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A ‘beautiful set of numbers’

A ‘beautiful set of numbers’

Outlining the second quarter financial report to the February 10 Future Melbourne Committee meeting, chief financial officer Phu Nguyen told councillors the organisation was tracking towards a $23.36 million surplus against a budgeted surplus of $12.99 million. However, Mr Nguyen told councillors the end of year surplus was expected to be just $6.4 million. Mr

New technology, old culture

The CBD’s original cultural heart, the Athenaeum in Collins St, is still beating strongly after 175 years, with a spectacular celebratory performance at White Night on February 21. Three giant infl atable statues of the goddess Athena erected on its verandah were illuminated and enriched with imagery from the Athenaeum’s complex journey which started in

Let the sunshine in

With the inner city growing
 at a rapid rate, City of
 Melbourne councillors 
have initiated a review of
 “sunlight to public spaces”
 planning policy. Proposed by Greens councillors Cathy
 Oke and Rohan Leppert, the review will 
look at the adequacy of a 16-year-old
 policy which is less concerned with overshadowing
 of parks and gardens than

Chill factor for White Night

The February 21 White Night arts festival was more relaxed this year, making it more successful for participants than in 2014. The organisers changed a number of either Vancouver, New York or Hong Kong aspects to reduce the crowd crush at key intersections which gave the impression that fewer people attended. The attendance was similar

A psycho-explanation of climate denial

By Shane Scanlan How do you tell a vocal and passionate climate change advocate that they are part of the problem? Climate change activist George Marshall last month managed to diplomatically and skillfully explain to a cabal of fellow travellers at the Wheeler Centre that speaking too forcefully from the high moral ground often backfires.

Angus is flavour of the month

It’s taken more than 44 years, but photographer Angus O’Callaghan is finally appreciated. The 92-year-old’s work is currently being featured at the City Gallery in the town hall building in Swanston St. Speaking at the opening of the exhibition on February 11, Mr O’Callaghan told CBD News it was reassuring to have his work recognised.

Recognition for small businesses

With the 10th anniversary of the Lord Mayor’s Commendation Awards, this year is a special year for recognition of small business owners in the CBD. The awards recognise the contribution that small businesses make to the prosperity and fabric of the city and the search is on for nominees. Bronze award nominations are sought from

Density report ‘spin’ costs credibility

By Shane Scanlan Churchill Fellow Leanne Hodyl got a lot of airplay and column centimetres last month with the release of a report which concluded that CBD apartments are being built at four times the densities allowed in Hong Kong, New York and Toyko. The City of Melbourne planner further claimed Melbourne offered developers “cheap

Tram-jam anyone?

If you think CBD trams have become awfully crowded since they were made free in the New Year, you are probably right.  But there is no way of telling. Public Transport Victoria (PTV) admits that it has no way of counting numbers, now that passengers in the free tram zone (FTZ) are not required to

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