Hobsons Bay City Council is inviting feedback on its draft Children and Young People’s Plan 2014-18. For the first time, Council is combining the previous Children’s Plan and the Youth Plan into one plan.

The Mayor of Hobsons Bay Councillor Sandra Wilson said the intention was to take a holistic approach to planning for those aged 0 to 25 and their families, encompassing the transitional phases from birth to adulthood.  

“Council recognises how important the years from birth to 25 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 Cr Wilson.

“Children and young people make up 31% of our community. Their voices need to be heard and their hopes and aspirations considered in planning for our future.”

The plan was developed by looking at the current and projected future demographics of Hobsons Bay, the determinants of health, and feedback sought through consultation with the community, including children.

 “Over 900 children, young people, parents and carers were consulted to find out what they like, value and need for their future health and wellbeing.”

“The consultation highlighted that parks and recreational spaces are essential to the wellbeing of all community members,” said the Mayor.

“Children, young people, parents, carers and service providers all spoke of the limitations of the public transport service

and integrated transport opportunities in Hobsons Bay, particularly because public transport is the primary means of transportation for young people.

“I am pleased to say that Council has allocated funds in this year’s budget towards developing an integrated transport strategy which is also one of the Council’s objectives within the Community Health and Wellbeing Plan 2013-17 and the Council Plan 2013-17 as well as the Council’s Advocacy Strategy.”

The Children and Young People’s Plan 2014-18 sets the strategic goals and objectives for children and young people over the next four years, linking and building on other existing plans such as the Play Space Strategy 2013-23, Disability Access and Inclusion Strategy 2013-17, Arts and Culture Plan 2011-15 and the Multicultural Policy 2012-15 to improve health and wellbeing for children and young people who live, study or work here.

The draft Children and Young People’s Plan 2014-18 is available for public inspection at the Hobsons Bay Civic Centre, Hobsons Bay library branches and online at  until 5pm, 20 August 2014.

It’s the annual event that features over three hundred and twenty kids and it’s back at Williamstown Town Hall for its ninth performance.

Hobsons Voice, the much loved primary school concert, returns this year on Sunday 10 August, with the performance starting at 2pm.

This year’s theme is Let’s Celebrate!, marking 20 years of the City of Hobsons Bay and nine schools are taking part.

The annual event is a tradition for local schools, and over the last few weeks teachers and school choirs have been working with musical director Doug Heywood OAM through several workshops.

Songs like Under Southern Skies, Mamma Mia by Abba, a Beatles medley, and Birdy’s People Help the People will be performed at the reliably joyful community concert.

The following school choirs are participating: Altona North Primary School, Seaholme Primary School, Altona Primary School, Queen of Peace Primary School, Newport Gardens Primary School, Newport Lakes Primary School, St Marys Primary School Altona, Williamstown North Primary School, and Williamstown Primary School.

Hobsons Voice is produced by Hobsons Bay City Council and is part of Arts at Your Doorstep, the Council’s performing arts program.

Hobsons Voice is a free event. Tickets can be reserved at or by phone 9932 4074. 

Street tree pruning works will commence in the Seabrook area on 20 August.

The Council's street tree maintenance program involves contractors auditing all street trees within Hobsons Bay once every two years. Pruning and maintenance works are required to comply with power line clearance regulations (ELCP) and road traffic legislation, as well as to ensure trees are safe and healthy.

We apologise for any inconvenience during this time. For more information, please call the Council on 9932 1000.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Over the next couple of days we will be removing a yellow gum (Eucalyptus leucoxylon) from MacLean Reserve, Williamstown. Strong winds caused a great deal of damage to the tree and a large section of bark recently popped out from the main trunk. A detailed arborist assessment found that, due to the size of the tree, its location and the frequency of people walking past, it would be wise to remove the tree as a matter of urgency. The area will be cordoned off while works are taking place.

Mayor of Hobsons Bay Cr Sandra Wilson said the latest decision by VCAT to approve a 34 metre, 10 storey apartment development on the Former Port Phillip Woollen Mills site was a great let-down for the community.

“The VCAT decision is sad news for many in our community,” said Cr Wilson.

