CoPP | THIS | Cultural Development Fund and more | January 2022

 [Edited extract from public address]

Connecting and strengthening communities through inclusion and partnerships.

GRANTING | Cultural Development Fund | Festivals and Events | applications now open, closing 4 pm Thursday 27 January 2022

The grants aim to encourage and assist not-for-profit organisations and community groups to develop local neighbourhood festivals or events during a period of COVID recovery. Festivals or events should celebrate the City’s community spirit, identity, arts and culture.

Funding provided in the current financial year does not assure that funding will be available in future years. This fund is intended for seed and development funding. Applicants are encouraged to seek out other sources of sponsorship to complement the support of council. Event organisers may apply for support for logistics and infrastructure costs associated with festivals and events.

Funding is for festivals and events that will occur between July 2022 and June 2023.
Up to $10,000 available is per project.

Who can apply?
To be eligible to apply, applicants must be:
  • Incorporated not for profit arts cultural or community organisations.
  • Organisations from outside City of Port Phillip may apply if the festival or event is held in the City of Port Phillip and engages with Port Phillip participants and community.
  • Have organisational Public Liability Insurance to the value of $20 Million.
  • Able to provide an ABN (Australian Business Number)

Tel: 03 9209 6217
Mob: 0466 752 942

Community Training Opportunities Coming Up | February and March 2022

Places still available!
Register now to secure your place.

City of Port Phillip invites staff and volunteers from local community groups and organisations to participate in training. The training is free and places are limited. Use the TryBooking links below to secure your place in the training.

If you have any general queries, or access or support requirements that will enable your participation in these events, please contact the Community Building Team:
Phone: 03 9209 6777
Interpreters are available upon request.

WEBINAR | Access and Inclusion Training | Monday 21 February 2022 | 2-4pm

Accessible Action will provide disability awareness training to improve access and inclusion in your community organisation. This training will ensure your learning outcomes provide a new perspective on the social model of disability, and shift mindsets to promote access and inclusion of people with disability in your organisation. Accessible Action facilitators are people with lived experience of disability in order to influence with authenticity and effect meaningful change.

About the provider
Accessible Action creates action for access. Our purpose is to enable our customers to progress their access and inclusion journey by developing strategies, policies and processes to include people with disability from a customer, community and employee perspective.

About the trainer
Amanda Lawrie-Jones is a skilled Access & Inclusion Consultant with decades of organisational capability experience. Amanda has successfully created impact and meaningful change working in both government and non-government sectors.

Where: Online Zoom
Cost: free
Bookings: Places are limited to 15 people. TryBooking: Access and Inclusion Training
You will be sent a Zoom link once you book

E-LEARNING | Standard Mental Health First Aid | 18 and 25 March

Participants are required to complete one E-Learning module and attend two x 2.5 hour Zoom sessions.

Learn how to assist adults who are developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves.

You will learn how to assist an adult who may be experiencing a mental health problem or mental health crisis until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves, using a practical, evidence-based action plan.

This course is based on guidelines developed through the expert consensus of people with lived experience of mental health problems and professionals.
Participants are required to complete one E-Learning module and attend two x 2.5 hour Zoom sessions.

About E-Learning
This is self-paced and takes approximately 3 hours if done in one session.

About  Zoom sessions
These are very interactive and participants go through what they learned during e-learning and also practice skills.

Zoom Sessions Dates and Times:

Session One: Friday 18 March 2022
Time: Choose from either 10am - 12:30 pm OR 2pm - 4:30 pm

Session Two: Friday 25 March 2022
Time: Choose from either 10am - 12:30 pm OR 2pm - 4:30 pm

About the provider
Mental Health First Aid Australia is a national not-for-profit organisation that develops and evaluates training programs and trains and accredits Instructors.
About the trainer
Ronnie Kakaire is a Mental Health First Aid 'Principal Master' Instructor with a very strong passion for training and facilitating workshops. His energetic, engaging and yet entertaining style of delivering training has made him a favourite for most participants that have attended his sessions.

Where: Online
Cost: free
Booking: Places are limited to 15 people. TryBooking: Standard Mental Health First Aid
You will be sent a Zoom link once you book.

Jewish Immersion Day for Community Organisations | Thursday 24 February 2022 | 9am-1pm

The Program is a combination of engaging sessions with a diverse range of speakers and facilitators, as well as a visit to the Jewish Museum of Australia and St Kilda Hebrew Congregation.

Program Overview
The program will provide participants with helpful insights in order to develop a rich working understanding of the nuances of the Jewish community. The session covers a range of topics including; the diverse demographics of the Jewish community in City of Port Phillip, history of the Jewish community in the area, Jewish traditions and practice, Jewish responses to local challenges, and the Jewish experience in 2021/22. Within these topic areas we will address the experience of living with antisemitism and the perception vs reality of the community in Port Phillip and greater Melbourne.

