Northcote / local stories

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Darebin to install memorial to all victims of genocide

A monument to commemorate the victims of genocide and genocidal acts will be erected in a Preston park after a motion to install it passed unopposed at a Darebin council meeting on Monday. A large delegation from the munipality’s diverse ethnic communities was in the gallery of the Preston Town Hall to witness the vote … Continue reading

Creating A Welcome – craftivism for asylum seekers (video)

A network of craft workers horrified by the Australian government’s treatment of asylum seekers has raised well over $10,000 to support them at a series of weekend markets in Melbourne’s inner north. Organisers say the Creating A Welcome initiative came out of a desire to do something practical and overcome feelings of helplessness about federal … Continue reading

True North a true reflection

For those who came overwhelmed and weary from the weekend before’s White Night event in the Melbourne CBD, Reservoir’s inaugural arts festival offered some welcome respite. There were no crowds to fight your way through, no bewildering array of venues and performances to choose from and no light and laser spectacles to over-excite and befuddle … Continue reading

Kris Kringle market finale

There was a good turnout for the last of the Kris Kringle markets at Northcote Town Hall on Thursday night but mixed reports from stallholders about sales over the four‑week event. A healthy crowd was circulating through the hall and forecourt area, poring over displays of colourful and inventive wares in the market’s final hours, … Continue reading

Tree fall closes Westgarth Street

Westgarth Street-Merri Parade was closed for more than two hours between High St and Union St last night after a bough from a giant cypress broke off and fell across the road. The State Emergency Service was called just after 10.00 p.m. and police blocked the road at High St as a crew of SES and … Continue reading

Town Hall attack

A man was knocked unconscious and suffered serious facial injuries and two others were stabbed with a syringe outside Northcote Town Hall on Saturday night in an attack police described as very unusual. One detective unit and four marked police cars were called to the scene and the front of the Town Hall was cordoned … Continue reading

Loretta O’Brien – making connections at 3CR

3CR CRAM guide 2011 Radio’s always been big in new station manager Loretta O’Brien’s life. She remembers the present that started it all when she was seven. ‘It was a green apple-shaped radio. It was plastic. It probably lasted about three months, but it was like this amazing thing to get a radio. I remember … Continue reading

Northern mayors meet on public land

Former state schools and surplus government land should be used for community benefit, not sold for commercial development, according to mayors from Melbourne’s north. Seven mayors met in Darebin last month to discuss “a lack of transparency and accountability” in the State Government’s public land dealings, which they said were “biased towards short-term commercial gain”. … Continue reading

Night is falling – death of a neighbour

Big Issue, 2001 Public places are full of stories – and secrets. Jenny Denton remembers her chats with a homeless man living in a local park – and her shock on hearing of his terrible fate. A light mist hangs a few inches from the grass and Mort and I are breathing fog-puffs as we … Continue reading