From the cup to the plate – growing mushrooms from coffee waste

Maribyrnong City Council are working in partnership with local café Fig and Walnut and Victorian Premiers Design Award finalist – Mushi Mushi, to deliver a mushroom growing workshop that utilises used coffee grounds to grow mushrooms.

This event is part of Maribyrnong City Council’s environmental education program and part of The My Smart Garden program, in which Maribyrnong City Council is a partner.

The workshop will demonstrate how to grow mushrooms using the world’s first zero-waste mushroom growing kit developed by Mushi Mushi. The event will also include an optional light supper featuring mushrooms. Mushroom growing kits will be available to purchase on the night.

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(L) Goran Boskovski – shared owner of cafe, Fig & Walnut with Eddie Tsyrlin, founder of Mushi Mushi

The Mushi Bag kits include used coffee grounds from cafes around Melbourne that would otherwise go to waste, mixed with a portion of recycled paper or straw. Every bag recycles 35 shots worth of coffee grounds and yields between 300 – 500 grams of mushrooms. These materials are then colonised by oyster mushroom mycelium.

The kits are environmentally friendly in several ways. Compared with larger scale growing methods that typically use straw (which needs to be pasteurised), the Mushi Bag kits are made up mainly of coffee grounds that have already been pasteurised through their exposure to steam by a Barista. Meaning one less step to prepare the growing medium. In addition, the kits include a bag made from corn starch and recycled paper that is fully compostable. The leftover contents can then be used as a soil conditioner for a garden or potted plants.

“I would like to teach people to grow their own oyster mushrooms from coffee grounds, from junk mail or anything that contains cellulose. With the Mushi Bag, we can demonstrate to people that it is possible to stop valuable resources like coffee grounds and paper going into landfill”, said Eddie Tsyrlin – founder of Mushi Mushi.

Eddie’s interest in growing mushrooms from used coffee grounds started when he heard about an American group that were doing something similar but they were still using plastic bags in the process.

Eddie said, “I wanted to take things a step further by avoiding waste altogether and so we designed a bag that could also be composted. Being selected as a finalist for the Victorian Premier Design Award in the Product Design Category was encouraging and convinced me I was on the right track.”

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Fig and Walnut is a café that is committed to sustainable restaurant practices and waste minimisation. On their premises are outdoor garden beds and worm farms for breaking down excess food scraps which in turn assist in growing vegetables. Additional food waste is composted off-site. They grow herbs and have just begun growing their own mushrooms.

This event is open to the whole community however bookings are essential. To book please visit Eventbrite:

For further information on Mushi Mushi visit:

Event details:

Date: Thursday 22nd June

Location: Fig & Walnut, 11 Bellairs Ave, Seddon 3011

Time: 6:15pm – 8:30pm

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A word from the Mayor

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Fig & Walnut and Mushi Mushi to host an event that gets people thinking differently about food waste. Used coffee grounds are an example of a waste product that is a valuable ingredient to grow food.”

Get ready to Jazz Out West this June

The Melbourne International Jazz Festival (MIJF) has a big audience in the west, and this year MIJF, Maribyrnong City Council and Moonee Valley Council have partnered to bring the biggest line up of jazz to the West yet.

There are plenty of shows on offer, featuring everything from Afro-jazz to traditional Malian music, ideal for fans and jazz newbies alike.

Kick back to the funky sounds of the 6-piece Senegambian Jazz Band, performing at The Reverence Hotel on Sat 3 June. Or head to Bluestone Church Arts Space on Sun 4 June to hear electroacoustic duo Maria Moles and Adam Halliwell’s unique blend of 70’s free jazz.

There’s also an invigorating ‘Game Changers’ discussion taking place at Kindred Studios in Footscray discussing how the spread of the English language across the world has impacted the songs and music we listen to.

These are just some of the terrific events running as part of the Jazz Out West program – to see what else is on, visit:

Word from the Mayor

“Jazz Out West has been proudly supported by our Festival City program for several years, bringing the smooth sounds of jazz to our many live-music venues across the City.

