After yesterday's sexual assault incident, Hobsons Bay City Council would like to ask all users and residents in the area to take care and be vigilant around Cherry Lake.

Victoria Police will be increasing patrols in the area and have said if you see anyone that fits their description or who looks suspicious to not approach them and to call Triple Zero immediately.

Anyone with any information about the incident at Cherry Lake Reserve is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at

Hobsons Bay City Council is upping the ante on pokies by supporting the multiagency Enough Pokies in Vulnerable Communities campaign.

Enough Pokies aims to exert pressure on the Victorian Government to provide clear and simple guidance for how the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) and Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) should deal with applications for electronic gaming machines.

When receiving an application, the VCGLR currently applies the ‘no net detriment’ test to decide if the application is appropriate. However, guidelines determining this ‘no net detriment’ are, in the words of campaign spokesperson and City of Monash Mayor Geoff Lake, “woefully inadequate.” Of the 154 decisions made by the VCGLR since 2008, 93 per cent have been decided in favour of the gaming operator.

Statements from the Mayor of Hobsons Bay Cr Sandra Wilson:

“Big gaming operators target vulnerable and disadvantaged communities and they get away with this thanks to inadequate legislation. Where there are many EGMs, losses are high.

“We have a number of families in Hobsons Bay where gambling has caused severe emotional, financial and social difficulties.”

“If there’s one sure bet it’s that gambling can have a huge negative impact on lives and communities.”

As shown by Council’s Annual Community Survey 2014, of those surveyed, almost two-thirds (63.1%) of respondents considered that poker machines had a harmful (35.8%) or very harmful (27.3%) impact on the Hobsons Bay community.

Enough Pokies is a collaboration between the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV), the Salvation Army and 30 Victorian councils.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Hobsons Bay City Council will be holding a film screening of the internationally acclaimed film Girl Rising on Wednesday 5 November from 6pm at Williamstown Library.

Girl Rising is a film about the strength of the human spirit and a global campaign to share the simple truth that educating girls can transform societies.

Around the world, millions of girls face barriers to education with 66 million girls currently not in school and Council is committed to raising awareness about this important issue.

The film tells the stories of nine extraordinary girls born into unforgiving circumstances – and their struggles in the fight for an education.

The screening of the documentary is also a timely reminder to celebrate and give support to girls’ rights advocates around the world including this year’s Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai who sent a bold message to the world – “I want every girl, every child to be educated. I don’t mind if I have to sit on the floor at school. All I want is education. And I’m afraid of no one.

RSVPs for the film screening are essential before Monday 3 November. Call 9932 1001 or email

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Understanding behavioural issues and building positive relationships in adolescence
Wednesday 5 November
6.45pm to 8.30pm (7pm start)
Hobsons Bay Civic Centre
115 Civic Parade, Altona

All parents, guardians, carers  and workers are invited to attend an information session on Understanding Behavioural Issues and Building Positive Relationships in Adolescence by Dr Lyn O’Grady from LifeWorks.  

Adolescence can be a difficult time for young people as they begin to develop ideas, values and beliefs that can be different to those of their parents, carers and guardians.

Building positive relationships can support young people facing emotional issues, which can bring about frustration and confusion that leads to reactive behaviour for parents/guardians and young people.

The session may help parents/guardians/carers understand the importance of showing their young person how to manage strong emotions and focus on recognising these emotions and supporting them through this process.

The session will cover strategies to assist parents and carers in understanding the various responses in young people and learning effective communication skills and strategies on how to communicate more effectively with young people

To book a place or for more information, contact Hobsons Bay Youth Services on 9932 4000.

RSVPs required by Friday 31 October.

Saturday 1 November
12pm to 4pm
Laverton Community Hub
95-105 Railway Avenue, Laverton

Join us in celebrating Diwali, India’s biggest and most important holiday of the year. Come dressed in traditional Indian clothing, enjoy traditional Indian games and cultural programs, taste Indian food and have fun doing lantern making and crafts.

Diwali is possibly the biggest festival on the Hindu calendar. It is celebrated in October or November each year depending on the phases of the moon and it falls on Karthik Krishna Amavsya (Full Moon Day), in the Hindu calendar. It is also known as the Festival of Lights.

Hobsons Bay City Council provides support to a number of local festival events, through its Local Neighbourhood Festivals Fund, some long standing like the Eid Festival, and some emerging, like Diwali, in its second year, and a welcome addition to the cultural calendar in Hobsons Bay.

Mayor of Hobsons Bay Councillors Sandra Wilson said the festivals and events are a great way to celebrate and find out about our community.

“I loved attending the first Diwali festival in Laverton on the first day of my Mayoral term last year and on behalf of my Councillor colleagues, wish all of our Indian community, visitors, residents, business people, the very best in this important and wonderful time of celebration,” said the Mayor.

“The Indian community is now the second largest overseas born community in Hobsons Bay and growing.

“I certainly learnt more about this wonderful community last year, and I look forward to attending again this year to share in this most vibrant event,” said Cr Wilson.

Over the centuries, Diwali has become a national festival that is enjoyed by most Indians regardless of faiths: Hindus, Jains, Buddhists and Sikhs. The festival is celebrated over five days.

