Friday, 22 August 2014

Cleanaway have advised that more vehicles are now available to continue with garbage bin collection today and over the weekend.

Garbage collections normally undertaken on a Wednesday have been completed.

Collections have commenced in Newport, Spotswood and Williamstown North.

Please keep your bins out until they have been collected (including over this weekend).

Clearing garbage bins before recycling and garden waste bins is a priority. When more vehicles are available recycling and garden waste bins will be attended to.

We appreciate and thank you for your patience as waste services are restored.

For further update check Council’s website:

Garbage bin collection was suspended in Hobsons Bay and in other Council areas throughout Australia, after waste management contractors Cleanaway voluntarily grounded their fleet nationwide following an accident that resulted in two fatalities in South Australia.

Inspections are being carried out on every Cleanaway vehicle to ensure that safety standards are met. Cleanaway has committed to getting the City of Hobsons Bay waste collection trucks back in full operation as soon as possible.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

What characteristics do you value in your neighbourhood? How would you like your neighbourhood to grow? What would you like to see in the commercial areas where you eat, shop and relax?

From your street to the shops... is planning for Hobsons Bay’s future, asking you to think about your neighbourhood or your local shopping centre. If you would like to contribute or hear what others have to say, drop in to one of the consultation sessions to be held in September and help Hobsons Bay City Council plan for the future of your municipality.

Council is asking the community to get involved in the development of two important land use planning documents:

  • Neighbourhood Character Study – Neighbourhood character is the look and feel of the streets in your neighbourhood. Many features contribute to neighbourhood character including vegetation, the position of buildings, height and size of buildings, front fencing and materials. Hobsons Bay is currently creating a new Neighbourhood Character Study to ensure growth is accommodated in appropriate areas while respecting character and amenity.
  • Activity Centre Strategy – Activity centres are locations that combine retail, offices, entertainment, community, education, medical services and higher density housing. An activity centre can be a large shopping centre or a small strip of shops. A new strategy is being developed to guide retail and commercial development within each centre.

One of the catalysts for undertaking this work is the introduction of the New Residential Zones. A new Neighbourhood Character Study and Activity Centre Strategy are important in providing direction on the appropriate location of these new zones.

Drop-in sessions for the Activity Centre Strategy will be held between 4pm and 7pm on:

  • 3 September - Williamstown Town Hall, Council Chamber,104 Ferguson Street
  • 8 September - Altona North Library, Corner Millers and McArthurs Roads
  • 10 September - Altona Meadows Library, 2 Newham Way
  • 17 September - Hobsons Bay Civic Centre, 115 Civic Parade, Altona

If you are interested in the Neighbourhood Character Study mark your diary for the following dates between 4pm and 7pm:

  • 1 September - Spotswood Community House, 598 Melbourne Road
  • 3 September - Williamstown Town Hall Council Chamber, 104 Ferguson Street
  • 8 September - Altona North Library, Corner Millers and McArthurs Roads
  • 10 September - Altona Meadows Library, 2 Newham Way
  • 17 September - Hobsons Bay Civic Centre, 115 Civic Parade, Altona
  • 22 September - South Kingsville Community Centre, 43 Paxton Street
  • 25 September - Laverton Community Hub, 95-105 Railway Avenue

Detailed information about the new residential zones, Neighbourhood Character Study, and the Activity Centre Strategy is available at There are also opportunities at this website for people to participate in the process.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Waste collection delays

Garbage, recycling, garden waste and cardboard collections, and bin deliveries and repairs are delayed as a result of an accident in Adelaide. Our fleet of trucks has been taken off the road for safety inspections.

Please leave your bins out as usual until they have been collected (including the weekend). We also ask people to be mindful not to overfill bins or to leave extra bags out which may be disturbed by local animals.

For updates check Council’s website, Facebook and Twitter.

Hard waste collection services will operate as normal.

Fixed street litter bins in shopping precincts and parks and gardens will be collected as usual.

