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An open mind in the big city

An open mind in the big city

By Rhonda Dredge It’s 5.45 on Friday night and the bar at Young and Jackson is full of workers but you can still feel alone.  The hotel is a favourite watering hole in Melbourne, particularly among interstate visitors. Boutique beers are on tap and there’s a friendly crowd who will swap business cards at the

City life has surprising upsides

Here is what Chris Murphy has to say about his relocation to the city.   (Chris is a new Residents 3000 committee member.) “After almost 40 years of commuting into the CBD for study and work, my wife and I took the plunge and moved into the Melbourne CBD. Our children had all grown up

Cladding confusion continues

We Live Here has been inundated with complaints that it has been almost impossible to get accurate, consistent information about cladding and how to address the issue. Owners’ corporations (OCs) have been telling us they are getting mixed messages about whether there is a cladding issue at all.  Is our building on a danger list

Ever heard of the Cathedral Room?

Next to the wonderful, spectacular Gothic Bank on Collins St there’s a side entry up a few stairs. During business hours if you wander in and head down the back you’ll find an amazing, empty, Gothic-style hall, complete with groin vaults and a stained-glass window.  The aptly named Cathedral Room has been connected to the

Peach Melba

The Grand Salvo seventh album Sea Glass (Mistletone Records) is an old-school concept album with a maritime theme.  It’s been half a dozen years since the previous Grand Salvo album and the material is exceptional. Sea Glass has garnered accolades including Album of the Week from both 3RRR and 3PBS.  The driver man of Grand

Mini tunnel boring machine on show

The first of four tunnel boring machines (TBMs) that will build the Metro Tunnel’s twin 9km rail tunnels is on its way to the Port of Melbourne. It will then be transported to North Melbourne for assembly. Measuring 7.2 metres in diameter, weighing more than 1000 tonnes and 120 metres in length, the first TBM

Premium office space for CBD

As the industry slowly begins to crank up for a big 2019, one of the big news stories for the year actually broke in late 2018 just as we were all winding down for the holiday period. Just prior to Christmas, Cbus Property submitted an application for a 55-level office tower comprising approximately 64,500 sqm

Commuting and content go hand in hand

Consuming content and commuting – at least on transport where you’re not behind the wheel – go together for me, and, looking around me on the tram, for most people.  Whether it’s social, fiction, non-fiction, work-related or celeb infused, people are reading, listening, scrolling and surfing their way through screens and – reassuringly – pages

Colonial defence to history and music

At the corner of William and A’Beckett streets, opposite Flagstaff Gardens, nestles a red brick Art Deco building – one of the few remaining low-rise buildings in a sea of tower blocks. For more than a century, buildings on this site were associated with the defence of Victoria and Australia. To defend the Colony of

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