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Residents find voice on planning

As the city population swells, CBD residents are beginning to find voice on development. Last month residents’ group EastEnders flagged becoming more involved and Melbourne councillors are looking at the merits of reinstating notification rights. Resident Bill Allan presented a strategy advocating activism to the EastEnders’ annual general meeting on November 11.  President Karin Dixon

Not ‘just’ a book launch

By Shine Dighe I walked into the Reader’s Feast Bookstore on Collins St prepared to cover a book launch. I did a double take as I approached the function area… did I miss the note on the dress code for the evening? The ladies in their beautiful dresses accessorised with pearls, hats and gloves and

Stay safe, say police

CBD police have reminded people to know their limitations so everyone can enjoy the festive season. City East Police Station commander Snr-Sgt Dale Huntington said there were three main factors to consider:  Planning a night out, staying safe and being wary of excessive alcohol. Snr-Sgt Huntington advised people to plan how they were getting home

Discover the CBD by bike

The City of Melbourne and Pop Up Playground are inviting people to take part in a new interactive game that will change the way they see the city.   Using a smartphone, a blue Melbourne Bike Share cycle and a helmet, the interactive game 1000 Cities turns the CBD into a mythical adventure where riders

New mega taxi rank

The City of Melbourne is trialling until the end of January a new late-night mega taxi rank on Bourke St. On Friday and Saturday nights, a section of Bourke St between Russell St and Royal Place will become a dedicated hub for people to safely and easily catch a taxi. Like the successful Queen St

Protest against removal of Palace interior

Passionate supporters of the Palace Theatre gathered on November 23 to protest the removal of interior fittings by developer Jinshan Investments. A member of the Save the Palace Committee discovered a large skip at the rear of the site in Amphlett Lane on November 21. Upon inspection, large chunks of interior plaster mouldings, smashed internal

Old club gets some girl power

Melbourne’s Kelvin Club continues its evolution from exclusion to inclusion with the election last month of three women to its board. The club is 150-years-old next year and was one of the first of Melbourne’s “gentlemen’s clubs” to admit women back in 1995. And the club is also breaching the generational divide with two of

Council compromised by donations

City of Melbourne councillors were unable to consider a planning application last month because too many of them had received election campaign contributions from the developer. On November 11, the Future Melbourne Committee was left without a quorum and was, therefore, unable to consider a Southbank planning matter relating to developer Central Equity. Central Equity

Charity gets a paint make-over

When 17 Rotarians from the Rotary Clubs of Central Melbourne-Sunrise and Melbourne Park agreed to paint the fence at McAuley House, North Melbourne, they didn’t expect the job would need 30 litres of paint. That’s what it took to paint 60 metres of pickets and palings last month. McAuley House accommodates about 20 homeless women, typically aged

Foodie’s paradise

Living next to the Queen Victoria Market is paradise for a foodie like Marisa Raniolo Wilkins. The 67-year-old has written two cookbooks, one of which is being re-released this month. Ms Wilkins is a passionate Sicilian, despite spending limited time there. She explained that her Sicilian parents met in northern Italy, returning to the island

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