This information has also been produced as a newsletter(PDF, 813KB).


Business cardboard collection

Cardboard collection that usually occurs on Wednesdays for businesses is also affected. Council expect to have the cardboard cleared by Friday.

Council’s usual limits are five manageable bundles, equivalent to one cubic metre. Council ask that you avoid adding to the cardboard so that we can clear the normal amount that we would usually expect.

Overfilled Bin
Overfilled Bin

Solutions and recommendations will be explored when the second Vision Newport consultation takes place at Newport Bowls Club on 28 August.

A number of good suggestions have already been collected from both the online survey and the first drop-in session on 6 August at Village Real Estate.

From these suggestions, potential solutions and recommendations have been put forward which will be explored further at the second consultation.

To register your name for the second community consultation go to Registration will ensure each person has sufficient time to convey their ideas. 

The second consultation will be divided into two sessions, one between 4pm and 5.30pm, and one between and 6pm to 7.30pm.

Alternatively, an online survey is available on Council’s website, or you can make a written submission to Hobsons Bay City Council, PO Box 21, Altona, VIC 3018 before 18 September.

Vision Newport is a structure plan, a strategic planning document that provides long-term vision and guidance for land use changes, public spaces and buildings in Newport.

This is your chance to help plan for a better future for Newport by telling us what you like or don’t like about living, working and playing in Newport.

More information can be found at

Flags were at half-mast on Friday for the anniversary of the day Australian troops were sent home from the Korean War.

The ceasefire happened on 27 July 1953. Australian troops were sent home on 15 August 1953.

Hobsons Bay City Council has welcomed $65,000 of state government funding for the Laverton Early Years Project.

Mayor of Hobsons Bay Councillor Sandra Wilson and Mr Andrew Elsbury MLC announced the funding at St Martin De Porres Catholic Primary School today.

Hobsons Bay City Council will take the lead on the project with in kind contribution through co-ordination and support for the project.

Mayor said this is a continuation of Council’s support for children and families in Laverton.

"The funding will contribute towards an early years education, play and engagement hub for local families with children of all ages,” said Cr Wilson.

"The hub is a ‘Play for Life Pod’, a recycled shipping container, filled with recycled materials for play.

It will also be a hub for other activities such as a community garden and a creative centre which will enable parents to engage with their children in an imaginative and fun environment.

“Council recognises how important the early years are for the development of happy, healthy and successful people and Council will aim to create a safe, sustainable and inclusive community for all.” said the Mayor.

Wetlands Ward Councillor Carl Marsich said the project is about partnerships and possibilities.

"We have worked closely with St Martin De Porres Primary School and developed stronger relationships with early year’s services and local schools with the aim to increase the number of children who participate in playgroups, attend kindergarten and move happily into primary school,” said Cr Marsich.

Deputy Mayor and Wetlands Ward Councillor Colleen Gates said the Laverton Early Years Project, part of Laverton Community Renewal, is guided by the Laverton Community Action Plan, which has seen major improvements to Laverton through a strong partnership with state and local government and Laverton residents.

“I too would like to thank the state government for their investment."

Council has also adopted its draft Children and Young People’s Plan 2014-2018 which sets the strategic goals and objectives for children and young people over the next four years.

Residents can comment on the proposed plan until Wednesday 20 August. Further information about the plan is available at 

Hobsons Bay City Council will not appeal to the Supreme Court against VCAT’s approval of a 34 metre, 10 storey Williamstown development.

The apartment development, on the Former Port Phillip Woollen Mills site, was given the go-ahead on 25 July.

Mayor of Hobsons Bay Cr Sandra Wilson said Council’s legal advisors had examined the VCAT decision and advised there were no real grounds for appeal.

“We have no real prospect of stopping the development through court action,” she said.

“Appeals to the Supreme Court can only be made on a question of law and the planning merits of VCAT’s decision are not valid grounds for an appeal.

