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…

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,”…

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…

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…

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…