Author Archives: CBD New

Baby it’s cold outside

By Maria Doogan, CBD worker One thing led to another and then another and I found myself reading an article about the recent discovery of the coldest known object in the universe.  An “ultra-cold” (great description right? – very unscientific!) nebula – colder than the natural background temperature of empty space, with a temperature of

City ambassador

Melanie Ashe said she was surprised by the rich sense of community when she moved to the CBD nine years ago.  After many years living in the suburbs, Ms Ashe was not expecting to make friends so quickly in the CBD. “Everyone seems to know each other around here, and that was a huge surprise.

Short-stays: Let owners decide

By We Live Here The Victorian Parliament’s Environment and Planning Committee has recommended significant changes to a Bill before Parliament aimed at regulating short-stay accommodation. After a successful campaign by We Live Here, the Short-stay Accommodation Bill was blocked in the upper house and referred to Parliament’s Environment and Planning Committee. The committee included Labor,

Sharing and taking in vertical villages

By Janet Corcoran, apartment living expert “Airbnb is not accommodation sharing, it is formalised lending. Uber is not ride sharing, it is a transportation service,” so writes John Harvey of the University of Nottingham.   And he continues, “The sharing economy is a harmful misnomer. It conflates people who actually share with those who make

Lost in Flagstaff Gardens: Warren’s Leash

By Meg Hill Badger, a one-and-a-half year old French bulldog, pretended to search avidly for his leash in Flagstaff Gardens on a cold winter Tuesday, ignoring his owner’s calls to go home. Badger’s owner, Warren, misplaced the leash somewhere in the grass and fallen autumn leaves. A few passers-by even stopped to help with the

Metro Tunnel Monthly Update: July

CBD North Happened or happening in June Piling in Franklin St, with about 100 piles to drill. Trucks will continue to travel in and out of the site, removing spoil and delivering concrete. More permanent site fences installed on Franklin St between Swanston St and Victoria St. Public artwork installed along the walkway on the

Owners’ corporations are not boring …

By Susan Saunders, Residents 3000 You live in a high-rise apartment. You think someone else looks after the property – wrong. As soon as you become the owner of a high-rise apartment you automatically become a member of the building’s owners’ corporation (OC).  It is the OC that is responsible for looking after the common

Aussie docos on show

The Melbourne Documentary Film Festival outlines an ambitious slate of feature and short documentaries direct from Hot Docs, SXSW, Doc NYC, Doc Edge, Traverse City Film Festival, Sundance, Cannes, Doxa, Tribecca and more. The focal points of this factual filmmaking festival can equally be divided between people on their own personal odysseys, society, community, family

Drawing a line in the sand: no more overshadowing at Birrarung Marr 

By Mark Marsden, Victorian Planning Reports Birrarung Marr is one of the city’s relatively new green spaces along the banks of the Yarra River that fulfils a number of different roles, including events, active and passive recreation. The closest high-rise buildings to Birrarung Marr are on the north side of Flinders St. These buildings are

Approval for twin tower

By Laurence Dragomir, Urban Melbourne Last month SP Setia announced it had entered into a partnership with Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts for its twin tower development at 308 Exhibition St.  It was formally approved by Planning Minister Richard Wynne following earlier support from the City of Melbourne. Located opposite Melbourne’s World Heritage-listed Carlton Gardens, the Cox

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