It means ‘jewel’ or ‘gem’ as well as ‘joy’ and I hope you are feeling it today with the news that Melbourne’s lockdown will be ending this Thursday night. It’s also the name of the new pizza and Italian restaurant in Ivanhoe that opened a few months ago and which I only noticed driving past the other day.

Arbory Afloat on the Yarra – Melbourne

It’s been a very long haul and my fellow Melburnians I salute you for getting through this time – all 262 days – you are fierce! Some of you may be nervous about returning to socialising and being amongst crowds so I think it’s wise to just take things at your own pace. For me as I’ve previously mentioned – I’ll be very happy to see my hairdresser, go out to dinner, visit friends and family and have my children return to school – the simple things we took for granted pre-COVID and things which we will appreciate all the more having endured the longest lockdown of any city in the world.

While it’s not a record we may be proud of – I think Melbourne City Council’s plan to pitch CBD property to young people is a great idea if there are bargains to be found in both the rental and home ownership markets and will re-invigorate the CBD with new energy in a new era. It was also good to read about a new design panel to provide more stringent architectural guidelines for new city buildings and to hear that my office building Melbourne Connect is a good example of ‘strong architecture’. I am looking forward to returning in due course after realising I’ve only worked 7 weeks in the office this year…

ANZSOG was also in the paper last week as I can reveal CHO Brett Sutton has returned to complete his Executive Fellows Program with us. This has traditionally been run as a three week residential/experiential leadership course covering Sydney, Wellington and Singapore in previous times but now pivoted to online over the global pandemic. My team has been incredibly busy the past few weeks and months marketing a proliferation of different courses for senior public sector leaders (at an all-time high) and being one staff member down. We’ve also been trying to progress photographic shoots for our marketing campaign in different jurisdictions, which has been tricky organising and interviewing alumni remotely from our headquarters here in Melbourne.

As challenging as that’s been I feel very fortunate to have had a job when so many people have lost theirs or been furloughed and I am hopeful if this is you, that the coming weeks and months signal better times – a summer like no other. I am tired and plan to take some time off soon as much as a holiday up north is no longer on the cards this year. It will be good just to re-group before we go into the final weeks after Melbourne Cup leading to Christmas. While many of us may be glad to farewell this year (and put up our Christmas trees early once again!) – hopefully Halloween will be just the start of many celebrations ahead of us.


Author: missrosannablog

I'm a marketer, writer, blogger and creative type interested in all things arts and culture in the north-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia ranging from inner city to outer suburbia and beyond.

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