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Lunch with a heart

Lunch with a heart

A host of not-for-profit food and drink businesses have popped up around the city, committed to giving back to the community. STREAT A not-for-profit hospitality organisation, gives support and hospitality industry training to disadvantaged youths. STREAT’s founders, Rebecca Scott and Kate Barrelle, were inspired by KOTO, a training program and restaurant providing street youth with

Green signs mean free trams

The State Government has revealed new green signage which will signify free tram travel within the CBD and Docklands. The new free zone comes into effect on New Year’s Day.  More than 70 tram stops will have bright green signage. The Premier Denis Napthine unveiled the new signage on September 21 at an Elizabeth St

Comic book heroes

Liveable city is one thing, but how many people know that Melbourne’s CBD has the best comic book shop in the world? All Star Comics in Lonsdale has this year shared first place with a Nebraskan store at the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award in San Diego. Owners Troy Varker and Mitchell Davies

Support for CBD from tabloid attack

CBD community leaders have rallied to the support of the suburb after a sensationalist front-page attack by a Sunday tabloid newspaper. The Sunday Age on September 21 portrayed the CBD has the most dangerous place in Victoria “revealing the steep human cost of transforming the city into a vibrant retail, dining and nightlife hub that

Triumph for fan-power

Fans Sally Bruen and Jenny Valentish never met their idol Chrissy Amphlett, but that didn’t stop them successfully campaigning for a Melbourne lane to be name in the late singer’s honour. The pair were instrumental in a campaign which started with a petition of 7000 signatures and is expected to culminate with the sign “Amphlett

Trade-off on over-shadowing

The City of Melbourne last month sacrificed its formerly-consistent opposition to over-shadowing of the south bank of the Yarra in return for public open space at 447 Collins St. Developer Cbus offered the council nearly 2000sqm of space in return for council’s support for a change to the planning scheme. The offer clearly presented a

Demolition fears for historic drill hall

The Royal Historical Society of Victoria (RHSV) fears it could be evicted from its premises and the historical building demolished after the state election. The Drill Hall at 239 A’Beckett St is owned by the State Government but is on a list of properties which could be sold. The society says it has been given

Developer levy unlikely

By Shine Dighe Melbourne City Council’s proposal to collect a ‘developer contribution’ amounting to $900 per dwelling for new CBD residential towers may not see the light of the day. Planning Minister Matthew Guy, who has the final say in the matter, said recently on 3AW: “I haven’t seen anything to justify it. I don’t

Council ready to support overshadowing

By Shane Scanlan The City of Melbourne appears ready to support over-shadowing of the south bank of the Yarra in return for desperately-needed open space in the CBD. The council has not previously supported over-shadowing of the river and the principle has remained “sacrosanct”. Lord Mayor Robert Doyle used the term “sacrosanct” on August 5

More people sleeping rough

The number of people sleeping rough on Melbourne’s street has significantly increased over the past year, according to the annual StreetCount survey. In most years since 2008, the City of Melbourne has co-ordinated the “point-in-time” survey, with volunteer observers taking to the inner city streets this year on Tuesday, June 3. This year, 142 people

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