Last Saturday, North Melbourne Football Club opened its doors of its dilapidated old facilities for the last time (and make no mistake, dilapidated is at the generous end of descriptions). Rev. Shinboner wandered down and got way more than he bargained for! Continue reading
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Take a close up and personal tour of the old Arden St headquarters of North Melbourne Football Club, due for demolition this week. Even for the most ardent fan, it was an eye-opening experience!
I knew North Melbourne’s proposed Learning and Life Centre was nothing more than a cunning ruse, even before they appointed Andrew Demetriou’s brother to lead it.
It was all clear in my head: label the club’s redevelopment plans as a ‘local community investment’ and the State will chip in a few mill. Spin it as an ‘innovative educational facility’ and the Dept of Education will cough up another couple. Throw in some ‘multicultural youth’, ‘underpriviledged schools’ and a few other random buzz words and the philanthropists will be eating off your plate. All the while, Arocca and co. get the state of the art training facility they always dreamed of, with a fresh angle on converting every school kid in the area! Then they appoint James Demetriou to lead it.
“He’ll bludgeon ’em all ’til they bleed blue and white!”. I can hear the NMFC Board room laughing from the next suburb.
Dashiel Lawrence of “North & West Melbourne News” looks at North Melbourne’s Arden St redevelopment.
It has been described as a world first; a sporting facility where players will directly engage with the community — an AFL facility free of Poker machines and liquor licenses, a place that will promote education and foster social cohesion. North Melbourne Football Club’s long awaited Arden Street complex, 14 years after it was first mooted, is on schedule and expected to be open by the end of 2009.