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Time to elect your next council

Council voting packs will arrive in your letterboxes from Tuesday 6 October.
Voting is compulsory.
Mail your vote by Friday 23 October.

Click here to read about every candidate in their own words
Now with ‘How To Vote’ recommendations from each candidate (if supplied)

Express your preferences with care
While how you vote 1 is crucial, your preferences are likely to decide at least three of the new councillors.
So vote, and number every box with care.

Not sure which ward?

Here’s a detailed map 


Mirka Mora Seaside Angel @ St Kilda Historical Society
Online oral history
Just launched: A delightful and colorful oral history website looking at the life of Mirka through interviews with ten locals.

Call for council to play ball with Albert Park Clubs
A story from TWiSK reader, Hugo Armstrong, from the Albert Park Community Sporting Tenants Association
Council provides virtually no support for clubs that play at Albert Park. Yet many of the participants are residents of Port Phillip.
“Council in particular provides virtually no support for sporting infrastructure in Albert Park – effectively discriminating against ratepayers who play their sport there”, said Hugo.
A new survey of community sports clubs found Albert Park Reserve is home to 264 community sporting teams and hundreds more individual or mass sporting activities, bringing almost 280,000 visitors annually to Albert Park.
“Parks Victoria, the Victorian and Federal Governments, and the new Port Phillip Council need to invest in Albert Park to support the physical and mental wellbeing of the Port Phillip community,” said Hugo.
Contact the Albert Park Community Sporting Tenants Association

41 years of convenience @ Fitzroy Street
A story from TWiSK reader Carin Lavery
“St Kilda Convenience Store at 27 Fitzroy Street will celebrate their 41st anniversary on 7 October. Happy Anniversary to Chris, Maria and Con and great thanks for serving our St Kilda community seven days a week for all those years.”
TWiSK says bravo to all the traders who have stuck it out through good times, tough times and now a pandemic.

Saturday Seminar – The Palace Letters @ U3A
Saturday 10 October, 2.30 pm – 3.30 pm
Professor Jenny Hocking explains why access to the letters between the Governor-General, Sir John Kerr and the English Court, are interesting.
Free Seniors Festival event – please book 

Spring season of virtual Shakespeare @ Alex
Live on YouTube
Saturday 10 October, 10 pm; Sunday 11 October 2 am and 10 pm
Starting with The Bear, featuring David Meadows, Valentina Vinci, and David France, this collaboration with the Alex and Circle in the Sand continues.
Follow Circle in the Sand for details

Namaste India @ space2b
October online
Every month space2b celebrates a different culture.
The October focus is on India and the glorious colours, culture and art from her shores. Free
Tandoori Cook-off Challenge
Sunday 16 October, 9.00 – 11.00am
Bollywood Dancing
Saturday 31 October, 3 pm – 5 pm
ArtSpace Gallery Exhibition
All October

Crime and cocktails with B M Carroll @ Sisters in Crime
Friday 16 October, 6 pm – 7 pm
Author B M Carroll will be talking about her latest book, Who We Were.
Bookings online by 4 pm Friday 16 October

Seniors Festival Writing Awards @ Port Phillip Writes
Sunday 18 October, 2 pm 3 pm
Hear some great stories before announcement of the Judges Awards. Special guests will read sections of writers’ entries including a special tribute to Lesley Greagg.
Register by Friday 16 October to get link
Full Seniors Festival program

Hurry postcard deadline soon @ Linden
New deadline: Tuesday 20 October 2020 at 11.59pm
Exhibition from 5 December – 31 January
Hurry, hurry, hurry. Make the most of your arty ISO! Here are some important changes from previous years:
> All artworks must be posted to the gallery instead of delivering them in person.
> Artists can enter a maximum of three artworks, not four
> All works on paper including print and photography must be framed
> Entries will be capped at 1000 artworks.
More info

Preferences matter
We have now published the complete list of How to Vote preferences.
And most of it is unsurprising. RoPP and independent Liberals have allocated their second preferences to each other – so have the ALP and Greens. In Lake, many third preferences go to independent Geoffrey Conaghan.
Check out the preferences of every candidate
Ghost candidate/s?
I am not sure that I believe in ghosts, but when candidates stand and dont appear to campaign yet express clear how to vote preferences in their VEC statement –  you’ve got to wonder. Voters need to cast their votes carefully. Spooky?

RoPP says look at the voting record of councillors
Ratepayers of Port Phillip have collated a record of councilor’s voting on key issues.
At a glance you can see who voted for what over the past years.
RoPP President Campbell Spence also told TWiSK that the flood of purple placards and billboards didn’t mean that they had cash to splash. ‘The electronic billboards cost very little,’ he explained.
He provided this statement on funding:
“RoPP are a grassroots community organisation which has grown due to our values aligning to so many residents. We are extremely grateful to the people who have volunteered to create a professional election campaign and for the support of letter box and poster volunteers. Our campaign is funded by many members who have donated $50 or $100 and in some cases more. We have not received donations from property developers or political parties.
Our campaign has probably cost less than other candidates whose campaign are funded by political parties or other well-resourced groups who are relying on expensive AusPost services.”

Candidate scoresheets and forums @ Progressive Port Phillip

PPP has uploaded recordings of their candidate forums. They have also collated policy responses from candidates to publish recommendations for ‘progressive’ voters about ‘progressive’ candidates.
Unfortunately RoPP and many independents (including independent Liberals) did not participate.
Gateway Ward Candidate evaluations
Recording of candidate forum
Lake Ward Candidate evaluations
Recording of candidate forum
Canal Ward Candidate evaluations
Recording of candidate forum

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