Twilight Market

Twilight Market

Our local primary school is having their annual Twilight Market tomorrow, Friday November 21st. Kicking off from 3:30 and running until 8pm the market has become the annual opportunity for the school to share with neighbours and local community, while also raising funds.

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Its only once you become a parent and your kids head off to school that you realise just how little of your child’s education is paid for by the government. Teacher’s salaries? Well, yes. Building maintenance? Rarely. Vegetable gardens, art classes, educators, books,materials, furniture, ovals, playgrounds, bike sheds … the list goes on but never is always the answer.

Parents often look for a school with good facilities without thinking about how a particular school got them, now what it might mean for them.  The shade cloth above the playground, the vegetable garden, the playground, they’re all there because there were parents at the school who thought they were important enough to either build them themselves, working around their day jobs, or because there were families able to invest the time required for fund raising.

Which is all a really long-winded way (it must be the scent of an election in the air) of saying that if you’re around in Brunswick Friday afternoon, maybe on your way home, consider dropping in for a drink, a bite to eat and some fun. Thunder Road will be there, we’ve made the best homemade lemonade in the universe, there’ll be coffee from Padre, all the food is homemade and we’re throwing a pig (or most of it) into the pizza oven to make Vietnamese pulled-pork buns. There’ll be rides, craft, music, raffles, silent auctions, apple bobbing, awesome cocktails, plants, second hand stalls and more.

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My personal favourites (and I may be biased) are the Bike N Blend stall where you can pedal up a smoothie and Brunswick Cycling Club‘s vintage rollers. Last time Brunswick Cycling Club bought these rollers along our kids wore their volunteers out and I’m betting that will be happening again.

If you do come down, bring your own crockery and cutlery if you can. Brunswick East Primary School is on the cnr of Nicholson and Stewart Sts, Brunswick and the Twilight Market is from 3:30-8pm

Going Dutch

Going Dutch

I love hearing from people who’ve been to the Netherlands, especially when its a visit to one of my favourite towns, Utrecht. In this week’s programme on 3CR Val and I were joined by Melbourne City Cr Cathy Oke. Cathy was recently on a study tour of the Netherlands, along with a dozen other Australians influential in policy and practice around urban mobility.

10387347_10153323019413696_6482181441335686047_nBased in Utrecht and visiting cities all over the country, the tour participants not only met local experts and heard about the role of cycling in urban transport but also got out on the streets on two wheels to see everything in practice.  If you missed the show live you can tune in to the podcast here:

The tour was organised by the CPF in conjunction with the Netherlands Consulate. You can read Craig Woolridge’s (Department of Transport WA) report here.

The Squeaky Wheel gets the good oil

The Squeaky Wheel gets the good oil

Last week Val and I rung in spring with studio guests Pip Carroll and Jette Achleidtner from The Squeaky Wheel. The Squeaky Wheel runs rides and programs that foster engagement with Australian culture by bike, one of my annual favourites with them is 2014-10-20 09.58.50the MoreArt bike rides, and since spring is a busy time for them we wanted to run through what they have coming up. Have a listen to hear about whats going on and also to hear about the other programs they run and they way in which they use engagement with Australian culture as a tool for getting people onto their bikes.

We also remembered Bill Deller, a colleague at 3CR who sadly, passed away suddenly recently. RIP Bill. We’re going to miss you.

You can tune in to the podcast here.