About two years ago, the choir I sing with performed at the then fenced off Madigan Reserve near us. The park was contaminated and there were sink holes opening. But the time of our sining, it was nine years later and still the fences, still no plan for remediation. One of our members heard of an international initiative where communities worked together to beautify spots that had been damaged by human use, human decisions. So we sang and threaded flowers through the fence.

 Fast forward to today. We sang again, this time to celebrate the reopening of our park. And as you can see, there was a great turn out. Such a positive thing to feel part of.

This afternoon I was at Altona North Library as part of Book Week celebrations, for the launch of their new Kids’ Own Book Cubby . I talked about the writing of ‘Emu’ and then led the children in their own story writing, illustrating and publishing.

When their stories were done, they chose a spot in the book cubby to show their book. These books (originals went home with the creators) will be available for other young readers to read.

It’s a great idea. And there were no shortage of great ideas in the creation of new stories. There were dinosaurs and monsters, rainbows and discos, jungles and egg-hatchings. Our future is in great hands with these young storytellers.

Thanks Hobsons Bay Libraries for inviting me to be part of it.