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…

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…

Spring Fling Street Festival 2015

by Emma McCashney –  The Spring Fling Street Festival is back! Into its 38th year, our festival continues to grow as a key community and cultural highlight in Melbourne’s events calendar. This Sunday (18 October), over 15,000 people will trek in to see Victoria Street’s, Errol Street’s and surrounding laneways’ transformation from 11am – 6pm into an action…

The Guild of Objects

by Robyn Phelan –   Unbeknownst to most, burrowing away in huge saw tooth factory behind Queensberry Street, is a mob of potters and ceramics. Elm Place Studios has consistently nourished ceramics production since 1998.   Characteristically collaborative, this group of makers continue their production relationship into a new retail venture, the Guild of Objects…

Local tragic trifecta

by Katrina Kincade-Sharkey Local tragic trifecta: job insecurity, housing crisis and rising student debt   Regional unemployment pain Current Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) job figures reveal North and West Melbourne regions equal the nation’s greatest percentage of long-term unemployed.   ABS data shows 760,000 Australians have been out of work an average 2.6 years,…

An Outstanding Night of Swing and Song

by Lenore Frost  – Errol’s Angels & Friends, together with Dr Crask & his Swingin’ Elixir band, performed to a capacity house at the Meat Market on Saturday 8 August. A Night of Swing was held to raise funds for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and TrekMedic (Nepal earthquake response). Tickets for the event sold…

Stranger than Paradise

by John Smith –  As a boy who grew up on a farm I enjoyed the routine of going into to the local town on Fridays to do the shopping. One of the treats was to visit a small general store that doubled as the local toyshop. Many fascinating hours were spent drooling over the…