MTalks Citizen-led, government dread: Why is it so hard to get civic-minded projects happening?
Wed 23 Jan 2019, 5.30pm–7.00pm
Image courtesy of Yarra Pools and Studio Octopi.
Melbourne is recognised as the world’s most liveable city, and the most intelligent. But what does the city do to remain relevant and maintain these accolades? European cities are seeing river and ocean pools open in the major cities almost monthly; urban farms are activating disused spaces and creating vital services and income to displaced members of the public; and events that encourage wide community participation have been created right across Asia to engage the active millennial traveler and growing population.
Join a vibrant and urgent discussion about the processes and challenges of gaining funding and approval for community- and market-led projects in Melbourne with a panel of speakers who will share their experiences of getting projects off the ground and developed. Led by Yarra Pools, this conversation will seek to understand whether we are hesitant as a city to move forward on validated and global ideas.
Mat Pember from the Little Veggie Patch Co will talk about his pop-up patch in Federation Square; Courtney Carthy will share the journey of the Inflatable Regatta, and lastly Mirerva Holmes will discuss the four-year journey to take the Yarra Pool from concept to community-driven reality.