For more information and event updates check out

Minister for Sport and Recreation, the Honourable Damian Drum today announced funding for Bruce Comben Reserve in Altona Meadows.

The Minister announced $100,000 in funding through the Community Facilities Funding Program to install floodlighting at Comben Reserve. Council will contribute a further $100,000 to the project.

Mayor of Hobsons Bay, Councillor Sandra Wilson welcomed the announcement.

“This funding will assist Council to install a floodlit space at Comben Reserve and help Council to relocate the Altona Roosters Rugby League Club as a winter tenant, and allow use by Westside Touch Association as a secondary winter tenant,” said the Mayor.

“The installation of floodlighting to the reserve will increase the winter season usage from almost zero hours to an average of 25 hours per week.”

Quotes attributable to Deputy Mayor and Wetlands Ward Cr Colleen Gates:

“Many of Council’s sportsgrounds have been negatively impacted as a result of overuse cause by a lack of alternative venues, pre-season training and growth in participation.”

“The lack of alternative venues presents challenges when sportsgrounds are closed due to renovation or repairs, local clubs may be required to play matches or even train outside of Hobsons Bay.”

“This project will help Council address the capacity issues with existing facilities by providing a new, safe and compliant floodlit training area for the predominantly winter sports of rugby league and touch rugby.”

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Following the success of the two electronic waste (ewaste) recycling trials in 2012, Hobsons Bay residents can again recycle their ewaste for free on Saturday 15 November from 8am to 3pm at Hobsons Bay City Council depot, Sugar Gum Drive, Altona.

Ewaste refers to any electronic appliance that is of no use to its current owner. This includes everything that is powered by batteries or plugs into a socket outlet but excludes white goods.

The service is free for Hobsons Bay residents and bookings are not required. A maximum of two televisions and two computers per vehicle will be accepted.

Items accepted include: computers and computer peripherals, laptops, monitors, cartridges, cables, printers, scanners, mobile phones, cameras, televisions, video and DVD players, CDs, DVDs, GPS, electronic toys, mixers, toasters, microwaves and heaters.

Items not accepted include: refrigerators, washing machines, dryers, barbecues, televisions with broken glass, smoke alarms, hazardous waste, batteries in bulk and fluorescent lamps.

For a full list of acceptable items, and more information, visit or contact the Council on 9932 1000.

Quote attributable to Strand Ward Councillor and Council’s Local Government Waste forum representative Councillor Paul Morgan:

 ““Recycled plastics are used in the manufacture of products like outdoor furniture, plastic plant pots and dashboards for cars. Metals are remanufactured into the same metals, while glass from televisions can become new glass for windows or even part of the roads on which we drive our cars.”

“I would encourage all residents who have out of order or unwanted electronic items gathering dust in their home to bring them to the ewaste recycling event and put them to better use.”

Quote attributable to Strand Ward Councillor and Chair of the Sustainable Environment Advisory Group Councillor Angela Altair:

''The amount of ewaste is growing three times faster than any other type of waste.”

“Ewaste contains valuable materials that can be reused as well as substances which are hazardous to people and the environment.”

“The ewaste recycling event also contributes to National Recycling Week, held from 10 November 2014.”

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Our flags are at half-mast today to mark the passing of our 21st Prime Minister, the Honourable Edward Gough Whitlam AC QC.

Gough provided a lifetime of service to Australia in the Royal Australian Air Force, as a parliamentarian, as an ambassador, and as Prime Minister between 1972 and 1975.


Brooklyn dogs will soon be able to shake off their leads at Pipeline Reserve.

The dog off leash area will be established along this section of the Federation Trail after positive feedback from a recent Brooklyn community meeting.

The decision follows a six-month trial at Lynch Reserve where  the community was invited to give feedback. Nine formal submissions were received. After analysis of the options for the area, Pipeline Reserve was deemed the most appropriate location. There is funding in this year’s budget to commence design, preparation and initial works with the aim for completion of works during the next financial year.

Quotes attributable to Mayor and Cherry Lake Ward Cr Sandra Wilson:

“This is a great result for everyone. We invited feedback, we listened, and now Brooklyn will have a dog off-leash area that the community needs and supports. We thank all those involved in this very satisfying process.”

Quotes attributable to Cherry Lake Ward Cr Jason Price:

“This is part of a big investment for reserves around Brooklyn. We are also looking at referring funds in next year’s budget for installing a perimeter path around Brooklyn Reserve. And we’re looking at funding shade trees and improvements to the quality of the grass area for Lynch Reserve.”

Friday, 17 October 2014

The Hobsons Bay City Council Annual Report 2013-14 has been endorsed and is on Council’s website.

Mayor of Hobsons Bay Cr Sandra Wilson said she was pleased to report that 95 per cent of the 73 actions from the 2013-14 Action Plan have been completed or were progressed during the past 12 months.

We are proud of the progress we have made over the past 12 months. We have achieved an excellent financial result in difficult financial times and we look forward to continuing the hard work for our residents and ratepayers over the next financial year.”

The annual report is the primary means by which Council informs the community about its performance, achievements, challenges and future outlook. As well as providing an overview of the organisation and municipality, the annual report outlines Council’s performances against the Council plan commitments and indicators.