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Electric vehicle charging and the rise of the machines
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At last, a Fishermans Bend Framework!
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Building Anzac Station
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Federal Politics

Liberals and Nationals ship sheep
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We Live Here

Cladding – remove now, pay later?
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Walking for a purpose
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Housing

We are leaving an intergenerational time bomb for our children
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From corporate office to high-end living
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Stifle the opportunity
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Southbank Sustainability Group

Sustainability talks and Boyd Park
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Health and Wellbeing

Positive psychology for increased wellbeing
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Skypad Living

Luv thy NABERS (for apartments)
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Pets Corner

Enter the “Shiba Zone”
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Spring racing in Southbank
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Power Street – Southbank
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The cost of cladding
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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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Exposing modern hospitality

Gabrielle Pearson’s original stage play, Waiting On You, promises audiences a raw and relatable story of a young woman’s life in a foreign, underground world of modern hospitality.

09 Oct 2018

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Creating journeys of discovery

For Carr Designs’ Chris McCue, designing the vision of a world-class residential and community precinct is about providing a base that allows the personalities of its future residents to flourish.

09 Oct 2018

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Metamorphosis at Malthouse

In Opera Australia’s first ever show at the Malthouse Theatre, baritone Simon Lobelson will play a man-turned-insect in Franz Kafka’s dark comedy Metamorphosis from October 25 to 27.

09 Oct 2018

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Pushing the limits

For Luke David, his passion for photography started when he first purchased a camera for a trip to Japan.

09 Oct 2018

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Taking our Green Spine higher

Developer Beulah International will put forward a proposal to the state government for Australia’s tallest building at 118 City Rd, Southbank, after announcing the winner of its design competition last month.

04 Sep 2018

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Push for Metro 2

Following the State Government’s pledge to build the Suburban Rail Loop if re-elected in November, the business community is looking for a similar commitment to deliver Metro 2 to Fishermans Bend.

04 Sep 2018

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Ashmor wins preselection

Local lawyer, entrepreneur, community volunteer and mum Kate Ashmor has been preselected as the Liberal Party’s candidate for the Federal seat of Macnamara.

04 Sep 2018

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Community partners

The Southbank Residents’ Association (SRA) and the Montague Community Alliance (MCA) will work together for the first time as part of the Southbank Meet the Candidates event ahead of November’s Victorian state election.

04 Sep 2018

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Residents let down on short-stay Bill

Residents hoping for a legislative solution to short-stay rentals in apartments will have to wait until at least 2021 for their next opportunity following the passing of the Owners Corporation Amendment (Short-stay Accommodation) Bill 2016 on August 8.

04 Sep 2018

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Tower gets the nod

Local architect Rothelowman has received planning approval from the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) to build an 18-storey tower at 153 Sturt St.

04 Sep 2018

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Arts-chitects appointed!

Melbourne’s NH Architecture and Norway’s Snøhetta have been appointed to deliver the Arts Centre Melbourne’s vision for the future of the Theatres building, including addressing specific critical maintenance issues.

04 Sep 2018

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Critics lash Melbourne Day

The “invasion day” label, which has controversially dogged Australia Day in recent years, has caught up with Melbourne Day, with immediate consequences.

04 Sep 2018

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Reflections on “full pelt”for 100 days

Some 100 days into the lord mayoralty, Sally Capp’s energy is undiminished and her learning along the way has sharpened her capacity to effect change.

04 Sep 2018

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Family living at Ferrars St

A proposed 20-storey apartment complex in the Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Area is set to become particularly family-friendly.

04 Sep 2018

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Park plan out for comment

City of Melbourne councillors have unanimously supported and approved the release of the draft Domain Parklands Master Plan for community engagement after a council meeting last month.

04 Sep 2018

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Questions remain over governance

Some local councillors from the City of Port Phillip (CoPP) and the City of Melbourne (CoM) have expressed concerns with the state government’s new governance arrangements for Fishermans Bend.

04 Sep 2018

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Veteran art hangs in limbo

Both sides and all levels of government continue to dance around the subject of a potential arts and community space for the veteran community at 310 St Kilda Rd, Southbank.

04 Sep 2018

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King and Gripper unite!

The combination of hypnotic lights and abstract visuals with prodigious and scintillating classical sounds provided an unlikely yet mesmerising combination at the Melbourne Recital Centre last month.

04 Sep 2018

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Ballet classes relaunch in new-look centre

Locals can now slip on some ballet shoes and get ready to jump, stretch and twirl because The Australian Ballet has re-launched its adult ballet classes in its newly-renovated building in Southbank.

04 Sep 2018

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Freedom feeds vision

It’s the pursuit of freedom that led Julien Visse to Australia, and ultimately, to photography.

04 Sep 2018

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A sustainable merger

Two Fishermans Bend environmental groups amalgamated last month to form Westgate Biodiversity: Bili Nursery and Landcare.

