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New interactive historical museum opened in the CBD

New interactive historical museum opened in the CBD

By Steven Nguyen Located between Lonsdale St and Jones Lane, the site of rich historical and archaeological significance has been brought back to life for Melburnians to see at Wesley Place.  In late June, Wesley Place developer Charter Hall Group revealed an interactive tour of its Wesley Place Heritage Trail, which combined with QR code

Safe place for rough sleepers

By Brendan Rees A $20 million plan to convert an old industrial CBD building into an emergency housing shelter will provide much-needed support for rough sleepers.  The City of Melbourne will redevelop 602 Little Bourke St, a former electricity network building, which will see 50 studio apartments built over several floors.  In a huge boost,

Calls to cut Lonsdale St bus emissions

By David Schout Replacing harmful diesel buses that run along Lonsdale St with electric alternatives would be a “significant step” to reducing CBD air pollution, according to the City of Melbourne. In submissions to a state government inquiry into the health impacts of air pollution, a number of key bodies expressed concerns about diesel emissions

A “blatant disregard for our wellbeing”; Construction continues to impact CBD locals

By David Schout Stories continue to emerge of struggling CBD residents living next to large-scale construction. Each tale raises the question of whether local government is doing enough to protect the people they say matter most.  Sitting inside the ground floor of Michelle Redfern’s CBD townhouse, forklifts whiz by and workers bark orders just metres

Lure of cheap CBD parking sends “mixed messages”

By David Schout Cheap parking deals to entice motorists back into central Melbourne were sending “mixed messages” according to one City of Melbourne councillor. In a move to “bring back the buzz and support jobs”, the council has announced that $5 parking deals would be available on weekends and after 4pm on weekdays across 33 private car

Keeping up a classy image

By Rhonda Dredge Collins Place has just turned 40 and celebrations have included a survey of tenants with the aim of discovering legend retailers. While other places in the city chop and change, the plaza has kept its original tenants. “Many have been at the plaza for more than 20 years,” marketing manager Yvette Switalski

CBD economy back to normal in three years; Report

By David Schout Melbourne’s CBD economy will “roar back to life” and return to pre-COVID levels in the second half of 2024, new research by Deloitte Access Economics suggests.  Despite being one of Australia’s worst-hit areas as a result of the coronavirus, forecasts revealed that the central Melbourne economy “will have put the pandemic behind it

QVM to host Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

By Brendan Rees Pasta will go back to its street-food origins while the fried potato “in all its finest forms” will feature in this year’s jam-packed Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. Queen Victoria Market will host the renowned event, which is expected to attract more than 10,000 visitors from August 20 to 29. There will be

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