“This year, we are delighted to partner with our friends at Moonee Valley Council to deliver the biggest and best Jazz Out West program yet!

“The creative arts is continually growing in our City, thanks in part to events like this which help bring it to the forefront for the whole community to appreciate and enjoy.

“So check out the website for the full program and get ready to Jazz Out West!”





Investing strategically in our future – Council’s proposed Annual Budget 2017-18 and Council Plan 2017-21

Council is pleased to deliver a proposed Annual Budget 2017-18 and proposed Council Plan 2017-21 that strongly invests and plans for our community’s infrastructure, programs and services, both documents are now on public exhibition until 25 May 2017.

Maribyrnong Mayor Cr Catherine Cumming said over 1,400 community contributions from those who live, work, study and play in the City informed the proposed Council Plan 2017-21.

“We would like to thank everyone who provided their contributions during consultations at festivals and events, through feedback postcards, our website consultation platform and community workshops,” Cr Cumming said.

“In the next four years, the proposed Council Plan will help to guide the use of Council resources and services. This will ensure that we can reach our full potential in all aspects of community life.”

The proposed Annual Budget 2017-18 invests $134 million into the community aspirations and needs that are identified in the proposed Council Plan. The Strategic Resource Plan 2017-2021 is also an important document that plans for the future of the municipality.

Some of the highlights of our proposed Annual Budget 2017-18 include:

  • $1.5 million to construct a new Church Street Children’s Centre in West Footscray to meet the needs of our growing community
  • $1.1million to construct a regional playground as part of implementing the Footscray Park Masterplan
  • $1.05 million upgrade of the bicycle network, keeping our community healthy and connected
  • $800,000 for graffiti removal, keeping our City clean
  • $700,000 to plant 1,895 trees to keep our City green

“Our proposed Budget aims to keep costs down and plan for our future,” Cr Cumming said.

“Council is committed to ensuring it is adaptable, progressive and invests in the bright future of our City.

“We are looking forward to meeting community needs and continuing the growth of the City of Maribyrnong.

To view the proposed Annual Budget, the Strategic Resource Plan 2017-2021 and proposed Council Plan visit our website and provide feedback via the submissions process by 5pm on 25 May 2017.

Colour comes to the west

The streets of Footscray will come alive with sound and colour when Emerge in the West returns on Sat 20 May for a seventh year.

From 12.30pm – 7pm, Nicholson Street will showcase some of the west’s established and emerging talent in music, art, fashion and dance.

The main stage will feature the Nhatty Man & Gara – a household name in Ethiopia known for his energetic performances combining Ethiopian roots and reggae; One Spirit Africa Drum & Dance Company – an independent group dedicated to promoting and sharing the music and culture of West Africa; and Sonik Waves – a Mauritian cultural band.

The free Multicultural Arts Victoria event will also feature circus performances, craft markets, face painting, fashion parades, cultural walking tours, pool competitions, workshops and artistic collaborations.

Emerge in the West is the outcome of Multicultural Arts Victoria’s ‘Community Cultural Development’ program which aims to empower and create connections for artists and communities from refugee backgrounds.

Founded in 2011, this annual event triggered the foundation of the African-Australian Small Business Association (AASBA) in 2014 to represent the growing number of African restaurants and cafes in Melbourne’s West.

Emerge in the West 2017 is supported by the City of Maribyrnong’s Festival City Program, Australia Council for the Arts VU at Metro West, Creative Victoria, AASBA and FABA.

Emerge in the West 2017
Saturday 20 May 2017
12.30pm – 7.00pm
Nicholson Street Footscray

Further info:

A word from the Mayor, Cr Catherine Cumming:
“Emerge in the West reveals the diversity of African arts, culture and small businesses that have been growing rapidly in Melbourne’s West.

“We are proud to be one of the most multicultural communities in Melbourne – home to people of many cultures, faiths and beliefs and this vibrant festival is another opportunity for us to celebrate our City’s rich diversity.

“We are delighted to collaborating with MAV and other partners to bring this festival back to the streets of Footscray for another exciting year.”

