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Transport election forum Q&A @ Town Hall
Senser: a new play with songs @ Theatre Works
Amber light for bike lane pop-ups
Fair dinkum footy @ Reclink
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Reclink finals footy @ Peanut Farm
Tuesday 6 September – Thursday 8 September, 10.30 am – 3.30 pm
The Reclink Grand Final Series will be played across three days, and everyone is welcome. Each day there’ll be a free BBQ lunch, coffee, live music, giveaways through the Reclink Sports Share program.
Doug Hawkins, Simon Madden, Terry Daniher and David Rhys-Jones will be in attendance, as will football media personalities such as Smokie Dawson and Anthony Hudson.
Reclink Football was born on the streets of St. Kilda in 1990. players now come from teams across the regions such as Ballarat and Bendigo, as well as from Rosebud, Casey, Frankston right over to the western suburbs. It’s a load of fun and footy.
More info
State election transport forum @ St Kilda Town Hall
Tuesday 6 September, 6.30 pm – 8 pm
Hear what the major parties have to say about local transport issues and ask questions.
The panel includes three candidates seeking re-election:
David Davis, MLC: Senior Liberal and former transport spokesperson
Nina Taylor, MLC: Current MP seeking to transfer to Albert Park district
Sam Hibbins, MLA Prahran: Greens’ transport spokesperson
Town hall event with live stream option. Free
Tix and info 
Senser @ Theatre Works
Wednesday 7 September – Saturday 17 September
The world premiere of Brittanie Shipway’s latest work, Senser. A graduate of NIDA, Shipway is a proud Gumbaynggirr and Turkish woman, her latest work asks; “Would you risk every-thing to hear a song one last time?”
Senser aims to transport audiences into a dark and enchanting world of drag kings, cabaret queens, and outlawed dance halls.. Spooky.
Rehearsal pics with Luisa Scrofani and Adam Noviello
Jurassic Creatures @ Triangle Carpark
Wednesday 7 September – Sunday 2 October, times vary daily for two hour sessions
Jurassic Creatures, a realistic animatronics Exhibition, features over 30 Dinosaurs and activities that immerse visitors in a prehistoric time. Adding to the experience will be meet and greets with Chase, Marshall, Rubble and Skye from Paw Patrol, all included in your ticket price.
Activities include fossil displays, dinosaur arts and crafts, a giant world bug display, dinosaur jumping castles, Jurassic ball pit and block village, dinosaur egg photo opportunities and walking dinosaurs. Tix $28.50
BLX Book launch: “Through the lens of Dion Hirini” @ Memo
Wednesday 7 September, 6.30 pm
Dion Hirini, NZ born musician and Melbourne resident, died suddenly in March this year. Best known for work with Paul Kelly, he was described by Vika and Linda Bull as the ‘third Bull sister.’ BLX is the first published release of a collection of photographs documenting the life and travels of this much loved musician and passionate photographer.
Celebrate the release of the book with Dion’s friends as they come together to share stories through his music and photos. $20
Nest by Lyn Pool @ Linden Project Space
Exhibition until 9 October
Opens Thursday 8 September, 6 pm – 8 pm
This new work by St. Kilda-based artist Lyn Pool is a series of collages combining photographs of nests with found strips of text.
Linden Project space is not wheelchair accessible ?
Ethiopian Coffee and Cake Morning @ Space2b
Friday 9 September, 10am
Enjoy genuine Ethiopian coffee and cake at this morning version of Dinner with Friends. $15
144 Chapel St
Footy Finals @ St Kilda Sports Club
Every AFL Final
Cheap drinks, football and meat raffles.
66 Fitzroy St

Claymore Live @ Memo
Friday 9 September, 7 pm
If you like your Rock with a kick ass feel, the swirl of bagpipes and all things Scottish, this is the gig for you. With the Glenbrae Celtic dancers and Anna Scionti. $30/$20

Collard Greens & Gravy @ George Lane
Friday 9 September, 6:30 PM 11:30 PM
Collard Greens & Gravy playing some mighty fine original delta Blues.
2022 Maksim Oceania Tour @ Palais
Friday 9 September, 7.30 pm
The ground-breaking Maksim is recognised as world’s biggest selling crossover pianist. $129

Riley Pearce @ Espy
Friday 9 September, 8 pm
Riley’s signature acoustic road trip style will be on display with plenty of old favourites and showcasing tunes from the new album. $27
Espy gigs

