Letters to the Editor articles

Discriminatory terminology 

Repeating the discriminatory terminology used by a persecutor to demonise its victims is tantamount to aiding the cause of that persecutor.   I refer to: “Banished faith finds home in Melbourne”, issue 24 CBD News. Millions of innocent people have been persecuted for 17 years by the Chinese Communist Party simply for putting their faith

Is it really liveable?

Is the world’s number one liveable city really that liveable? Many of its streets and pathways are blocked off or bottle necked with restrictions and diversions for construction work everywhere. Where do the ordinary, everyday needs of people come into this, i.e. this fabulous liveability? It is often complete and utter mayhem, especially if you

Council must help animals

A recent (September 28) report in The Age highlighted a local case of extreme animal cruelty that the RSPCA is investigating in Melbourne’s CBD.  A dog was stuffed into a suitcase and dumped in a garbage room of an apartment tower. This dog has been abused over a long period and ultimately met a violent and horrific death.

Who benefits from market plan?

QVM redevelopment sounds good until you look at the detail.  Improvements can be made to the market without destroying it as we know it. Who benefits from the new plan? It won’t benefit shoppers. Having up-market restaurants and entertainment won’t help them.  People go to the market to shop, not to be entertained. It won’t


Keep up the good work Thank you for the CBD News. Your article “Walls go up on CBD space” was very interesting. I live opposite the Little Collins St site. A planning application was approved for a 16-storey office building on this site in 2011 which, thankfully, fell through (although it will remain current for

Good news from VCAT, but much more to be done

The Wesley Historic Precinct Action Group (WHPAG) congratulates the Melbourne City Council (MCC) for the firm stand its planning officers took in defending the city’s refusal of the town planning permit application by Brady Jones Pty Ltd for 109-111 Little Lonsdale St. It is indeed good news that VCAT supported the original refusal by the

Don’t hijack CBD paper

The CBD newspaper seems like a really good little newspaper for people who live in the city and Docklands areas. However, I must say that I was surprised at the attention given to the We Live Here lobby group. Actually it’s a great name for a group that truly represents the interests of residents in

Open exhaust pipes

Dear Windsor motorcyclist, I am a casualty night nurse who, like you, engages in a shift work timetable and, as you will appreciate, need my sleep. Due to your shift work and noisy arrival and noisy departure, I am awakened when I most need my sleep, after a sometimes heavy casualty shift, seeing many patients.

‘City Limits’: a different take

In the August 2015 issue of CBD News, Shane Scanlan, the editor, expressed considerable disappointment with the book City Limits by Grattan Institute academics Jane-Francis Kelly and Paul Donegan. While some disappointment is justified, I think his judgement is too harsh. Perhaps the authors should not have made bold promises to explain “why Australia’s cities

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