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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...

Overcrowded housing looms as a challenge for our cities

 The return of the historic problem of overcrowded dwellings points to a need in Australia for better understanding of the causes and regulatory responses. Jacob Riis (1889) Overcrowding is an inevitable and often overlooked result of the affordable housing shortage in our cities. When a dwelling requires four or more extra bedrooms to reasonably accommodate occupants, the standard commonly used in Australia defines...

To design safer parks for women, city planners must listen to their stories

Eurydice Dixon was murdered in a busy Melbourne park - how can we make these spaces safer for women? DAVID CROSLING/AAP Image The rape and murder of aspiring comedian Eurydice Dixon in an inner-city Melbourne park – while deeply shocking – is part of an avalanche of gendered violence perpetrated against women in cities every day. Nothing can protect women from the random...

‘Stay safe’: why women are enraged by advice to steer clear of violent men

The murder of 22-year-old Melburnian Eurydice Dixon has provoked outrage and grief on social media, following police advice to “stay safe”. AAP/James Ross This week, a man allegedly raped and murdered a young woman – emerging comedian Eurydice Dixon – as she walked home from a comedy gig. 19-year-old Jaymes Todd has since been charged with one count of murder and one count of...

How Dogs Can Help with Mental Health – Mind Boosting Benefits of Dog Ownership – Part 2

“The human-animal bond bypasses the intellect and goes straight to the heart and emotions and nurtures us in ways that nothing else can.” – Karin Winegar This is the second and final part of the article. PART 7: Robot Dogs: Are They Just as Beneficial? You might find the idea of a robot dog amusing, but there are many people (ageing adults and...

How Dogs Can Help with Mental Health – Mind Boosting Benefits of Dog Ownership – Part 1

“The human-animal bond bypasses the intellect and goes straight to the heart and emotions and nurtures us in ways that nothing else can.” – Karin Winegar An amazing 95% of us see our dogs like family, and it’s not hard to see why that is the case. For thousands of years, we have lived side by side with them, and they...

Melbourne International Singers Festival 2018 welcomes Antony Pitts, from The Song Company

In the lead up to our 9th annual Melbourne International Singers Festival, we unfortunately have to advise that due to ill health, Richard Gill AO has to withdraw. Richard very much regrets not being able to proceed and wishes all participants a rewarding and enjoyable Festival. Of course, we all wish Richard a speedy recovery and we are hoping...

Is your dog happy? Ten common misconceptions about dog behaviour

Yes Niles, but are you really happy? (main picture) Molly Glassey/Staff dog It is difficult to refer to what dogs, as a collective, like and dislike and how they behave. Just as humans do, dogs all have their own personalities and learned preferences and so can differ dramatically in how they approach life and what they take from it. In...

Food sharing with a 21st-century twist – and Melbourne’s a world leader

People have always shared food, but digital communications technology is driving a renaissance of food-sharing networks. Josephine Lim/CrowdSpark/AAP Food sharing is experiencing a renaissance in cities around the world. By food sharing, we mean the collaborative growing, cooking, eating and distributing of food as well as sharing food-related skills, spaces and tools. This is nothing new, of course, but new socio-technologies...

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