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Let’s try and find a way to all work together
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Why Magnitsky Act is important for Australia
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Cladding confusion continues
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Southbank sisters fighting stigma
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We are leaving an intergenerational time bomb for our children
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Gangs in Southbank
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Safety and Security

Merry Christmas from Southbank Police
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Yarra River Business Association

Reflecting on the past 20 years
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Southbank Sustainability Group

February: Sustainability Month
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Health and Wellbeing

The psychology of habits
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Skypad Living

Luv thy NABERS (for apartments)
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Pets Corner

When the dog chooses the owner
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Southbank Fashion

Spring racing in Southbank
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Power Street – Southbank
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Letters

Tram shame
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Tea House preserved ... for now

An application for a 24-storey development at the site adjoining Southbank’s iconic heritage Robur Tea Building has been refused a permit by Heritage Victoria.

06 Feb 2019

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Crown requests extension

Crown Resorts and Schiavello have formally requested an extension of time for their billion-dollar development One Queensbridge.

06 Feb 2019

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Haig St a sign of office trend?

In what might prove a sign of things to come in the central city, developer Meydan Group has resubmitted a brand-new application for a 30-storey commercial office tower at 57-59 Haig St.

06 Feb 2019

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South Melbourne Park opens its doors!

Our community now has a second new local school in as many years with the opening of South Melbourne Park Primary School.

06 Feb 2019

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Hilton to return

Hilton Hotels & Resorts looks set to return to postcode 3006, with Melbourne Square developer OSK Property currently in negotiations with the company to operate its new 600-room flagship hotel.

06 Feb 2019

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Southbank welcomes Snr Sgt O’Toole

Southbank Police Station’s new station commander Snr Sgt Alex O’Toole knows our local area as well as anyone.

06 Feb 2019

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Want the good stuff?

Fate conspired to deliver an alleged drug dealer into the hands of police in Southbank in the early hours of January 23.

06 Feb 2019

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Reimagining our Arts Precinct from its centre

The sense of excitement and spirit of collaboration that currently consumes Melbourne’s Arts Precinct is very real, according to one of its visionary leaders Claire Spencer.

06 Feb 2019

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Culture, colour and family for CNY

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.

06 Feb 2019

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Security upgrades

Construction of permanent security barriers on Princes Bridge has started, with steel bollards and reinforced blocks to be installed on both sides of the bridge.

06 Feb 2019

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Six of the best Southbankers

Southbank continues to demonstrate its credentials as a good home for honorary Australians, with six locals acknowledged in this year’s Australia Day Honours.

06 Feb 2019

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Gong for Jackie

Melbourne councillor Jackie Watts has been awarded an Australia Day honour for services to local government and to the community.

06 Feb 2019

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New vision for gardens

The Royal Botanic Gardens (RBG) has been provided with a $5 million kickstart from the State Government for its proposed new nature and science precinct.

06 Feb 2019

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Men’s Shed looking for new members

Melbourne Men’s Shed in its sixth year is recruiting new members and is also keen to attract more women.

06 Feb 2019

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Showtime Night Market

A different take on a night market.

06 Feb 2019

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Rufus returns

One of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation returns to Australia to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his 1998 self-titled album, and the 2001 follow up Poses.

06 Feb 2019

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Sorrows get an airing

Melbourne’s literary judges continue to favour harrowing non-fiction, even when a festive and stylish setting has been chosen for the announcement of the 2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards.

06 Feb 2019

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Photography over adversity

“You are stealing people’s souls.”

06 Feb 2019

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YouTube take over

YouTube stars TwoSet Violin burst in and took over rehearsals at the annual Melbourne Youth Orchestras Summer School, held in January at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.

06 Feb 2019

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Carols wondershow!

A thrilling inaugural Carols concert at Queensbridge Square saw hundreds gather for two nights of Christmas festive fun.

05 Feb 2019

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Riverside Quay complete

The long-awaited redevelopment of Mirvac’s new retail and dining precinct at Riverside Quay is now complete.

05 Feb 2019

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Traction gained on hoon cyclists

Southbank’s perennial headache of getting speeding cyclists off Southbank Promenade may have finally turned a corner thanks to a new cycling plan currently in the works at the City of Melbourne.

11 Dec 2018

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Emphatic win for Foley and the Labor Party

Labor’s Martin Foley has been returned to the seat of Albert Park as our local member for a fourth consecutive term following his party’s historic victory at the November State Election.

11 Dec 2018

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Bold new pool proposal

Yarra Pools has teamed up with WOWOWA Architects to create a stunning new design concept for its Yarra Pool proposal at Northbank.

