MAV | PERFORMANCE | Sthithi: We Stand, We Belong | Saturday 16 December 2017 | 6-6.30pm

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One’s first act of belonging to a city is to stand with confidence.

Sthithi performed by students of Monica Singh Sangwan (Sohamasmi Centre for Performing Arts) brings together dancers of diverse ethnicities to reflect contemporary Asia in our city of Melbourne.

The word ‘stithi’ comes from the Sanskrit root word ‘stha’, meaning to stand, to place, to be. Yoga in its myriad forms, as well as martial arts, has become part of the city’s cultural melting pot.

This dance composition choreographed and conceived by Sharmila Biswas, with music composed by Sukanta Kumar Kundu modernizes the movements and techniques of Indian classical dance (namely Odissi), yoga and martial art.

Where: Queensbridge Square, 3 Queensbridge St, Southbank, Vic 3006

Cost: Free

Multicultural Arts VictoriaAddress: South Melbourne Town Hall Level 1, 208-220 Bank Street, South Melbourne VIC 3205
Post: PO Box 5113, South Melbourne, VIC 3205, Australia
Tel: 03 9188 3681

MAV | PERFORMANCE | Festivity | Saturday 16 December 2015 | 6.30-8pm

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A contemporary Thai performance incorporating physical movements and exhibition to create an understanding of how Thai people embrace a special parade called ‘Hae Krua Tan.’

The air of tranquility and harmony in this performance will captivate you in its surrounding space. This powerful sense of calm through body movements will guide the audience to synchronize internally with the performance.

Watch as performers Candice Boonjua, Khwanlarp Sudjunta, Wichittra Changchaya, Shuchinthara Suebsamarn, Saranya Chaovarad and Ampornkarn Artanyoota entertain the audience with this interactive performance inspired by a traditional ceremony from the northern region of Thailand.

Where: from Princes Bridge along Southbank Promenade to Queensbridge Square, Southbank

Cost: Free

Multicultural Arts VictoriaAddress: South Melbourne Town Hall Level 1, 208-220 Bank Street, South Melbourne VIC 3205
Post: PO Box 5113, South Melbourne, VIC 3205, Australia
Tel: 03 9188 3681

RSPCA | APPEAL | Guardian Angels Needed to Support Animal Rescue

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Give the gift of kindness this Christmas. Be a Guardian Angel to a homeless animal in need.

Annually: RSPCA receives over 50,000 animal cruelty complaints nationally
Nationally: RSPCA receives and cares for over 120,000 animals
Seasonally: 10,000 animals will call RSPCA home

If in interested and in surplus, donate online.

Post: 3 Burwood Highway, Burwood East Vic 3151
Tel: 1300 777 221

MCM | APPEAL | Homeless Christmas Fund

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Everyone is busy at Christmas... especially Melbourne City Mission.

More young people are facing homelessness than the Mission has ever seen before and funding unfortunately only goes so far. The Mission believes no young person should have to sleep rough, on a couch, or in an unsafe place over Christmas.
If in surplus, please give your support.

As a guide:
  • $37 helps to fund a crisis bed in e mergency accomodation
  • $53 will help a person share a Christmas lunch and a small gift
  • $87 could provide an Emergency Pack with toiletries, clothes & underwear.
In interested and in surplus, donate by calling 1300 364 507 or online

Melbourne City Mission Head Office
Post: PO Box 13210, Law Courts, Melbourne, VIC 8010, Australia 
Address: 164–180 Kings Way, South Melbourne VIC 3205 Australia
Tel: 03 8625 4444

BSL | CREATE | The Hope Prize short story competition | Closing Wednesday 31 January 2018

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Australia is the proverbial ‘lucky country’, yet amid our remarkable prosperity too many pockets of poverty and disadvantage persist in our cities, regions and remote areas. This narrative deserves to be explored through evocative writing.

The Hope Prize, the Brotherhood of St Laurence’s national short story competition, is open for entries. Encouraging writers to explore people's resilience in the face of poverty and disadvantage, to look beyond all too common stereotypes to depict the strengths that people and communities show in dealing with hardship.

Short stories entered for The Hope Prize can be fiction or fact. Whatever the genre, the story submitted must convey the experience of people facing hardship in their lives.

The total prize pool is $17,500, while two Women’s Writing Career Development Scholarships — of $5,000 each — will also be awarded.

Authors must be Australian residents, entries must be between 2000 and 5000 words. and received by 31 January 2018.

The eminent judges for this competition are actor Cate Blanchett, former governor general Quentin Bryce and author Kate Grenville. They are passionate about defeating disadvantage and care deeply about encouraging good writing.

Find out online more about this prize 

Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL)
67 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, Victoria 3065
Tel: (03) 9483 1183

GEIFN | REPORTS | FCCV | ANNUAL CONFERENCE | Victorian Interfaith Networks | Sunday, 12 November 2017 | 12noon-4.30pm

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An annual conference aiming to help build capacity and sustainability of existing multifaith and interfaith networks. Bringing people up-to-date with current matters, providing networking opportunities, and assisting host council and network to promote its work to the local community.

