Friday, 18 July 2014

On Friday 18 July, it was announced that Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, on a scheduled flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, went down in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 passengers aboard.

As a mark of mourning and respect for the victims of the MH-17 disaster, our flags are at half-mast.

The Mayor of Hobsons Bay, Cr Sandra Wilson will officially open an exhibition at Williamstown Library, showcasing the fashions worn to four of the nation’s most significant events. 

Mayor of Hobsons Bay Councillor Sandra Wilson said the Council is delighted in bringing high quality exhibitions to our own backyard and this one is exceptional.

“It is a privilege and an honour to launch this iconic collection here in Hobsons Bay in our state of the art Williamstown library.”

The touring exhibition developed by the National Capital Authority (NCA), called ‘A Capital Collection’ uses fashion to tell the social history at the following events:

  • The laying of the foundation stones of the commencement column, and naming of Canberra on 12 March 1913
  • The opening of the provisional Parliament House on 9 May 1927
  • The inauguration of Lake Burley Griffin on 17 October 1964
  • The opening of Parliament House in 9 May 1988

The exhibition provides actual and replica costumes, including accessories that an official guest, a community onlooker and a representative of the ceremonial support group could have worn to major events over the past century.  It includes garments, hats, memorabilia, photographs and re-counted stories from guests, onlookers and media to provide a flavour of the time.

Exquisite 1920s fashions on loan from Fabrile in Melbourne, the Benalla Costume and Pioneer Museum, and local Canberra collectors are on display.

National Capital Authority (NCA) chair, Hobsons Bay resident, Shelley Penn said the exhibition was developed as an interesting way to tell Australians about their National Capital.

'One of our roles is to inform and raise awareness about Australians about the significance of Canberra as National Capital.  A Capital Collection tells part of that story in a new and engaging way,’ she said.

‘Development of the exhibition has been a labour of love. The dress worn by the Governor-General’s wife, Lady Denman was recreated by volunteers who worked from original photographs and a Raymond Longford film of the event.’

The exhibition:

'A Capital Collection' is on display in The Gallery, Williamstown Library,
104 Ferguson Street from Friday 1 August until Thursday 4 September.
The exhibition is open during library operating hours. Entry is free.

The launch:

The Mayor of Hobsons Bay, Cr Sandra Wilson will officially open the exhibition at Williamstown Library on Friday 1 August, 6pm.

Join us for the launch and a tour over wine and canapés by Roslyn Hull, NCA education officer.


Educational tours:

Take a tour of the exhibition with NCA education officer Roslyn Hull and discover an integral everyday aspect of Australia’s history

  • For Secondary Schools on Friday 1 August 10am
  • For the community on Saturday 2 August 10am

Two hat making workshops:

To be held under the tutelage of Christine Waring, Master Milliner. Christine will facilitate a workshop where participants will each create their own hat, based on the 1920s cloche. Christine is a regular at Melbourne’s high-profile spring millinery parades and her race hats are almost as exciting as the Carnival itself.

All materials and light refreshments supplied.

Thursday 7 August – 5pm to 9.30pm

Friday 8 August – 10am to 2.30pm

Cost: $110

The Chamber, Williamstown Town Hall

104 Ferguson Street



Heritage Group:

The Hobsons Bay Libraries Heritage Group will host a tour of the exhibition followed by fashion reminiscences over afternoon tea on Thursday 28 August 2pm to 3.30pm at Williamstown Library.


National Tree Day
Sunday 27 July, 10am to 1pm
Altona Coastal Park

Free trees available
Tuesday 22 and Thursday 24 July
Altona Library

This year, National Tree Day in Hobsons Bay has a special focus: restoring the natural habitat of the Altona Skipper butterfly.

On 27 July from 10am to 1pm, we will be planting over 3500 tubestock at the Altona Coastal Park and everyone is welcome.

It’s an enjoyable social occasion for people of all ages. Trees, shrubs and chaffy saw-sedge (Gahnia filum) will be planted.

Chaffy saw-sedge plays an integral part in the future of the Altona Skipper butterfly (Hesperilla flavescens flavescens), an endangered species listed as threatened under the Victorian Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988.

In 1988 the population of the Altona Skipper numbered just over a thousand. In its larval form the Altona Skipper depends on chaffy saw-sedge for its continued survival. It relies on the sedge as both a food source and for materials used by the larvae to construct their shelters.

While skipper butterflies are also found in several other parts of Port Phillip Bay, the ones found in Hobsons Bay are scientifically important as they are geographically isolated from other populations, resulting in unique characteristics.

Free trees will be available at the EnviroCentre at Altona Library to celebrate National Tree Day. There is a limit of one tree per person and they will be available at the following times:

Tuesday 22 July, 3:30 pm to 4.30pm

Thursday 24 July, 3.30pm to 4.30pm

For National Tree Day, meet and register at the gate next to the Pines Scout camp.

For more information phone Hobsons Bay City Council on 9932 1000 or email

Hobsons Bay City Council has handed down its 2014-15 financial year budget which focuses on continuing to deliver essential infrastructure and quality services to residents and businesses.

