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A bright vision for a new precinct

A bright vision for a new precinct

By Jack Hayes Last month’s news that the CBD’s business community was set to welcome a new precinct group, the Melbourne City North Business Association (MCNBA), has been welcomed as local businesses plan their post COVID-19 recovery.  As reported in the September edition of CBD News, the MCNBA will be spearheaded by inaugural president, Christina

CBD traders urge Melburnians to shop locally for Christmas

By Katie Johnson After another hard year of lockdowns, CBD traders are urging Melburnians to support small businesses by shopping locally this Christmas.  City retailers have been stocking up with locally made, Australian-made products that will help shoppers to avoid Australia Post delays at Christmas time.   Nic Poltronieri, who owns the 74-year-old Flinders St

“Incredible turnout” at Town Hall vaccination hub

By David Schout The move to transform Melbourne Town Hall into a vaccination hub for those “who might otherwise miss out” has been an instant success according to a health provider. On September 1, the iconic Swanston St building opened its doors to vaccinate some of the city’s most vulnerable residents. Almost 2000 people were

Government roadmap offers “glimmer of hope” but traders fear they won’t survive extended lockdown

By Brendan Rees Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp says Victoria’s roadmap out of lockdown offers “a glimmer of hope for traders”, with the city having been the “hardest hit in the nation”. Premier Daniel Andrews said the lockdown was expected to end by October 26 when 70 per cent of Victorians were fully vaccinated against

Why does the City of Melbourne have the state’s lowest vaccination rate?

By David Schout Federal figures indicated that, in mid-September, the City of Melbourne had the lowest vaccination levels in Victoria. A deeper dive into the figures, however, suggests there could be an explanation for this.  By mid-September, the City of Melbourne had the worst rate of COVID-19 vaccination in the state. As one of just

The art to rolling up your sleeve

By Brendan Rees A Melbourne-based photographer says he’s honoured after his work featured in a public art display showing the vulnerable getting a COVID vaccine in the heart of the city.  Chris Hopkins said he was “over the moon” to see his series of black and white portraits used in a “vaccine hero” art installation at the

Get students back in early 2022: Council

By David Schout The City of Melbourne has called for a “substantial return” of international students in time for the 2022 academic year, and urged upper levels of government to show leadership on the issue.  The council said state and federal governments had adopted a “a generally conservative approach” to planning for international student arrivals,

Push for vaccine passport trial in Melbourne

By David Schout CBD pubs, clubs and entertainment venues could open sooner than planned if a council-backed COVID-19 vaccine passport trial is adopted by the state government.  City of Melbourne councillors were expected to endorse the “Health Pass” system on September 21, which would allow vaccinated and exempt Melburnians to enter certain nighttime venues as

Museum of Chinese Australian History celebrates $15K grant for new podcast

By Brendan Rees Melbourne’s famous Museum of Chinese Australian History is celebrating after being awarded $15,000 to help launch a podcast about Chinese-Australian family stories. It is one of 52 projects that will share the $350,000 Local History Grants, a program run by Public Record Office Victoria to support community and history organisations to preserve, record and

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