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Port Phillip (still) leads the way with pop up bushfire relief


I just had confirmation these stores are definitely trading again this weekend… probably the only bushfire relief pop up shops open in Melbourne !

Last week we mentioned how the City of Port Phillip had reached out to city businesses, in support of the (bushfire-affected) regional communities :


The “placemaking” team at City of Port Phillip has been very busy (as usual) – but especially hectic in the first few weeks of 2020, as they swung to action in response to Victorian communities affected by the summer bushfires. On 2nd February Port Phillip supported the ”High Country Comeback 2020” market day in Port Melbourne, with around 100 regional producers and makers showcasing (selling) their goodies (and gate proceeds going to local CFA districts and wildlife rescue groups)

Meanwhile, the placemaking guys were also developing a more sustained initiative, reaching out to a load of businesses to open (not just one, but two !) pop up shops on St Kilda’s Fitzroy Street.

The Fitzroy Street / High Country and Gippsland Comeback bushfire relief pop up shops opened on 29th February, aiming to trade every weekend for 2 months (but they’ve cancelled this weekend 14th-15th March). Over 100 retail and hospitality businesses from the Victorian High Country and Gippsland regions are participating… bringing their wine and cheeses, sweet and savoury condiments and various merchandise (and goodwill) to St Kilda. The initiative hopes to support country businesses doing it (very) tough after those recent fires… providing an opportunity to showcase their wares (and sell some product), engage with city folk – and encourage us to visit the regions sometime soon, spending time (and money) in their devastated communities.

The process started, I suppose, by the generous donation of space by 2 local landlords… awesome venues which were (temporarily) standing empty. The placemakers also reached out to corporates to provide the transport of products in from country Victoria, electricity and gas to power the stores, online and marketing communications, also the provision of loaned equipment and shopfittings – even accommodation for the vendors coming to St Kilda to trade in those pop up stores. (I was very pleased to provide instant retail fixtures at 107 Fitzroy Street… shelves and displays, tables and chairs, racks and mirrors…)


The support of the Port Phillip and High Country Comeback teams will continue as those stores start their 3rd sessions of trading again tomorrow – Saturday 21st March.

The organisers are confident the bushfire relief pop up shops will “do a roaring trade this weekend”… saying their venues “are safe as they won’t have more than 100 people inside at a time, the dwell time will be much less than two hours, shoppers will not be static and we will exercise enhanced health measures and practice social distancing.” They’re also very excited to have “some new product additions including garlic that was bound for an Easter show that is now cancelled, and chocolate houses just in time for Easter !”



What –      The High Country and Gippsland Comeback (bushfire relief pop up shops) – Fitzroy Street

Where –     54 and 107 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda

When –      10am to 5pm Saturdays and Sundays, until 26th April


* source :   Fitzroy Street / High Country and Gippsland Comeback



images : High Country and Gippsland Comeback – Fitzroy Street


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