The 2014-2015 budget will significantly bolster capital works and infrastructure and place greater emphasis on economic development and integrated transport with over $30.6 million in capital works and nearly $100 million spent on services to our community.

Mayor of Hobsons Bay Councillor Sandra Wilson said “This is what our community has told us they want and it is very satisfying to be in a position to say that we have the financial capability to deliver on it”.

“The extensive works program has been made possible only after developing a 10 year financial plan and a long term view of our capital works which will underpin our work in the years to come,” said the Mayor.

“Road and footpath maintenance and construction, parks, drainage and sporting facilities will get a boost and additional resources will go towards working with our local business in a more coordinated, responsive way.

“Thoughtful community submissions also helped Councillors consider some projects from different perspectives. We saw the community’s passion for particular initiatives and we listened.”

Highlights of this year’s budget

  • $119.5 million operating  budget
  • $415,000 in new initiatives including:
    • $88,000 for increased business and industry support services
    • $150,000 for integrated transport
    • $100,000 for structure planning
    • $54,000 for increased youth counselling services
    • $23,000 for Baby Makes 3 a program for first time parents.
  • $30.6 million capital works program including:
    • $7.2 million on drainage, footpaths and road  resurfacing and rehabilitation
    • $6 million for major projects including Madigan Reserve remediation works, Newport Seniors Youth and Library project and Pier Street – Stage 3 works.
    • $6.1 million for improving parks, reserves and recreation facilities
    • $600,000 Energy Efficiency Projects
    • $1.1 million Cycle and shared Paths
    • $650,000 on renewing and updating library resources.

The Mayor said while the Council was committed to delivering the quality everyday programs and services that residents expected, it was also mindful of keeping rates at a reasonable level.

“There will be a 4.8 per cent average increase in general rates which will see the average rate bill per residential property change from $1,550 to $1,625, an annual increase of $75 or  $1.44 per week,” said Cr Wilson.

Residents on a DHS pension will be assisted by a doubling of the Council’s pension rebate to $50 which will benefit 6,500 ratepayers and for holders of Gold Card from the Department of Veterans Affairs the rebate has increased to $70 ($45 in 2013-2014). This Council assistance is in addition to the state government rebate of $208.

Rates assistance for pensioners and low income earners will continue to be provided through the Council’s pensioner rebates and hardship policy.

Hobsons Bay City Council Chief Executive Officer Chris Eddy said the budget didn’t just deliver on capital works but showed the leadership role that the Council was playing to improve community wellbeing.

“Internally, the organisation will continue to review our operations to create more customer-friendly experiences, improve efficiencies and be cost effective.”

The budget can be viewed online on our Budget 2014-15 webpage.

Cancer Council Victoria is reminding parents of boys in Year 9 to ensure their son completes the three dose HPV vaccination course, given this is the last opportunity for them to have the vaccine for free.

Genital human papillomavirus (HPV) is a very common sexually transmitted infection which usually causes no symptoms and goes away by itself, but if left undetected, can cause cancer. The HPV vaccine (Gardasil) can significantly decrease your son's chances of developing HPV-related illnesses including cancer later in life and genital warts.

The vaccine, given at school, prevents 90% of all HPV-related cancers in men, such as cancers of the penis, anus, and oropharynx and 90% of genital warts, and has been hailed as a breakthrough in preventative health.

This year marks five years since the vaccine was introduced in Australia as part of the National Immunisation Program, which recommends girls and boys having the vaccine at 12–13 years of age. However, the vaccine is also being offered to boys aged 14–15 years for free until the end of 2014, as part of a catch up program.

One of the biggest barriers stopping boys from having all three doses of the vaccine is fear. Check out our short video to see just how easy having the vaccine is

If you are unsure if your son is fully immunised, please contact the National HPV Vaccination Program Register on 1800 478 734.

For more information about the vaccine and HPV, visit or call the Cancer Council Victoria Helpline on 13 11 20.

Hobsons Bay City Council has signed the Joint Statement by Victorian Local Governments on Asylum Seekers. 

Council has joined  the City of Darebin and a number of other Councils in calling  on the Australian Government to abandon its harsh policies and practices in dealing with asylum seekers who arrive in Australia by boat, and restore Australia’s international reputation and record on human rights.

The Mayor of Hobsons Bay, Councillor Sandra Wilson said signing the statement is in keeping with the principles endorsed with the Council’s recent signing of the Refugee Welcome Zone declaration with the Refugee Council of Australia.

“By signing the statement, the Council is reaffirming its commitment to welcome refugees, uphold human rights, demonstrate compassion for refugees and enhance cultural and religious diversity in the community.”

There are currently over 33 million refugees and displaced persons around the world. Many have left their families behind, lost their homes and belongings and have experienced torture and trauma. Fleeing to other countries gives them an opportunity for freedom from the fears they’ve experienced and a chance to rebuild their lives.

Hobsons Bay is home to a diverse community, with almost 30 per cent of the population born overseas or speaking a language other than English. This cultural diversity is one of our great social, cultural and economic resources.

“It is important that we provide a safe and welcoming environment for asylum seekers, migrants and refugees and provide them with an opportunity to become a part of our local community and have access to essential services,” said the Mayor.

