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Empty shopfronts house local art

Empty shopfronts house local art

By Micaela Togher New artwork is being displayed on empty shopfronts in the CBD under a City of Melbourne initiative to display works by local artists on temporarily vacant spaces. Oslo Davis’s piece Swimming Through the City (pictured below) can now be seen at 231 Bourke St, as well as various other locations in the

Is Melbourne’s only world heritage site under threat?

By Meg Hill The Royal Exhibition Building and the surrounding Carlton Gardens is the only UNESCO World Heritage-listed site in Melbourne. Some heritage advocates are worried that development in the area may pose a threat to the listing. The Royal Historical Society of Victoria (RHSV) asked the director of UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre Dr Mechtild

Reimagining Capitol Arcade

By Rhonda Dredge One of the CBD’s quietest and classiest little pieces of urban infrastructure is up for reimagining with at least six shops now available for lease. The Capitol Arcade was stylishly renovated two years ago and the scaffolding over Howey Place has finally been removed. Couple that with a downward push on rental

Horse dies in carriage incident

By Katie Johnson A horse pulling a carriage in North Melbourne has died in unknown circumstances while travelling on a usual route from the stable on Stubbs St in Kensington.  The RSPCA was alerted after a local resident, Courtney, posted a photo of the horse covered with a blanket on Arden St at 11.20am on

Council has its say over state-wide infrastructure

By Jess Carrascalao Heard The City of Melbourne has had its first say on the Victorian Government’s draft 30-year Infrastructure Strategy, after the Future Melbourne Committee (FMC) endorsed the council’s submission at a meeting earlier this month. The submission, which looks at the state-wide strategy through a City of Melbourne policy lens, offers several amendments

Big cash grant for low-waste solutions

By Jess Carrascalao Heard The City of Melbourne is offering local businesses the chance to share in a grants pool of $175,000 in a bid to encourage better waste management. The Circular Economy Innovation Grant is available to small businesses, start-ups and social enterprise with 20 or fewer workers based in the City of Melbourne,

Comedy Festival is back

Locals can look forward to a barrel of laughs with the return of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2021.  Minister for the Creative Industries Danny Pearson (pictured) launched the festival on March 22, which will run a program of more than 350 in-person and online events until April 18.  Globally recognised as one of

“Completely unnecessary”: MPavilion event next to residents causes headaches

By Spencer Fowler Steen Residents living next to the carpark at 36 Little Collins St are concerned about the lack of consideration afforded to them by the City of Melbourne and MPavillion organisers who held a music event there in March. President of Residents 3000 Rafael Camillo, who lives near the site, said the bass

Women speak out about sexual abuse

By Rhonda Dredge The CBD had its own version of the March 4 Justice on March 15 as thousands of women spread throughout the Treasury Gardens then launched smaller protests at significant sites around the city. A group of young women, led by Whistleblower Activists and Community Alliance, protested outside the headquarters of the Liberal

Injecting room report imminent

By David Schout A make-or-break report that will determine the suitability of a proposed safe injecting facility near Queen Victoria Market will be tabled “soon” according to the state government.  After almost nine months of consultation with key stakeholders regarding the contentious Victoria St site, former Victoria Police commissioner Ken Lay was still yet to

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