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…

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…

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…