Waterside Blacksmithing & Metal Art Festival fires up Footscray


Come and join the fun at one of Australia’s largest gatherings of blacksmiths and metal artists on the banks of the Maribyrnong River on the weekend of 13 – 14 May.

Blacksmithing demonstrations, talks, live music, fresh food (including vegetarian) and cold Belgian and local beers can all be enjoyed at this family-friendly and free event organised by the Waterside Blacksmithing and Metal Art Association down at Footscray’s Waterside Metal Art Studio.

See how red hot metal is transformed by some of Australia’s most talented artist blacksmiths, who will be joined this year by the amazing Shawn Lovell. Based in San Francisco, Shawn is one of the most talented full-time female artist blacksmiths in the USA and has been flown out specially to attend the festival. Aside from instructing a few workshops prior to the festival, Shawn will be wowing the crowds with her skills during the event, together with local identities Estebaan Dante, Bruce Rasmussen and Jack Wylestone.

Locally made and unique metal art will be displayed and made available for purchase along with blacksmithing and metal working supplies.

Steve Phillips, President of the Waterside Blacksmithing & Metal Art Association said the primary purpose of the festival is to encourage fellowship and the sharing of ideas within the blacksmithing and metal artist community.

“Through this festival, we bring some of Australia’s finest artist blacksmiths to Footscray to provide the general public a unique opportunity to see how blacksmithing is now being incorporated in the generation of contemporary metal art.”

Highlights of the 2017 program include:

  • Live artist blacksmithing demonstrations.
  • Unique, hand forged art works for sale.
  • Blacksmithing & metal working tool fair and supplies.
  • Live music by La Rumba, a four-piece band specialising in their own version of Rumba Flamenco (from 4.30-6pm Sat).
  • Hand forged bubble blowers and bubble making.
  • Official mayoral launch at 5pm Sat including ignition of a 20ft high fireball from the depths of the Maribyrnong River.
  • Blacksmiths dinner (7.30-11pm Sat) including celebratory mayoral chain award (adjunct event & ticketed).

The Blacksmith’s Festival is supported by Maribyrnong City Council’s Festival City program.

Waterside Blacksmithing & Metal Art Festival
Saturday, 13 May 2017, 10am – Sunday, 14 May, 4pm
Waterside Metal Art Studio, 60 Maribyrnong Street, Footscray

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“This is one of the largest gatherings of blacksmiths in Australia, so don’t miss out on opportunity to celebrate an age-old practice that has been all but lost in the modern day society.

“We’re committed to supporting Festivals such as this that celebrate our community’s rich culture, creativity and arts.”



Bug Detectives hit Pipemakers Park

We had a brilliant turn out on April 13 for the Bug Detectives Nature Play school holiday event at Pipemakers Park. Over 70 children and adults joined us to explore the park; learning about frogs, bugs, birds and more.

We ran two sessions during the day, the first for 3-5 year olds and the second for 6-10 year olds. The sessions included an interactive talk about the plants and animals of the river and bushland areas followed by a series of activities including bug hunting with jars, magnifying glasses and field guides.

This event was run as part of Maribyrnong Council’s environmental education program in partnership with Leap into Nature and with support from Melbourne Water. Green Army members were part of the event and shared their knowledge of Pipemakers Park and the local environment.

The event celebrated Nature Play week. Nature Play Week has been developed collaboratively by individuals and organisations involved in the Kids in Nature Network and is supported by the Victorian Government, Department of Health & Human Services. The aim of Nature Play Week is to encourage children to reconnect with nature and the outdoors.


The feedback received was particularly positive. One participant said that ‘with three boys of different ages it is sometimes hard to find affordable events that they can all connect with and enjoy. Today they were all very engaged’.

Further, that the activities were ‘well thought through, so that children could participate in the things they liked best; whether that be bug hunting, habitat making, colouring in, reading, or water investigation’.

Another participant said that it was ‘a great activity that introduced us to an amazing park that we never knew was there! I also loved the handouts and colouring pages so that we could continue our learning at home’.

