Published on 14 December 2020

Glen Eira — working together

We have teamed up with local radio station J-AIR 88FM to bring Glen Eira’s 153,000 residents — Glen Eira — working together.

Summer scheduling

Glen Eira Working Together is taking a break over January but we are looking forward to being back on air next year. Stay tuned for program details.

Glen Eira — working together will feature live interviews with guests from key organisations and community groups, representatives from the health industry, the business world, emergency services, the arts and more ...

Tune in to 88FM on Monday from 2pm for Glen Eira — working together.

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Monday 21 December

This was the Glen Eira Working Together 35th show. As the end of 2020 approaches we thought we’d take a look back at some of the topics we covered during the year.
We asked some of our guests join us again to provide an update. What have they been up to in the weeks and months since they were guests the first time and what are they proud of this year?

Monday 14 December

We are focused on re-discovering our local places. We talk to Glen Eira City Council’s Manager of City Futures Matt Slavin about Council’s “parklets” and finding ways to help local businesses trade through these tough times.
Our second guest is Coordinator City Economy and Place-Making, Tess Angarane, whose team have been working on a campaign called Discover Your Glen Eira, which encourages us to shop local.

Monday 7 December

We asked the president of Maccabi Victoria Brian Swersky about the challenges of 2020 and why participation in community sport is a lifelong passion of his.
President of the Ormond Amateur Football Club Richard Simon also works in the Sport and Leisure sector as a Consultant. He gave us an industry as well as a grassroots view of the year just gone and tell us where to next for local sport.

Monday 30 November

We were delighted to welcome back the newly elected Mayor of Glen Eira Cr Margaret Esakoff and Glen Eira City Council CEO Rebecca McKenzie. It is the beginning of a new term for our Councillors so it’s a great time to talk about what is being planned for the next four years.
We were also updated on what has been happening at Council, what services are open and what we can look forward to as we enter the recovery phase.

Monday 23 November

Our first guest is Executive Officer Emerge Women’s and Children’s Support Network Paula Westhead talked about the services Emerge provides as well as to unpacked the effects of the pandemic on violence against women. Our second guest understands that prevention is an important element in bringing about change in our community. Project Lead Respectful Relationships Initiative Kristy Lang and her team deliver education programs which give young people the skills to build positive relationships.

Monday 16 November 

The National Trust Victoria’s Garden Manager Justin Buckley talked about Rippon Lea Estate and updated us on the re-opening of the gardens. Historian and Author Vicki Shuttleworth told us about her new book Labassa: House of Dreams and share some tales of bygone eras.

Monday 9 November

Glen Eira Working Together, we celebrated NAIDOC Week and had two inspirational guests. The first is Media Presenter and Educator Shelley Ware. One of Shelley’s talents is developing curriculum and content to improve the teaching of Indigenous Culture and History in our schools. We asked her about what she’s been working on as well as about her love of AFL and empowering young people. Our second guest is Managing Director of Clothing the Gap and Spark Health Laura Thompson. Laura will talked about how Clothing the Gap came to be, what their mission is and about their Free the Flag campaign. 

Monday 2 November

We talked to the CEO of Volunteering Victoria Scott Miller who got us up to speed on the state of volunteering in Victoria and tell us what has happened to volunteers during COVID. Our second guest is Culture, Community and Well Being Manager at Emmy Monash Aged Care Maureen Shulsinger. We all know the aged care sector has been hit hard by COVID, Maureen told us how they are adapting, how their programs for volunteers have been affected and what they are looking forward to.

Monday 26 October 

Glen Eira Climate Action Network Co-Founder Belinda Haydon explained how local action can make a difference and how you can get involved. And chatted to Film Producer Anna Kaplan about the film 2040, micro energy grids, farming seaweed and educating girls as we look towards a more sustainable Glen Eira.

Monday 19 October

President of the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA), Victorian Branch Karys McEwen talked about the CBCA Awards and her experience being on the judging panel this year. We also asked Melbourne Illustrator and Author Jess Racklyeft about art, inspiration and what projects she has coming up for us to look forward to.

Monday 12 October

Carers Victoria Carer and Community Educator Tania Daniels joined us to talk about the important role carers play in our community. Our second guest is Glen Eira resident Chana Ruschinek. Chana talked about the rewards and challenges of being a full-time carer as well as family, faith and COVID-19.

Monday 5 October

Local Vet Dr Jack Zaks chatted about pet ownership, dog socialisation, grooming and why pets are good for us. CEO and founder of Canine Comprehension Sarah MacDonald explained how dogs can be the key to re-engaging young people with their education.

Monday 21 September

We had Bentleigh Chinese Community Association‘s Edward Xu and Tony’s Café Co-ordinator Gwen Fitzgerald on how COVID-19 has affected what they do and how volunteering and being involved might just keep you feeling younger.

Monday 14 September

We checked in with Team Leader Carnegie Children’s Centre Lyn Cramp to see how things are with our pre-schoolers. How are they coping? What can we do to help them transition smoothly to school?

Last week, the Royal Children’s Hospital released the results of their latest National Child Health Poll. One in five families surveyed reported delaying scheduled immunisations. Glen Eira City Council’s Executive Manager COVID-19 Response and Recovery Mark Saunders joined us to talk through Council’s Immunisation Service and why it is safe and essential to keep up with the schedule.

