They have arrived.
Melbourne's Dandenong South is a whole lot busier now that online retail behemoth Amazon has opened its first Australian fulfillment centre.
Urban greening projects in Melbourne’s west are contributing to making the region cooler, more pleasant and healthier to live in and travel through. The key to this success is the Greening the West initiative. Since 2011 this has brought together 23 organisations that, by the end of 2018, will have collectively planted more than 1 million trees in Melbourne’s west.
The program’s efforts not only offer clear health and economic benefits for the region’s residents, but are also welcome news in the face of reports that tree canopy cover in Australian cities is generally declining.
Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
With the recent reports that North Korea have the capability to fit a nuclear bomb in an intercontinental ballistic missile, and the tensions rising between Kim Jong-Un and Donald Trump, I began to wonder about just how powerful nuclear bombs actually are. It’s hard to visualise the scale of their power, unless you can put it in terms that you actually understand.
Sydney is commonly cited as one of the world's most expensive cities to live in. While Melbourne certainly isn't cheap, it is widely considered to be more affordable than its NSW rival. If you're considering pulling up stumps and moving to the Windy City, you're probably wondering just how much money you'll save on day-to-day living. Here's an infographic that compares the key cost differences between Melbourne and Sydney.
Here's a list of things that Melbourne is great at: coffee, hipster cafes, streets that run parallel to each other, supporting the Australian Games Industry.
None of this makes up for the fact that Melbourne's weather is a total garbage fire, deserving of being sent out to sea where it belongs. Preparation means carrying half your wardrobe with you on a regular day. You never know what's going to happen. I think I've seen the sky once. And that was during a heatwave that probably killed people.
Clearly, I'm not the only one frustrated by this fact. Behold: The Melbourne Jacket.
The Melbourne Cup is nearly upon us, which means workplace sweeps, free-flowing champers and people wearing silly hats. It's also a good opportunity to show off your commanding grasp of the sport’s varied verbiage. This in-depth glossary is designed to help ensure you know your farriers from your fascinators.
"Which city is better -- Sydney or Melbourne?" It's a question that has caused countless pub debates on both sides of the border. While the answer is usually highly subjective, it is possible to reach an unbiased conclusion based on comparable factors such as weather, population and cost of living. This infographic from Cheap Flights looks at which city comes out on top in various categories.
Melbournites will soon be able to use Google Maps to plan a public transport journey across the city. This is something that pretty much every other public transport system in Australia has provided for years, including Tasmania. Better late than never.
Working in development can be a pressure-cooker at times, but usually you don't get to experience this unique joy until you've left study and found employment. However, those currently engaged in IT-related TAFE and uni courses in Melbourne can get a taste for crunch this August by competing in UNIHACK, a hackathon being organised by students at the University of Melbourne and Monash uni's Clayton campus.
April 19 was a dark day for users of Victoria's public transport system. The perfectly serviceable Metlink iPhone app, developed so travellers can plan their trips on the state's trams, trains and buses, was abruptly overridden by the Public Transport Victoria app, which I can only describe as a nightmarish piece of software. To say the backlash was fierce would be an understatement, going by the one-star review average from over 2000 customers.
No visit to Melbourne would be complete without hopping on the city's tram network, but working out routes, stops and timetables isn't always straightforward if you're an out-of-towner. Tramroute simplifies the process by merging Google Maps with timetable information, allowing you to enter an address, identify the nearest tram stops, and then view timetable and real-time running information for that route. There's also a feature to find trams near popular attractions such as Luna Park, Federation Square and the MCG, and a handy mobile version which offers stop information without the maps being loaded. Although the terms suggest that you need to register, the site currently appears to operate for any visitor.
A poster to the melbournemaniac Livejournal community has written a very cool guide with tips and tricks for using the Melbourne public transport system.
Some of the highlights:
*Validate (or purchase) your 2-hour tram ticket just after the hour, as it rounds up and you'll get nearly three hours of travel out of it (ie a 2.10 pm ticket will be valid until 5pm)*if you validate a 10x2 hour ticket twice in the same day it lasts until 3am the following day - effectively it becomes a daily ticket. This makes the 10 x 2 ticket better value than buying the similarly priced 5 x daily tickets.*If you have a weekly or monthly ticket that is _just_ zone 1 or 2, on a weekend it will be both - great value if you're travelling across town to the footie on the weekend.*If you validate a 2 hour ticket (also applies to 10x2 hourlies) after 6pm it lasts until 3am. Don't buy a daily if you're going to be out all night, use a two hourly and validate post 6pm - another reason why a 10x2 hour ticket is better value than buying 5 daily tickets.
The guide also has a number of tips on how to avoid/sweet talk tram inspectors - but it's also worth nothing that there's a big crackdown on fare evaders at the moment, so trying to save money by skipping the tram fare probably isn't worth it!So that's Melbourne. People from other cities - care to share your public transport tips? If I get enough of them I'll do a roundup of the best tips for each town/city.Public Transport Tips