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Putting the egg in Eggsperts!

By Maeve Bannister  With all the changes to the Queen Victoria Markets during the Stage Four restrictions, one thing stays the same – the sound of Leo Modaffari’s voice booming through B-shed, spruiking the free-range eggs and natural honey at The Eggsperts.  “That’s my brother, Leo, he’s got a pretty big voice so you could

Short-stays will endanger COVID recovery

Open letter to the Minister for Consumer Affairs (CAV) and the Minister for Health and Human Services (DHHS) Dear Ministers, The COVID-19 pandemic and the worldwide collapse of tourism has demonstrated what years of lobbying has failed to do: that there is no place for short-stay operations in high-rise residential buildings.  The problem is fundamental:

Metro Tunnel welcomes students to the virtual classroom

While it’s all quiet in Metro Tunnel HQ’s little corner of the city in Swanston St, there’s still plenty for students to learn about the project.  Education Program Manager Cherida Longley said providing a Metro Tunnel experience to students wherever they may be during lockdown had been a focus. “We delivered our first series of

What could be more Melbourne?

By Tristan Davies – Melbourne Heritage Action A modest pedestrian arcade in one of the “little” streets, with a semi-secret entrance into the ornate Royal Arcade lined by affordable, no frills multicultural food and a decades-old family shoe repair business, next to an iconic little laneway bar making use of the tiny alcove serving local

A year of surprises

By Major Brendan Nottle Well, 2020 has certainly tossed all certainty out the window and the year has become one giant surprise after another.  Before COVID-19 struck, our café, based on Bourke St and designed to cater for the most vulnerable of the city, was seeing more than 500 people each day, 22 hours per

St James Buildings, Bourke St frontage, 1959

By Dr Cheryl Griffin – Royal Historical Society Victoria The eastern sections of Bourke St and Collins St are well documented and known for the ambience and fine architecture found in areas such as the “Paris end” of Collins St. But this picturesque scene featuring a long-gone St James St is at the other end

Cultural city

By Adrian Doyle In the 1990s Melbourne was a very different city. Most people used the city only for work. On the weekends and evenings, the city was empty. Melbourne was still for filling the prophecy of Collins St, 5pm by John Brack.  This left plentiful large, cheap and awesome spaces for studios, galleries and

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