Hobsons Bay Community Advancement Co-operative's Annual Report 2020 has been published online this year. You can read the report HERE

Message from the Manager

Hello everyone 

Welcome to another of our newsy newsletters! We have had some lovely feedback and we hope you continue to enjoy the reading as we move rapidly towards the end of this challenging year. 

We have talked about volunteering and how satisfying and rewarding it can be for everyone but also how valuable it is for the organisations you choose to help.  

This year has shown us that we need to be adaptable and resilient – attributes some organisations have had to embrace to be able to keep doing the work they do to help their community. Much of the hands on volunteering has had to slow down during the pandemic – except for the emergency relief agencies who have continued to deliver much needed support to the community with the help of their volunteers. Other groups have moved into connecting with their members (who are all volunteers) via online platforms.  

We would like to highlight a few local organisations at a time for your ‘knowledge bank’ and for you to explore as they are continuing to meet and to work on their projects, and, as we are emerging into a COVID normal, they are working on what they can do and how they can do it to best serve their communities.  

We have chosen to shine the spotlight on the local Lions and Rotary Clubs. And in the interest of full disclosure – yes, I belong to Altona Lions Club 😊 – but I know many of the local Rotarians as well, including fellow neighbourhood house manager, Therese McKenny of Newport Outlets.  

Please let us know if you know of a group you would like us to shine the spotlight on and email us the information about them to and we will put the group into the newsletter. 

Take care, everyone – this virus can change direction in an instant so please be diligent. Keep washing those hands, maintain a social distance and wear the mask.  

Kim Reilly

New Councillors of Hobsons Bay

The Louis Joel Arts & Community Centre and the Board of the Hobsons Bay Community Advancement Co-operative would like to congratulate the Councillors of Hobsons Bay on their recent election or re-election. We look forward to working with you all in the coming years.

Altona Lions Club

The Altona Lions Club has been providing service and support to our local community for the past 55 years. Like all Lions Clubs our motto is ‘To Serve’ and our members have a common desire to make their communities better, by using their creativity, enthusiasm and energy.  

As well as many local community projects we also support the leaders of tomorrow through our youth programs and rallying together in times of natural disaster. But we also enjoy a very social atmosphere at our dinner meetings where you can enjoy the company of other members and listen speakers achieving great things.  

Altona Lions is part of an international association across 205 countries so the opportunities and learning is endless. 

Membership is open to men and women over the age of 18 years within our community and you would be most welcomed to our next function. Join us in making our communities and the world better places to live. Email:, attention Maurie Tanian. 


Rotary International

Australian Rotary Clubs are part of an international network of business, professional and community leaders who strive to make the world a better place through practical efforts. Through Rotary International, the reward of "paying it forward" unites men and women from different backgrounds, cultures, religious and political beliefs the world over, allowing ordinary people to do extraordinary things.

There's something that all Rotary club members have in common: We take action. As community volunteers, we reach out to neighbours in need. We build, support, and organise. We save lives. We work locally and globally.

Around the world and around the corner, the 1.2 million men and women of Rotary:

  • Get involved in their communities
  • Connect with other professionals
  • Share their time and experience with young people
  • Support global causes, such as eradicating polio
  • Use their skills to help others.

Whether you're a veteran volunteer or new to community service, we're looking for people like you. Get in contact with us today or come along to a meeting to find out more.

Art, Craft and Other Things to Keep You Busy

Still Life Oil Painting

This video is great for those new to working with oil paints. Yupari, the artist, takes viewers through the process of producing a still life image from start to finish. 

If you're more into portraiture, check out his other videos demonstrating portraiture techniques, including recreations of famous paintings by artists such as Rembrandt and Van Gogh.


Marbled Nail Polish Mugs

This affordable gift idea is one the kids could help with too. There are quite a few different videos available, try this one as a starting point: DIY MARBLE COFFEE MUGS

While some videos suggest using hot water, I found it made the nail polish dry really fast. Choose a largish container so that you can get a good portion of the item dipped in (mine was too small!).

For more marbling ideas, check out this short video:  OTHER MARBLING IDEAS

Street Libraries Hobsons Bay

Did you know there are more than 25 Street Libraries to be found in Hobsons Bay? Pictured is the one outside Louis Joel, which we have been maintaining throughout the pandemic.

To help us to find some of the other street libraries in Hobsons Bay, Council has produced a nifty map that shows the locations of 30 street libraries dotted about the municipality.


Lolly Wreath Workshop

Join Marlene as she demonstrates (in a virtual classroom) how to make a 'Lolly Wreath' for a delicious addition to your Christmas decor. The wreath is made using a variety of wrapped lollies. The workshop materials will be available for you to collect from the Centre or we can deliver to Hobsons Bay residents.

Wednesday 9 December at 11am
Cost (includes materials): $20 | Bookings essential


Only in Australia Could There Be a Union of Drinking and Medicine

Altona-Laverton Historical Society

Only in Australia would one find a Rum Hospital. On 6 November 1810, Lachlan Macquarie, Governor of New South Wales, gave the valuable rum monopoly to a consortium of local businessmen on condition that part of their profits were used to build the Sydney Rum Hospital, parts of which still stands today.

