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Sirens Restaurant - Business Assets For Sale
Expressions of interest for the purchase of the business assets of Sarah Georgio Pty Ltd (In Liquidation) trading as Sirens by the
Sea-Tavern-Bar-Cafe, Sirens beach Dressing Pavillion.
The business and premises are located on Crown land on the Esplanade in Williamstown. Only two years remains on the lease.

Situated in a prime location on the foreshore of Williamstown

Capacity approximately 300

Features include
Wood fired pizza oven
Large outside deck
Function and bistro areas
Two functional bars
Liquor license

Available assets include
Stock
Table and Chairs
Audio System
Intellectual property including: business names, domain name and telephone numbers

Binding offers are due by 5PM Friday 3 October 2014

For further information, please contact: Claire Preston

Pitchers Partners
E: claire.preston@pitcher.com.au
T: 03 8610 5356

Proposed Sale of Council Land

 

Rear 6, 10 and 14 The Circle, Altona North

In accordance with Section 189 of the Local Government Act 1989 (“the Act”), Hobsons Bay City Council gives notice of its intention to sell the land from the previously discontinued right of way at the rear of 6, 10 and 14 The Circle, Altona North shown hatched on the plan below.

The land is more particularly described as Lots 4, 6 and 8 on Title Plan TP951496X and contained within certificates of title Volume 11458 Folios 938, 940 and 942.

The land is to be sold by private treaty to the owners of 6, 10 and 14 The Circle, Altona North at current market value.

In accordance with section 223 of the Act, any person wishing to make a submission on the proposal must do so in writing to the undersigned by no later than Thursday 16 October 2014.

A person making a submission is entitled to request in the submission that they wish to appear in person, or to be represented by a person specified in the submission, in support of the submission at a meeting of the Council or its Committee on a date, time and place to be determined by the Council.

All submissions will be considered in accordance with section 223 of the Act.

Following the consideration of any submissions, Council may decide to sell the land, part of the land, or not to sell the land.

Submissions received will be included within the official Council Agendas and Minutes, including personal information about the submitter’s identity and location.  Agendas and Minutes are made available to the public and on Council’s website.  If you do not wish to be identified in Agendas and Minutes, please indicate this in your submission. 

Council is also required to maintain and make available for public inspection a register of submissions received during the previous 12 months in accordance with section 223 of the Act. 

Submissions quoting reference No 35.065.023 should be addressed to the Chief Executive Officer, Hobsons Bay City Council, PO Box 21, Altona 3018, or delivered to the Hobsons Bay Civic Centre, 115 Civic Parade, Altona.

For further information regarding this proposal please contact Melanie Odendaal (03) 9932 1304.

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Hobsons Bay, Moonee Valley and Maribyrnong City Councils are excited to officially launch the My Smart Garden website on Wednesday 1 October.

Mayor of Hobsons Bay Cr Sandra Wilson said the website will provide a boost to an already successful initiative. 

“The program has over 1,200 members after only three years and we expect this to grow with the launch of the new website,” she said.

“The feedback we have received about our workshops has been excellent with the average workshop rating at least 9 out of 10,” she said.

“Over half of the people attending have gone away and planted their own fruit trees, over half have designed their own garden area, and over half are now recycling their food waste and keeping it out of landfill.”

Cr Wilson said there was another outcome which was not quite so quantifiable.

“The workshops bring people together. They’re a great means of strengthening networks and community connections,” she said.

Mayor of Moonee Valley Cr Jan Chantry said the My Smart Garden website (http://www.mysmartgarden.org.au) is the perfect resource for all urban gardeners looking to grow their own food, create natural shade or just make their backyards more sustainable.

“The website has so many great features and contains a wealth of information to help all green-thumbs and would-be green thumbs across the inner west,” she said.

“One of the most exciting features is the gardener’s forum where people are able to discuss any issues or successes they may be having with their gardens and receive practical advice and support from other gardeners in their area.

“The website also includes a searchable archive of over three years of My Smart Garden workshop notes, collected from sustainable gardening and permaculture experts from across Melbourne to form a library of gardening know-how.”

The My Smart Garden program has been running for a number of years, beginning life as a small initiative that has grown into an important part of the three Council’s environmental strategies.

Mayor of Maribyrnong Cr Grant Miles said the resilience of our local community, and empowering them to act in our changing world, is a major priority of local government.

“This priority has led many councils, including Hobsons Bay Moonee Valley and Maribyrnong, to work to enhance the community’s food, energy, and water security through innovative programs like My Smart Garden,” he said.

“By working closely together, we have been able to create a program, and now a website, that can help people make a real difference right now in their own backyards.”

More information can be found at the My Smart Garden website (www.mysmartgarden.org.au)

Hobsons Bay City Council has a strong commitment to advocating on behalf of the community and education and access to health services are at the forefront.

Council will put forward two motions for the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) to consider ahead of its State Council meeting to be held on 24 October.

