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Chill factor for White Night

Chill factor for White Night

The February 21 White Night arts festival was more relaxed this year, making it more successful for participants than in 2014. The organisers changed a number of either Vancouver, New York or Hong Kong aspects to reduce the crowd crush at key intersections which gave the impression that fewer people attended. The attendance was similar

A psycho-explanation of climate denial

By Shane Scanlan How do you tell a vocal and passionate climate change advocate that they are part of the problem? Climate change activist George Marshall last month managed to diplomatically and skillfully explain to a cabal of fellow travellers at the Wheeler Centre that speaking too forcefully from the high moral ground often backfires.

Angus is flavour of the month

It’s taken more than 44 years, but photographer Angus O’Callaghan is finally appreciated. The 92-year-old’s work is currently being featured at the City Gallery in the town hall building in Swanston St. Speaking at the opening of the exhibition on February 11, Mr O’Callaghan told CBD News it was reassuring to have his work recognised.

Recognition for small businesses

With the 10th anniversary of the Lord Mayor’s Commendation Awards, this year is a special year for recognition of small business owners in the CBD. The awards recognise the contribution that small businesses make to the prosperity and fabric of the city and the search is on for nominees. Bronze award nominations are sought from

Density report ‘spin’ costs credibility

By Shane Scanlan Churchill Fellow Leanne Hodyl got a lot of airplay and column centimetres last month with the release of a report which concluded that CBD apartments are being built at four times the densities allowed in Hong Kong, New York and Toyko. The City of Melbourne planner further claimed Melbourne offered developers “cheap

Tram-jam anyone?

If you think CBD trams have become awfully crowded since they were made free in the New Year, you are probably right.  But there is no way of telling. Public Transport Victoria (PTV) admits that it has no way of counting numbers, now that passengers in the free tram zone (FTZ) are not required to

Assault at karaoke bar

Melbourne North Crime Investigation Unit detectives are investigating a serious assault that left two people injured at a karaoke bar in the CBD last month. It is believed the male and female victims were drinking with a group of people at the licensed premises on Elizabeth St around 1am on January 11. The 25-year-old male

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