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Lockdown in Oakleigh – a Melburnian Greek girl returns to her roots

For more than 20 years I have lived in a  Richmond flat within walking distance of the Melbourne CBD. Fat lot of good that did me in early March with  social distancing and stay-at-home rules. It was absolutely useless by 23 March when my inner-city job was furloughed indefinitely. It would be positively cruel by 30 March  with stage  three restrictions …

News

Banks, rents and rates still problems for Oakleigh traders

More than a month after Victoria’s coronavirus-induced lockdown, some Oakleigh businesses, including Greek traders, are still negotiating with banks, landlords and government over loan repayments, rents and rates. But the …

Features

Oakleigh Greek traders optimistic as more shops reopen

Greek traders in Oakleigh’s famous Greek precinct, Eaton Mall, and surrounding streets, where optimistic last Thursday, that trading would improve as more shops reopened and winter passed. One veteran Melbourne …

Features

10 things to do: Keep calm and think Greek

Feeling like Hollywood actor Charlton Heston, in the 1971 post-apocalyptic film, The Omega Man (remade in 2007 as I am Legend, starring Will Smith)? Can’t go out at night? Discovering that …

Dialogue

Coronavirus: good outcomes from a bad situation

“Never allow a crisis to go to waste.” – Rahm Emanuel, chief-of-staff to US president Barack Obama Much will be written about the devastating affects of coronavirus on the world: …

Life

Oakleigh Greek shops come alive for Easter

Oakleigh’s shopping centre, particularly its famous Greek shops,  came alive this morning with people queuing to buy food, including produce for Greek Orthodox Easter next week. Neos Kosmos visited Oakleigh shopping …

Life

Oakleigh Greek traders gear up for Easter

Oakleigh Greek shops were doing their best this morning in the face of crippling trading restrictions due to the coronavirus crisis. Nonetheless they made the most of a bad situation …

Dialogue

Coronavirus, Christ and the prodigal daughter who returned to Oakleigh

I have come full circle. Last week, Oakleigh and the “‘burbs” again became my home. The south-eastern Melbourne suburb of Oakleigh, where 2016 Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show 15 …

Life

Oakleigh’s Greek strip suffering as a result of coronavirus crisis

Greek small business owners in Melbourne’s famous Hellenic precinct, in Eaton Mall, Oakleigh, are currently demanding rent and land tax relief in the face of the government’s crippling business trading …

Life

Signs of our (non-coronavirus) times

Weary from reading about the coronavirus? Anxious about the future? Relax. Here are five signs spotted in inner-city Melbourne this week to make you laugh and think about other things. …

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