Carers Week 2020

This week is Carers Week and a chance for us to show appreciation for the 2.65 million Australians who provide unpaid care and support to a family member or friend with disability, mental health condition, chronic condition, terminal illness, an alcohol or other drug issue, or who are frail aged.

Carers make an enormous contribution to our communities as well as our national economy. Carers provide 2.2 billion hours of care each year, with an annual value of nearly $80 billion, with many carers sacrificing their own financial wellbeing to care for a family member or friend.

This year, Carers Australia is encouraging carers to share their stories about Why They Care to assist in providing a window into the realities of those performing valuable caring roles across Australia. You can read the inspiring stories of some of Australia's carers on the Carers Week website.

If you think you might be a carer, support and help is available through the Carer Gateway including information and advice, peer support, free counselling, coaching and training. Carers under the age of 25, can find supports and services, including the Young Carer Bursary program, on the Young Carer Network

Art, Craft and Other Things to Keep You Busy

Paint for Cause

Paint for Cause is an opportunity for women to relax, de-stress and enjoy an artsy evening, while supporting the Cancer Council's 'Girls Night In'. Bring your own supplies, snacks and drinks!

Participants need to make a donation of between $5 and $20, with all proceeds going to the Cancer Council. 

Saturday 24 October, 6pm to 7.30pm


Jawbone Reserve Talk

Richard, from the Friends of Williamstown Wetlands group presents this fascinating insight into Jawbone Reserve. Situated in Williamstown the reserve consists of wetlands, open grasslands, a saltmarsh and a mangrove conservation area. 

Participants who live in Hobsons Bay will receive a habitat box (while stocks last) and a chance to win an original Brianna Paige watercolour print.
This presentation is supported by the Hobsons Bay City Council through its community grant program.

Saturday 7 November, 11am-12pm | Online presentation via Zoom

Bookings online at JAWBONE RESERVE

R&R Channel Cooking

This YouTube channel, set up by Richard Augustin and Riya Selvaraj who arrived in Australia seeking asylum, offers an eclectic mix of traditional and modern recipes including pork curry, biryani and Chinese style crispy fried noodles.

Richard and Riya do not have work rights and established the channel as a way to give back to the Bendigo community which has supported them since they came to Australia. 



Prior to COVID we had planned an exhibition showcasing our wonderful local indigenous habitats and to raise awareness of the threatened species of Hobsons Bay.

This video contains the information that was to be included in the exhibition, together with the artworks featuring local native fauna and flora. This project is supported by Hobsons Bay City Council.


Drawing Techniques Series

Learn to draw with this series of 25 videos that demonstrate the techniques that are the foundations of drawing with graphite pencils. Each video covers the process step by step so you can follow along.

There is a mix of sessions looking at drawing famous faces, as well as sessions on drawing everyday objects such as spoons, 3-D shapes and fruit.


Crochet Water Balloons

This week's crochet pattern is getting you ready for lots of summer fun. These reusable water balloons are quick and easy to make and a great way to use up odd scraps of wool. Once finished you soak, throw, splat, and repeat. 

Please use your own judgement when deciding if these are suitable for young children.


Stringybark Festival 2020

This online festival has lots of free workshops and sessions available. There is a selection of free ticketed events including preserving, growing a citrus grove and a gardening Q&A. There's also a number of shorter sessions that will be livestreamed via Facebook including music from local performers.

Sunday 18 October, 9am onwards 


History: Hobsons Bay Council Elections

Altona-Laverton Historical Society

As we head into the election of councillors for Hobsons Bay, this month, we thought we would go back, from an Altona perspective at least, to when it all started nearly 100 years ago.

In the 1920’s Altona was a part of the Shire of Werribee but was incorporated into the East Riding. Residents felt that they were not being given a fair deal and that they did not have adequate representation on the council. Altona was at the extreme eastern end of the riding and shire and the current riding embraced nearly half of the entire shire. By 1927 this push for Altona being recognised as Riding gained momentum and in May 1928 Altona gained its own representation within the Werribee Council. The first three elected councillors were Dr Charles Cummin Cherry, David Grieve and John Francis O’Brien.

In 1957 Altona gained more political independence by being established as the 204th Municipality of Victoria and becoming the Shire of Altona. It was only eleven years later that the Shire became the City of Altona (1968), the 39th city within Melbourne.

The City of Altona went through increased growth and development over the next 26 years until 1994 when the State Government passed legislation to combine a large number of small shire and city councils in the name of increased efficiency and cost saving.

The City of Williamstown and the City of Altona combined to become the City of Hobsons Bay. Its first elections took place in 1996 when eight councillors were elected. This year will be the ninth elections held under the City of Hobsons Bay.
Some interesting council facts:
  • Since the Altona Riding was established, 78 councillors have represented residents Altona and/or Hobsons Bay council.
  • Four councillors have served as Mayor for three terms – Cr Angela Altair, Cr David K Grant, Cr William H Sommers and Cr Danny H Duane
  • One councillor has served as Mayor for four terms – Cr William L J Croft
  • The longest serving councillor is Cr William L J Croft, 28 years.

To all our councillors, past and present, we thank you for your serve to our community.

Stuff to Keep the Kids Busy

Art at Home

This great resource of art activities from Bendigo Art Gallery includes a collection of driveway drawing activities, as well as instructions for activities including origami, clay critters, dioramas and paper clay birds.

The program is designed for families and kids, and runs until December 25 2020.


