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Curse ov Dialect

By Chris Mineral Word was filtering through earlier this year that one of Melbourne’s premier hip hop collective gives, the ultimate Curse ov Dialect were in Audrey Studios recording new material.  And that they were very happy with how the work was progressing. The words were flowing. They felt it could be the best they

Vertical village strategic futures

By Dr Janette Corcoran As from December 1, 2021, owners’ corporations (OCs) with 50 or more lots must have an approved and funded maintenance plan – but is this sufficient for vertical village planning? Many vertical villages in the City of Melbourne have long had maintenance plans, which identified major capital items due for repair

Magnificent Melburnians

By Major Brendan Nottle – Salvation Army Lockdowns have had a profound impact on so many people right across the city. But as I write, I continue to be deeply moved by the ways in which some people have responded. Cargo restaurant in Docklands, like so many restaurants and cafes across our city, had their staff

Where to from here?

By Ellen Sandell – State MP for Melbourne COVID-19 has fundamentally changed the way our CBD works. This pandemic has been extraordinarily tough for Melbourne, and especially for our CBD.  With six lockdowns in 18 months, the office workers, international students and tourists who once fuelled the daytime buzz and economy of the CBD have

Somewhere over the rainbow …

By Dr Sue Saunders – Vice President City residents tired of lockdown need to look ahead. Spring is on its way and with it, the thought of winning the COVID battle – one day soon. In the meantime, there is lots to do. Become productive at home. Why not engage in a decluttering exercise? One

Comforting little constructions

By Rhonda Dredge Abstract painter Andrée van Schaik has sold five out of the seven paintings shown in this year’s Spring 1883 Art Fair. This is despite the fact that the fair, which is held each year at the Windsor, had to go online because of the lockdown. Last year’s fair suffered the fate of

Changing direction: Koorie artist turns road signs into jewellery

By Katie Johnson  As part of the Koorie Heritage Trust’s Blak Design initiative, 11 First Nations artists will present their handmade jewellery at a contemporary exhibition celebrating indigenous design.  Blak Jewellery: Finding Past, Linking Present will run from September 4 to November 14 at the Koorie Heritage Trust Yarra building, if COVID restrictions allow.  

Ready for reopening

While things may have felt quiet on the streets during previous months, at City Precinct, we have been busily working behind the scenes to continue to develop projects that will help support our local community and see the city thrive once again.  Following on from the success of Laneways and Gift Ideas: A Christmas Walking

Proving the way to a Melburnians heart is through the stomach

By Kaylah-Joelle Baker  Not many people can run a small business through a pandemic and continue to beam with positivity, but franchisee Tarn Evans continues to prove Ferguson and Plarre Bakehouse truly is “baking people happy”. Celebrating its 120th year, Ferguson and Plarre Bakehouse is a powerhouse built on a seamless blend of knowledge and

Melbourne’s creative “do-over”

By Adrian Doyle So, all these shops in the city have closed. And now there are whole sections of the CBD up for lease. As COVID does its best to slowly suck the creative soul out of Melbourne, I have been thinking what it could mean for Melbourne.  In the late ‘90s and early 2000s

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