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A word from the Mayor

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‘Maribyrnong City Council is committed to environmental education including teaching the community about the importance of biodiversity and conservation. The earlier we can get people interested in these topics the better which is why activities like Bug Detectives are so important, not to mention fun.’

‘Over the last few decades in particular, we have moved indoors and screen spaces have replaced green places. Our use of technology among other things has discouraged children from playing outside. Meanwhile, research conducted by Associate Professor Mardie Townsend of Deakin University has uncovered that experiencing nature in an outdoor setting can help tackle not only physical health problems such as obesity but also mental health problems. It makes sense then that we encourage children to spend time outside, for their benefit and the benefit of our environment.’

Avenue of Honour’s Memorial Column and Plaques restored for Anzac Day

Two of Footscray Avenue of Honour’s major improvement projects – the restoration of the memorial column and replacement of 225 bronze memorial plaques – have been completed in readiness for Anzac Day.

The memorial column, situated in Geelong Rd near Footscray Park, was originally built in 1947 as a tribute to fallen WWI and WWII soldiers. It is a symbol of the devastating impact that the two world wars had on the Footscray community.

With the centenary of the First World War in 2015, Council applied for a grant to the Department of Premier and Cabinet Veterans Branch to restore the memorial column.

The Victorian government granted $18,000 in funding for the memorial column restoration as part of the Restoring Community War Memorial and Avenues of Honour Grants.

“It’s great to see the Footscray Avenue of Honour restored to its former glory – honouring those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country,” said the Hon Marsha Thompson MP, State Member for Footscray.

“We know how important this is to our community, and we want to ensure that future generations can visit this memorial and pay their respects to our local servicemen and women.”

The restoration involved the reinstatement of the concrete platform, cleaning and repointing of the mortar joints in the sandstone column, and re-casting of a new bronze wreath.

In addition to this, 225 memorial plaques have been recently reinstalled in the Footscray Memorial Garden using a secure fixing system. These include 111 replacement bronze plaques that were stolen from the site in 2015 and the remaining 114 plaques removed by Council at the time of the theft for safe keeping. Installed in 1947, the plaques honour the service women and men from the Footscray community who died in World Wars I and II.

Council has also recently finished the planting of 147 gum trees as part of the ANZAC Centenary Boulevard Project.

Word from the Mayor, Cr Catherine Cumming

“The Avenue of Honour is an area of great significance to Council and our community and serves as ongoing reminder of the devastating impact the two World Wars had on our community and the great sacrifices made by our service men and women and their families.

“It was important for us to complete these restorations in time for Anzac Day 2017 and I’m delighted that we have achieved this target.

“We thank the State Government for their role in helping us to restore the Avenue of Honour Memorial Column and preserve a cultural asset which will continue to commemorate our fallen heroes for decades to come.”


Palms have new home in Footscray Park

Maribyrnong City Council has successfully relocated seventeen mature Canary Island Palm trees from a Footscray Park section of the river boulevard to the nearby carpark.

The height of certain trees located underneath electrical transmission lines had become an issue. Some of the trees were encroaching on the clearance space of the lines and it was predicted that others would do so eventually. A decision was made as part of the 2011 Footscray Masterplan to relocate these particular trees in one operation.

This work was completed recently and is part of the ongoing upgrade of Footscray Park.

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Palm relocation in progress

The trees have been preserved in this way in order to maintain a historic and cultural link with the river where other palm trees remain. Further landscaping is planned to be carried out around the trees, to enhance the Edwardian aesthetic of the park.


The recently constructed Footscray Park Boulevard carpark with relocated Palms


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A word from the Mayor

‘Maribyrnong City Council appreciates the importance of these trees to the community. For nearly one hundred years they have stood along the Maribyrnong and have become an icon of Footscray. It was important that we found a new home for these striking, historical assets.’

Setting Sun Short Film Festival set to dazzle audiences out West

The Setting Sun Short Film Festival is back again for a fourth year at Yarraville’s iconic Sun Theatre, running from 27 – 30 April.

The Festival is an annual highlight of Council’s Festival City program which is bursting with extraordinary events year-round.

