1 April 2022
(Left to right) David, Alex and Sandra.
Communities can’t be manufactured – they’re nurtured by those within. Such is the case at Melrose Park.
David and Sandra, who live in Junction’s Fig Tree apartments, are guided by this with the pair a driving force behind many neighbourhood events and initiatives.
“Some of us will decorate, some of us will cook – it’s always a collective effort,” Sandra said.
“If you can contribute, you do,” David added. “But if you can’t, that’s ok too.”
For David especially, the community has been a great source of support.
“I spent a lot of time in and out of hospital before I moved here. There was a lot going on in my life,” he said. “When I moved in, the community really helped me settle.”
“A community is about respecting everyone in it.”
“It’s about watching out for one another, but also respecting their boundaries,” David said.
Alex and Vivienne, who also live in the apartments, agreed.
“I don’t attend most of the big gatherings,” Vivienne said, “But they don’t hold that against me at all and still consider me a friend.”
“It’s like having a support unit outside of your usual family and friends,” Alex said.