Scott Darlow @ Espy
Friday 9 September, 8.30 pm
Scott Darlow is playing the first three Fridays of September. A Yorta Yorta descendent, Scott is a versatile singer-songwriter, guitarist, and didgeridoo player. Free
Espy gigs
Spring Sing for shelters concert @ All Saints
Saturday 10 September, 2 pm
The Hummingsong Community Choirs concert is in aid of Raising Awareness and Support for Women’s Community Shelters. Adults $30, children $15

Lehenda – Ukrainian Soul, Australian Soil @ National

Saturday 10 September, 7 pm
Lehenda shares the rich Ukrainian culture through dance with a wide repertoire of regional Ukrainian dances, video interviews as well as the work ‘Kyiv’ which premiered in 2018. $45

Grand Wazoo @ Memo’
Saturday 10 September, 7 pm
The mighty 13/14 piece Grand Wazoo – Kings of Soul are back with a Feast of Entertainment – showcasing iconic 60s-70s songs. Big sound, huge fun. $55/$50
Royal Czech Ballet presents Swan Lake @ Palais
Saturday 10 September
The Royal Czech Ballet tours Australia for the first time with Swan Lake presented in two acts and follows the original storyline with traditional choreographic revisions by Marius Pepita. $105
More than Opera with The Melbourne Chamber Choir @ All Saints
Sunday 11 September, 3 pm
The Melbourne Chamber Choir in association with “More than Opera” are presenting Gioachino Rossini, Petite messe solenelle.
Tickets @ door $25 / $20 concession, students with valid student ID free) ((no EFTPOS)

Sunday Blues | The Breadmakers @ Espy
Sunday 11 September, 6 pm
These rhythm’n’blues legends have shared stages with The Monks, The Mummies, Guitar Wolf and Teengenerate. Free
Espy gigs
The Peptides @ St Kilda Sports Club
Sunday 11 September,
66 Fitzroy St


Midnight Oil @ Palais
Monday 12 September and Wednesday 14 September
Sold out in minutes – and TWiSK missed out!

Design Fringe Launch @ Carlisle Street Art Space
Friday 16 September, 6 pm – 8 pm
Design Fringe Exhibition opening @ Linden
Saturday 17 September, 2 pm – 4 pm
Exhibition opening and the announcements of the Design Fringe Award winners.
Design Fringe 2022 asks participating designers to ‘Design the Future: Don’t Waste Time’. Linked to the major global challenge of sustainability, the exhibition encourages both designers and visitors to rethink our relationship with objects, as well as raising awareness to help us to make better choices about what we buy in order to reduce the amount of waste we produce.
Exhibition runs until 27 November

Beach keepers of the Tea Tree @ Elwood Foreshore Reserve
Saturday 17 September, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Join monthly family friendly volunteer fun along the Elwood Foreshore reserve. Learn how to identify local native plants and participate in a variety of conservation activities.
Your efforts will help protect and enhance the biodiversity of the Elwood tea tree foreshore and encourage habitat for small birds such as the Superb Blue Fairy-wren. Free
Register now

Has the change of government ended the climate wars? @ U3APP Saturday Zoom
Saturday 17 September, 2.30 pm – 3.30 pm
Tony Wood, Energy Program Director, Grattan Institute asks Are we there yet?
www.u3app.org.au – scroll down and click on “public events”.
Kids Holiday Program @ Gasworks
Monday 19 September – Sunday 2 October
Gasworks’ kids holiday programs offer creative and entertaining experiences for children aged 4 to 14 during the school holidays. Bringing together a range of energetic artists and performers who specialise in working with kids.
Wog Boys Forever with Nick Giannopoulos @ Palais
Thursday 22 September – Sunday 25 September
Starting on Thursday with the VIP Red Carpet World Premiere of the new comedy Wog Boys Forever with Nick Giannopoulos performing Live on Stage before the film.
Then nightly until Sunday with exclusive screenings of the film on the big Palais screen. $50
Jewish men and women remembered @ St Kilda Cemetery
Sunday 25 September, 2.00pm
Hear the fascinating stories of the lives of Jewish men and women on a tour led by Claire Barton.
$15 includes refreshments afterwards
Meet at the Dandenong Road Gates at 2.00pm
Bookings required
Ring Gabriel on 0451 831 102 or
email gabrielhermes@live.com
No Waste Kitchen Workshop @ Elwood Neighbourhood House
Tuesday 27 September, 6 PM – 9 PM
Farmers’ Market tour guide Isabel Gardener will show you how to dramatically reduce the waste from your kitchen, no matter what your circumstances. Meet other locals and share ideas – maximum of 15 people. $15 / $5
Book your place by calling 9531 1954
More info
Big Fringe @ Theatre Works
Tuesday 4 October – Saturday 22 October
Theatre Works is celebrating Melbourne Fringe’s 40th Year with 13 shows across their two venues, Theatre Works Acland Street and the Explosives Factory in Inkerman Street.
A jam-packed program of local, national and international works offers “full scale musicals with brand new scores to interactive clown shows and gut-wrenching dramas.”
See the full program 

