Just a quick post while I work on some more substantive content.
Victoria’s State Budget, normally in May but much delayed due to COVID-19, was on Tuesday. Most of the big ticket public transport investment (Airport Rail, Geelong upgrade, and a huge early works package on the Suburban Rail Loop) had already been announced; there were a few other bits and bobs (including a very welcome investment in 100 new trams), but disappointingly not much funding for extra PT services.
I found one I liked that is locally manufactured. Many of the big brand names (including the big blue and yellow Swedish company, naturally) import all of theirs, but it’s always nice to support local jobs if possible.
Having placed the order, Melbourne went into lockdown and they rang to say the factory had been closed down and there’d be a delay. Fair enough.
So for months I’ve had a lonely POÄNG chair (from the aforementioned Swedish company) sitting in the prime TV-viewing position by the window.
Thankfully (for everybody, not just me waiting for my couch) COVID-19 has been quashed in Victoria, and things have opened up again. And the couch has finally arrived.