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Resident joins in a rewarding run

Resident joins in a rewarding run

CBD resident and worker Sumathi Chatna describes herself as “not a runner”, but she is participating in a 10km run at the Melbourne Marathon on October 15 for a good cause.  Ms Chatna said she was inspired by her colleagues, who participated in last year’s Melbourne Marathon and raised money for charities. With the support

Market and State Library lead the way

By Laurence Dragomir, Urban Melbourne October brings with it warmer (hopefully) and longer days along with an update on some key projects happening within the city. Starting with the Queen Victoria Market where the City of Melbourne has voted to pursue a revised design proposal for the below ground operational area at the western end of

Citizenship is in demand

By Shantelle-Ann Marquis 108 Melbourne residents officially became citizens on August 23. Since September 2006, more than 6600 Melbourne residents have become citizens and, out of that number, 815 people had their ceremony after Australia Day 2017. The City of Melbourne has held 10 citizenship ceremonies and two “super ceremonies” to keep up demand from

Daily population boom in the city

Some 903,000 people are in the City of Melbourne municipality on an average weekday in 2016, a City of Melbourne population estimates report shows. There has been a 6 per cent increase from the 851,000 daily population in 2014. Among the 903,000 people, 136,000 were residents, which is up by 11.6 per cent from 2014.

Are bollards the answer?

By Chelsea Cucinotta In June this year, five-tonne concrete bollards were installed in prominent city locations including Federation Square, Flinders Street Station, Southern Cross Station and the Queen Victoria Market.  The blocks were installed to prevent future vehicle-based terror attacks in CBD hotspots similar to the January Bourke Street Mall incident, in which six people

Don’t expect an end of homelessness

The chair of the state’s rough sleeping strategy has cautioned people not to expect an end to rough sleeping on Melbourne’s streets. Speaking at the Council to Homeless Persons’ Victoria Homelessness Conference at Melbourne Town Hall on September 14, Tony Nicholson said seven objectives would be recommended when he reports to Housing Minister Martin Foley

Finger pointing over loss of heritage on LaTrobe St

By Shane Scanlan Residents, councillors and state politicians are pointing fingers at each other over the failure to protect the historic 488 LaTrobe St which is to be demolished to make way for a residential tower. Residents at the neighbouring low-rise Royal Flagstaff apartments blame Planning Minister Richard Wynne for failing to grant interim protection

Car-stacker inferno fears

City residents fear the collapse of a neighbouring proposed high-rise development if it is allowed to proceed because it will be built on the city’s biggest car-stacking system. Residents at 99 Spring St point out that the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) earlier this year issued a safety guideline recommending banning LPG-fuelled vehicles from Automated Vehicle

Artist urges rethink for the bay

By Rhonda Dredge Beautiful images of plant life washed into the bay, each with its place of collection labeled, its death throes, its disentanglement, posing questions, suggestive of whimsical ideas, bearing the cross of humans, floating away. These are some of the sentiments expressed by Rosie Weiss, whose show These Trees are Falling into the

Love is in the air

There was plenty of love in the Flagstaff Gardens on September 21. Melbourne City Mission’s Youth Action Group (YAG) was out in force, reassuring passers-by that world is a beautiful place but it can be improved with more compassion. The “Compassion Booth” was established in recognition of International Day of Peace and Non-Violence and its

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