Melbourne celebrates in style
Melbourne celebrates its one hundredth and eight first birthday at Federation Square with live concerts and an enthusiastic crowd singing ‘Happy Birthday’.
August 30 was an important day in celebrating Melbourne city’s one hundredth and eight first birthday. The day included live concerts, free cupcakes, and a whole lot of fun.
To mark the special occasion, Lord Mayor Robert Doyle waved the city’s flag accompanied by locals who dressed up as the first settlers.
Performers including music giants Ross Wilson, Jack Howard and Lisa Edwards (John Farnham Band) turned this day into a celebration. Cupcakes were handed out for free, while they lasted. And the cutting of a giant birthday cake was accompanied by Melbournians singing happy birthday very loudly.
Melbourne celebrated one hundred and eighty one years since the ship ‘Enterprize’ sailed from Tasmania to the north bank of the Yarra River and declared it home.
With such a diverse culture Melbourne has created a lifestyle that is welcoming and admired. The young and the old gathered at Federation Square and a welcome to the country ceremony delivered by Wurundjeri Elder, Annette Xiberras paid tribute to their homeland. Gold 104FM was there to live broadcast the day .
If that wasn’t enough for Melbourne, The Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2016 Global Liveability Index also declared Melbourne the worlds most liveable city for the sixth year running. This meant that there was even more reason to celebrate.
Adelaide was ranked the equal fifth most liveable city alongside Calgary, Canada.
Perth was ranked seventh this year, while Sydney — ranked seventh last year — however it dropped out of the top ten this year due to a “heightened perceived threat of terrorism,” according to the report’s summary.
Recent report by ABC News, Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle commented saying that Melbournians should be proud of the title. “Once again, we excelled in the five criteria: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure,” he said.
The city’s public transport, specifically it’s tramway system is the largest outside of Europe and the fourth largest in the world. Melbourne is also the only city that has five sporting facilities that meet the international standards, close to its CBD. These sporting grounds include, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Dockland stadium, Rod Laver Arena, Hisense Arena and Olympic Park in Melbourne Park.
Let us hope we can keep it up for next year, which would be the seventh year running.
Kiandra Lane is a first year Master of Communications (Journalism Innovation) student, with a Bachelor degree in journalism. You can follow her on Twitter Kiandra__Lane.
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