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What would locals like others know about Melbourne, Australia? Presenting relevant links in a somewhat random fashion:

Headlines
Transforming Australia’s Cities for Climate Change: The 7.5% City – Issues
Turning urban sprawl into a net-zero city. Lessons from Melbourne
The best free nature walks in and around Melbourne
Melbourne actually has its own flag, and it features a dead sheep
Resident fury as Melbourne Water moves to sell off public land used as parks – The Age
Quiet signs of success
Well done, humans. We’ve killed Melbourne’s Separation Tree
Victorian election 2014: Greens win Melbourne in historic victory – The Age
Melbourne coffee: the cafes that put our city on the caffeine map
Melbourne Rail Loop
You’re not a Melburnian until …
New exhibition tells ancient indigenous stories using modern technology

Reports
Transforming Australian Cities

Parks
New Urban Parks – Parks Victoria master plans for regional parks for Melbourne – Merri Creek Parklands, Toolern Creek Regional Park and Werribee River Regional Park.

In May 2006 Great Parks for a Liveable City was announced with the Government committing $10.43 million to the planning and establishment of the first three new metropolitan parks in the growth corridors of Melbourne’s west and north – Merri Creek Parklands (Campbellfield/Thomastown), Toolern Creek Regional Park (Melton) and Werribee River Regional Park (Werribee). The first stages of each of the parks will be open to the community in mid 2010. The full realisation of the parks will take up to 20 years, depending on funding, rainfall and population growth in the surrounding areas. With Melbourne’s population expected to be 5 Million by 2030 the development of these parks will ensure that the park network grows to keep pace with the growing city.

Wild Melbourne
wildmelbourne.org@WildMelbourne
Facebook
documenting-the-wilds-of-melbourne

Talking Plants
talkingplants.blogspot.com.au
@TimEntwisle
abc.net.au/radionational/programs/talkingplants

Woodlands
http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/woodlands-historic-park
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/offtrack/very-important-bandicoots/5710312
near Tullamarine Airport

Current Time
If it is 4pm in Melbourne, what time is it elsewhere?
Current time

Green House
thegreenhousemelbourne.com.au
Green House Effect – The Monthly
Joost Bakker’s All-New Greenhouse Is a Blueprint for the House of the Future – Broadsheet

Lighter Footprints
lighterfootprints.org
Facebook
@LiteFootPrints

Birds

Rob Adams
Melbourne city planner reckons that bigger cities are better cities: Rob Adams at TEDxSydney

Events
March-April Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Youtube
Facebook
@micomfestival

TBA TEDx MelbourneFacebookTwitterhttp://tedxmelbourne.amplifyeffect.com.au

August – September Melbourne Writers’ Festival@MelbWritersFestYouTube

Recommended listening
Cities after the pandemic – Big Ideas – Recorded September 2021, University of Melbourne
Speakers
Alison Young – Professor of Criminology University of Melbourne @scotinoz
David Nichols – Associate Professor of Urban Planning University of Melbourne
Kate Raynor -Research Fellow in Urban Planning University of Melbourne
Liz Taylor -Senior Lecturer in Urban Planning Monash University
Max Holleran – moderator- Research Fellow in Sociology University of Melbourne

The rivers sing (RISING podcast)

The Forbidden City – Melbourne has been under curfew since early August, only essential workers are allowed out after 8 at night. So how does it feel to be in a city hollowed out by coronavirus? Courtney Carthy takes a tram and meets homeless folk, delivery drivers, health workers and the odd person flouting the rules.

Surveyor Hoddle and how he shaped Melbourne – In 1837 a surveyor named Robert Hoddle was sent from Sydney to the mouth of the Yarra, charged with the duties of laying out what would become the city of Melbourne.

A forgotten war – A story from our colonial past that has everything: war, love, courage, freedom fighters … and the gallows. And it all takes place, more or less, in the heart of Melbourne, in 1842.

John Helder Wedge – The story of colonial surveyor and explorer John Helder Wedge, one of the forgotten founders of Melbourne.

The Founding of Melbourne and the Conquest of Australia – Tasmanian historian James Boyce’s new book tells the story of the illegal squatters camp founded on the banks of the Yarra River in 1835, and how it sparked a frenzied land rush that transformed Australia and wiped out 80 percent of the local Aborigines.

