Friday, February 7, 2014

Living together

Hello there - are you glad it's Friday?  I am!  It's been the end of the first week of a new routine and pace of life for me although I always think it's not until summer's over in Melbourne that we really get into things.
Image via Murundaka Cohousing Community
I just wanted to mention there's an Open Day at Murundaka on 22 February in Heidelberg Heights.  Murundaka is a residential 'cohousing' community of 20 households based on a Danish concept that combines the independence of private dwellings with the companionship of communal spaces.  It is one of only four established cohousing developments in Australia where residents garden together, share bikes, cars and common meals, and collaborate to lower their consumption.
The Open Day will include workshops from other groups looking to set up new cohousing ventures in Melbourne and the entry fee ($50 or $40 concession and Sustainable Living Festival 2014 Big Ticket holders) includes panel sessions with members of Cohousing Australia, a presentation on community life by Lisa Moore and talk from the authors of the book Changing Gears, a tour of the 42 Bamfield Rd site, meet and greet with members of local groups Urban Coup and Banyule Cohousing, workshops, kids activities and vegetarian BBQ with produce from the communal garden.  Bookings are essential at murundaka.eventbrite.com.au
Image via simplelives.com.au
Speaking of living together, I also wanted to mention two new cultural organisations - the Hellenic Museum located at 280 William Street in the former Royal Mint building opposite Flagstaff Station, which is hosting Greek Treasures from the Benaki Museum in March and the first Islamic Museum of Australia, which is opening on 3 March at a former warehouse in Anderson Road, Thornbury.  While I'm on the topic of museums, there is the Chinese Museum at 22 Cohen Place off Little Bourke Street in Melbourne's Chinatown as well as the Immigration Museum located in Old Customs House, 400 Flinders Street Melbourne.  There is also an Indigenous Cultures Department at Museum Victoria and the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Melbourne Museum.  Bunjil, the eagle or creator, is my favourite piece of public art in Melbourne and always reminds me of home.

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