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QVM bans plastic

QVM bans plastic

Queen Victoria Market (QVM) is telling shoppers to bring their own bags after moving to ban plastic bags and straws. As of May 14, traders were prohibited from handing out the single-use plastics to market goers. They will still be able to provide paper bags or, better still, will ask shoppers to bring their own

Next step for West Melbourne

By Sakshi Agrawal The creation of a new high street on Spencer St and 10,000 sqm of new public open space are just a few of the exciting changes earmarked in the City of Melbourne’s West Melbourne Structure Plan.  The master plan, to be legislated under planning scheme amendment C309, is now a step closer

“Job Warehouse” to go

A massive catering company has applied to revamp what is considered by many to be the oldest surviving shop row in the city, the currently derelict “Job Warehouse”. The O’Brien Catering Group applied for a heritage permit for conversion, refurbishment and demolition work on the building at 54-62 Bourke St, which has been empty since

Youth Film Festival

By Alex Dalziel The inaugural Melbourne International Youth Film Festival (MIYFF) will take place in the CBD from May 29 to June 1. The new festival will bring together the short films of young filmmakers from all around the world.  This year’s theme is “25 Under 25”, presenting 25 short films that are under 25

On the poor side

By Rhonda Dredge German writer Jenny Erpenbeck held her audience spellbound last month at the Athenaeum when she spoke about the prejudices of middle-class intellectuals.  Ms Erpenbeck was in Australia for the first time to talk about her acclaimed novel Going Gone Went. The novel deals with the difficulty people in wealthy countries have empathising

The pull of the centre

By Meg Hill The Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) returns to Melbourne in June, with over 300 artists participating in more than 70 events around the City of Melbourne area. It’s another event in the repertoire of our UNESCO-listed City of Literature. Melbourne was the second in the world to be listed in 2008.  The designation

Snapped Melbourne

Winners of “Snapped”, a biennial photography competition by the City of Melbourne Libraries, were announced on May 15 after a record 2000 entries were sorted through. Nearly three times the number of entries submitted last time were submitted in this competition. The competition asked photographers to capture how people work, play, live and gather in

A true man of Melbourne

By Sean Car As a 14-year resident of the CBD, our community can rest assured that the City of Melbourne’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Justin Hanney has its best interests at heart.  Having started in the role in January, Mr Hanney was given the nod for the city’s top job from a field of

Homelessness as an election issue

By Rhonda Dredge On May 2 the Lord Mayors of the capital cities held a crisis meeting to put homelessness on the political agenda in the lead-up to the federal election, urging the major political parties to appoint a Homelessness Minister to Cabinet. “Rough sleeping in our city streets is in danger of becoming entrenched,”

Bourke Street Mall could go smoke-free

By David Schout Smokers could be booted from Bourke Street Mall after the City of Melbourne sought public opinion on a smoking ban.  The popular retail and busking thoroughfare would become the 10th area in the CBD to go smoke-free, after The Causeway was the first laneway to prohibit smokers in 2014. Since then, areas

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