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Melbourne is the most secretive council

Melbourne is the most secretive council

The City of Melbourne continues to be the most secretive metropolitan council, with more than a quarter of its decisions being made behind closed doors. The state government on December 1 released its annual survey of local government performance, and Melbourne is getting worse when it comes to including the public. In 2015-16, the City

No end in sight for LaTrobe St traffic woes

Six months on, motorists are no closer to having full use of LaTrobe St where one lane remains blocked while adequate bracing is sought for the historic Russells Old Corner Shop. In June, the City of Melbourne effected temporary wooden bracing to the northern wall of the building due to safety fears. It issued an

Asian retailing is booming in the CBD

By Sunny Liu Asian hospitality operators and retailers are signing significant leasing deals at prominent CBD locations with strong market demand from students. CBRE’s retail services team has signed leases with Asian retail and hospitality operators who are paying rents as high as $400,000 each year around Chinatown, the northern end of Elizabeth St and

Learn to be sustainable

Sustainability Living Festival is again kicking off with some events in the CBD in February.  Town Hall Veggie Patch Reduce your “food miles”, or the amount of transport required to get your vegetables, by growing your own at backyards, balconies and even rooftops. Demonstrations of how edible plants are grown in small spaces will be

Outreach tackles CBD rough sleeping

By Sunny Liu Homeless advocates believe new assertive homelessness outreach teams in the CBD and suburbs can prevent more rough sleepers from coming to the city. In January the state government announced it would establish outreach teams to engage with rough sleepers and connect them with services and ongoing support in the CBD, Dandenong, Frankston,

Authority has no cladding powers

Owners affected by non-compliant flammable cladding are going to have to take direct legal action against parties they believe responsible, following a Supreme Court decision. On December 22, Justice Cavanough ruled that the Victorian Building Authority (VBA), did not have the power to order builder LU Simon to rectify works on six Melbourne towers. Justice

Bev’s for Bob

Beverley Pinder-Mortimer is back as a councillor and is this time donating her allowance to Father Bob Maguire. Cr Pinder-Mortimer said: “Essentially it will be my earned wage from now to the end of financial year 2017-18 as a kick-start for the Community Hub Campaign.” Father Bob wants to establish a community to bring much-needed

More share bikes coming

By Sunny Liu The clutter of dockless share bikes looks set to increase with more dockless bike share operators launching in Melbourne this year.  And, with state and local governments insisting the other is responsible, a regulatory response is looking increasingly unlikely. The City of Melbourne has confirmed that, in addition to oBike, some dockless

Vale George Ware Dixon

Long-time CBD resident, veteran, actor and teacher George Dixon passed away peacefully in December, aged 93. George is remembered as an admired and respected actor and teacher, brother, husband and uncle to eight nieces and nephews. He appeared in Beyond Reason (1970), A Thousand Skies (1985) and Clay (1965). George lived with his widow Lola

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