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Music fest not a picnic for all

By Jack Hayes The January 17 return of the Melbourne chapter of Piknic Électronik disturbed some Flinders Street residents. Phoenix apartment resident Edward Sanders described the noise level in his home from the festival as “obscene”. The event will run weekly until April 3 at “The Paddock” in Federation Square. Mr Sanders said that, with

Report highlights vacant apartments

Up to 15 per cent of CBD apartments could be empty, according to a report released in December. According to Prosper Australia’s Speculative Vacancies 2015 report, some 2478 CBD apartments are likely vacant if water usage data is to be relied on. And local real estate agent Scott McElroy says he’s not surprised by the

New generation of street art

School holiday program in the CBD is an off-the-scale artistic indulgence for hundreds of appreciative young people. In the case of Lily Nguyen, 20, and Levi Mills, 13, they were able to spend a week being mentored by the likes of renowned street artist Adrian Doyle at Blender Studios in Franklin St. For others it

Please bother us

CBD police want to be bothered by locals who may have noticed any suspicious behaviour or annoying or dangerous incidents. Sen Sgt Adam Tanner said people probably felt that they shouldn’t bother police with their minor concerns. “But, actually, we’d love to hear from them,” he said.  “It’s only by piecing together the multiple bits

Flagstaff active on weekends

Trains are now stopping at Flagstaff Station on weekends. The State Government says the change will improve access to Queen Victoria Market and Flagstaff Gardens, and make it easier for workers and local residents in the area to get home safer and sooner. The long awaited opening of Flagstaff Station on weekends and public holidays

New resident lobby group

A new advocacy group to tackle issues facing inner-city residential apartment dwellers was established in December. Known as “We Live Here”, the group was established at a meeting in Docklands in December which included residents from the CBD. Group convenor Barbara Francis is also the owners’ corporation chair at the Watergate apartment complex, which has

United approach to Chinese New Year

As the first step towards putting Melbourne on the world’s Chinese New Year map, the city’s many Chinese community players have this year united under a single brand and have significantly expanded the celebrations. The 2016 celebrations will go for longer and will be found in a continuum from Chinatown, through Federation Square and down

Citizen Jayde

“Citizen” Jayde Kirchert would love nothing more than her CBD neighbours to come out and enjoy her two plays being performed in Little Bourke St from February 4 to 14. Ms Kirchert is first among equals within Citizen Theatre, a polished and independent group of (mostly) women determined to define their own theatrical voice. In

Go Greek in Lonsdale St this month

Locals have been invited to join the biggest Greek street party outside of Greece later this month when the Lonsdale St Greek Festival returns for the 29th time. Over February 27 and 28, the Greek Precinct of the CBD will come alive with 17 bands and 20 dance groups performing from three stages. Some 70

Lifestyle rules in the CBD

It’s official: People love living in the CBD because of its lifestyle, but hate the noise. Results from Residents 3000’s CBD Living Survey show that “lifestyle” is by far the most popular reason people like living in postcode 3000. Of the 237 respondents, more than half (52.7 per cent) nominated lifestyle, with a further 32.9

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