About the provider
For over 80 years The Jewish Community Council of Victoria has been the peak body of Victorian Jewry, Australia’s largest Jewish community. With 52 major communal organisations as its affiliates, the JCCV represents the mosaic of Jewish religious, political, cultural, welfare, educational and social associations serving the Jewish community in Victoria.

Where: Meet at St Kilda Town Hall, 99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda
Cost: free
Booking: Places are limited to 15 people. TryBooking: Jewish Immersion Day

Guided Walks in Port Phillip 2022

Elwood characters - decade by decade | Saturday 29 January 2022 | from 6-8pm

Join Meyer Eidelson to relive Elwood’s milestones through the lives of extraordinary people, decade by decade between 1830 and 2022.

Bookings: essential through Trybooking - Elwood characters

Assistance with Proof of COVID Vaccination

People will be required to show proof of vaccination while out in the community. This can be done using your COVID-19 digital certificate or immunisation history statement. For more information and advice visit How to get your COVID-19 digital certificate | Coronavirus Victoria

Types of Proof of Vaccination
There are two types of proof available. Both are free.
  1. A COVID – 19 Digital certificate, which shows you have received both doses of a COVID vaccine. For more information visit Getting help during coronavirus (COVID-19) - COVID-19 digital certificate as proof - Services Australia
  2. An immunisation history statement which lists COVID -19 vaccinations and all other vaccinations. For more information visit Australian Immunisation Register - How to get an immunisation history statement - Services Australia
It can take up to 10 days for information to be uploaded to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) after each dose of a COVID -19 vaccine.

It’s quick to get an immunisation history statement online. Download your statement now so you are ready to show it when you need to gain entry to places you want or need to visit.

If online is difficult for you or your residents, there are a few alternatives:
  • Call the Australian Immunisation Register and ask them to post your immunisation history statement, noting that it may take up to 14 days to arrive. Call 1800 653 809 from Monday to Friday 8 am to 5 pm.
  • Call Medicare on 13 20 11 and ask them to send you a printed copy. They are on the phones 24 hours 7 days a week. You can also ask for interpretation in your language when you call Medicare.
  • Ask someone who has internet access for help with online if you need it quickly who can help you to print it off. You will need a MyGov account (
  • Ask at your GP clinic, pharmacy or community centre for help in printing your COVID certificate. 

Beach Access Program Summer 2021/22

The City of Port Phillip currently has two accessible beach locations, St Kilda Beach and Port Melbourne Beach. The Life Saving Clubs at these locations, St Kilda Life Saving Club (StKLSC) and Port Melbourne Life Saving Club (PMLSC) support the delivery of beach access equipment for hire during the summer lifesaving patrol season. 

The beach access equipment includes a Mobi-chair beach wheelchair (MC) and Accessible Beach Matting (ABM). This equipment is FREE to hire and removes some of the barriers that can restrict people with a disability from enjoying beaches. Beach access equipment has been available at StKLSC and PMLSC since 2017.

The St Kilda Life Saving Club includes a Victorian Government funded Changing Places. Changing Places facilities have a height-adjustable, adult-sized changing bench, a tracking hoist system, and space for two people in a safe and clean environment.

To access the Changing Places facility, an individual or carer must have a Master Locksmiths Access Key (MLAK). This key enables people with a disability to gain 24-hour access, seven days a week to the facility. Eligibility for the MLAK is restricted to people with disability that have written authority from a doctor, a disability organisation or a community health centre. People with a disability can purchase an MLAK by contacting the Master Locksmiths Association
on 1800 819 775.  

Timing & Booking

 Lifesaving patrol season: November 2021 to April 2022. 
Accessible Beach Matting: Rolled out Tuesday 16 November 2021 at both locations, available everyday (except for each Tuesday 4.30 am – 10.30 am, to accommodate beach cleaning). No booking required.

Mobi-chair beach wheelchair: Available for hire from Saturday 27 November 2021. Bookings accepted from Wednesday 24 November 2021.

St Kilda Life Saving Club 
Location: 34 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda 
Available: Saturday and Sunday during patrol times, 12.00 pm - 5.00 pm, 1.5 hr hire limit 
To book: visit or phone 03 9209 6777

Port Melbourne Life Saving Club 
Location: 38 Beaconsfield Parade, Port Melbourne 
Available: Saturday and Sunday during patrol times, 12.00 pm - 5.00 pm, 1.5hr hire limit
To book: visit or phone 03 9209 6777

To book on the day: phone 9646 8773.

CHECKING | Hearing Australia Talk | Monday 21 February 2022 | 10am

Hearing Australia are offering 15 minute free hearing checks. A hearing check is a screening that may help people who may have hearing loss. 

Free Hearing Checks available after talk

Where: U3a Port Phillip - Mary Kehoe Centre, Room 1, 224 Danks Street Albert Park

For more information call Maria on 0459 863 145 or 8610 4300.

City of Port Phillip (CoPP)
Address: 99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda, VIC 3182