Jane’s Walk, 3rd May – a Very Public theme!

Don’t you love autumn? It’s the perfect time for another Jane’s Walk Melbourne! Join me for a Very Public Doddlejot through the CBD on Saturday 3rd May. If you’re a bit puzzled by jotting, or doddling and want to get a feel for the kind of walk I lead here’s what appeared on Jane’s Walk_blog_2013 last year.

We’ll just be a few of the thousands of people around the world who come together on the first weekend in May to walk and talk about what makes a good city during the Jane’s Walk festival. The walks create the time and space for people to learn about their city, connect with strangers and share ideas. There’s also going to be a fascinating walk on Docklands with my sister, Janet, on Sunday! A walk can also be the opportunity to look at community challenges – hence the emphasis in my walk of valuing what’s Public in our city.

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Community support through arts & sustainability

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Councils in Melbourne build community support through engagements across many areas of council business. Arts and sustainability for example. The opening of ‘Small Worlds’ exhibition at Footscray Library last week demonstrated Maribyrnong City Council’s great work in this area. I submitted a piece titled ‘Road Trips’ and really appreciated the opportunity!

And the treasure hunt, or the ‘Recycled Art Trail” If you could answer question 1. Find something that helps you find your way when you are travelling you’d see my piece, which includes a Melways picked up on the street.

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Janet Rice senator elect Greens, Grant Miles, Mayor, and the judges

Janet Rice, once a Maribyrnong councillor, spoke about  the value of constraints in creativity. She’s seen this using recycled materials in garden design and gift making. A neat segue led to a modestly optimistic conclusion. When we embrace climate mitigation and adaptation, this creativity will kick in.

I felt like a winner hearing her carefully considered speech. Makers of some of my favourites, ‘Herbs for the Burbs’ and ‘Helibot’ got to shake the Mayor’s hand and collect $200. A really exciting  range of creative work exploring re-used materials. What was great for me was that ‘Road Trips’ evoked the response I’d hoped for.

To me, being able to hit the mark without being pushy, pedantic or plain boring, makes creativity, purposefully directed, important in all plans and their implementation.

## If  you want to push your Facebook buttons for me – here’s a link to the People’s Choice voting!

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Squashed flat on a road trip.