Salvos articles

Lock them out, lock them up or lock them in?

By Major Brendan Nottle It has been really interesting hearing the increased anger and frustration in the conversations that I have been having with people around the city in recent times. Some people are claiming that the current plight of the city or their business is solely due to the presence of rough sleepers and

Magnificent Melburnians

By Major Brendan Nottle – Salvation Army Lockdowns have had a profound impact on so many people right across the city. But as I write, I continue to be deeply moved by the ways in which some people have responded. Cargo restaurant in Docklands, like so many restaurants and cafes across our city, had their staff

A COVID-19 recovery for ALL

By Brendan Nottle – Salvation Army There has been a lot of fervent debate about whether a safe injecting room should be located in the heart of our city. There has also been much conjecture about where it should be located.   There is a strong suggestion about it being located on Flinders St near Elizabeth St. The

Here’s to the invisible ones!

By Brendan Nottle It started with ones and twos, which eventually became a trickle. Within a few days, it had become a human deluge.  They were people, many young, some attempting to support their families, many just trying to survive, who had been suddenly stood down at the beginning of lockdown 4.0. Many of them worked

Helping our fellow humans

By Major Brendan Nottle Beneath the City of Melbourne FOMO ads and the public decorations from various quarters that, “The city is back, baby!”, the pain and scars caused by the ravaging of COVID-19 remains highly visible.   One in every four shopfronts in the CBD remains vacant. Foot traffic is, at best, spasmodic and mainstream media

The time for waiting is over

By Brendan Nottle – Salvation Army It is fair to say that nothing in our work in the City of Melbourne is predictable. However, one recent day will stand out in my mind for some time to come. It started with an orange ferret, standing upright on its hind legs at the top end of Bourke

Limitations of the bureaucratic box

By Major Brendan Nottle There have been enormous lessons for many of us during the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the big learnings for me has been how important centralised leadership is during a global health crisis.  How many times did we hear the messaging, “Wash your hands regularly. Sanitise. Mask up. Socially distance. If you feel unwell get tested

Time for a new vision

By Major Brendan Nottle As the new parklets begin to appear around the CBD, the City of Melbourne and state government are to be congratulated on acting creatively and nimbly in implementing new ideas to help return the city to normal. We’ve seen Paul Guerra, the CEO of Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI)

A year of surprises

By Major Brendan Nottle Well, 2020 has certainly tossed all certainty out the window and the year has become one giant surprise after another.  Before COVID-19 struck, our café, based on Bourke St and designed to cater for the most vulnerable of the city, was seeing more than 500 people each day, 22 hours per

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