March 2006

The Commonwealth Games

Who has been edged out of Melbourne? The homeless, workers, kids from their schools, parents from their jobs, graffitti and stencil artists and Elizabeth St was empty at 5pm.

Has everybody left town?

Commonwealth Games clean-up #1

The banners all around Melbourne say “Melbourne Welcomes You”. However if you are homeless you’ll have to find somewhere else to sleep. Council pledged in the lead up to the games that homeless people would be moved out of Melbourne for the occasion.

In 1956 when the Queen opened the Olympic Games she did a tour of regional Victoria. In Shepparton, there was a large Aboriginal community living under the bridge so the local council erected a hessian barrier to make this problem invisible. Maybe they could do this in the City of Melbourne.