This is the first film festival in the West that showcases filmmakers from the western suburbs, which is home to a large and dynamic creative community as well as the best filmmakers from around Melbourne

With a record of 84 entries, this year’s Setting Sun Short Film Festival has something for everyone. Entries include quirky comedy, film noir-style fantasy, claymation, and documentaries.

This year’s festival will open with the doco Olympic Nick, starring Footscray’s legendary doughnut maker Nick Tsiligiris who hung up his tongs after almost 40 years due to ongoing health issues.

While most categories are open to filmmakers from further afield – even as far as South America and London – there are a number of entries from the festival’s heartland, including local students.

“The judges have called it the strongest year ever. Entries have been of an amazing standard.” said Festival Founder and Director Anna Bourozikas.

“We look forward to welcoming filmmakers from all over Melbourne and overseas – with some finalists flying into Melbourne for our Opening Night where we will announce the winners in the major Categories,” said Anna.

Highlights of this year’s festival include:

•    The Rouge Program, showcasing the work of some of the best female filmmakers in Australia
•    The Rising Sun secondary school program, presented by Victoria University – a 90 minute, free screening at the Sun Theatre.
•    The People’s Choice award – an annual favourite, voted by festival goers on Opening Night from the films that are screened that evening

Setting Sun Film Festival
27 – 30 April, 2017
Sun Theatre, Yarraville

For tickets and further information visit or


A word from the Mayor, Cr Catherine Cumming:

“Our City is home to an increasingly large and dynamic creative community, and is developing an enviable reputation as a centre for arts and culture. It is fantastic that we have events such as the Setting Sun Short Film Festival that not only support emerging talent, but also provide a platform for showcasing it to the wider community.”

Discover Footscray this Autumn on a range of special free tours

Footscray is an ever-changing neighbourhood that boasts a growing arts scene, a hotbed of international cultures and cuisines, and a long and rich history.

Discover what makes the ‘capital of the West’ tick with a range of free tours lead by a group of passionate locals.

Kicking off this Sat and running through May, these special tours will offer an insight into the hidden treasures of Footscray’s food and arts scene as well as a rare insight into its rich historic fabric.

Whether you’re in the mood for an Ethiopian coffee experience, South East Asian market shopping, fresh Italian cannoli or a juicy steak, Footscray has you covered.

Once a centre for southern European migrants, these days Footscray is home to Chinese, Vietnamese, and increasingly, North African immigrants and their gastronomic traditions.

There’s also a new-wave bar scene that’s sweeping over the area and bringing with it a new energetic vibe that’s attracting people from right across Melbourne.

Food Tour

Take a stroll around central Footscray taking in the historical and current food scene, stopping along the way to check out the fabulous offerings at the Footscray Market and local Asian Supermarkets. Discover the best banh mi bakeries and ‘hole in the wall’ shops, as well as the best spots to grab a burger and locally-brewed beer. You’ll be set to taste the best of Footscray for weekends to come.

Art Tour

Footscray is home to an increasingly large and dynamic creative community, and is developing an enviable reputation as a centre for arts and culture. Discover artist run- galleries, laneway works, backyard studios to creative spaces. Hear from local innovative people who establish these places. From artists, entrepreneurs, tinkers to creative thinkers. A casual stroll to explore the abundant creative community of Footscray and beyond.   

Historic Tour

Generations of old Westies saw Footscray as the capital of the west.  Then it changed.  Explore the sights, sounds and smells of the old Footscray – and the new – in one and a half hours.  From old cinemas to a retail centre for the 21st century, you’ll discover the food and the bargains that are drawing people back.

Saturday 8, 29 April
Saturday 6,13, 20, 27 May

Meeting Point Footscray Station Forecourt
1.5 hours duration

No booking required.

Rickshaw Rides

From a tour on-foot to a tour feet-up! Take in the sights and smells of Footscray in the comfort of a traditional rickshaw, human powered by Victoria University sport groups.

These free traditional rickshaws rides will weave their way in and around Footscray

Departing from Footscray Train Station forecourt and Byron Street Plaza.


