The Liveability of Melbourne – School Geography Excursion

Take a voyage through the urban regeneration of Melbourne. What makes a community 171 Collins Street - Foyer birdseyeand place liveable? What are the environmental, social, cultural, economic, identity and infrastructure factors that make Melbourne one of the the most liveable cities in the world’? How does ‘walkability’ assist in making Melbourne liveable?  How do we assess places for their liveability? This excursion supports studies of Geography  and Liveability.

Melbourne has witnessed a spectacular regeneration since 1994, having been ranked six times the most liveable city in the world. Its city centre population has risen from 400 to 50,000 persons. In 2008 it became one of the first United Nations Cities of Literature.  In 2016 it joined  with 100 Resilient Cities  to protect its liveability.  How did this amazing transformation occur in little more than two decades?   What is the secret of a liveable city? What makes it tick? What are the threats?

How do students make sense of Melbourne’s liveability?
Our two hour excursion, starting from Federation Square, explores  buildings, lanes and
creative spaces of  the city centre for aspects such as infrastructure, environmental quality, safety and stability, health care and education, climate, cultural activities, access to shops and services, and recreational facilities. Students can use this immersion encounter with the CBD to compare  the livability of other places. To understand that a city is a product of real people, we provide them with historic ‘identities’ of people who have been influential in the changing of Melbourne’s social and physical landscapes.
We also look at places re similarity, differences and characteristics, connections with people and communities and how perceptions influence protection


I write with much appreciation to thank you for the 10 wonderfully engaging and
Geography Liveability tours you provided for our Year 7 students.  I have had only the most positive of feedback from staff who seemed to be just as engaged in the tours as our students!  Also, I thank you for the support you provided prior to the tours. 
Thank you once again.  Katherine, TLC Coordinator, Brentwood Secondary College, June 2016


‘We were thrilled with yesterday’s Geography excursions. The girls haven’t stopped talking about it today and I have received lots of positive feedback from parents. The information you presented, connected beautifully with our key learning outcomes for this unit. From yesterday the girls have developed their understanding of how places change over time and the impact people have on places. Giving each student a different identity was crucial in capturing their interest and tuning them into the colourful and interesting history of Melbourne..’
MLC Primary School, 9 August 2016