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The council election results are (nearly) in!

The council election results are (nearly) in!

By Sean Car and Jake Pike An early sample of City of Melbourne election votes suggest Sally Capp is a warm favourite to be returned as Lord Mayor, but she might still face a challenge from rival Arron Wood on preferences and donkey votes.   By the time CBD News published its November 2020 edition

FOMO: council activation revealed

By Sean Car As Victoria slowly emerges from lockdowns, the City of Melbourne will soon look to attract visitors back to the CBD and its much-loved venues, restaurants and public spaces with a “big old dose of FOMO (fear of missing out)”. In what comes as welcome news to the city’s businesses and residents following

On the campaign trail

By Rhonda Dredge The City of Melbourne council elections got underway in October with none of the stunts, meet-the-candidate events or the flamboyant billboards of past contests. Some are calling it the “sanitised election” with face-to-face canvassing virtually non-existent. There has been some letterboxing by the Victorian Socialists and The Greens. But the prevalence of

Outdoor dining fast-tracked

By Meg Hill Arrangements to kick start Victoria’s outdoor dining program have been sped up in preparation for Melbourne’s reopening.  A new planning exemption was announced by Minister for Planning Richard Wynne on October 21, and by end of the same week the City of Melbourne had issued more than 1000 outdoor dining permits –

Chinatown welcomes outdoor dining

By Wing Kuang As COVID-19 restrictions ease, the desire of restaurants in Chinatown to reopen and bring back crowds like the old days is stronger than ever.  The precinct’s many restaurant owners welcome the City of Melbourne’s outdoor dining plans as a means of reviving Chinatown but remain concerned about the economic and cultural realities

Questions over delays to council housing initiative

By Sean Car A scheme announced by the City of Melbourne more than a year ago to convert a building it owns in the CBD into accommodation for rough sleepers in collaboration with the corporate and philanthropic sectors has become beset with delays.  The initiative, which was announced on World Homeless Day on October 10

Retail reopens ahead of Christmas trading

By David Schout CBD retailers finally got their wish in late October as Premier Daniel Andrews gave the green light to reopen two months out from Christmas. After an anxiety-filled year, outlets forced to shutter on July 8 reopened on October 28 after a gruelling second wave of lockdowns in Melbourne. For 112 days, most

Market job a “smart phone detox”

By Rhonda Dredge International students are adding flair and imagination to the selling of products at the Queen Victoria Market (QVM) and market stall holders are helping them adjust to life in lockdown Melbourne.   When Hyung-Gil Shin arrived to study creative writing at the University of Melbourne he had never worked before. He now

Locals want space for dogs

By Meg Hill More than 250 locals have signed a petition asking for an off-leash area in Flagstaff Gardens.  The petition was started by a group of dog-owners who met through their efforts to secure an off-leash space. They’ve complained they have nowhere to walk their dogs off-leash in the CBD and have asked the

Biggest candidate forum yet tunes in for election debate

Residents3000 and East Enders hosted their biggest ever meeting on October 1 – a Lord Mayoral meet-the-candidates forum. Eight Lord Mayoral candidates took turns answering questions at the forum, which was also attended by a number of other residents’ groups, including the Docklands Representative Group, the Parkville Association, Southbank Residents’ Association, South Yarra Residents’ Association

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