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‘A year like no other’


3 January: Port Melbourne beach and a cruise ship through bushfire smoke haze

29 January: rain carries red dust from N W Victoria and South Australia to Melbourne – Port Melbourne Yacht Club photo Chris Milici

5 February: South Melbourne Night Market before anyone had heard of social distancing

4 March: empty shelves during the toilet paper frenzy at Coles, Port Melbourne

27 March: all beaches and playgrounds closed

30 March: ‘if you can stay home you must stay home’ at Station Pier, Port Melbourne

April: The Golden Princess, sister ship to the Ruby Princess, departs Station Pier on 6 April after more than 2,000 passengers disembark cleared of coronavirus.

11 May: Citywide Working for Victoria teams roam Port Melbourne’s streets and parks wiping down surfaces

25 May: parks take on a whole new level of importance – Lagoon Reserve

June: birds and fish re-appear or is it just because we’re paying more attention? photo Barry Michael

July: the towers on Normanby Rd emerge from their podiums

July: wearing masks was mandated from 22 July. Wattles bloom in the Railway Reserves.

1 August: people queue for food in Whiteman St outside Planetshakers Empower Foodbank. On 2 August Premier Andrews declares a State of Disaster

September: construction begins on R Corporation’s massive development on Normanby Rd which will irrevocably change the outlook from Port Melbourne

October: The Northern Jaguar approaches Webb Dock. The seafarers who keep us supplied are unable to disembark. The Port releases its 50 year development strategy.

October: Local government elections are held by postal ballot. ‘Local’ has never been more valued.

November: the first parklets appear in anticipation of restrictions easing – at the Cornerstone in Port Melbourne

December: the beacon has weathered the storm


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