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A dose of art culture

A dose of art culture

By Rhonda Dredge There are still opportunities to experience art in the CBD as local galleries continue to trade, but at a distance. Gone are the days of exuberant openings and on-the-spot purchases. Collectors are being more conservative, says Geoff Newton, director of Neon Parc. As the city’s most intimate gallery, Neon Parc – in

Fit, healthy and coping

By Rhonda Dredge Outdoor workers are now highly visible in the CBD and many are upbeat about the value of their jobs in the face of the COVID-19 crisis. An estimated 6000 outdoor workers include those in construction, sanitation, recycling, waste disposal, tree maintenance, by-laws and horticulture.  In mid-April there were 5447 CFMEU members working

Fears for traders as virus takes its toll

By Sean Car While the Queen Victoria Market (QVM) remains open to the community, many traders say they fear that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic could spell the end for their businesses.  QVM management and the City of Melbourne announced a three-month relief package on March 20 for the market’s 600-plus traders, which council said would

A different crisis for the worse off

By Meg Hill When society grinds to a halt, events are cancelled, businesses shut and most of us head indoors to self-isolate, but what happens to our vulnerable? The CBD’s homeless and those organisations that care for them are bracing for the dire impacts that may soon be felt. Everything from food, medical resources and

How the virus has hit the CBD

By Meg Hill The CBD’s community and economy are, like the rest of the world, wading through an unprecedented experience.  CBD jobs have been lost, meaning CBD workers are unemployed. Foot traffic is down, and sales are plummeting. On Sunday, March 22 Premier Daniel Andrews announced all non-essential services would be shut down in the

City on pause amid uncertainty

By David Schout As facilities close, workers clear and events cease, Melbourne is bracing for an acutely uncertain 2020 in the midst of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In the space of just two weeks in March, almost all CBD-based businesses and events were forced to close or cancel after increasingly stringent government measures forced people

City divided on free trams extension

By David Schout As submissions closed on the parliamentary inquiry into expanding Melbourne’s Free Tram Zone (FTZ), key lobby groups remain divided on whether the zone’s boundary should be widened. In detailed submissions to the inquiry, the influential Committee for Melbourne (CFM) were at odds with commuter group the Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) about

Virus hits local economy

By Meg Hill With politicians and economists predicting major hits for the Australian economy due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, local authorities are urging a proactive response. Economists have warned of the impact on trade of industrial shutdowns in China, while the economy has already felt the impact of a travel ban stopping international students

Hosier incident polarises the city

By Meg Hill On Monday, February 10, news broke that a masked group of people had paint-bombed half of Hosier Lane during the weekend. Footage showed the group of about 10 spraying paint out of fire extinguishers, filming themselves with a drone. The response, on one side, was to call the act vandalism and report

Protecting nature in our city

Advertorial Did you know that the City of Melbourne is home to fluffy-pawed spiders, pobblebonk frogs and matchbox-sized microbats?  In fact, hundreds of different birds, reptiles, mammals, frogs, insects and fish species call our city home, along with a vast array of plants.  But climate change is placing significant pressure on our precious native animals

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