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New Collins St Precinct president

New Collins St Precinct president

By Sunny Liu Alister Reid, owner of jewellery store Grey Reid Gallery on Collins St, has become the new president at Collins St Precinct. Having been involved with the precinct for almost 20 years, Mr Reid said the group of small business owners was the voice of the city’s small business community. “Small business is

High rent forces toy shop out

By Sunny Liu The CBD’s last doll and teddy bear hospital and classic toy store, Dafel, is being forced to close due to high rental increase. Having been at the same location in the Block Arcade for 77 years, the shop is closing its doors because the owners cannot afford the rent, which has nearly

Good behaviour bond for Richard Foster

By Shane Scanlan Former Melbourne councillor Richard Foster has received a good behaviour bond for his role in Brooke Wandin’s unlawful candidate nomination in the 2016 council elections. This is despite organising her enrolment at his Kensington home address and later “dobbing” her in to the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) as well as initially denying

Join the Big Dance

On Sunday, April 29, 600 people will bust a move at Federation Square for the Big Dance on International Dance Day.  The Big Dance, hosted by dance company Ausdance, converges professional and amateur dancers from around Victoria for the big bi-annual event. It aims to get more people moving and appreciating dancing through bringing the

A puff in the park

Pro-marijuana protesters gathered at Flagstaff Gardens for their annual “smoking ceremony” on April 20. Hundreds converged at this CBD park to show their love for weed and call for cannabis to be legalised. Flagstaff Gardens was covered in smoke for the entire day while onlookers and police officers watched participants puff away.

No more high-wall promotion signs

By Lina Le The illuminated Fivex signs on top of the River View House at the corner of Elizabeth and Flinders streets may not be there for long. The City of Melbourne on March 6 rejected an application for its continued display. The signs displays the word “Fivex” and was installed two years ago by

Another retail icon goes

By Sunny Liu Another iconic Melbourne institution has closed its doors in March, after operating in the CBD for 96 years. Thomas’ Music officially closed its shop at 31 Bourke St on March 16, much to the dismay of its loyal customers who travel from all over Australia and around the world for classical music

Welcome new students

Newly-arrived international students in Melbourne received warm welcome at the Lord Mayor’s Student Welcome held at the Immigration Museum on March 17.  The event started with a documentary screening of Act of Translation, a theatre program featuring international students’ daily struggle and experience of studying in Melbourne. The Act of Translation cast gave a short

Tough competition for CBD renting

By Sunny Liu Renting in the CBD is harder than ever as international students vie for apartments to rent before the new university term starts. Inspections numbers are at an all time high with as many as 100 people checking out one CBD unit, according to real estate agents. Suzie Inglis, leasing manager at Hocking

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