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We say, ‘yes’ to that

The City of Melbourne has allocated $50,000 to assist small, local publishers like CBD News. The council currently spends hundreds of thousands of dollars on corporate advertising with large media conglomerates, despite these publications having limited local reach. When adopting its 2015/15 budget at a special Future Melbourne Committee meeting on June 18, councillors accepted

Nominations are open

Small businesses in the City of Melbourne are invited to apply for the 2015 Business 3000+ Awards which recognise and celebrate their endeavours and achievements. Nominations are open now, and close on August 31. Some 47 Melbourne-based businesses have won the awards in the past 11 years, and this has led to increased exposure of

Bid for market heritage listing

By Sean Car Melbourne’s iconic Queen Victoria Market (QVM) will be considered for Australia’s National Heritage List as part of the City of Melbourne’s $250 million QVM renewal project. Appearing alongside Lord Mayor Robert Doyle at a press conference on Friday June 12, Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt announced that he had asked the Australian

Discomfort with police ‘hero’ tag

CBD-based Sen Sgt Paul Henry is embarrassed by the media feeding frenzy surrounding his assistance at a roadside birth in Wellington Pde last month. “Fair dinkum, all I did was hold the torch,” he said. Sen Sgt Henry was universally portrayed as a courageous hero for his role in an unscheduled birth on the evening

Heated argument over CBD ‘bubble’

Local real estate agents have taken issue with warnings that the CBD market is overheated. Kew-based Wakelin Property Advisers were quoted in the metropolitan press last month warning investors away from the CBD. Wakelin director Paul Nugent said CBD high-rise residential investors could expect difficulty finding and keeping tenants, flat-lining or falling rents and negative

Joan Kirner’s stamp on city council

Former premier Joan Kirner was remembered for her role in shaping the Melbourne City Council at the June 2 Future Melbourne Committee meeting. Lord Mayor Robert Doyle spoke of Mrs Kirner’s input into a document which, ultimately determined the current political structure of the council. Cr Doyle said: “I just want to focus on her

The CBD was a war zone

We often complain about unruly behaviour in the CBD but history tells us of a truly scary period in 1923 when Victoria Police went on strike. A display of numbered armbands on the wall of the City Gallery at Melbourne Town Hall look benign enough. But the story they represent is terrifying.   Similar armbands were

Angliss funding boost

William Angliss Institute is to train an extra 1800 students thanks to a funding boost announced by the State Government last month. The King St institute, which is celebrating its 75th year this year, has been promised an extra $4.47 million as part of a general boost to the TAFE system. The Government will fund

Dual news for lane

Goldsbrough Lane is to have a fortnightly farmers’ market and could become the city’s latest smoke-free zone. Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said 30 stalls would be part of the Goldsbrough Lane Gourmet Farmers’ Market, selling a variety of fresh produce and gourmet food from July 16. The Rotary Club of Central Melbourne Sunrise will operate

Police ‘not at fault’

By Sean Car Melbourne East Police believe “engineering issues” were to blame for an accident, which left one its police members in a critical condition.    The 33-year-old senior constable suffered severe injuries to the left side of his face in the early hours of June 16, when a pedestrian barrier pierced through his police

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