Bayside in experienced hands with new mayor Alex del Porto

new Bayside mayor Alex del Porto

Bayside has elected its longest serving councillor, Alex del Porto to the position of mayor.

A council veteran, Cr del Porto has previously served as mayor several times in the past two decades.

Cr del Porto has lived in East Brighton for 31 years and is also a father of four.

Outside of local government, del Porto and has maintained a long career as a secondary school teacher of humanities subjects.

As an educator, Cr del Porto takes an active council role in engaging with local youth groups and organisations including Resident Youth Australia.

Following his election, Cr del Porto said he strongly identified with Bayside’s community goals.

“Bayside is home to a passionate community who have a deep pride in their local environment and a strong commitment to enhancing and protecting the liveability of our city,” he said.

“I look forward to continuing to work hand-in-hand with our community and my fellow councillors to make Bayside a better place.”

Del Porto’s election came amidst intense local interest concerning the upcoming Dendy Street beach upgrade and plans to redevelop the Brighton Lifesaving Club.

This postcard-perfect pocket of Bayside has long been a Melbourne icon and draws 40,000 local and international visitors each year.

The new mayor has indicated he will be dedicated to ensuring its integrity is strengthened for families now and into the future, saying that Bayside wants to create “something that is going to be a signature not only for Brighton but for Melbourne”.

Discover spring/summer style at Sweet & Vicious in Brighton

Discover Sweet & Vicious in Brighton

Sweet & Vicious in Brighton stocks a range of beautiful dresses, ideal for spring racing season. Image: Sweet & Vicious Facebook.

Women in the Brighton area need look no further than Sweet & Vicious fashion boutique for all their summer frocks and everyday outfitting needs.

As the days become longer and warmer, it means one thing: events season is upon us. It’s time to mark the calendar and plan out wardrobe options for everything from the Spring Racing Carnival, to weddings and Christmas events.

Sweet & Vicious, located near Middle Brighton Station in central Church Street, is the perfect fashion store for those special occasions.

It offers a great selection of on-trend, wearable and affordable styles to brighten up every woman’s wardrobe – all ranging from $29 – $199 and in a broad selection of fabrics, sizes and styles.

The store stocks a constantly updated range of clothing, shoes, sleepwear and accessories.

Discover Sweet & Vicious in Brighton

Find that special-occasion frock at Sweet & Vicious in Brighton. Image: Sweet & Vicious Facebook.

For spring/summer 2016, a range of light playsuits and jumpsuits, dresses and tie-up sandals are bringing a relaxed and feminine feeling to the new season.

On the more casual side, denim, tees and light knits are in constant demand from women who want to keep their day-to-day wardrobe looking fresh and stylish.

Sweet & Vicious owner Shereen Angel runs another busy boutique in the Gold Coast, but loves the Brighton store and its range of fashionable styles that won’t break the bank.

“We really have something for everyone here. We have fashion for young girls all the way up to older women, as well fantastic gift options: clutches, fascinators, jewellery and dresses for events,” Ms Angel said.

“Our staff love fashion and we’re always getting great feedback about how well the store is presented.”

So tick one thing off your spring and summer to-do list and stock up on some stunning events styles at Sweet & Vicious in Brighton.

Visit Sweet & Vicious in Brighton

Sweet & Vicious

113 Church St, Brighton
Phone: 9592 1450

Competition for Brighton property higher than ever

Brighton property: spring market update

In the last quarter of 2016 as we reach the traditional peak of the property market season, demand for property in Brighton and surrounding Bayside suburbs continues to reach unprecedented heights.

According to data from the Real Estate Institute of Victoria, for the last quarter, Brighton was the top growth suburb in the state, reaching a record median house price of over $2.7 million – a quarterly increase of 33.7 per cent.

This jump is well ahead of the following two highest increasing value suburbs – Moonee Ponds and Hillside, which had median prices increase 22.2 per cent and 18.8 per cent respectively.

Property sales executive at Buxton Brighton Ben Vieth attributes Brighton’s recent increase to the combination of strong demand and very low stock levels.

“Stock levels in Bayside are down 20 to 30 per cent on last year. The effect of this is higher property prices across Brighton, with consistent demand pushing prices up,” he said.


Ben Vieth Buxton Brighton

Ben Vieth | image credit: Buxton Brighton

Mr Vieth noted a side effect of the value increase as something of a vendor’s “vicious cycle”.

“Current vendors want to sell their property, but there’s a shortage of property for them to buy in the area,” he said.

“We’ve seen some of the strongest results coming from new builds and land” for which, he said, listings have become very competitive.

“Last spring, we saw strong overseas investment, particularly from Chinese buyers. This was very influential on the market, and continues to be,” Mr Vieth said.

Earlier this year, the government introduced a series of overseas lending and regulatory changes, as well as a stamp duty increase for foreign investors in Victoria. The major banks followed suit, increasing their deposit limits for overseas investors.

The impact of the regulatory changes has been slow but significant – with the major change being that Chinese investors can now only purchase brand new property, not established homes.

These changes may take time to take effect, but one thing is for certain: property in Brighton continues to be highly valued and in demand.

Literary events to delight Brighton bookworms

Literary events to delight Brighton book lovers

It might be cold outside but winter is a good excuse to curl up with a book and celebrate literature in Bayside.

Bayside’s Words by the Bay is back and sure to excite Brighton’s book lovers. This year’s program features highly anticipated literary events, with many taking place at Brighton Library.

Strong communities and the arts thrive on ideas and discussion, and the literary arts are naturally a cornerstone of the Bayside Council’s library events calendar.

In its third year since replacing the Bayside Literary Festival, Words by the Bay is an opportunity for the Bayside community to celebrate words and ideas among friends, in the convenient setting of the local library.

Bayside Councillor Laurence Evans said the annual event included workshops, poetry classes, author events and other activities to celebrate literature.

At Brighton Library, the winter portion of Words by the Bay showcases key author events.

The next literary event features award winning Israeli-Australian writer, Lee Kofman. On August 20, Kofman will speak about her fourth book, a memoir titled The Dangerous Bride. Kofman will dissect her writing process and explore the genre of memoir, its difficulties and ethics.

The Dangerous Bride is a complex and intriguing exploration of non-monogamous relationships, love, migration, and relationships. Enjoy this rare chance to hear Lee discuss her book, which The Age reviewed as “poetic and self-assured”.

Interested in getting more from your local library? There are a host of informative, educational and fun events that are not to be missed. Here’s a taste of what’s happening at Brighton Library over the coming months:

  • August 20 – Lee Kofman presents her memoir The Dangerous Bride from 2pm – 3pm. Cost $5. Bookings essential, visit:
  • August 15 – Book Chats from 2.30pm – 3.30pm. Chat with fellow readers about books you’ve read. Free, just turn up.
  • August 22 – Toddler Time for ages 18 months – 3 years from 10.30am. Free.
  • August 26 – Baby Rhyme Time for ages 0 – 18 months from 10.30am. Free.
  • September 7 – Facebook on your iPad or tablet: a two-hour workshop, from 10am – 12noon. Cost: $10. To book, visit:
  • October 12 – Solve your Family Tree Mysteries: a two-hour, interactive class. Free. To book, visit:
  • Various dates – Language and culture programs for children.


Brighton Library is located at 14 Wilson St, Brighton. Opening hours are: Monday to Thursday 10am–8pm, Friday 10am–6pm, Saturday 10am–4pm, Sunday 1pm–5pm. For more information, phone: (03) 9591 5900.

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