Saturday 22 April
Saturday 27 May
Saturday 17 June
Saturday 22 July

9am – 1pm
Last ride 12.40pm
No bookings required just turn up at either of the departure points. Two people per Rickshaw

A Word from the Mayor, Cr Catherine Cumming

“Footscray is the beating heart of the inner West, steeped in history and home to a fascinating blend of international cultures, delicious cuisines, and cutting-edgy arts.

“For many years Footscray was known as a working-class suburb and a hub for waves of migrants and refugees. Now our growing community celebrates that rich history and culture.

“Please come along and learn all about the old and the new from those that know it best – our passionate locals! From the area’s best known treasures to the lesser-known gems, you will leave with a comprehensive knowledge of what makes Footscray tick – and why people keep coming back for more. And if walking’s not your thing, grab a free rickshaw ride and take it all in from the comfort of your chariot!”



Putting their best foot forward

The City of Maribyrnong has a community of older people who like to keep active and stay healthy, and with many activities and groups that support active lifestyles and provide the opportunity for socialising, there is plenty to keep the community moving.

One of these groups is the Senior’s Walking Club based at Maribyrnong Community Centre, with members meeting every Wednesday morning. Encouraging seniors to keep fit, have fun and explore the neighbourhood, the club has a number of members who have been residents in the area for many years.

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Florence Beard, Cheryl Downie, Frances Maurici, Kathy McGeown and Sue Wilson are all devoted members of the Senior’s Walking Club and have also been involved in other activities at the Maribyrnong Community Centre throughout the years.

Florence Beard, who has been the secretary of the Centre’s Ballroom Dancing Club for 22 years, founded the Senior’s Walking Club in 2016.

The members all agree that the Walking Club is not just a great way to exercise, but is also a fun social outing that provides the chance to discover the wonderful sights of the community.

“It’s a lovely area to walk around because there are so many trees and plants,” said Frances.

There’s an obvious camaraderie in the group, who are quick to laugh and enjoy each other’s company. The members all talk about the importance of keeping active as you age and this is a major benefit of the Senior’s Walking Club.

“It keeps me healthy, moving and fit,” said Sue.

They all agree that the Club has improved both their physical and mental wellbeing.

“It’s good to walk because it relieves stress, exercising is the best thing!” Frances continued.

The women say they feel more connected to their community thanks to the Maribyrnong Community Centre’s Senior’s Walking Club.

“People are friendly and you feel more connected to your community because of the Centre. I would never have met the other ladies without the Centre, it’s been really wonderful,” Cheryl said.

For more information or to join the Senior’s Walking Club, please contact the Maribyrnong Community Centre on 9032 4305 or


Cr Catherine Cumming, Mayor of the City of Maribyrnong

Word from the Mayor

We love keeping active here in the City of Maribyrnong. Senior residents in our community are setting a positive example by showing that it is important to maintain your health and fitness at any age. Local initiatives such as the Senior’s Walking Club encourages residents to get moving while also connecting with the community.

Maribyrnong City Council’s Pet Expo is back again this Sunday

Pet-lovers in the inner west are invited to come and join us for the Maribyrnong City Council 2017 Pet Expo, running this Sunday 26 March from 10am – 2pm at Coulson Gardens in Chifley Drive Maribyrnong.

Council provides a Pet Expo every two years for residents to come together to celebrate the joys of pet ownership and to have a day of fun for the whole family.

The Pet Expo is a one-stop-spot for everything pet-related and will be jam-packed with entertainment, pet products and advice.

MC’d by popular entertainer Brodie Young, the day will include entertainment for the kids – such as face painting, reptile encounters, pony rides and a jumping castle – as well as a range of exhibitions and stalls aimed at promoting responsible pet ownership.

Council’s Animal Management Team provide a range of pet and animal related services to residents and help ensure our animals are able to live in a safe and caring environment.

Every year, the Team responds to more than 2,500 requests for service concerning domestic animals, including attending to dog attacks, regulating dangerous dogs, reuniting lost dogs and cats with their owners, managing barking dogs, stray animals, keeping of poultry and livestock issues.

