Bayside City Council announces SSAGD social group

11.07am Friday April 20 2015 

By Ed Kennedy

Bayside City Council has announced the establishment of a Same Sex and Gender Diverse (SSAGD) social/support group, with the first meeting to be held next week.

The group will provide social interaction and support services to young people aged 14-24, who identify as same sex attracted, sex gender diverse or who are questioning their sexuality.

Emily Buttriss, a Youth Worker with Bayside City Council indicated the group shall be easy going and inviting to those who wish to attend.

“There is no pressure for a young person to say or do anything they are not comfortable with when they attend meetings”, Ms Buttriss said.

“This is a group for people with similar interests and experiences and a great place to meet like-minded people.”

In particular, while participation is voluntary, Emily feels the conversational nature of the group shall be a core benefit to those who come along.

SSAGD shall “provide young people with the opportunity to come together to learn about the discuss topics that are of interest to them”, Ms Buttriss said.

Such conversations could be “about ‘coming out’, the transgender community, SSAGD affiliated youth organisations and so on.”

Emily also

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Cycling and the ‘Beach Road issue’


Beach Road Cycling Story

11.15pm Sunday April 12 2015

by Ed Kennedy

Cycling continues to grow in popularity world over, and this is apparent on any weekend in Bayside. Walk along the Bay Trail or any stretch of Beach Road within Bayside’s boundaries and you will see no shortage of recreational cyclists all the way up to professional triathletes pedaling along by Port Phillip Bay.

Bicycles, their use, and the debate surrounding their use and proper place within the roads ‘ecosystems’ is not new. Yet, events of recent weeks have given a renewed urgency to the discourse.

Two accidents, one at the corner of Dendy Street and Beach Rd in Brighton on March 21, and the other purported to involve a member of the Hell Ride group on March 7 – the name for a Saturday morning ride infamous for apparent collisions and incidents with other road users – has seen debate with a renewed urgency in the community and wider Victoria over the relationship between cyclists and other users on our roads.


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The corner of Dendy St and Beach Rd, Brighton where the March 21 accident occurred.


Felicity Frederico, Mayor Bayside City Council stated while cycling’s popularity has risen, the… Click to continue reading

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Design Market showcases local artists and their craft

The Bayside Design Market, held in Billilla Gardens over the weekend.

The Bayside Design Market, held in Billilla Gardens over the weekend.


The Bayside Design Market, held in Billilla Gardens over the weekend.

10.03am Tuesday February 21 2015

The inaugural Bayside Design Market was held over the weekend in the grounds of Billilla Mansion, Brighton. The all-day Saturday market sought to offer an avenue for local artists and craftsmen to showcase their works to the local community, as well as offer Baysiders chance to buy up some handmade goods.

The market also coincided with a showing of the Bayside Artist in Residence program within the interior of Billilla.

Sarah Darby, a Fashion Illustrator who was one of the stallholders within the grounds of the mansion, indicated it was both a win-win for local artists, and ‘team effort’ by the local art scene to deliver the day.

“I think it’s a great platform to showcase our local designers. Bayside is such a supportive community, everyone really gets behind local talent, but it’s hard to show your work without opportunities like the Design Market”, Ms Darby said.

A Bridal gown fashion sketch by Sarah. Image: Darby Illustrations.

A Bridal gown fashion sketch by Sarah. Image: Darby Illustrations.

In turn, Ms Darby also felt the market underscored the abundant diversity of Melbourne’s fashion Click to continue reading

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Drones: The challenges of UAV regulation in Bayside and beyond (PII)

by Ed Kennedy

This is part II of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) article, following on from my conversation with Nicolas Pette, owner and operator of drone company Drone Under last week. Part I here:

As it stands the wider industry has presided over some considerable growth in a number of areas in recent months, and particularly as it relates to real estate, the environment and recreational use – all areas that may have a notable impact on the way Baysiders live, work and play. This is because the use of UAV has revolutionized -for the better – the way real estate agents are able to show off high-rise apartments, farmers ability to observe crops and land, and amongst recreational uses, provided a whole new way to film daily adventures. By contrast, the challenges surrounding the use and regulation of drones remains considerable.

One of the chief concerns going forward shall be the safe use of drones – especially by recreational users- and especially as applies to circumstances surrounding emergencies. Numerous incidents have been reported in recent months surrounding drone users letting their devices take flight while a police, fire, or ambulance emergency is underway. While CASA has issued

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Over our heads? Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and the issues surrounding free flight

by Ed Kennedy

Drones are a big business right now. Since their emergence on the market in recent years, Drones a.k.a Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), have been taken up and adopted for use by an array of Baysiders.

To many, these machines are used for recreational tools, and often seen in compliment to the ‘mini action cameras’ – such as Go Pro – that allow people to film their often high-octane adventures.

By contrast, for an increasing number of filmmakers, documentarians and entrepreneurs, these aerial cameras represent a new frontier when it comes to building a brand and business.

Yet, there is also a downside to the rise of the availability of these drones with security, privacy and even logistical concern – due to the sheer amount of new UAVs in the sky posing a potential problem to those on the ground.

With it understood the Civil Aviation Administration Authority (CASA) is set to re-examine the laws surrounding drone flight in Australia – currently viewed by critics as minimal and insufficient –an examination of this new and oftentimes not yet fully understood area of aviation is worthwhile.

Nicolas Pette, is one such example of a local who ‘taken to the

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Council Appoints Architects For Dendy Street Beach Upgrade

by Ed Kennedy

Bayside City Council has announced architects Jackson Clement Burrows have been appointed to undertake the new Dendy Street Beach Pavilion redesign.

The new pavilion will provide for a number of improvements to the space including a café, kiosk and community space. Alongside this space shall have public toilets as well as providing new accommodation for the Brighton Lifesaving Club.

In a statement Bayside Mayor Cr Felicity Frederico underscored the significance of the site to the local community.

“Dendy Street Beach is home to the Brighton Beach Bathing Boxes and is one of Victoria’s iconic locations,” Cr Frederico said.

“The Brighton Life Saving Club have been helping our community for over 90 years” and “the new building will not only provide an improved base from which the Brighton.”

“Lifesaving Club can continue their important work” but also will serve as “as a valuable community resource”, Cr Frederico said.

Alongside local considerations, Council has previously indicated its regard for Dendy Street Beach as an important tourist attraction within the Bayside area and this is understood to have also been a key factor in consideration of the design.

Graham Burrows, the Chief Architect of the Dendy project at Jackson

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Rich Story Sewn Into Life By Ricci The Italian Tailor

Niccola Ricci in his store at 108 Rathdowne St, Carlton VIC 3053, Australia

Niccola Ricci in his store at 108 Rathdowne St, Carlton

by Ed Kennedy

Niccola Ricci is not foreign to fame. Walking into his shop and looking across the slew of jobs he is to finish one can see carefully strewn across the walls inklings of a great past and a quiet but proud acknowledgement of the recognition his work has brought him.

Ricci is one of the last great tailors not only of Carlton – but all of Melbourne. At 90 years old his work now is driven far less by necessity and more by ritual. On the days he feels unwell he does not arrive to open up shop on Rathdowne St. For those who’ve quickly need jeans shortened or a tear in a shirt repaired he may not be your man then. But, given the quality of the work done – and the clear evidence across the store of a ongoing demand for his talents – the willingness to wait a little longer for something done well seems something his customers are more than willing to accept.

This theme of quality has been key not only to Ricci’s attitude to work but attitude to life. Having begun his … Click to continue reading

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