William de Ora visiting a tea plantation in Sri Lanka
Why I started Marsfield News
About 21 years ago I was seriously looking at moving into Marsfield and had even started looking at a few properties. At the time, I was chatting to a friend of mine, and he was astonished, to put it mildly, “Marsfield???” he said, “You have got to be kidding me…” So, clearly Marsfield was not the place to be, and that abruptly ended my quest on moving to Marsfield.
As they say ‘hindsight is a wonderful thing’ and isn’t it just. I look back now and really wish I’d bought a couple of the townhouses I’d been looking at. Well I can’t take it back, so onwards and upwards it is!
Seven years ago my wife and I, Louise, moved into our office to Talevera Road and then the property hunt in Marsfield was revived! This time however, I took Louise with me to see some of the properties in Marsfield.
Eventually we agreed on a property that backed onto a reserve which meant we had bush land for a backyard. We get to see our fair share of wildlife…from Kookaburra’s to possums, wild turkeys and even an odd snake or two; not sure I’m that crazy about the snakes, but I’ve got used to it! For us, this is just awesome!
However, yesterday, it dawned on me why I love Marsfield so much. Let me explain.
Yesterday I arrived back from two great weeks in Sri Lanka, which is where I’m originally from. So, in an effort to get rid of that awful jet lag, I decided to go for a much longer walk than I normally do, and this is where I finally realised why I love Marsfield so much. It’s the people. We are a multicultural society and I love living in a melting pot.
On the surface it looks like there is a dominance of Chinese born residents, but there’s far more to us than that. We’ve got people from every corner of the globe, from Korea, Hong Kong and the Philippines. We’ve got families from the Middle East, India, Pakistan and of course a sprinkling of Sri Lankans as well as a good many Brits too. It’s like we live in a mini United Nations, and in my opinion this is what makes Marsfield so special! Having all these cultures live in one place adds to the uniqueness and the cosmopolitan sense you get when you walk around. From this multicultural society, we learn new things and quite frankly that’s what I love…we learn about difference, we learn about diversity!
Sometimes when you are so close to something and involved in your busy day to day life, you forget to stop for a moment and enjoy what’s around you, and see the beauty of where you live, and of course for us that’s Marsfield.
So, for all the reasons above, this is my motive for starting Marsfield News. I want to highlight Marsfield, and all that it has to offer, which is so much, if you just take the time to look around.
So keep watching out for the latest news and updates that I’ll bring you with regards to everything that’s happening in our community and our special place called Marsfield.
I’d really love to hear from you and if you’d like to get involved or contribute some news that would be fantastic. Please call me on 0414 834 733 or email me at William@IPNA.com.au
William de Ora
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