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Put yourself in their shoes!

Put yourself in their shoes!

June 11th, 2024 - Simon Harvey

These shoes are those of hundreds of Kensington Banks residents feeling disillusioned and angry after receiving an updated map of flood modelling of the Maribyrnong River, which puts their homes at a higher risk of flooding from a one-in-100-year event.


Local fires are burning

May 15th, 2024 - Simon Harvey

Following the failed 2023 Referendum there is a sense that, while the dust of bitter discussion has settled, the fire for ever deeper “reconciliation” with our Indigenous peoples is burning even brighter.

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E-scooter trial extension: fun and convenience versus safety

April 9th, 2024 - Simon Harvey

The Melbourne e-scooter trial has been extended, and e-scooters are here to stay.

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Unison Housing … what are you thinking?!

March 13th, 2024 - Simon Harvey

Many will know that our Kensington Community Network (KCN) meets regularly to share news, perspectives and needs in the community. This committee is jointly managed and chaired by Unison’s Deb Wilson and Rebecca Smith from Kensington Neighbourhood House (KNH).

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Kensington Association at a crossroad

February 14th, 2024 - Simon Harvey

The Kensington Association (KA) was formed in 1997 … 26 years ago. In the first edition of North West City News (NWCN) in February 2021, as chairperson of the association, I penned a brief history of the KA, in which I documented some of its achievements.

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Bearing the brunt

December 12th, 2023 - Simon Harvey

Assemble (or Assemble Communities) is a property development and community management company.

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The bulldozer is on the block

November 15th, 2023 - Simon Harvey

Anyone who follows “the news” will know there is almost a sense of panic within government ranks in relation to the provision of housing.

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Trust is on the ballot

October 11th, 2023 - Simon Harvey

Trust is always on the ballot. In elections we place our trust in the candidate for whom we vote. On October 14 there will be similar trust at play.

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Community cohesion

September 13th, 2023 - Simon Harvey

Will the continued demise of church congregations make any difference to the general wellbeing and cohesion of our community?

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Transition or transformation?

August 16th, 2023 - Simon Harvey

In the July edition of North West City News Brendan Rees reported on the sale of the iconic church on the corner of Queensbury and Curzon streets in North Melbourne. Apparently a Uniting Church leader said that “such a substantial landholding … no longer met their missional goals”.

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