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Good News Bill - March 2016

03 Mar 2016

Docklands has played a pivotal role in successfully delivering a city-wide collaboration for the Chinese New Year celebrations, the “Docklands Trail of Illumination”.

A united approach to the 2016 Chinese New Year celebration saw eight precincts across Melbourne come alive between February 6 and 12 as we celebrated the Year of the Monkey.

The monkey is the ninth of the 12 terrestrial branches, called the “Shen” branch, and symbolises irrepressible curiosity and creative energy.

Monkey babies are thought to possess traits of intelligence, hyperactivity and inclined to be strong-minded. The Monkey type will not hesitate to test theories, experiment and think the unthinkable. On the shadowy side the Monkey is a tricky tactician, opportunistic and not all that trustworthy. How many of our public figures were born in the year of the Monkey?

The Docklands activation was co-ordinated by Destination Docklands through the Docklands Marketing Committee group and provided the collaborative support of Harbour Town Melbourne, Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, O’Brien Group Arena, MAB Corporation and Collins Square to form an activation partnership.

The partnership added Docklands-wide activation to the hugely successful feature event The Age Lunar New Year Market, supported by Places Victoria, which brought an array of attractions, markets and pop-up food stalls to Docklands.

The market saw many thousands of visitors over the fortnight – it was great to see all of those people enjoying themselves on Melbourne’s waterfront.

Still on display at Collins Square until March 4 is the “Docklands I Love You” summer photo competition exhibition.  The People’s Choice award will be announced on March 4 – so you have a short time to go and see the exhibition and cast your vote!

Looking ahead to March, and the arrival of autumn, the Docklands community has an opportunity to engage in a number of social gatherings.

Starting on Wednesday, March 9 the ever popular Docklands Social Club will be at Bar Nacional from 7pm.  A great opportunity to meet your neighbours!  

For business people, don’t miss the Docklands Networking lunches. The next one has only a handful of seats left and is on Friday, March 18 at TAP831 from 12 noon.

If it is local issues that tick your box, then consider the Docklands Community Forum that meets regularly and discusses local issues. If you have not been to any of these and you are interested in the Docklands community, then get along to the next one in April.

Last month I wrote about the success of Australia Day festivities that brought thousands of visitors to Docklands. I should have mentioned in the acknowledgements the day was delivered by Australia Day Victoria who has done a magnificent job over the last three years in bringing this event to Docklands.

With our waterside location and many vantage points, Docklands is a great place for a celebration! Docklands is Beautiful, after all!

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