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Homeless epidemic divides the city

Homeless epidemic divides the city

By Khiara Elliott Homeless camps around the CBD are drawing national attention and people are divided on what to do about them. One of the larger camps outside of Flinders St Station has sparked a number of complaints from the public as well as residents and retailers around the area. It’s been reported that the

Office space spike

As the economy continues to grow, so does the CBD office space leasing market. According to the latest report from Savills Research, the CBD contains 3,625,325sqm of lettable office space – the highest amount in five years. Commercial redevelopment was a major contributor to this figure, with buildings such as 567 Collins St adding 45,000sqm

Girls map a safer city

By Khiara Elliott Young Victorian women, Plan International Australia and CrowdSpot have come together to create a digital campaign to help women feel safer in our streets. Known as Free to Be, the project comprises an interactive map showing all the “happy” and “sad” spots of the CBD and greater Melbourne. Plan International has implemented

New players vow to shake-up city real estate market

The CBD has a new real estate player with the recent arrival to Collins St of First National Platinum. Coming from a development project background, principal Maurice Romano is convinced that the new agency is the best way to expand. The franchise has already secured the rights to 16 Asian countries, so the move from

CBD first to access free Wi-Fi

The nation’s fastest and largest free public Wi-Fi network was launched in the CBD on September 29. The Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, Phillip Dalidakis, the City of Melbourne’s chief digital officer Michelle Fitzgerald and TPG fibre operations group general manager Reggie Naik came together at Southern Cross Station to announce the roll


Chasing the Sun

October 2 heralds the beginning of the daylight saving period in Victoria, a bittersweet affair as we mourn the loss of a precious hours’ sleep yet revel at the prospect of the coming summer. As the weather begins to warm and the days become longer, in true Melburnian fashion, we follow our natural instincts and

Banksy art is coming to Melbourne

By Sunny Liu Australia’s largest ever Banksy exhibition is coming to Melbourne this month.  Private collectors around the world are contributing 80 pieces of Banksy’s artwork for the major art event of the year. Many might be surprised to know the exhibition will be held without Banksy’s permission or blessing. The Art of Banksy is

Urban Melbourne North of City

A glimpse into the future

Urban Melbourne has done a fascinating summary of recent development in CBD north. Mark Baljak was invited to the “topping out” ceremony of Hickory Group’s LaTrobe Tower and took this fascinating photo.  Is this really our city?  Wow.  It’s changing isn’t it? Mark said:  “It looks to be one of those instances where a single

Ellen Sandell

The sharing economy shouldn’t become the taking economy

By Ellen Sandell  Melbourne MLA A lot has been said about the new “sharing economy”, where people can share or lease their assets that would potentially go unused, like cars, rooms or entire houses.   The skyrocketing popularity of sharing economy services like Uber and AirBnB shows that there is a demand for these services

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