This is a collation of local news and opportunities sent to the Neighbourhoods team to share. Community event information was correct at the time of publishing, but is subject to change. Please contact the event organiser.
If you have an event or opportunity to add, get in touch.
City of Melbourne
- Find all the free events in Melbourne this month, including the Chinese Lunar New Year Festival, Summer Night Market, Moonlight Cinema and various cultural events: What's free in Melbourne this month - What's On Melbourne
- Big Summer Read - Get ready to boost your summer reading. These school holidays sign up to the Big Summer Read at any City of Melbourne Library branch or download the Beanstack app. Read ten books and collect an amazing prize. Enter as many times as you like to collect more prizes. How many books can you read? For children aged 0-18 years. From 1 December.
- "100 Children" meets carnival clowns - Elmira Cheung’s window display at Library at The Dock is an all-femme reinterpretation of Chinese paintings known as '100 Children' colliding with an iconic Australian childhood image of laughing carnival clowns. On display until 15 January.
- UKR DNA - Ukranian DNA - Maru Jarockyj highlights the infusion of her Ukrainian heritage into linear blocks and coloured cubic assemblies defined by symbolic Ukrainian themes. From 7 December 2022 to 12 January 2023 at The Library at The Dock Gallery.
- Superblooming your rooftop gardens with Jac Semmler - Learn about plant selection for microclimates and how to use natural design elements to create visually stunning green roofs and balcony gardens. Wednesday 18th January 2023, 10:30am to 12:30pm or Saturday 21st January 2023, 10:30am to 12:30pm at the Library at the Dock. Register now.
- Fitzroy Gardens Search by Numbers - Entertain the kids these holidays with a seek-and-find challenge around the heritage-listed Fitzroy Gardens. Starting off at the Fitzroy Gardens Visitor Centre, kids will collect their activity booklet with a map and then head off (with you close by) on their hunt to answer nine questions around the gardens. Once they have completed the trek, they head back to the visitor centre to collect their prize. From 9 January 2023 to 15 January 2023.
- The Excellent City Series is back at MPavilion in Queen Victoria Gardens. The four free interactive events including Build Your Own City, Enduring City, Embracing Country and Design Futures will explore the future of Melbourne with a focus on design excellence. Events will run from 28 January to 9 March.
- Care Gateway: Emergency Respite Services ‘Respite’ or ‘respite care’ is when someone else takes care of the person you care for, so that you can have a break. If you become sick or injured and can’t continue to care for your loved one, emergency respite services are available to take over care while you recover. Join us for a 30 minute information session with Carer Gateway who will talk through emergency respite options. Register now.
- Testing a Multilingual Health App - If you are over 25, are a confident English speaker and speak any of the following languages (Arabic, Cantonese, Croatian, Dinka, Farsi (Persian), Greek, Hakka, Italian, Macedonian, Mandarin, Serbian, Somali, Spanish, Turkish, Vietnamese) St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne would like to invite you to evaluate the application. $30 gift voucher per participant. Register now.
- Access and Inclusion Service to assist people with mobility challenges to attend the Australian Open - Travellers Aid will be providing Access and Inclusion Service to encourage everyone to attend the Australian Open. Services will include free connection assistance with buggy service, free wheelchair assistance and wheelchair hire. For further information contact 03 9654 2600.
- The Venny School Holiday Program - The Venny is a supervised playground and communal backyard located in JJ Holland Park in Kensington. It is a unique community space that supports intercultural play, therapeutic support and social cohesion. Check out their school holiday program and timetable.
- Australian Open POP Tennis Pop-up - Melbourne's laneways come to life with pop-up demonstrations and opportunities to play POP tennis, the contemporary new format of the much-loved game. Join the fun on 11 January at Chinatown Plaza.
- Blind Sports & Recreation Summer Fitness Online Program - Blind Sports & Recreation Victoria have developed this collection of pre-recorded sessions to help keep you active, motivated, and relaxed at home for free.
- Blind tennis program - During school terms, a six-week blind tennis program, jointly developed by Blind Sports & Recreation Victoria, Tennis Victoria and Tennis Seniors Victoria is held on Friday nights at the National Tennis Centre on indoor courts. If you are interested in participating in this program or would like to volunteer your time to assist, please contact Susan Marshall by phone 03 9822 8876 or email email@example.com
- Detox Your Home - Sustainability Victoria is holding this event on Saturday 18 February. Bring any toxic chemicals such as brake fluid, drain cleaners and kerosene to 26 Henderson Street, North Melbourne from 9am to 3pm. Register a spot or find out more information.
City of Melbourne
- Read the latest media releases, newsletters and public notices from the City of Melbourne.
- Metro Tunnel construction updates – Find out the latest updates on the Metro Tunnel construction works. You can register your email address to receive work notices electronically, according to your location of interest: Current Metro Tunnel works - Victoria’s Big Build
- Big Build major works - Significant work on major Victorian Government transport projects will continue throughout January 2023
- City Loop closure, from 9pm on Monday, 2 January through to the last service on Sunday, 15 January while work to allow crews to upgrade smoke detection, extraction and sprinkler systems at Flagstaff, Melbourne Central and Parliament stations. Flagstaff, Melbourne Central and Parliament stations will be closed, and no trains will run through the City Loop throughout the works. Southern Cross and Flinders Street stations will remain open, with trains running to and from these stations.