There will also be a stall on site where residents can register their dogs and cats, which is compulsory by 10 April to avoid a fine.

Pet Expo
Sunday 26 March, 10am – 2pm
Coulson Gardens, Chifley Drive, Maribyrnong



Forming the future of our Creative City: Arts and Culture Strategy 2017-2022

Do you want to have your say about arts in our community? Do you want to help develop the Maribyrnong City Council’s Arts and Culture Strategy for the next five years? Take part in our community consultation to contribute your opinions and ideas!

Arts and Culture Strategy

Maribyrnong City Council is currently developing a new Arts and Culture Strategy for 2017-2022. The City of Maribyrnong is a thriving and innovative creative hub, and the aim of the strategy is to continue our community’s reputation as a vibrant and creative place to live, work and visit.

We need community input to continue developing our Creative City!

With the growing arts and culture scene, we want to encourage local artists and art organisations to continue creating and presenting their work. We also want residents and visitors to have the opportunity to experience a range of arts activity in our community.

The arts and creative industries are vital in contributing to the well being of residents. It is also an essential part of our community’s liveability, community harmony and economic prosperity.

There will be a public forum taking place on Wednesday 5 April, providing the community with an opportunity to have their say and help guide the future of arts and culture in the City of Maribyrnong.

If you can’t make it to the public forum, you can have your say by completing a short online survey. A children’s survey is also available.


Public Forum

Date: Wednesday 5 April 2017

Time: 6-8pm

Location: Footscray Town Hall, Reception Room

Corner Napier and Hyde Streets, Footscray, VIC

RSVP: Monday 3 April 2017 via


Cr Catherine Cumming, Mayor of the City of Maribyrnong

Word from the Mayor

The Inner West is celebrated for its vibrancy and has a growing reputation for being a hub for the arts.

The Arts Strategy consultation is the perfect opportunity for community members to contribute their ideas to help develop the arts and culture scene in the coming years. Community input is vital when developing strategies and we want to hear as many ideas as we can. It’s your City, your voice.

Peddling a powerful message

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Have you ever sat in a cinema and wondered how much power it took to light up that big screen?

A dedicated group of students at Footscray City College certainly have and as part of an innovative tribute to Earth Hour they will host a pedal power cinema event this Friday March 24 to spin an important sustainability message.

In an exciting collaboration with Council, Footscray City College will invite students, teachers and special guests to get pedaling to help create enough power to screen Hunt for the Wilderpeople.

Volunteers will pedal their way through the day and night on specialised bikes to generate enough energy to power the screening to celebrate Earth Hour’s 10th birthday. We spoke to the school’s Head of Science Adam Taylor about how this unique carbon neutral event came about.

“This was a fantastic opportunity to combine a community event with our school sustainability education program,” he said. When businesses and households across the globe will be preparing to flick the switch and turn out the lights as part of Earth Hour, Adam said the school will be getting ready to light up the sky.

“We have had a very positive reaction – the whole school community has embraced this opportunity, we expect and hope the moonlight cinema will become a regular event,” he said.

With gardens, aquaponics, compost, a frog bog and plans for an observatory created with recycled materials, the school is no stranger to sustainable practices.

“We hope those who join us gain an appreciation of the energy needed to power a small movie event and walk away with ideas to minimise power use at home,” he said.

The ‘wheely’ good collaboration is part of Council’s commitment to helping create a Carbon Zero community by 2020.

Pedal Power Moonlight Cinema event details:
Date: Friday 24 March, 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Location: Footscray City College
This is a free community event however places are limited, to book visit:

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A word from the Deputy Mayor, Cr Sarah Carter

“As an organisation we are committed to sustainability and we have achieved zero carbon status since 2015, a fact we are very proud of. Events like these allow us to work alongside the community to promote sustainable food and event management practices.

This particular event reminds us just how much energy is required to power the everyday technology that we all use, prompting us as a community to reflect on the importance of green energy solutions in combating climate change.”