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A Nugget of fun

A Nugget of fun

By Emma Hartley One-year-old mini dachshund Nugget provided a much-needed burst of happiness for Mimi Cao last year. “She’s a COVID puppy,” Ms Cao said. “She’s definitely brought a lot of happiness during COVID. She helped us release anxiety – she’s a very lovely girl.”  A few lockdowns later and Nugget has finally been able

New Melbourne music

By Chris Mineral Courtney Barnett has a new album coming out in November via Milk Records, and first cab off the rank, the first single Rae Street, is a ripper of a tune.  Barnett has lined up an extensive tour of Europe and North America to help promote the new album. Word is that it

A COVID-19 recovery for ALL

By Brendan Nottle – Salvation Army There has been a lot of fervent debate about whether a safe injecting room should be located in the heart of our city. There has also been much conjecture about where it should be located.   There is a strong suggestion about it being located on Flinders St near Elizabeth St. The

Seen and unseen: Koorie artists tell their stories through art

By Spencer Fowler Steen A new exhibition showcasing the work of trailblazing First Nations artists from southeast Australia is heading to Melbourne. Seen and Unseen: Expressions of Koorie Identity is an exhibition run by Koorie Heritage Trust (KHT) bringing together artwork from several exhibitions from the 1990s, at a time when many indigenous artists struggled

A lockdown kind of life set in Korea

By Rhonda Dredge Winter in Sokcho is set on the border between North and South Korea, a desolate chilly place where time rests heavily on the town and its inhabitants. The narrator of the novel works in a tired guesthouse as a receptionist with just two guests in residence. One guest is in bandages after

Healthy life in the CBD

By Sue Saunders – Vice President How do people keep healthy and fit when they reside in Melbourne’s CBD or near surrounds? You might think that people who live in the suburbs or out in the country with its wide-open spaces and fresh air would surely be a fitter, healthier population than people living in

Saving the world, one barrel at a time

By Brendan Rees There’s no staring down the barrel for Marshall Waters whose wine bar at the Queen Victoria Market is all about reusing and refilling.  His unique set-up allows customers to come back and refill their bottles straight from the barrel – and it’s proven to be a hit. “Some of my longest standing

The Collins Street Precinct looks to a brighter future

Collins Street Precinct  After numerous government-imposed lockdowns and ongoing restrictions, the Collins Street Precinct looks ahead to a brighter future and continues to actively plan for the year ahead.   While it’s undeniable that the past 18 months have been hard on all Victorians, the Collins Street Precinct continues to actively support its members and looks ahead at how to drive foot traffic to the

High-rise, high-risk

The build-to-rent high-rise towers proposed for the Marvel Stadium precinct could become high risk ghettos for short-stays.  It is disappointing that Lord Mayor Sally Capp has been quoted as supporting the 28- and 30-storey developments on a dormant La Trobe St site – without any safeguards in place to prevent a short-stay takeover. If approved

Bourke St at the turn of the 20th century

By Cheryl Griffin – Royal Historical Society of Victoria This sweeping view up Bourke St was taken from the General Post Office (GPO) Tower around the turn of the 20th century and is one of the many images that capture the changing face of the CBD in the Royal Historical Society’s collection. The photographer, Henry

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