03 Sep 2018

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Eva Rothschild @ ACCA

The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) has announced the first Australian solo exhibition for the Irish-born, London-based artist Eva Rothschild, ahead of her appearance at the 2019 Venice Biennale where she will represent Ireland.

03 Sep 2018

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New season of opera revealed!

Opera Australia (OA) has announced its 2019 Melbourne program, promising a truly spectacular season with five new productions, including one Australian premiere, and featuring some of the world’s finest performers.

02 Sep 2018

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Let there be light…in the post Rimmer era

The sky above Melbourne Town Hall is looking brighter following the announcement on August 1 that CEO Ben Rimmer is moving on.

08 Aug 2018

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Skinny tower cut down to size

Southbank’s controversial “skinny skyscraper” apartment tower looks set to finally go ahead – at less than a third of its originally planned size.

08 Aug 2018

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A fresh look at Macnamara

As Michael Danby says farewell to politics after 20 years in the federal seat of Macnamara (formerly Melbourne Ports), Labor is now calling upon 31-year-old Josh Burns to bring the party into a new era.

08 Aug 2018

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Too late for C308?

In theory, the proposed planning scheme amendment aiming to create more lively streetscapes would appear significant to Southbank. But in reality, how much of a difference will it actually make?

08 Aug 2018

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Setting a new benchmark

There is no doubting that whichever of the six ground-breaking designs is chosen to redevelop 118 City Rd, it will completely change the face of Southbank as we know it.

08 Aug 2018

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MPavilion’s future debated

Melbourne councillors have upheld a proposal to provide a further two years’ funding to MPavilion, despite some contentious debate.

08 Aug 2018

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One noisy bridge!

The loud and clattering Evan Walker Bridge is again in need of refurbishment despite already having been upgraded in 2015.

08 Aug 2018

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No ordinary AGM!

In its 20th year of operation, the Southbank Residents Association (SRA) held its biggest annual general meeting (AGM) to date, in a clear reflection of the ever-growing strength of our local community.

08 Aug 2018

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Resident Panel flagged

During her address to last month’s SRA AGM, Lord Mayor Sally Capp revealed her desire for the City of Melbourne to establish a Residents’ Panel.

08 Aug 2018

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Ballot story sparks probe

Southbank Local News’s exclusive story in July has led to a Local Government Inspectorate investigation into electoral irregularities raised.

08 Aug 2018

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Old soles for good

An initiative by DFO South Wharf to donate old soles has received more than 100 pairs of pre-loved sports shoes.

08 Aug 2018

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Business meets Boulevard

The Yarra River Business Association (YRBA) gained further insight into Southbank Boulevard at a business luncheon on July 20.

08 Aug 2018

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Hangin’ around!

Maintainance man Lee Box, captured high above City Rd, demonstrates that there is never a bad time to catch up on local news!

08 Aug 2018

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Boulevard work starts

Construction for the Southbank Boulevard development started last month and will continue for a full year.

08 Aug 2018

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New parking controls for Fishermans Bend

Port Phillip Council will introduce parking controls in the growing Fishermans Bend precinct with a three-month rollout starting in October.

08 Aug 2018

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A chance to be collegial

A more modest art fair this year gave both investors and gallerists a chance to develop contacts and consider their options more carefully.

08 Aug 2018

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Beijing Guitar Duo and Grigoryan Brothers

In an upcoming convergence of culture, the Beijing Guitar Duo and the Grigoryan Brothers are set to reunite for an evening of guitar virtuosity.

08 Aug 2018

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Coodabeen Champions

What’s hotter than a footy pie? The Coodabeen Champions now traditional end-of-season live Father’s Day show of course!

08 Aug 2018

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PSC students win at AIPP Awards

Each year, final-year students studying at the Photography Studies College (PSC) enter the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) Victorian Awards.

08 Aug 2018

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Sign up for dance classes

If you’re looking to unwind from a long day at work, sign up for Chunky Move’s year-round, public classes in contemporary movement and yoga.

08 Aug 2018

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Residents take Sturt St fight to VCAT

Arts Precinct residents are off to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) on July 16 to contest planning permission for the Rothe Lowman proposed tower at 153 Sturt St.

10 Jul 2018

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City Rd receives a funding boost

Councillor Rohan Leppert has played a key role in helping secure $500,000 to help kick start the City Rd master plan in this year’s 2018/19 council budget.

10 Jul 2018

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Heritage hurdle

City of Melbourne (CoM) is supporting a major development at 87-127 Queensbridge St, despite continued heritage and overshadowing concerns.

10 Jul 2018

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Local crime continues to rise

Crime in Southbank continues to steadily rise, according to Crime Statistics Agency (CSA) figures for the year ending March 31.