Monday 7 September

General Manager Hatzolah Leon Landau and CEO of CSG Justin Kagan will take us through what we are able to safely do to observe the holidays. Director and CEO of the Jewish Museum of Australia Jessica Bram will also join us to talk about moving online and some special programs they will have for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Monday 31 August

Carnegie Community Laneway and Garden volunteer curator Kirsten Brooke, discussed art, gardens and the value of vibrant community spaces. Glen Eira resident and passionate gardener, Eva Light shared what’s happening in her garden at the moment and gave us some great tips on how we can get started in our own gardens — no matter how small.

Monday 24 August

CEO of the National Council of Jewish Women Australia (Victoria) Lee Ann Basser told us how they have been providing services to women at all stages of their lives – even in lockdown. CEO of Compass Community Care Janet Garland shared some good news stories about how they have continued to find ways to help those in need during the pandemic. 

Monday 17 August

Taskforce CEO Ray Blessing told us how COVID-19 has been affecting the organisation’s ability to provide support and care to vulnerable youth, adults and their families in South East Melbourne — particularly in the areas of drug and alcohol dependency. Our second guest Dr Anita Munoz shared why your mental health treatment should begin with a visit to the GP. She will also explained Telehealth and what recent government announcements might mean for your mental health plan.

Monday 10 August

Technology tutor Joanne Lambie who talked us through online shopping, Joanne gave us tips to help shop from home safely and be confident in what we buy and who we buy it from. Our second guest was butcher and business owner Kym Handyside. Kym helped us understand the impact of the stage four restrictions on our meat supply.

Monday 3 August

Writer, poet and broadcaster Alicia Sometimes talked books and writing. Alicia is a member of the judging panel for the 2020 My Brother Jack Awards and shared some suggestions about what to read while we are in lockdown. Our second guest was Classic Cinemas’ Eddie Tamir. Eddie bringing us up-to-date with what’s happening at Classic Cinemas and will also recommend some of his favourite films for us to watch at home.

Monday 27 July

Team Leader Healthy Communities Jewish Care Cassie Barrett talked about what mindfulness is and how we can work it into our daily lives and enjoy the benefits it can bring. We had Group Fitness Instructor Glen Eira Leisure Libby Dewar. It turns out that exercise is not just good for our physical health, studies show that for treating mild to moderate depression, exercise can be as effective as talking therapy and medication. Libby told us what we can be doing even in lockdown to stay active and hopefully motivate us to get off the couch!

Monday 20 July

Connect Health and Community CEO Amanda Murphy discussed how the organisation has been adjusting to the changes brought about by the pandemic and what they are seeing three months down the track since she first joined us. She shared some important messages for us about taking care of our mental health. Monash University medical student Caroline Xue. Together with a number of her fellow students she has been taking part in a great new initiative called Conversation in Isolation, where isolated members of the community are matched with students who then call them regularly to stay in touch.

Monday 13 July

Local organisation CIS (Community Information and Support) Glen Eira Co-Ordinator Anne Coughlan talked about what they have been experiencing during the pandemic. Monday Morning Baking Club’s Lisa Goldberg will chatted about food, culture, family, history and how a love of food can bring us together, even in tough times.

Monday 6 July

CEO of Jewish Care Bill Appleby talked about the way Jewish Care has responded to COVID-19 and what elders can be doing to make sure they stay healthy. We also had Health Promotions Officer — Gender Equity at Women’s Health in the South East (WHISE) Lucy Magill talking about elder abuse.

Monday 29 June

Glen Eira City Council Co-ordinator City Economy and Place Making Alex Francis Yu discussed Council’s responses to COVID-19 for the business community. Marketing Co-ordinator for the Bentleigh Traders’ Association Leonie Beckett talked about running a small business during COVID-19 and how the Bentleigh Traders have been faring.

Monday 22 June

Georgina Neeson from Glen Eira City Council’s Maternal Child Health Service discussed the changes that have been made to the service during this time. We also talked with Caring Mums Co-ordinator Michelle Kornberg about the work they do in providing support to new mums who need a bit of extra help.

Monday 15 June 

Glen Eira City Council CEO Rebecca McKenzie shared some good news about employment. Access Inc. CEO Sharon Malecki talked about the work they do, upskilling and creating employment opportunities for people with disabilities in our community.

Monday 8 June

Victoria Police Inspector Katriona Kelly and Community Security Group Victoria (CSG) CEO Justin Kagan updated us on the latest news in Community Safety.

Monday 1 June

Boon Wurrung Traditional Owner of the land we now call the City of Glen Eira, Gheran Steel and the CEO of the Torch Project Kent Morris discussing the Confined-11 exhibition moving online and how art can help rehabilitation.

Monday 25 May 

Artist Linda Wachtel and Musician David Krycer, talked about their work and how COVID-19 is affecting the world of the Arts. 

Monday 18 May

Team Leader Healthy Communications at Jewish Health Cassandra Barrett and Community Awareness Worker at Headspace Elsternwick Karen Gunther discussing mental health and the responses from their respective organisations to the COVID-19 crisis.

Monday 11 May

Manager and Health Promotions at WHISE (Women's Health in the South East) Laura Ardley and Specialist in Child Protection Dr. Michelle Meyer discussed family violence and child protection. 

Monday 4 May

General Manager of Hatzola Leon Landau and CEO of Connect Health & Community Amanda Murphy discussed health and wellbeing.

Monday 27 April

Glen Eira City Council CEO Rebecca McKenzie and Glen Eira Mayor Cr Margaret Esakoff  discussed Council’s response to COVID-19, including our new business and community grants program, our Response and Recovery Package and our Be Kind Glen Eira campaign.

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