“Even in the unlikely case that Council won an appeal, the matter would simply go back to VCAT for a rehearing, and VCAT could again approve the development.”

Strand Ward Councillor Angela Altair said Council fought the development for a number of reasons including its height, social impacts, and impact on traffic, car parking and amenity.

“Developer contributions would have gone some way to alleviating these burdens but they too have not been required by VCAT.”

Cr Altair said Council’s position for many years has been to protect the mainly low-rise heritage and coastal character of Williamstown.

“We’re more interested in human-scale, European-style density than high rise.

“The fact that Council appointed a solicitor, heritage, traffic and urban design experts to argue against the development at VCAT shows we are prepared to invest in protecting our community’s heritage and amenity,” she said.

Strand Ward Councillor Paul Morgan said it would have cost Council about $70,000 plus costs to make an application for the matter to be heard by the Supreme Court.

“We couldn’t in all conscience commit large sums of money to court action that would almost certainly fail,” he said.

Cr Morgan said Council would focus on advocating on the community’s behalf to ensure the appropriateness of future developments.

“The community have told us they want to see our heritage and environment protected,” he said.

“We will continue to advocate for a review of planning regulations around major hazard facilities, and we will continue to advocate for mandatory height controls and stricter regulations for development contributions.”

Bach, Bartók and Baroque are coming to Hobsons Bay for a night of exceptional classical music.

On Thursday 4 September at 7.30pm, Williamstown Town Hall will welcome the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra (MCO), one of Australia’s finest exponents of orchestral chamber music.

Part of Hobsons Bay City Council’s Arts at your Doorstep program, Elegies & Dances gives locals and visitors an opportunity to see well produced classical music at a reasonable price. Seating is around tables and guests are able to bring a hamper and experience music over supper and refreshments. 

Elegies & Dances will deliver what it promises: an interesting juxtaposition of slow, tragic music and up-tempo, explorative dance.

Works range from the atonal rusticism of Bartók’s Romanian folk dances to a full-string arrangement of Dido’s lament, described by some as one of the saddest and most beautiful pieces of music ever written.

As a special addition, MCO Artistic Director and one of Australia’s best-loved soloists William Hennessy will contribute a solo performance of Bach’s Concerto in A minor.

The full program is as follows:

JS Bach - Sonata for solo violin in A minor BWV 1003: andante

JS Bach - Concerto for violin in A minor BWV 1041

Purcell arr. Stokowski - Dido and Aeneas: Dido’s lament (arr. full strings)

Bartók - Romanian folk dances

Grieg - Suite from Holberg’s time

Paul Stanhope - Elegies and dances

JS Bach arr. Bachrich - Suite for strings: adagio

Tickets cost $35 or $25 with concessions and they can be purchased on 9932 4074 or via

Special discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

The 2014 Substation Contemporary Art Prize (SCAP) opens Friday 15 August featuring 40 of the most exciting artists from around Australia.

Running until 22 October, the exhibition features works that explore social, political and environmental themes across a number of disciplines.

The opening night launch, open to artlovers and members of the public, starts at 6pm on 15 August.

As part of the launch, a non–acquisitive $10,000 cash award (sponsored by Metro Trains for the third year) will be presented to the winning artist.

The Westie award will also be back for the fourth consecutive year, once again sponsored by Hobsons Bay City Council and presented to the most inspiring artist from the western suburbs.

Judging this year’s prizes are Max Delany, Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) and Mark Feary, curator at ARTSPACE, Sydney.

SCAP was established in 2011 to encourage and recognise innovation in contemporary art practice. Formerly known as the Williamstown Festival Art Prize, SCAP is open to all mediums across the visual arts including, painting, drawing, photography, print, sculpture, installation and video.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Today is a day of mourning for all those who died on Malaysian Airlines MH17. As a mark of mourning and respect for the victims of the MH-17 disaster, our flags are at half-mast so we can remember those lives lost.