In addition to signing the Refugee Welcome Zone declaration, in 2012 the Council also endorsed the National Anti-Racism Campaign: RACISM.IT STOPS WITH ME. and has undertaken significant work in the area of social cohesion and anti-racism.

Woods Street Arts Space, 44 Woods Street, Laverton

11am to 3pm, Saturday 19 July

Macramé and screen printing workshops

It’s not every day you get a chance to learn macramé or screen printing at a free workshop.

Elise Roberts, a textile artist with 10 years experience, will help you to explore the technique of screen printing with paper stencils on fabric.

Learn to print your own tea towels and calico bags at this four-hour workshop.

If you don’t fancy trying your hand at screen printing, how about macramé?

Macramé is a form of textile-making using knotting rather than weaving or knitting.

In this beginners class you will learn two or three knots and create your own plant hanger.

Both workshops, held at Woods Street Arts Space in Laverton, begin at 11am and finish at 3pm. No experience necessary. Refreshments will be provided.

Places are limited so if you are interested make sure you book. Bookings can be made by phoning the Council’s Arts and Culture team on 9932 2001 or email

Hobsons Bay City Council has approved a planning permit application for a new development on Bent Street north of the Blyth Street intersection.

Cherry Lake Ward Cr Jason Price said the development was a quality proposal carefully designed to be suitable for the area.

“Our community is growing and it’s important we plan for this growth in the best way possible, approving only those developments that meet our stringent requirements,” he said.

The Council has supported a four-storey development that will include 15 apartments: two one-bedroom, 12 two-bedroom and one three-bedroom dwellings. With the upper level being concealed in the roof space, the building would have the appearance of a three-storey, providing a graduated increase in height.

Cr Price said the proposal was approved subject to 23 conditions being met.

“This is an important development for the area and therefore it’s appropriate to ensure it sets a high standard,” he said.

“Several conditions were required and these include undertaking modifications and providing for quality footpaths, landscaping, and stormwater drainage.”

Mayor of Hobsons Bay Cr Sandra Wilson said balancing growth with the preservation of neighbourhood character was a guiding principle when it comes to approving applications.

“Growth is an important part of our future and we must be supporting it where appropriate,” he said. “This development provides for growth but not at the expense of our current community.”

Cr Price said the location was also an important consideration for the development.

“At this location, there will be a minimal impact on neighbouring properties,” he said. “It’s an area which supports an increase in residential density being close to the Altona train station, shopping, and services.

“Potential parking impacts were considered and on balance the impacts were considered to be reasonable.”

The developer must incorporate a number of modifications into the design before the development can commence. The modifications are set out in the conditions that were included in the Council’s decision.

For more information phone Hobsons Bay City Council on 9932 1000 or email

A large part of the former Laverton Primary School will be transformed into a public park following the signing of contracts to purchase the site by the Council.

Mayor of Hobsons Bay Cr Sandra Wilson said the purchase was a huge win for the community.

“Access to open space is clearly linked to people’s health and well-being,” she said. “Parkland and open space brings us out of our homes – it brings us together, gives us opportunities to socialise and enjoy healthy living.” 

Deputy Mayor and Wetlands Ward Councillor Colleen Gates said the Council had worked hard to return the site, approximately 1.4 hectares, to the local community.

“It’s great to finally make this announcement. The Laverton community has long rallied for local amenity to be restored following demolition of the school. By securing ownership of the site the Council will have some control over how it can be developed in the future,” she said.

Wetlands Ward Councillor Carl Marsich said the Council first identified the need for additional open space in the area in 2004.

"It’s rare for an established urban area like Laverton to have the opportunity to create new public open space,” said Cr Marsich. “When this site became available we were determined to take this valuable opportunity for the community.”

The next step is the handover from the Victorian Government before the works can begin.

“The works to create the new park and other uses will be staged over time and done in consultation with the community

through a master planning process,” said Cr Marsich.

Cr Wilson said the new open space will add to the Council’s extensive open space network in Hobsons Bay.

“Providing more public open space is only going to add to the list of reasons why people should want to live, work or raise a family in Hobsons Bay,” she said.

The cost to Council to acquire the land is $2.6 million.

Hobsons Bay City Council has refused a planning application for an eight-storey building in Melbourne Road, Spotswood.

Mayor of Hobsons Bay Cr Sandra Wilson said the proposed design was simply not appropriate for its location.

“We must plan our urban environment in line with community values and this proposal simply doesn’t fit,” said Cr Wilson.

“We welcome growth and development but not at the expense of our community.”

The proposed construction at 637 Melbourne Road details an eight-storey building with 56 dwellings and undercover car parking.

Strand Ward Cr Paul Morgan said the location for the complex offered too many pitfalls, too little benefit.

“Growth must be measured against a respect for the neighbourhood’s character and the needs of our community,” he said. “The eight-storey development would provide an unsightly counter to the single- and double-storey residences in the area.”

The developer has 60 days in which to lodge an appeal to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal against Council’s decision.

For more information phone Hobsons Bay City Council on 9932 1000 or email