Morten the Monster in The Big Tree app

Helping Kids climb the Big Tree

01/12/2017 Raine Biancalt

The Australina Childhood Foundation has an app called ‘The Big Tree’ to support children to have fun while they practise calming techniques and listen to stories that teach them problem solving strategies. It uses narratives, games and creative activities to help children learn how relationships can support them to meet challenges which can feel overwhelming on their own.

Turning despair into hope

Youth Education Support: Turning Despair into Hope

01/12/2017 Raine Biancalt

Named after her feisty grandmother, Irish-born Julia Mosley is a vibrant, charismatic woman with an unstoppable ‘can-do’ approach to life. In May 2009, to assist disadvantaged young people lacking education or training/skills to find employment, she and two friends, Trish Wade and Sue Hamilton, started Youth Education Support Inc. (YES ). Julia is its CEO.

Founder Dorothy Sutherland pictured looking at plans for the garden in 1990.

Wurundjeri Garden

01/12/2017 Raine Biancalt

It was Dorothy Sutherland, a member of the Hawthorn Historical Society, who came up with the idea of creating an Aboriginal food garden along the Yarra River. The garden began in 1990 and was named after a Woirurrung clan who claim land by the Yarra River.

Learning adaptive technology at the Ablelink Centre

Able to Celebrate

01/10/2017 Raine Biancalt

In 2017, Able Australia celebrates its 50th Anniversary. From its humble beginnings in 1967 as an association for parents of children born deaf and blind through Rubella, it has grown into a diverse and dynamic […]

The Highway Gallery

The Highway Gallery for Talent

27/02/2017 Raine Biancalt

THE City of Monash’s community gallery, The Highway Gallery, is going from strength to strength and, in 2015, celebrated its 25th anniversary with an exhibition of selected works by previous Exhibitors. The gallery had its […]

Camberwell Inn, 554 Burke Road, circa 1890s

Camberwell – named after a Pub

21/12/2016 Raine Biancalt

In 1853 newly-arrived George Eastaway built a corrugated iron hotel at what is now the corner of Burke and Riversdale Roads. The junction was a minor stopping place on the road to Gippsland and Wood’s Point […]

Edna as a young girl

An Extraordinary Life

02/12/2016 Raine Biancalt

IT was an auspicious day on 6 August 1926 in Kent, England, when Edna Frances Clarke joined the fold. By age three, it was clear she had weak ankles so her aunt suggested enrolling her […]

Policeman outside Flinders St

A fair cop

06/08/2016 Raine Biancalt

THE Reporter of 11 July 1889 – with a banner proclaiming circulation in ‘Box Hill, Surrey Hills, Canterbury, Balwyn, Camberwell, Doncaster, Burwood, Blackburn, Mitcham and Ringwood’ and cost one penny – contained a delightful anecdote. […]