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Crime prevention training for residents

Local residents are stepping forward to learn how to keep apartment complexes safe. A group of Residents 3000 members is learning crime prevention through environmental design and hope to soon to be able to conduct building security audits. Group president John Dall’Amico explained that Residents 3000 and Victoria Police were working together to make inner

Nurturing the nation’s best address

In Australia, you can’t get better than a Collins St address – and there is a group of local business people who plan to keep it that way. The Collins Street Precinct Group is a diverse collection of people bound by the common purpose of promoting the CBD’s premier street. Long-serving group president Don Parsons

Getting to know city business

Melbourne’s volunteer guides know more about the city’s quirky hidden businesses following an educational tour last month. Tour guide Zoe McDonald took about 20 volunteer guides on a 90-minute familiarisation on April 13 to showcase City Precinct member-businesses. City Precinct president Gerard Kelly said such a tour was held every three months to help familiarise

A very special commendation for Kay Craddock

It is fitting that in their tenth year, the founder of the popular Lord Mayor’s Commendations is putting herself forward. For rare bookseller Kay Craddock, this year marks her 50th in business and the tenth as chair of the commendations advisory group. It is only now that she has decided to step down from the

Search for CBD robbers

Melbourne Embona Taskforce detectives are investigating after a man was bashed and robbed of his phone in Little Bourke St in March. The 27-year-old man was walking home along Little Bourke St about 1.45am on Monday, March 9. Police say he was approached by a group of about eight males who have demanded his mobile

Charges from karaoke bar assault

Melbourne North Crime Investigation Unit detectives have charged two men and a woman following an alleged assault at a karaoke bar in the CBD in January. The incident occurred at the licensed premises on Elizabeth St around 1am on 11 January and left a 25-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman with injuries. A 26-year-old Melbourne

Kelvin Club is in ‘kilter with life’

Despite being 150 years old, the CBD’s Kelvin Club is reluctant to define its identity. Rather, it celebrates the fluidity with which it can adapt itself to the present day. President John Dall’Amico describes it as “progressively traditional”, which would be confusing without an explanation. Second in age only to the Melbourne Club, the Kelvin

Setting the agenda

City of Melbourne councillors want to set the development agenda by hosting three forums a year for developers. The proposal is one of 137 draft actions the council has released ahead of its budget considerations later in the year. Cr Stephen Mayne says the proposal would wrest the initiative from the developer lobby. “We want

Architects buy into apartment standards debate

The Institute of Architects has bought into the debate around minimum standards for apartments, with Victorian president Peter Malatt saying the matter was a “wellbeing” issue for residents. “There are many apartments in Melbourne that don’t even have a balcony.  I don’t think that’s acceptable.  That’s not a house, when you can’t even step outside,”

Blind spot aids thief

By Rhonda Dredge The spatial poetics of Flinders Lane were working against Saff as he left his hairdressing salon in the Port Phillip Arcade one sunny morning a month ago. The well-known barber met his mates as he often does for a morning coffee at the corner of Centre Place and put down his backpack

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