Amber light for bike paths @ Council

Major changes will be made to recently installed pop-up bike ‘paths’ after Council raised serious concerns with the Department of Transport (DoT).
Some lanes will be removed and others re-evaluated with more consultation with Council and community.
Council petitioned the DoT for changes after community unrest about the roll-out, especially from Albert Park and Port Melbourne. The works were also the subject of bitter and, at times personal, debate in Council meetings.
Pop-up looked like a stuff up from the get-go
Starting with a strident community response to bike lanes on Kerferd Road, the widespread pop-up bike infrastructure was always going to be controversial.
Widely slammed as confusing and hard to understand, the pop-ups looked far from temporary or trial with abundant bollards, concrete partitions and litres of yellow paint on roads. The consultation process seemed to baffle even those in the know.
A senior insider told TWiSK that he regretted not asking more questions. ‘It was easy to agree to safer bike paths – that’s easy to support – but that’s not we got,’ the insider said.
‘This has been a major setback for community support for bike paths, especially in an election year,’ the insider speculated.
Bike lobby says changes missed the main gain
The Port Phillip Bicycle Users Group (PPBUG) disagrees that the cause of safer cycling has been set back. They wanted the trial of bike lane infrastructure in Port Phillip continue, with a full evaluation at the end, but effectively damned the works with faint praise.
In July, Julie Clutterbuck, President PPBUG, said ‘the VicRoads trial has the potential to deliver modest safety improvements, so we should let the trial go ahead and evaluate it at the end. However, the program does not deliver what people on bikes really need: protected bike lanes.’
Speaking after the changes were announced, she pointed to Council’s own plan for a network of 14 proper protected bike lanes linking the community. She urged the Council to refocus on making their own plans a reality.
‘There’s a lot of quieter voices in the community that support things like the speed humps that slow down traffic and make it safer for everyone, but most of all we need protected bike lanes,’ she said.
Paradise postponed
And with virtually a hill-free municipality, you’d think Port Phillip had the potential to be a bike rider’s paradise – but that will take more than a splash of yellow paint on roads – watch this space.
Council will discuss the next steps on Wednesday.
Read DoTs letter about the changes for full details

Lauren Sherson is the local Liberal hopeful

Local Liberals have preselected a graduate of their young leaders’ program and former Federal candidate Lauren Sherson to be their hope for Albert Park.
Sherson was unable to speak directly with TWiSK as Party HQ had yet to brief on campaign procedures, but we hope to have more about her ideas next week.
Locals who know her told TWiSK she was active in local arts and a very keen candidate. And it’s not her first tilt at politics, she ran for the seat of Melbourne in Federal politics in 2019.
Former Bayside Mayor goes from Blue to Teal in Brighton
Felicity Frederico, former Bayside Mayor, has announced her run for Brighton as an independent candidate. A former Liberal Party member, she made an unsuccessful bid to gain Brighton prelection over incumbent Liberal MLA James Newbury last year and subsequently quit the Party earlier this year.
Brighton was a narrow win for Newbury in 2018, with less than 1000 votes separating Liberal and Labor in the final count.
The entry of Frederico alongside Port Phillip Cr Louise Crawford as Labor candidate pits two former Mayors against Newbury.
If the Greens were to select Port Phillip Deputy Mayor Cr Tim Baxter it would be see three former councillors/Mayors in the race. But we are only speculating not predicting!
Read The Guardian report on Frederico’s run
Copsey launches bid for Southern Metro
Last week saw the launch of Catherine Copsey’s bid to win back an upper house seat for the Greens, the Southern Metro upper house seat held until 2018 by pioneering Greens MLC Sue Pennicuik.
At the launch, Greens leader Samantha Ratnam laid out their familiar campaign agenda, including climate action with no new coal and gas and a swift transition to renewables, better renting and more affordable housing plus restoration of integrity.
The Greens have now announced all their upper house candidates but only a handful of lower house hopefuls. Except for Prahran, with sitting MLA Sam Hibbins, candidates for the other local seals of Brighton, Caulfield and Albert Park have not yet been announced.
See the Greens candidate list
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Why?: Motivation for standing 30 words
Why me? Skills, credentials, interests, values 30 words
Why here? Connection to the seat 30 words
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