The CAN Report — and the beginning, and later demise, of community participation in planning

    by Jack Lewis “In the early 1970s Melbourne’s inner suburbs were being strangled by unchecked growth. Roads were clogged by vehicles, pollution was increasing, historic areas were being destroyed, and the poorer residents were being displaced.” This was the opening paragraph of an invitation by the Hotham History Project and the North and…

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…

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,”…

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,…

Domestic violence initiatives need further action

by Adam Falloon The Women’s Information and Referral Exchange (WIRE), a feminist organisation based in West Melbourne, has enjoyed a recent success with the Victorian Government announcing that all public servants would have access to family violence support. These provisions will be enacted through their industrial agreement.   The announcement follows a recommendation that WIRE…

Youth unemployment on the rise

by Adam Bandt – You don’t have to spend much time at the housing estate in North Melbourne before you come across someone who wants meaningful work but can’t get it. The problem seems to be getting worse, especially amongst young people. I’m worried that rising youth unemployment is hitting our area hard and threatening what’s…