The 4-year-long Section 76 Watson campaign was captured in our documentary. We hoped to convey the spirit of community that developed as a result of coming together to take action.
What a fun day out with the community, while learning about the local ecology and participating in the conversations about important community issues!
“THIS is how consultation should be run, with clear diagrams, models and information, out on a sunny weekend with lots of the community around, and young people involved in these issues!” This sentiment was shared by many passers-by who engaged with the Living Streets Youth at the Community Consultations held at Watson shops over 2 weekends of the April school holidays.
Residents who have lived in Watson for the past decade will know that block 74 (next to Solstice) is where you can stop by and say 'Hi' to the cows grazing along the fence, and block 76 (next to YWAM) used to be where you could spot tens of Kangaroos lazing around.
Often, a few kind words is enough to brighten someone's day, and give them a positive outlook on life. We have many different artists of all ages who like to help decorate the blackboard, and each time, neighbours and passersby will be warmly inspired. Some will walk their dog past the artwork and stop for … Continue reading How a simple chalk drawing can create the most welcoming street
Many African countries have proverbs about the shared responsibility of raising children: In Tanzania: “One knee does not bring up a child." The Swahili of East & Central Africa: “One hand does not nurse a child." Uganda: "A child does not grow up only in a single home." While chatting with Uncle M on the … Continue reading It Takes a Village
The epidemic is spreading again, suspending work, classes, and businesses. The lockdown forces us to stop everything, but the earth has still been rotating and the days have not stopped. Time has passed by, but life has not been suspended. The earth is purifying itself in change, are we also reborn along with this transformation?
Watsoners who have been in this suburb long enough will know that many of the parks have gone through wonderful transformations. One of these parks is the Mary Kitson Park in Majura Rise, and it is all thanks to a group of silent contributors who give by example, inspiring many others to also care for the communal space.
The young people from Living Streets Association held an online meeting in the autumn holidays to discuss issues about how to be healthy and happy during these uncertain times of the pandemic. due to Covid restrictions, they needed to be a little more creative to spread warmth to people.
They held their invitations tightly in one hand while in the other, gathered the courage to knock on the first door they encountered. When the door of this house hesitantly opens, the older boy steps up and greets their neighbour,
Ryan Jennings | June 28 2021 Just the other day, Cathy and I attended the ACT youth assembly, run by the Youth Advisory Council (YAC). At the event, there were 4 different forums that students or young adults could attend.
Kirily Martin | January 2021 Another successful holiday program completed! Thanks to the Living Streets Youth for putting on such an amazing program this year. From cooking, to meditation, we did loads of fun things.
Natalie Walker | April 2021 On the 17th of April Living Street Association ran an Autumn Playday for the children in Watson. It involved activities run by the youth members of Living Street, from games of capture the flag and fort buildings in Justice Robert Hope Park, to a Studio Ghibli Film (Howl’s Moving Castle) at the end of the day.
For the past few weekends, 3 teenagers on the street have worked together to upgrade the blackboard and repaint the blackboard fence. The 3 three friends are all at the age where they are starting to look for work experience, job opportunities, and ways to make their first income.
Every suburb has secret pathways, exciting playspaces, and gathering places that only locals would know, but it is when the community interacts in these wonderful places that the suburb comes alive.
Positive psychologist Seligman has pointed out the three types of Happiness: the first type is “pleasure” happiness, when our senses are satisfied and we can enjoy daily pleasures (like eating an ice cream); the second is when we invest in an activity that we are good at to the point of forgetting the time, which is called the “engagement” or “passion” happiness (like doing sports or painting).
There is a beautiful but infamous cliff at Watsons Bay in eastern Sydney called The Gap. The spectacular views attracts many tourists each year, but locals know of this place for a different reason; many people have committed suicide here by jumping into the crashing sea and rocks 100 metres below.
After school on Fridays, a huddle of kids big and small will walk home together from the nearby school. Like little ducklings, the small ones will follow the big ones, crossing the road safely, chatting and laughing along the way. When they get to the end of the street, they suddenly start running. Why?