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Street begging crackdown

CBD police will be cracking down on street begging this month. Acting Snr-Sgt Lisa Prentice-Evans said operation Minta would be conducted with the Salvation Army and the City of Melbourne. She said “begging alms” was a summary offence in Victoria but she fully expected most offenders would be directed into welfare support programs. She said

Angliss funding boost

William Angliss Institute is to train an extra 1800 students thanks to a funding boost announced by the State Government last month. The King St institute, which is celebrating its 75th year this year, has been promised an extra $4.47 million as part of a general boost to the TAFE system. The Government will fund

Elm Tower OC chair Neil Perry and electrician Frankie Nigro channel their inner-Jedi Knight.

Smiles all round from enlightened decision

Everyone’s smiling at Elm Tower in Little Lonsdale St since LED lighting was retrofitted throughout the common areas. Despite a capital outlay of $13,000, the owners’ corporation’s (OC) electricity bill was $20,000 less than usual in just 12 months. With more power savings on their way, OC chair Neil Perry can’t wipe the grin off

The great escape

There is a place in the city where people can escape the noise, anxiety and stress. Known as Mingary, The Quiet Place, it is an oasis without the traffic, street-cleaning machines, building sites and trams rattling by. We all work busy jobs that, although may be fulfilling, can build tension in our everyday lives.  So

Mary Dalmau of Readers Feast

‘Hands in Print’

A new piece of Melbourne’s literary culture falls into place next month with the launch of Hands in Print. Hands in Print is a series of artworks based on the hands of contemporary local and international authors and its launch is part of Rare Book Week. The permanent exhibition is the idea of CBD bookseller

Call for resident-free city zones

By Shane Scanlan A suggestion has been made to ban residential development from parts of the CBD to protect commercial property owners from unintended extra costs. Property Council of Victoria deputy executive director Asher Judah says the Postcode 3000 experiment has been so successful, it risked undermining the CBD as a commercial centre. Mr Judah

Value added success

By Kara Bertoncini At the age of 19, most teenagers are figuring out what they want to do with their life, but CBD entrepreneur Matt Mahon had a vision. When Matt started up his health clinic Mind Over Muscle he had zero business knowledge however, his deep understanding of health and well-being was motivation enough.

Parking has peaked in CBD

By Shane Scanlan Car parking has peaked in central Melbourne and is now in decline. The amount of on-street and off-street parking is shrinking, with implications for residents, retailers and the City of Melbourne, which has traditionally relied on parking as a primary source of revenue. The council’s finance chair Cr Stephen Mayne says the

Council market buy tops the list

By Alastair Taylor October has been a busy month for planning and development news in the CBD headlined by City of Melbourne’s purchase of the Munro site adjacent to Queen Victoria Market and the topping out ceremony for 567 Collins St. On Wednesday the 15th, the City of Melbourne announced it was the successful bidder

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