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Difficult stories attract punters

By Rhonda Dredge Melbourne’s City of Literature turned 10 last month without a fanfare.  It was business as usual as laconic CBD bookseller Bill Morton manned the book table with his partner Andrea Lindores at yet another literary event.  The booksellers were at the Wheeler Centre with the latest release by a Melbourne author, The

AGM with a difference

By Sue Saunders Residents 3000 welcomed Sally Capp, Mayor of the City of Melbourne to its AGM followed by a serenading accordionist and refreshments.    Sally Capp let residents know the initiatives she has been able to encourage, since being elected to office last May.  Residents sought a progress report on the three most pressing

Silhouettes and shadows

By Chris Mineral Penny Ikinger’s third album Tokyo has arrived via Melbourne-label Off The Hip Records and it is a ripper.  Ikinger, who has been moonlighting in trumpeter Jack Howard’s Epic Brass has teamed up with Deniz Tek (Radio Birdman guitarist) and a bunch of psychedelic musos from Japan. Tokyo is superb, with overdriven, reverb-drenched

Livin’ in the ‘70s

If you are feeling discomfited by the Metro tunnelling, take heart, it has all happened before. Back in the ‘70s the City Loop was built with the first sod being turned in 1971 and Flagstaff Station not opening until 1985.  This photo was taken around 1970 just prior to the city loop being built. The

Are you gonna be my girl?

By Niccola Anthony Jet, a Melbourne-born-and-bred, nine-year-old black miniature poodle, is a city pup by nature. Not to be confused with the iconic early 2000s Australian band, Jet shares a love of inner city living with her owner, Chris Hughes. Chris and his wife have recently moved to a Queen St apartment, however, they have

Quick sketch of a newcomer

By Rhonda Dredge An artistic life awaits those who move into the CBD with life drawing three times a week where you can meet friends and tap into the world of sketching. Corine Caderbaccus moved to Melbourne eight years ago to study accountancy and life has opened up for her since. Back home in Mauritius

Study adoption huge win for heritage

By Tristan Davies After almost a decade of heritage groups calling for a comprehensive review of heritage in the CBD, council voted last month to put forward the first part of its Hoddle Grid Heritage Review, which will see more than 64 new heritage listings recommended to the Minister of Planning. With the last major

Archaeology on display

The public is invited to look at Victoria’s biggest ever archaeology digs courtesy of the Metro Tunnel Project.  Viewing windows have been built into the hoarding on Swanston St near the Young and Jackson Hotel so that passers-by can see the historic digs underway. More than half a million artefacts, some dating back more than

A big month in construction

By Laurence Drogomir It has been a big month on the construction front, with a number of projects achieving key milestones across the CBD. ISPT Property and Brookfield’s office development at 405 Bourke St officially started construction, with the pouring of the raft slab by builder Multiplex. The 39-storey steel-framed tower is due to be

Cladding – remove now, pay later?

Apartment buildings across Melbourne are finding that it can cost hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars to remove combustible cladding. We await feedback from owners who are tempted by the state government’s offer of cladding “rectification” loans that can be paid off through council rates. Planning Minister, Richard Wynne, has been reported as

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