Lord Mayor’s message Melburnians have a deep appreciation for our trees and parks – that is the very clear message we received during a four month consultation period about Council’s draft Urban Forest Strategy. The city’s vast tree population is one of its most attractive and defining aspects. The Urban Forest Strategy arose from the need to plan ahead for the future of Melbourne’s trees, some of which are in decline after a decade of drought. Many imaginative ideas have flowed from the consultations. More than 130 people attended a forum in the Town Hall. In comments received on the online forum, many people have welcomed the fact we’re planning for the long term – clearly the life of trees goes well beyond the timelines of governments. Council-owned trees number 60,000, and the pleasure they bring and shade they provide are incalculable. The city’s elms, plane trees and river red gums are important for our recreation, our air quality and much more. However periods of extreme heat and an ageing tree stock have put some trees under stress. Our research shows that 27 per cent of the current tree population will be lost within 10 years and 44 per cent within 20 years. It is inevitable that dead and declining trees will be removed from our landscape, but we will replace them with an increased number of healthy new trees and a range of species, to help offset this loss. It’s critically important that we respond immediately and show the same foresight as our forefathers when they created parks more than 100 years ago. I’m encouraged by the affection Melburnians feel for the city’s urban landscape and its tree-lined boulevards. During the consultation period, public comments explored many options for increasing the shade canopy to keep the city cool. Some also advocated green roofs and walls, and discussed biodiversity, bird life and fruit and flowering trees. The next stage is to develop tree precinct plans which we’ll do in partnership with the community. Your feedback is appreciated and you will soon have the opportunity to find out what’s happening in your area. Together we can work to rebuild and expand our urban forest for Melbourne’s future generations. Robert Doyle, Lord Mayor A Melburnian who inspires me A few cracked ribs from a bike accident didn’t stop AFL Legend Ron Barassi from leaving his hospital bed to collect an Australia Day honour in person earlier this year. That’s what I consider a great Melburnian. It’s someone who doesn’t give up if it’s something important. Ron Barassi is outspoken but humble about his background and achievements. He changed the game as a player and coach, does great work with corporate coaching and in communities. He’s a tough, strong guy and he’ll step in where he sees something wrong – even sometimes to the peril of his own personal safety. He never holds back. I find that inspirational. Councillor Carl Jetted The young people who collaborated with six artists over three years for the portrait exhibition, Detour, organised by Frontyard Youth Services – these young people are inspirational. They were all homeless when they met the artists in 2008, and gradually they found a path toward getting their lives together. A remarkable series of paintings came out of three years of friendship between these sitters and their portrait artists. One young man in particular was inspirational: I wondered how anyone could overcome his circumstances… and yet he did. Frontyard offers hope to people who often don’t have much reason to hope. It inspires me that there are things we can all do to make a difference. Councillor Jennifer Kanis Global sustainability talks in Melbourne Melbourne hosts some of the world’s leading thinkers on sustainability during the C40 Workshop from 27 to 30 March. Many cities face the common challenges of population growth and climate unpredictability. Coming together to exchange ideas on how best to meet these challenges and adapt to climate change, city officials from many nations are a leading force for global action on climate change. The C40 Workshop held in Melbourne this month brings together experts to share ideas on how to create sustainable urban communities, exploring how cities plan, design, build and maintain sustainable communities. Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said that in an environment of climate change, a carbon tax debate and clean energy ideas, it was not always easy for people to connect with high-level proposals. ‘Five years ago, a handful of the world’s great cities came together to form the Climate Leadership Group, to share best practice around sustainability. Melbourne was among them. The group has now grown to more than 40 cities and is chaired by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg,’ the Lord Mayor said. This month, the world’s leading sustainability experts meet in Melbourne, travelling from New York, San Francisco, Portland, Sao Paulo, London, Copenhagen, Johannesburg, Yokohama, Karachi, Dhaka, Lagos, Changwon and Sydney. As part of the four-day workshop, officials from these great cities turn their attention to Victoria Harbour in Docklands, working together to find the best way for developers to create a sustainable precinct. ‘The challenge is to create sustainable communities within our city. We need to explore localised energy sources, harvesting stormwater, creating more green spaces and new ways of waste management,’ the Lord Mayor said. ‘Together, we will build a competitive and sustainable city with a prosperous economy that attracts and retains the best and brightest, propels economic growth even further and retains the qualities of Melbourne that we know and love.’ For more on the C40 Workshop visit melbourne.vic.gov.au and read about the C40 Climate Leadership Group at http://live.c40cities.org Nominate a great Melburnian There are many inspirational Melburnians who work hard all year round to create a better city. Nominations are now open for the annual Melbourne Awards. The Melbourne Awards recognise and reward those who dedicate their time and energy to the city. Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said the Melbourne Awards are the city’s highest accolade. ‘Now in their 10th year, the Melbourne Awards are a chance to celebrate the people who so often don’t seek recognition in their day-to-day lives, but who inspire and challenge us all to help create a better Melbourne. The awards are free to enter and acknowledge those who make a significant contribution to Melbourne’s sustainability, the health of the community and the city’s profile. The top honour is Melburnian of the Year. Prominent businessman and philanthropist Harold Mitchell is current Melburnian of the Year. He believes a great Melburnian is someone who helps the city at all levels of society. ‘Great Melburnians accept that we are all equal. Energy comes from those who are creative, open-minded, industrious, and want to be winners,’ Harold said. Read more about what makes a great Melburnian on pages 8 and 9. Which category? Contribution to sustainability celebrates projects or activities that create a more sustainable city through innovation and design or the development of new projects. Contribution to community celebrates projects or activities that enhance the lives of residents and workers through new approaches to community services and volunteer work. Contribution to Melbourne’s profile celebrates projects or activities that have built Melbourne’s local and international reputation as a city for shopping, business, sport, entertainment and culture. Registrations for entry close 28 March. Visit melbourne.vic.gov.au/melbourneawards for more. White roofs, cooler buildings Building owners across the city can now help their buildings absorb less heat and stay cooler during hot days, thanks to new research from the City of Melbourne and University of Melbourne. The research assesses the benefits of white roofs and helps residential, commercial and industrial building owners decide whether white roofs are suitable for their buildings, and outlines which materials to use. Councillor Cathy Oke, Chair of the Future Melbourne (Eco-City) Committee said commercial buildings in the City of Melbourne would benefit most from this tool. ‘White roofs can cool commercial buildings by three per cent on hot days, which helps reduce the urban heat island effect and improves the health of city users,’ Cr Oke said. The research monitored the temperatures of five test buildings at the University of Melbourne’s Burnley Campus for their performance with and without white coatings. The buildings with white roofs showed significantly cooler temperatures, both on the exterior and interior. Dr Dominique Hes, a senior lecturer at the University of Melbourne in sustainable architecture and lead author of the research, explained that when painted white, roofs are able to reflect heat away from the building rather than absorbing it. ‘Reflective white paint on commercial building roofs reduces the energy used to cool the building. Melbourne’s central city has more than 3.5 million square metres of lettable commercial space. If the roofs of these buildings were painted white, the city could in theory reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by three million black balloons,’ Dr Hes said. ‘White roofs are a low cost solution in making buildings more sustainable, particularly for our older buildings. And if our air conditioners are not working as hard, there are financial benefits for buildings owners as well.’ For information about white roofs visit www.1200buildings.com.au or talk to your local paint provider. Local businesses team up Retailers, service providers and businesses can now team up to share information and attract customers, as eight local business precinct associations invite new members to join. City resident and business owner Melanie Ashe knows how to build a community. To stock her new shop, Clementine’s, she brought together some of Victoria’s finest makers of fresh, local produce. ‘As a resident in the city I noticed that there are few places to get local, seasonal produce when the markets are closed. I’m keen to support small businesses who might sell at farmers’ markets but don’t have many other outlets,’ Melanie said. When it came to setting up her business in Degraves Street, Melanie tapped into a different sort of network to navigate the process of getting shop-ready. The new Melbourne Business Precincts program is one of the many ways the city supports business, bringing together eight established precincts and making it easier for businesses to share their collective knowledge and resources. ‘It’s daunting when you first start up. Who do I speak to about getting a liquor license, or grants? The Melbourne District Central Network gave me guidance and showed me things I didn’t know existed,’ Melanie said. Over in North Melbourne, Twenty & Six Espresso co-owners Majda Falan and Nedim Rahmanovic were nine months along in the process of opening their environmentally friendly cafe when they sought assistance from the North & West Precinct Association. ‘In the beginning we started doing everything ourselves. We were trotting along not asking for help,’ Majda said. ‘[Precinct president Ray Walter] has been very helpful, giving us direction on the hospitality side of things. If people want to open businesses in the area they should be aware that help is there.’ Join your local business precinct association today and share resources, helping to stimulate economic development in your area and creating a pool of experienced local entrepreneurs. Find and join a precinct association near you at enterprisemelbourne.com.au or melbournebusiness precincts.org.au or phone 03 9658 9658 for more. A new hub in Carlton Creating a new community hub at the Kathleen Syme Centre in Carlton. When the City of Melbourne purchased the historic Kathleen Syme Centre on Faraday Street last year, it created an exciting opportunity for a new community hub – the first of its kind in Carlton. Future Melbourne (People and Creative Cities) Committee Chair, Councillor Jennifer Kanis said that during the consultation process, the community showed a high level of interest in the future of the Kathleen Syme Centre. ‘We conducted extensive research and spoke with people in the community about their vision for the Kathleen Syme Centre,’ Cr Kanis said. Local businesses, students, residents, seniors, organisations and other members of the community were invited to share their thoughts on the future of the centre at community workshops. Over the past month, this input has helped to determine how the centre can best meet the Carlton community’s needs. The next step will be to discuss these suggestions – along with feedback from the online forum – at a workshop on 15 March. In May, the results of this consultation will be presented to Council, to help decide the future of the centre. Get involved Participate in the online forum at kathleensymecentreconsultation.net.au and come along to the Kathleen Syme Centre options workshop. Date: Thursday 15 March Time: 3pm to 7pm Venue: Alan Gilbert Executive Lounge, Alan Gilbert Building, University of Melbourne, 161 Barry Street, Carlton Pay-By-Phone parking You don’t need coins when you park in parts of Carlton, as a Pay-By-Phone trial makes it simple to pay for parking. Motorists can choose to pay for on-street parking using their mobile phone in a trial area in Carlton. Pay-By-Phone parking means you don’t have to predict how long you will park and you only pay for the exact time you park, up to the bay’s maximum time limit. ‘Love the new parking system in Melbourne city. No more coins needed!’ Charles J Tan said on Twitter earlier this year. The trial began in September 2011. You can use the service when you park in the area bounded by Princes Street to the north, Nicholson Street to the east, Victoria Street to the south and Swanston Street to the west. Pay-By-Phone is quick, easy and free to use. Once you’ve registered, you can track your parking expenses online, review and change your information online any time and print out reports and receipts whenever convenient. Use the Parkmobile phone app or make a quick phone call to start your parking session. You don’t need to display a paper ticket, as parking officers are kept up-to-date on your session electronically. When you’re ready to leave, end your parking session by using the mobile phone app or making another quick call. During the trial, motorists can still use coins as usual in meters and ticket machines. For more information visit melbourne.vic.gov.au/parking or call 03 9658 9658. To register go to www.parkmobile.com.au or call 1300 564 564 Red carpet treatment for visitors It’s a late summer morning and the intersection near Flinders Street Station is awash with people in sandals, quick-dry shorts and sensible hats, holding maps at odd angles and staring at street signs as though they will come to life. In his red shirt and straw hat uniform, tourism volunteer Brian Octigan is ready to point them in the right direction. As a City Ambassador, he is rich with information about Melbourne’s hidden gems. ‘Sometimes they’ve got curly questions, like where they can go to hear jazz music at 10am,’ said Brian, a land surveyor by trade who has volunteered in this role for a year. ‘Whether they’re fresh from the airport and can’t find their hotel or they need a bathroom for their frail old mum, you see the relief on people’s faces when you can show them which way to go,’ said Brian. The economic value of tourism to Melbourne’s economy is significant, with the industry employing more than 30,000 people, according to Future Melbourne (Economic Development and Knowledge City) Committee Chair, Councillor Kevin Louey. ‘It’s crucial that visitors have a great stay and feel plugged in to the city so they want to come back and keep exploring,’ Cr Louey said. ‘International tourists spent $3.9 billion in Melbourne in the year to September 2011, and overnight visitors from elsewhere in Australia spent $4.8 billion here the same period,’ Cr Louey said. In the Bourke Street Mall, tourism volunteer Beverley Wong holds court in the Melbourne Visitor Booth. A steady stream of tourists asks for everything from finding a dance studio to a Star Wars speciality store and the nearest backpackers’ hostel. ‘You can’t possibly know everything, but you need to know where to look for answers. Our city and state has so much to offer,’ Beverley said. For more about the City of Melbourne’s visitor services or how to become a tourism volunteer, visit melbourne.vic.gov.au/tourism Keep ’em coming To attract more visitors and encourage business travellers and their partners to stay longer and explore more of the city, the City of Melbourne offers business events sponsorship funding to conference organisers and city businesses. To encourage delegates to eat, shop and play while they’re in the city on business, the City of Melbourne provides funding to conference organisers and city businesses. Future Melbourne (Economic Development and Knowledge City) Committee Chair, Cr Kevin Louey said business events like conferences, incentive travel, expos, meetings, conventions and exhibitions are the most profitable type of tourism in Melbourne. ‘Business tourism promotes Victorian expertise and innovation to the world and attracts world leaders and