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Green awards @ St Columba’s Primary School

ResourceSmart School Awards
Bravo to Stephanie Young and the parents Green Team at Elwood’s St Columba’s Primary School. They’ve been recognised in the State Government’s 2020 ResourceSmart School Awards.
Stephanie was awarded Teacher of the Year (Primary) and the parents volunteer Green Team were named Volunteers of the Year.
That’s two massive green thumbs up!
Read more

St Kilda Film Festival Winners

See the winners list
The Best Short Film Award went to The Egg, by Jane Cho.

The Assistant Q&A @ Classic
Monday 22 June, 7 pm
OK it’s not in St Kilda, but it’s a popular destination for locals.
The Classic restarts with a Q&A with Melbourne-based director Kitty Green talking about The Assistant. A job as Harvey Weinstein’s Assistant, what could go wrong?
Staring the dangerously charismatic Julia Garner (AKA Ruth from Ozark). $22 / $13
Tix and info

Toyota Australia’s Hydrogen Project @ online breakfast webinar
Tuesday 23 June, 9.00 am – 9.30 am
This Port Phillip Business Network breakfast webinar is about hydrogen energy as a zero emissions fuel and Toyota Australia’s Hydrogen Project – happening here in Melbourne. Free.
Link to the webinar  Password: Breakfast

In the Dead of Winter @ Sisters in Crime zoom

Friday 26 June, 6 pm Sisters YouTube
Authors Krissy Kneen, Lee Christine and Sarah Barrie discuss how their crime novels make readers’ blood run cold. Robyn Walton, VP of Sisters in Crime, will chair the panel discussion.
$10 gets you in the draw for some great book prizes.

Bernadette Robinson in ‘Songs of Bernadette’ @ Memo Live Stream
Sunday 28 June 2020, 7 pm
After acclaimed work on London’s West End, Bernadette Robinson returns to launch a new album. Noted for her stunning ability to channel some of history’s best singers — Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Billie Holiday, Edith Piaf and Maria Callas – expect a knock-out show. Classy. $12
Tix |YouTube

Sold out COVID odyssey @ Astor
Thursday 2 July, 7.30 pm
“Open the cinema doors please, HAL.” Patrons have fully booked the limited space available on the re-opening night of the Astor for the classic 2001 Space Odyssey. Other sessions are selling out fast, including The Shinning and Goodfellas.
Yikes. With audience limits back to 20, better check program guides before you book.

Pivot for the future @ Theatreworks

Story in progress
An email from TheatreWorks last week announced that all shows postponed due to COVID are now officially postponed until 2021 – and some may not go ahead.
The carefully worded email provided an insight into the depth of pain being felt by the company and performers – especially celebrating it’s 40th year.
COVID distancing restrictions mean the theatre can only accommodate 20 patrons and 5 performers – a tricky ratio.
But insiders are upbeat. Thinking caps are on and there are new works in development. There’s even a hint, just a hint mind you, that audiences might return sooner rather than later.
Fingers crossed and break a leg.
Read their email

Thanks for the Marmalade @ Hammerdale Avenue
From regular reader, Sally.
“Last week a couple rang my front doorbell to ask if they could pick some cumquats off the tree near the front door. Naturally I said yes and they promised to bring around a jar in a few days. What lovely people. Didn’t get their names.
“And now this jar of homemade cumquat marmalade arrived on front porch. It’s much appreciated”.

Sporting chance @ Community Sport COVID-19 Survival Package
Local sports and recreation clubs, associations and leagues now have extra time to apply for a funding boost from the State Government.
The cut-off for applications for $1,000 grants for clubs and up to $15,000 for associations and leagues had been extended until 30 June.
More info 

TWiSK creative project winners

Take a few minutes to see the winners of our ISO project for all ages.
The winning 3 minute Feldman family film superbly captures the joy that ISO offered.
View the winners

Have your say about budget blues @ Port Phillip

Comment on the Have Your Say site until 17 July
Expect a lot of chatter on social media about Council’s revised COVID cuts budget.
TWiSK offers this brief summary of the facts as a ‘vaccine’ against ill-informed opinion.
#1 Council rates will be increased by 2% to raise $2.7M more in rates
The estimated median increase will be about $40 per residential rate payer.
As a reality check, the actual rate rise for the TWiSK editor (who is a Port Phillip ratepayer and apartment dweller) will be about $30.
Rates increases in Victoria are capped at 2.5% by the State Government.
Last year’s Port Phillip increase was the full cap 2.5%, the average annual increase prior to the cap was 4.36%. Source 
Here’s a backgrounder on how rates are calculated – if you really want to know 🙂
#2 Council faced a $32M revenue shortfall due to COVID conditions
($12.7M 19/20, $19.3M 20/20)

Income from parking, events, facility hire and development is set to be down big time over two years at least.
#3 Budget draft is ‘balanced’ and not funded by debt
Expenditure has been significantly reduced by cutting programs and deferring projects. It also includes $4.2M in extra COVID recovery measures.
#4 Could a rate rise be avoided?
It’s a political decision. For example, the City of Melbourne chose to freeze rates and accelerate capital works on timely projects like cycle lanes – but they increased debt.
Virtually all Victorian councils will raise their rates – as they usually do.
#5 The Port Phillip rate increase was supported by seven of nine councillors
In general terms, the Mayor and majority of councillors supported the rate increase as necessary part of a balanced budget to maintain council and community through the COVID recession.
Councillors Andrew Bond and Marcus Pearl opposed the increase, in part because they felt it was unsympathetic to the community and unnecessary.
Community input is sought until 17 July, before a final decision in August.

Next week
TWiSK will look the $4.2M COVID emergency spending in the budget.
You might be surprised about what is included.

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