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It’s Ellen again

It’s Ellen again

Melbourne MLA Ellen Sandell has defied a statewide swing to Labor to retain her seat by the same margin as last time – 2.4 per cent. Statewide, the Greens went backwards at the November 24 poll, with Ms Sandell’s victory the only real highlight for the party. Ms Sandell polled 3.48 per cent more than her

CEO warns on QVM commerce

By Shane Scanlan After nine months in the job, Queen Victoria Market CEO Stan Liacos has arrived at the same place as his numerous predecessors – that if the business and precinct is prevented from adapting, it may die. The City of Melbourne’s ambitious renewal plans for the market are complex and they have raised

Melbourne’s Garden of Gethsemane

By Meg Hill The gothic-styled Wesley Church on Lonsdale St, a congregation of the Uniting Church in Australia (UCA), is surrounded by scaffolding, with a 35-level office tower ascending next door. In the car park behind the church, now hidden by the construction-site hoarding, is one of Melbourne’s oldest trees. It has its own fence

Rimmer leaves a stain on council

By Shane Scanlan Melbourne CEO Ben Rimmer leaves a shadow over the council this month after failing to have his four-year contract renewed. Specifically, Mr Rimmer departs without concluding the process he engineered a year ago in response to sexual misconduct allegations against former lord mayor Robert Doyle. The yet-to-be-concluded inquiry by Ian Freckleton QC

Inspectorate raps Doyle candidates

By Shane Scanlan Councillors and candidates who ran on the ticket of former lord mayor Robert Doyle have been reprimanded by the Local Government Inspectorate over how they declared their campaign donations. The inspectorate on October 28 wrote to the “team” of Arron Wood, Beverley Pinder, Hope Wei, Kevin Louey, Nicholas Reece, Sue Stanley, Susan

People’s panel torpedoes civic space

By Shane Scanlan The “people” have torpedoed the City of Melbourne’s five-year ambition to relocate parking and trader amenities under Queen Victoria Market’s (QVM) heritage-listed sheds in order to build a new civic space. A council-initiated, 40-person “people’s panel” released 14 recommendations on November 23, effectively killing the development and also casting doubt on Lord

City takes three awards

CBD-based organisations won three of the eight Melbourne Awards this year. Melbourne Cricket Club won the Contribution to Sustainability award for its comprehensive waste management policies implemented since 2016. The club has pushed the innovative waste management and recycling system at the MCG to deal with the rubbish of more than 3.5 million annual visitors.

It’s never too soon

By Rhonda Dredge Intrepid locals have prepared themselves for the worst at a free defence workshop run by the Fitness and Martials Arts Center in Collins St. The centre put up a billboard in the street soon after the knife attack in Bourke St killed beloved Pellegrinis personality Sisto Malaspina and injured two others. Issues

Lots of love for local police

Decisive action, which quickly ended November 9’s Bourke St terrorist attack, has brought public accolades and respect for local police. Melbourne East police inspector Craig Peel said he was really pleased by a public outpouring of praise and respect that followed the murderous incident. He said the Flinders Lane police station had been inundated with

Murder of a neighbour

By Rhonda Dredge It’s 8 am and Pellegrinis on the corner of Bourke and Crossley has just re-opened. There’s soon a queue for coffee and a blanket of media waiting outside. Cameras are clicking and footage is being recorded. “I’ll come back later,” says a regular. Usually you can sit nondescriptly up at the counter

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