More than a game for the League of Geeks

  by Kane Webb The independent games industry has been booming over the last 10 or so years. Yet its more modest origins go back to the early 1990s, when it was strictly PC oriented and distributed only via shareware.   With the evolution of gaming, however, came higher user expectations, and combined with the…

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…

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,”…

Melbourne United living up to their name

by Lachlan Marr Melbourne’s own NBL basketball team Melbourne United have had an explosive start to the NBL season beginning the year by defeating every other team in the competition in quick succession. Melbourne United opened the season with nine straight wins. They sit firmly atop the standings with an unbelievable winning record. After their…

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,…

John Monash: A Man of War and Peace

by Bill Hannan – John Monash’s connection to North and West Melbourne did not end with his early childhood in Dudley Street. In 1887 what would become a lifelong interest in military affairs saw him join the North Melbourne Battery of the Metropolitan Brigade of the Garrison Artillery, whose task was to defend Victorian ports…

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…

A West Melbourne Lad: John Monash Moves On

by Bill Hannan – For many of us — certainly for me — John Monash’s fame as a soldier has eclipsed his record as an engineer and administrator. Monash in fact combined army work with private engineering, and by the time Australia was involved in the First World War he already had a substantial reputation in engineering. Having been born in West…