the diverse Muslim community in culture, art and cuisine.

Salamfest captures the essence of the true Muslim values of ‘Peace Love and Compassion’. The festival is an opportunity for Australian Muslims to celebrate their diversity; connect and share their stories, values, arts, culture and cuisine in the true spirit of multiculturalism.

The program of events is free with a range of activities to interest a wide range of attendees.
International Guests, Celebrities, Filmmakers and Actors: SalamFest has confirmed International guests, celebrities, filmmakers and actors including a Hollywood producer, director and writer, a Canadian ensemble, etc.

The mascot for SalamFest 2017 is the Rumi Mobile. This is a car painted in the style of Pakistani truck art as a collaborative art project led by Melbourne artist Sohail Yamin.

A highlight of SalamFest will be the spectacular 250 person dining experience along a single dining table in front of the State Library of Victoria – SalamFeast @ SalamFest .
Salamfeast aims to encourage conversation over a sumptuous three course dinner that will celebrate culture through a culinary experience like no other.

Where: Activities will take place in the State Library’s forecourt directly in front of the State Library on Swanston Street; and in a range of selected rooms within the State Library, chosen for the ambience they provide to the scheduled events.

More information on official website!

Bookings: The festival is free to attend but bookings need to be made. Register your interest online through Eventbrite and we will let you know when bookings open!!!

Salam Fest – Muslim Arts Festival 2017

UNIDftEoVAW | CAMPAIGN | 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence | Saturday 25 November-Sunday 10 December 2017

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A global campaign dedicated to ending gender-based violence. The campaign commences on 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (also known as White Ribbon Day), and concludes on 10 December, Human Rights Day

These dates were chosen to emphasise that gender-based violence is a violation of human rights.

Family violence can happen to anyone; it can take many forms and it knows no socio-economic or cultural boundaries. Although it happens overwhelmingly to women and children, it is also a significant issue for young adults and our elders.

Intimate partner violence is the biggest contributor to ill health and premature death of Victorian women aged 15 to 44. In 2015–16, there was a 12 per cent increase in family violence incidents in Glen Eira — one of the largest increases among Local Government areas in the Southern Melbourne Region.

City of Glen Eira says no to family violence. Council has a vision to create a safe, healthy and inclusive community that is free from violence. Council is committed to working on preventing family violence as an employer and as a community leader.

There are many ways to be involved, here are some that came to view:
ILLUMINATING | Statewide: landmarks will be lit up orange — the colour designated to the Victoria Against Violence campaign — every night of the 16 day period, including Glen Eira Town Hall.

WHITE RIBBONS | City of Glen Eira: will display large white ribbon banners at Town Hall to support the White Ribbon campaign — a national campaign that is led by men who stand up, speak out and act to influence and change attitudes and behaviours of men who commit violence against women.

SCREENING | Call Me Dad | Thursday 29 November 2017 | 7.30-9.30pm
Community members are invited to a free public screening of Call Me Dad, a local documentary about men who have perpetrated, or are at risk of perpetrating, family violence. Includes a Q&A session with a panel of family violence prevention experts.
Where: Theatrette, Glen Eira Town Hall
Cost: Free
Bookings: RSVP, visit or contact Council’s Service Centre on 9524 3333.

OUT-REACH | Coffee cup campaign
Council has partnered with Women’s Health in the South East, neighbouring local governments and the Frankston Mornington Family Violence Network to implement a coffee cup campaign. Supporting the campaign involves local cafes handing out 20,000 coffee cups with pictures drawn by Victorian school children that challenge gender stereotypes.
For further information, visit

If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, contact 1800 RESPECT or 1800 737 732 for advice or support. In an emergency, contact Triple Zero.

United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 25 November

ASCB | FUNDRAISING | Asylum Seekers’ Comedy Benefit | Friday, 1 December 2017 | Arrive from 6pm for 7pm start

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A one-of-a-kind ‘Asylum Seekers’ Comedy Benefit’ will be a cracker night for a worthy cause, hosted by MC, the hilarious Monica Dullard.

If you love live comedy, you will see a brilliant mixed bag of comedians in an side-splitting jam-packed night of comedy gold, which will have you in stitches!

This one off show is a must for comedy fans and people with big hearts! Come by tram or train, but just get there, or you’ll miss out! St Kilda Town Hall will be pumping!

Make a night of it, bring your friends and end the year on a high! In anticipation, thank you for your generous support!

  • Denise Scott (Barry Award) ‘Scott affirms her status as one of the country’s funniest’ The Age)
  • Dave O’Neil ‘one of Australia’s best comic storytellers’ Herald Sun)   
  • Fiona O’Loughlin (‘my stomach muscles are still aching…this woman is really, really, really funny’ The Sunday Age)
  • Denise McGuinness ( Deadly Awards Winner: 'hails from a long line of funny fellas' Australian Stage)
  • Geraldine Hickey (‘genuine, heartwarming, hilarious and brilliant’ Scenestr); 
  • Dilruk Jayasinha (“extremely endearing comedian who wears his heart on his sleeve” Herald Sun)  
  • Monica Dullard MC (‘hilarious…she makes everyone feel special’ The Age)
Where: St Kilda Town Hall, 99A Carlisle St, St Kilda VIC 3182

Cost: Adults $40/Cons $35; Group 6+ $35; City of Port Phillip Staff  $35.
100% Profits donated to Brigadine Asylum Seekers Project

Considerations: General Seating & Interval. Fabulous HOT FOOD (Angela's Kitchen) & top BAR from go to whoa!

