CBD Local articles

Our city’s surprise community

Our city’s surprise community

Having lived in the CBD for more than 10 years, Jenny Eltham can confidently say that it is one of Melbourne’s best kept secrets.  As the president of CBD-based resident group East Enders Inc., a social forum for residents living in the eastern quadrant of the Hoddle Grid, Jenny continues to play a valuable role

Emotionally attached to the art world

The Flinders Lane Gallery has occupied a special place in the streetscape for 30 years and many collectors have fond memories of coming to openings then going out dining nearby.  Claire Harris has been in the gallery for 20 of those years, greeting collectors, making them feel comfortable, the last 12 as director. “I think

Shy publican supports songsters

By Rhonda Dredge Irish poets pride themselves on their art of composition and the publican of The Drunken Poet is modest.  Sometimes Siobhan Dooley tends the bar alone with a bunch of 30 or more regulars.  She has the company of a bard’s gallery up on the ochre walls as she works.  Seamus Heaney looks

Accolades for Ludovic

A CBD resident aiming to eliminate waterway pollution has been receiving international recognition. Ludovic Grosjean was named one of six Young Innovator Rotary People of Action last year and in November presented his work to the United Nations in Kenya. “They flew me to Kenya and I had the chance to speak in front of

Words to get by

Rhonda Dredge If you live in the CBD everything you need might be just a block away.  Your morning coffee is a one minute walk up Flinders Lane. Your half-price Monday movie is a short tram ride up Collins St. Groceries can be carried in a shoulder bag. If you have a walking stick and

Locals will be the losers

By Rhonda Dredge Hip architectural values may help preserve key city buildings but they do not sit easily with the sale of unusual vegetables or home-cooked curries. After 43 years in the one place, pioneers of the Indian cooking scene are moving. Curry Corner is situated in Total House, an innovative car park building on

Quick sketch of a newcomer

By Rhonda Dredge An artistic life awaits those who move into the CBD with life drawing three times a week where you can meet friends and tap into the world of sketching. Corine Caderbaccus moved to Melbourne eight years ago to study accountancy and life has opened up for her since. Back home in Mauritius

Jarrod Briffa

All in a day’s work

By Niccola Anthony Jarrod Briffa is a pioneer of the Melbourne cafe scene on Bourke St’s West End. In 2010 he co-founded Kinfolk, a cafe run by volunteers that donates all its profits to a number of charity partners based around Melbourne. In the eight years of its operation, Kinfolk has housed more than 700

An upbeat view on city life

By David Schout On meeting John Dall’Amico at the Kelvin Club, one thing becomes immediately clear when chatting in the club’s cosy surrounds; he’s very involved. “I’m a glutton for committees,” he laughs. And he’s not lying. Mr Dall’Amico is a past president of the private members’ club, along with being the current president of

The city is waiting

By Rhonda Dredge Two arched doorways beckon in pearly white marble. A figure is standing between them, about to make a decision. Both options appear to be equally viable. Sandra Bruce is the player. She is in an imaginary space but one that also exists in an historical sense on the site of Melbourne’s first

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