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Should the federal government run its full term, CBD voters will have plenty of time to get to know endorsed Melbourne ALP candidate Sophie Ismail. Ms Ismail, 37, beat a strong field of candidates last month for the right to represent the Labor Party as it attempts to wrest back from the Greens the federal

Rooftop attraction – an explanation

By Clancy Scanlan A sudden influx of daredevil youths to the rooftops of Melbourne’s skyscrapers has caught the attention of many in recent months, including the evening news. The young ragamuffins post photos taken from the top of some of Melbourne’s most iconic buildings, as well as videos of their endeavours. The videos show footage

City apartment affordability fears

Planning Minister Richard Wynne has started the long-anticipated debate on standards for apartment construction with the release last month of a discussion paper, ‘Better Apartments’. While most people agree on the need for standards relating to adequate natural light, ventilation and privacy, it is feared that mandated minimum size will adversely affect affordability. The Property

Our first Princes Bridge

The Princes Bridge location has long been the major crossing point of the Yarra, firstly using punts and then a wooden bridge from 1845. The large single span granite and basalt bridge in the photo was opened in 1850 providing toll free access to the south side of the city. It was the first permanent

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

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