investment decision makers who would otherwise not come to Melbourne,’ Cr Louey said. Grants and sponsorship opportunities for businesses and events are worth between $2000 and $10,000. Applications are open now for four categories: ⁃ business event sponsorships ⁃ event partnership program ⁃ small business grants ⁃ social enterprise and micro business grants. Applications close 13 March. To find out more and apply for a grant, call 03 9658 9658 or visit melbourne.vic.gov.au/grantsandsponsorship Fast facts ⁃ International convention delegates spend around five to six times more than international leisure tourists. ⁃ 27 per cent of international delegates also bring a partner. ⁃ Business events are directly responsible for more than 22,000 jobs in Victoria. ⁃ Business events generate $1.2 billion annually for the Victorian economy. Moomba – Free Festival 9–12 March 2012 Opera steps out of the dress circle and into Alexandra Gardens for the powerful opening night of Moomba on 9 March. Ushering in the fun is charismatic conductor and Victorian Opera Music Director, Richard Gill, who has some words of wisdom for the opera first-timers in the crowd. ‘Opera is like a big department store. There’s something to see on every floor and you don’t have to like everything. Come along with an open ear and an open mind and don’t be frightened, it’s all good clean fun,’ said Richard. A hybrid show which mixes opera classics and Broadway musicals, it’s a very Melbourne way to welcome Moomba – and Richard insists that many of the pieces will be familiar. He describes the playlist as a ‘balanced diet of musical styles’. ‘People can bring a picnic, walk around and have something to eat while they listen to opera. It’s a great way to be entertained, very relaxed and informal. And it’s free, that’s very attractive,’ Richard said. Future Melbourne (Economic Development and Knowledge City) Committee Chair, Councillor Kevin Louey said opera on opening night sets the tone for a playful Moomba, full of high quality performances. ‘It’s a great chance to glimpse an art form that is usually expensive and might feel mystifying for first timers. We hope it will set you up with a sense of discovery for the rest of the festival,’ Cr Louey said. What’s on Opening Night Concert: Victorian Opera performs highlights from some of the greatest operas and Broadway musicals, led by Music Director Richard Gill. Birdman Rally: enjoy the show on Sunday as madcap men and women attempt to fly over the water in their homemade flying machines. Parade – new route: look for famous faces and spy the new Moomba King and Queen in a procession of performers and community troupes along St Kilda Road. Closing Night Concert: come together under the big top for the closing night concert, a mix of classical and African music and dance to round off a special Moomba weekend. Entertainment across the weekend: a fantastic music line-up of established and emerging artists. Kids can be chefs, artists, magicians, performers and more, and get in on the skate action at Riverslide Skate Park. You can witness the world’s best waterskiers battle it out for the Moomba Masters, soak up the carnival atmosphere or watch the fireworks from the banks of the Yarra. And it’s all free. Check out the full festival program, plan your Moomba weekend and keep up to date by visiting melbourne.vic.gov.au/moomba or find us on Facebook and Twitter. What makes a great Melburnian? A great Melburnian needs to be creative and innovative, helping build a city where no-one is overlooked or ignored. Father Bob Maguire, social justice advocate Melbourne is a wonderful place to live for any food lover – there are three farmer’s markets near where I live. The city and suburbs are bursting with excellent cafes and restaurants at all price points, with food that reflects the city’s cultural diversity. And our changeable weather promotes good conversation. Stephanie Alexander, chef and author A great Melburnian is someone who’s passionate about where they’re brought up and is willing to get out and support their team, whether it’s Aussie Rules football, cricket, or the Cup, they support whoever they follow. It’s about embracing different things like rugby league and union, and soccer. It’s anyone with a love of life, love of good weather, love of great restaurants and fine alcoholic beverages. Merv Hughes, cricket legend I think Barry Humphries (or was it Edna?) once said: ‘he’s not an Australian, he’s a Melburnian!’ I think Melbourne is like New York in some ways; a sort of country, within a country. Melbourne is idiosyncratic, eccentric, eclectic, like a daggy old woollen jumper your nanna knitted; comfy, nurturing and warm, with the slight scent of mothballs. Adam Elliot, film maker, Harvey Krumpet, Mary and Max A great Melburnian knows 15 cafes which serve flawless coffee, believes that black will always be the new black and considers it one’s civic duty to attend every major cultural and sporting event in this city in order to break the previous crowd record. Elaine Canty, Royal Botanic Gardens chairman Comedy maven, style icon and dag, Janet McLeod. She’s not exactly the backbone of Melbourne comedy culture but she’s something crucial and under-appreciated, like one of the bones in the ear that’s responsible for balance. Frank Woodley, comedian A great Melburnian knows how to use Myki but still buys a Metcard, knows what a white maggot is, would take an axe to every poker machine but has a bet on the races every November, knows their single origin fair trade from their International Roast, still loves test cricket and goes to events, any events. Ross Stevenson, 3AW Breakfast A Melburnian knows not to stand too close to the stage at gigs. Give the band some space. They don’t buy into the cool conversation. The defensively