In this platform we look for opportunities where Rotary can have a presence with active community engagement to enhance the vibrancy and well-being of community places. Until this year we worked in partnership with Victoria Police, City of Melbourne, St. Pauls and the Salvation Army in the Melbourne – Safe Streets Operation. Rotary delivered the Community Village for a number of years which was the provision of a tented village serving hot and cold beverages with snacks to late night revellers waiting to board the Nigh Rider buses. This activity was recognised as providing a very calming ambience to this vulnerable area of the city on busy Friday and Saturday nights leading up until Christmas. The trials of the Nightsafe all night train services has seen the need for this activity no longer required.
Rotary Central Melbourne continues to provide a similar presence however during the annual White Night Melbourne event. Working with the City of Melbourne and White Night Melbourne organisers we provide the workforce to one of the all night food/drink stalls to patrons of this all night event. This provides a similar safe space feature for this part of the city of Melbourne.