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Short-stays are here to stay

Owners’ corporations (OC) hoping to ban short-stay tenants from residential buildings have suffered a setback with the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) ruling on June 29 that their ability to make rules is limited. In another test case centred on the Watergate building in Docklands, VCAT member Linda Rowland found that the OC did

Bid for market heritage listing

By Sean Car Melbourne’s iconic Queen Victoria Market (QVM) will be considered for Australia’s National Heritage List as part of the City of Melbourne’s $250 million QVM renewal project. Appearing alongside Lord Mayor Robert Doyle at a press conference on Friday June 12, Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt announced that he had asked the Australian

The CBD was a war zone

We often complain about unruly behaviour in the CBD but history tells us of a truly scary period in 1923 when Victoria Police went on strike. A display of numbered armbands on the wall of the City Gallery at Melbourne Town Hall look benign enough. But the story they represent is terrifying.   Similar armbands were

Elm Tower OC chair Neil Perry and electrician Frankie Nigro channel their inner-Jedi Knight.

Smiles all round from enlightened decision

Everyone’s smiling at Elm Tower in Little Lonsdale St since LED lighting was retrofitted throughout the common areas. Despite a capital outlay of $13,000, the owners’ corporation’s (OC) electricity bill was $20,000 less than usual in just 12 months. With more power savings on their way, OC chair Neil Perry can’t wipe the grin off

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle and Transport Minister Jacinta Allan announcing geo-technical drilling schedule.

CBD is ready for Metro Rail disruption

City businesses and residents appear ready to endure Metro Rail disruption to achieve a great outcome. For businesses, the lure of even more visitors makes the construction pain worth it.  For residents, better public transport will make the city an even better place to live. 20-year-resident Shelley Roberts told CBD News, the disruption couldn’t be

Mary Dalmau of Readers Feast

‘Hands in Print’

A new piece of Melbourne’s literary culture falls into place next month with the launch of Hands in Print. Hands in Print is a series of artworks based on the hands of contemporary local and international authors and its launch is part of Rare Book Week. The permanent exhibition is the idea of CBD bookseller

A whole new world in the CBD

Geelong is only an hour down the road, but mature-age student Lizzie Black has found Melbourne’s CBD different in so many ways. Half-way through a diploma of community services at RMIT, Ms Black has thrived in her new environment. Culture shock has been felt at many different levels, since the former stay-at-home mum extended herself

Mary Poulakis is for Collins St

The new president of the Collins Street Precinct, Mary Poulakis, is one of those increasingly rare types of people who likes to contribute. For Mary (pictured right), it’s the second time around, having taken the reins some years ago and she is again stepping forward for the cause of maintaining and enhancing Collins St’s preeminent

Spiritualism in the city is not dead yet

By Shane Scanlan The departed have been officially communicating with the living longer in our CBD than anywhere in the world. Tucked away under towering new apartment blocks in A’Beckett St is the home of the Victorian Spiritualists Union (VSU). The organisation was established in 1870 and is a surviving relic of the Victorian era

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