We built this city by Krista                                                                                                              What do you love most about the city/town/place that you live in? What do you like the least about it? If you were mayor, what would be the most important problem you’d tackle? How would you tackle it?

Friendliness, peace and quiet are the important qualities of where we live. Trees are also an essential part of our environment. Being able to walk to the basic shops, which consist of: one small supermarket, bakers, butchers, newsagent, hairdressers, pharmacy, hardware store, Pizza shop, petrol station, café and Bendigo bank. Being recognized and being called by name at these shops is a bonus.

Fallen tree knocking power lines down in Pearcedale.

Fallen tree knocking power lines down in Pearcedale.

As we have narrow curved roads fast traffic is discouraged, though there are some hoodlums who like to test their prowess. As the children play on the streets, this is frowned upon.

What I like least: ferocious dogs that are not curtailed. This is not experienced often, but as dogs are very popular in our suburb, it can occur.

Walking past tennis courts with football field in background.

Walking past tennis courts with football field in background.

If I was mayor: I’d make it mandatory for everyone to have solar panels on their houses. We’d do away with power poles and power-lines, as we’d all have batteries to back up the solar-power. Our suburb would be self- sufficient power-wise. Lower growing street trees would be planted so that panels remain unaffected. Large trees would be planted in other areas. Parks would include fruit trees and children’s playgrounds would be readily accessible. Climbing passion fruits would adorn public fencing. Community exercise equipment would be included in the playgrounds, so that expensive gyms would be redundant.



As family violence is an issue everywhere, it is said that 1 in 4 families suffer this affliction; there would be mediation classes in the local hall. There would be anger management classes for men and yoga classes for all. Employment of young folk working in the school, community gardens, and visiting the sick and infirmed would encourage them to stay in the town. This is just for starters…

Callistemon, bottlebrush street tree

Callistemon, bottlebrush street tree




2 thoughts on “Paradise:

  1. bkpyett Post author

    Yes, I like the sound of your world too Gerard, medium density, so that people don’t lose contact with the soil. Community gardens available for those who haven’t one, or looking after plants in communal play areas, would help to keep people healthy. I did laugh at your ban for colour bond fences, rightly so!!


  2. gerard oosterman

    If I was a mayor; I too would encourage solar energy on all available roofs. Do away with power poles. I would encourage medium density housing within walking distance from shops and schools. Above all I would try and encourage people to live within the shopping precincts, above shops and businesses.
    Perhaps doing away with fences between neighbours or at least lowering them or have shrubs divinding the property. I would certainly ban all colour bond fences.

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