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The Festival of Independents

Melbourne’s Flinders Quarter presents The Festival of Independents on Thursday, December 6 from 4pm – 9pm. More than 45 small businesses including boutique fashion, independent brands, creative and maker studios and cafes along Campbell Arcade, Flinders Lane, Degraves St, Centre Place, Cathedral Arcade, Manchester Lane, Scott Alley, Centreway Arcade and the Nicholas Building unite for

Shake-up for community grants

By Tas Mavridis The City of Melbourne’s community grant framework has received a shake up with the new framework placing a greater emphasis on social innovation. According to the City of Melbourne, the new framework will consist of four streams: connected communities, community funding agreements, partnership and professional development and social innovation partnerships, with a

Could church land be put to better use?

By Meg Hill Divergent opinions are emerging about the management of church-owned land in the CBD. Seven Christian churches in the CBD, and many more in the immediate surrounds, were built in the 1800s. Church land acquisition costs in the 1800s were very low, sometimes non-existent. While there has been some pressure in recent years

Office-watching in LaTrobe Street

By Rhonda Dredge The pace of the CBD’s legal district is leisurely, even at ground level. The streets are less crowded. Most pedestrians are carrying laptops or heavy bags. You could call this the serious end of town. You don’t expect to find a conversation pit in bright orange. Last year artist and academic Julie

Driven out: Motorist restrictions ramp up

By David Schout Cars travelling through one of the CBD’s busiest intersections can expect peak-hour gridlock after another motorist lane was removed last month. In the past two months, two car lanes at the busy Swanston and Flinders streets junction have been removed for Metro Tunnel and security bollard works. The moves culminate a year

Test Sites is seeking artists

The City of Melbourne’s “Test Sites” program is giving artists an opportunity to explore and experiment with creative ideas in the public realm that engage with the history and environment of some of the CBD’s iconic locations. Test Sites nominated the Melbourne Innovation Districts (MID) as one of its two focus locations. CBD sites included

Kelvin Club elects first female president

By Meg Hill The Kelvin Club elected its first female president, Professor Su Baker (above), on October 6 – 24 years after the club first welcomed women. The private members club is 153 years old, and its records show attempts to offer women membership dating back to 1968. At the time, legislation inhibited those attempts.

Parallel world for international students

By Meg Hill International students make up a significant portion of the City of Melbourne’s (CoM) population, but research suggests a kind of informal segregation with the rest of the community. The CoM’s most recent statistic (2016) recorded 46,778 international students studying and 28,530 living in the area. The number of international student residents made

Get your skates on

Who said you couldn’t ice skate during summer? An outdoor summer ice rink will be installed in our very own Queen Victoria Market this month just in time for Christmas. The northern hemisphere Christmas spirit will be specially flown in to the market with Canadian-inspired delicacies offered by the rink side. Fuel up after the

Sad end for two falcons

Two of the city’s three much-loved Collins St falcon nestlings have died from a fatal infection. The chicks, followed by thousands on a live webcam atop 367 Collins Street, were learning how to fly when they contracted trichomoniasis, a disease carried by feral starlings and pigeons. Dr Victor Hurley from the Victorian Peregrine Program confirmed

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