Ideas for Melbourne

We’re kicking off 2013 with a series of public forums that take a closer look at the city we call home – and the problems and challenges facing Melbourne right now. What better way to begin than by engaging with the issues that directly affect us, every day?

We’ve chosen to focus on city planning, racism and homelessness, three topics that loom large in local debates – and will continue to dominate civic conversations in 2013.

Barely a week goes by without a planning incident, public transport screw-up or debate about our city boundaries or skyline. Racism is rarely discussed, but hit headlines in late 2012 when indigenous musician Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu was refused a cab ride home from his own concert. And while we’re never short on good initiatives or well-meaning campaigns to tackle homelessness, it remains an ongoing – and complex – problem.

Be part of the conversation about Melbourne’s future – and the kind of city we want to live in.