favourite things about Moonah
This Girl has been watching
Moonah go from strength to strength over the last 14 years it’s been my home.
There are so many things I
love about it, like the rags tied in heart-shapes on the cyclone fencing on
Hopkins Street or the house with the whirly-gigs in the yard which spin crazily
in the wind.
Here are five things I’ve
really enjoyed about the Moonah community.
For years I couldn’t get
the owner to crack a smile, now she asks me what I’m cooking. Sometimes I can
even navigate the shelves myself and find what I want without asking for help.
The Chinese Emporium is a Moonah stalwart. I giggle at the perennial sign
‘Massive sale NOW on’, piles of boxes spilling into the doorway and cooking supplies
from all over Asia. It’s a fantastic shop, open extended hour and an indicator of Moonah’s diversity.
Each year in March, the
Glenorchy City Council hosts the cultural festival Taste of the World in Benjafield
Park. The Council works with fledgling groups to encourage enterprise, creating
new food stalls and culture activities. It’s not tokenistic. It is a truly
representative festival where many people from diverse cultural communities
come and enjoy the event. It’s been great to have it just a short walk away and
a reason to feel a little bit proud of my community.
Glamour is not just
something for the big smoke. Miss Kat brought style to Moonah years ago and her shop
front is always beautiful, encouraging everyone to make a little more effort,
taking us back to an era of petticoats and pencil skirts. Miss Kat set a new bar for the suburb.
In the first decade I spent
in Moonah, I used the bike track to ride on. Now I run on it, usually several
times a week. I love how everyone says hello to each other, strangers and
unexpected sightings of friends. We’ve also used it as a transport route, to
get from A to B, like into the city or out to Mona for an event. The inner city
cycle way is a great resource for the community. It gets everyone out and active.
On the eve of leaving
Moonah I’m thinking how I haven’t availed myself of this special place enough. MAC
is another way the Glenorchy City Council supports cultural diversity and the
arts. It’s a place you can just stop in as you are passing and there is a rolling calendar of
exhibitions, performances and workshops. There’s nothing like it in southern
Tassie and perhaps beyond. It brings people to our suburb and helps make Moonah
the marvelous place that it is.
What are some of your favourite things
about marvelous Moonah?
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