Yesterday was International Volunteer Managers Day – a day to thank not only the managers of volunteers but the volunteers themselves. Volunteers who haven't been able to do their volunteer roles due to the lockdown are eager to get back to their organisations. For others, lockdown has given time to reflect on how they can contribute to their local community.

Volunteering Australia offers a definition of volunteering that it is 'time willingly given for the common good and without financial gain'.

Volunteering allows you to connect to your community and make it a better place, and volunteering is a two-way street – it can benefit you and your family as much as the cause you choose to help. Dedicating your time as a volunteer provides opportunities to make new friends, expand your network, boost your social skills and it can increase your employment skills too.

The opportunities to volunteer are incredibly diverse, from cleaning up our beaches to sitting on committees of management. The challenge is to find the volunteering role that suits you to ensure you have the most positive volunteer experience you can have.

Our aim in this newsletter is to start a conversation with those of you who are thinking about volunteering and offer some support to help you to find an organisation or group that suits and interests you.

There are a couple of ways to have that conversation. Feel free to email us a and tell us the areas of volunteering you are interested in and we will send you the contact details of local groups. Or hop on to the Volunteer West website, fill in the form and they will phone you to chat about the areas of volunteering that might be available for you.

Over the coming weeks we will be putting a spotlight on some of the organisations you can join or register with to start your volunteering journey. Taking one step now is the very start of your volunteering journey.

This week, we're looking at the 'Friends Of' groups that play such a vital role in the preservation and enhancement of the Hobsons Bay environment. If you are interested in the environment or sustainability, these groups are a good place to start.

Friends of Greenwich Bay
Volunteers working to protect and enhance public open space on Newport foreshore at Greenwich Bay and its hinterland.
Find them on Facebook

Friends of Skeleton Creek & Altona Wetlands
Volunteers working to preserve and improve Skeleton Creek and its catchment.
Find them on Facebook

Friends of Williamstown Wetlands 
Volunteers working to preserve and improve Jawbone Reserve in Williamstown.
Find them on Facebook

Friends of Truganina Wetlands (Swamp Things) 
Truganina Park was once the Altona Landfill tip, but is now a wonderful recreation and conservation park due in part to the work of this friends group.

Friends of Lower Kororoit Creek 
Volunteers working to protect and revegetate the area around Kororoit Creek in Hobsons Bay.
Find them on ONLINE
9332 2599 or 0417 348 450

Art, Craft and Other Things to Keep You Busy

2020 Maritime Art Exhibition

Available to view online, this international competition has been running for 18 years and this year's theme is The Relationship of Humanity to the Sea. 

Winning entries include works engaging with the issue of plastic pollution and the plight of people seeking asylum. There is also a number of entries that feature the sights of Hobsons Bay and Port Phillip Bay.  


Amigurumi Rat Bookmark

This week’s crochet introduces you to the world of amigurumi, which is the Japanese word for small crocheted stuffed creatures. It can be a little challenging but mastering these techniques opens a whole new world of projects. And the final creation is so cute, we're secretly hoping Lyn will take orders in the lead up to Christmas!

NAIDOC Week Virtual Art

Join Anthony Walker to learn about the importance of Aboriginal painting and create your own work of art. Anthony is an award-winning artist from the Yiman, Gangalu and Gurreng Gurreng peoples of Central Queensland. You will need to have painted the background on your canvas prior to the start of the class.

Mon 9 November, 11am to 12pm 


Share Your Story

As part of this year's Victorian Seniors Festival, City of Melbourne are collecting photos and stories from seniors to celebrate and showcase the diversity of older Melburnians.

Share your unique life experiences via the online submission form by this Sunday 8 November.


Watercolour Gift Tags

Paint along with Vivian Uang and create some lovely handmade watercolour gift tags. This is a fun and easy festive craft idea that kids will also enjoy.

While the tags look unique and will add a special something to any gift, they are very easy to make. 


Handmade Gifts - Lavendar Sachets


I am hoping handmade gifts are going to be the norm this year – gifts that are thoughtful, easy to make and won’t cost a lot to make. 

We have given you a wide range of items to make, bake or cook. I suggest you start with the list you are making of who you would like to give a gift to for Christmas and when you have that list, go back through the gift list and choose a few to make. Give yourself time and if needs be, some practice so that when you are to make your gifts, you feel confident so that it is love going into what you are doing (and not a sense of frustration). 

These lavender sachets are so cute – easy to make with small pieces of fabric and lavender. If you don’t have lavender bushes at home, notice where they are in your neighbourhood and pop a note in a letterbox to ask if you can harvest some of the lavender you see. Or if you pass the Louis Joel Centre on your walk, see what our lavender is doing and please take some. You will be helping our gardeners by trimming the plants – a process they will need to do to keep the plants bushy. 

If you don’t have enough lavender to fill the sachet – mix the lavender with some hobby fill (the stuffing that goes in toys or dolls) and that will decrease the amount of lavender you will need.  

Do email us if you would like us to focus on a particular craft, recipe or gift idea. 



