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Citywide posts $4.1 million profit

Citywide posts $4.1 million profit

By Brendan Rees A City of Melbourne-owned waste management firm has posted $4.1 million net profit during the past year, according to its annual report. Citywide, which is chaired by former Victorian Premier John Brumby, attributed its growth predominantly to business acquisitions in the energy and utilities sector during the past year as well as

Slow to wake up on a Sunday

By Rhonda Dredge There’s a chance to catch up on culture again in the CBD by trying to act normal in the streets, arcades and underground passages. In the two years since the virus hit, digital has enhanced its hold over our daily lives. But in the Campbell Arcade, vinyl is still selling well, even

Pop-in to for all your arts and music needs

By Brendan Rees A new pop-up shop showcasing the talent and creations of Melbourne’s artists and musicians has opened in the heart of the CBD, just in time for Christmas shopping. Stacked with merchandise, records, apparel, music, limited edition prints and more, the vibrant “Flash Forward” shop will be a welcome cash-boost for local artists

“Rapid-response” cleaners make the city sparkle

By Brendan Rees A new team of “rapid-response” cleaners are hitting the streets to make the city sparkle as more people return for work, shopping and dining.  The City of Melbourne has invested $1 million to set-up a “Rapid Response Clean Team” which will be accompanied by a fleet of six new vehicles, including electric graffiti management and electric street

Two churches unite in loving the city to life

By Kaylah-Joelle Baker Finding inspiration from the lonely streets of Melbourne’s city lockdown, Scots’ Church on Collins St and The Salvation Army Project 614 on Bourke St have collaborated for a “Loving the City to Life” initiative.  Hoping to spread the love and reignite Melbourne again after what has been a tough period for the

Refurbished State Library Victoria wins Urban Design Award

By Kaylah-Joelle Baker State Library Victoria has recently acclaimed recognition through the Melbourne Awards, taking home this year’s Urban Design Award.  Designed by Architectus and Schmidt Hammer Lassen, the library’s $88.1 million refurbishments were completed in December 2019 after nearly five years of construction. But despite nearing two years of completion, the last couple of

Councillor misses out in federal politics bid

By David Schout City of Melbourne councillor Roshena Campbell’s bid for Liberal Party preselection in the outer-eastern seat of Casey was unsuccessful in November, finishing third in a hotly contested count. One of several candidates, Cr Campbell lost out to eventual winner Aaron Violi, a former adviser to Senator James Paterson, at the November 13

Pods plan at Queen Vic Market causes a stir but the CEO says it has “strong support”

By Brendan Rees Queen Victoria Market’s (QVM) CEO has stood by a plan to put specialty stalls into pods to improve trader and customer experience despite opponents raising fears the iconic destination would be turned into a “shopping mall”.  The City of Melbourne is considering a proposal from QVM to improve the market’s trading format

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