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Philharmonic is facing extinction

Philharmonic is facing extinction

Australia’s oldest surviving cultural organisation, the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic (RMP), is poised to close its doors at the end of the year because of local and state government indifference and neglect. Musical director and conductor Andrew Wailes says the organisation is no longer appreciated by the Victorian Government and the City of Melbourne which, he

Green signs mean free trams

The State Government has revealed new green signage which will signify free tram travel within the CBD and Docklands. The new free zone comes into effect on New Year’s Day.  More than 70 tram stops will have bright green signage. The Premier Denis Napthine unveiled the new signage on September 21 at an Elizabeth St

Comic book heroes

Liveable city is one thing, but how many people know that Melbourne’s CBD has the best comic book shop in the world? All Star Comics in Lonsdale has this year shared first place with a Nebraskan store at the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award in San Diego. Owners Troy Varker and Mitchell Davies

Triumph for fan-power

Fans Sally Bruen and Jenny Valentish never met their idol Chrissy Amphlett, but that didn’t stop them successfully campaigning for a Melbourne lane to be name in the late singer’s honour. The pair were instrumental in a campaign which started with a petition of 7000 signatures and is expected to culminate with the sign “Amphlett

Trade-off on over-shadowing

The City of Melbourne last month sacrificed its formerly-consistent opposition to over-shadowing of the south bank of the Yarra in return for public open space at 447 Collins St. Developer Cbus offered the council nearly 2000sqm of space in return for council’s support for a change to the planning scheme. The offer clearly presented a

Demolition fears for historic drill hall

The Royal Historical Society of Victoria (RHSV) fears it could be evicted from its premises and the historical building demolished after the state election. The Drill Hall at 239 A’Beckett St is owned by the State Government but is on a list of properties which could be sold. The society says it has been given

Call for protection for Guildford Lane

Heritage lobby group Melbourne Heritage Action wants protection for Guilford Lane. The group’s president Tristan Davies wrote to the City of Melbourne last month asking for heritage listing for the lane. Mr Davies said Guildford Lane had been recommended in the past for heritage protection but that nothing had been done. He said, with a

Melbourne salutes Anaïs’s achievement

By Tina Thorburn Born on Avenue de Victor Hugo in Paris, French-American Anaïs Lellouche seemed the perfect person to curate the Victor Hugo: Les Misérables – From Page to Stage exhibit in Melbourne’s CBD. The State Library of Victoria thought so and brought Ms Lellouche on board to help make this ambitious exhibit possible. Ms

Council ready to support overshadowing

By Shane Scanlan The City of Melbourne appears ready to support over-shadowing of the south bank of the Yarra in return for desperately-needed open space in the CBD. The council has not previously supported over-shadowing of the river and the principle has remained “sacrosanct”. Lord Mayor Robert Doyle used the term “sacrosanct” on August 5

Hannah wants your story

Honours year journalism student Hannah Scholte wants to know what it is like to live in the CBD. The Monash University student is making a documentary film about city life and is keen to connect with local residents. Her interest in the subject was sparked by a news snippet earlier this year which revealed that

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