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City Square gets a new (temporary) shed

City Square gets a new (temporary) shed

City Square is one of three construction sites for the Metro Tunnel Project’s new Town Hall station.  If you’ve walked past recently, you would’ve seen a large shed now covers much of the site.  The acoustic shed is a temporary structure designed to minimise construction impacts such as noise, dust and light during major construction. 

Your local business network

By Wendi Dawson, Melbourne Business Network Representing all industry sectors, small business plays a key role in the thriving City of Melbourne economy.   While running a small business can be incredibly rewarding, it isn’t without its challenges. Sometimes, business owners and operators are unsure of where to turn to for assistance or need the

From the stock room

By Rhonda Dredge You’re judged in the art world by the decisions you make and Anna Schwartz remembers going down to an artist-run space in Prahran in the early ‘90s.  “When I first started going to Store 5 I was so interested in the artists and what they were doing there,” she said. “They were

When art does all the talking

By Rhonda Dredge Private collectors are shy, hiding behind their artworks, but they do love to make a fuss about the artists in their collection.  Jan van Schaik has 128 works in his small Bourke St apartment and most are squeezed into the hall. He can list the names of all of them and is

The vertical commons

By Janette Corcoran Communal infrastructure brings people together and, by promoting a culture of reciprocity, can reduce waste – but what model might suit our vertical neighbourhoods?  Australians are well used to portrayals of our remote outback towns being self-sufficient. With a stereotypical hands-on approach, we have become used to seeing these communities ban together

Musical safari

By Chris Mineral Drummer and percussionist Ash Davies will showcase his prodigious and ubiquitous skills alongside a great band for his unique Ned Kelly Show this month.  Playing the Word For Word National Non Fiction Festival at Wordi Youang at Geelong Library and Heritage Centre on November 17, this is a brilliant audio/visual show of

From the bar to Benalla

By Edward McLeish Pacho is a big boy for a two-year old golden retriever, and his owner Anna O’Callaghan is about to treat him to a weekend at the family farm. Anna is a self-employed barrister and said after Pacho’s first day at the office, on a casual Friday, they’ll drive up to Benalla for

Stop complaining about culture

By Adrian Doyle It’s been a while since I have written an article. That’s because I have been busy getting Blender Studios set up in its permanent home just near Flagstaff Gardens.  As a kid, I always dreamed of one day living in the CBD. And then I moved into my first CBD factory at

Zevon Wagons

By Chris Mineral Alternative country muso Henry Wagons will be performing on stage at The Athenaeum Theatre in Zevon, Accidentally Like A Martyr from October 16 to 26.  One of David Letterman’s favourite musicians was Warren Zevon, declaring him one of the most intelligent writers and performers on the music scene. This show at The

Writing from China

By Susan Saunders This month your correspondent is travelling as a tourist in China.  It is impossible not to draw comparisons between how the Chinese organise their society compared to ours.  China is a country as large as Australia but without the vast deserts that we have. One is constantly aware of the pressure that

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