CoPP | UPDATING | Community Sector News | November 2023

[Edited extract from public address]
It's usually around November that we all realise that the year has gone by quickly. Included in this edition of City of Port Phillip (CoPP)'s Community Sector News is announcement that Port Phillip Community Awards are back after a 12 year hiatus. This presents a great opportunity for locals to nominate a committee member or volunteer or member of your organisation who deserves recognition for their contributions to Port Phillip. We all know that there are so many people who give back to this community.

 Training and Professional Development 

CoPP | GOV | TRAINING | De-escalation and Occupational Violence and Aggression (OVA) training for public facing roles in the Community Sector | Tuesday 14 November 2023 | 9.30am–3.30pm

  1. Module 1: Awareness
  2. Module 2: De-escalation
  3. Module 3: Protection
Learning outcomes:
  • understand situational awareness
  • recognise the signs of an escalating situation
  • understand how to control own emotions and speech in confrontational situations
  • learn strategies for how to stay calm when working through de-escalation steps in the toolkit
  • increase confidence in handling confrontational situations
  • understand appropriate verbal and body language in confrontational situations
  • learn how to deal with different types of aggressors, such as people under the influence of drugs.
Who should attend:
All levels of staff/volunteers who are in public facing roles providing services to potentially difficult or aggressive people. Leaders or managers will also benefit to support their team members.

AUST | SMEAPN | TRAINING | Framing Age Online Training Modules

We all want to live in a society that respects, values and celebrates everyone regardless of age. We can begin by thinking and talking differently about people as we grow older.

Presented by Southern Metro Elder Abuse Prevention Network this self-paced training will show you how to talk about age, ageing and issues that affect older people in ways that reduce ageist attitudes and behaviours.

It takes between 1.5 and 3 hours to complete the training, and you can complete it at your own pace when it suits you.

 Grants and Funding 

CoPP | GOV | Palais Theatre Community Fund Round 10 | applications close 10am on 13 November 2023

The Palais Theatre Community Fund provides grants of up to $5,000 to eligible charities, not-for-profit organisations and other community groups that support creative and recreational activities, infrastructure purchases and residents within the community of City of Port Phillip.

VIC | GOV | GRANTING | Men’s Sheds Grant | applications close 5pm Friday 8 December 2023

Men’s Sheds provide a place for men to come together and build friendships and support networks. They improve the health and wellbeing of their members by reducing social isolation and promoting social inclusion. Shedders get to share their skills, learn new ones, and make new friends in their local area. 

Applications for grants are now open to help establish, expand, or improve men’s sheds, as part of a $1 million investment by the Allan Labor Government. 

Opening the new grant round, Minister for Carers and Volunteers Ros Spence said grants of up to $100,000 each will support communities across the state.


CoPP | SMPS | GATHERING | Port Melbourne Community Safety Event | Monday 20 November 2023 | 5.30–7pm

Hear from Victoria Police on community safety matters in the Port Melbourne area.

Commanders from South Melbourne Police Station (SMPS) will be sharing local information, and will be available for a Q&A to discuss community concerns or provide any feedback on important issues in the area.
  • Where: Port Melbourne Town Hall auditorium
  • Cost: Free to attend. This event is supported by the City of Port Phillip.
  • More information about community safety in the City of Port Phillip visit Community safety - City of Port Phillip

CoPP | FoSC | GATHERING | Friends of Suai Annual Community meeting | Tuesday 21 November 2023 | 6-7pm

All are welcome to attend the Friends of Suai/Covalima (FoSC) Annual Community meeting followed by light refreshments.

Guest speaker, Grant Wyeth is Editor at the Asia-Pacific Development, Diplomacy and Defence Dialogue (AP4D). He will speak about the AP4D paper ‘'What does it look like for Australia to shape a shared future with Timor-Leste' and the important work of friendship groups in creating strong people-to-people links.