Mayor of Hobsons Bay Councillor Sandra Wilson said the meeting presents the Council with an opportunity to advocate for key priority areas within Hobsons Bay such as the sale of surplus school sites and increased access to health services.

“A key concern for Council is the sale of surplus school sites, especially the Eastona Park Primary School site,” said the Mayor.

“Council has sought clarification from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) on their intentions for the sale of former schools sites in Hobsons Bay.

“Council has purchased the former Laverton school site and this has been an excellent outcome for the community providing much needed open space, but we are uneasy about losing the opportunity to meet future educational needs in this area,” she said.

Cr Sandra Wilson said future growth figures for Eastona indicate there will be a need for a school in the future.

“All indications are that the area around Eastona Park will experience substantial growth thanks to residential development on redundant industrial land,” she said.

 “By 2023, Council has estimated there will be almost 5,000 additional residents, in other words a 30 per cent increase,” she said.

Strand Ward Councillor and MAV Board Delegate for the Western Metropolitan Region Angela Altair said another issue that is yet to be considered by the MAV State Council is access to health services.

“Our population has almost doubled since the early 1990s however our health services have not.

“The current health system is unable to adequately meet the needs of our increasingly diverse and ageing population as well as addressing the pockets of great disadvantage,” said Cr Altair.

“There is a need for upgrading health infrastructure as well as increasing services, particularly key specialist services such as dentists, children’s services, youth mental health and allied health.

This will not only increase access to health, but increase local job opportunities across health, construction, manufacturing and technology.”

Council’s motions to MAV are due by 26 September.

For information about Council’s other advocacy initiatives or for a copy of the Advocacy Strategy 2014 go to http://www.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/Council/Advocacy

Friday, 26 September 2014

October through to December 2014

The Rivers to Recognition campaign, taking place from October to December, aims to raise awareness about the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples as the First Australians. Six western region councils under the banner of the Western Region Local Government Reconciliation Network (WRLGRN) are partnering to deliver the campaign.

The program includes a major Western Region forum in Footscray about the Constitutional referendum, smaller community forums across the western region including Hobsons Bay, and a live music event at Commonwealth Reserve, Williamstown on Sunday 7 December to celebrate culture and recognise First Australians. Headline acts at the concert will be highly acclaimed and award winning artist Archie Roach with Radical Son, Frank Yamma, SKIN CHOIR and Nancy Bates, while arts workshops and a market provide further entertainment.

A series of free workshops and community forums, hosted by ANTaR and Reconciliation Victoria, will examine what constitutional recognition means and why it is important. A diversity of views regarding the proposed changes will be presented and discussed as part of the forums.

Western region councils are also supporting conversations about the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by developing a local resource guide which will be available at libraries and secondary schools across Melbourne’s West.

Hobsons Bay City Council is partnering with Reconciliation Victoria and the Western Region Local Government Reconciliation Network (WRLGRN) including Brimbank, Maribrynong, Melton, Moonee Valley and Wyndham City councils.

GetUp OutWest, a local reconciliation group based in Hobsons Bay, will be hosting the Journey to Recognition forum on Thursday 23 October 2014 at 6.30pm at Altona Library.

The forum will inform the public of the purpose of this referendum and the proposed changes to the Australian constitution to more appropriately recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Bookings can be made via the Hobsons Bay Libraries website or by phoning 1300 HOB LIB.

For more information contact Hobsons Bay City Council on 9932 1000 or visit www.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au.

Friday, 26 September 2014

October 2014

Parents and carers are being encouraged to walk their children to school for the month of October.

The initiative, supported by Hobsons Bay and Maribyrnong City Councils, encourages children to think about air pollution, traffic congestion and healthy living.

By reducing traffic levels around schools, children will be exposed to a cleaner, safer, healthier environment.

Children are asked to walk all the way or part of the way to school.

Nine schools are taking part in Hobsons Bay: Altona Meadows Primary School, Altona Green Primary School, Newport Lakes Primary School, Newport Gardens Primary School, St Mary’s Primary School (Williamstown), St Mary’s School (Altona), Laverton P-12 College, Queen of Peace Parish Primary School and Seabrook Primary School.

Each participating school will receive a $200 grant to go towards the provision of sports equipment and an additional grant of $400 will be given to the school that wins the road safety competition.

With an increased number of pedestrians around, motorists are asked to pay extra attention to the speed limits and children walking past.

An initiative of the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth), this is the second year Walk to School month has come to Hobsons Bay.

One of the leading causes of death in the nation in regards to children under the age of five is drowning. Between 2012/13 40 Australian children aged 0-14 drowned. The majority of these unfortunate incidents occurred in backyard pools.

While most people would agree that safety barriers around our pools are essential in preventing drowning, evidence is suggesting that a considerable number of backyard pool deaths are a result of these barriers being faulty. A number of these barriers have been found to be misused or non-compliant with Australian Standards.

