While we are all trying to navigate these challenging times, we have some positive news.

Last week we held the Annual General Meeting for 2020. The AGM happens once a year and is open to all the members to get involved.

While it is not the most exciting event of the year, it is an important and mandatory event for the City Precinct. However it was great to see over 20 attendees, making for a fantastic opportunity to connect with one another.

We would like to thank the previous executive committee who have been crucial in shaping The City Precinct: Melanie, Neil and Dan, thank you, we really do appreciate it.

The new committee is already working on contemporary and exciting projects, plus continuing projects already in the pipeline.

Our key focus for the coming months is to connect our members during these unique times.

Please don’t hesitate to get in contact, if you are looking for some business related information or have some suggestions that could benefit the City Precinct.

Nic Poltronieri, City Precinct President

Narelle Welsh, Windsor Hotel

Narelle works with all market segments to drive room nights, conferencing, weddings and events. She’s currently looking at all opportunities available to keep The Windsor visible in the market.

Narelle’s favourite COVID-19 coping mechanism is jigsaws – and currently knee deep in her 8th puzzle.




Maria Yebra, Laneway Learning

Maria Yebra is a Spanish expat, living in Melbourne for the past 13 years. Maria runs Laneway Learning, a non-for-profit that hosts accessible classes in anything and everything.

In her spare time, Maria can be found crocheting another mandala blanket, making Spanish churros or thinking about her next scuba trip.

Carl Whiteside, Chocoholic Tours

At Chocoholics, Carl offers walking tours that showcase the city’s chocolatiers, cafes, dessert bars and hotels. He welcomes over 2000 guests per year and is always on the lookout for new venue partners.

Carl is also a Theatre Director, working on independent productions at venues like The Butterfly Club and also touring productions for school children.

Bronte Price, Gay Celebrant

Bronte is a gay marriage and funeral celebrant and has married more queer couples than anyone else in Victoria. He also conducts LGBTIQ Inclusivity training. He migrated to Melbourne six years ago to work for the Victorian Ombudsman after a stint in Tasmania as Director of Regional Development.

In his spare time, Bronte’s a keen veggie gardener, keyboard player, and has a passion for clouds.

Taylor Beaumont-Whitely, Discovera

Taylor operates walking tours in Melbourne’s city centre, with the goal of showcasing Melbourne’s magic. He also works as a freelance marketer, primarily helping restaurants and cafes.

He is currently teaching himself the trumpet, and has been learning how to make gnocchi during lockdown.

Stephen McLaughlan, Stephen McLaughlan Gallery

The Stephen McLaughlan Gallery was established in 1994 and is a proud occupant of Melbourne’s iconic Nicholas Building.

Regular exhibitions showcase a committed group of contemporary artists in a welcoming and airy environment. Do drop in for a friendly chat or to enjoy our beautiful view.

John O’Sullivan, Depot Adventures

John is the founding director of Depot Adventures, one of Australia’s largest walking tour operators. He hails from the USA, but immigrated to Melbourne after years of working as a European tour guide.

He started Depot in 2017 to offer the European-style tours in Oz, and today welcomes 10,000 guests annually.

Hayley Haynes, No Vacancy

Hayley is co-director of No Vacancy, an independent gallery, cafe and events space that offers a platform for artists and creators at all stages of their careers.

Hayley loves meeting other small business owners and has an excellent forehand down the line.

Harry Liang, Fortune Partners

Harry specialises in tax compliance for small to medium size businesses and high net-worth individuals. In 2019 he started his own accounting firm, Fortune Partners, tailored to small business owners.

Harry enjoys hiking, and in 2019 he spent 20 days alone in the Patagonia region in South America.

Carly Michael, PhotoGenie
Vice President

Carly Michael is the founder of PhotoGenie – a photo organising and management business with a mission to save photos from being lost to the Digital Dark Age.She spent the last decade managing the photo lab at Michaels and is the 7th generation of her family to work on Elizabeth Street.
She’s a singer, a lover of adventure & travel and also has a degree in Behavioural Neuroscience.

Nic Poltronieri, Hearns Hobbies

Nic has been the owner of Hearns Hobbies since 2014. He studied engineering and worked in infrastructure projects in Australia and the Middle East.

He’s had a passion for hobbies since he was young, and truly enjoys the process of running his own business.