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Tensions run hot on bicycle plan

Tensions run hot on bicycle plan

A backlash against further advances towards Melbourne becoming more bicycle friendly was felt when Melbourne councillors discussed a new draft bicycle plan last month. In a direct reflection of polarised community views about cyclists, some councillors expressed thinly veiled resentment that cyclists were again being given non-deserved privileges. Councillors unanimously adopted for public consultation a

Call for discretion in CBD planning

Urban experts predict unaffordable apartments if mandatory planning controls continue in the CBD. Speaking at a Property Council seminar on October 8, Urbis director Sarah Horsfield said new mandatory Northbank shadowing provisions could halve the potential yield of some Flinders St properties. And Plus Architects director Craig Yelland says the effect of mandatory setbacks and

Begging program concludes

Police operation Minta concluded last month with fewer than usual CBD beggars being diverted into welfare programs. During August and September, local police worked with the courts, the City of Melbourne and welfare agencies to seek more permanent help for people found begging on city streets. Acting Sen Sgt John Petersen told a safety and

Homesafe implications unknown at this stage

Local police are wondering if the 24-hour public transport Homesafe experiment next year will be good or bad for the CBD. Sen-Sgt Paul Henry told a local safety and security committee on September 16 that police were using data modeling in an attempt to predict the outcome. “The closest comparison we can come up with

Old lane gets a new name

The residents adjacent to the city’s newest (old) laneway celebrated long and hard last month when their lane finally got a name. Commissioner Lane is now the official name for the lane beside the Grand Central Apartments in Spencer St. Resident Mike Kelly explained that the lane used to be called Southern Cross Lane, until

The city’s new men’s shed unveiled

By Sean Car The Melbourne Men’s Shed was officially opened on Monday, September 7 at Federation Square – a first for CBD residents. Lord Mayor Robert Doyle and Minister for Families and Children and Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos were among a number of distinguished guests who joined Melbourne Men Shed chairman Alan Seale to unveil

Convenience stores mirror growth

By Jack Hayes The burgeoning number of convenience stores in the CBD is a visible indication of the city’s massive residential population growth. After years of being serviced by the “bit players”, the local residential population has finally attracted the retailing attention of the “big boys”. Woolworths has entered the market in a big way

Food is the ultimate uniting force

By Katie Wong Hoy When Pheh Sze Teh (known as PS) migrated to Australia from Malaysia 10 years ago, she was a food lover with a big dream. In 2015 the CBD-based pharmacist consolidated FoodSocial, a network connecting food lovers across Melbourne through social events. “I always wanted to start my own business and I

Noise wars: A guide to CBD survival

By Shane Scanlan If you are thinking about living in the CBD, you would do well to find a spot in these three garbage-truck-restricted zones. The City of Melbourne bans garbage trucks in these areas between 11 pm and 6 am every night of the week: Flinders Lane between Swanston St and Mill Place and

Short-stays head back to Supreme Court

The long-running dispute between inner-city residents and short-stay apartment operators took another twist last month with the Watergate owners’ corporation (OC) voting to take its grievance to the Supreme Court. The Docklands-based OC was on the losing end of a recent Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) hearing which determined it had no power to

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