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Routine observations
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There is something rotten in the State of Victoria
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Montague Community Alliance

Be careful who you vote for…
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Metro Tunnel

Supporting local traders
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Federal Politics

Liberals and Nationals ship sheep
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Show us the money!
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Strings of dedication
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We are leaving an intergenerational time bomb for our children
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History

Austral Otis Lifts
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Stifle the opportunity
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Yarra River Business Association

Reflecting on the past 20 years
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Southbank Sustainability Group

Can you grow a sunflower as tall as Eureka Tower?
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Skypad Living

Luv thy NABERS (for apartments)
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Pets Corner

Softie at heart
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Southbank Fashion

Spring racing in Southbank
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Power Street – Southbank
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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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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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