Highlights from the Friends of Suai 2022/23 Annual report will also be shared.
  • Where: Council Chamber, St Kilda Town Hall
  • Cost: Free
  • Bookings: RSVP by email to

CoPP | PPYAC | GATHERING | Amplifying your Voice – Youth Leadership Workshop | Friday 24 November 2023 | 4–7pm

Empowering young people aged 15-25, Port Phillip Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) will be hosting ‘Amplify Your Voice’. Make a more positive impact on community by providing skills and knowledge to effectively work with local government and other community action groups. 

The YAC are excited to welcome Councillor’s Robbie Nyaguy and Louise Crawford, as well as representatives from Port Phillip Climate Action Network (PECAN) to speak on the day.
  • Where: Community Room, St Kilda Library, 150 Carlisle St, St Kilda VIC 3182
  • Cost: Free
  • Bookings: online via Trybooking

 Other Programs 

CoPP | GOV | SUPPORTING | Positive Ageing in Port Phillip – Proposed changes to Aged Care services in Port Phillip | submissions close Sunday 10 December 2023 

The Australian Government has made changes to how it funds services for older people as part of its aged care reforms. The Council supports these reforms to make life better for older people, helping them stay independent at home while improving quality and safety.

After reviewing our current services, Council has found it's not possible to meet the new requirements for in-home services.

We plan to keep offering community-based services like:
  • Social programs
  • Transportation
  • Meal deliveries
  • Our hop-on hop-off bus service.
  • Additionally, we are working on a new service called the Community Connector to help older people access various services, activities, and information from different providers in the City.
Visit the Australian Government's website on aged care reforms for more information about the changes.

We are asking for community feedback on the proposal from Wednesday 8 November to 10 December 2023. Visit Have Your Say for more information on how you can join the conversation.

Join us for a chat about Aged Care services at the library (seating available)
Please drop in to either of our sessions below to hear more and chat to one of our friendly Council staff members.
  • St Kilda | Monday 13 November 2023: anytime from 10 am to 12 noon at the St Kilda Library, 150 Carlisle St
  • Port Melbourne | Tuesday 21 November 2023: anytime from 12.30 - 2.30 pm at the Port Melbourne Library, 333 Bay St,
Or attend a general Have your Say Pop-Up Conversation nearby
  • Elwood | Friday 10 November 2023: 3–5pm at Ormond Road - outside Baker's Delight
  • Balaclava/St Kilda East | Saturday 11 November 2023: 10am–12noon at Carlisle St corner Woodstock Street
  • St Kilda / St Kilda West | Saturday 11 November 2023: 2–4pm at Veg Out St Kilda Farmers Market
  • South Melbourne | Wednesday 15 November 2023: 10am–12noon at South Melbourne Central - Market Street entrance
  • Ripponlea | Friday 17 November 2023: 10am–12noon at Corner Glen Eira Road & Quat Quatta Avenue
  • Port Melbourne | Saturday 18 November 2023: 10am–12noon at front of 235 Bay Street
  • St Kilda Road | Saturday 18 November 2023: 2–4pm at Albert Road, in front of No. 50 Albert Road

Need a hard copy of the survey?
You can find a paper (hard-copy) version of the survey at St Kilda Town Hall, or at your local library. Translated versions of the survey will be available in a variety of languages.

Please return hard-copy surveys to 'Aged Care Services, St Kilda Town Hall, 99A Carlisle Street, St Kilda'. Note: surveys must be received by Sunday 10 December 2023.

CALLING | Nominees for Proudly Port Phillip Community Awards | nominations close Friday 22 December 2023

Proudly Port Phillip Community Awards celebrate the extraordinary community contributions that make us proud to live, work and play in our City. This is your chance to acknowledge the local groups, people and projects that play a key role in shaping our neighbourhoods - the small and the large efforts, the individual and collective efforts. 

Award Categories
  • Port Phillip Citizen of the Year Award
  • Port Phillip Young Citizen of the Year award
  • Sustainability Project/Initiative Award 
  • Community First Award
  • Small Business of the Year Award
All finalists are invited to the awards presentation evening, which will be held on Thursday 14 March 2024.


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