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Now more than ever, love your local

Now more than ever, love your local

June 4th, 2024 - Jeremy Vincent

Most of us take for granted our high standard and variety of dining and refreshment venues in Southbank.


Summer along the Yarra River

March 7th, 2024 - Jeremy Vincent

What a changing world we live in, and it is fundamental that today’s business keeps up with those changes.

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Addressing the sad state of Southbank Promenade

December 5th, 2023 - Jeremy Vincent

This Christmas marks the point when I think we can say that the destructive COVID years are (fingers crossed!) now in the rear vision mirror.

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Support for a new app for Southbankers is rising

October 4th, 2023 - Jeremy Vincent

The old saying that you should never waste a crisis was true for the Yarra River Business Association (YRBA) during and after the COVID-19 lockdowns.

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Gone are the days of slow winters in Melbourne

August 9th, 2023 - Jeremy Vincent

What a dynamic winter period we’re having in the Yarra River Precinct. During my 40 years in Melbourne, I cannot remember a winter period so rich in events and special occasions.

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RISING returns

June 7th, 2023 - Jeremy Vincent

Never let it be said that winter is “downtime” in the Yarra River Precinct.

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Southbankers reluctant to speak

April 5th, 2023 - Southbank News

It would seem that Southbankers are tongue-tied when it comes to saying what they want. An online survey designed to improve the range and style of food, beverage and leisure activities on offer to Southbank residents has attracted minimal response in its four months of operation.

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Calling all Southbankers

February 7th, 2023 - Jeremy Vincent

Do you know how highly Melbourne ranks in awareness and appeal around the globe?

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The buzz is back in Southbank and South Wharf

December 7th, 2022 - Jeremy Vincent

You may have noticed that Southbank’s promenade and commercial areas have returned to pre-COVID activity level and, indeed, Friday and Saturday night activity even exceeds that recorded in 2019.

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Spring marks positive turn for business

September 7th, 2022 - Jeremy Vincent

It’s always with excitement that our business community turns over the calendar to the month of September.

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Life is returning to our precinct

March 9th, 2022 - Jeremy Vincent

It’s encouraging to see the steadily increasing foot traffic on Southbank and Crown Promenades, and while it may not mean commensurate increases in sales for our businesses, at least it shows growing public confidence to get out and about.

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Transforming our Yarra into an inspiring world waterfront

August 5th, 2021 - Jeremy Vincent

What a rollercoaster ride it has been for business and looks like being on for some time yet, while lockdown is the preferred mechanism until we have achieved sufficient vaccination rates.

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Testing our resolve

March 11th, 2021 - Jeremy Vincent

Life is slowly but steadily returning to the Yarra River precinct, though for many businesses I dare say it could be too little too late.

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Support your locals this summer

December 10th, 2020 - Southbank News

President While it will be some time before we’re back to pre-COVID levels in the precinct, it is a great feeling to see the place slowly come to life again

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September 9th, 2020 - John Forman

This is my last column as president of the Yarra River Business Association (YRBA). After six years in the role, I am stepping down at the September 17 annual general meeting (AGM) to pursue business interests outside the precinct.

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Support your locals

June 10th, 2020 - Southbank News

As I write this column we are slowly re-emerging from lockdown.

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Throwing support behind our new winter festival

March 4th, 2020 - Southbank News

The birth of a new idea for the river is a special moment, especially when it is delivered by someone as talented as Gideon Obarzanek

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Celebrating 21 years

November 7th, 2019 - Southbank News

A 21st birthday doesn’t carry as much significance these days, but I think for a community-based, grass-roots organisation to survive 21 years, it is quite an achievement

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Sharing our “big ideas”

August 7th, 2019 - Southbank News

The Yarra River Big Ideas Forum will be held on Thursday, August 15 in Melbourne Town Hall

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Reflecting on the past 20 years

November 7th, 2018 - Southbank News

This month marks our 20th year of existence and, needless to say, it is a vastly different business and tourism precinct these days than it was in 1998.

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Rimmer steps in

Rimmer steps in

November 13th, 2015 - Southbank News
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