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CBD Restaurants open for Christmas

CBD Restaurants open for Christmas

By Jack Hayes Hard-hit CBD restaurants are welcoming diners back for Christmas and New Year’s celebrations, boasting new and improved menu items, Indonesian feasts, an “ultimate” wagyu experience and much more. Despite the Melbourne Money Scheme’s recent closure in November – a scheme which gave CBD diners a 30 per cent rebate on food and

New campaign to lure residents into the CBD

By Jack Hayes In 1978, architectural commentator Norman Day described Melbourne as “an empty useless city centre.”  Fast-forward 14 years with Melbourne battered by the “recession we had to have”, the then Kennett state government and City of Melbourne drafted a piece of planning policy that would eventually transform the city into one of the

Push for pre-Christmas e-scooter launch

By David Schout Electric share scooters could soon be available to ride on CBD streets, with the City of Melbourne aiming to launch a 12-month trial of the micro-mobility option before Christmas. The council, which had previously committed to a spring 2021 start, would look to launch the 12-month e-scooter trial to “support pre-Christmas reactivation”.

Council endorses major revamp of landmark David Jones building

By Brendan Rees The CBD’s iconic David Jones building is a step closer to being transformed into a retail and office tower after winning the City of Melbourne’s support.  A $22.5 million redevelopment proposes to demolish parts of the heritage-listed Bourke St building to make way for retail spaces, modern offices, a supermarket, and rooftop

City to come alive during festive season

By Brendan Rees After two tumultuous years, the festive cheer is set to return across the City of Melbourne which will be transformed into a Christmas wonderland. There’s something for everyone in this year’s 2021 Christmas Festival which has promised to be bigger and better than ever – with the return of fireworks, street feasts,

A library focused on nourishing the mind and body

By Kaylah-Joelle Baker Elizabeth St is now a temporary home to a new pop-up library.  Strategically placed across the street from the Queen Victoria Market, the library focuses heavily on being a destination for foodies.  Opening on Saturday, November 13, the “Feed Your Mind” library is the first of the many themed pop-up libraries soon

Locked-out backpacker documents “amazing stories” of Melbourne’s city in new book

By Brendan Rees When Jay Khan began his backpacking journey in Melbourne’s CBD just before the pandemic hit, he admits he felt like an “outcast” and a “misfit”, mainly because he was a “Pommie”.   “I received a lot of hate, and a lot of hurt all at once for the first few months living there,” he

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