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Councillor vacancy to become a saga

Councillor vacancy to become a saga

By Shane Scanlan The appointment of Melbourne’s critical 11th city councillor looks set to become a long and protracted saga, with a multitude of potential outcomes. Indigenous Voice candidate Brooke Wandin was successful at the October 22 election but resigned before being sworn in amid allegations that she was not correctly enrolled and, therefore, ineligible.

Council must help animals

A recent (September 28) report in The Age highlighted a local case of extreme animal cruelty that the RSPCA is investigating in Melbourne’s CBD.  A dog was stuffed into a suitcase and dumped in a garbage room of an apartment tower. This dog has been abused over a long period and ultimately met a violent and horrific death.

Red light for ‘facadism’

The City of Melbourne has recommended that a developer be refused a permit to build an 85-storey tower at 640 Bourke St. Councillors considered an application for support for the predominantly residential tower at their July 5 Future Melbourne Committee meeting. They supported their officers’ view that the proposal was: “an overdevelopment of the site

Boost for student welcome desk

The City of Melbourne has secured a $150,000 State Government grant that will guarantee its Student Welcome Desk will be open every day for the next three years. The funding will provide $50,000 a year to build on the successful expansion of the service, which this year started daily operations at Melbourne Airport. Lord Mayor

Smoke-free footpath proposal

Footpaths surrounding RMIT and City Baths could become the city’s next smoke-free zone. In a first for the City of Melbourne, the council will consider making major pedestrian thoroughfares smoke-free, pending findings from community consultation. New proposed smoke-free areas would include footpaths along sections of Swanston, Franklin, Victoria, Cardigan, Earl, Lygon, Russell and La Trobe

Is this a conflict of interest?

The City of Melbourne is enjoying a 12.5 per cent return on its investment in commercial car parks at the same time as it is using its planning powers to diminish supply. The council in May revealed in its draft 2017 annual plan and budget that car parks were its best investment earner. It has

Cloud over CBD share cars

By Shane Scanlan There is doubt over the viability of the share car service within the CBD since the City of Melbourne last year changed the rules and hit the three local operators with new fees. While six on-street spaces have since been added inside the Hoddle Grid, one operator has not applied for any

The emperor is naked

The childhood story, “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, comes to mind to describe the farcical “solution” the City of Melbourne is pursuing to rid the CBD of its nightly invasion by garbage trucks. Municipal engineer Geoff Robinson parades before councillors wearing a shining, green, innovative, compactor-styled infrastructure ensemble which has been shown to reduce the number

Even more garbage trucks in the CBD

As the City of Melbourne tinkers with an expensive, but minimal and piecemeal garbage compactor policy for the CBD, the number of nightly garbage trucks continues to grow. The number of companies registered to pick up waste and recycling in the CBD now sits at 40.  Back in February, when councillors were asked to endorse

Council turns to Spring St on bike parking

The City of Melbourne has called on the State Government to take action on provision of bicycle and motorcycle parking in the municipality. With the city’s footpaths becoming increasingly cluttered with bicycles and motorbikes, the council says planning reforms are needed to ensure new buildings include appropriate parking provisions. A recent review commissioned by the

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