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CEO says hang on for the ride

CEO says hang on for the ride

City of Melbourne CEO Ben Rimmer has told CBD residents to hang on for a fast and furious technological wave of change. Speaking to the EastEnders residents group at the Kelvin Club on July 2, Mr Rimmer predicted driverless cars would make up a “significant proportion” of CBD traffic within 10 years. He said the

‘Ask the people’ on wages

Melbourne councillor Stephen Mayne wants local citizens to provide independent advice to council ahead of formal negotiations for the next Enterprise Agreement for more than 1000 staff. Cr Mayne told a business lunch at South Wharf on July 17 that a “people’s panel” would ideally be involved in providing a community perspective on wages and

Flower power to help business

They say good things come to those who wait so, after two years, Collins St traders are excited abut achieving a 12-month trial installation of floral planter boxes. Collins St Precinct vice-president Alister Reid raised the idea with the City of Melbourne in 2013 and is delighted that it has germinated and blossomed. Mr Reid

Street begging crackdown

CBD police will be cracking down on street begging this month. Acting Snr-Sgt Lisa Prentice-Evans said operation Minta would be conducted with the Salvation Army and the City of Melbourne. She said “begging alms” was a summary offence in Victoria but she fully expected most offenders would be directed into welfare support programs. She said

Council treads softly on apartment standards

The City of Melbourne has made a high-level response to the State Government’s Better Apartments discussion paper, without making any specific recommendations. The council’s response, which was endorsed by its Future Melbourne Committee on July 7, outlines a number of principles it considers important but couches its ideas in neutral language. The strongest recommendation is

As good as it gets

The musical theatre industry came together with local businesses on July 1 to explore ways of leveraging upcoming opportunities. The City of Melbourne-hosted business breakfast heard that Melbourne was about to experience the best line-up of musical theatre ever. Lord Mayor Robert Doyle encouraged retailers to make the most of the opportunity by working with

Short-stays are here to stay

Owners’ corporations (OC) hoping to ban short-stay tenants from residential buildings have suffered a setback with the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) ruling on June 29 that their ability to make rules is limited. In another test case centred on the Watergate building in Docklands, VCAT member Linda Rowland found that the OC did

Paint mates spray it up

Brothers Peter (left) and Paddy Holmes (right) and mate Ryan Scanlan (back) took advantage of a commercial opportunity to indulge their passion last month. The Adina Hotel in Flinders St engaged the crew to decorate the back entrance to the hotel with iconic Melbourne imagery. Paddy explained that a tram, Flinders St Station and Luna

Tram relocations to stay in CBD 

Some re-routed Swanston St trams will remain servicing the west of the city long after the Metro Rail project is finished. At a business briefing on July 10, Melbourne Metro Rail Authority CEO Evan Tattersall said the longer-term plan was to permanently route some Swanston St trams through the CBD’s west. He said it was

When is a “ban”, not a ban?

Editorial comment by Shane Scanlan In an intriguing media circus last month, Lord Mayor Robert Doyle managed to build a storm around a proposal to “ban” cyclists from three CBD streets without, apparently, using the word. Far from protesting that he was misquoted by the Herald Sun and distancing himself from the suggestion, Cr Doyle

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