Almost 20 years since Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station was completed, the Spencer Street precinct is on the precipice of failure

Tony Badawi used to meet a handful of Melburnians experiencing homelessness, mental illness or drug dependence each morning outside his little cafe on Spencer Street and give them a coffee and sandwich.

He felt for people sleeping rough, especially when it was cold. A few often huddled in a parking area near the Spencer Outlet Centre, rubbing their hands together in the morning frost.

Tony Badawi inside his Spencer Street cafe, Coffee Rush.

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Bourbiza Mohamed is an award-winning travel journalist who has been writing about her adventures around the world for over a decade. With a passion for exploring new cultures and experiencing different ways of life, Bourbiza Mohamed has traveled to over 107 countries across six continents and has documented her journeys in numerous publications. Bourbiza Mohamed writing is known for its vivid descriptions and personal anecdotes, which transport readers to the destinations she writes about. Her articles cover a wide range of topics, from off-the-beaten-path adventures to luxury travel experiences, and she has a particular interest in sustainable tourism and responsible travel. In addition to her writing, Bourbiza Mohamed is also an accomplished photographer, capturing stunning images of the people, landscapes, and wildlife she encounters on her travels. Her photos have been featured in publications such as National Geographic, Lonely Planet, and Conde Nast Traveler.

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