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Huge celebrations for Year of the Dog

Huge celebrations for Year of the Dog

Chinese cultural celebrations will stretch from the CBD, through Southbank and into Docklands during next February’s Chinese New Year. About 70 different member groups of the Federation of Chinese Associations (FCA) will display, perform and celebrate the dawning of the Chinese Year of the Dog over two weekends starting on February 16. A Chinese delegation

Appeal for Capitol Theatre 

The CBD’s sorely-missed landmark Capitol Theatre is getting a multi-million-dollar makeover to reopen its doors to the public. Capitol Theatre was built in 1924 and purchased by RMIT in 1999 for use as a lecture hall but was closed due to disrepair in 2014. RMIT University has launched a fundraising appeal to revamp the theatre

CBD is the jobless capital

By Sunny Liu The CBD is a “port of entry” for international students who are new to Australia, contributing to high unemployment rates, a demographic expert says. Census employment data released in October shows from 2011 to 2016, the percentage of full-time workers living in the CBD has dropped from 61.4 to 49.2 per cent,

Vacant property tax doubts

By Sunny Liu The State Government wants to charge owners’ tax on the 2500 empty residential properties within the City of Melbourne but is vague about how it arrived at that number. From January 1, Vacant Residential Property Tax (VRPT) will see owners charged an annual 1 per cent rate on their property’s capital improvement

The other side of the counter

In a ringing endorsement of the future of the Queen Victoria Market, former CEO Malcolm McCullough and market manager Mark Scott have bought in. The pair left the management of the market mid-year, but have re-emerged as joint owners of Bill’s Farm in the deli hall. The pair said that, after leaving the market, they

City Square cash deal

By Shane Scanlan Fears have been allayed that the City of Melbourne may not have the cash to buy back the City Square when the Metro Tunnel project is complete. The council earlier this year sold the square to the State Government for around $67 million and it was feared the money would be spent

Growing Urban Seedlings 

By Sunny Liu Behind the concrete facade of the 174 Collins St building is a growing indoor community garden with a purpose to bring fresh urban-grown produce to local tables. Flourishing at the basement of Urban Seed’s Central House behind the Collins St Baptist Church, the micro farm is the brainchild of the Urban Seedlings

Council seeks heritage permit for QVM

The City of Melbourne has applied for a heritage permit to allow it to start work on its Queen Victoria Market (QVM) redevelopment. Some 20 documents of supporting material underpin its plan to remove half of sheds A, B, C and D so it can dig a four-storey services basement before reinstating the sheds. Heritage

Councils reach agreement to reduce oBike clutter

By Sunny Liu The Cities of Melbourne, Yarra and Port Phillip have signed an agreement with bike share company oBike to regulate the clutter of dockless bikes scattered around Melbourne. Since its launch in July, oBike has created problems with its dockless feature. OBikes have been found dumped in the Yarra River, thrown up on

CBD is a victim of its own success

By Shane Scanlan Melbourne is losing a part of its heart and soul because it has been too successful. The CBD is continuing to lose small, creative, unique and independent retailers from its little streets and lanes as rising retail rents force them out. Chain retailers and hospitality outlets are displacing quirky places to shop,

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