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  • 25 Jan 2018 1:47 PM | Lee (Administrator)

    This Sunday, January 29th 2018, is Midsumma's Pride March, and we're strongly encouraging any member that wants to to march with us this year! This email is to prepare anyone who wishes to march on Sunday, so that things run as smoothly as possible!

    How to get there

    Due to the large crowds of people and less parking than usual due to the closure of Fitzroy St, we're strongly recommending people arrive by Public Transport if that's an option for you. The 3a, 16 and 96 trams will be running normal schedules until 1:30pm, after which they'll stop running down Fitzroy St until approximately 5:30pm (although they will still run, please see this link for further details), and the Route 12 trams to Park St/Fitzroy St St Kilda will operate to a normal timetable. Please be aware that Fitzroy St will be closed between 1:30pm and 5:30pm, so people choosing to drive in should plan their routes accordingly. There is a drop off zone for people at the mustering area on Lakeside Dr (see the map below), but there is no official parking for marchers, so again, drivers plan accordingly.

    Also be aware that there are a much larger number of other road closures this year during and around the march, in particular Beaconsfield Parade and the Esplanade will be closed around the march and Catani Gardens. Please see this link for a full list of road closures and times.

    When & where to meet

    Our marching group will be in Wave F, Group 3 (so F3). All marchers will muster at the Oval nearest St Kilda Sport Club, near the corner of Lakeside Dr and Fitzroy St. You are NOT required to register yourself at the Sports Club this year, so simply head to the Oval and come and find us. There will be marshals on the day to help you find us, so if you do get lost feel free to ask a marshal!

    The VicLeather committee contact on the day will be Lee, so if you have any issues, you can give him a contact on his mobile, 0401 304 434. You can also contact him before the day on the same mobile, or email the committee at info@vicleather.org.au. Two of our members, Tara Nipe and Pup Spicer will be on the ground as well to help people out.

    Our group is required to be at Muster by 1:30pm for a 2:00pm march start, so please make sure to allow extra time so you can get there before the deadline, and Lee will be making sure he's at Muster by 12:30pm. To help you out, here's a map of the March and Muster area:


    Accessibility needs

    The entire march route is wheelchair accessible (as is Catani Gardens at the end of the march). VicLeather will also have a car available during the march, and three seats are currently available for people who'd like to march, but may not physically be able to do so. Due to the limited number of seats, we recommend contacting Lee prior to arriving (on 0401 304 434 or at info@vicleather.org.au) if this is something you are likely to need.

    What to Bring & Wear

    We strongly encourage members marching with us to proudly wear their Leathers for this march, but wearing your Leathers is not required. If you're not wearing your leathers, we'd like to ask that you try to wear Leather colours (so Black, White, Red and Blue) to try and keep our section well-coordinated. Whatever you decide to wear for Pride March, please make sure that it is street legal.

    Current weather forecasts are saying that the weather on the day will be hot and humid, with a top temperature of 39°C. We're recommending people bring their own water (make sure it is not in a glass container, as these are banned this year by City of Port Phillip, see below), and to stay sun smart - make sure to bring sunscreen! We will have sunscreen for people to use on the day as well. There will be places to refill drink bottles at the muster, and at the end of the march route in Catani Gardens. There is limited shade around the muster area, but not in the muster area itself, so do keep this in mind.

    You are welcome to bring Leather Flags if you have any, or anything else you'd like to use to celebrate (but again, keep it street legal), and we will have a number of flags available for people to carry on the day as well. Again, we'd recommend that people bring water, as conditions will be very hot. Since we are marching, we'd recommend that you otherwise try to pack light for the day where possible.

    After the March

    After the march there will be an family event at Catani Gardens from around 3:30pm onwards, which we'll be hanging around for. If you want to see us on the day but aren't up for marching, you're welcome to come find us at Catani Gardens (although again, be aware of road closures around Catani gardens this year). There will be food and music, so do come down and enjoy the festivities!

