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A certain buzz on CBD rooftops

By David Schout Producing locally-sourced food can be tough in the concrete surrounds of the CBD, but one couple has found a unique way of cutting through.  Vanessa Kwiatkowski and Mat Lumalasi’s backyard beekeeping hobby moved into the CBD back in 2010, utilising high-rise rooftops to house their hives. Within a year, Rooftop Honey was

Canvas on a carriage

By David Schout If you’re rushing about the CBD this month about to board a tram, be sure to scan the carriage left and right. For there’s a good chance the tram’s distinctive green and yellow design has changed. The latest batch of “art trams” has hit the city, with eight new designs making their

World of the Book

The State Library’s free “World of the Book” exhibition reopened on October 13 with more than 300 new items, including some never shown before. The exhibition in the library’s Dome Galleries explores the history of writing, books and book design with items dating from 2050 BC to the present day. The exhibition showcases some of

Concert to mark the 100th anniversary of armistice

The Melbourne Welsh Male Choir will mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice with “Till They All Come Home”, a concert expected to pack out Melbourne Town Hall on Sunday, November 11.  The choir hopes that veterans and their families (and others) will make a day of it and come to the concert after Remembrance Day commemorations. RSL

Restarting hearts in the city

Haileybury students (from left) Iqra Iftakhar (prep), Mavis Varghese (year 1) and Jake Budd (year 2) were taught CPR by paramedic Kathryn Eastwood during Restart A Heart Day on October 16. The classes were part of a global initiative to raise awareness and education of CPR in communities. The students at Haileybury’s City campus participated

Confidence drives small office demand

Increased small business confidence and creative thinking by CBD landlords have driven a 235 per cent increase in demand for small office space in Melbourne, says Colliers International. The firm reported a year-on-year increase in demand for sub-300 sqm office suites in the CBD. “This accelerated demand highlights the strength in sentiment among small business

Dafel finds a home

Dafel, one of the city’s oldest toy stores, has found a new home after being forced to leave its 77-year residence in the Block Arcade. CBD News reported in May that Dafel was leaving the Block Arcade after the rent had almost doubled in a year. Mother and daughter owners Pauline Seaton and Lisa Brener

The lowdown on the market

Local real estate agent Scott McElroy on October 4 gave CBD locals a “warts and all” assessment of the current state of the market. The Hocking Stuart agency principal outlined a generally-flat residential market where buyers were waiting and sellers were equally hesitant. “Buyers have decided to sit on their hands as they believe the

Bidding heats up in the CBD

Mid-October saw some eye-catching property movements in the city.  An out of condition heritage-listed building was sold for $14.5 million, and three Flinders St kebab outlets were placed on the market. The heritage building is located at 12-14 McKillop St. A Melbourne developer secured it after a bidding war between local and overseas bidders that

The city “controller’’ is coming

The state government is to appoint a “city controller” to battle traffic gridlock flowing from Melbourne’s construction boom. Making the announcement in the CBD on October 18, Transport Minister Jacinta Allan acknowledged the impact that multiple projects were having on the city. “We know how frustrating the impacts of disruption can be – the city

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