Current Projects

Little Free Library

This Little Free Library is intended as a community space in which people can come together to share their favourite things to read. Whether children’s books, novels or non-fiction – the content is up to you! All of us can help by keeping this collection stocked with good reading material. It doesn’t just make people feel good about where they live. Academically, children growing up in homes without books are on average three years behind children in homes with lots of books, even when controlled for other key factors. (M.D.R Evans et al, Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, June 2010) One of the most successful ways to improve the reading achievement of children is to increase their access to books, especially at home. But 61% of low-income families do not have any age-appropriate books for their kids at home. We were told that many people with anxiety don’t like using libraries with the time limits and fine but a Little Free Library has none of those constraints! Little Free Libraries play an essential role by providing 24/7 access to books (and encouraging a love of reading!).

Rochelle’s Mystery Tour

Are you keen to learn more about the history of Port Melbourne? If so, why not grab your bike and helmet and try this self-guided bike tour of Port Melbourne. This tour was developed as an easy bike ride tour to discover the natural beauty and local history of the Port Melbourne area. The ride is flat, easy and suitable for people of all ages and riding ability, approximately 11.5kms long and 2.5 hours in duration. It is a safe and leisurely ride. You are guided around significant sites along the Waterfront and up to West Gate Park one of Melbourne’s hidden gems with views of the Yarra and the city skyline. The ride then takes you through the historic Garden City, passing by some iconic Bank Houses, back around to Liardet Street
and finishing the ride at Gasworks Park.

Hard copy versions are available from the Port Melbourne Library. Soft copy version is available to download.

PORTogether – Port Shares

Portogether is a course dedicated to documenting stories of Sharing within the Port Melbourne Community. A variety of digital photos and films will form a ‘Port Melbourne Winter Masterpiece’ Exhibition at Gasworks Art Gallery on Tuesday 18 th of June 2019 6pm – 8pm. The project has been led by David Nicholas of Port Phillip Community Group and Danielle McCaffrey, Coordinator of Star Health’s Social Health and Inclusion Port Melbourne (SHIP). The project bring together a wide range of people from across Port Phillip from a variety of backgrounds and skill levels. Together they learn the technical skills behind taking photos and film as well as gain the ability to edit their work. In the process they uncover the often hidden ways in which people in the local community take care of each other through sharing their knowledge, time, compassion and skills. Don’t miss this opportunity to find out more yourself about the heartfelt stories this group has discovered together.

PORTogether Blog

The PORTogether blog features stories and photos of people and place, highlighting how people connect to Port Melbourne. All story tellers live, work or connect to Port Melbourne. They collect, tell and share stories of where people connect to place and to each other in Port. PORTogether began back in February 2015 and is still going strong today. You can see the photos and stories via the blog link below.

Port Melbourne Icebergs

Join members of the Port community for a plunge off Port Melbourne Lifesaving Club followed by coffee and conversation. There are no committees, no fees, no members, just fun, camaraderie and an opportunity to meet more friendly faces in Port. We meet every Saturday at 8.a.m. year round. We are not an ocean swim club but if you’re keen to exercise we suggest you come down earlier, get in a swim or a run then join the plunge and conversation. All welcome. For more information go to the PortMelbourneIcebergs Facebook page.

Walking Groups

There are numerous volunteer-led walking groups occurring in and around Port Melbourne, partnering with both the Heart Foundation and Star Health. For full details, please go to the calendar link below.

Lagoon Reserve Planting

Lagoon Reserve is located in a former industrial area of Port Melbourne on the site of a former lagoon and a short five minute walk to Bay Street commercial and shopping precinct. The native gardens, which contain examples of the indigenous flora of the area are a feature of the park. These gardens have been developed and maintained in partnership with Council and the local community planting group to positively contribute to the park. Planting indigenous plants in the reserve means that not only do they preserve local biodiversity by providing food and shelter for native birds and insects but also the plants are adapted to the soils and the climate of the area. These plants thrive without the need for excessive artificial fertilisers or sprays and need minimal watering. This has been an ongoing partnership between council and the community for over a decade and is a fun day
to be involved with.

SHIP has played a pivotal role in supporting the following groups,

activities or events  occurring in and around Port Melbourne.