Where: Ulumbarra Theatre - 10 Gaol Rd, Bendigo VIC 3550

The Faith Communities Council of Victoria opposes family violence and violence against women in all its forms, and call upon people of faith to play a role in its elimination.
Read FCCV's Statement of Commitment

12noon-1.25pm: Registration, networking, lunch and activities
1.30-2.15pm: Honoured guests and keynote speech on Religious Freedom in a 21st Century Pluralist Society by Daniel Nellor, Advisor to the Australian Humans Rights (Freedom of Religion)
Commissioner, Mr Edward Santow.
2.20-3.50pm: Workshops and plenary sessions (see below)
4-4.30pm: Summary & closing ceremony

Enrolment for workshops and plenary sessions were made upon arrival.

WORKSHOP 1: Religious Freedom and Social Cohesion
Religious freedom is fundamental to the Australian way of life and liberal democratic values.
And the challenge of respecting religious freedom in a pluralistic, secular, multi-faith society is becoming more complex.
In Australia in 2017, a Sikh student with religious headwear has been excluded from a school on
the grounds of maintaining a ‘level playing field’; the construction of a Mosque in Bendigo has
created upheaval in the community; Catholic priests are being asked to break the Seal of
Confessional by reporting information divulged to them during confession; A local council has
banned the construction of a Jewish synagogue in Bondi because it could be a terrorist target;
Islamic women wearing head coverings are abused and intimidated and violent criminal acts
done in the name of religion result in pressure being applied to Muslim leaders to re-state their
commitment to peace.

This workshop examined the complex relations between freedom of religion and social
cohesion in Australia and the world today.
Is there a zero-sum relationship between religious freedom and social cohesion? Does
maintaining peace mean pushing religion into the private sphere? Does promoting harmony
mean rejecting diversity? How can religious freedom be advanced in contemporary Australia
while recognising the pluralistic nature of Australian society?

Facilitator: Daniel Nellor, Advisor to the Australian Humans Rights (Freedom of Religion)
Commissioner, Mr Edward Santow.
• Dr Julie Rudner, Senior Lecturer @ Latrobe University
Manal Shehab, Community Engagement Officer @ Islamic Council of Victoria
Jasbir Singh Suropada, Chairperson of Sikh Interfaith Council of Victoria
• Father Andrew Fewings, Parish Priest @ Kennington Catholic Parish, Bendigo
Gary Bouma AM, UNESCO Chair in Intercultural and Interreligious Relations - Asia Pacific,
Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Monash University

WORKSHOP 2: Educational Program for Schools - Understanding Religious Diversity
Three presenters of Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths will deliver a 90 minute interactive
workshop that will challenge some typical stereotypes people may hold and
demonstrates friendship and respect between people of different faiths and cultures.
In particular, workshop included:
• Comparing different faith traditions, commonalities and differences
• Sharing of personal life experiences, beliefs and common values
• Linking issues of diversity and faith to belonging and community identity
• An interactive Question and Answer session

This workshop demystified and demonstrated how a multifaith educational program can be delivered in Victorian schools.

Facilitator: Ginette Everest, Executive Officer of Jewish Christian Muslim Association of
Australia (JCMA)
Jewish Christian Muslim Association of Australia (JCMA) have been running school education
programs since 2007. JCMA Workshops create a great opportunity to focus on some key ethical
and social questions with students that align with key parts of the Victorian curriculum. There
are a number of school programs to select from, or contact JCMA for a tailor made solution to
your requirements. For more information see:

WORKSHOP 3: Active bystander training to prevent Violence Against Women
A workshop to show participants how to safely intervene as an active bystander to prevent
violence against women.
In particular, the workshop will:
• 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 empowering participants with concrete options to safely confront
and interrupt abusive situations

A highly interactive facilitated workshop, not a lecture. 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.

Facilitator: Dr Ree Bodde, Program Director, Think Prevent
Think Prevent is a community leader in violence prevention. Think Prevent conducts training
sessions with a wide-range of groups, and utilises an active bystander approach to
prevention. For more information see:

WORKSHOP 4: Introductory Training Workshop for Emergencies Ministry
Volunteers do not need to be councillors, clergy or social workers – rather ordinary people with
compassion and good listening skills who can offer emotional and psychological care with
people affected by emergencies such as bushfires and floods.
The Victorian Council of Churches Emergencies Ministry is a multifaith, multicultural program
seeking volunteers from various faith communities.

Facilitator: Michael Downing, Regional Support Officer, Victorian Council of Churches
Emergencies Ministry (VCCEM)
The Victorian Council of Churches has responded to most State disasters and many local
emergency events since 1977. Today, its Emergencies Ministry department provides outreach,
psychological first aid, personal support and emotional spiritual care across the State of
Victoria, and is part of the Victorian Government’s emergency response plan. For more
information see:

A number of complimentary events were organised over the weekend (11-12 November) for those with time to explore and discover Bendigo.
11 November - Tour to Places of Worship (11am - 4pm):  Bendigo is home to some of the most spectacular architecturally designed places of worship in Australia, including The Sacred Heart Cathedral and the work-in-progress that is The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion. The tour also included the planned site of Bendigo Islamic Community Centre.
12 November - Tour of Sandhurst Gaol (11am - 12pm): Bendigo’s Ulumbarra Theatre rises majestically from within what was once the Sandhurst Gaol. Constructed in the early 1860s, the gaol was based on the Pentonville prison model where the wings radiate from a central tower, now the symbiotic link between the heritage and contemporary architecture. Guided tour explored spaces throughout this extraordinary arts and community facility, telling the tales that once remained behind the walls.
12 November - WE ARE THE WORLD! Bring a bell! Concert (4:30pm - 6:30pm @ Ulumbarra Theatre): A magnificent blend  of traditional, classical and sacred music and dance, presented by over 150 performers, ending with Federation bells and audience bells, joining in unity.