- City Road and Power Street intersection safety improvements – VicRoads is upgrading the City Road and Power Street intersection with works starting in late 2022 and the upgrade is expected to be completed in early 2023.
- Yarra Trams is working with the Department of Transport and City of Melbourne to install tram separation kerbs and modify the bike lane separator islands along Swanston Street, between Victoria and Grattan streets, Carlton.
City of Melbourne
- The General Financial Hardship Policy assists eligible residents and businesses experiencing financial difficulty due to COVID-19. Applicants can request help in paying their City of Melbourne permits, licences and fees.
- Docklands Dollars – Receive up to $210 cashback when you spend in Docklands.
- Victorian Energy Compare $250 Power Saving Bonus – A once-off $250 payment for Victorian households to help ease cost-of-living pressures and encourage them to compare energy offers and save money on bills. Applications are open until 30 June 2023.
- ATO Tax Help Program – Free assistance in lodging tax returns for people earning $60,000 or less. You can make an appointment with an accredited volunteer through the ATO website.
City of Melbourne
- Connected Neighbourhoods small grants – This grant program is open to community organisations and individuals that have small project ideas that support community connection, social inclusion, access and participation.
- Social Investment Partnerships grants – The program supports not-for-profit organisations, social enterprises and B Corporations delivering projects that will benefit the City of Melbourne community.
- Victorian Government interpreter scholarships – The Victorian Government is offering scholarships to support students undertaking interpreting courses at RMIT University in 2023.
- Australian Government grants – Visit the Community Grants Hub to access information on community focused grant programs currently open for applications.
- Local History Grants Program 2022-2023 - The Victorian Government recognises that local and community history is an important part of Victoria’s memory. The Local History Grants Program encourages and fosters community activities that preserve, record and share the local, social and community history of Victoria and Victorians. Applications are now open for the 2022-2023 round of the Local History Grants Program. View the Ministerial announcement here. Applications close midnight, Monday 30 January 2023.
City of Melbourne
- Browse the latest volunteer opportunities with City of Melbourne. We engage with more than 1000 volunteers each year in a wide range of roles and programs. Some of the areas in which volunteers work include tourism, events, libraries, Gardens for Wildlife, and in our programs for older community.
- Community Advisory Committee – Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne. The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne is currently calling for community members to join its Community Advisory Committee.We are encouraging community members with diverse interests and backgrounds (including patients, families and carers) who are willing to contribute to and advise the hospital on operational improvements to submit an application. More information.
- Volunteer with your resident groups
- Docklands Repair Café is all about neighbours helping neighbours. Whether it's electrical and mechanical repairs, wood, toys, electronics, bikes, sewing and textiles, or just helping out on the day, we’re always looking for community members to come down and join in. Contact the Centre on 9328 1126 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
City of Melbourne
- An exciting and rare opportunity to join the City of Melbourne's Neighbourhood team. This role will work with communities in North and West Melbourne as well as staff across our organisation and other community groups, to progress the priorities outlined in our Neighbourhood Portals. Short term opportunity until July 2023. Applications close Monday 23 January.For more information and to apply visit the City of Melbourne's Recruitment page.
- Browse some of the other job opportunities with City of Melbourne.
City of Melbourne
- Stay safe this summer with our range of heat health resources, alerts, and practical support to help you prepare for extreme heat events. Check out our Summer Sense fact sheet, printable Cool Places maps, and digital maps for Cool Places, Cool Routes and drinking fountains.
- We have developed a Community Food Guide, a resource for community agencies or anyone in the community who needs information on how to access affordable, fresh and healthy food.
- Our Food and Garden Organics kerbside collection service is now available to residents living in apartment buildings two to five storeys. Order your kitchen caddy and liners today and help us put your organics to good use.
- Residents living in single unit dwellings can order their free kitchen caddy and liners to be delivered by our team.
- Protect yourself and others from mosquitoes this summer. Visit Beat the Bite to learn how.
- Anika Legal's Rental Information Hub – Access a range of resources about rental rights from documents renters receive when moving in, to how to recover your bond after leaving.
- DV Safe Phones - Do you have a phone in working order which you no longer have a need for? Consider donating it to DV Safe Phones who will give the refurbished phone to victims of domestic violence (DV) through registered charities, safe houses and authorities serving this vulnerable community. Your re-purposed 'Safe Phone' is provided as part of an individual's 'safe' or 'escape' plan'
- Multicultural Health Connect – Get health information and advice in your language. Visit Healthdirect for more information about this service.
Carlton artist connects through heritage buildings
During the COVID-19 lockdowns, Carlton resident Suzanne Hood began sketching significant local buildings on her daily walks around her neighbourhood, a hobby that has grown into a small business.
Leading a vision for more inclusion in Melbourne
Melburnians with vision loss became reacquainted with the CBD, in a safe and supported way, at several recent walking tours, organised by Blind Sports & Recreation Victoria (BSRV).
All aboard for inclusive skating at Riverslide
Located in the picturesque Alexandra Gardens, Riverslide Skate Park is not just one of Melbourne’s most iconic skate spots, it’s also a safe and welcoming space for anyone interested in skating.