Batman is well known for its diverse and vibrant community.
Batman stretches from Clifton Hill in the South all the way up to Bundoora in the north.
The Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation are the traditional custodians of the land. It remains an area with strong cultural bonds despite the centuries of dispossession and disenfranchisement endured by its first people. Today, Aboriginal people of many different nations call Batman home. Our local area has the largest urban Aboriginal community in Victoria.
Decades of migration, particularly in the 1950’s and 60’s, bought new residents from Italy and Greece. Over the decades we have also welcomed communities from almost every corner of the globe. Today Batman is enriched by among the largest and most diverse communities in Victoria. Today, nearly half of Batman's population speak a language other than English at home. This is something which we are very proud of.
Working class families have long called Batman home, and progressive issues like health, education, employment and inequality are still central to the needs of our community.
We have developed strong artistic traditions and are home to numerous galleries and artists hubs which celebrate the best of local, national and international talent. This includes the beautiful Bundoora Homestead Art Centre and numerous examples of wonderful public art.
Contrary to popular belief, Melbourne has less rainfall than Sydney and in Batman we have many places and spaces to enjoy. You can take a walk or ride on the tracks along the Darebin or Merri Creeks, picnic or BBQ at Edwardes Lake Park or even paddle a canoe on the Yarra in Fairfield. You can spoil the kids at Bundoora Park farm or investigate the creatures and critters at La Trobe Wetlands. Batman has so many open spaces to enjoy including the recently added Ruthven Park in Reservoir, the result of our community successfully banding together to campaign for this space.
Whether it’s live music and art galleries throughout the electorate, the famous fresh produce at Preston market, or café culture on High Street Westgarth, it can all be found right here in Batman.
I am proud to call this community home.