11 Dec 2018

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Upgrade for red stairs

Despite plans to demolish them in the future, the City of Melbourne will invest up to $10,000 to refurbish Southbank’s infamous Red Stairs at Queensbridge Square.

11 Dec 2018

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Christmas cheer and fun at Boyd!

Local families gathered at the Boyd Community Hub for a Christmas Party on Wednesday, December 5.

11 Dec 2018

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Milestone for better urban living

The City of Melbourne’s planning scheme amendment C308, which outlines rules for better urban design for new developments in the CBD and Southbank, has moved a step closer towards legislation.

11 Dec 2018

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Bureaucrats formalise river governance malaise

In 2014 hopes were high for the establishment of an independent authority to activate local waterways.

11 Dec 2018

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Sally Capp-tivates the YRBA

The Yarra River Business Association (YRBA) was treated to an engaging and thoughtful presentation from Lord Mayor Sally Capp at its business luncheon on November 15.

11 Dec 2018

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River activation

Parks Victoria (PV) has released two expressions of interest (EOI) opportunities to businesses offering quality Yarra River visitor engagements.

11 Dec 2018

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New CEO appointed

Lord Mayor Sally Capp and Melbourne city councillors have announced that the new City of Melbourne CEO is Justin Hanney.

11 Dec 2018

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Students’ creative spirit

Ambition, innovation and a passionate eye towards the future marked the Holmesglen City Campus fashion program in 2018.

11 Dec 2018

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Dick is Mayor again

14 years since last serving as Mayor, City of Port Phillip councillor Dick Gross is back in the position following a special council meeting on November 29.

11 Dec 2018

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Carols at Southbank

The spirit of Christmas will officially grace Southbank with a vibrant, family-friendly festive Christmas Carols spectacular at Queensbridge Square on Friday, December 21.

11 Dec 2018

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No more straws

The South Melbourne Market has expanded its plastic waste reduction program to include plastic straws.

11 Dec 2018

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Art to stop tagging

The City of Port Phillip has turned to commissioned street art in an attempt to reduce illegal tagging in the Montague precinct.

11 Dec 2018

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Arts tourists on the rise

International visitors are prioritising Southbank’s art precinct as a key part of their tourist itinerary, research indicates.

11 Dec 2018

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Local author set to Blab!

Children and young adults author and Southbank resident Chrissie Perry will launch her brand-new series with publisher Scholastic Australia in February 2019.

11 Dec 2018

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A toast to our masters!

Southbank’s own community-run public speaking group Teahouse Toastmasters took a clean sweep at the Toastmasters Area 41 contest on November 24.

11 Dec 2018

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ESCHER X NENDO | Between Two Worlds

The National Gallery of Victoria’s (NGV) latest major exhibition is the first of its kind in the world to feature the extraordinary work of Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher in dialogue with the work of acclaimed Japanese design studio nendo, led by designer Oki Sato.

11 Dec 2018

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Colourful take-over

Experience an extension of the summer musical EVITA at Stomping Ground La Boca, a pop-up beer garden celebrating the spirit and delicacies of Argentina.

11 Dec 2018

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Family fun Music Play

The Melbourne Recital Centre’s (MRC) annual family festival Music Play returns to Southbank with a series of big and mini concerts, workshops and free foyer fun from January 16 and 19.

11 Dec 2018

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A local creative

“12 years in one place is a long time for me,” says Fabrizio Evans.

11 Dec 2018

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Friday nights are back

The National Gallery of Victoria’s (NGV) popular Friday Nights series returns this summer with fusion between the modern and traditional being a common theme throughout the event.

11 Dec 2018

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Humans are out and funny creatures are in

Often artists working outside the system in peculiar places produce the best work. The French are good at theorising the overlooked. Funny little creatures might need a bit of understanding. They cry out for some attention in a busy world.

11 Dec 2018

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A progressive push in Macnamara

With the advantage of having previously contested the seat at the 2016 Federal Election, Greens candidate Steph Hodgins-May is well placed to see inner-Melbourne’s progressive wave hit Macnamara in 2019.

10 Dec 2018

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A mastermind behind Southbank

One of the three founders of prominent local development group Central Equity, chairman Eddie Kutner, this month sat down with Southbank Local News to provide an insight into his shared vision for Southbank.

09 Dec 2018

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Cop shop becomes office precinct

A major site at 637 Flinders St currently leased by the Victorian Police will be renewed into an office precinct after the current lease ends in July 2020.

