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Bird Sounds

By Chris Mineral Prolific Melbourne singer/songwriter Emma Russuck’s fifth album Winter Blues will be launched at The Jazzlab on Wednesday August 7.  Russack will bring to the stage her full band line-up. The title track of Winter Blues is a plainspoken moody song underpinned by some beautiful, subtle piano playing, which is reminiscent of John

Contrarians in coats

By Sean Car If there is one thing that David and Sally Kiper know, it’s how to produce a good coat. The couple has been in business together for 45 years and their iconic stall has become an institution at the Queen Victoria Market (QVM). And with winter now well and truly in season, there

How to keep healthy in the city

By Susan Saunders – Residents 3000 People talk about the air pollution, the noise and the stress associated with the hustle and bustle of city life. But is this necessarily bad for your health? City living does not have to detract from good health. One of Residents 3000’s sponsors, Kieser (pronounced Kee-ser) is at the

Boutique city real estate

Real estate agent and CBD resident Chris Snell has built his own brand on old fashioned service and a deep understanding of community.   Having worked in real estate since 1992, Chris established his own boutique agency at 21 Victoria Street Melbourne and his approach of providing a tailored and engaging real estate service is

On a housing mission

By Rhonda Dredge A social conscience is a difficult concept that many struggle with but few conquer. Robert Pradolin is an ideas person on housing and he’s letting his social conscience drive him.  That means he’s ready to cop the flak from those who see him as a big-noter, a property developer turned homelessness consultant.

Sharing our vertical commons

By Janette Corcoran Common property is a defining feature of vertical villages – but how widely are we expected to share?  At last month’s Melbourne Knowledge Week, a panel came together to discuss re-thinking high-density residential design.  This panel was led by Dr Isun Kazerani and Dr Kirsten Day, experts from community planning, who were

Construction update

Town Hall Station Construction to build the new Town Hall Station is continuing in Melbourne’s CBD, across all three sites.  At Federation Square, piling works will continue around the perimeter of the site until mid-July. Two piling rigs are currently operating at the site, a regular-sized rig drilling piles up to 30 metres deep and

Testing our resolve

By Tristan Davies – Melbourne Heritage Action A development currently advertised for 7 Hosier Lane, which seeks to plonk serviced apartments on top of a building with a heritage facade in one of our key laneways, should be seen not only as a heritage issue, but as a litmus test for the kind of city

The tenderness of artistic types

By Rhonda Dredge The path of a writer is hellish. Many take the safer journey into genre. Organisations abound to help crime writers. Fantasy goes down well on the internet.  But the plain old realist with mental health issues and a desire to expose the pretensions of Melbourne’s literary industry has to rely on his

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