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A new project shows combining childcare and aged care has social and economic benefits

Intergenerational care programs encourage relationship building between generations. Griffith University What happens when you bring a group of older residents to mix with young children in childcare? Clapping hands and singing songs is just one way they spend the morning together. These interactions are made possible by intergenerational care programs that have gained popularity in Australia in recent years. Intergenerational care programs provide...

School of Hard Knocks presents Street Requiem & Tattoo for Homelessness Week

Don't miss this special concert on Sunday 5th August, 3pm at Deakin Edge. Presented by the School of Hard Knocks, this concert includes Street Requiem for those who have died on the street by Kathleen McGuire, Andy Payne & Jonathon Welch … AND the premiere of Tattoo, a new musical, written by the Choir of Hard Knocks in collaboration with...

How the ‘yeah-but’ mentality stalls progress on bag bans and other green issues

Is forgetting your bags really such an inconvenience?  AAP Image/Peter Rae The debacle over the removal of single-use plastic bags from supermarkets has been analysed from a range of different perspectives. Supermarkets have been described as breaking a psychological trust contract with their customers and cynically using environmental concerns to reduce their costs and increase their profits. The pushback by Australian shoppers has been the...

Migration helps balance our ageing population – we don’t need a moratorium

Cutting immigration to Australia will impact the country’s demographic composition, with consequences for the working age population and income tax base. Andrew Seaman/Unsplash Australia’s population is set to reach 25 million in the coming weeks. This is much earlier than expected. Eighteen years ago, projections estimated Australia’s population wouldn’t get to 25 million until 2041. Western Australian Liberal Senator Dean Smith last week proposed a moratorium...

Films and short films

Looking After Port Melbourne Beaches BeachPatrol received notice from Documentary Australia Foundation of the upcoming showing of  Blue on Wed 25 July 18 at The Jam Factory, Chapel St.  Filmed in the seas surrounding Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines and the USA, BLUE looks at how the very nature of the ocean is being altered. There is some amazing footage, and very powerful messages about the health...

Listen To Older Voices : Charles Pallaghy – Part 2

Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced by Rob Greaves for Uniting Melba and podcast through the Toorak Times and Tagg. Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principle of...

Look up #happycity and here’s what you’ll find

The same things tend to make people happy-such as nature and colour. (Jardin des Curiosités, Lyon, France)  Léonard Cotte/Unsplash City planners and designers want to build cities that are liveable, healthy and smart. Yet, in the abundance of research and guidelines on how to make healthy cities, happiness seems to be missing. Research shows urban environments have an impact on our...

Smart city planning can preserve old trees and the wildlife that needs them

Mature trees have horizontal branches that are attractive to wildlife and birds. from shutterstock.com Australia’s landscapes are dotted with mature eucalypts that were standing well before Captain Cook sailed into Botany Bay. These old trees were once revered as an icon of the unique Australian landscape, but they’re rapidly becoming collateral damage from population growth. Mature eucalypts are routinely removed to...

You Can’t Stop The Music this Sunday!! Presented by THECHO!R & Artistic Director Jonathon Welch

Tickets are still available for this fun and fabulous concert. Celebrating the singers and songwriters of the 1980's on Sunday 1st July at 3pm in the beautiful Collingwood Town Hall. It will be like totally awesome!!! Sing along to all your favourite hits from Cyndi Lauper, Bon Jovi, U2, Madonna, Tears for Fears and more! THECHO!R, Melbourne's most exciting...

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