April 2021 Editorial

Things that connect us

Welcome to the 70th issue of Ferntree Gully News.

We have come quite a way together, with you, dear readers, with the 70 or so volunteers who make and distribute this newspaper, and with Ferntree Gully itself, this edgy place that is not sure if it is in the suburbs or the ranges.

There’s a legend among the old timers about the kids chucking rocks and shouting dares from one side of the railway line to the other. ‘Us and them!’ We think we are grown up now but the tendency to take opposing sides is still all around us. One more reason why this newspaper emphasises things that connect us.

And what connects us better than food? Setting up a Village Food Trail to launch renewal in the Shopping Centre is both a symbol and an opportunity to connect. So let’s all join in the Trail fun over the next few weeks. And tell us what you liked about it.

This issue is full of the usual gems but don’t miss reading about what distinguishes an Australian, what can we learn from an octopus, what is Nude Food and what is Japanese for ‘What a waste!’

Thanks to all our advertisers. And a special thank you to all who made the Food Trails possible, especially Knox City Council for funding, the project manager Kirsten Rappolt for her amazing energy and skills, the graphic designer Pete Rowe, the Village Traders Association and to all the shops participating.

Happy Easter. Happy walking.

Anne Boyd

Editor Anne Boyd. Photo: Julian Meehan, Voices Over 55 Exhibition 2019.