On behalf of Buddhist Council Victoria Interfaith (bINTER) and Glen Eira Interfaith Network (GEIFN), thankyou to Organisers and Participants working tirelessly to redress historical, and presenting inequalities. Aspired programming on day was well-received for shining a spotlight on some of the challenges faced by sections of our diverse community and showcased some “heavy lifters” creating brighter futures. Thankyou to the wider community for their vocal, heart warming and demonstrative positive support for a more harmonious society. Received with gratitude.

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

This event was a collaboration of the Faith Communities Council of Victoria, Bendigo Interfaith Council, City of Greater Bendigo and the Victorian State Government - Department of Premier and Cabinet.

PWR | DECLARATION | Standing With Victim-Survivors of Sexualized Violence

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Let us be committed and united together against sexual violence and discrimination, wherever it may be.

The Parliament of the World’s Religions Women’s Task Force calls upon religious traditions and spiritual communities to stand up and address sexual abuse, sexual assault, and sexual harassment that is occurring within religious contexts and throughout mainstream society.

We as people of faith and conscience are called upon to hear and believe the experiences of victim-survivors who are speaking up in every sector of society, and across all cultures, and to do our utmost to challenge and confront the cultures and systems that promote and enable this abuse of power.

Our commitments to stopping sexualized and gender-based violence are outlined in the Declaration for the Dignity and Human Rights of Women, delivered at the historic Inaugural Women’s Assembly at the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions. We invite our human family and especially those in positions of leadership and power to join us in affirming to:
  • call upon all religious leaders and adherents to challenge and change harmful teachings and practices that justify discrimination and violence against women and girls
  • call upon the world’s religions to honor and uphold the dignity, well-being, and fundamental human rights of women and girls.
  • commit ourselves to this collective undertaking to heal the heart of our humanity by releasing women, girls, men and boys from the bondage of gender-based discrimination and violence. We do so with hope and with faith in our future.
We stand with all who have shared their most personal testimony of this no-longer-unspeakable truth. And to those who are still yet unable to share their experiences, especially within religious institutions, for fear of retribution or threats to their personal safety: we see you and support you.

We call upon all religious and spiritual traditions and the interfaith movement to join with the Women’s Task Force of the Parliament of the World’s Religions as we continue to do our utmost to break the chains of silence by strengthening, implementing and enforcing policies and practices that will transform us into a better, more decent and just society. We also give our gratitude to the agencies that have already taken action to demonstrate that sexualized violence and harassment will no longer be tolerated within their institutions.

Religious and spiritual communities, though complicit participants in a global culture of sexual violence, can and should draw from each of their divine and sacred inspirations the courage that is required now to end this cycle.

Victims-survivors of violence and abuse—sexual, physical and emotional— in spiritual or religious communities (as well as in the home or the workplace) have shown courage in raising their voices.

The time is now for us all to be courageous.

From the Staff of the Parliament of the World's Religions
Organisers are planning for a Parliament of the World’s Religions to welcome more than 10,000 people of more than 80 nations, from more than 200 unique spiritual traditions at this 7th convening. How will you be there?
Be Supportive by well-wishing organisers and participants, organise local pre-PWR events, pledge your individual or group attendance BY REGISTERING or MAKE A DONATION.
Parliament of the World's Religions (PWR)
70 East Lake Street, Suite 205, Chicago, IL 60601

UNHCR | APPEAL | Myanmar-Bangladesh Crisis

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More than 600,000 people in Bangladesh are in desperate need of food, water and shelter after fleeing extreme violence in Myanmar. Terrified. Traumatised. Urgently. Needing Help.

No matter where you donate, many organisations are all on the ground working together. Every donation matters.

If you have a surplus, please donate now to any of these organisations:

MCRP | ACTIVELY | Engage with conservation of Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary

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A volunteer group concerned with the well-being of the Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary. Engaging and working with local community to enjoy and care for this beautiful natural environment.

MCRP and Beach Patrol End of Year BBQ | Saturday 2 December 2017 | 12 noon – place to be confirmed. All welcome, the more the merrier!

Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary (RPMS) is located in Port Phillip Bay 20 kilometres (12 miles) south east of the Melbourne CBD. It was created in November 2002 by the Victoria Government. It is 115 hectares in size, stretching 3 kilometres along the coastline between Table Rock Point in Beaumaris and Quiet Corner in Black Rock.

Working in cooperation with the sanctuary manager, Parks Victoria, as well as Bayside Council, and many other government and non-government organisations, we have a combined wealth of experience and knowledge, and love to share this and this amazing unique environment with everyone. All are welcome.

Typically, members are interested in environmental and marine issues, such as mapping the sanctuary, surveying and monitoring marine life, education of young and old, surveillance and compliance, beach cleaning, inter-organisational activity, and the natural and human history of the area….. as well as simply enjoying this unique spot. We are a friendly group who are always open to new members.

