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City divided on free trams extension

City divided on free trams extension

By David Schout As submissions closed on the parliamentary inquiry into expanding Melbourne’s Free Tram Zone (FTZ), key lobby groups remain divided on whether the zone’s boundary should be widened. In detailed submissions to the inquiry, the influential Committee for Melbourne (CFM) were at odds with commuter group the Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) about

Comedians crowned at Moomba launch

While this year’s Moomba Monarchs have been unveiled as comedians Nazeem Hussain (right) and Julia Morris (left), it was Mr Hussan’s mother Mumtaz (centre) who stole the limelight at the festival launch on February 12 after being crowned a temporary Moomba Monarch!   This year’s Moomba Monarchs were unveiled as comedians Nazeem Hussan and Julia

Virus hits local economy

By Meg Hill With politicians and economists predicting major hits for the Australian economy due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, local authorities are urging a proactive response. Economists have warned of the impact on trade of industrial shutdowns in China, while the economy has already felt the impact of a travel ban stopping international students

Hosier incident polarises the city

By Meg Hill On Monday, February 10, news broke that a masked group of people had paint-bombed half of Hosier Lane during the weekend. Footage showed the group of about 10 spraying paint out of fire extinguishers, filming themselves with a drone. The response, on one side, was to call the act vandalism and report

Green light for shed restoration

By Sean Car Heritage Victoria has given the City of Melbourne the go-ahead to undertake major heritage restoration works to preserve Queen Victoria Market’s historic open-air sheds.  As a key component of the council’s $250 million market renewal program, Heritage Victoria recently approved a permit for on-site restoration works, which Lord Mayor Sally Capp said

Where is Marriner’s Jazz Club?

By Meg Hill The long-awaited reopening of world-renowned Bennetts Lane Jazz club remains uncertain despite two rounds of planning approval. The club, dubbed by Lonely Planet as the world’s best, first closed in 2015, when its original owner Michael Tortoni sold the Little Lonsdale St property for redevelopment. Bennetts Lane had been operating for over

Red bikes in as city retries cycle scheme

By David Schout An Uber-owned company will deploy 400 electric bicycles onto Melbourne’s streets in March to fill the casual cycling void in the city. The City of Melbourne, alongside the Yarra and Port Phillip councils, announced the 12-month trial with Uber subsidiary Jump, whose dockless e-bikes are already being used in over 30 countries

Bike bans on busy footpaths

By David Schout Motorbikes will be banned from pedestrian hotspots in the CBD under a City of Melbourne plan to reclaim space for pedestrians. On February 18 the council voted in favour of a plan to ban footpath parking in eight locations within the Hoddle Grid, including overcrowded areas outside Southern Cross, Flinders St, and

Protecting nature in our city

Advertorial Did you know that the City of Melbourne is home to fluffy-pawed spiders, pobblebonk frogs and matchbox-sized microbats?  In fact, hundreds of different birds, reptiles, mammals, frogs, insects and fish species call our city home, along with a vast array of plants.  But climate change is placing significant pressure on our precious native animals

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