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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

CBD’s hidden treasures perfect for a hunt

By Marcus Tainsh An enigmatic Melburnian and her team of ‘elves’ are building a reputation for placing gift vouchers around the city and tweeting clues about their location to a budding audience of amateur sleuths. Combining her love for scavenger hunts, cryptic crosswords and the emerging online “geo-caching” craze, Dot, the founder of @HiddenGiftMel, said

Meet your friendly neighbourhood superhero

It’s reassuring to know that the world champion stick-fighter lives in the neighbourhood.  It’s a bit like having our own superhero! John Moore, 36, has been fighting since he was 14 and has more medals, trophies and certificates than you can poke a stick at. He’s expert in a long-list of martial arts – having started

Cha-ching!

This humble apparatus on the corner of Flinders and Williams streets is the state’s hardest-working revenue-raiser. The camera snapped 27,138 infringements last financial year, raising $6.63 million revenue for the state. The camera averages 74 fines per day with an average take of $246 adding up to $18,186 per day.

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