The Others

All of the other bits and bobs I write about.

Tullamarine Freeway then and now at Flemington

Way back in 1970 the Tullamarine Freeway was officially opened. Running 18 kilometres between Melbourne Airport and the edge of the inner suburbs at Flemington Bridge, this is what it looked like a few months before opening.

Tullamarine Freeway between the Brunswick Road and Flemington Road interchange - 1969 view (SLV Accession: H2004.101/287)
SLV Accession: H2004.101/287

Hey – I recognise those houses!

I was checking up on the Age website the other day, and had a sense of deja vu when I saw a stock photo of suburban houses on a hillside. So where did I recognise it from?

Fairfax stock photo by Paul Rovere: houses in Waurn Ponds, Victoria

Fighting development with the ‘paedophile card’

There are many reasons to oppose development in your backyard – some reasonable, others plainly ridiculous. An example of the latter is the ‘paedophile card’ – a new weapon in the NIMBY arsenal.

Rubbish ledge at North Melbourne station, thanks to the removal of rubbish bins

Car advertisers playing it safe

A common theme in advertisements for new cars is speed and the open road – and this recent Holden Commodore television commercial is no exception. However, it was the speedometer that caught my eye.

Holden Commodore television commercial

Small children – “you’re going to need a car”?

The other week in the Herald Sun I read an opinion piece titled “In Melbourne’s real world, cars still rule”, but it was a quote from Labor member for Brunswick, Jane Garrett, that really made me ask “are people really that blind”.

Down in the basement car park of Altona Gate Shopping Centre