Hobsons Bay City Council has partnered up with Kidsafe Victoria and a list of other industry partners to grapple with the important issue of pool barrier safety as part of the "Closing the Gate on Backyard Pool Drowning" campaign. This aligns with the return of daylight savings and the campaign encourages all pool and spa owners to check the safety of their barriers in preparation for the Australian summer.

 To find out more about the campaign, or check the safety of your pool or spa barrier, please visit

http://www.kidsafevic.com.au/water-safety 

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

The second Orbital exhibition is returning this October on the 21 running to February 2015 and will be officially launched by students from Altona Meadows Primary School .

 Deputy Mayor of Hobsons Bay Cr Colleen Gates said the exhibition "Fresh from our Kitchen Garden" celebrates the efforts of some of Hobsons Bay's youngest cooks. "The exhibition recognises the innovative teaching of our local schools, the practice of sustainable living, and the achievments of young students from Hobsons Bay," she said.

Altona Meadows Primary has been their very own Stephanie Alexander Kitchen garden programme for seven years now. Children from Grade 4 up to 6 learn how to grow vegetables in their kitchen garden, and then cook their fresh produce for lunch.

Photographs from the programme will be exhibited along with menus and quotes from the young participants.Orbital was officially opened in February this year and is an exhibition space located within the exterior wall of the Aldi supermarket at Central Square in Altona Meadows.

 Wetlands Ward Councillor Carl Marsich said he anticipated the new space will become a much-cherished part of the community.“It is a celebration of local people and local achievement and housed in a familiar setting,” he said. Exhibitions will be rotated three times a year, hence the name Orbital.

Fresh from our Kitchen Garden was curated by Heather Van Heerwaarden with assistance from photographer Matthew Murphy.

For more information, visit www.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.auoror phone 9932 1000.

Transport issues for the western region are driving the agenda at the Metropolitan Transport Forum (MTF) at Altona RSL on Wednesday 1 October.

Altona loop rail services, frequency of bus services, the removal of level crossings, the East-west link and the Regional Rail Link (RRL) are just some of the topics being tabled.

The forum, one of 15 taking place across Melbourne before November’s state government election, will bring together candidates from the major parties to meet the public and answer questions about transport.

Hobsons Bay Councillor and MTF delegate Carl Marsich is pleased to be part of a forum that brings candidates face-to-face with voters.

“Quality of transport is an important contributor to liveability and productivity within Hobsons Bay,” he said.

As the Council’s delegate to the MTF, Cr Marsich said there is a number of local and regional transport issues he would like canvassed at the forum.

“Better and more frequent connections between our bus and train networks is a big issue for our region. I also welcome discussion on how to manage additional population growth and movement across our municipality, western metropolitan region and the broader Melbourne transport network.

“Council has been, and will continue to be, very vocal in advocating for more sustainable forms of transport and less reliance on cars to ease the growing congestion in our municipality.”

Mayor of Hobsons Bay Cr Sandra Wilson said transport infrastructure is a key challenge for all councils.

“I encourage anyone concerned about transport to come along and ask a question or two,” she said.

“Planning our transport network requires strategic direction and this is a good opportunity to discuss the challenges in an open town hall style meeting,” she said.

The forum, taking place at Altona RSL, Sargood Street, will begin at 7pm and interested community members are invited to RSVP or submit a question to www.transportforum.org.au/western.

Questions already tabled for the forum include:

  • How (and when) will you improve rail services on the Altona Loop? In 2013 rail timetable improvements were made at the direct expense of Altona Loop commuters, who had peak-hour trains cut to once every 22 minutes, and off-peak the loop became a shuttle service that required passengers to change trains up to twice to get to or from the city
  • Will you remove level crossings across Melbourne's west? Level crossings across Melbourne's transport network hold up cars with a recent Council study showing that boom gates at Aviation Road, Laverton were down for up to forty minutes of every hour during morning hours
  • How would you maintain rail service connection between Werribee and Geelong after RRL opens? Clarification is required on how rail service connections between Werribee and Geelong will be maintained after the RRL opens

Other topics for discussion include:

  • East West Link - to provide clarity on each party’s position regarding Stage 2 of the East West Link
  • Bus services in Laverton – to discuss greater interconnectivity between buses and trains, alleviating the parking congestion around Laverton station
  • Provision of car parking at railway stations – to discuss upgrading parking arrangements, bike paths and safety around many rail stations in Hobsons Bay

Wednesday 1 October from 10am

Whether you have a scooter, a BMX or a skateboard, Wednesday 1 October may be your time to shine.

Participants of all ages are invited to come down to Newport Skate Park to show off their tricks in front of an eager, local audience.

There are prizes for each age division and successful entrants will go through to the Grand Final.

Competition between the scooters begins at 10am, BMX riders from 1pm, and skateboarders from 3pm.

Participation is easy: anyone wishing to enter just needs to register on the day.

This heat is the first of three, with the second heat at Laverton Skate Park on 14 February 2015, and Altona Meadows Skate Park on 21 March 2015.