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School holiday gaol break

School holiday gaol break

Emma, 14, at left Olivia, 8, were two of the hundreds of children to “Escape the Gaol” at the Old Melbourne Gaol during the winter school holidays. The immersive and educational activity was designed to create the perfect escape plan, without being discovered by the prison guards. Photographer Suzie Potter captured the pair getting up-close

Decision time on CEO Ben Rimmer

By Shane Scanlan Melbourne councillors will decide in the next couple of weeks whether to keep or replace CEO Ben Rimmer, whose four-year contract expires on February 8. If they are to replace Mr Rimmer, they have until September 8 to give him the required six months’ notice. With time running out for the scheduled

Blak Design Matters

By David Schout An exhibition showcasing indigenous-led design has just opened at the Koorie Heritage Trust in Federation Square. Addressing pre-conceptions surrounding design from one of the world’s oldest continuous cultures, Blak Design Matters aims to show that, like indigenous art, design continues to respond to contemporary issues. From architecture and landscape design to fashion

Pollies in the spotlight

CBD residents last month heard first-hand what their parliamentary representatives have so far achieved and what their future priorities were. Speaking at Residents 3000’s monthly forum on July 5 were local MHR Adam Bandt, MLA Ellen Sandell and MLC Fiona Patten. Residents 3000 runs monthly forums and intends to check in again with the parliamentarians

Doubt cast on lord mayoral result

By Shane Scanlan There is doubt over Melbourne’s recent lord mayoral by-election as up to 8313 enrolled voters were potentially denied a vote due to a known electoral flaw. With Lord Mayor Sally Capp beating candidate Jennifer Yang by just 4666 votes in May, there is every possibility that the wrong woman is wearing the

Compromise on childcare centre

Local parents and the City of Melbourne have reached a sensible compromise to keep the Melbourne City Childcare Centre in A’Beckett St open until the end of the year. Council management wanted to evict the 19 families using the centre on August 31 but, at the Future Melbourne Committee meeting on June 21, councillors intervened

It’s an honour

CBD local Su Baker was awarded an AM in the general Order of Australia in the June Queens Birthday Honours.  But looking at her CV, you wonder why it has taken so long! As an artist and academic, her involvement spans the nation over many years and even includes overseas contributions. “Oh yes, but it’s

Murky accounting on Munro deal

By Shane Scanlan The actual figures remain murky, but it appears the City of Melbourne’s 2014 investment in the “Munro site” adjacent to the Queen Victoria Market (QVM) has blown out spectacularly. At face value, the council seems to have paid $60 million too much to achieve $70 million worth of community facilities at the site

Raise your tea cups to the royal couple

Separated by distance only, Melbourne’s Lady Mayoress Committee (LMC) celebrated the royal wedding in style with a high tea at the Windsor Hotel on May 14. The official proceedings for the local celebration were heralded by a town crier greeting guests and ushering them into the grand ballroom of the Spring St hotel. The spectacular

Change is needed at our market 

By Stan Liacos CEO Queen Victoria Market In my first four months as CEO of Queen Victoria Market I have heard many and varied views about how to “save our market”.    The one common theme that has come through however is the need for some degree of market upgrades and business adaptation.  This is

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