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New pet plan

The City of Melbourne is implementing an amended Domestic Animal Management Plan for 2017-2021, which aims to create more dog off-leash parks and stricter cat management and pet waste collection. At the October 17 Future Melbourne Committee meeting, councillors unanimously endorsed the new plan, saying it would create a more harmonious environment for pets. Community

Emma’s journey hits CBD

By David Amaya After travelling 5700 km across Australia, Emma Timmis arrived in the Melbourne CBD on an Elliptical bicycle on October 13. She is trying to set a Guinness world record on a machine that is commonly popular in gyms.  As an outdoors sports lover, she was impressed by the buildings and the city’s

Noise? What noise?

Laneway venue Whitehart has received state government grant for an acoustic assessment to reduce noise, only a year after the City of Melbourne granted a planning permit denying nearby residents would be affected. The Whitehart bar in White Hart Lane built from shipping containers received 25 objections from residents citing noise concerns when owner Stephen

CBD doof spaces sought

By Will Tzaikos With summer in sight, Melbourne’s dance music scene scans the city for new spaces to throw parties in the afternoon sun.  Having seen a handful of late-night venues close their doors in the past few years, new venues and spaces within the CBD and inner suburbs for daytime doofs (parties or festival

New dog park

A designated dog off-leash park will soon open on the corner of Dryburgh and Miller streets in West Melbourne, making it the closet dog park to the CBD.  CBD dog owners will finally have the chance to let their pooches roam free at this purposely-built 2450sqm dog park, to be opened at the end of

Savage reaction to permit bid

The council’s application for a heritage permit for its Queen Victoria Market (QVM) ambitions marks a line in the sand in the political battle against the redevelopment. The council and its opponents are, on this issue, united in a clear expectation that a permit will be issued. But, while the council will see a clear

Council seeks heritage permit for QVM

The City of Melbourne has applied for a heritage permit to allow it to start work on its Queen Victoria Market (QVM) redevelopment. Some 20 documents of supporting material underpin its plan to remove half of sheds A, B, C and D so it can dig a four-storey services basement before reinstating the sheds. Heritage

Council wants a cap on CBD pokies

The City of Melbourne has resolved to lobby the State Government to apply a cap on the number of poker machines in the CBD, Docklands and Southbank. These three areas were deliberately excluded from a statewide limit of 10 machines per 1000 residents in 2001. But councillors now believe booming populations in the urban renewal

Were they conflicted?

The spectre of councillor conflict reappeared at the Future Melbourne Committee in October. The motion before councillors on October 17 was a planning matter concerning poker machines (see our story on page 7). At the last council election, Team Doyle councillors accepted $50,500 from the Australian Hotels Association as well as $10,000 from Crown director

Kay is commended for 50 years

By Sunny Liu Mother and daughter Muriel and Kay Craddock have been operating Kay Craddock Antiquarian Bookstore since 1965 and last month Kay was recognised with a Lord Mayor’s Commendation for 50 years of contribution to the CBD. Kay Craddock co-founded the Lord Mayor’s Commendations program with other small business owners in 2005 and said

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