The city’s claim in the Melbourne Awards

A swathe of city-based figures, community organisations and corporations have been nominated for the 2018 Melbourne Awards, the city’s highest accolade.

Queen Victoria Winter Night Market, now in its sixth year, has been nominated for the Profile Award (Corporation). The City of Melbourne says that 35,000 people visit the 140-year-old heritage sheds each Wednesday night for the markets.

Two city-based organisations have been nominated for the Community Award (Corporation) – the Epicure Gingerbread Village and the Coming Out Ball/All the Queens Men.

Epicure’s Gingerbread Village is held every year at Melbourne Town Hall, raising money for charities that assist citizens of the City of Melbourne.  Months of preparation and hundreds of kilograms of food go into building the village.

The Coming Out Ball by All The Queens Men is an ongoing project that addressed social isolation, ageism, homophobia and transphobia through creative actions, focusing on LGBTI elders. Its upcoming ball will be held at the Melbourne Town Hall on October 25.

Channel 31 Melbourne and Laneway Learning have been nominated for the Community Award (Community). 

Channel 31, a community-based free-to-air television channel, has had a studio in the city for almost 25 years. Aside from providing a platform for community, multicultural and niche interests, the channel helped launch the careers of Waleed Aly and Hamish Blake. 

Laneway Learning hosts affordable, accessible, community-led evening classes in a diverse range of topics. It has a number of different venues in the city.

The Melbourne Cricket Club has been nominated for the Sustainability Award (Corporation). Since 2016, the MCG has introduced comprehensive waste management policies which it has already won awards for.

Chin Communications has been nominated for the Multiculturalism Award (Corporation). The 26-year-old company has built itself into one of the most trusted Chinese communication specialists in Australia and a go-to for the Chinese community in Australia.

The African Music and Cultural Festival has been nominated for the Multicultural Award (Community). The festival is in its fifth year and is the largest African festival in Australia with over 40,000 attendees and involving 35 African Australian communities. 

The winners of the Melbourne Awards will be announced at a function at the Town Hall on Saturday, November 17.

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