Matt you said you’re unemployed, what’s the main reason for that?
I just had a hip replacement. After nine operations since the age of 14 when I was hit by a car, my body had finally had enough and I had to have the hip replaced. Three years down the track and it’s been a bit of up and down with it.
Melbourne boy through and through?
Yep, born and bred here. I met my ex-wife here, that was 13 good years. She is back in Adelaide now.
What’s the biggest struggle in your life right now?
Learning how to be lonely. I can be in this beautiful city of Melbourne with people all around me and I get to experience so much in the city and have so many different experiences. But, it’s that walk home. You know? I open the door and of a single bedroom apartment in the heart of the city… But, there’s been a godsend, I got myself a cat and she makes it a little bit easier to come home.
What inspires you?
Happiness and good people. Getting the opportunity to see other people happy in the city I love. Getting the chance to help other people be happy, nothing gives me more joy than seeing a tourist with a map up in front of them looking confused, I just walk up to them and say “I love my city of Melbourne, can I help you?” They always say yes and sometimes they even ask for things to do if they have a few free hours.
Ever thought about being a Melbourne tour guide?
It’s a lot of standing so it’s not best for the hip!
What are you most looking forward to most at the moment?
Summer, it’s my birthday. I love Summer and I love all the people who come into Melbourne. If I can experience and enjoy Melbourne with lots of happy people… That’s what I am most looking forward to.
5 QUICK Q&A
Chuckle park on Little Collins st. Their pulled pork rolls are to die for!
Captain Melville on Franklin Street.
Favourite thing to do in Melbourne:
Hidden gem in Melbourne:
Hidden lane ways for the street art and the hidden coffee