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The words of a true writer

The words of a true writer

By Rhonda Dredge A book that has strongly resurfaced from its 20th century cave is The Plague by Albert Camus, an account of an imaginary epidemic in the African town of Oran in Algeria.  The current popularity of this 1947 novel among Melbourne readers attests to their tough-mindedness. One bookseller told CBD News that The

Celebrating new heritage controls

By Tristan Davies – Melbourne Heritage Action There was some great news for heritage this month, with Amendment C258 finally approved by the Minister of Planning Richard Wynne.  This amendment updates heritage guidlines for the first time in over 20 years, replacing a very vague system that has led to massivly inappropriate developments on heritage

The Sound

By Chris Mineral Yorta Yorta singer and composer Deborah Cheetham has composed a brilliant companion piece to Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.  Entitled Dutala, Star Filled Sky, it was performed as a prelude to the 9th Symphony at the dazzling launch to the 2020 Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) season. The 9th is one of Beethoven’s most popular

Finally, vertical villages are on government’s radar – but is the focus right?

By Dr Janette Corcoran Mention was made in last month’s column of a COVID-19 silver lining, especially that high-rise living was being recognised as a distinct and increasingly mainstream way of living. And, over the past month, there has been a flurry of activity around high-rise apartment living. This started with the Docklands Representative Group’s

Stage 3 lockdown fines for short-stays

Reimposed COVID-19 lockdown restrictions and massive fines have the potential to damage the entire short-stay industry beyond recognition. All operators of short-stays, including apartment owners and commercial operators (beyond just Airbnb), can now look forward to fines ranging from $1652 to $9913 for each booking, with each guest facing a fine of $1652. Prior to

Brightening up our city

By Toni Magor – Residents 3000 My childhood was spent (centuries ago), on a property in the far west of Victoria without television.  My mother was a teacher and had lots of fascinating and inspiring books about art and artists. When I wasn’t outside, I was reading or drawing and despite life and my career

An early Melbourne high-rise

By Dr Cheryl Griffin – Royal Historical Society of Victoria Looking at this streetscape today, the 11-storey building that dominates the left side (the south side) of this early 1950s photograph of Bourke St raises no eyebrows.  It is the Commonwealth Bank Building at 219-225 Bourke St and in its day it was something of

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