09 Dec 2018

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Colonial Tramcar conspiracy fear

Yarra Trams' decision to force Colonial Tramcar restaurants off the tracks due to safety concerns last month has led to growing suggestions that it could be tied up with potential plans to open a new tram route to Fishermans Bend.

06 Nov 2018

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Guy to scrap C270

An elected Liberal State Government would do away with the current Labor Government’s C270 planning controls for the CBD and Southbank, according to its leader Matthew Guy.

06 Nov 2018

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Inspectorate raps Doyle candidates

Councillors and candidates who ran on the ticket of former lord mayor Robert Doyle have been reprimanded by the Local Government Inspectorate over how they declared their campaign donations.

06 Nov 2018

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Southbank and Montague vote

Candidates from the three major parties put forward their visions for the local area at the Southbank and Montague Meet the Candidates night at the Boyd Community Hub on October 30.

06 Nov 2018

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As local as it gets

The Liberal Party’s new candidate for the federal seat of Macnamara Kate Ashmor knows our local area as well as anyone.

06 Nov 2018

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Here we go again

Members of the Save Dodds Street group fear the worst after a for sale sign appeared at 151 Sturt St this month, offering a “landmark development opportunity”.

06 Nov 2018

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Giving even more

Ray White Southbank and the Rotary Club of Southbank are continuing their popular tradition of providing presents to those less fortunate this Christmas.

06 Nov 2018

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Flood chaos

A heavy three-hour thunderstorm on Melbourne Cup Day resulted in one of the worst flash floods Southbank has seen.

06 Nov 2018

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A safer St Kilda Rd

New bike lanes separating drivers and cyclists will be installed on St Kilda Rd under a re-elected Andrews Labor Government.

06 Nov 2018

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English Plus launched

Holmesglen’s City Campus in Southbank will grow the international student experience through the introduction of English Plus this month.

06 Nov 2018

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Kirrip Park is here!

The Montague Precinct’s beautiful new park is now open to the community.

06 Nov 2018

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A booming Bend

A report by infrastructure firm AECOM has made a number of recommendations that it says could help secure up to $12 billion of economic benefit in Fishermans Bend by 2030.

06 Nov 2018

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Yarra to be dredged

The state government has announced $4.6 million to dredge the lower Yarra River in an effort to improve commercial and recreational access.

06 Nov 2018

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Local wins Minister’s Award

Southbank resident Emelia Young recently won the Minister’s Award for Outstanding Leadership at the 2018 Victorian Disability Awards.

06 Nov 2018

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Activating our Yarra

As our city’s business and retail landscape rapidly evolves, the role of precinct associations has never been more important.

06 Nov 2018

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Boyd block comes down

Many locals will have rejoiced at the sight of the old classroom block behind Boyd being demolished last month.

06 Nov 2018

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Upbeat Arts

A new community choir, which aims to engage, educate and empower, launched at the Boyd Community Hub last month.

06 Nov 2018

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Minister previews conservatorium

Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley was given a sneak peek at The University of Melbourne’s new arts centre on October 15.

06 Nov 2018

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Be a part of the Korean wave!

The Melbourne Korea Week Festival will be back for its fifth year in a two-day long event at Queensbridge Square on November 10 and 11.

06 Nov 2018

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Celebrating Asian arts

In the first 16 days of December and in 14 venues, “Mapping Melbourne” will be serving as a platform for over 100 established and emerging artists from Australia and Asia.

06 Nov 2018

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The future of now and yesterday

Chunky Move invites audiences to become immersed in the surrealist worlds of two distinctive pieces presented through contemporary dance.

06 Nov 2018

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The legacy of stolen Picasso

When NGV bought Picasso’s “Weeping Woman” in 1986, director Patrick McCaughey stood in front of it and proclaimed that it would “haunt” Melbourne for the next 100 years.

06 Nov 2018

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Same but different

The Garden of Forking Paths is the first in an annual series of international exhibitions held at Buxton Contemporary.

06 Nov 2018

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Evolved over the years

The titles of artworks are clues to their reading. What does a name like “Hazard” really mean?

06 Nov 2018

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A (wo)man’s world

Heather Felix is on a one-woman mission to change the way in which we see women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, otherwise known as the “STEM” fields.

06 Nov 2018

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Panda Bear

Performing in Australia for the first time ever, Panda Bear aka Noah Lennox, will bring his revered bedroom pop sounds to the Melbourne Recital Centre on December 13.

06 Nov 2018

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An attractive move South

Complete with a brand new vertical primary school and community park, the Montague Precinct is starting to attract more local families like the Colemans.

