Victoria takes a stance on domestic violence

  by Stephanie Filaktakis The Victorian Local Government Multi­cultural Issues Network (VLGMIN) is proposing initiatives, including preven­tion, intervention and response approaches to combat violence against women in multicul­tural communities, after the 1.3 per cent rise in domestic violence in Victoria this year. A conference was recently held at Victoria University Convention Centre to address some…

City council commits on climate change

by Paul Campobasso In late September a petition found its way to Melbourne City Council’s offices, reflecting the passionate voices of 31,000 local constituents. However, this petition was different to most others. Rather than being critical or in opposition to a specific policy, as is often the nature of petitions, this one was instead massively…

Clickbaitable Health

  by Bill Adamson As the new health writer for the North and West Melbourne News I sat down with the editor to discuss what I want­ed to do over the next four publications. My main goal was to provide a relevant, well-researched and not sensationalist report­ing of health issues. As I was sat over…

Trek Medic from North Melbourne to Nepal

  by Katrina Kincade-Sharkey TEN thousand brutal deaths and at least as many long-term injuries are the agonising physical measure of devastation from Nepal’s earthquakes last April and May. Another measure — that third-world nation’s paltry aid allowance — was one sack of rice and one blanket per family, yet no tents for shelter from…

Church group meets to feed homeless

  by Allison Mouret Every Saturday, volunteers for local North Melbourne group Many Rooms meet at the North Melbourne Community Centre to feed the homeless and disadvantaged. “We started with a group of five people six years ago, it took us a while to get up and running, but we’ve been going on ever since,”…

Men and mountains of North Melbourne

  by Bill Hannan   Visitors to the North Melbourne Town Hall clock tower during the Spring Fling had a wonderful view of North Melbourne. The town hall is on the southern edge of the town and its clock tower is perhaps still its highest point. A broad valley runs down from the town hall…

Katie’s Crab Shack

  by Meegan Waugh What do you do if you have a family from Maryland and Louisiana, your great-aunt’s cookbooks, a bunch of family recipes and a passion for seafood? If you’re Katie Marron, you open Miss Ka­tie’s Crab Shack. Located on Johnston Street in Fitzroy (look out for the neon crab sign), Miss Katie’s…

As one door closes another opens

by Jenny Prabhu Several times a week we hear on the news that car manufacturers are closing their Australian factories but retaining their design studio employees. Mining jobs are go­ing along with many of the ‘old’ or traditional businesses. We also hear about the dreadful rise in youth unemployment, especially in our battling northern and…