Melbourne has just been voted the World’s most liveable city for the fifth year in a row. I’m biased but I reckon those people at the Economist magazine really know what they’re talking about! Melbourne was known as ‘Marvellous Melbourne’ in the late 1800’s due to the impact of the Gold Rush and she well deserves that title again. But at the same time, side by side with Marvellous Melbourne is Marginalised Melbourne, made up of an increasing number of people who don’t get to enjoy the benefits of living here. They are marginalised through poverty and homelessness and addictions and mental health issues and family violence… just to name a few. The gap between the haves and the have-nots in Melbourne is getting wider and we are seeing an increase in marginalisation on a daily basis. The fact that we live in a city known for years worldwide as the best place around makes it even more tragic that we are not generous enough, not other-centred enough to make sure that no-one goes without. I can hear John Lennon’s haunting anthem ringing in my ears as I write… ‘you may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one, I hope some day you’ll join us’ and all people will live to enjoy the great things that our world has to offer.
David Wilson, CEO, Urban Seed