Armistice (Remembrance) Day

Altona-Laverton Historical Society

November 11, 1918 - At 5am, in Marshal Foch's railway car in the Forest of Compiegne, the Armistice between the Allied and Central Powers was signed, silencing the guns of World War I effective at 11 am – the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

On the first anniversary of the armistice in 1919, two minutes’ silence was instituted as part of the main commemorative ceremony at the new cenotaph in London. Australian journalist Edward Honey proposed the silence. At about the same time, a South African statesman made a similar proposal to the British Cabinet, which endorsed it. 

King George V personally requested all the people of the British Empire suspend normal activities for two minutes on the hour of the Armistice 'which stayed the worldwide carnage of the four preceding years and marked the victory of Right and Freedom'. The two minutes' silence was popularly adopted and it became a central feature of commemorations of Armistice Day. 

On the second anniversary of the Armistice on 11 November 1920, the commemoration was given added significance when it became a funeral, with the return of the remains of an unknown soldier from the battlefields of the Western Front. After World War II the Australian Government agreed to the United Kingdom's proposal that Armistice Day be renamed Remembrance Day to commemorate those who were killed in both World Wars. Today the loss of Australian lives from all wars and conflicts is commemorated on Remembrance Day, still being November 11. 

Lest We Forget.

Garden Gurus Tips

Connecting to Nature Through Birdwatching

This free session hosted by Brimbank Council is presented by Ursula Dutkiewicz who photographs birds and other wildlife along Kororoit Creek in the Sunshine area. Learn how easy it is to spend time with birds, tips on identifying them and get to know some of the birds that call Kororoit Creek their home.

Ursula's images are stunning and show the diversity of birds and other wildlife living along our waterways. Scroll through FOKC's Facebook page for a sneak preview.


Gifts from the Kitchen

A lovely homemade gift to give – these could be made in early to mid December and the would be ready to eat on Christmas day if the receiver cannot wait to taste them! Recycle your lovely jars – sterilise them by pouring boiling water in them and inverting them on to a baking tray and drying them in the oven on a very low setting. Label the jars, add a bit of ribbon or a tag on string to dress up the jars. I know I would love to receive a jar of these at Christmas! 


Citrus-Marinated Olives 

If you would like to give these marinated olives in cute containers (other than tightly sealed decorative jars), make sure the containers have a moisture-proof lining, and drain olives before placing them inside. Or spoon olives into plastic bags; tie securely, then place in containers. 


  • 2 lemons 
  • 1 orange 
  • 6 cloves garlic 
  • 1/4 C extra virgin olive oil 
  • 1 tsp dried thyme 
  • 1kg assorted brine-cured olives 


  1. From each lemon, cut three 2cm-wide strips peel; place in 2 litre saucepan. Grate any remaining peel from lemons, and place in large bowl. From orange, cut three 2cm-wide strips peel and add to saucepan. Grate any remaining peel from orange, and add to lemon peel in the bowl. 
  2. Peel garlic and cut each clove in half; crush with side of chef's knife. Add garlic, oil, and thyme to saucepan, and heat on low until hot but not smoking, about 1 minute. Remove saucepan from heat; let stand 10 minutes. 
  3. Place olives in bowl with grated peels. Pour oil mixture over olive mixture, and toss to coat well. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, and refrigerate olives at least 24 hours to allow flavours to develop, stirring occasionally. (Or place olives in large self-sealing plastic bag, turning to coat olives well. Seal bag, pressing out excess air. Place bag on plate and refrigerate olives, turning bag occasionally.) 
  4. Spoon olives into tightly sealed containers or jars for gift giving. Store in refrigerator up to 1 month. 

Stuff to Keep the Kids Busy

Pollution Solution 

Hobsons Bay City Council is asking kids aged 5 to 18 to share how they are part of the Pollution Solution through recycling and reducing household rubbish.

Entries can take any form as long as they can be sent through electronically. Kids will go into the draw to win a visit to CERES Community Environment Park; submissions close Sunday 15 November


Sea Snail Scrolls

Get creative in the kitchen and make a some delicious sea snail scrolls with this recipe from Melbourne Museum's Museum at Home collection.

Check the link to see an image of the final baked product; they are a great way to involve kids in cooking and to add some veggies to the lunch menu. 


Four-Year-Old Kindergarten 

Enrolments are now open for four-year-old kindergarten in 2021. If your child is turning 4 years old before April 30th 2021, then they are eligible to attend 15 hours of kindergarten next year!

Kindergarten is free for Health Care and other Subsidy Card holders.

For more information or to enrol visit Council’s website: or call the kindergarten team on 9932 100

Wellbeing & Selfcare

New Ways November

The New Ways for November campaign, from not-for-profit Action for Happiness, encourages us to explore new things as a means to boosting our wellbeing during challenging times. You can download the calendar or follow them on FaceBook for daily updates and helpful tips. 



Get that job

'Are you entering the work force for the first time, or thinking of switching careers? Have you been stood down during the pandemic and need help re-entering the work force?'

Melbourne Libraries have partnered with RMIT Jobs and Skills to deliver a series of webinars looking at job search skills.


Festive Food & Toy Drive

Louis Joel Arts & Community Centre is a drop off point for this years Festive Food and Toy Drive. Please feel free to drop of your donations at the Centre on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays between 10am and 2pm.

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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