    With that said, be aware that the City of Port Phillip has placed restrictions on glass bottles and alcohol around the St Kilda foreshore area, so you are not allowed to bring your own alcohol or glass bottles to Pride March or Catani Gardens this year. Midsumma is providing a licensed bar at Catani Gardens where alcohol is available, as well as food trucks to provide non-alcoholic drinks.

    We're looking forward to see our members at the March, or after the March! Again, if you have any concerns at all, please contact the committee at info@vicleather.org.au, or contact Lee on 0401 304 434. We hope to see plenty of our members there!


  • 06 Dec 2017 7:51 PM | Hunter (Administrator)

    Scruffy Fella specialises in Men’s Grooming Products and Accessories, and more specifically in Beard Care products. Wash, condition, oils, balms, brushes and combs, we’ve got everything to keep your face armour looking slick.

    Scruffy Fella also stocks FellaFlame, candles made with masculine aromas. Leathery, woody, fresh, there’s something for everyone in the aroma range.

    We are super excited to have this local company joining us!! Check out out membership pages to see what the discounts are you receive from our generous sponsors!


  • 23 Nov 2017 6:00 AM | Hunter (Administrator)
    VicLeather conducted a disciplinary meeting early in November 2017. This was the first and only meeting of this kind that has been held since the creation of VicLeather in 2011

    There were issues identified in the processes involved in this procedure. There was a lot learned in the experience of conducting a disciplinary action for those in the Disciplinary Sub-Committee and the rest of the committee. The safety of our VicLeather members and their friends is always paramount,. Vic Leather wants to provide a safe space in the Leather and Kink/BDSM Communities. That may mean we need to review our own processes, consult with experts in the field for an outside perspective (whilst maintaining our members confidentiality) and then change any procedures that are problematic for those involved. Our prime objective is to ensure  VicLeather is always fair and ethical in our actions.

    Our new disciplinary policy will assist the next disciplinary subcommittee by detailing a clear process to follow if this situation arises again. Emotions can run high for everyone under these circumstances and we believe a policy will minimise an emotional response from the committee if another complaint is received.

    In Leather, 

    The VicLeather Committee. 


  • 21 Nov 2017 1:54 PM | Hunter (Administrator)
    To our members,

    The Disciplinary hearing mentioned in the public statement for our members at the AGM has been completed on 16/11/17. As per the rules of Association, A Disciplinary Sub-Committee was created to address and resolve the situation as soon as possible.

    In the interests of confidentiality to all involved, we will not be making any further statements on this matter. 

    The safety of our VicLeather tribe and their friends at our events is always paramount. Please come forward if you have any concerns and we will address them. Our Committee is contactable by the contacts page on our website with the individual emails listed there. The Committee also welcomes anyone to come and talk to us in person. We are committed to making sure VicLeather is a safe space for everyone.

    In Leather, 

    Hunter Bruin
    President, VicLeather.





  • 03 Nov 2017 8:42 AM | Hunter (Administrator)

    Hello VicLeather Members and Friends!

    The new 2017/18 Vic Leather Committee had its first meeting and the Officer and General Committee positions were filled as follows:
    President – Hunter Bruin
    Vice President – Knight Mark
    Secretary – Master Bella
    Treasurer – Lee Davis-Thalbourne
    Membership Liason – Belladonnax
    Events Co-Ordinator – Erin Kyan
    General Committee – Boi Alex, Kevan, Darby.

    Photos are up on the Vic Leather committee tab so you can get to know your committee.

    The new committee are excited to serve Vic Leather and look forward to the upcoming year and what it brings.

  • 28 Oct 2017 8:12 PM | Lee (Administrator)
    For our members who were unable to attend our AGM, the minutes of the AGM are now available for viewing. All documents from our AGM will also be emailed to members on Sunday 29th October.


    VicLeather AGM 2017 Minutes (pdf)
  • 27 Oct 2017 8:41 PM | Lee (Administrator)

    Hello members,

    For those who were unable to attend the AGM, the VicLeather 2017 Annual report is now available for viewing. The report can be downloaded below:

    VicLeather 2017 Annual Report

    The AGM Minutes will be available for viewing before Monday 29th of October, 2017. An email will be provided to members will all AGM documents once they are all available.

