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Former local reunites with his old home

Former local reunites with his old home

By Rachael Fleury The cottage at 17 Casselden Place in Melbourne’s CBD has enjoyed a rich history since it was built 144 years ago; from sly grog shop to brothel and squatters’ residence and now as a boutique gin distillery.   The cottage is the last remaining of six brick two-roomed homes built by shoemaker and

Explore the CBD virtually

By Jess Carrascalao Heard Visitors to the city can now learn about Melbourne’s CBD in an immersive and creative way, with the launch of a new app, which uses augmented reality technology to turn the city into a giant digital game. The app, “64 Ways of Being”, covers a three-kilometre stretch from Kings Way to

New off-leash opportunities for local dogs

By Jess Carrascalao Heard The City of Melbourne has invited locals to have their say on a review of off-leash areas in the municipality, with council identifying several potential sites for pooches to run free. The council has identified 13 new off-leash opportunities across the municipality, with two locations giving CBD residents’ dogs open-space options

Science art gallery to open

By Micaela Togher Australia’s first science-art gallery will be opening in Melbourne in June. Created under a partnership between the state government and the University of Melbourne, Science Gallery Melbourne will be positioned in the University of Melbourne’s new Melbourne Connect precinct on the corner of Grattan and Swanston streets. Designed by architect William Smart

Kids take over the library

By Rhonda Dredge Stories are written from the ground up and the librarians at the State Library of Victoria were giving kids the right materials for their imagination over the school holidays. Gone were the instructions and the enforced listening of the typical story-time session. Kids were in charge for a change and not everyone

Community Garden comes to life

By David Schout After being pushed back due to COVID-19, the Drill Hall Community Garden finally held its official opening on Saturday, March 27. The event saw some 80 people, including Lord Mayor Sally Capp and Federal Member for Melbourne Adam Bandt, attend a morning that included a smoking ceremony and speeches from those who

Plans approved despite “facadism” calls

By David Schout City of Melbourne councillors have approved renovation plans for an Exhibition St restaurant, despite them being labelled “facadism” by a heritage group. Owner The Lee Superannuation Fund has sought to renovate the 1858-built two-storey building at 165-167 Exhibition St, once the Shakespeare Hotel, after it had sat vacant in recent years. The

Applications open to shine a light on small business

By Jess Carrascalao Heard Longstanding small businesses in the City of Melbourne will be celebrated and recognised for their contribution to Melbourne, with applications for the Lord Mayor’s Commendations program now open. Eligible businesses have until early May to apply for the program, which sees winners enjoy publicity and marketing support through the council’s channels,

The best berries in Melbourne

By Katie Johnson Renowned for its fresh produce and welcoming attitude, family-run business Berries Corner has become a beloved staple at the Queen Victoria Market.   Since 1987, the business has been selling a large selection of high-quality fruit and vegetables and ready-to-go produce boxes to the delight of regulars.   Belinda Vitalone, who owns

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