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Minister backs planning controls

By David Schout The Planning Minister has backed CBD development rules in light of criticism from the Property Council of Australia (PCA) that Melbourne’s “historic competitive advantage” was at risk. The PCA is calling for a bipartisan establishment of a city planning advisory group to review the C270 planning controls. Those controls, officially in place

P!nk’s concert crew lends a hand

Local charity The Big Umbrella was humbled and honoured to have the crew from the recent P!nk series of concerts volunteer on July 26 to help feed Melburnians in need. Big Umbrella founder Justin Dickinson said he was “blown away” that the international tourists chose to “give back” during some downtime on the local leg

We’re no longer “most liveable” 

By Niccola Anthony Melbourne has lost its title of world’s most liveable city to Vienna, despite nabbing its highest ever liveability score. The yearly ranking of world cities by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) gave Melbourne a liveability index of 98.4, a 0.9 increase from its 2017 score. Lord Mayor Sally Capp congratulated Melbourne for

Successful recycling initiative 

By Jacklyn Yeong 101 Collins Street has partnered up with Simply Cups to alternatively recycle takeaway coffee cups.  Within the first two months, 101 Collins Street’s new successful initiative saw over 10,000 cups recycled. The building management set up green tubes provided by Simply Cups at convenient points for cup collections. Building manager Peter Calwell

Councillors in love

Melbourne councillors have been smitten with admiration and praise for a proposed new apartment building on the site of the Mercure Hotel in Spring St. At the August 7 Future Melbourne Committee meeting, they were gushing in their praise for the proposed 125m, 34-storey luxury apartment building. Planning chair Nicholas Reece said: “This is an

No cash? You can now tap to tip

By David Schout Ever heard a brilliant busker playing on the CBD streets, reached into your pocket to give a tip, and realise there’s nothing there? As we move deeper into a cashless society, wallets void of coins and notes are slowly becoming the norm. And while contactless payment has made transactions hugely convenient for

The buck stops right here

By Shane Scanlan It’s hard not to be impressed by the man in charge of policing in the eastern half of the CBD – Inspector Craig Peel. Youthful, fit and vigorous, Insp Peel has a sharp wit and a big smile, which fails to mask a keen brain and devotion to the task and his staff.

Residents let down on short-stay Bill

By Shane Scanlan Residents hoping for a legislative solution to short-stay rentals in apartments will have to wait until at least 2021 for their next opportunity following the passing of the Owners Corporation Amendment (Short-stay Accommodation) Bill 2016 on August 8. The new law won’t come into play until February and the government has said

Another record night market

The Queen Victoria Market’s (QVM) winter night market continues to outperform, with another record season attendance this year. With still another week to go – the final winter night market for this season is being held on Wednesday, August 29 – average attendance has already smashed all previous records. According to QVM chief executive Stan Liacos, an

Council takes a radical U-turn on Queen Vic

By Shane Scanlan The City of Melbourne has abandoned its renewal plans for the Queen Victoria Market (QVM) and is throwing the market’s problems back on “the people”. At its August 7 Future Melbourne Committee (FMC) meeting councillors voted seven to four in favour of establishing a “people’s panel” of 40 members to re-examine what’s

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