Columns articles

We need a clear cladding policy – now!

By Barbara Francis and Rus Littleton We are still waiting for a coherent government policy on combustible cladding that can provide clarity for owners’ corporations (OCs) facing massive bills for rectification. More and more buildings are getting caught up in the nightmare, receiving building orders with no appropriate follow up, and no end in sight.

Hockingstuart becomes Belle Property

In what has become Australia’s largest known consolidation of agencies, Melbourne real estate heavyweight Hockingstuart has merged with Sydney-based agency Belle Property. The two companies began joint operation in late 2019, with 21 Hockingstuart offices now operating under the Belle Property brand, including their Carlton and Melbourne CBD agencies.  While the Hockingstuart brand will continue

Opportunism over compassion

The City of Melbourne has seized upon these unprecedented times to take advantage of vulnerable Queen Victoria Market (QVM) traders and customers. By pushing through simultaneous applications to Heritage Victoria (due Wednesday, March 25) and to themselves (due Tuesday, March 24) for planning permits to repurpose QVM into a pedestrianised, commercialised event space with proposed

Bruno’s a fan of Flagstaff

By Tamara Clark Nine-month-old Cavoodle Bruno’s favourite hangout is right here in the CBD, according to his owner Yui.  While he doesn’t frequent a wide range of parks, Flagstaff Gardens is definitely one of his top picks. Yiu told CBD News that the duo enjoyed strolling through the park twice a day Bruno is Yui’s

What did Rafael say to Sally?

Br Susan Saunders Residents 3000 president Rafael Camillo was recently invited to have morning coffee with the Lord Mayor of Melbourne Sally Capp. Sally’s mission requires that she listens to the people who live, work and play in Melbourne’s CBD.  Rafael represents the residents of the CBD (postcode 3000) and is constantly listening to residents’

Dining in style at Spencer Street Station

By Dr Cheryl Griffin Spencer Street Station (now Southern Cross Station) has been the first port of call for country and interstate train travellers since the 1850s.  In the 1920s, when this photograph was taken, it more or less represented the western edge of the CBD. Collins St and Bourke St ended at Spencer St

Business networking during COVID-19

By Wendi Dawson It is certainly unchartered territory right now for businesses with the presence of COVID-19.  While the impacts to everyone’s businesses during this time of uncertainty will be different, clearly, we all need to keep progressing with whatever forward momentum we can. If you or your target market no longer want or are

Dodgy moves in the corporate sector

By Rhonda Dredge In pre-coronavirus (COVID-19) days, corporate culture attracted quite a degree of cynical attention from both outsiders and insiders. One commentator was novelist Elliot Perlman who began knocking economic rationalism back in 1998.  You could say that Perlman is a pioneer in the genre of the corporate novel. His first corporate novel Three

Tunnelling under the CBD now in full swing

Construction is ramping up on the new Town Hall Station with tunnelling underway at all three CBD sites as part of the Metro Tunnel project.  Three road headers have been launched from sites at Federation Square, City Square and Flinders Quarter (next to the Young & Jackson Hotel), with acoustic enclosures built to minimise noise

African deli a part of QVM furniture

By David Schout As some Melburnians continued the panic buying spree throughout March, one Queen Victoria Market (QVM) trader turned away customers who sought to buy excess food, despite it being good for his business. Kunle Adesua, chef and owner of popular African deli Tribal Tastes, wants to instill some calm in a city clearly

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