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Slender “magic” tower to soar above Melbourne

By Emma Doherty  Australia’s tallest tower could grace the CBD skyline courtesy of the Royal Society of Victoria. The super slender tower dubbed “Magic” is promising to revitalise Melbourne’s 159-year-old science hub, on the small parcel of land bounded by Exhibition, LaTrobe and Victoria streets. If planning is approved for the 60-storey tower, which will

Students tell story on stage

A group of international students from countries such as China, Brazil, Indonesia, India, Iraq and Australia delivered a sell-out theatre performance at Victoria University on May 4.  The Act of Translation Reaches Out program follows the overwhelming success of the original Act of Translation student theatre project created in collaboration of RMIT University, Study Melbourne,

More visitor hubs for CBD

A new purpose built visitor hub at the Town Hall will replace the Federation Square visitor information centre as the new hub for tourists. As part of the Metro Tunnel project, the Melbourne Visitor Centre will be closed in August to make way for the new Town Hall Station. Around the same time, the new

Raise your tea cups to the royal couple

Separated by distance only, Melbourne’s Lady Mayoress Committee (LMC) celebrated the royal wedding in style with a high tea at the Windsor Hotel on May 14. The official proceedings for the local celebration were heralded by a town crier greeting guests and ushering them into the grand ballroom of the Spring St hotel. The spectacular

Lonsdale St sky sign

Drive By Developments has proposed to the City of Melbourne to construct and display a major promotion sky sign on the roof of an existing two-storey building at 272-282 Lonsdale St.  Currently, the building houses several food and gift shops, including Sakura Kaiten Sushi II and Domino’s Pizza, and is across the street from Emporium.

Yang surprises in poll

By Shane Scanlan The lord mayoral election was closely fought, with the biggest surprise being formerly unknown candidate Jennifer Yang getting to within 5000 votes of victory. Ms Yang “came from nowhere” to, firstly poll the second highest number of primary votes and, secondly, to poll 35,913 after preferences were distributed. Lord mayor elect Sally

Change is needed at our market 

By Stan Liacos CEO Queen Victoria Market In my first four months as CEO of Queen Victoria Market I have heard many and varied views about how to “save our market”.    The one common theme that has come through however is the need for some degree of market upgrades and business adaptation.  This is

Budgeting for more people

By David Schout The latest budget delivered by the City of Melbourne aims to tackle a level of population growth faster than the council has forecasted. The budget draft released on Tuesday, May 15 expects the city’s daily population to exceed one million by 2022, eight years earlier than expected. Last year’s budget predicted the

CBD projects funded budget

While a sharp jump in city parking was a headline act in this year’s budget, some CBD projects emerged as winners. The council reaffirmed its financial commitment to the Queen Victoria Market (QVM) renewal project, with almost $20 million set aside for the next financial year. Acting Lord Mayor Arron Wood said the budget commitment

IDAHOBIT at Fed Square

By Meg Hill Melbourne’s LGBTIA+ community gathered at Federation Square on Thursday, May 17 to stand together against discrimination. The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) event included speeches, live music, cabaret, drag, dance and spoken word. The audience was addressed by prominent LGBTI figures including Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality Ro

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