To foster species diversity conservation of the Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary through:
  • the regeneration of the once-abundant plant and animal life of the sanctuary
  • the protection and preservation of the natural environment of the sanctuary, its features and its indigenous flora and fauna
  • educating and informing the community about the role and values of the sanctuary
  • community involvement and enjoyment of the sanctuary in accordance with the above aims
  • the advancement of knowledge of marine life and its environment
Marine Care Ricketts Point Inc (MCRP)

CoPP | SURVEY | Integrated Transport Strategy | now open, CLOSES Monday 4 December 2017

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Everyday 200,000 people live, work and play in the City of Port Phillip and this number is growing. 

Council is developing an Integrated Transport Strategy, setting the direction for the way we use our streets, including transport, parking and great places.  Contribute your feedback to help shape the strategy.

This survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete + briefing time.

The survey closes at 5pm on Monday 4 December 2017.

Brief: Watch a video about the project, read the fast facts summary and position paper to get a good understanding of how people currently move around the City of Port Philip and the challenges Council are seeking to address through this project.

Capire Consulting Group 
Ce.Lab, L1, 96 Pelham Street, Carlton 
96 Pelham Street, Carlton 
Victoria 3053 Australia
Niamh Moynihan, Senior Consultant
Tel: 0408 604 713

Under contract to City of Port Phillip

YHRAV | COMMEMORATION | UN International Human Rights Day 2017 | Wednesday 6 December 2017 | 6.30-8.30pm

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A Multicultural/Multifaith Celebration presented by Youth for Human Rights Australia (Victoria Chapter) and hosted by the Church of Scientology

Feature Performance by Warren Wills, Internationally renowned Composer & Producer
Guest Artists: Fredrick Kpakpo Addo, One Spirit African Drumming and Dance; Shavina Hill, Principal, Bollywood Taal; Tonga Youth Group; South Sudan Youth Group; Melton Bhutanese Community Inc; Home of Multicultural Exchange - Polynesian Dancing

Master of Ceremonies: Hansa Farah, African Australian Youth Representative
Keynote Speaker: Gracelyn Smallwood, RN-RM, Professor of Nursing and Midwifery – Community Engagement, Central Queensland University, PhD Human Rights, MSc Public Health, Dip Mental Health
“Those who work to achieve human rights today may or may not be well-known figures. But they all share a passionate commitment to the principle that everyone is born with equal rights and anything else is an injustice.” —from the Story of Human Rights
Where: Scientology Community Centre, 231-251 Mount Alexander Rd, Ascot Vale, Vic 3032

Cost: Free Event. Supper provided.

Bookings: Please RSVP correctly online through Eventbrite as this event is being catered for.

Supported by:
Melton Interfaith Network; WIN (Women’s Interfaith Network) Foundation; Casey Multifaith Network COMMON (Centre of Melbourne Multifaith and Others Network); Australian Multicultural Organisation; Oz Star Channel; Miss 2017 South Asia Universe; Pakistan Youth Association; Landmark Community Sports Group, One Spirit African Drumming and Dance; Tarneit 60 Club; Ramon Helps Inc; Women of Wyndham; WWW Productions

Church of Scientology, Victoria
Youth for Human Rights Australia (Victoria Chapter)
231-251 Mt Alexander Road, Ascot-Vale, Victoria
Elana 0409 046 172 and Jane Lester 0424 875 213

JCMA | ENGAGE | Building Digital Resilience | Thursday 7 December 2017 | 7.30-9pm

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Parenting Forum: Supporting your child’s safety online

We are well and truly living in a digital world. With a multitude of technological advances available at our children’s fingertips and increasing awareness of the challenges of cyber security, parents can at times feel in the dark when it comes to supporting their children to be safe online.

In this session, the Office of the Children’s e-safety Commissioner, the peak body for online safety in Australia, will provide parents with up-to-date information about current technology trends and targeted safety advice to support a safe and enjoyable online experience.

Parents will learn about common cyber security issues and strategies to manage the benefits and risks of social media. Parents will also learn about how the Office can act to remove prohibited online material and serious cyberbullying content that affects young people.

Where: Caulfield Cup Room, Glen Eira Town Hall - Cnr Glen Eira and Hawthorn Rd, Caulfield

Bookings: essential as limited seats available. RSVP or call 8517 5908.

The Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV)
Beth Weizmann Community Centre, 306 Hawthorn Road, Caulfield South, VIC 3162, Australia
Tel: 03 9272 5566

PHAAA | FESTIVAL | Summer Solstice, Healing the Earth | Sunday 10 December 2017 | 2-5pm

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A local community festival where peace begins Healing the Earth.

Music, fun, presenters and performers with the theme of Healing the Earth. Local musicians from around the world will present culturally and spiritually embracing music, dance and performance in the 6th annual Solstice Global Healing Event.

All are welcome. Come and join with this hub of cosmopolitan City of Port Phillip.

Where: Acland Street Plaza, Acland St, St Kilda VIC 3182, Australia

Cost: Free

Planetary Healing Artists’ Association of Australia

With funding from the Local Festival Fund of the City of Port Philip

PPLS | PERFORMANCE | Santa Taranta: Music of Southern Italy | Wednesday 13 December 2017 | 6.30-7.30pm

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Santa Taranta is a Melbourne-based band playing a mix of original music and traditional music from southern Italy. 

Join Emiliano Beltzer (guitar, mandolin), Hayley Egan (voice, guitar) and Francesco Bufarini (guitar, diatonic accordion, voice, percussions) as they play Pizzica, Tammurriata, Stornelli, as well as Polkas from the barbershop and the occasional serenade d’amore, with a contemporary, worldly flair.

