St Kilda Garden and Community

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By: Andrew Rope

There are a few places in Melbourne that stand out as what we would like to call ‘civilized,’ and inherently it is a misunderstood word that ultimately means: ‘evidence of moral and intellectual advancement; humane, ethical, and reasonable’. In these rare circumstances a few budding flowers arise, like St Kilda with its sense of community and multi-cultural way of life.

Something that caught my eye in St Kilda is the natural environments that have been sustained and maintained by both the council and the community. I was pleasantly surprised and somewhat ecstatic on a visit to the local botanical gardens and the gorgeous little Eco-Centre, with its welcoming and warm attitude.

On my visit, I met and had a short chat with a local Muslim lady. Without any hesitation we started discussing our ideas about how community and family are becoming something for the history books.

This friendly lady had obviously gained some ideas through her involvement with the Eco-Centre and its staff, and told me about how she was going to convert her front yard into a community garden of her own.

After having this conversation, I started to realize how important it is to work closer as a community and grow as humane human beings with an understanding that most of us seek the same thing, acceptance and unbiased ideas.

I think it is important that this kind of social behavior extends beyond the limits of a few dominant communities and this can only be done by the people in those individual areas.

With the current global financial problems there must be alternate applications of sustainability from local resources. Building rapport among people who live near each other may take the focus off greed and concentrate on what we actually need, while building a structure of commerce that could sustain local trade and small business.

If only we could understand that our opinions of culture, religion and social structures are just something that is learnt from our parents and piers, and is at times misguided, we would all gain acceptance of each other and evolve into something beyond our wildest dreams. We don’t develop a loving nature, we are born with it.

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