sophisticated see art as observation. They know black is always in, except when it comes to football – boo the Pies! The Bedroom Philosopher, performer and author A great Melburnian sees the city spanning in all directions (but they do get a little anxious on Hoddle St). They love their local village but are cosmopolitan in their outlook, are equally comfortable ribbing their friends at the football as nodding knowingly at the latest performance artwork. Steve Grimwade, Melbourne Writers Festival Director A great Melburnian knows the ’G is not a string. That Myki is not a mouse. That hook turns have nothing to do with fishing. That you always give way to trams. That you go to the Queen Vic market for bratwurst and the South Melbourne equivalent for dimmies. Alan Attwood, editor, The Big Issue Melbourne is about getting to the heart of things: it is a city of interiors. Great Melburnians think and debate: it is what makes places like the Wheeler Centre and Fortyfive Downstairs popular. Great Melburnians go to the opening of an exhibition to see the art, not to be seen at an opening. They are more about values than networks. Julian Burnside, AO, QC, barrister and human rights advocate A great Melburnian is a broad-minded person who welcomes the diversity of our city, not only in obvious things like ethnic neighbourhoods and food, but also in ways of thinking. A great Melburnian contributes to making Melbourne an intellectual centre with a plethora of stimulating opportunities for debating ideas. Peter Singer, ethicist Names like Dame Nellie Melba, ‘Weary’ Dunlop and Ron Barassi leap out as great Melburnians, and there are hundreds more who equally qualify. You don’t need celebrity status to qualify as a great Melburnian, just personal belief, a selfless attitude and a deep seated passion for the city we love. Mal Walden, anchor Ten News Great Melburnians are proud to be seen in public without a tan. They understand that Melbourne (with her extraordinary range of restaurants and bars) is paradise on Earth for a chubby little borderline-alcoholic like me, they appreciate beautiful parklands but never feel compelled to exercise in them; and will not tolerate bad coffee. Denise Scott, comedian Melbourne embraces difference, so it’s difficult to define a ‘Melburnian’. They may be a lover of Chinese food, the footy, a good beer or a great Italian coffee. But what makes a great Melburnian? Maybe someone like Father Bob, who is outspoken, funny and a compassionate advocate for Melbourne’s down-trodden. Lawrence Leung, comedian Great Melburnians are all-rounders. We’ve got a good understanding of sport, a love of the arts, good fashion sense. We’re outdoor people and we love our parks and gardens and beaches and markets. We have a love-hate relationship with our weather, but the rain won’t stop us going out if we’ve got something on. We’re prepared to live the city. Mick Malthouse, AFL legend Melbourne is abundant with artistic culture, diversity, nature, food and hospitality, and quality, and Melburnians know how to make the most of it and share it with others. We are personable and know how to have fun – a lot of the success of our festivals and celebrations is owed to the creativity, daring and lateral thinking of our individuals. Guy Grossi, head chef and owner, Grossi Florentino Impressive Melburnians are free spirited, colourful and flamboyant through to sincere, intelligent, approachable individuals who are community minded. They have universal qualities like entrepreneurship and compassion, creativity and style in all its manifestations with a local and global dimension. Gwendolynne, fashion designer A great Melburnian is one who does not believe that a person possesses an inherent and inviolable element of Melburnian-ness, who does not treat citizens of the other States with contempt and who understands that Melbourne does not solely consist of inner-city suburbs. Alice Pung, author Share stories with our Cafe Poet Find your inner storyteller during the National Year of Reading by dropping in on the new Cafe Poet in residence at City Library. Poet Alia Gabres is sure that everyone has a story to tell, and she plans to bring those stories to light during her residency as the Melbourne Library ServiceCafe Poet. Fuelled by free tea and coffee from Journal cafe in the lobby of City Library, Alia will make herself at home in the City Library over the next six months, and the doors are open to passers by. ‘People who are interested in storytelling can find me at City Library – they don’t have to be professional writers or poets. We’ll come together each month to share stories,’ said Alia, who is co-director of the Centre for Poetics and Justice. Much of Alia’s poetry and performance revolves around themes of identity. She first shared her writing on stage at a poetry slam several years ago. ‘Coming from a background as a first generation Muslim migrant, I feel like I haven’t seen many people who look like me out there doing spoken word. My drive is to engage more with communities that are sometimes marginalised. ‘We all come from different backgrounds and experiences, but we’re all human. I fall in love with human experiences, and I try to share that in my storytelling,’ she said. Future Melbourne (People and Creative Cities) Committee Chair, Councillor Jennifer Kanis said the Cafe Poet Program creates space for a poet to write and a way for the community to feel inspired during the National Year of Reading. ‘We encourage budding poets and writers to share and develop their work with the Melbourne Library Service Cafe Poet in a nurturing environment, supported by Australian Poetry,’ Cr Kanis said. ‘Programs like these help to stimulate interest in poetry and local Melbourne writers. It’s another way to celebrate our status as a UNESCO City