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It’s Ellen again

It’s Ellen again

Melbourne MLA Ellen Sandell has defied a statewide swing to Labor to retain her seat by the same margin as last time – 2.4 per cent. Statewide, the Greens went backwards at the November 24 poll, with Ms Sandell’s victory the only real highlight for the party. Ms Sandell polled 3.48 per cent more than her

Melbourne’s Garden of Gethsemane

By Meg Hill The gothic-styled Wesley Church on Lonsdale St, a congregation of the Uniting Church in Australia (UCA), is surrounded by scaffolding, with a 35-level office tower ascending next door. In the car park behind the church, now hidden by the construction-site hoarding, is one of Melbourne’s oldest trees. It has its own fence

Neil Munro and his apartment museum

By Meg Hill Walking into Neil Munro’s sixth floor Collins St apartment in Temple Court is like walking into a living museum. Most of the furniture is 19th century antique, classical music is playing on the radio, the walls are covered with oil paintings, and 82-year-old Neil immediately begins to fill you in on his

Design team creates reflective routes

By David Schout A group of four young architects has beaten 41 entrants in an innovation competition to revitalise the north-west corner of the CBD. The Sydney-based team’s winning effort Reflective Lane proposed a series of digital projections in selected laneways that celebrate the city’s diversity. The only prerequisite of the Urban Land Institute’s competition

QVM political update

By Shane Scanlan The City of Melbourne is half-way through its “deliberative democracy” process, which it hopes will get its Queen Victoria Market (QVM) redevelopment back on track. A 40-person “people’s panel” has two more sessions scheduled, concluding on November 7, before it is asked to recommend to the council an infrastructure solution to secure

Charity volunteers reeling

The dedicated and long-serving volunteers on the Lady Mayoress’s Committee (LMC) are reeling after being dumped by the City of Melbourne. Committee member Gabriella Stefanetti said volunteers were left shocked, confused and angry after being told in June their services were no longer required. She said that, since then, it had emerged that the committee

Ellen Sandell and Jennifer Kanis

Did you know there is an election?

By Shane Scanlan If you live in the CBD, you may not have noticed that there is a state election on November 24. The urban renewal areas of the Melbourne electorate, CBD and Docklands, have become a virtual no-go zone for candidates who are more at home in the traditional inner-city suburbs to our north.

Jenny Eltham surveys smokers' knowledge of the law.

No butts about it

By Shane Scanlan CBD residents are sick of their streets and lanes being treated as a giant ashtray and they want smokers and businesses educated or prosecuted. Resident groups EastEnders and Residents 3000 have both weighed into the issue and are clear about what needs to be done. EastEnders president Jenny Eltham wants the City

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Culture Kings backs down on Hosier

By Meg Hill Streetwear giant Culture Kings, which sparked outrage last month by calling the police on street artists in Hosier Lane, has retreated and issued an “embarrassed” public apology.  The back down came after the Victorian Socialists launched a campaign against Culture Kings following CBD News’s articles on the incident last month.  Their campaign

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