They will affect your blood, keep you dancing like a spider and weeping like la Madonna…

Where: St Kilda Library

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

PPEC | REPAIR CAFE | Repairing goods, sharing skills & knowledge, reducing landfill & household spend, celebrating community | Sunday 10 December 2017 | 2-5 pm

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A practical and good environmental alternative to discarding household items that would benefit from repair.

Perhaps a vacuum cleaner, a chair with a wobbly leg, a toy that has seen better days or favourite pants with a zip that won't close.

Bring items to be repaired by skilled volunteers. Watch and learn their techniques, while enjoying a cuppa at this family drop-in event.

Volunteer fixers and menders are always welcome.

Frequency: Monthly (excl January)

Cost: Free

Port Phillip EcoCentre
55 Blessington Street, St Kilda Vic 3182

An initiative of the Jewish Ecological Coalition (JECO) and the Port Phillip EcoCentre (PPEC)

UNSW | EQUITISING EDUCATION | Origin Foundation Grant King Indigenous Scholarship | Now open, Closes 05/01/2018

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UNSW Sydney has received a generous $5 million gift from the Origin Foundation to assist Indigenous students to pursue a career in Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths.

The Grant King Indigenous Scholarship program will provide for two full-residential scholarships each year for talented Indigenous students to undertake degree studies within the faculties of Engineering or Science at UNSW.

Scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to reside at Shalom College or at one of UNSW’s other residential colleges and will also receive an additional stipend for other expenses for the duration of their degree.

Significantly, the scholarship recipients will also have access to mentoring opportunities from Grant King, one of Australia’s leading businessmen.

Recipients will also receive a stipend of $5,000 pa for duration of the degree program. For commencement First Semester 2018. Check online eligibility and scholarship particulars.

University of New South Wales (UNSW)
UNSW Scholarships, UNSW Sydney, 2052
Tel: 02 9385 1078

BEPA | ACTIVELY | Patrol Beaches: Litter free beaches

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Helping to clean the beaches of Melbourne through the power of local resident members and community spirit.

Beach Patrol is a chain of volunteer community groups each defined by suburb, post code and t-shirt colour. Starting in 2009 with 3206 Beach Patrol - Middle Park , it quickly became evident that many 3206 residents cared greatly about the condition of their local beaches and were in fact willing to donate one hour of their time each month to help keep the beaches cleaner and safer for the greater enjoyment of all.

Beach Patrols: 3207 Port Melbourne was soon up and running and following on 3182 St Kilda and 3186 Brighton soon followed on.

By the mid 2015, there were 18 groups running, covering over 50 km of beach across the top of Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay with approx. 1500 volunteers signed up to help keep our beaches clean.

If interested, check out the website and find/start a group in your area. Those without beaches need not miss out, click on the link to discover similar initiative Love Our Streets.

Beach Patrol

CoPP | ACHIEVING | Inclusion: YouMeUs

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An award winning range of disability awareness resources developed by councils to help make local businesses and groups more accessible to everyone.

The resources include postcards and short online videos that carry practical hints on how to make life easier for customers with disabilities and the staff who meet them.

Video examples include Jeff who communicates with a small whiteboard, Ted who travels with an assistance dog called Oscar, Jen who appreciates wheelchair access and Fiona who enjoys friendly, understanding service.

The videos have key messages in four areas: Rights, Attitude, Communication and Access and viewable online.

City of Port Philip
MetroAccess Officer
Tel: 03 9209 6829 or

GEIFN | MEDIA | Mix | December 2017

Approx 5 min reads

Jason Om, an Australian Born Cambodian Buddhist shares his story culminating in an email to his father how he voted, leaving the response unread in the inbox for a while due to the dread of opening it. “Dad was disappointed I was gay. I never thought he'd change his mind and vote yes” Read the full story via ABC News

Jane Cadzow explores the search for truth, social justice and living relationships, meet Dorothy Patton’s friendship with “Ella Ebery retired at 97. At age 101, there's one thing giving her hell” via The Age

Benjamin Law explores loving your neighbours, respectful tourism, sharing sacredness and reconciliatory steps, requesting “Please don't climb Uluru, the sign requests kindly” via The Canberra Times

Jeanine Leane reviews two books weaving historical and current events with present day dreaming in “Indigenous writing review: Award-winning novels from Claire Coleman and Paul Collis” via The Age

Peter Hartcher explores different times, types and stages of collective decision making in the greater public interest, asking “How can we do democracy better?” via The Brisbane Times

Phil Wales explores the busyness of disinformation, influence and prosecuting bias, revealing “The silent, secret persuaders” via WA Today

Richard Cornish demystifies Australia’s Food labeling, common additives and numbers to avoid if experiencing asthma-related symptoms in “The inside story: How to read the label on your food” via Good Food

Adam Carey explores the previously missing and now presenting value of representation in decision making, citing how “State's first Aboriginal woman MP Lidia Thorpe speaks of genocide, lingering disadvantage” via The Age

Cameron Woodhead explores an example of lesbians reclaiming their herstory through humour, song and mischief in this “Review: Romeo is Not the Only Fruit” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Miki Perkins explores a greater role of repatriation, remains, reconciliation and respectful relationships, revealing “The long way fire and smoke for Mungo Man and the ancestors on their road home” via The Canberra Times

