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Protestors storm CBD after construction industry shutdown

Protestors storm CBD after construction industry shutdown

By Brendan Rees & Rhonda Dredge Melbourne’s construction industry was been shut down for two weeks after crowds of protesters rallied in the CBD over two days in September.   Chaos erupted outside the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) office at Elizabeth St on September 20 after tensions reached boiling point over

Councillor’s federal politics bid could pave way for city first

By David Schout City of Melbourne Cr Roshena Campbell has begun a bid to enter Federal Parliament, in a move that could see her replaced by Town Hall’s first ever indigenous councillor.  Cr Campbell is one of several candidates seeking Liberal Party preselection in the outer-eastern seat of Casey for the upcoming federal election.  Should

Plug pulled on fridge at QVM but CEO says it “won’t turn the market into a supermarket”

By Brendan Rees A display fridge shut down at Queen Victoria Market because it “mildly exceeds” heritage guidelines has become a point of contention – with opponents being labelled as “short-sighted”. Queen Victoria Market management recently pulled the plug on a display fridge at a fruit and vegetable stall after quickly realising the stallholder did

Fire scare for 171-year-old heritage home

By Brendan Rees Melbourne’s oldest home has been spared serious damage after a fire broke out at the rear of the 171-year-old building.  About 20 firefighters were called to the building on King St – once home to Russell’s Old Corner Shop – at 9.50pm on July 30 following reports of a house fire.   

One heroin overdose death a month in Melbourne

By David Schout A new report from the Coroners Court of Victoria has revealed that on average, at least one person died in the City of Melbourne each month during 2020 from heroin-related causes. Experts say the statistics are further proof a safe injecting room is required within the CBD. The report revealed that in

Historic mural celebrating the 1956 Olympics to be restored

By Brendan Rees A 64-year-old mural commemorating the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne will be restored to its former glory. The heritage-listed abstract mosaic artwork on the corner of Elizabeth and Flinders streets was created in 1955 by the late artist Richard Beck, a leading modernist graphic designer in Melbourne, who designed the only Melbourne

Reverend creates history as first indigenous canon

By Brendan Rees Reverend Glenn Loughrey of St Paul’s Cathedral has made history after being appointed as the first indigenous canon in the cathedral’s history.      The much-loved parish priest, artist, and Wiradjuri man said he was “both excited and humbled” by the honour which also saw him named as artist in residence this month.

Much-loved laneway to be given new lease on life

By Brendan Rees Melbourne’s iconic Hardware Lane could undergo a transformation including pedestrian safety improvements under plans being considered by the City of Melbourne.   A proposed streetscape design has been released for the much-loved destination to ensure it remains a “vibrant, safe, and accessible laneway”. Under the plans, the current road surface would be

“Senseless” graffiti vandals target city

By Brendan Rees Graffiti vandals have been defacing buildings and empty shop-front windows in the CBD in what a residents’ association has described as “shocking” and “senseless”. According to Jenny Eltham of the EastEnders group, incidents of graffiti had become an increasing issue – with vandals targeting Elizabeth St, Little Bourke St, Bourke Street Mall

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