of Literature,’ Cr Kanis said. Hear Alia’s spoken word at the launch of her Cafe Poet residency at City Library gallery on 27 March and workshop your own ideas in monthly sessions. The Cafe Poet residency culminates in a poetry slam in August, where everyone is welcome to share their words on stage. Visit www.melbournelibraryservice.com.au or drop into your local City of Melbourne library to find out more about our Cafe Poet and other National Year of Reading activities. Greenhouse dining on the river A waste-free, totally recyclable restaurant and bar springs up on the banks of the Yarra River for 20 days during the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival Greenhouse, by visionary sustainable designer Joost Bakker, sets up in Queensbridge Square to show that it’s possible to create a world without waste, without compromising on style or taste. Canola oil generates the electricity, building materials are formaldehyde free, and in a world first, urine will be harvested and used as fertiliser to grow the oil that will run future Greenhouse projects. This living, breathing restaurant is run by chef Matt Stone and sources fresh, seasonal produce daily. Wheat is freshly milled onsite, herbs are cut from the garden, and yoghurt and butter are made fresh from organic milk and cream delivered in returnable buckets by a local dairy farmer. The city’s waterfront is transformed into a food and wine lover’s playground during the festival’s Riverside Opening Weekend on 3 and 4 March. With more than 30 events across the weekend, the Festival Hub at Queensbridge Square is just one great spot to start a weekend riverside promenade. Taste the best produce from 58 Victorian wineries at Cellar Door and Farm Gate on the grassy South Wharf Promenade. Joined by craft brewers and artisan producers, spend the day sampling some of Victoria’s famous cheeses, artisan breads, charcuterie, gourmet ice cream and more. The City of Melbourne is a government partner of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, which runs from 2 to 21 March. Visit melbourne.vic.gov.au/whatson for more. Events March is a marvellous time to get out and about in the city. For more ideas on things to see and do in Melbourne this month, visit melbourne.vic.gov.au/whatson Festivals Moomba Festival is free in the Alexandra Gardens and Birrarung Marr from 9 to 12 March, with an exceptional program of music, performance, dance, art, theatre and sports. If you are looking for live indy music, a carnival ride for the kids, fireworks after dinner or some old fashioned marching bands in a parade, Moomba has it all. Family Foodie Weekend is a celebration of family food traditions during the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, at ArtPlay on 3 and 4 March. It is led by some of Melbourne’s best chefs and festival friends including the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation. See stunning installations by Australia’s top floral and landscape designers, garden and floral products, great food and entertainment for the whole family at the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show. At the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens from 28 March to 1 April. Carlton takes on a Malaysian flavour during Fiesta Malaysia 2012, as popular Penang hawkers and restaurants transform Argyle Square (Piazza Italia) along with stand-up comedy and workshops, food performances, fashion shows, wedding houses and cultural performances from 23 to 25 March. Activities Get revved up for the 2012 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix from 15 to 18 March as the world’s eyes are trained on the spectacular Albert Park circuit. Don’t miss all the glamour and action of F1 from 15 to 18 March, with general admission tickets from $39. Visit grandprix.com.au for more. Check out classic American cars including the Lincoln, Mercury, Cadillac, Thunderbird, Chevrolet and all the classics from the 40s to the 70s at Melbourne Motormania, at Waterfront City and Promenade, and New Quay, Docklands, as well as British and European cars and live entertainment. Free, on 3 and 4 March. Part treasure hunt, part amazing race, part puzzle, the Melbourne City Romp is a charity fundraiser at Treasury Gardens on 25 March. Teams of two to six are armed with a map, clue sheet and mobile phone and attempt to solve challenges at checkpoints located at iconic venues and quirky locations across Melbourne. Celebrate Victoria’s biggest and brightest celebration of cultural diversity. Viva Victoria is a one-day festival of musical and dance performances, global cuisine, arts and craft stalls, kids’ activities, workshops and roving performers at Federation Square on 25 March. Culture At the Arts House in North Melbourne, put on your video goggles for And the Birds Fell From the Sky until 18 March. Antony Hamilton and Melanie Lane present contemporary dance pieces Clouds Above Berlin between 7 and 11 March, while junkyard theatre trio The Suitcase Royale present Zombatland from 14 to 18 March. It’s International Women’s Day Festival from 5 to 31 March at the Queen Victorian Women’s Centre and QV Square. The Centenary Exhibition at the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre building from 7 March to 27 April provides an insight into the struggles and achievements that have created lasting change for women. Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond is an exhibit of illustrated manuscripts from 13th to 18th century Persia, Mughal India and the Ottoman Turkish empire. Free at the State Library of Victoria from 9 March to 1 July. Children’s book authors and illustrators take over the lawns of the State Library of Victoria on 25 March at the Children’s Book Festival. Kids can meet their favourite storytellers, check out the petting zoo, marquees, roving performers, music acts and exhibitions. Active Melbourne Get into shape for life with social and recreational activities all over the city, many of them supported by the City of Melbourne through events, initiatives and facilities. For more, visit www.activemelbourne.net.au Winter sports season Start training for the 2012 winter sports season, which runs from April to September. Soccer, Aussie Rules football, baseball and touch football, whatever your winter pleasure there are many sports clubs based in the City of Melbourne’s parks, including Princes, Royal, Holland and Fawkner parks. Visit www.activemelbourne.net.au for more. Harmony Cup Teams for Greece, Albania, Israel, Turkey, Ireland and Africa come together for the fifth Harmony Cup at Royal Park on 18 March. The Harmony Cup celebrates Melbourne’s ethnic diversity and harmony, and uses Aussie Rules football to break down cultural and ethnic barriers. Each team plays three matches for their country of origin, with the winners awarded the cup by AFL legend Ron Barassi. Lots of footy, food, fun, music, cultural performances and prizes, it’s a great day out for all the family. For more, visit www.harmonycup.com or email@example.com Tin Alley Netball Melbourne University Sport’s next season of Tin Alley Netball starts on 14 March at the Melbourne uni sports centre. Be one of the first 10 mixed or women’s teams to enter and save $50 on your team’s registration by mentioning Melbourne News. To register, contact 03 8344 5409 or visit www.sport.unimelb.edu.au Indonesian Student Soccer League A Melbourne based non-profit organisation founded in 2005 to engage and unite the Indonesian student community through sport. The league now attracts players and supporters from the Indonesian community and the broader Asian student community. Find them on Facebook, visit www.indostudent.info or call 0403 220 434. YMCA Swimathon More than 100 YMCA-managed pools countrywide take part in Australia’s biggest pool-based fundraiser swim on 11 March. Come together for a day of healthy physical activity while raising money for YMCA benevolent programs in each centre’s local community. Visit www.ymcaswimathon.org.au for more. Active Melbourne City Sports Rally your office mates for a team building activity which everyone can enjoy, with many programs to choose from during March. Corporate Dragon Boat Challenge 2 March Tan Team Challenge Relay 7 March Wellness in the City 15 and 29 March Docklands Dash 28 March Sports Active Weekend 30 and 31 March Check melbournecitysports.ymca.org.au for more. My neighbourhood East Melbourne local Sarah Caulfield can gauge how good a footy match at the MCG is by listening to the crowd roar from her window, rather than the television. Why do you live in the area? I moved to Melbourne from Vancouver in 2008, and settled down here in East Melbourne a year later to live in a studio apartment with my partner. He loves living here. I love it because it’s such a nice, quiet, green haven with easy access to some of the best parts of the city. And, we live in a studio flat in a beautiful brick building built in the 1930s. It’s tiny, but we make it work. How do you get involved in your community? In small ways – attending a workshop or event at the East Melbourne library, inviting our neighbours to a garden tea party, taking time to catch up with folks I pass on the street, or saying hi to Hercules, the old cat who lives near the library. What’s the view from your window? The brick walls of the other half our beautiful building, complemented by the green of the bushes, trees and grass of the garden – there’s a lovely palm that makes beautiful sounds in the wind. We’ve got some regular turtledove visitors too. What are your neighbours like? Fantastic! Even though East Melbourne crams a lot into such a small area, people are really generous. I’ve met lovely people through thesharehood.org when I’ve needed to borrow a sewing machine or a food processor. Who do you like to cross paths with on the street? East Melbourne has become a nice blend of all ages. It’s nice to see young families on one side of the street as older residents walk their dogs on the other. How do you imagine your neighbourhood into the future? I would love for the grassy traffic islands throughout East Melbourne to become community garden plots between the trees. How amazing would that be, to see gardens exploding with fruits and veggies and flowers. Describe a typical day in your neighbourhood: Normally, quite calm and quiet, with a lot of pedestrian traffic instead of car traffic during rush hour times. And I love hearing the neighbour’s cocky adding sound effects throughout the day. An Incident at City Gallery A new exhibition places a 1930s painting from the city’s collection in a contemporary Koori light. Artist and curator Paola Balla grew up on the Murray River hearing stories about first contact between her ancestors and white explorers charting the Murray River. So when she discovered a painting in the City of Melbourne’s collection about that moment, she built an exhibition around it for City Gallery. There are 7000 items in the city’s art and heritage collection. For this exhibition, Paola trawled the collection to complement one of them: William Rowell’s painting, An Incident in Sturt’s Trip Down The Murray River in 1831. ‘I was transfixed by it. Any time you see your own people depicted, particularly historically, it fascinates me. Even though the content is emotional and historical, it’s a beautiful painting. I had an instant connection to it,’ Paola said. Paola juxtaposes some storytelling of her own with the painting’s European take on the encounter between the explorer and Aboriginal people of the Murray. The resulting exhibition repositions the painting from a