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“Fearless Girl” arrives amid fanfare, optimism and lawsuits

“Fearless Girl” arrives amid fanfare, optimism and lawsuits

By David Schout You may have noticed a bronze statue of a confident, wide-eyed young girl at Federation Square in the past month. While she may be small, she has made waves around the globe in the last two years. The statue is a replica of New York’s famous Fearless Girl, who stands assuredly facing

City says no to super-sized pay phones

The City of Melbourne has drawn a line in the sand and is refusing permission for advertising on 81 more “super-sized” pay phones which, it says, are really “digital billboards masquerading as phone booths”. The council is also requesting the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) to make a ruling on whether the phone structures

Opposition grows over skinny tower proposal

By David Schout Heritage and community groups are baffled that the Royal Society of Victoria (RSV) is pressing ahead with plans for an ultra-slim 60-storey tower on the CBD’s north-eastern corner. The RSV made headlines last May when it proposed the 330m tower – which would become Australia’s tallest – on a triangular site half

Heartache for fire-affected residents

By Rhonda Dredge There were poignant family scenes at the fire-damaged Neo200 building on February 15 as residents arrived with suitcases hoping to get into their apartments, only to be turned back by security guards. Work was still underway to make the tower safe, guards said, but some residents had been informed they could return. 

Our new Moomba Monarchs

Soccer star Archie Thompson and weather presenter Jane Bunn were revealed as the 2019 Moomba Monarchs in a ceremony on February 15. Lord Mayor Sally Capp presented the monarchs the help of Ukrainian Cossack dancers from the Lehenda Dance Company and spaced-themed performers Box Wars. “I’m thrilled to announce Jane and Archie as this year’s

Bright sparks brings AI to aged-care

By David Schout When Adam Jahnke’s grandfather had a nasty fall in 2016, his family faced a predicament familiar to those with elderly loved ones. The fall, which caused hospitalisation, had not deterred his grandpa – or “Ump” as he and his siblings called him – who intended to return immediately to his home of

Hospitality wage theft in the city

By David Schout and Meg Hill Hospo Voice has continued to expose city-based hospitality employers underpaying their staff as the Fair Work Ombudsman conducts investigations into exploitation exposed by the union last year. On January 14 Hospo Voice shared an online ad for a kitchenhand/dishwasher by Treviso Bar & Dining in the city, highlighting that

CBD is too dangerous for cyclists: Feedback

By David Schout Record feedback from Melburnians has suggested that the CBD is indeed overcrowded and dangerous for cyclists. The City of Melbourne’s Transport Strategy Refresh received 1325 submissions about the city’s main transport issues and what it can do to improve it – the most feedback the council has ever received on an issue.

Culture, colour and family for CNY

By Jessica Carrascalao Heard Family and culture will be the focus of celebrations at the 2019 Chinese New Year Melbourne Festival to bring in the Year of the Pig in February. The festival, running from February 2 to 17, is set to see performances by local and international Chinese artists, and cooking demonstrations by 2017

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