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…

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…

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…