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Local Monopoly fails to pass ‘Go’

Local Monopoly fails to pass ‘Go’

Can you imagine Melbourne without Collins or Bourke streets? The makers of the new Melbourne edition of the iconic board game Monopoly can, as shown when they launched the game at Federation Square last month. Federation Square features, as does the Victoria Market.  And the CBD’s heart is represented by Hosier and Hardware lanes. But

Why drive when you can walk?

Who needs a wedding car when you live in the CBD? Alan Findlater and bride Diana certainly didn’t consider driving from their Flinders Lane apartment on their big day recently. Alan and Diana were joined by their family walking together to their ceremony held at their favourite restaurant, Grossi Florentino, where they enjoyed a renaissance

Councillors ‘pissed off’ at Brady Group

Developer Brady Group came under fire from Melbourne councillors on November 17 when they were asked to retrospectively approve a reduction of two levels of parking at 500 Elizabeth St. The Vision Apartments tower was completed and apparently approved by a private building surveyor without two levels of basement parking. While granting the retrospective consent

Karaoke bar extends licence hours

By Kara Bertoncini The Future Melbourne Committee last month voted to extend the liquor licence hours of Jankara Karaoke Bar on Russell St. The request for a letter of support from the council is a first and Jankara Karaoke Bar will now be able to increase its trading hours until 5am on Fridays and Saturdays

Have your say on CBD

What’s great and what’s not about living in the CBD? Residents 3000 is finding out via a short online survey. The residents group says it can better advocate on behalf of residents if it knows what issues are most important. Residents 3000 president John Dall’Amico explained: “We want to properly represent the views of residents,

Hangin’ with the HoMies

By Kara Bertoncini In a fast-paced society it is humbling to know there are people like Nick Pearce taking the initiative to create awareness. Mr Pearce is one of the co-founders of HoMie, a Melbourne-based social enterprise aimed at giving the homeless of Melbourne clothing and basic needs as they strive to find their place

Questions great & small

If you’re searching for the meaning of life, this is the festival for you! The Interrobang The Interrobang is a new and unusual Festival of Questions. It is a festival shaped entirely by the public and is looking for the best questions in the world. Participants on the website are invited to post a question

Melburnians blown away by the pipes of the Grand Organ

By Katie Wong Hoy Seniors and students flocked to Melbourne Town Hall on Wednesday, October 7 to be serenaded by the glorious pipes of the Grand Organ.   The first concert was one of many events organised in the CBD as part of the Seniors Festival 2015. German organist extraordinaire, Christian Schmitt, brought the magnificent

Business counts the cost of holiday

Local businesses are hoping that Premier Daniel Andrews can admit a mistake and withdraw the grand final holiday by next September. Companies surveyed by CBD News were almost all universally damning of the holiday. Only William St barber Ibrahim El Osman was mildly supportive.  “City was quieter but we did OK,” he said. “But there

Melbourne Music Week offers up the goods

Back for its sixth year, Melbourne Music Week (MMW) was launched on October 7, announcing a jam-packed program, with over 100 events held across the city from November 13 – 20.   For eight days and nights, MMW will pry open basement doors, activate laneways, light up the silver screen and shake up the dance

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