Melbourne, AustraliaMelbourne, one of the most beautiful city’sin the world. I have traveled through the USA, Canada ; the Bahamas,and still, I find Melbourne is the greatest.
In 1981 I was born in a New South Walesmid-coast town of Port Macquarie. I lived there until I was the age offour, and that’s when we made the move to Victoria.
I grew up in Kew, a suburb of Melbourne,not far from the actual city. Most of my family lived there, and was themain cause for the move. I went to school and met lots of friends. Nearlyevery night my friends and I would get together and go to the local carpark and roller-blade for a few hours before going to 7-11 for a Slurpee.
I look back at those days, and see howMelbourne was in the 80’s and early 90’s. Old buildings and great friendlypeople. Still, Melbourne has all of this, as well as new developments,such as new multi-million dollar entertainment complex’s. Over the past5 years, Melbourne have brought us the all new Exhibition Building andof course, the Crown Casino. This was a great move for the Kennett government,as it proved to be successful with the un-employment problem. It didn’tstop the problem, but it sure did help it. The casino complex is not onlyfor gambling, it is also a great place for teenager’s to go the moviesor even the special area for arcade games, sort of a side show alley. Crownalso contains 2 nightclubs and is host to many international bands.
In 1997, the decision was made to startconstruction of the Docklands stadium, for football and cricket, much biggerthen the MCG. Construction is underway and it should be complete in theyear 2000.
As well as all these new constructions,Melbourne is home to a lot of well known events. The Ford Australian TennisOpen, is one of the biggest with thousands of international visitors annually.
Biggest of them all, has got to be the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix.
It was only a few years ago that Melbourne got this wonderful event, asit used to be held in the streets of Adelaide. It is now located alongthe banks of Albert Park Lake. Moomba is an event which every Victorian,cant wait for. Its an annual event, held at the same time as the GrandPrix, and has been biggest festival since around the early 60’s. Melbournecomes alive, with the sound and vision of Fireworks, and laser light shows,as well as the international Moomba Masters Water Skiing championships.
Melbourne is a very diverse area in culturalaspects. Different areas are dominated by different cultures. If you feellike a trip to China, well China Town in Little Bourke St, in the city,or Richmond, is a place to go to get the feel of that culture. The Italiandominated area would be Lygon St in Carlton, with extremely good restaurantsand great hospitality.
An approval, recently was given to Grollo(a building company), to build the worlds tallest Building in the heartof Melbourne. This building, “The Grollo Towers” will be 560 meters highwith 113 levels, which will take 70 seconds to reach the top in an elevator.
The tower will provide views up to as far as 90kms on a clear day. It willalso have a 110m light beacon on the top shooting skyward. This buildingwould be 110 meters taller then the current tallest building, which isthe “Petronas Towers” in Kuala Lumpur. I personally think this will bea great thing for Melbourne in the future, for tourism.
From all of the above, Melbourne is thebest city in the world in my eyes, and is developing more and more everysingle day, to become a better place.