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Letters – April 2019

Health hazard I would like to bring your attention to the health risk posed by City of Melbourne directing local businesses to use Penfold Place as a rubbish pick up.  The lane way is full of rubbish which is causing major fly infestation as well as cockroaches and mice invading local residences.  There has been

Cosmic Mist

By Chris Mineral Easy Brown’s Chicken Truck Stop Band are a four piece band hailing from Melbourne who should be on the musical horizon of music fans everywhere. They launched their new album Trash at Rocksteady Records, on the corner of Lonsdale and Elizabeth streets, on a bright afternoon on Saturday, February 16.  The track

Caught in tight places

By Rhonda Dredge The CFMEU office is at the centre of Lindsay Tanner’s new novel Comeback as the union tries to sort out a crooked developer with shonky safety practices and traps a taxi driver in its web.  Jack van Duyn is back as the protagonist with a taxi full of troubles and a few

Another side of homelessness

The complex issue of what to do to relieve homelessness in the city is high on Residents 3000 members’ list of concerns.   While most love the vibrant city life there are some aspects that need a continuing community effort to achieve and maintain a high standard of livability for all.  Long-term residents of the

Napier Waller – a great public artist

By David Thompson Few people passing Newspaper House at 247 Collins St notice the colourful mosaic spanning the exterior of the first floor.  It is the work of Napier Waller, a Melbourne artist who is too little known and some of whose major works are on public view around the CBD. This 1933 mosaic portrays

Second road header starts excavating

Construction activity in the CBD is ramping up 30 metres underground as part of Metro Tunnel Project works.  Two road headers are now excavating under the northern end of Swanston St as they start the epic task of constructing the new State Library Station.    Road headers are massive excavating machines fitted with mounted cutter

Owners’ corporation law – time’s up

The state government is under increasing pressure to amend the outdated Owners Corporation Act 2006. Its long-awaited review of the Act is now more than a year overdue, based on its own promises. The government’s self-imposed target date to release an “exposure draft” is now June this year. We Live Here hopes that the draft

A free ride for the advertising industry?

By Mark Marsden  There’s a marked difference among the world’s major cities on the extent of advertising signs allowed in the urban environment.  Singapore has virtually no advertising signage. Hong Kong is “billboard city”. While some may say Singapore has a “clean” look, others may say it’s a sterile environment. Hong Kong’s signage may add

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