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Artist’s impressions of 17 Spring Street and the Bennetts Lane hotel.

A look at three CBD projects

A look at three CBD projects

By Laurence Dragomir In an otherwise-slow news month on the planning front, we take a look at three projects at various stages of their development cycles.  That’s not to say Melbourne has ground to a halt, far from it, with the CBD’s northern and western ends a flurry with construction activity. First up, developer Aust

Puppy Love

By Niccola Anthony Dexter, a two-year-old, long-haired Chihuahua, has stolen the heart of his older (human) sister Victoria. Victoria, who studies marketing at RMIT and lives in the city away from her family, eagerly awaits every visit from her mum as she knows she’ll also have a chance to cuddle her precious Dexter. While it

Lauren follows her dreams

Recent William Angliss event management graduate Lauren Macron can testify to the value of volunteering to gain valuable experience. The highly-motivated student has a history of putting herself forward – with each placement making her more “saleable” and valued for the next. During her time studying an advanced diploma, Lauren volunteered her services for the

Big ideas wanted to dress up Metro Tunnel construction sites

The Metro Tunnel Project has put a call out to Melbourne’s creative industry to ensure Melbourne remains a vibrant and attractive destination during construction of Victoria’s biggest ever public transport project. The creative program will see major worksites and surrounding areas livened up with hoarding artworks, performances and events, designed to bring the worksites to

Vertical democracies

By Janette Corcoran Democracy, the art of thinking independently together, may be the missing element for vertical village wellbeing, but are we prepared to risk the cost? Strata living is claimed to have its own fourth tier of government, namely the owners’ corporation committee (OCC). This is because the OCC is an elected group, imbued

Restoration of a sign of the times

By Tristan Davies Readers may have recently noticed scaffolding coming down from the former Herald and Weekly Times building on Flinders St, completing months of paintstaking restoration on one of our most iconic heritage buildings. Melbourne Heritage Action was lucky enough to be given an exclusive insight by the team at Ivy Constructions into how

An upbeat view on city life

By David Schout On meeting John Dall’Amico at the Kelvin Club, one thing becomes immediately clear when chatting in the club’s cosy surrounds; he’s very involved. “I’m a glutton for committees,” he laughs. And he’s not lying. Mr Dall’Amico is a past president of the private members’ club, along with being the current president of

One woman’s stand gets results

One brave apartment owner has taken on the developer and the management company appointed to administer the common property for the owners’ corporation (OC) and won back residents’ rights that had been eroded in her apartment building. In the June edition of this column we reported that the owner of the Stonnington apartment had embarked

Boss Baby, Octo Pram in Melbourne

By Susan Saunders Hiding among the corporate CBD high-rise you can find amazing places. Have you noticed? There are a lot of people walking around the streets of Melbourne’s CBD. A large percentage of those people actually live here, (in their vertical villages). But where you have people, little people are around. Where do our

The forgotten telegraphist

By David Thompson On the William St wall of the Supreme Court building in Melbourne there is a small plaque, ignored by most passers-by, which commemorates one of the most significant events in the history of Melbourne and indeed Australia. That was the opening in March 1854 of the first electric telegraph line in Australia

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