Tony Wright recounting post-war conditions, immigration and attitudes, reflecting upon “Bonegilla's 70th anniversary: This way came a new Australia” via The Age

Patrick Hatch explores ongoing efforts by industry, growers and suppliers for sustainable futures, citing “Qantas to operate first biofuel flight to US under mustard power” via WA Today

Linda Moon shares her healing journey with chartered intimacy, revealing “Secrets of a masseuse: The intimate insight into humanity” via WA Today

Robyn Doreian explores a child-hood learning challenge transformed in a life-long vocation, citing one person’s commitment, determined striving and overcoming obstacles that reveal “What it's like to make a living as a Shakespearean actor” via The Age

Kate Jones explores technology assisting reliable food production in changeable climates, revealing how “Ros Harvey is an IT entrepreneur with an answer for future food crisis” via WA Today

Konrad Marshall explores moving science to illustrate deeper understandings of unseeable interconnections, revealing “Animator Drew Berry on revealing 'the wondrous nature of how our body works'” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Eryk Bagshaw gives a report-card on multicultural electorates favoring equality for all Australians, and “Same-sex marriage: The multicultural communities that voted 'yes'” via The Age

Tammy Mills explores valuing evidence based progressive response, revealing “New support stream for family violence victims” via The Age

Jane Caro explores technology, equality and freedom to choose engagement level in a modern world, questioning “Why two of 'revolutionary' inventions for women are often overlooked” via WA Today

Michael Pascoe explores the history, evidence and economics of embracing education, recounting how “One plus one makes more than two: Our overlooked immigration benefits” via WA Today

Nassim Khadem explores results from a scientific approach to individual health and workplace diversity, citing how “Aussie company SpeeDx is fighting a sexually transmitted infection that's acting like a superbug” via The Age

Approx 20min presentations

Sethembile Msezaneat: Living sculptures that stand for history's truths

Manuel Lima: A visual history of human knowledge

Lloyd Pendleton: The Housing First approach to homelessness

Approx 5 min presentation

Briggs feat. Gurrumul & Dewayne Everettsmith - The Children Came Back

Approx 2 min presentation

Sesame Street: Jimmy Fallon: Inspect

Approx 70 min presentation

Genius Of The Ancient World (58 mins)
Season 1 Episode 1  — Socrates (469-399 BC)
Bettany Hughes explores Socrates, born in Athens during a creative but tumultuous period of Greek history. Athens had given birth to democracy and became a hotbed of new philosophical ideas. Discover how Socrates became, arguably, its most vocal and charismatic thinker, to end up being put on trial, found guilty, and sentenced to drink a cup of poison.

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

CoGE | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | Community Safety Plan | now open, CLOSES Friday 15 December 2017

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Share your ideas about what community safety means to you. 

Under development, a Community Safety Plan which will outline priorities for fostering a strong and safe Glen Eira community. To help guide your input, City of Glen Eira Council has developed a Community Safety Plan Discussion Paper.

To view the Paper, visit or pick up a copy from Council’s Service Centre, libraries or at one of Council’s community conversations in late November. To register your interest in attending one of the conversations, contact Council’s Service Centre on 9524 3333.

The opportunity to provide feedback opens on Monday 13 November and closes on Friday 15 December 2017.

There will be opportunities to comment on the draft Plan in early 2018.

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.

VICYAA | CALL FOR NOMINATIONS | Victorian Young Achiever Awards 2017–18 | now open, CLOSES Monday 18 December 2017

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An annual recognition of the role, inspiration and accomplishments of young Victorians.

The purpose of the Victorian Young Achiever Awards is to acknowledge, encourage and most importantly promote the positive achievements of all young people up to and including 29 years of age as of 31st December each year.

Nominations are being sought in the following categories:
  • Bartercard Online Achievement Award
  • Saward Dawson Community Service and Social Impact Award
  • The Victorian Government Group Achievement in the Community Award
  • The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award
  • Berry Street Create Change Award
  • Academy Graphics Regional Achiever Award
  • Kangan Institute Inspirational TAFE Student Award
  • Royal Flying Doctors Service Victoria Regional and Rural Health Award
  • First National Real Estate Leadership Award
Submit a nomination: visit

Nominations close Monday 18 December and winners will be announced at the Gala Presentation Dinner on Friday 18 May 2018.

Victorian Young Achiever Awards
Tel: 03 9720 1638

PAS | DECLARATION | Our Planet, Our Health, Our Responsibility | 2-4 November 2017

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A declaration based on data and concepts presented at the workshop: Health of People, Health of Planet and Our Responsibility Climate Change, Air Pollution and Health

Statement of the Problem
With unchecked climate change and air pollution, the very fabric of life on Earth, including that of humans, is at grave risk. We propose scalable solutions to avoid such catastrophic changes. There is less than a decade to put these solutions in place to preserve our quality of life for generations to come. The time to act is now.

We human beings are creating a new and dangerous phase of Earth’s history that has been termed the Anthropocene. The term refers to the immense effects of human activity on all aspects of the Earth’s physical systems and on life on the planet. We are dangerously warming the planet, leaving behind the climate in which civilization developed. With accelerating climate change, we put ourselves at grave risk of massive crop failures, new and re-emerging infectious diseases, heat extremes, droughts, mega-storms, floods and sharply rising sea levels. The economic activities that contribute to global warming are also wreaking other profound damages, including air and water pollution, deforestation, and massive land degradation, causing a rate of species extinction unprecedented for the past 65 million years, and a dire threat to human health through increases in heart disease, stroke, pulmonary disease, mental health, infections and cancer. Climate change threatens to exacerbate the current unprecedented flow of displacement of people and add to human misery by stoking violence and conflict.