10 Jul 2018

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Danby not fixed on Ports’ name change

Outgoing Melbourne Ports MP Michael Danby says he is not in favour of the federal seat’s name change to “Macnamara”.

10 Jul 2018

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Church burglary

Local detectives are appealing for witnesses following a burglary, which took place on June 3 at Planetshakers Church on Cecil St in Southbank.

10 Jul 2018

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Sturt St sale

Local architect Hayball has put its controversial development at 135 Sturt St on the market.

10 Jul 2018

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Give us turning rights!

It’s a matter of time before the Montague St Bridge claims another victim according to one local resident, but this time it won’t be a red-faced truck driver under the infamous overpass.

10 Jul 2018

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Doubt cast on lord mayoral result

There is doubt over Melbourne’s recent lord mayoral by-election as up to 8313 enrolled voters were potentially denied a vote due to a known electoral flaw.

10 Jul 2018

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Suburbs of Fishermans Bend

Port Phillip Council has started pushing for its three Fishermans Bend precincts to be defined as the individual suburbs of Montague, Sandridge and Wirraway.

10 Jul 2018

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Roundabouts a state first

On June 22, the first of two new Victorian-style of roundabouts opened at Dorcas St as part of cycling upgrades to Moray St.

10 Jul 2018

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Targeting ugly streetscapes

Lax urban design rules that have resulted in crammed, monotonous footpaths in Southbank are to be halted under a proposed City of Melbourne overhaul.

10 Jul 2018

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Richard Foster “lied to us”

Melbourne councillor Nic Frances Gilley used the occasion of endorsement of the council’s Reconciliation Action Plan 2018–20 on June 5 to accuse former councillor Richard Foster of lying.

10 Jul 2018

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Michael Danby bids farewell

Melbourne Ports Labor MP Michael Danby has announced he will not contest the next federal election.

10 Jul 2018

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New tower proposed

Star Auto Properties is proposing a mixed-use tower for the corner of Sturt St and Kings Way.

10 Jul 2018

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Southbankers honoured

Four locals were recognised for their separate contributions to Australia as part of this year’s Queen’s Birthday honours last month.

10 Jul 2018

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108 opens up

Halfway through its construction, Australia 108 has already opened its doors to residents and this month will open them to the public for Open House Melbourne.

10 Jul 2018

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Local author’s awaited debut

James Cristina has just released his first novel – five years after an extract from it won the Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Prize.

10 Jul 2018

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Oh dear, others on the way?

After much-maligned dockless bicycle company oBike withdrew its Melbourne fleet in June, rival companies are preparing to enter the market.

10 Jul 2018

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Southbank growth alive

Southbank has been named as a ‘hotspot’ in the Housing Industry Association’s (HIA) 2018 report on Population and Residential Building Hotspots.

10 Jul 2018

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Yalingwa @ ACCA

“A Lightness of Spirit is the Measure of Happiness”.

10 Jul 2018

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Art Fair is here!

The long-awaited return of the Melbourne Art Fair is upon us!

10 Jul 2018

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No One is Watching You

Melbourne-based, New Zealand-born artist Ronnie van Hout’s distinctive characters will unsettle and beguile audiences at Buxton Contemporary gallery this month.

10 Jul 2018

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Embrace of the unknown

A radiologist by day, Allison Rose has perfected the art of compartmentalising her sporadic lifestyle.

10 Jul 2018

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Glasses like cherries

There’s a cocktail with a cherry on a stick, a pair of round sunglasses and the words “the blue hour” written in French on a pale moon.

10 Jul 2018

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An artistic transformation for the ages

Southbank’s magnificent Arts Precinct will truly be the envy of the world following a June 3 announcement of a $208 million funding injection by the state government.

05 Jun 2018

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Lord Mayor of Southbank

Sally Capp has been provisionally declared Melbourne’s new Lord Mayor.

05 Jun 2018

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The suburb of Montague

City of Port Phillip Cr Marcus Pearl will move a motion this month to officially make Montague its own standalone suburb.

05 Jun 2018

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Crown’s heritage headache

The City of Melbourne’s proposed changes to heritage sites in Southbank may cause further hassle for Crown if it doesn’t soon submit mandatory planning details for 1 Queensbridge St.

05 Jun 2018

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Sturt St heads to VCAT

Architect turned developer Rothelowman is taking its application for a 19-storey mixed-use development for 153 Sturt St to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) next month.

05 Jun 2018

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Bella gets back on its feet

Following an unfortunate flooding incident that forced 161 residents and hotel guests to evacuate Bella Apartments on May 27, the building’s manager said he was incredibly proud of how his team had handled the crisis.

05 Jun 2018

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All boulevard. No City Rd

The two-hectare open space project on Southbank Boulevard emerged as the key winner in this year’s City of Melbourne draft budget.

05 Jun 2018

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