Upon his arrival in the Colony of New South Wales at the beginning of 1810, Governor Macquarie discovered that the Sydney Cove's hospital was an affair of tents and temporary buildings. Macquarie set aside land on the western edge of the Government Domain for a new hospital and created a new road – Macquarie Street – to provide access to it. Plans were drawn up but the British Government refused to provide funds to build the hospital. 

Consequently, Macquarie entered into a contract with a consortium of businessmen – Garnham Blaxcell, Alexander Riley and, later, D'Arcy Wentworth – to erect the new hospital. They were to receive convict labour and supplies and a monopoly on rum imports from which they expected to recoup the cost of the building and gain considerable profits. The contract allowed them to import 45,000 (later increased to 60,000) gallons of rum to sell to colonists and was signed on 6 November 1810. In the event, the hospital did not turn out to be very profitable for the contractors. Convict patients were transferred to Governor Macquarie's new hospital in 1816 when construction was completed. 

Garden Gurus Tips

What to Grow Where - Retrosuburbia

David Holmgren has released a free chapter from his book Retrosuburbia looking at what to grow where. The chapter has a focus on suburban food growing, and has some great ideas for plants you can use to protect your garden from climate extremes and how to use a range of spaces to increase your yield.

On the website, you'll find a range of other resources including case studies looking at different households.


Potted Pressies

Fresh herbs make a lovely, useful gift that, depending on the herbs you choose, will keep giving for months or even years.

Now is a good time to pot up some herb seedlings so they have time to settle in and fill out, especially if you are gifting them for Christmas. Terracotta pots are an affordable option, especially for herbs that don't mind short periods of dryness. For info on what can be potted up together, check out the link below.


Stuff to Keep the Kids Busy

Gifts in a Jar 

This might be an old idea but we think it’s still a good one. It’s about gifting something that is thoughtful to someone who will enjoy the love that has gone into making it. This is a brilliant one to do with the kids and they will delight in giving this to teachers, tutors, friends and relatives. 

We have featured a cookie recipe from and we can tell you, this in one of many. Our advice is that you choose one or two similar recipes and stick with those so you are not having to buy too many different ingredients. Most of what is in this recipe will be on special at a supermarket in the next few weeks so you can reduce the cost even more by buying the specials. The jars can be clean recycled jars (you will need a 1 litre jar) – sterilise them with boiling water and dry them in at a very low temperature oven (let them cool before you fill them). Get the kids working on the labels, tags and decoration. Add the printed recipe (it’s not too long to write out if you don’t have access to a printer).  


Abby's Cookies in a Jar 



Jar Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup (110g) plain flour 
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 
  • 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/3 cup (75g) firmly packed brown sugar 
  • 1/3 cup (75g) caster sugar 
  • 3/4 cup (65g) rolled oats 
  • 100g craisins (dried cranberries) 
  • 130g white chocolate chips 

Extra Ingredients for Making Cookies 

  • 125g butter, melted and cooled 
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 


  • You will need a 1L glass jar with a lid 


Step 1: Sift flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a bowl. Spoon the flour mixture into a 1L (4-cup) capacity glass jar. Top with brown sugar, then caster sugar. Top with oats, then craisins, then chocolate chips. Seal jar. Give as gift. 

Step 2: To make cookies, preheat oven to 190C. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper. Empty jar into a large bowl. Add butter, egg and vanilla. Stir until well combined. Shape tablespoons of mixture into balls and place on baking trays approximately 5cm apart. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, swapping trays halfway during cooking, or until edges are lightly browned. Turn biscuits onto a wire rack to cool. Serve. 

Wellbeing & Selfcare

Moneycare: Financial Counselling 

Moneycare financial counselling services are now available to residents of Hobsons Bay & Wyndham. A financial counsellor can help you determine a practical step-by-step plan to overcome money troubles for good. Advice is free and confidential. Sessions are currently being offered via telephone, if you wish to enquire, call (03) 9398 1750.

Music for Stress Relief

Managing stress is one of the key ways we can improve our wellbeing, but it is sometimes easier said than done. If you are looking for some ideas, consider this free video that combines relaxing scenery with calming music. It could be used as an accompaniment to meditation or yoga, or pop on some head phones for an immersive experience as you watch the visuals.


Support Services Hobsons Bay and Surrounding Suburbs

If you, or someone you know, has been impacted financially by the pandemic or is facing issues to do with housing or family violence, there is a list of organisations that can provide support on our website.


Hobsons Bay City Council is also providing a range of support for individuals and community groups experiencing financial hardship. There is also a range of emergency relif and support available through Hobsons Bay Has Heart. See this flyer for details.



The Extreme Hardship Support Program is providing support to Victorians who:
  • are unable to access Commonwealth income support (including JobKeeper and JobSeeker) or the International Student Emergency Relief Fund
  • have very limited income, savings or community support.
  • and are a temporary or provisional visa holder, or undocumented migrant

Financial Counselling is a free service that can people assist in dealing with a range of financial issues including debts and fines, early release of superannuation, No Interest Loans, emergency relief and Utility Relief Grants. 


If you need support with something not covered in here, please get in touch with us and we can refer you to the appropriate service.
We acknowledge that we are on traditional lands of the Kulin Nation and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded, and we pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging, and, through them, to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
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