The poorest of the planet, who are still relying on 19th century technologies to meet basic needs such as cooking and heating, are bearing a heavy brunt of the damages caused by the economic activities of the rich. The rich too are bearing heavy costs of increased flooding, mega-storms, heat extremes, droughts and major forest fires. Climate change and air pollution strike down the rich and poor alike.

Principal Findings
  • Burning of fossil fuels and solid biomass release hazardous chemicals to the air.
  • Climate change caused by fossil fuels and other human activities poses an existential threat to Homo sapiens and contributes to mass extinction of species. In addition, air pollution caused by the same activities is a major cause of premature death globally.
Supporting data are summarized in the attached background section. Climate change and air pollution are closely interlinked because emissions of air pollutants and climate-altering greenhouse gases and other pollutants arise largely from humanity’s use of fossil fuels and biomass fuels, with additional contributions from agriculture and land-use change. This interlinkage multiplies the costs arising from our current dangerous trajectory, yet it can also amplify the benefits of a rapid transition to sustainable energy and land use. An integrated plan to drastically reduce climate change and air pollution is essential.
  • Regions that have reduced air pollution have achieved marked improvements in human health as a result.
We have already emitted enough pollutants to warm the climate to dangerous levels (warming by 1.5°C or more). The warming as well as the droughts caused by climate change, combined with the unsustainable use of aquifers and surface water, pose grave threats to availability of fresh water and food security. By moving rapidly to a zero-carbon energy system – replacing coal, oil and gas with wind, solar, geothermal and other zero-carbon energy sources, drastically reducing emissions of all other climate altering pollutants and by adopting sustainable land use practices, humanity can prevent catastrophic climate change, while cutting the huge disease burden caused by air pollution and climate change.

We advocate a mitigation approach that factors in the low probability-high impact warming projections such as the one in twenty chances of a 6°C warming by 2100.

Proposed Solutions
We declare that governments and other stakeholders should urgently undertake the scalable and practical solutions listed below:
  1. Health must be central to policies that stabilize climate change below dangerous levels, drive zero-carbon as well as zero-air pollution and prevent ecosystem disruptions.
  2. All nations should implement with urgency the global commitments made in Agenda 2030 (including the Sustainable Development Goals) and the Paris Climate Agreement.
  3. Decarbonize the energy system as early as possible and no later than mid-century, shifting from coal, oil and gas to wind, solar, geothermal and other zero-carbon energy sources;
  4. The rich not only expeditiously shift to safe energy and land use practices, but also provide financing to the poor for the costs of adapting to climate change;
  5. Rapidly reduce hazardous air pollutants, including the short-lived climate pollutants methane, ozone, black carbon, and hydro fluorocarbons;
  6. End deforestation and degradation and restore degraded lands to protect biodiversity, reduce carbon emissions and to absorb atmospheric carbon into natural sinks;
  7. In order to accelerate decarbonization there should be effective carbon pricing informed by estimates of the social cost of carbon, including the health effects of air pollution;
  8. Promote research and development of technologies to remove carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere for deployment if necessary;
  9. Forge collaboration between health and climate sciences to create a powerful alliance for sustainability;
  10. Promote behavioral changes beneficial for human health and protective of the environment such as increased consumption of plant-based diets;
  11. Educate and empower the young to become the leaders of sustainable development;
  12. Promote an alliance with society that brings together scientists, policy makers, healthcare providers, faith/spiritual leaders, communities and foundations to foster the societal transformation necessary to achieve our goals in the spirit of Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si’.

To implement these 12 solutions, we call on health professionals to: engage, educate and advocate for climate mitigation and undertake preventive public health actions vis-à-vis air pollution and climate change; inform the public of the high health risks of air pollution and climate change. The health sector should assume its obligation in shaping a healthy future. We call for a substantial improvement in energy efficiency; and electrification of the global vehicle fleet and all other downstream uses of fossil fuels. Ensure clean energy benefits also protect society’s most vulnerable communities. There are numerous living laboratories including tens of cities, many universities, Chile, California and Sweden, who have embarked on a pathway to cut both air pollution and climate change. These thriving models have already created 8 million jobs in a low carbon economy, enhanced the wellbeing of their citizens and shown that such measures can both sustain economic growth and deliver tangible health benefits for their citizens.

We especially thank the global leaders who spoke at the workshop: Honorable Jerry Brown, Governor of California, Honorable Governor Alberto Rodríguez Saá, the Governor of San Luis, Argentina, Honorable Dr. Marcelo Mena, Minister of Environment of Chile, Honorable Kevin de León, President Pro Tempore of California Senate, and Honorable Scott Peters of the US house of representatives.

We also thank the contributions of the faith leaders: Rev Leith Anderson, President of the National Association for Evangelicals, USA; Rev Alastair Redfern, Bishop of Derby, UK; Rev Mitch Hescox, CEO of Evangelical Environmental Network, USA. We thank Dr. Jeremy Farrar, CEO of the Wellcome Trust for his contributions as a speaker and for thoughtful edits of the document.

