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Council criticises West Gate Tunnel EES

Council criticises West Gate Tunnel EES

By Sunny Liu The City of Melbourne has slammed West Gate Tunnel’s environmental effects statement (EES), calling it a “fundamentally flawed” project with no community benefit. Peter O’Farrell for City of Melbourne told West Gate Tunnel’s Inquiry and Advisory Committee (IAC) on the first day of the six-week public hearing that the EES was “inadequate”.

CBD traffic bottleneck

Collins St is a major traffic chokepoint in the CBD, with a projected speed as low as 4.6kmh in congested traffic. Recent research by McKell Institute shows during extreme congestion on Collins St, it would take as long as 1 minute, 18 seconds to drive just 100 metres. Across the Hoddle Grid, the average speed

Increase in dog attacks in CBD 

By Kate Mani  Dog attacks in the CBD have increased, with five serious attacks on people and five on animals occurring in the City of Melbourne in 2016-17.  This is a significant increase compared with the one serious attack in 2015-2016 and three serious attacks the year before. Of these attacks, five people and one

Complaints about brand new tower

Living in a tower that is regarded as an architectural beauty and an embodiment of modern urban living, Brittany Li said she did not feel the high-end living vibe. Ms Li and her boyfriend Alex Yang moved to a new high-rise residential building, Eq. Tower, on A’Beckett St last December. Developed by ICD Property and

City joins WeChat

The City of Melbourne has officially joined Chinese social media platform WeChat. The council’s international engagement chair Cr Philip Le Liu said: “Melbourne is the only local government in Australia to have access to WeChat’s audience of almost 1 billion people.” “As someone who uses WeChat every day I know this is a great way

CBD office market gaining strength

The latest research from Colliers International shows that the CBD office market continues to perform well for landlords.  Its Second Half 2017 report says prime effective rents climbed by their strongest rate since 2011, underpinned by strong rental growth over the year. “Premium grade assets experienced the highest net face growth rates, growing 18 per

Compromise on QVM

The City of Melbourne appears set to compromise on its Queen Victoria Market redevelopment by leaving intact half of the historic open sheds previously earmarked for removal and renovation. Council city design director Rob Adams recently outlined the changes to opponents of the council’s redevelopment plans for the market. CBD News understands that, rather than

Thanks, but no thanks – Doyle

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle has politely told opponents of the council’s Queen Victoria Market (QVM) redevelopment that he won’t be taking on their alternative development plan. At the council’s August 15 Future Melbourne Committee meeting, Cr Doyle said: “We thank you for your passion and the work you have put into it.  We are set,

Keep up with the keep cup

CBD cafes have joined the fight to reduce the number of disposable coffee cups by offering a discount for customers who use a reusable cup. The reusable cups, often called “keep cups”, are now sold at many CBD cafes and shops, encouraging more people to enjoy coffee in a more sustainable way. Non-profit organisation Tangaroa

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