Streets Alive Yarra is building an online record of broad community support for walking, cycling, public transport and placemaking. One way that we do this is to have local residents stand up as champions for their street, school or neighbourhood.
I have lived at my current address in the southern part of Northcote for nearly 40 years and have had an active interest in the rehabilitation of Merri Creek for most of that time. I have also participated in numerous environmental issues with community groups and through local government since the mid 1980s. I am currently a community member of Darebin Council’s Nature Trust. Professionally I have worked at Melbourne Water, DELWP and in local government at four different Councils, including City of Yarra. Over recent years I have developed a strong interest in issues around urban liveability. I share the objectives and hopes of Streets Alive Yarra to make our urban spaces more liveable, with better streetscapes and open space. I especially support the role vegetation (and especially local indigenous plants) can play to soften the urban environment and mitigate increasing heat from the effects of climate change.David Taylor
I spent time living overseas in a high density neighbourhood about 5 km from the city CBD and my local neighbourhood felt alive. Kids walked to school, and local pubs were full of locals. Since returning to Melbourne I can’t help noticing how our lives revolve so much around the car. We dedicate so much space to cars and, given ‘density’ is a dirty word, it doesn’t seem like that will change any time soon. While Melbourne is one of the best cities for cycling in Australia, there is so much more we can do to make active transport appealing to people of all ages. Streets Alive Yarra promotes sensible local government policies that make walking and cycling attractive to people from all walks of life.Tim Cameron
Let’s build a beautiful, liveable and accessible city
Published on 27th May 2020