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Council crackdown on motorbike parking

By David Schout The City of Melbourne could install “no-stopping” signs on some of the CBD’s busiest footpaths in a bid to free-up clogged walkways. As councillors step up their bid to “reclaim footpaths” as a key pillar of council’s 10-year transport strategy, motorbikes and food delivery bikes have been targeted. The strategy, a final

Beggar déja vu

By Meg Hill “Police have arrested 77 city beggars this year, many of whom were either drug users or professional beggars.” This is a familiar start to an article about city beggars. But it’s not from the recent news surge. It’s a Herald Sun article from November 2000. This July a similar, but arguably smaller,

Heritage push for Queen St

By Sean Car The City of Melbourne has welcomed a recommendation to extend heritage protections at the Queen Victoria Market (QVM) to include a 200-metre section of Queen St on the Victorian Heritage Register.  The strip of Queen St dividing the market (between Therry and Victoria streets) is the only section of the QVM precinct

Part-closure for three years

Local businesses on Flinders and Degraves streets can expect a challenging few years ahead, with one side of Flinders St to close to traffic for up to three years as part of construction of the new Town Hall Metro railway station.   Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan announced the extended closure on July 21,

Ardern graces our city

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was warmly welcomed by leaders and Melburnians during her visit to the CBD in July. As part of a brief Australian visit, Ms Ardern met with Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Victorian Governor Linda Dessau, Premier Daniel Andrews and Lord Mayor Sally Capp during a two-day visit to Melbourne on

Tax loophole finally closed

By Meg Hill The state government has quietly closed a tax loophole that cost it hundreds of thousands of dollars and threatened hundreds of thousands more.  Since the start of the year owners of state-listed heritage buildings in the CBD have used a loophole in the Valuation of Land Act 1960 to have their buildings

Owners’ fight pays off

By David Schout A retired couple have taken the fight to both builders and council over a gantry erected directly outside their CBD apartment window. After months of letters and complaints about the structure’s impact on privacy and natural light, their persistence finally paid off when the structure was removed in July. Judith and Michael

Brighter lights for Chinatown

New red lanterns are being trialled in Chinatown in what traders hope will further brighten the cultural precinct. Two aluminium lanterns were installed at the corner of Heffernan Lane and Little Bourke St in July, with feedback being sought by both the City of Melbourne and the Chinatown Precinct Association. If successful, the spherical lights

Government takes lead on cladding

By Sean Car The state government ended years of speculation last month when it pledged $600 million of taxpayers’ money to remove high-risk cladding from apartment buildings. Premier Dan Andrews and Minister for Planning Richard Wynne made the announcement on July 16, which followed recommendations from the final report of the government’s Victorian Cladding Taskforce. 

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