MIL-OSI Australia: City gearing up to provide pound and animal shelter services

Source: State of Victoria Local Government

The City of Greater Bendigo is gearing up to provide pound and animal shelter services in-house when the current contract with RSPCA Victoria expires at the end of the June 2019 financial year.
The change follows a growing state-wide trend by local government to provide pound and animal shelter services in-house.  In regional Victoria the City of Ballarat and the Shire of Campaspe are just two Councils that have recently brought their services in-house.
City of Greater Bendigo Safe and Healthy Environments Manager Caroline Grylls said the City does not anticipate any change to the level of service by providing it in-house.
“Come July it will be business as usual at the pound and animal shelter and all of the services currently provided will still be available,” Ms Grylls said.
“The City brought its animal ranger services back in-house in 2013 without any major changes to the service and we expect the return of the pound and animal shelter services to be a similar experience.
“RSPCA Victoria is the only organisation with the capacity to provide services of the scale required for a municipality the size of Greater Bendigo. However due to a change in their fee structure the City believes that bringing the service in house will provide opportunities for savings in the long term.
“While we expect there will be some significant set up costs in terms of compliance, accommodation and staff recruitment we are planning on delivering an efficient and cost effective service in the future.
“The City is currently working through the details for the transition which will take place from July 1, 2019.
“We thank the RSPCA Victoria for providing these services on behalf of the City for over 20 years and look forward to working with them to promote animal welfare and responsible pet ownership in the future.”

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MIL-OSI Australia: Melbourne’s must-try summer drinks |

Source: State of Victoria Local Government

From freezling and frozen Aperol spritz to the Sharknado cocktail, we’ve found the cold drinks that are so hot right now.Bubble tea cocktails at Twenty Pho Seven
Vietnamese food gets a cool makeover at Twenty Pho Seven Restaurant, where you can slurp pho round the clock with Bruce Lee. Well, a mural of the kung-fu master at least. And choose your own bubble tea cocktail adventure too, starting with the flavour, like lychee or mango. Then pick a tea (green, black or milky), a topping (rainbow jelly, please!) and an alcohol, such as sake or white rum. Their frappes, including matcha, young coconut and Oreo flavours, are summertime winners too!
Freezling at The Boatbuilders Yard
Frosé is so last summer! The super-chilled wine-based drink soon to be on everyone’s lips is freezling: frozen Riesling, citrus and white peach. Get it at The Boatbuilders Yard, the South Wharf cafe-bar that’s also doing great summer-casual food like fish burgers. Plus they’re hosting a pop-up Aperol Tennis Club during the Australian Open – because Aperol spritz is still a summer essential in 2019.
Freezling – image via Boatbuilders Yard on Facebook

Frozen pina colada at Arbory Afloat
On warm days and balmy nights, any drink tastes good with prosciutto and melon or a cold seafood platter at Arbory Afloat. But if you’ve nabbed seats at Melbourne’s ultimate in alfresco riverside wining and dining, why not make it a frozen pina colada? Pampero Añejo rum, fresh pineapple and coconut cream, all chilled to a pleasant Antarctic temperature and served in a fun pineapple-shaped glass. We also love Arbory’s watermelon sangria and frozen jalapeno margarita.
Frozen treats at Arbory Afloat

Frozen Aperol spritz at The Moat Bar & Cafe
Always a chill haven under the State Library, The Moat Bar & Cafe is currently bringing things down a few more notches. In a Melbourne first, the ultimate summer drink is taking a dip in the freezer – but only until 31 January. So hot-foot it if you want to sip a frozen Aperol spritz with some canapes among the ferns.
Spritz and ciccheti at Brunetti
Drop by Brunetti City in Flinders Lane for Brunetti Aperitivo Italiano. $20 gets you a drink, cicchetti all night and live entertainment. The cicchetti menu includes arancini, olive ascolane, crostini misti, prosciutto e melone and pizza e focaccia con prosciutto. Drinks include multiple spritz flavours, Negroni, Americano, Bellini, and rosé, with extra drinks just $10. Fridays 18, 25 Jan and 1 February (also on offer at Brunetti Carlton on 1 February).
The Spritz lineup at Brunetti

Watermelon margarita punch at Hello Jose
West Melbourne’s Hello Jose has peeled back their Cerveza Garden marquee roof and gone loco with Mexican bunting and fairy lights. Boosting the summer fiesta mood is the ceviche totopos special: hand-made tortilla corn chips, topped with guacamole, fresh lime and chilli ceviche. It gets better, amigos, because they’re also doing watermelon margarita punch jugs. Like summer itself, you’ll never want this tropical mix of Herradura Plata tequila, watermelon, pineapple and mint to end.
Margaritas at Hello Jose

Summer cocktails at Akachochin
South Wharf’s modern izakaya serves delicious little Japanese dishes perfect for nibbling with drinks by the water as the sun goes down. And team Akachochin are as serious about cocktails as they are about crab croquettes, with a refreshing selection made just for summer. Will you go the Nippon sour, a pretty in pink mix of raspberry, amaretto, lemon and egg white, topped with strawberry? The Momoshu Champagne cocktail, whose key ingredient is Japanese peach liqueur? Or a strawberry gin mojito? Kanpai!
Caipirinha at B Churrasco
Shake up the summer barbecue experience at B Churrasco, which does Brazilian-style barbecue complete with sword-sized skewers cooked over an open fire. That’s going to make you thirsty, so carry on the theme with Brazil’s favourite cocktail, the caipirinha. It’s made with cachaça (fermented sugar-cane spirit), fresh lime, sugar and ice, but you can switch the lime for another summer fruit. Make it a Friday or Saturday night, when there’s live-and-relaxed Portuguese music.
Honolua Bay Sharknado at Hana
Named after a winding coastal highway in Hawaii, Hana is the CBD’s tropical escape specialising in beachy bar snacks and tiki cocktails. Which drinky will you get with those crispy prawns or Maui sushi? From Koki Beach daiquiris to Hana coladas, they all refresh like Waikiki waves, but who can resist the audacious Honolua Bay Sharknado? Dark rum, Cointreau, orgeat syrup, passionfruit, lime and orange, served in a big shark’s head cup. Yes, it’s Jaws-dropping …
The Sharknado

Please drink responsibly.