06 Nov 2018

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Council laments Crown delay

The City of Melbourne’s planning chair Cr Nicholas Reece says there is only so long the council can tolerate Crown Resorts and Schiavello’s delay in upgrading Queensbridge Square.

09 Oct 2018

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A new opening for renters

The state government has shown its support for the emergence of the build-to-rent (BTR) market by approving a 60-storey apartment tower at 260 City Rd, Southbank.

09 Oct 2018

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Questions over local job growth

City of Melbourne Census of Land Use and Employment (CLUE) data shows some shaky growth trends in Southbank over the past 10 years.

09 Oct 2018

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Meet your local candidates

The Southbank and Montague Meet the Candidates event will be held at the Boyd Community Hub on Tuesday, October 30.

09 Oct 2018

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Council wobbles on Australia Day

There are indications that the City of Melbourne is divided and unclear about the controversy over Australia Day celebrations on January 26.

09 Oct 2018

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Saving Shearwater

City of Melbourne Cr Nicholas Reece, ExxonMobil Australia chairman Richard Owen and Central Equity chairman Eddie Kutner teamed up last month to save Southbank's renowned Shearwater sculpture.

09 Oct 2018

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Boyd park

Demolition of the 1970s classroom block behind the Boyd Community Hub will start this month after the City of Melbourne awarded the contract to civil construction company Multipro Civil Pty Ltd.

09 Oct 2018

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Much needed activation

City of Melbourne councillors have unanimously endorsed a 38-storey proposal for a last remaining key site, which sits on a less-than-desirably-activated City Rd block.

09 Oct 2018

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Another tower heads to VCAT

The developer of another planning Sturt St planning application bound for the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) is seeking approval for a tower that is higher than what was originally proposed.

09 Oct 2018

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Sturt St up for sale

As one approved permit for an 18-storey tower at 135 Sturt St was sold to a new developer last month, another 18-storey permit at 153 Sturt St was put on the market.

09 Oct 2018

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Under one roof

JB Hi-Fi and The Good Guys have found an administrative home in Southbank.

09 Oct 2018

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Heritage slowed

A Doyle-era conflict of interest stalled City of Melbourne’s Future Melbourne Committee during its October 2 meeting on Southbank heritage.

09 Oct 2018

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New era for market

South Melbourne Market (SMM) will usher in a new era in March when it introduces a revitalised management committee.

09 Oct 2018

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E-scooting into the oBike void

After Melbourne’s first venture into dockless bicycles proved disastrous, an electric scooter company wants to fill the void.

09 Oct 2018

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Framework final

The state government has released the final framework and planning controls for Fishermans Bend.

09 Oct 2018

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Strata dwellers face solar discrimination

While the major political parties are setting out to woo voters with solar subsidies, these policies do little for strata dwellers such as Southbankers.

09 Oct 2018

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Talking transport

The three major candidates for the state seat of Albert Park answered questions on local transport issues at the Metropolitan Transport Forum for Port Phillip last month.

09 Oct 2018

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A tour of our Arts Precinct and its people

Arts organisations in Southbank talk a lot about being part of Melbourne’s dedicated Arts Precinct – but what does that really mean?

09 Oct 2018

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Councillor second term report card

At the end of year two of the current council, Southbank Local News assesses the performance of Melbourne's 11 councillors.

09 Oct 2018

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Funnelling the fumes

Did you know that Transurban is responsible for managing the air quality from the ventilation stack on Grant St?

09 Oct 2018

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“Rewarding” clean up

On World Clean Up Day, about 300 volunteers gathered in front of Southgate Avenue after a two-hour spring cleaning of the city.

09 Oct 2018

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Southbank comes alive with Arts Festival

Melbourne International Arts Festival is a yearly wake-up call to bring the city alive, to make new friends and rekindle old friendships.

09 Oct 2018

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All he needs is a plug

A failed robot, circa 2007, lies on the floor. He’s carved out of wood and is human-like, with arms, legs, a torso, wooden blocks for feet and hands and an opening for a mouth and eyes.

09 Oct 2018

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Milestone concert

The Newsboys Foundation will be celebrating its 125-year milestone with a diverse cross-cultural concert – 125BPM – in collaboration with Melbourne Youth Orchestras (MYO) and Outer Urban Projects (OUP).

09 Oct 2018

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All you can dance

Whether you’re a dance enthusiast, an observer or just someone looking to have a good time, the 24-hour dance project was curated for you.

09 Oct 2018

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