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Growing Urban Seedlings 

Growing Urban Seedlings 

By Sunny Liu Behind the concrete facade of the 174 Collins St building is a growing indoor community garden with a purpose to bring fresh urban-grown produce to local tables. Flourishing at the basement of Urban Seed’s Central House behind the Collins St Baptist Church, the micro farm is the brainchild of the Urban Seedlings

Council seeks heritage permit for QVM

The City of Melbourne has applied for a heritage permit to allow it to start work on its Queen Victoria Market (QVM) redevelopment. Some 20 documents of supporting material underpin its plan to remove half of sheds A, B, C and D so it can dig a four-storey services basement before reinstating the sheds. Heritage

Councils reach agreement to reduce oBike clutter

By Sunny Liu The Cities of Melbourne, Yarra and Port Phillip have signed an agreement with bike share company oBike to regulate the clutter of dockless bikes scattered around Melbourne. Since its launch in July, oBike has created problems with its dockless feature. OBikes have been found dumped in the Yarra River, thrown up on

CBD is a victim of its own success

By Shane Scanlan Melbourne is losing a part of its heart and soul because it has been too successful. The CBD is continuing to lose small, creative, unique and independent retailers from its little streets and lanes as rising retail rents force them out. Chain retailers and hospitality outlets are displacing quirky places to shop,

City of Melbourne councillor first-term report card

This month the Melbourne City Council will be one year into its four-year term. CBD News gives councillors a report card on their performance to date. Lord Mayor Robert Doyle Staked his lord mayoralty on tackling rough sleeping and succeeding with the Queen Victoria Market (QVM) redevelopment. Started the year with a clumsy attempt to

Council denies harming carriage industry

By James Manton The City of Melbourne has effectively shut down the city’s horse-drawn carriage industry but refuses to admit doing so. The council announced in May that it would no longer renew street trading permits from horse-drawn carriage businesses after they expired on June 30. Horse-drawn carriage operator Alex MacDonald says the council has

Even more government!

By Shane Scanlan Locals were introduced to a new concept in government on September 13 with the first Inner Metro Assembly at Albert Park. Some 200 people from the municipalities of Melbourne, Yarra and Port Phillip participated in a two-hour session that attempted to set priorities for the “region”. And while there was no shortage

Local democracy is fading away

By Shane Scanlan City of Melbourne councillors are making only about a third of the number of public decisions they were making 10 years ago. Between January and July this year, CBD News counted from minutes 131 decisions made in council and committee meetings. During the corresponding period in 2007, the number was 365. Even

No more unity on Chinese New Year

By Shane Scanlan The City of Melbourne has abandoned its united approach to Chinese New Year, which critics say has undermined the potential to build a significant international event for Victoria. The council in 2014 took action to co-ordinate marketing and branding of city-wide Chinese New Year activities.  It facilitated the establishment of Chinese New

Complaints about brand new tower

Living in a tower that is regarded as an architectural beauty and an embodiment of modern urban living, Brittany Li said she did not feel the high-end living vibe. Ms Li and her boyfriend Alex Yang moved to a new high-rise residential building, Eq. Tower, on A’Beckett St last December. Developed by ICD Property and

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