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Leidy Ballesteros, Richmond

“I came to Melbourne to study English, at the moment I am doing a Diploma of Business. I live in Richmond, close to Jolimont station. It is the perfect area with all its parks, cafes, restaurants and really good pubs. Working in hospitality for 2 years, here, gave me the chance to learn about the diversity of food in Australia; Richmond is a perfect example of it. I feel like Melbourne is my second home.”

Photograph: Alexandra Gorbunova 

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Juliane, Carlton

“I came to Australia from Germany for something different. I finished studying and I didn’t want to work straight away, and I thought, for something different I would come here. It’s a nice area [Carlton], and I’ve been here for one and a half years now. I feel different about going back home all the time, one day I want to stay and the next time I want to go home, because of the homesickness, you know. But the area is nice, we work around the corner, and so during our break there’s not enough time to go home. We laze around in the park while we wait for our next shift.”

Photo: Vanessa Orzlowski

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Bianca-Maria, Carlton

“I’m here in Australia with a working holiday visa, I work in an Italian restaurant; I’m there every day. My brother was living here, and I wanted to have this experience [of coming to Australia]. I like Carlton because, you know, I am Italian, and because of the food, and the culture is here, it’s great!”

Photo: Vanessa Orzlowski 

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Grant Alexander McCracken, Fitzroy

“B (runswick) Street should be car free, because all of the mayhem comes from cars. And this is a line from my B Street poem; ‘They were all late for their lattes. They were all in a hurry to get nowhere fast.’ They create mayhem these cars, so I reckon if it’s a car free zone from Alexander Parade to Johnson street or Victoria Parade, and maybe put some turf down (for) their tables and chairs, some trees, potted plants, make it more pedestrian friendly. Then there wouldn’t be all the pollution. Car free B Street.”

Photo: Vanessa Orzlowski 

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Garry and Catherine Frank, Fitzroy

“We live in Fitzroy, before that WA and before that New York. But we love Fitzroy best of all. The vibe and the people are just different and interesting, and we didn’t really know anyone when we came here, but you’re never lonely: all the pubs and music. Plus we’re from big cities so we love the hustle and bustle. Going to listen to music, to the Rainbow and the Labour in Vain, we do a quiz from our street every week and we have a great Christmas party every year.”

Photograph: Vanessa Orzlowski 

Faces of Yarra

Introducing Faces of Yarra, a snapshot view of the people out and about in the Yarra community. Each week we’ll be sharing your faces along with your comments, thoughts, and views on a range of topics, from current political issues to what book you’re reading at the moment.  Faces of Yarra is a voice for all to comment on the important issues and be heard, and a celebration of the diverse and beautiful faces surrounding us every day.

Adrian, Carlton

“I’m generally welcoming [towards Asylum Seekers]. I don’t know where that whole political stance about being really strict and negative about it comes from, so I don’t really see any basis for that. I just feel like there’s a lot of political game play going around. Australia’s got a horrible record itself and it’s trying to, and succeeding largely, in keeping out public conversation a lot, with people being pushed to random islands. But I mean I don’t think we have much to say to the US about telling them how to deal with illegal immigrants or asylum seekers at the moment, we need to look at ourselves first.”

 

Photograph: Vanessa Orzlowski