contemporary Koori perspective and includes artefacts, photographs and contemporary artworks, many by urban-based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. An Incident in Swanston Street, runs at City Gallery until 30 April. Melbourne Town Hall ground floor, 110 Swanston Street Melbourne. Lifelong learning Keep your mind active and share your experiences by coming along to the University of the Third Age’s monthly forums at the Multicultural Hub. A passion for learning and an interest in ideas and discussion is all that’s needed to join other over 50s who are retired or semi-retired at these forums, presented by the University of the Third Age (U3A) Melbourne City. Everything old is new again: the history of vintage clothing. For 30 years, costume designer and vintage clothing shop owner Nicole Jenkins has collected and restored Australian historical clothing. Join her for a talk on fashion from the 1920s to the 1960s and bring along items from your own collection to discuss. Thursday 15 March. Flinders Street Station: past and future. It’s about to get a million-dollar upgrade, but what did Flinders Street Station look like in its glory days and do we have a vision for the future? Jenny Davies, author of Beyond the Façade, explores the many faces of the station over the past 100 years through a photographic slideshow. Thursday 19 April. What are we doing about Alzheimer’s disease? Recent research findings into the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease and possible future treatments and prevention are the subject of discussion with Professor David Ames, Director of the National Ageing Research Institute and University of Melbourne Foundation Professor of Ageing & Health. Thursday 17 May. Forums run from 1pm to 2pm, followed by afternoon tea and cost $2 at the door of the Multicultural Hub 506 Elizabeth Street Melbourne. To book, call 03 9639 5209 or visit www.u3amelbcity.org.au/Lectures Gardening on the verge What do you think about people using public land for street gardens? Distinct from organised community gardens, street gardens are a way for people to use public land – like nature strips, footpaths, median strips or laneways – to create small gardening spaces. We are keen to hear what you have to say about street gardens. Our draft guidelines are out for public comment and we would love to hear what you think by Friday 9 March. To see the guidelines and find out more, visit melbourne.vic.gov.au/getinvolved or call 03 9658 9658. Is that place wheelchair friendly? Find out whether a cinema has ramp access or if there’s enough room for a wheelchair between tables at a local restaurant, thanks to a new social networking site. Travelling Chair encourages people to share reviews about accessibility at all kinds of premises, from bars and restaurants to cinemas, retail stores and other businesses that people with disabilities may want to access. At travellingchair.net people can check and report on the acoustics of a venue, whether there is an accessible toilet, and whether the hallway is wide enough to access it. ‘Some places are listed as accessible because they have “ramp access”, but how accessible is a bar without a disabled toilet?’ asked project manager Naomi Chainey from Grit Media, which developed travellingchair.net with support from VicHealth and a community services grant from City of Melbourne. The site links to Google Maps and can be used all over the world, starting with Melbourne. Visit www.travellinghchair.net to contribute a review or check a venue. The next round of community services grants, arts grants and Active Melbourne Sport and Recreation Grants for projects in 2013 opens on 7 May. Special Offer King & Godfree Parmesan cheese may be a common sight on kitchen tables today, but when Luca Sbardella’s grandfather arrived in Carlton in the mid-1940s he couldn’t find it anywhere. So Carlo Valmorbida imported blocks of parmesan from Italy and offered it to hesitant shopkeepers. It sold fast, first to the European migrants who were settling around Carlton after World War Two, then to curious Melburnians. ‘Before the war, my grandfather ran a little deli near Vicenza, so after escaping to Australia he found work at the Lygon Street Food Store and started introducing products from back home,’ said Luca. Carlo soon bought the business, then set his sights on the nearby King & Godfree. The first licensed grocery store in Melbourne, King & Godfree had already seen many changes in Lygon Street since its inception in the 1880s, but there were more to come. ‘My grandfather bought King & Godfree in 1955 and it became the place to get important items like pasta, smallgoods, olive oil and tomato paste,’ Luca said. After more than 60 years purveying quality food and wine, Carlo’s descendants hope to soon start serving contemporary Italian food in store, alongside the traditional deli. ‘On Lygon Street there are plenty of bottle shops, and restaurants serving big bowls of pasta, but my cousins and I want to show how quality ingredients can make a simple, beautiful Italian meal. Like prosciutto, some mozzarella, sliced tomato and basil, crusty bread and a glass of wine – simple, beautiful,’ Luca said. To celebrate, King & Godfree is giving away a hamper worth $100. For your chance to win, tell us: What year did Carlo Valmorbida buy King & Godfree? Mail your answer with your name, address and phone number to: King & Godfree, 293-297 Lygon Street Carlton 3053 or email firstname.lastname@example.org The businesses featured on this page are all recipients of the Lord Mayor’s Commendations. The commendations recognise the long-term commitment and contribution to the City of Melbourne by Melbourne’s small business proprietors and family-run businesses.
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