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Meet your friendly neighbourhood superhero

Meet your friendly neighbourhood superhero

It’s reassuring to know that the world champion stick-fighter lives in the neighbourhood.  It’s a bit like having our own superhero! John Moore, 36, has been fighting since he was 14 and has more medals, trophies and certificates than you can poke a stick at. He’s expert in a long-list of martial arts – having started


This humble apparatus on the corner of Flinders and Williams streets is the state’s hardest-working revenue-raiser. The camera snapped 27,138 infringements last financial year, raising $6.63 million revenue for the state. The camera averages 74 fines per day with an average take of $246 adding up to $18,186 per day.

Inner Melbourne bike crashes mapped

By Chloe Strachan Monash University’s City Science research group has released a map of bike crashes over the last five years, between July 2008 and July 2013. City Science applied VicRoad crash statistic to the Strava application, which bike riders use to map their riding progress. Using the Strava Global Heatmap as a background, the

Emerging from her silent world

Being deaf is just a minor disability if you have what it takes to be a great employee. 16-year-old Paula Aparejado is doing work experience at the Mail Exchange Hotel in Bourke St and has already been earmarked as an employee. She was born deaf but, according to hotel manager Nici Nicholson, has got more

Angelic Mission

After a divine commute, these four angels were off to their day-job to add some colour and non-movement to an anti-climate change protest in Spencer St on October 9. Some 60 protesters staged a sit-in at energy giant AGL’s Melbourne operation, while the angels added a theatrical touch by blocking a revolving entrance. Organisers say

Beware of conning ‘monks’

A pair of con-artists dressed as Buddhist monks have been sighted in and around the city tricking unsuspecting shoppers and tourists into giving them cash.  CBD News spotted two men in September, approaching members of the public up in Southbank and in the CBD. A group of four has also been spotted scamming people along

Questionnaire for state candidates

The City of Melbourne (CoM)is writing to all candidates and party leaders in next month’s state election to seek their views on matters of concern to it. On September 2 councillors voted to ask 15 questions.  Responses will be published on the council’s website. Question 1: Will you remove the 25,000 sqm threshold where the

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

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