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At South Port Community Housing Group we appreciate how hard it can be to get back on your feet after experiencing a period of housing crisis. Community can take on added importance for some people who have lost family connections.

We do our best to keep our tenants informed about what’s on locally. Keep your eye on the News and Events section of our website for notices about the regular local events and programs we run.

Below are some links that can help you connect to the local area and all it offers. These include places that are always looking for volunteers!


Father Bob Maguire Foundation

Providing material aid and a listening ear.

Dinner at Alma Park, St Kilda on Tuesdays at 6pm

Pick-up meals at Warehouse – Cnr Gladstone & Boundry Rd, South Melbourne. Monday-Friday 10 am – 2 pm


Port Phillip Council Social Support and Recreation

Council facilities and groups for older people.

  • Social groups for older people and people with disability
  • Arts, exercise and outdoor activities
  • Film outings
  • Social programs for those living in supported residential services (SRS)
  • Carer (of older people) support groups and activities

Ph  9209 6777


South Melbourne Market

Corner of Cecil and Coventry Street, South Melbourne

The market has been a local meeting place forever.
Many things here are cheaper and/or better and/or more interesting than you’ll find at the big retailers. And you are supporting small traders who are really committed to what they do.
There are big bargains to be had close to closing time.

Market days are Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

Ph 9209 6295

Public Transport

Local trams

The South Port area has an extensive network of tram routes.
Number 12 Tram: Richmond to St Kilda (Fitzroy Street) via Victoria Parade, city (Collins Street)and, South Melbourne (Clarendon Street), past MSAC, down Mills Street to Park/Paterson Streets; ends in Park Street at Fitzroy Street.
Number 1 Tram: East Coburg to South Melbourne Beach (Albert Park) via Coburg, East Brunswick, Carlton, city, Park Street, South Melbourne, Victoria Street Albert Park; ends in Victoria Street at Beaconsfield Parade (at the beach).
Number 96 Tram: East Brunswick to St Kilda (Acland Street) via Fitzroy, city (Bourke Street) and Ferrars Street/Canterbury Road to Acland Street; ends in Acland Street.
Number 109 Tram: Box Hill to Port Melbourne. Starts at Box Hill Central, then Whitehorse Road, Balwyn, Cotham Road, Kew, Victoria Street, Richmond and East Melbourne, city (Collins Street), Spencer Street, Normanby Street, Station Street, Port Melbourne. Ends at Port Melbourne beach.


Elwood St. Kilda Neighbourhood Learning Centre

Adult education programs, community service and support for people who experience a range of disadvantages within the community. Focus on literacy, vocational skills, English as an additional language and computer skills.

87 Tennyson Street, Elwood


Ph 9531 1954

South Port Community Centre

Computer classes, community gardening, bridge groups, scrabble group, yoga, meditation, exercise, tai chi, Speaking Out Group, reading and writing, employment training in customer service, performance skills, art classe


Ph 9645 1476


Albert Park

One of the loveliest destinations in Melbourne for a picnic or walk.
Beautiful lake with black swans; gardens, barbecues and boat hire.


Local Walks and Things

The City of Port Phillip website has a list of local walking and cycling tours and other things to do.


Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre

Swimming, gym and sports centre.
Group fitness classes. Concession prices available.
It’s recommended to book online.


Ph 9926 1555

Station Pier, Port Melbourne

Destination for the world’s big cruise ships. Check out the monster ships which dock here very regularly. Timetable online.


Gasworks Art Park

Free art exhibitions, farmers’ market monthly, special events and performances

21 Graham Street, Albert Park


Ph 8606 4200

National Gallery Victoria

Free entry. Open 364 days per year 10am to 5pm.
International collection- NGV St Kilda Road.
Autralian collection- Ian Potter Centre, Federation Square.


Phone: 8620 2222

Port Phillip life activities

Walking groups, sausage sizzles, coffee groups, music groups, cinema group, bridge group, bushwalking group, badminton group, and more.

Ph 9614 3017

Council & Libraries

The local Council

The City of Port Phillip has been a leader in local government thinking about, and action on, community housing for many years. It also actively funds new housing and supports local community housing organisations.
The general public can attend Council meetings. If you’re keen to find out more about the City of Port Phillip, here is the link that tells you who your local Councillors are and how to find out about attending a Council meeting. This includes the ability to live stream.

Public Libraries in City Port Phillip

The libraries offer a range of service to the community such as bookable PC’s, Printing, free WIFI, study spaces and much more.

Emerald Hill and Heritage Centre, 195 Bank Street, South Melbourne

Ph 92096611
Albert Park, 319 Montague Street Ph 92096622
Middle Park, 254 Richardson Street Ph 92096633
Port Melbourne, 333 Bay Street Ph 92096644
St Kilda, 150 Carlisle Street Ph 92096655

The Emerald Hill and Heritage Centre, 195 Bank Street, South Melbourne,  contains resources to help you trace local history, family history.
The library service also runs guided walks and has copies of self-guided walks of interest in the local area.


Organisations needing regular volunteers

If you would like to get out-and-about, contribute in the community and perhaps make new friends, there are some great organisations that can always use some volunteer help. Give them a call!

Father Bobs Foundation

St Vincent de Paul Society – “Vinnie’s”

Melbourne City Mission

Anglicare Victoria

 Salvation Army

South Port Uniting Care

Sacred Heart Mission

The Smith Family

Clean Up Australia

Conservation Volunteers


Citizens for Reconciliation


Port Phillip Men’s Shed

The Port Phillip Men’s Shed provides a range of opportunities for people to participate in wood working, metal working, gardening or general hobbies.

317-329 Dorcas Street, South Melbourne.

Mb 0432427029


U3A Port Phillip

If you’re retired or semi-retired and live in the City of Port Phillip, you can stay mentally active by learning new skills at the University of the Third Age. By participating in daytime classes at a local venue, you’ll also find new friends and enrich your retirement lifestyle.
U3APP offers many courses such as Spanish, Italian, Yoga, Meditation, Mahjong, Film Appreciation, Photoshop, Life Drawing, and many more. The annual membership fee is very modest.

Mary Kehoe Centre
224 Danks Street
Albert Park


“Even while being excluded by a range of structural causes which push them to the edge, what people want most is to participate in, and contribute to, society.”
John Falzon, CEO, St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia. ‘Sick with Worry: Stories from the frontline of inequality’. 2015.