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Nine moves key shows to Docklands

October 26, 2010 § Leave a comment

The Nine network will shoot its Melbourne-based productions from the Melbourne Docklands Studio from next year.  

Nine has signed a five-year deal to move productions including Millionaire Hot Seat, The Footy Show and the coming National IQ Test from their traditional Richmond base to Docklands’ Sound Stage Four and then Sound Stage Five in a year after it is re-fitted with motorised lighting systems, control rooms and storage facilities.

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North Melbourne graffiti crackdown

October 11, 2010 § Leave a comment


Social media websites have been blamed for turning North Melbourne into a graffiti hot-spot attracting under-age taggers from across the state.

Sergeant Monique Kelley said some local traders were believed to be selling spray-cans to the youths, which is illegal if the buyer is under 18.

And she said it was likely the sales were being promoted online, as kids were travelling from as far afield as Echuca. “Word of mouth can’t travel this well. They (the businesses) must be advertising on Facebook or another social site,” Sgt Kelley told Melbourne Leader.

The increase in the amount of tagging in the suburb has prompted police to launch Operation Blackwood at and around North Melbourne train station. Police have swarmed the precinct twice in the past month and issued seven $587 on-the-spot fines for possession of spray cans without a valid excuse. Officers have also confiscated 120 aerosol cans, including one car-load containing 70 cans.

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The pointy end of the Yarra

October 1, 2010 § Leave a comment

Eight years after building its fifth tower, Mirvac has launched Yarra Point, the sixth tower in its Yarra River precinct development. The $200 million, 31-level tower will have 201 one, two and three-bedroom apartments. Like the Yarra’s Edge townhouses, Yarra Point offers waterfront living with premium views of the city, Point Park and Port Phillip Bay.

All apartments will have private balconies set into the building’s facade and this development boasts spacious layouts and apartments ranging in size from approximately 55 to 200 square metres. Sky residences make up the top three levels, offering spacious living and three bedrooms from $1.4 million.

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Auctions rescheduled ahead of AFL rematch

September 27, 2010 § Leave a comment


The Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV) expects a large number of auctions to be rescheduled ahead of Saturday’s AFL grand final rematch.

Grand final weekend was one of the slowest for auctions with about 50 across Melbourne.

Almost 600 auctions are planned for this weekend.

A spokesman from the REIV, Robert Larocca, says it is an unprecedented situation for the Melbourne auction market.

“We won’t know for a day or so. Some [auctions] will shift to earlier in the day, some will shift to Sunday and some will shift to the weekend after,” he said.

“It will depend on the day, place and time and how the agent and vendor are feeling.”

Source: ABC News

$20 Million Melbourne North Police Station Opens

September 22, 2010 § Leave a comment

The opening of a brand new police station in North Melbourne marked a new era of policing in the city’s inner-north, Police and Emergency Services Minister Bob Cameron said today.

Officially opening the new $20 million Melbourne North Police Station on Wreckyn Street in North Melbourne, Mr Cameron said the facility was a leap forward in the Brumby Labor Government’s commitment to making Victoria a safer place to live and work. 

“This new 24-hour police station will keep the community safe and help continue to lower the local crime rate,” Mr Cameron said. 

“The new station caters for a Uniform Branch, Crime Investigation Unit, Highway Patrol, and Proactive Program Unit. 

“The new building is spread over four storeys and features four interview rooms, two holding rooms and sustainable design features. It also created 600 full-time jobs during construction

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Palatial spreads kept empty? That’s rich

September 21, 2010 § Leave a comment

They are Toorak‘s ghost mansions: grand houses that have sat unoccupied behind chained gates and boarded-up windows for years, even decades.

As Melbourne struggles with a housing shortage, some of the city’s finest abodes are home to nothing more than dust and cobwebs.

Take, for example, a French Renaissance-style mansion in St George‘s Road that Asian-based property tycoon David Yu bought in 1991 for $5 million and has left unoccupied since.

The land alone, believed to be one of Toorak’s largest allotments, could now be worth as much as $35 million.

Plans by Mr Yu to build a five-storey apartment block on the site were rejected a decade ago.

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