By Design on a tram – Join Alan Saunders and the By Design team for a highly unusual forum celebrating the architecture and urban design of one of our greatest cities. Unusual because the venue for our forum is that quintessential Melbourne mode of transport, a tram: The City Circle tram to be exact. The City Circle tram passes some of the city’s major tourist attractions and some of its finest architecture and urban design.

Queenie, Choi and friends: 150 years at the Melbourne Zoo – This year marks the 150th anniversary of Melbourne Zoo in its location at Royal Park, part of the green ring which surrounds the city. Australia’s oldest zoo, the Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens opened to the public in 1862, part of the city’s boom time grandiloquence, and a mark of its growing urban cosmopolitanism.

Conversation with Simon Sleight – Simon Sleight examines how the baby boom that resulted from the gold rushes of the 1850s created new urban spaces that changed the design of Melbourne streets.

The art of gleaning forbidden fruit – Director of the Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens, Tim Entwisle, walks the back streets of inner-city Melbourne, finding out about street fruit.

Urban forest project has unexpected delightful consquences – Severe water restrictions have left the city’s urban forest in a state of decline and nearly 40% of trees are in decline or dying. So they came up with an idea. Each tree has been given its own email address and ID number on an interactive online map – the original intention was to help residents report tree decline, but instead people starting writing love emails to the trees.

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/blueprintforliving/buildings-or-people-the-view-from-the-street/8797396


Last Half Hour: Ancient Places, Melbourne – Look around at any Australian city, places built since white settlement, places built on other ancient places. In this series we travel around Australia, walking the hard landscapes of modern Australia and trying to imagine the place that was. This week we travel along the Yarra River and visit the site of first contact.

Dean Stewart Aboriginal Tours And Education Melbourne A-TAEM
Facebook

YouTube
Visit Melbourne
The Melb ComedyFest

Flickr
Melbourne

Westography – documenting the fading ‘social landscape’ of the western and north-western suburbs of Melbourne and the western arc of country Victoria, Australia.

Westography: Warren Kirk turns Flickr photos of ageing Melbourne into book

Tourism Portals
Melbourne
@Melbourne
Facebook

Blogs
Bushwalking

Facebook
Melbourne
The Very Curious Kitten
greencities.australia
melbournemuseum
https://www.facebook.com/RaisedByEagles
https://www.facebook.com/melbournewildernesssolutions
Mamasita

Twitter
@abbiecardwell
@ceresfairfood
@EchidnaW
@FarmrsMarktsFan
@locavoreguides
@Melbourne
@MelbWritersFest
@MelbFarmersMkts
@AdamBandt
@Melbfoodandwine
@wheelercentre
@WildMelbourne
@cityofmelbourne
@losamatesau
@EtihadStadiumAU

Government
melbourne.vic.gov.au
Reignite Melbourne
Facebook
Youtube
@cityofmelbourne

News
The Age
heraldsun.com.au
livestream.com/melbournepressclub

Elsewhere on the Web
Some other places to visit and things to do in Melbourne:
Federation Square: Corner of Flinders Street and Swanston Street @Fed_Square
Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) Federation Square: Flinders Street
National Design Centre: Federation Square Flinders Street
Eureka Skydeck
Future Melbourne
That’s Melbourne
Sustainable Living Festival
Sustainable Melbourne
openhousemelbourne.orgsound walks
thebigissue.org.au
onlymelbourne.com.au
CERES Environmental Park
This education resource center in Melbourne’s northern suburbs lies on Merri Creek. CERES is a leader in environmental education, sustainable solutions and action and experiential modelling. CERES is engaging with 470,000 people each year in living more lightly and equitably on the planet. It is the most visited community environmental centre in Australia, known for being a pioneer of community arts, experiential education, sustainable urban agriculture and for demonstrating innovative and achievable solutions to pressing environmental and social issues.
@ceresbrunswick
@ceresfairfood
@cinnamonceres

Dredging Port Phillip Bay
Supporters of channel deepening, including many in Victoria’s Government and business community, say the estimated $969 million project will boost exports and trade, but will the economic benefits be delivered with unacceptable environmental costs?

