Category Archives: Seen in Port Melbourne

I guess I am still reflecting on the Liardet Street and Bay Street intersection because people are still negotiating it

The Liardet Street and Bay Street intersection never seems to leave the Port Melbourne policy agenda. The commentary in Port Melbourne on this intersection seems to express fatigue and/or surprise that what to do about this intersection is still being negotiated. … Continue reading

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An instance of temporal qualifications for intervening in policy implementation

Objections to the sale were to be taken seriously, according to the policy, if they are made by particular people and within a particular time. Policies operate with qualifications. Continue reading

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Remembering a coffee

During a non-teaching week a number of years ago, I was enjoying the relative quiet of campus. When I saw the barista who consistently made coffees I liked at the espresso machine and the absence of a queue, I stopped … Continue reading

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Locals are not just counted, they count

During the week I gave a paper on ‘Making locals through the social creation of place’. Below is one idea I discussed. Although local politics is often derided as being petty, locals count in a suburb. In one sense locals … Continue reading

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‘My Mother’s Country’ in Port Melbourne

Acknowledgements of a relationship of Aboriginal people to the general area of Port Melbourne, generally described as the traditional owners of the land, are present in the forms of plaques and verbal acknowledgements in more formal settings. However, such acknowledgements … Continue reading

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Accounts of Perce White Reserve

Perce White Reserve can be described as situated on the margins: the vegetation is treated as significant because it remains from an earlier time, some of the practices reputed to occur in the space are treated as marginal or deviant, … Continue reading

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Belonging at the pub

“She didn’t say anything; it was more of an attitude really.” Late last year, some of the blokes I met at a pub were not feeling so welcome there any more. I did not agonise at the time over whether … Continue reading

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