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Brightening up our city

Brightening up our city

By Toni Magor – Residents 3000 My childhood was spent (centuries ago), on a property in the far west of Victoria without television.  My mother was a teacher and had lots of fascinating and inspiring books about art and artists. When I wasn’t outside, I was reading or drawing and despite life and my career

Living food boxes for those in need

By Sherry Maddock If this pandemic is teaching us anything, it is demonstrating the importance of relationships – to each other, to place and neighbour, and to food and plants.   It turns out that despite drastic measures of social distancing and circumstances of scarcity, goodness emerges in unexpected ways.   Funded by a City

When the going gets tough …

By Susan Saunders City residents get going. The online world is buzzing in the time of COVID-19 as humans do what they do well. Innovate. Collaborate. We residents live in a beautiful city. Have you noticed that Father Autumn does not know about the virus? April and May often show Melbourne’s weather at its best

In the time of COVID-19 ….

By Sue Saunders If the restrictions go on for a long time, will our way of living change? Life disrupted with staying at home, social distancing, constant hand washing, no public gatherings and probably an unconscious worry “am I to be the next poor victim?”  However, the population in general has become acutely aware of

What did Rafael say to Sally?

Br Susan Saunders Residents 3000 president Rafael Camillo was recently invited to have morning coffee with the Lord Mayor of Melbourne Sally Capp. Sally’s mission requires that she listens to the people who live, work and play in Melbourne’s CBD.  Rafael represents the residents of the CBD (postcode 3000) and is constantly listening to residents’

The air we breathe

By Janette Corcoran The catastrophic fires this summer brought days of high air pollution to Melbourne and a heightened awareness of the effects of climate change. How are CBD residents to respond? At the time, a friend suggested I use an app called Air Visual. It now sits right next to the weather app on

Melbourne City Baths

By Toni Magor – Residents3000 Committee, On a cool Spring day, I’m standing at the side of the pool scanning the water and I get a feeling of contentment that I can’t remember having in any of my many former jobs.  I watch the lap swimmers powering down the lanes, the beginners wallowing and splashing

How does your garden grow?

By Susan Saunders, Vice-President – Residents 3000 The importance of urban plant life on your wellbeing and that of the planet may surprise you. Are you somewhat overwhelmed when you see climate change demonstrations that call on governments to solve the problem for us?  Are you sure that they can?  You know that there is

Do city kids deserve better?

By Susan Saunders, Residents3000 Vice President A beautiful tree-covered playground in Birrarung Marr has fallen into disrepair. Once a well-designed facility had become tired and un-loved. Mother of two young children, Alison Fairley (a University lecturer in architecture), told me about the playground.    “Being city dwellers, this playground is our back yard. We come

Writing from China

By Susan Saunders This month your correspondent is travelling as a tourist in China.  It is impossible not to draw comparisons between how the Chinese organise their society compared to ours.  China is a country as large as Australia but without the vast deserts that we have. One is constantly aware of the pressure that

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