We acknowledge the major contributions to the drafting of the declaration by Drs: Maria Neira (WHO), Andy Haines (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) and Jos Lelieveld (Max Planck Inst of Chemistry, Mainz). For a list of speakers and panelists at the symposium, please see the agenda of the meeting attached at the end of this document.

We are thankful to the sponsors of the workshop: Maria Neira of WHO; Drs Bess Marcus and Michael Pratt of Institute of Public Health at the University of California at San Diego; Drs Erminia Guarneri and Rauni King of the Miraglo Foundation.

End of Declaration
What follows is a summary of the data and concepts on air pollution and climate change as described at the workshop; the last IPCC report published in 2013; and the new data that were published since 2013, including several reports by the LANCET commissions and WHO.

The full declaration with author names can be found here.

  1. Monsignor Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo (PAS Chancellor)
  2. Joachim von Braun (PAS President & UOB)
  3. Veerabhadran Ramanathan (PAS & UCSD)
  4. Partha Dasgupta (PASS & CU)
  5. Peter Raven (PAS & President Emeritus, Missouri Botanical Garden)
  6. Jeffrey Sachs (UN SDSN)
  7. Edmund G. Brown Jr. (Governor of California)
  8. Kevin de León (President of the California State Senate)
  9. Alberto Rodriguez Saá (Gobernador de la Provincia de San Luis, República Argentina)
  10. Scott Peters, Congressman (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives) from California's 52nd district)
  11. Sir Andy Haines (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
  12. Jos Lelieveld (Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Germany)
  13. The Rev. Mitchell C. Hescox (President/CEO, The Evangelical Environmental Network)
  14. Bishop Alastair Redfern (Church of England)
  15. Werner Arber (PAS, Nobel laureate in Physiology or Medicine)
  16. Yuan T. Lee (PAS, Nobel laureate in Chemistry)
  17. Paul J. Crutzen (PAS, Nobel laureate in Chemistry)
  18. John (Hans Joachim) Schellnhuber (PAS, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany)
  19. Ignacio Rodríguez Iturbe (PAS & Distinguished University Professor and TEES Distinguished Research Professor, Texas A&M University)
  20. Francis L. Delmonico (PAS)
  21. Wael Al-Delaimy (UCSD Institute for Public Health)
  22. Fonna Forman (UCSD Center on Global Justice)
  23. Erminia M Guarneri (President Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine, Treasurer Miraglo Foundation)
  24. Howard Frumkin (University of Washington School of Public Health)
  25. Ulrich Pöschl (Max Planck Institute for Chemistry)
  26. Daniel M. Kammen (Professor of Energy, UC Berkeley)
  27. Nithya Ramanathan (Nexleaf Analytics)
  28. Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco, UCLA Wasserman Dean & Distinguished Professor of Education
  29. Bess H. Marcus (Dean, Brown University School of Public Health)
  30. Jonathan M. Samet (Dean, Colorado School of Public Health)
  31. Glen G. Scorgie (Professor of Theology and Ethics, Bethel Seminary San Diego)
  32. Conrado Estol (Director, Heart and Brain Medicine -MECyC, Buenos Aires, Argentina)
  33. Edward Maibach (George Mason University)
  34. Lise Van Susteren (Advisory Board; Center for Health and the Global Environment; Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health)
  35. Jeremy Farrar (Director Wellcome Trust)
  36. Manuel Frávega (Organismo Provincial para el Desarrollo Sostenible de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina)
  37. Qiyong Liu (Chief Scientist for Health and Climate Change in China)
  38. Maria Neira (Director, Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health, WHO) 
  39. Leslie Parker (REIL)
  40. Emilio Chuvieco (Professor of Geography, Satellite Earth Observation, University of Alcalá, Spain)
  41. Antonella Litta (International Society of Doctors for the Environment – Isde)
  42. Justin Farrell (Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
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GOVV | REPORTS | Metropolitan Partnerships | 2017 Inner Metro Assembly

[Edited extract from public address]

Inner Metro Partnership encompasses State Government, Local Governments of Melbourne, Yarra and Port Phillip plus community, business and community leaders. 

Organisers thank participants for their interest in the work of the Inner Metro Partnership and the 2017 Annual Assembly.

The 2017 Assembly highlighted the following community priorities for the Inner Metro:
  • Access to green, open and public space is very important to the Inner Metro region as the population grows
  • The need for an overarching strategy to manage growth in the inner city
  • The urgency of the Melbourne Airport Rail Link
  • The possibility of tram line extensions into Fisherman’s Bay and/or along the Yarra
  • The need for environmental priorities to extend to the bay and rivers, not just green spaces.
  • Safety, mental health and climate change
The 2017 Inner Metro Assembly 
Watch online a video or download PDF report, summarising the Assembly and documents the community feedback received. 

Next steps:
The Inner Metro Partnership is now considering community feedback received at the Assembly.
Your feedback will inform the Partnership’s independent advice to government.
The Partnership will submit this years’ round of advice in November 2017.
This advice will be considered by government in its key decision-making processes.
The outcome of these processes will be reported back to the community in mid-2018.
The Partnerships will host another Assembly in 2018.

To answer some of the further questions raised by participants, we have included responses to Frequently Asked Questions.

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State Government Victoria
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Office for Suburban Development 
Local Infrastructure
Inner Metropolitan Partnership
Post: Level 35, 2 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000