Cash cows or community members?
99% of the tenants of those purpose-built student apartment high-rises around Melbourne University are international students. Those apartments/bedrooms/bedsets/units/studios – whatever you called them – are pathetically small and expensive. Apart from the economic damage (mainly to international students), it is depriving the opportunities of local students living close to the campus and socially dividing Melbourne.
Today’s Age has a special coverage on this matter:
In addition, City of Melbourne is holding a Melbourne Conversation at the Melbourne Town Hall on 10th May 2007. I strongly recommend that you attend this event as the situation is becoming more imminent, it could affect any Melburnians.
The Place of Students in Central Melbourne: Cash Cows or Community Members?
Date: 10th May 2007
Venue: Supper Room, Melbourne Town Hall, Swanston St, Melbourne
Free Entry: No Bookings necessary
Refreshments will be served at conclusion of the event
NB. By the way I am on The Age and I will be sharing in the Melbourne Conversation. I guarantee that you will absolutely be rewarded if you show up in the Melbourne Conversation – as you will see me!