"I grew up in a war service home in Myaree my parents bought in 1959 and have lived in the City of Melville my whole life in my family home, first as a renter and then as a home owner. I have seen many changes within the City such as when Garden City was built, driving past the Pine Forest on Leach Highway before it became the suburb of Winthrop and seeing the many kangaroos that lived in the area. I remember going on a school excursion to the Melville City Council Chambers when I was in year five to learn all about the local government. My class got to wear the Mayor robes!
My family would frequently see movies at the old Melway drive-in where we would set up our pillows and blankets in the back of the car after running down to play on the playground under the screen. Over the years the City of Melville has grown and become busier as the population has expanded. Houses have been pushed over and new houses have been built, shopping centres have tripled in size, roads are busier and facilities have been developed and improved but Melville remains a great community to grow up in now."
Fiona Schaper, Booragoon