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MIL-OSI Australia: City seeking expressions of interest for new street art mural

Source: State of Victoria Local Government

The City of Greater Bendigo is calling for expressions of interest from experienced mural and street artists to create a new artwork for central Bendigo.
The large-scale artwork will be painted onto the side of the building on the corner of Myers Street and Mitchell Street, with the artwork to face onto Myers Street. The maximum scale of the artwork would be 10m high by 10m wide.
City Creative Communities Coordinator Maree Tonkin said this was an exciting opportunity for someone to deliver a new, vibrant piece of public art.
“There is no theme for the work but artists will need to propose an original piece that best demonstrates creative practice, talent and skill, and has not been repeated elsewhere,” Ms Tonkin said.
“The City is excited to have secured another large-scale canvas ready for someone to leave their creative mark.
“The finished artwork will be a great addition to the street art scene that has developed across Greater Bendigo in the past few years, including the transformed Pennyweight Walk, Bath Lane and Chancery Lane murals, Art in the Conservatory and the Elmore Swimming Pool platypus mural.”
Expressions of interest close Monday February 18. The successful artist will be advised in March 2019 and the artwork will need to be installed between April and June 2019.
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MIL-OSI Australia: Learn and care for our environment

Source: New South Wales – News

Published Monday, 21st January 2019

Fairfield City residents of all ages are in for a treat in 2019 with a wide range of free and interesting environmental workshops and events kicking off in February.

Fairfield City Mayor Frank Carbone encouraged residents to take advantage of Council’s free environmental workshops and tours. 
“The workshops will give you tips for your garden and home, while the tours will showcase the diversity and interesting facts about our local environment,” Mayor Carbone said. 
“For those who like to get their hands dirty and directly help our environment, then I recommend you get involved with the dedicated volunteers of the Flora Park or Sartor Bushcare groups. 
“There is no better feeling than meeting like-minded people and making a positive contribution to our community by preserving our wonderful natural bushland areas.” 

Workshops and tours 
Workshops and tours require registration. For more information or to book a place visit and go to the day of the workshop. 

Natural Fertilisers and Pest Control workshop  Saturday 2 February at Nalawala Sustainability Hub, 9am-12pm. 
Residents can learn about taking care of their garden the natural way with less reliance on chemicals. This workshop will teach you about the different natural fertilisers and pest control you can make or purchase. 

Weed Identification workshop  Saturday 9 February at Nalawala Sustainability Hub, 9am-12pm. 
Did you know that gardens are the greatest source of bushland weeds? Residents can learn what plants in their garden can spread to our bushland reserves, how they spread and how they can prevent this from happening. Residents will also receive free native plants for their garden. 
Community Nursery Open Day Saturday 9 February at Nalawala Sustainability Hub, 9am-12pm. 
Come and be involved with a community group of likeminded residents. The Community Nursery offers volunteers a variety of experiences including plant identification, using different propagation methods, nursery maintenance and seed collecting.  

Breakfast with the birds Saturday 23 February at Irelands Bridge Reserve, 7:30am-11:30am. 
Join Andrew Patrick from Zest for Birds on a walk and talk as he highlights the variety of local birdlife. Brunch will be provided. 

Bushcare group volunteering 
New volunteers must contact Fairfield City Council’s Natural Resources section before volunteering for the first day. Email: or Ph: 02 9725 0222 

The Flora Park Bushcare Group Saturday 16 February, Christie Street, Prairiewood, 9am-12pm. 
This group was established in 1991 and are at a stage where native regeneration rather than weed removal is the focus. Come join the group to help maintain this area and continue its regeneration to help it looking great. Tasks include hand weeding, track maintenance, seed collecting and monitoring.  
Sartor Reserve Regeneration Group Saturday 23 February at Sartor Crescent, 9am-12pm. 
The Sartor Reserve group was set up in 2015 by a group of concerned bush regeneration contractors who believe that this area has enormous potential. Come join likeminded people to help make this area gleam. Tasks include hand weeding, plant identification, seed collecting and monitoring. 

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MIL-OSI Australia: Human Rights Advocate is Fairfield City’s Australia Day Ambassador

Source: New South Wales – News

Published Thursday, 17th January 2019

Arash Bordbar, the 2016 Young People Human Rights Medal winner from Australia Human Rights, has been announced as Fairfield City’s Australia Day Ambassador for 2019.

Fairfield City Mayor Frank Carbone said it was fitting to have a person committed to improving people’s lives as ambassador for Fairfield City.

“It is our pleasure to have Mr Bordbar as our ambassador to help us celebrate our Australia Day community awards and see residents take out Australian citizenship,” Mayor Carbone said.

Arash Bordbar, a 24-year-old refugee from Iran, is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Engineering at the University of Western Sydney. He has extensive experience volunteering and working for organisations supporting young refugees and is an advocate for gender equality and access to education and employment opportunities.

He participated in the Global Refugee Youth Consultation in Australia and Geneva in June 2016 and June 2017.

Arash is about to lead the creation of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Global Youth Advisory Council to give youth a voice during the decision making process of UNHCR.

Arash will join Council for the Australia Day Community Awards event and citizenship ceremony on Saturday 26 January. 

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