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Elm Tower OC chair Neil Perry and electrician Frankie Nigro channel their inner-Jedi Knight.

Smiles all round from enlightened decision

Everyone’s smiling at Elm Tower in Little Lonsdale St since LED lighting was retrofitted throughout the common areas. Despite a capital outlay of $13,000, the owners’ corporation’s (OC) electricity bill was $20,000 less than usual in just 12 months. With more power savings on their way, OC chair Neil Perry can’t wipe the grin off

The great escape

There is a place in the city where people can escape the noise, anxiety and stress. Known as Mingary, The Quiet Place, it is an oasis without the traffic, street-cleaning machines, building sites and trams rattling by. We all work busy jobs that, although may be fulfilling, can build tension in our everyday lives.  So

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle and Transport Minister Jacinta Allan announcing geo-technical drilling schedule.

CBD is ready for Metro Rail disruption

City businesses and residents appear ready to endure Metro Rail disruption to achieve a great outcome. For businesses, the lure of even more visitors makes the construction pain worth it.  For residents, better public transport will make the city an even better place to live. 20-year-resident Shelley Roberts told CBD News, the disruption couldn’t be

Mary Dalmau of Readers Feast

‘Hands in Print’

A new piece of Melbourne’s literary culture falls into place next month with the launch of Hands in Print. Hands in Print is a series of artworks based on the hands of contemporary local and international authors and its launch is part of Rare Book Week. The permanent exhibition is the idea of CBD bookseller

Call for resident-free city zones

By Shane Scanlan A suggestion has been made to ban residential development from parts of the CBD to protect commercial property owners from unintended extra costs. Property Council of Victoria deputy executive director Asher Judah says the Postcode 3000 experiment has been so successful, it risked undermining the CBD as a commercial centre. Mr Judah

Practical training for auditors

Local CBD residents participated in an on-site building security audit last month, in a bid to expand the service to more towers. Residents 3000 president John Dall’Amico said the training in Docklands was beneficial for volunteer auditors who would, with additional training  and the continued support of the Victoria Police be able to help CBD-based

State Library set for major revamp

The State Library is set to be transformed by an $83.1 million facelift, which will open up 40 per cent more of the iconic building to the public. Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley announced the plans last month while visiting the library, which attracts 1.8 million visitors each year. The 2015-16 State Budget has

More smoke-free zones proposed

The smoke-free zone proposals are coming thick and fast now, with the City of Melbourne last month proposing the QV shopping precinct and City Square. Early in the month, the council proposed the City Square be added to the already-declared The Causeway, Howey Place, Equitable Place and Block Place as permanently smoke-free zones. Then on

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