“Mandatory height limits were recommended by the Ministerial Port Phillip Woollen Mills Advisory Committee and the Council fought hard to protect them.

“They were overturned by the Minister for Planning with a brush of his hand which allows VCAT to consider developments over 25 metres high.”

“While we support redevelopment of the site, Council’s position for many years has been to protect the mainly low-rise heritage and coastal character of Williamstown,” she said.

Strand Ward Councillor Angela Altair said having so many homes so close to a major hazard facility was questionable at best and the Council will continue to advocate to the State Government for a review of planning regulations around major hazard facilities.

“Victorian WorkCover Authority, a State Government body, raised concerns in relation to the potential impact that a major incident could have on the site and for future residents of the development.

Cr Angela Altair said the social impacts would be of concern to many in the community.

“Only scant consideration was given to the traffic, car parking and the social impacts of the development.

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

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

Strand Ward Councillor Paul Morgan added that a balance must be struck between growth and infrastructure capacity.

“We need to promote housing intensification around activity centres, but higher density needs to include appropriate supporting infrastructure,” he said.

Cr Paul Morgan said the Council was also concerned about the impact on state-significant industry.

“Both ExxonMobil Australia and BAE Systems Australia have expressed concerns about the size and location of this development.

“We must be supporting industry and economic development in the area and yet this development may compromise two of our largest employers,” he said.

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Appeals Tribunal (VCAT) approved the development on 25 July 2014.

The proposal  includes:

  • demolition of all buildings on the site including the Nugget Factory;
  • construction of an apartment building (10 storeys) containing 128 residential dwellings with basement car parking;
  • construction of 41 townhouses of 3 storeys in four separate blocks (with the exception of one 2 storey townhouse); and
  • a reduction in car parking provision.

More information and a link to the decision are available on Council’s website (

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Vision Newport is as it sounds: it's your chance to plan for Newport's future.

A community drop-in session will be taking place at Village Real Estate, 20 Hall Street, Newport on Wednesday 6 August from 4pm to 7.30pm. You can also complete our online survey available on Council’s website

Residents can send written submissions to Hobsons Bay City Council, PO Box 21, Altona, VIC 3018 before 18 September 2014.

Mayor of Hobsons Bay Councillor Sandra Wilson said Council is at the scoping stage.

“Vision Newport is a plan for the next 10 to 20 years and we are currently at the beginning of the process - collecting information, suggestions and ideas,” she said.

“Think of your own experience - what would make living in Newport better for you? What would make your journey to work easier?”

Strand Ward Cr Angela Altair said it’s important to get those who live or work in Newport involved in planning its future.

“You are the people who know your suburb well so we want to hear your views about what’s great now about Newport and how to make it even better,” she said.

After the initial consultation, a draft plan outlining the long term direction for urban growth, housing, infrastructure, business and open spaces.

Strand Ward Cr Paul Morgan said Newport is changing and Vision Newport will form the basis for managing this change.

“Newport is moving from its rich industrial heritage to an urban centre of cafes and lifestyle businesses,” he said.

“Its population is changing and we need to plan for this change so Newport can evolve into a viable, active and more accessible place.”

For more information go to

On 25 July 2014 the Victorian Civil and Administrative Appeals Tribunal (VCAT) approved a 34 metre apartment building on the site of the Former Port Phillip Woollen Mills. Council had opposed the redevelopment and refused to issue permits on several grounds including the height of the apartment building, inconsistency with the heritage character of the area, inadequate provision of on-site car parking, traffic impacts and compliance with planning guidelines around Major Hazard Facilities.

The proposal  includes:

  • demolition of all buildings on the site including the Nugget Factory;
  • construction of an apartment building (10 storeys) containing 128 residential dwellings with basement car parking;
  • construction of 41 townhouses of 3 storeys in four separate blocks (with the exception of one 2 storey townhouse); and
  • a reduction in car parking provision.

You can read a copy of VCAT’s decision at:


Hobsons Bay City Council is making condolence books available for those wishing to pay their respects and show support for the families and communities, here and around the globe, affected by the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH-17 tragedy.

Condolence books are available to be signed at all Hobsons Bay Libraries and the Civic Centre.

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.