Tours
echidnawalkabout.com.au
Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours
@EchidnaW

Baseball
@MelbourneAces @voiceofcohen

Bikes
More info about cycling and walking around Melbourne
Cycle round the city – Guardian
Rent a Bike
The Humble Vintage Bike Hire

Rugby
Melbourne Rebels
Rebel Army

Tennis
Melbourne Open

Stadiums
Etihad stadium
Docklands_Stadium
http://www.mcg.org.au (MCG)
http://www.rodlaverarena.com.au

Trees
feral fruit melbourne
melbourneurbanforestvisual.com.au

Water
melbournewater.com.au@MelbourneWater

Where to eat
Los Amates@losamatesaufacebook
broadsheet.com.au/melbourne

Wheeler Centre / Deakins Lectures
wheelercentre.com

History
August 30 is Melbourne Day

Indigenous/Aboriginal Culture
Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operativeFacebook

Transportation
SkyBus is a greener, easy way to travel. When you travel on SkyBus between Melbourne airport and the city you leave a smaller carbon footprint.

Melbourne Airport Transport Information

Southern Cross is the major railway station and transport hub of Melbourne and now has a fully operational site offering information about all services operating at its location.

http://www.vline.com.au

http://www.yarratrams.com.au

Melbourne’s iconic Flinders Street Station, is the oldest rail station in Australia and the busiest suburban railway station in the southern hemisphere.
http://www.cv.vic.gov.au/stories/flinders-street-station
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flinders_Street_railway_station

Melbourne Museum
http://museumvictoria.com.au/melbournemuseum
Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre is located at Melbourne Museum.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/melbournemuseum
https://www.facebook.com/melbournemuseum
@bunjilaka
@melbournemuseum

Brunswick
Brunswick is 6 kilometers north from Melbourne’s central business district.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brunswick,_Victoria
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brunswick_Street,_Melbourne
http://www.brunswickstreet.com.au
http://www.brunswickmusicfestival.com.au

Carlton
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlton,_Victoria
http://localhero.biz/article/permatitle/history_of_carlton,_victoria
http://www.footypedia.com/00000280.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlton_Gardens

Hawthorn
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawthorn,_Victoria
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawthorn_Football_Club

North Melbourne
North Melbourne
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Melbourne_Football_Club
nmfc.com.au

Port Melbourne
Not to be confused with the Port of Melbourne!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_Melbourne
http://www.noisette.com.au
http://www.facebook.com/topmelbourne/posts/157308187623450
http://www.pmfc.com.au

Richmond
Wikipedia
richmondfc.com.au

St Kilda
Wikipedia
http://www.stkildamarina.net.au
http://www.saints.com.au
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-28/popular-st-kilda-tourist-spot-to-undergo-major-revamp/6891162
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acland_Street,_Melbourne

Warrandyte
Warrandyte
Currawong_Bush_Park

Parks
parkweb.vic.gov.au

Markets
Mulgrave Farmers Market
mfm.com.au
@CarltonFMkt

Crafts
Handmade in Melbourne
If you are an artisan in need of a website, we can help. The team behind Handmade in Melbourne have created a cost-effective website solution, specifically crafted for the handmade world. The website connects you to your customers, enabling you to sell your products direct.

Travel
Pelican Expeditions

Universities
University of Melbourne
Indigenous Knowledge Institute

University Square
http://participate.melbourne.vic.gov.au/universitysquare

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
Certified in January 2008, the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) is the first and only conference and exhibition space in Australia to receive a 6 Star Green Star – Convention Centre PILOT rating. Featuring displacement ventilation, solar hot water, radiant slab heating & cooling and sustainable use of building materials, the MCEC achieves synergy between water and energy efficiency, indoor environment quality, and versatile room use, making it a world leader in environmentally sustainable design.

Nearby: French Island
Wikipedia
parkweb.vic.gov.au

Places
cornerhotel.com

Embedded Tweets

Bingo
AFLCoffee – Federation Square – MelbourneMelbourne Star – Punt Road – Suburb – Victoria

Wikipedia
Melbourne
St Kilda
Victoria

Planeta.com

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