Population Record rise in city dwellers Melbourne tops nation's growth rate

Melbourne CBD

Peter Martin Australians are piling in to Melbourne's central business district at a record rate.

Crime figures and bikies running illegal labour rorts on big building sites

Cameron Houston and Chris Vedelago Hundreds of Chinese workers are being exploited by some of Australia's largest building firms in a lucrative rort that has seen criminal figures and outlaw motorcycle gangs infiltrate Victoria's...

Melbourne Express: Friday, February 14

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Gambling den may be linked to organised crime

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Deborah Gough Police are investigating links between an illegal gambling den and organised crime after they raided an Abbotsford warehouse on Friday night.

Taxi driver robbed, assaulted passenger

DIY jobs taxi

Rania Spooner and Caroline Zielinski A taxi driver accused of severely beating and robbing an intoxicated customer last weekend has attempted to draw $500 from the man's bank accounts.

'Booby trap' claim as $100k in parking fines issued in one street

Beau Donelly A short inner-suburban street has raked in $99,450 in parking fines in one year - and residents are crying foul.

'Blowtorch' threat against road-link builders

A rally opposed to the East West tunnel

Alana Schetzer Opponents of the east-west link have pledged to move their protests to the companies short-listed to build the multibillion-dollar project.

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Suspicious substance sparks evacuation - but likely harmless

Jane Holroyd About 50 people have been evacuated from a business in Melbourne's inner east this morning, with at least one person treated by paramedics.

What price a home?


Ian Munro A looming overhaul of public housing could mean higher rents and less security for tenants.

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Myer heist accused charged with a string of offences

More than three-quarters of the guns were stolen from private homes, either through targeted thefts or opportunistically during burglaries.

Adrian Lowe Two men charged with an armed robbery at Myer's Bourke Street store on Saturday are also accused of committing a series of burglaries in several Melbourne suburbs.

Project bridges missing bike link

Bike path.

Adam Carey More than $250,000 allocated to build a new bridge across the Yarra River in Abbotsford.

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Tumbling prices lure house buyers back to market

Mark and Sarah Adams are putting their Collingwood townhouse under the hammer.

Chris Vedelago Falling property prices, ironically, are proving to be a boon for vendors in Melbourne's inner north and east, as buyers are lured back into the auction market in the hope of scoring a bargain.

Townhouse plans spark fears for Yarra

An artist's impression of the proposal.

Jason Dowling Plans to build three luxury townhouses metres from the Yarra River on a picturesque spot in Hawthorn have angered local residents, councils and Melbourne Water, with many concerned it could set a...

CUB workers strike over brewery safety

Clay Lucas Workers at Carlton and United Breweries have gone on strike because of concerns over safety at the beer giant's Abbotsford brewery.

In the late night hours, strangers lament a life lost

Bar Etiquette in Sydney rd, Brunswick  the last place where Jill Meagher was seen in the early hours of Saturday morning before the disappeared.

John Elder The sign in the window of Bar Etiquette says: ‘‘Good drinks. Be nice.’’

Fintastic! Fresh idea to help fish scale new heights

The fish ladder will enable fish such as the Murray cod to swim upstream.

Carolyn Webb A dramatic new fishway will enable some fish species to swim upstream at Dights Falls, Abbotsford, for the first time in decades.

Building rules to protect Yarra and Maribyrnong

Yarra river.

Farrah Tomazin All new properties along the Yarra and Maribyrnong rivers will be subjected to mandatory height limits and environmental controls.

When a squeeze of ketchup says behold the sauce


John Silvester It is the chance of a lifetime - to explore the super secret security network inside the MCG on the biggest day of the Test calendar - Boxing Day.

The Lentil messiah or just a very naughty boy?

Shanaka Fernando, founder of Lentil as Anything.

Karl Quinn For this activist entrepreneur, ownership is more about actions than possessions, says Karl Quinn.

Police nab drink drivers on Australia Day spree

Chris Hingston An English tourist had his car impounded on Australia Day, after allegedly driving 67km/hour above the speed limit while drunk.