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Art drawcard at a ‘good price’

A Covid-ravaged economy has delivered a “good price” in building the landmark Greater Dandenong Gallery of Art. The contemporary public art gallery will occupy the...

Draft hub’s ‘community feel’

Much innovation is hidden in the just-released Keysborough South Community Hub draft design, according to a Greater Dandenong councillor. The naturally lit building with copious...

Library turns ‘new normal’ leaf

Traditionally, libraries are regarded as quiet places. At Dandenong Library, which has re-opened under strict Covid-19 restrictions, this is especially the case. After being shut down...

‘Secret’ peace park discovery

Questions have been raised about the origins of a little-known International Peace Park in Springvale. Greater Dandenong councillor Matthew Kirwan asked about this “secret garden”...

Portrait of strength

From the darkness of war, Dandenong artist Humaira Fayazi finds ways to shine light on the heroics of women. The former refugee’s poignant works have...

Hub’s opening looms – with restrictions

The keen wait for the Springvale Community Hub is nearly over. As photographer Gary Sissons illustrates, the $50-million-plus facility is taking spectacular shape before...

Writers fest goes virtual

Greater Dandenong’s Emerging Writers Festival has moved entirely online for 2020 due to Covid-19 restrictions. It follows the council’s announcement to also virtually host its...

Driving in the movie lovers

After 10 weeks of closed gates, Dandenong’s Lunar Drive-In became a lone beacon for film buffs. On 1 June, the spacious four-screen complex was the...

Diners back on the blocks

VIP Kitchen’s chef Hai Yan, pictured, was back on the chopping board as Springvale restaurants re-opened for limited table dining from 1 June. Eateries...

Virtual cocktails for real comedy

A unique fundraiser for a vital Dandenong service will raise a toast to the nation’s acclaimed comedians in lounge rooms across Australia. Wellsprings for Women...

Fairy tale starts for Keysy filmmaker

With a larrikin style, Keysborough filmmaker Matt Bolin is making waves overseas with his adult-funny take on The Three Little Pigs fairy tale. His short...

Market stalls, auction re-open

Non-food stalls at Dandenong Market are re-opening on Tuesday 2 June as part of the easing of Covid-19 restrictions. The small businesses in The Bazaar,...

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SABA pioneer who dreamed big

OBITUARY YOUSEFF ‘JOE’ ABDUL GHALAINI 10.10.1935-17.6.2020 On 10 October 1935 in Beirut, a Dandenong-based pioneer of the retail industry was born. Youseff Abdul Ghalaini, who was known...