  • 08 Oct 2017 8:28 PM | Lee (Administrator)

    This is Lee, your Membership Liason! Our last newsletter was quite full of events, and didn't really give us on the committee much space to discuss a couple of important pieces of information regarding our upcoming AGM, and your membership. This news post is here to update you on these subjects, so please read and make sure you're across the information!

    We have also provided this information as an email to our members.

    Annual General Meeting

    As we mentioned in our previous two newsletters, our AGM is coming up this month on the 27th October. Our AGMs are an important part of the running of the club, since we want to do what we can to maintain communication with our members, and make sure that, should you have any concerns regarding the club, that you have an open venue to discuss those with us. To make that easier, we will be providing a copy of agenda after 6pm of the 25th of October to all members in another AGM/Membership update (see below for why it will be sent on this date).

    We hope to see you there, but in the event that you cannot attend, you can choose another member to attend and vote on your behalf. We have a proxy nomination form available on the new Forms and Policies section of our website (in the About section above), that you can download, fill out and sign, that allows you to do so. The form can work entirely digitally, and accepts digital signatures (for those PDF programs that support that), so you can fill the form out electronically and email it to your proxy so they can bring it to the AGM (of course, physical signatures are still fine!).

    Our AGM is also where we conduct our elections for the VicLeather committee for the next year. We'd like to extend an invitation to our members, that if you would like to contribute more to VicLeather, we would love to get your nomination! The committee nomination form is now also available on our website, and has been also recently upgraded to work entirely digitally (including digital signatures) as you may need. The form instructions are on the form itself. Please be aware that in order for your committee nomination to be accepted, we need it no later than 6pm on the 25th of October, as we need time to make sure ballots are printed and that details of members up for election are available in the AGM agenda.

    Code of Conduct

    In the last month, in light of some recent events in the wider Melbourne kink community, we in the committee chose to go through VLI's code of conduct, and make sure it's updated and fully available to our members and the public. We've now completed that process, and the document is available on our website (including a printable version that we can take to events as needed). It's located on the Forms and Policies page in the About menu of our website.

    Please do make sure you take the time to read through the Code, as this is the expectation for behaviour at our events.

    Membership Dogtags

    We have had a number of members ask us regarding membership dogtags for this year, so it is clear that our communications around this have been lax. We'd like to provide full details on dogtags for this year to all our members.

    In short, our dogtags are intended to be used year-on-year - once you have your dogtag, unless you lose it, you should not ever need a new one so long as you are a VicLeather member. The intention with our dogtags is that, once you have renewed your membership, you can bring your dogtag to any of our events, at which we will stamp the new year onto the tag. If you're a member that finds it hard to get to our events, but still want to get your dogtags restamped, you can also send your dogtag via mail to us. We will stamp the new year, and then send your dogtag back to your address. If you wish to do this, the address to send your dogtag to is:

    Victorian Leather Inc
    PO Box 13165
    Law Courts, VIC 8010

    From hereonin, we'll be making sure that this process is much more transparent for our members, and the details will be provided on the membership renewal email from now on.

    As an aside, if you have lost your dogtag, please do not hesitate to contact myself (at lee@vicleather.org.au) or the committee (info@vicleather.org.au), and we can make sure a new dogtag is sent to you.


    That's all for this update. If you have any questions regarding your membership, please do not hesitate to send me an email (at lee@vicleather.org.au), and I'll be happy to assist.

    Yours in Leather,

    Lee,
    Membership Liason

  • 07 Aug 2017 9:37 PM | Lee (Administrator)

    As we mentioned in our last newsletter, on the 30th July VicLeather held a private "Wear Your Leathers" screening, at the Palace Kino cinema, of the Tom of Finland biopic movie, about Touko Laaksonen a who became the iconic Artist "Tom Of Finland". We were absolutely floored by the level of interest in the film, and it was wonderful to see so many of our members and supporters come out to support our fundraising for the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives The generosity of the Community raised $900.00 for the archives!