NGV Teen Council 2021


Each year the NGV appoints a Teen Council of secondary school students aged fourteen years and older. Members of the NGV Teen Council meet with NGV curators and staff, and contribute to the design, coordination, and promotion of NGV programs for teens. 

Applications can be made on the NGV website and close for next year's Council on 6 November 2020.


Animation Storytelling Workshop 

Ever wondered what your fruit bowl gets up to while you're not at home? Join artist Isobel Knowles on a journey to discover what your fruit really thinks about the world.

There are two workshop dates: 
Ages 5 to 8 – Tuesday October 20
Ages 9 to 12 – Tuesday October 27


Nice, Smelling Things for Christmas that are Easy to Make at Home 

How to Make A Batch of Dried Orange Peel

Kim Reilly

I know it could be a little strange that I don’t like throwing orange peels away (or lemon) and I do make a lovely candied orange peel recipe (that’s for another day) but in this series of recipes and ideas for Christmas, drying orange peel is right up there on the list of things to do leading up to Christmas. 

You can do a lot with dried orange peel and you can use your oven, if you don’t have a food dryer on hand. This is a simple project that has great rewards at the other end.

This will work with any number of oranges but for the sake of saving energy, grab 3 – 5 oranges (you can freeze the flesh if you can’t eat all of it in one sitting) – and scrub the orange clean and then peel the outer skin trying not to pick up the white part (pith) inside. Peel the whole orange – don’t worry if you end up with a variety of sizes, it will work out. Once you have a pile of peel, cut into strips or leave the pieces whole.
Set your oven to the lowest temperature setting and then lay down baking paper on an oven tray or cookie sheet and arrange your orange peels on the tray. The oven should be warm, not hot. The peel needs about 20 – 30 minutes to dry out and you will need to keep a close eye on them, so they don’t burn.
Once they start to curl and harden, they’re done, and you will have this concentrated flavour and aroma to use in so many great ways! You can also chop the orange pieces into smaller bits or finely grind it. Then just keep it in an airtight container.

Five Ways to Use Dried Orange Peel from Little Green Dot 

1. Marinades
Make a really delicious marinade for chicken or fish with olive oil, ground orange peel, thyme for chicken or dill for fish. Basil for both. You can add in salt, pepper, some garlic and you’ll have tons of flavour very easily. Grind up the dried orange peel to fine grains for your marinade.

2. Infusions
In an air-tight jar, add in strips of dried orange peel to 1/4 cup of olive oil. In just a week, the flavour will start coming through and you’ll have an orange olive oil that’s great for salad dressings and cooking. The longer it infuses, the more flavourful it becomes. 

3. Flavoured Salt
Grind the orange peel and mix it with dried herbs like thyme or rosemary and your favorite salt. It makes a good and simple gift to give – or keep it in your kitchen for adding extra flavour very easily to your food. 

4. Tea
If you love flavored tea, a piece of dried orange peel to your green or black tea will add a nice twist of flavour. You can also make a bath tea! Add a few pieces of orange peel to a warm bath. Get a small cotton muslin bag, and fill it with orange peel, a cinnamon stick and epsom salts – and you’ll be in heaven! 

5. Potpourri
Orange peel looks beautiful and makes a simple natural decor. You can mix it with other Autumn spices like cinnamon sticks and cloves. Add a few drops of orange essential oil to boost the fragrance as it needs. 

Garden Gurus Tips

One of the most satisfying things to come out of lockdown has been my thriving veggie babies. Unlike other years where my seedlings have had to cope with some neglect here and there, this year's seedlings have had water every day and liquid fertilizer love every week or so. I have even had success propagating natives for a planting project along Kororoit Creek, with Bristly Wallaby Grass and Billy Buttons almost ready for pricking out.

For the last few years I have used a mix of seedlings and seeds in my veggie garden, but the uncertainty around if and when it would be possible to buy seedlings spurred me on; so this year all my veggies will be grown from seed including four different varieties of tomatoes, as well as lots of other summer fruit and veg that makes summer such a fabulous time in the garden.

It has not being without hurdles though, the first being me and my little helper forgetting to use labels! All the tomato varieties are mixed up and it's impossible to know which variety is which. Some of the seedlings are destined for the community garden, so it will be interesting to see what ends up where!

The second is hurdle will be finding space to plant them all. Due to my mediocre success in previous years I popped two seeds into each pot rather than one, but it seems this year that almost every seed has germinated and is now a healthy looking young seedling.  

Last week we linked to a My Smart Garden session on gardening in small spaces, but we thought we'd give you a few more links to budget-friendly ideas for growing veggies if you don't have a veggie patch or you're looking for options that don't take up more yard space. When watching these videos, just remember that if you're repurposing plastic tubs, food grade tubs are the safest option.




Seeds for Joy

Cultivating Community is a Melbourne-based not for profit organisation that works with public housing tenants in community gardens. Due to COVID, public tenant gardeners have had no access to their gardens and are missing the window for planting out their Sring/Summer Gardens. Working with Diggers Club, Cultivating Community is looking for volunteers to help turn seeds into seedlings that can be donated back to community gardens on public housing estates across Melbourne.

They are looking for people who are living within 5km of one of their Public Housing Community Gardens. If you would like to help, register your interest by October 31 via the link below.


Wellbeing & Selfcare

Tune Into Teens

This seven week program is designed to support parents in raising emotionally intelligent teens to improve relationships, communication skills and overall wellbeing.

Two Courses will be running in term 4:

Wed 6pm to 8pm from 14 Oct to 25 Nov

Wed 6.30pm to 8.30pm from 28 Oct to 9 Dec


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 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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