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Bright sparks brings AI to aged-care

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

It’s Ellen again

Melbourne MLA Ellen Sandell has defied a statewide swing to Labor to retain her seat by the same margin as last time – 2.4 per cent. Statewide, the Greens went backwards at the November 24 poll, with Ms Sandell’s victory the only real highlight for the party. Ms Sandell polled 3.48 per cent more than her

Melbourne’s Garden of Gethsemane

By Meg Hill The gothic-styled Wesley Church on Lonsdale St, a congregation of the Uniting Church in Australia (UCA), is surrounded by scaffolding, with a 35-level office tower ascending next door. In the car park behind the church, now hidden by the construction-site hoarding, is one of Melbourne’s oldest trees. It has its own fence

Neil Munro and his apartment museum

By Meg Hill Walking into Neil Munro’s sixth floor Collins St apartment in Temple Court is like walking into a living museum. Most of the furniture is 19th century antique, classical music is playing on the radio, the walls are covered with oil paintings, and 82-year-old Neil immediately begins to fill you in on his

Design team creates reflective routes

By David Schout A group of four young architects has beaten 41 entrants in an innovation competition to revitalise the north-west corner of the CBD. The Sydney-based team’s winning effort Reflective Lane proposed a series of digital projections in selected laneways that celebrate the city’s diversity. The only prerequisite of the Urban Land Institute’s competition

QVM political update

By Shane Scanlan The City of Melbourne is half-way through its “deliberative democracy” process, which it hopes will get its Queen Victoria Market (QVM) redevelopment back on track. A 40-person “people’s panel” has two more sessions scheduled, concluding on November 7, before it is asked to recommend to the council an infrastructure solution to secure

Charity volunteers reeling

The dedicated and long-serving volunteers on the Lady Mayoress’s Committee (LMC) are reeling after being dumped by the City of Melbourne. Committee member Gabriella Stefanetti said volunteers were left shocked, confused and angry after being told in June their services were no longer required. She said that, since then, it had emerged that the committee

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