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The new Waterside Hotel

The Waterside Hotel, an imposing three storey building on the corner of King and Flinders Streets, has just undergone renovation, with the aim of redirecting some of the foot traffic from the “Paris end” of town by offering a drinking and dining experience not usually associated with the western side of the CBD....

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Souk Melbourne

A neon pink sign beckons from the end of a Melbourne city laneway. The building it adorns looks small and unassuming, and as I start to imagine the layout inside, words like intimate and cosy spring to mind. I couldn’t be more wrong. Souk is sprawling and cavernous, its seemingly boundless interior and minimal decor evoking the wide open spaces of the desert....

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Coburg Velodrome Food Truck Festival

Long evening, evenings where the last of the sun’s rays are still visible at 9pm, are my favourite thing about summer. Evenings that are made for alfresco dining, open air dancing and moonlight cinemas. The Coburg Velodrome Food Truck Festival satisfies all these needs and more, with an array of activities to keep all members of the family entertained....

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Closing the gap for Indigenous youth

Mission Australia are urging the government to get serious about ‘Closing the Gap’ after key findings in the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Youth Report 2016 demonstrate that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people face significant disadvantages compared to non-indigenous young people....

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JR Reyne in “The Secret Daughter”

Channel Seven will premiere its new drama, The Secret Daughter, tonight and a Fitzroy local will have a starring role. The show centres on Billie Carter, a part-time country pub singer played by Jessica Mauboy, whose life changes forever after a chance meeting with wealthy city hotelier Jack Norton, performed by acting legend Colin Friels....

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Melbourne Fringe: Castles

'Castles‘ is one of those performances that defies reviews. A cross-artform conundrum that incorporates song, dance, theatre and visual art, ‘Castles’ refuses to fit into any one category. Even its content is difficult to define. Trying to describe what this show is actually about is almost impossible. Its power lies in the overall experience....

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Andrew Marks “Talk and Taste”

I must confess, I am a little bit of a wine snob. I’m by no means an expert though, and I love any opportunity to develop my knowledge and treat my palate to something new. Naturally, I was very excited for Pilgrim Bar’s “Talk and Taste” event with Andrew Marks, producer of Gembrook Hill & The Wanderer wines....

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River Nile Learning Centre receiving their community grant cheque

Northside organisations receive funding boost

Two organisations in Melbourne’s north, Outer Urban Projects and River Nile Learning Centre, have recently been awarded a Westpac Foundation Community Grant worth up to $10,000 for their outstanding efforts in improving the lives of Australia’s most disadvantaged....

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Melbourne documentary film festival

Melbourne Documentary Film Festival

Melbourne proudly lays claim to the title of culture capital of Australia and when you look at the city’s calendar of events, it’s easy to understand why. Whether it’s film, music, arts or design, there’s always a festival going on. As if we weren’t already struggling to fit it all in, there’s now another to add to the diary, with the inaugural Melbourne Documentary Film Festival (9-11 July) delivering a diverse and challenging program of independent films from at home and around the globe....

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Co-Ground crowdfunds for mobile cafe

On Friday June 3, Carlton based charity Co-Ground will launch their month long crowdfunding campaign to raise $40,000 for an innovative social enterprise aimed at helping end poverty....

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Two girls holding hands

The politics of identity

According to the 2010 report Writing Themselves In 3, 61% of young people who identify as same sex attracted or gender questioning have experienced verbal abuse on account of their sexuality. The report is the third in a series of national studies conducted by La Trobe University’s Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, examining the sexual health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ Australians between the ages of 14 and 21....

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shattered photo of couple on their wedding day

Breaking the cycle

A topic of national urgency and a leading cause of fatalities in Australia, family violence is a complex, multi-faceted issue. It can occur in a range of situations, most predominantly in the use of violence against women and children. Research from the 2012 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Personal Safety Survey and Australian Institute of Criminology shows that both men and women in Australia experience substantial levels of violence, however, it is far more likely for a person to experience violence from a male rather than a female perpetrator....

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Images from the Documentation Centre of Cambodia

Cambodia’s forgotten stories

I peer at the wall and see rows and rows of grainy black and white photographs, hundreds of faces staring right back at me. Some look frightened, others defiant; most are remarkable for their apparent lack of emotion, seeming simply unaware of their impending doom. As I move around the room, it is almost impossible to escape the feeling of being watched by these nameless faces, who are defined only by a number. ...

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Koh Rong beach

Island work

Despite being only two hours from the south coast of Cambodia, Koh Rong seemed like another world. The island was almost the size of Singapore, yet much of it was covered by relatively unexplored jungle. There were no roads, development was scant, buildings were constructed from island timber, medical facilities were non-existent, and power was scarce - meaning that the generator only operated for a few hours in the evening. ...

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