    Tom of Finland's art had and has still inspired many of the Leather people I had spoken to at the event, regardless of gender. The movie was well shot, well acted and nuanced. The underlying story of being who you are is brave and the difference between a homophobic community like where Tom was living in Finland, versus life in San Francisco in the 70's was one that hit home for a number of people, I saw more than a few tears at points in the movie and laughter at other events that may have been lost on those who aren't a part of the Leather/Queer/Kink community.

    Thank you to all who attended to make this event so great, taking over a venue with the scent and creaking of Leather, watching a movie together was pretty amazing!! Super special thanks to Committee member Lee for arranging and running such a wonderful event. Thank you to Corey aka Pup Zak for the Pics.

  • 17 Jun 2017 9:03 AM | Lee (Administrator)

    This is Lee, Your Membership Liason! Our new yearly renewal process has now started, (if you've not received an email yet, you should in the next day or so). As we are on a new system this year, I wanted to answer some questions a few members have already been asking me, to take a bit more of the work out of your renewal for this year.

    For easy reference, this FAQ has been emailed to our members as well, however in the event that you miss the email, we want to make sure you have the details available here.

    How long do I have to renew?

    Officially, your renewal is due on July 1st, as that's when your previous membership started from. However, we have built in a grace period into our systems, that you have 30 days after that date to complete your renewal with us before your membership lapses. We will be sending reminder emails during this period, so if you need some time before you can renew, we will be keeping in touch with you during this period.

    Something's gone wrong! Help!

    If you're having issues renewing under the new system, I am here to assist! You can email me at lee@vicleather.org.au and I can help get you back on track. In fact, if you're having issues with any part of our website or membership system, I'm the committee member in charge, so you can always send me an email with any issues you might be having.

    I'm not comfortable paying online for my membership. How else can I renew?

    We absolutely understand that some members may not want to pay their membership renewal online. We will be making sure that committee members are available at our next few events to take payment for those who wish to pay in person.We are able to accept either cash or eftpos/credit card in person for renewal.

    Our next event on our calendar will be Gear Up, on Friday, 23rd June at the Yorkshire Hotel from 7pm onwards. We will, as always, keep our members posted on new events as they are organised. If you're not likely to be able to get to our events, we're happy to help make other arrangements, so please give me a contact at lee@vicleather.org.au to do so.

    I'd like to change my membership type while I'm renewing. How do I do that?

    If you've recently moved into/out of Victoria, or if you're both now part of a couple or larger family, or are now able to claim a concession, now is an excellent time to change your membership type. You can either do so via your VicLeather Profile online, and this will create a new invoice that you can pay as per normal. We will then be able to void the previous invoice for you.

    For changing to/from a Couple or Family membership, the process is a little more involved (As we'll need to help you move the other members to the new membership type as well). Please do not hesitate to contact myself at lee@vicleather.org.au and I will be happy to help you complete the process.

    I'm part of a Couple/Family membership. How does renewal work for us?

    In your case, there will be one member who will be receiving invoices and renewal notices - the other members in the membership don't need to worry. If you're a Couple/Family member and aren't sure who's the contact, or (as above) your family/couple has changed, please contact myself at lee@vicleather.org.au, and I'll be happy to assist.

    What if I've already decided I don't want to be a member anymore?

    If you've made the decision that VicLeather is no longer for you, this saddens us greatly, but we do understand. Again, you can contact myself at lee@vicleather.org.au, and I can make sure your membership lapses early, so you can avoid any further email reminders. Alternatively, you can simply not complete the renewal process, and your membership will lapse automatically around August 30th.

    If this is the route you are going, we would appreciate any feedback you've had regarding your membership. If you've had issues with us, we'd love to know why so we can continue to improve VicLeather for our members. (As a note, we're not shy about feedback in general - members are always welcome to send an email to the committee at info@vicleather.org.au if you have any feedback for us).


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