To fix the housing affordability problem, we need to agree on what the problem is

It’s great the federal government and opposition parties have finally acknowledged the cost of housing is too high – and in fact, many Australians cannot find housing to buy or rent anyway. It raises hope, when the government says the federal budget will be a ‘housing budget’ . It’s reassuring to see state strategies that have recently been … More To fix the housing affordability problem, we need to agree on what the problem is

Kindness in action – how well do you know your neighbourhood?

When I was very young – many, many years ago (but long after 1969 – that’s just an example because I’m really not THAT old, ahem), I used to love watching Sesame Street. It was engaging, educating while still entertaining. And the show took place in a setting which was so different, seemingly uncontrived, but radical … More Kindness in action – how well do you know your neighbourhood?

Five reasons why November is a great time to go on holiday

  Who goes on holidays in mid November? Isn’t it too busy? Too many commitments in November (the new December), too many end of year deadlines looming, finals for sporting teams, end of school events. Plus now’s the time to get all your New Years Eve commitments achieved (because they’d slipped from your mind mid … More Five reasons why November is a great time to go on holiday

A life lesson from our week in Yamba, northern New South Wales

I’m writing this sitting on the grassy banks above the Main Beach of Yamba, northern NSW, having just been swimming, body surfing and building sand creations. My husband and the kids are at the beach below, and I’ve got a chance to write. We’re currently spending a week in this lovely place and if you … More A life lesson from our week in Yamba, northern New South Wales

When books and places collide – My review of Our Tiny, Useless Hearts

  Week three of my series about what I’m learning from reading and how that applies to how we can understand the physical world in which we live (you can read the previous ones here and here). This week, Toni Jordan’s Our Tiny, Useless Hearts has prompted me to think about what we look for, and … More When books and places collide – My review of Our Tiny, Useless Hearts

How the number of kids trick or treating in your neighbourhood reflects its urban design (Maybe)

Halloween has just passed us here in Australia. Over the past two to three decades, the tradition has become more strongly embraced by many kids (and their families), in particular the opportunity to dress up and go from house to house, trick or treating for candy (or lollies, as I still call them). You might … More How the number of kids trick or treating in your neighbourhood reflects its urban design (Maybe)

A Novel Perspective on places – Kate Norton’s The Lake House

Bringing two of my passions together, this is the first in what I hope will be an occasional series of posts based on novels (and sometimes non fiction books) I’ve been reading. This series won’t provide you with a book review – although I’ll give a quick snapshot. Instead, I’ll focus on an issue raised within the … More A Novel Perspective on places – Kate Norton’s The Lake House

Places matter: Sport’s role in community building (The Grand Final edition)

Source:  This weekend, Australian sports lovers were treated to two spectacular events. In the Australian Football League (AFL), the Footscray Football Club (aka the Western Bulldogs) came from seventh place at the end of the home and away season, narrowly winning its matches to qualify for the Grand Final on Saturday. The game against the Sydney Swans was tightly … More Places matter: Sport’s role in community building (The Grand Final edition)