Events, services and program changes

We are mindful of the current public health situation and have changed how we deliver Council-run events, services and facilities to help limit the impact of COVID-19.
  • From 12 midday Tuesday 22 September to 6 pm Sunday 24 October, the City of Port Phillip will enter into the Election Period for the Council Elections.

    You can still contact us during this period and we’ll resume regular operation on Monday 26 October.

Our town halls and ASSIST customer service counters remain closed for the time being, but you can still contact us via:

Self-service: Online Services
Phone: ASSIST 03 9209 6777
Facebook: @cityofportphillip
Twitter: @cityportphillip

Adventure playgrounds

From Monday 28 September 2020, South Melbourne (Skinners) Adventure Playground and St Kilda Adventure Playground will reopen in adherence with the Victorian Government restrictions permitting a maximum group gathering outdoors of five people (which can include two households).

The adventure playgrounds are only reopening to currently-registered users at this stage. Wider access will be introduced once Victorian Government COVID-19 restrictions ease further.

If you are a registered member and would like to book a time to visit an adventure playground, please contact the team leader at the playground to discuss.

Arts and culture

The COVID-19 virus outbreak is causing significant disruption to the activities of local arts and the broader community. This includes grants and programs. Please visit Arts and Creative Industries COVID-19 or Arts and Culture for full details.

Australian Citizenship ceremonies

Face-to-face Australian Citizenship ceremonies have been cancelled until further notice. As an alternative the Department of Home Affairs is undertaking virtual ceremonies via video link as a temporary replacement.

Beaches

You can visit Port Phillip beaches to exercise, provided that this is within five kilometres of your home and physical distancing is observed by keeping at least 1.5 metres between yourself and other people at all times.

You can also access the beaches as a thoroughfare, such as for a run or walking a dog, provided that physical distancing requirements are observed.

The latest advice from the Victorian Government directs that no more than two people (or your household group) may gather in public.

Parks Victoria manage on-water activities in Port Phillip Bay. Please visit the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) website for details on what recreational activities are permitted under the current restrictions in Victoria.

The St Kilda Pier is open, however the penguin viewing platform remains closed until further notice. Please visit Parks Victoria’s COVID-19 page for more information.

Life saving clubs are closed and beach patrols have finished for the season. Life Saving Victoria advises people not to go swimming at this time. If you choose to go swimming, you do so at your own risk.

Carlisle Street Arts Space

Carlisle Street Arts Space remains closed to the public until further notice. All art and heritage programs are cancelled as well.

Child care facilities

Council-owned child care centres continue to operate.

The Children’s Services Wait List procedure for Council and community managed child care services has been changed to include the Priority of Access Guidelines. These guidelines are part of the Australian Government’s Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package, with Council changes in place for the duration of the Package.

For more information, visit applying for childcare.

Community facilities

All Council-managed and bookable community facilities, including town hall auditoriums, will remain closed until further notice, pending further advice from the Victorian Government.

Refunds will be provided for events and programs cancelled within this timeframe.

Council meetings

Due to Australian Government COVID-19 restrictions, the Local Government Act 2020 has been revised to allow Councillors to participate in meetings by electronic means. This means that Councillors will be accessing electronic (virtual) meeting rooms to participate in the meeting via a software platform called WebEx Meetings are being livestreamed through our website and Facebook.

We continue to value the community contribution to our Council meetings and encourage anyone wishing to participate to submit statements and questions via our website by 4 pm on meeting day.

Please visit the Council meetings page for more information.

Customer service counters

Our ASSIST customer service counters remain closed until further notice. This includes the customer service counters at St Kilda Town Hall, South Melbourne Town Hall and Port Melbourne Town Hall.

Immunisation sessions

Immunisations are continuing, with some changes to venues to meet physical distancing requirements.

All immunisation sessions are operating from either the St Kilda Town Hall Auditorium or South Melbourne Community Centre.

Libraries

From Thursday 6 August, all library branches will be temporarily closed to the public.

The Click and Collect service resumes from Monday 21 September. This service will be offered at our St Kilda, Port Melbourne and Albert Park library branches.  Monday to Friday from 10 am to 5 pm.

Borrowed items can't be returned to branches during this time but they won't become overdue during this period either.

Our story times and other programs continue to be delivered online via the Library Facebook page. You can also access plenty of resources online and via library apps.

E-waste drop-offs at Port Melbourne Library and St Kilda Library are suspended until further notice.

Maternal and child health centres

On the advice of DHHS, MAV and the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation we’re making temporary changes to our Maternal and Child Health service, to help reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19. All consultations are currently taking place electronically or over the phone, with some exceptions. Please refer to our maternal and child health centres page for details or to make an appointment.

Markets

As an essential service, food markets have continued to trade under COVID-19 restrictions, with physical distancing measures in place and no more than one person for every four square metres of space.

The South Melbourne Market and the Gasworks and Veg Out farmers’ markets in Port Phillip are still operating, with some changes to their environment, product offering and hygiene and cleaning protocols.

