CBD Local articles

Hope for a better life

Hope for a better life

By Sunny Liu It is not always easy for an 18-year-old to find a job to support themselves, especially if they are a foreign student who has just been in Australia for five months.  Xue Li was desperate to get onto her feet when she arrived in Melbourne from her hometown Zhengzhou, a highly-industrialised Chinese

Suited to life in the CBD

Although 24-year-old international affairs client liaison manager Briar Lloyd is used to working side by side with some of the world’s most major cities, her love for ours is quite possibly the strongest. Migrating from New Zealand in 2010 for her studies, Ms Lloyd completed a Bachelor of Arts, Media and Communications and Politics and

A representative of the newcomers

By Sunny Liu For Hong-Kong native Wing Lau, Melbourne is a country town.  Ms Lau is just one of the many Chinese international students taking over Melbourne’s CBD.  She came to Melbourne in 2012 and has been studying at Monash University since. Born in a prominent family in Hong Kong and the daughter of a

The public face of Bennetts Lane Jazz Club

By Mindy Gill Megg Evans is the public face and creative inspiration behind Melbourne’s longest standing jazz club – Bennetts Lane. With a petite frame and sweet, husky voice, Ms Evans is a central player in shaping its impact on the jazz scene. “Although we’re only open about five or so hours a night, the

CBD is too good to leave

Pam Dingle was planning to only stay for one year in the CBD.  That was 15 years ago. “I was going to move in for a year, sell the apartment and go back to Armadale,” she explained.  “I’ve been here ever since.” Like many long-term city residents, Pam doesn’t like everything that comes with central-city

Bringing the past into the future

By Shane Scanlan CBD couple Soma Giovannini and Tom Carson read layers of stories in our local buildings that the rest of us don’t even notice. The Franklin St residents live to restore our beautiful built-heritage, particularly the grand buildings which made Melbourne truly “marvelous” in the 19th century. Tom said: “Melbourne could have been

The angel of Therry St

By Shane Scanlan Martin Mulvihill seems too nice.  Where’s the catch?  Why is he putting himself in the position of “team captain” to the city’s most needy permanent residents? But to meet the 72-year-old is to be totally charmed by his smile and laughter and it doesn’t take long to realise he is a one-in-a-million

For Ian, Melbourne is the one and only

By Ella Gibson Having lived in the CBD for the past 22 years, Ian Taylor has seen his fair share of change. “It was a very different place,” he said. “The weekends were absolutely quiet. The department stores were not open on a Sunday and, from memory, were only open Saturday morning. There wasn’t a

The community with everything

For Michele Levine, CBD living has brought far more sense of community than she ever encountered in the suburbs. The Roy Morgan Research CEO explained her trepidation about five years ago when she committed to her four-storey, free-standing Victorian building in Flinders Lane. “I thought it would either be terrific or very strange and lonely,”

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