Bookings: Online at Trybooking,  or at the door (if not sold out)

Asylum Seekers’ Comedy Benefit
Monica Dullard
Tel: 0438 868 217

IDPwD | ANNUAL CELEBRATION | International Day of People with Disability | Sunday 3 December 2017

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Promoting an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and wellbeing.

Globally, a worldwide celebration that occurs each year on 3 December, the day brings together individuals, businesses, community organisations and governments to celebrate and acknowledge the contributions, skills and achievements of people with disability.

Locally, Glen Eira City Council will celebrate with an Activities Day
When: Wednesday 6 December | 10am-1.30pm
Where: Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre

People of all ages and abilities are welcome to come along and try a range of different activities including football, cricket, dance, basketball, T-ball, soccer, netball and more.

Cost: Free

Bookings: For further information or to register for this year’s event, contact Council’s metro access officer on 9524 3333 or email

City of Glen Eira
Address: Glen Eira Town Hall, Corner Glen Eira and Hawthorn Roads Caulfield
Post: PO Box 42, Caulfield South VIC 3162
Tel: 03 9524 3333
National Relay Service: a phone solution for people who are deaf or have a hearing or speech-impairment. TTY dial 13 36 77 or Speak and Listen 1300 555 727 or then enter 03 9524 3333.

CoPP | WORKSHOP | Local government and you! A Community Conversation | Tuesday 5 December 2017 | 6-7.30pm

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Free community workshop 'Local government and you! A Community Conversation'.

This workshop will be beneficial for anyone interested in local community matters and decision-making. Come along and find out:
  • what your Council does
  • the role of your elected Councillors
  • how local decision-making works and
  • how you can engage with your Council.
Where: Community Room, St Kilda Library, 150 Carlisle Street, St Kilda

Cost: Free

Bookings: Essential - click here to book online through Eventbrite or contact Emma Blackford on 9209 6874 or

City of Port Phillip
Community Health & Service Planning
Address: St Kilda Town Hall, 99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda Victoria 3182
Emma Blackford, Grants & Community Projects Officer
Tel: 9209 6874

A collaborative approach between City of Port Phillip and Victorian Local Government Association

MV | PERFORMANCE | Serpent Women Dreaming | Wednesday 6 December 2017 | 6-8pm

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Creating awareness through affecting emotion and effecting change. 

This site-specific piece draws links between Indian, Indian diasporic, and Australian Indigenous women, as they explore their complex and long relationships with each other’s cultures and Mother Earth- simultaneously political, poetic, contemporary and timeless. Join these women as they attempt to undo the warp and weft of the binds that constrain their minds and bodies through an embodied process of decolonisation.

Conceptualised by Artistic Director Dr Priya Srinivasan and choreographed in collaboration with Gundijtmara creative cultural artist Vicki Couzens, her sister in law/ storyteller/visual artist Gina Bundle and daughter/cultural mentee/ language activist/traditional Aboriginal artist/dancer Yaraan Bundle together with Melbourne based composer/Carnatic singer Uthra Vijay and world renowned Indian dancer Priyadarsini Govind in a collaborative cross cultural event that furthers understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people performed on land that hasn’t been ceded.

Where: Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Melbourne Museum
11 Nicholson St, Carlton, Melbourne VIC 3053 Australia

Bookings: online through Museums Victoria

Museums Victoria
Post: GPO Box 666, Melbourne 3001 Victoria Australia
Bookings & Enquiries: 13 11 02

MAV | ENTHRALLING | Common Ground Showcase | Saturday 9 December 2017 | 2-5pm

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A unique, multilingual, multi-faith project that uses various forms of writing, primarily spoken word, to build connection and understanding between young people of diverse faiths and cultures. 

The transformative and unifying essence of the spoken word is beautifully presented in this showcase.

Facilitated by local professional spoken word artists, Common Ground will explore themes of identity, authenticity, faith, belonging, conflict and peace.

Enjoy an afternoon of spoken word, music, food and storytelling where poets from Brimbank, Whittlesea and Shepparton will take you on a journey from page to stage.

Where: Beckett Theatre at The Coopers Malthouse, 113 Sturt St, Southbank Melbourne, VIC 3006 Australia

Cost: Free

Bookings: online through Eventbrite

Multicultural Arts Victoria
Address: South Melbourne Town Hall Level 1, 208-220 Bank Street, South Melbourne VIC 3205
Mail: PO Box 5113, South Melbourne VIC 3205, Australia
Tel: +61 3 9188 3681

CoPP | CALL FOR NOMINATIONS | Community Grants Assessment Panel 2018-2019 | Now Open, CLOSES 10 December 2017

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Interested residents are invited to apply for a two year voluntary appointment as an Assessment Panel Member for the annual Community Grants Program. 

Two panels each consisting of one Councillor, one Senior Council Officer and two community representatives will meet in April/ May 2018 to evaluate grant applications and make recommendations to Council.

Successful candidates will have access to applications from local community organisations and read about supportive and innovative program and project ideas that make the City of Port Phillip inviting, healthy and connected.

2017-2018 Community Grants Assessment Panel Assessment Criteria
  1. Commitment to supporting and strengthening a diverse community that encourages the participation and inclusion of all residents.
  2. Relevant skills, knowledge and experience for the panel.
  3. Knowledge of the community sector and local networks.
  4. Previous experience with funding and grants processes.
  5. Understanding of Local Governments role in the community with grant programs.
Click here to apply

City of Port Phillip
Community Health & Service Planning
St Kilda Town Hall |  99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda Victoria 3182 
Emma Blackford, Grants & Community Projects Officer
Tel: 9209 6874