Serge’s Column – September

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Principal for the Day!

You might know the adage “a picture is worth a thousand words” and this month, my column will feature a lot of photos!

I had to privilege to be the Principal for the day at our great St Kilda Park Primary School late August at the invitation of the school and I had the best time! The Principal Jen McCrabb gave me plenty of notice so I organised a full day of activities for the kids and I am told they will remember the day for a long time.

As well as running my own class as part of the Politics and Governance course, with a couple of Council officers, I invited this year’s MasterChef winner Brent Owens, who taught the kids to cook French crepes and made the toppings.

Brent is a very inspirational young man and I am so pleased he could make it. He told the children they were lucky to have such amazing cooking facilities at the school.

I also invited my friend Jim Tuttle, St Kilda resident and the writer of books on insects. He came with his own menagerie and the year 1 and 2 kids loved his spider and caterpillars!

Five children currently performing in Les Misérables came to entertain the children, sing and talk about their experience and it was moving to hear these five angels sing! If you have not seen Les Misérables, go and see it, it is the best musical I have ever seen!

My friend and painter Chris Beaumont spoke about painting and sculptor William Eisholtz shared his knowledge of sculpture, especially about lions. Thank you to all my guests for coming and sharing what you know best with our young ones in St Kilda! I had a lot of fun and really enjoyed seeing the smiles on our children’s faces.

Talking about art, make sure you go to the Peanut Farm and check out the extraordinary mural we commissioned as part of our Reconciliation Action Plan. We were lucky to get Adnate, one of the world best street art artists, to come and paint Bunjil with two local Aboriginal brothers who play for the St Kilda City FC. It is just spectacular. The most beautiful wall in our City with the Great St Kilda Wall at Talbot Reserve behind the National Theatre.

I would also like to say how pleased I am with the work that is about to start on the future of the St Kilda Triangle with strong community interest and engagement being drawn on before an Enquiry by Design workshop next year. All information will be regularly available online to make sure that all can contribute their ideas and thoughts. As far as I am concerned, this is a project of state or national significance and the site provides a legacy opportunity for decades to come.

I am also pleased that the three George Cinemas will become two theatres and will hopefully enhance the vibrancy of Fitzroy Street. And as you may have heard, we have to urgently raise $15 million for essential works upgrades at the Palais Theatre. Never a dull moment!

Until next month!



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