The Local Melbourne, Victoria Area
There's plenty to do, see, and learn in Melbourne, Victoria.
Here's a short breakdown from Wikipedia:
Melbourne is the capital and most populous city in the state of Victoria, and the second most populous city in Australia. The Melbourne City Centre is the hub of the greater metropolitan area and the Census statistical division-of which "Melbourne" is the common name. As of June 2010, the greater geographical area had an approximate population of four million. Inhabitants of Melbourne are called Melburnians or Melbournians.
The metropolis is located on the large natural bay known as Port Phillip, with the city centre positioned at the estuary of the Yarra River (at the northern-most point of the bay). The metropolitan area then extends south from the city centre, along the eastern and western shorelines of Port Phillip, and expands into the hinterland. The city centre is situated in the municipality known as the City of Melbourne, and the metropolitan area consists of a further 30 municipalities.
Melbourne was founded in 1835 (47 years after the European settlement of Australia) by settlers from Launceston in Van Diemen's Land. It was named by governor Richard Bourke in 1837, in honour of the British Prime Minister of the day, William Lamb-the 2nd Viscount Melbourne. Melbourne was officially declared a city by Queen Victoria in 1847. In 1851, it became the capital city of the newly created colony of Victoria. During the Victorian gold rush of the 1850s, it was transformed into one of the world's largest and wealthiest cities. After the federation of Australia in 1901, it then served as the interim seat of government of the newly created nation of Australia until 1927.
Often referred to as the "cultural capital of Australia", Melbourne is the birthplace of cultural institutions such as Australian film (as well as the world's first feature film), Australian television, Australian rules football, the Australian impressionist art movement (known as the Heidelberg School) and Australian dance styles such as New Vogue and the Melbourne Shuffle.
It is also a major centre for contemporary and traditional Australian music. Melbourne was ranked as the world's most liveable city in the World's Most Livable Cities ratings by the Economist Group's Intelligence Unit in August, 2011. It was also ranked in the top ten Global University Cities by RMIT's Global University Cities Index (since 2006) and the top 20 Global Innovation Cities by the 2thinknow Global Innovation Agency (since 2007).
The metropolis is also home to the world's largest tram network. The main airport serving Melbourne is Melbourne Airport. Avalon Airport is currently being developed into Melbourne's second international airport.
Local Melbourne, Victoria Area News
Victoria plans 650MW renewable auction, plus two new solar farms
22 Aug 2017 at 4:47pm
Victoria?s state Labor government has unveiled the first ... It also announced that two new solar farms will be built following a tender to supply the Melbourne tram network with renewable energy. They are the 100MW Bannerton Solar Park near Robinvale ...
Drug death mural driving business away, Victoria Street traders say
22 Aug 2017 at 4:48pm
A new mural in the inner-Melbourne suburb of Abbotsford has angered some local traders. The mural, painted by artists Matt Thompson and Mayonaize near the corner of Little Charles and Victoria streets, features the words "You Talk We Die" surrounded by ...
What Is the Capital of Victoria?
22 Aug 2017 at 7:26am
The cityscape of Melbourne, the capital of the Australian state of Victoria. Melbourne is the capital of Victoria, Australia. The state of Victoria is incorporated into several municipalities for ease of governance and administration. There are seventy ...
Victorian Government to build two solar plants to fuel Melbourne?s tram network
22 Aug 2017 at 4:55pm
THE ANDREWS government will build two new solar plants to power Melbourne?s tram network ... Legislation, introduced to Parliament today, will mandate Victoria?s renewable energy targets to 25 per cent at 2020 and 40 per cent by 2025.
Queen Victoria Market vs South Melbourne Market - Melbourne Forum
22 Aug 2017 at 3:00pm
Hi, Will I find the same things in these 2 markets? I'll be visiting on a wednesday morning. I'll be looking for touristy stuff & maybe some clothes :) Would you recommend I visit both or just one? I read somewhere South Melbourne Market is near my hotel ...
Housing And Education Renewal In North Melbourne
21 Aug 2017 at 7:09am
The Andrews Labor Government?s renewal of a North Melbourne public housing estate includes provision for much-needed, new education and arts facilities, helping relieve pressure on inner city schools. As part of the development, North Melbourne Primary ...
Welfare drug test a "cheap" move: Vic govt
22 Aug 2017 at 5:03pm
It's better to support people to get off drugs rather than take a "cheap" populist approach of drug testing welfare recipients, Victoria's premier says ... than demonising people," he told reporters in Melbourne. "Rather than these pretty cheap approaches ...
'Proper snow' falls in central Victoria as Melbourne shivers
20 Aug 2017 at 11:10am
Snow has blanketed parts of central Victoria this morning as cold, wintry conditions end any hope of an early spring for Melbourne. Areas around Trentham and Daylesford woke to dustings of snow on the ground after flurries on Saturday. The mayor of Hepburn ...
2017 Royal Melbourne Show
22 Aug 2017 at 2:46pm
Celebrating 162 of years of bringing the country to the city this year, the Royal Melbourne Show is Victoria?s largest showcase of agriculture and is conducted annually by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV). Visitors to the Royal Melbourne ...
The Melbourne private eye and the senior cop: Police leaks investigated
22 Aug 2017 at 2:17pm
Mr Thompson was arrested and his Port Melbourne office raided by police on June 7. It is understood computer equipment and phones were seized, along with boxes of documents. Mr Thompson declined to comment. Victoria Police are becoming increasingly ...
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