Visitors are reminded that physical distancing requirements must be observed at all times and face coverings must be worn.

South Melbourne Market

Only food stalls at South Melbourne Market are currently permitted to open for shopping in-person, within the four square metre rule and with the implementation of physical distancing measures and enhanced cleaning and hygiene measures.

The Market is continuing to operate an order and collect service in the York Street Car Park. Contact your traders directly to order by 12 midday Wednesday and collect on Thursday afternoons.

Check the South Melbourne Market website and South Melbourne Market on Facebook for the latest news and changes to opening hours and conditions.

Farmers' markets

Gasworks and Veg Out farmers’ markets are still operating.

Elwood Farmers' Market has temporarily relocated to Elwood Carnival site as of Saturday 12 September.

For the latest news updates or changes to market availability, opening hours and conditions, please refer to:

St Kilda Esplanade Market

The weekly Sunday St Kilda Esplanade Market is closed until further notice.

Meal services - delivered and cafes

Meals services will continue to operate, but may be subject to closures or changes, pending further government announcements.

Parking

During Stage 4 Restrictions, parking patrols are now only being undertaken between 7 am to 8 pm, focusing on safety issues and responding to complaints from the community.

We encourage residents to call the Victoria Police assistance line for any safety or driveway obstruction matters which may arise during the curfew hours of 8 pm to 5 am.

17 August update:

The Local Government Bulletin issued on 14 August stated that Councils affected by Stage 4 restrictions are only permitted to enforce essential parking restrictions where they relate to issues of safety and access.

This includes vehicles in No Standing Zones blocking access to private property or bus lanes and vehicles parked in disabled car parks without the necessary permit.

Parking Enforcement due to the direction above will only be enforcing the following restrictions:

  • No Stopping zones
  • Obstructions to driveways and laneways
  • Bus zones, mail zones, taxi zones
  • Disabled parking areas without a necessary permit
  • Clearways
  • Loading zones

 

Officers will be directed not to enforce the following parking restrictions, not considered to be essential, unless there is a safety and access concern:

  • Timed parking areas
  • Sensors
  • Paid parking areas
  • Within 10 metres of an intersection
  • Permit zones (generally keeping away from residential zones where our community is largely working from home)
  • Only act on complaints called in for the breaches mentioned above.

Please see our Parking page for more information about parking restrictions.

Parks and playgrounds

On Monday 14 September, playgrounds reopened. Council's two skate parks and two adventure playgrounds remain closed until further notice.

Parents and carers are required to wear face masks and maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres while at playgrounds. Please remember to wash your hands – and your children’s – before and after attending a playground.

Keep our playgrounds safe by not visiting if you're feeling unwell, have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been tested for COVID-19 and are waiting for the results.

All parks, including the Catani Gardens, remain open, but will be closely monitored. If you’re in these spaces, please observe physical distancing requirements and keep at least 1.5 metres between yourself and other people at all times.

St Kilda Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Gardens are open to allow this space to be used for exercise during your one hour of permitted daily exercise under Stage 4 restrictions.

The playground reopened on Monday 14 September. Public access to the glasshouse is not permitted. Public toilets remain open.

Physical distancing rules must be followed at all times and people are instructed not to congregate.

Outdoor fitness stations

Following the latest update from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, on 15 September, outdoor fitness stations are permitted to reopen. Skate parks and adventure playgrounds remain closed for now.

From 14 September, two people, or a household, may now meet outdoors for two hours maximum (this can be split over two sessions). This includes meeting in parks, without needing to exercise. You can use your two outdoor sessions to go for a short walk, bike ride or run in your local area, ensuring that physical distancing requirements are observed always and you are wearing a face covering unless you cannot do so while running or cycling.

Pop-up bike repairs

Pop-up bike repairs have been postponed until further notice.

Social support

Social support programs and guided heritage walks are suspended until further notice, including Linking Neighbours and those based at the Cora Graves Centre. We will be maintaining social connection by calling those who would normally be attending social support programs.

Sport Phillip

Sport Phillip programs are suspended until further notice but a number of facilitators are now offering online workouts. Please visit the Sport Phillip page for the latest updates.

Waste and recycling services

Our waste and recycling services are vital for our community and key services will continue to operate during these challenging times. Other services may be temporarily modified or suspended. A list of unchanged and updated services can be found below, with more details at Waste, Recycling and Cleaning.

Unchanged

As an essential service, kerbside bin collections will occur on your regular scheduled days.

Communal glass recycling bins are still accessible at four locations in South Melbourne and Albert Park.

Modified

The Port Phillip Resource Recovery Centre (transfer station) is closed to the public until further notice due to Victorian Government Stage 4 restrictions. However, our free pick-up service for hard rubbish and green waste is still operating during this time.

For details on waste pick-up service guidelines or to book a collection, refer to the hard and green waste collection page.

On hold

Electronic waste drop-off points at libraries are suspended until further notice.

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