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Residents “shut out” from planning

Residents “shut out” from planning

By David Schout CBD residents are largely unheard in council planning matters and deserve a greater say in the city’s direction, a leading voice on citizen juries has said. Dr Stan Capp has proposed creating a panel of impartial residents to add a missing democratic layer in the city’s decision-making process. He said the council’s

Heritage tax dodges

By Meg Hill Owners of state-listed heritage buildings in the CBD triggered a tax loophole earlier this year and escaped hundreds of thousands of dollars in land tax. Now, a bid to drag local heritage overlay into the loophole could cause an inundation of new tax dodges.  Owners of the former London and Lancashire building

CitiPower road closure

Little Bourke St will be closed to traffic between Russell St and all of Waratah Place for 11 weeks from August as part of CitiPower’s CBD upgrades to the electricity network. Speaking at an East Enders resident group meeting on June 18, CitiPower and Powercor stakeholder engagement manager for major projects Kellie Wilson said that

Shared zone “an accident waiting to happen”

By David Schout A serious accident at a busy cyclist and pedestrian zone on Swanston St is “waiting to happen” according to a concerned user. In a detailed presentation to the City of Melbourne in June, cyclist and tram user Stephen Maguire detailed his experiences at the shared zone between Melbourne Central Station and the

Still no cladding loans issued

By Sean Car and Alex Dalziel Since the state government introduced its cladding rectification agreement (CRA) scheme in October last year, not a single loan has been granted to an owner affected by flammable cladding in Victoria.  In July last year, the state government announced that it would be introducing CRAs as part of changes

A stable space for young people in need

By David Schout A world-first youth crisis accommodation centre has opened in the CBD, in what providers hope will provide greater stability for the city’s young people doing it tough. The new 18-bed facility at Frontyard Youth Services on King St allows those aged 12-25 to be housed in the same facility that offers 24/7

Pro bono work brings rewards

By Rhonda Dredge Pro bono work has its pleasures. One definite plus is that you can be free and easy about allocating work, inviting rather than directing who should get involved.  When architect David Sutherland went in to brief his staff about the Melbourne City Mission (MCM) youth shelter job in King St, he asked

Tower evacuated

By Meg Hill The Liberty Tower apartment building at 620 Collins Street was evacuated late on June 23 at after a water main burst and flooded the basement. The water reportedly caused the electricity, heating and lifts to stop working.  All 240 units were evacuated and a relief centre was set up at Melbourne Town

Uber’s CBD air raid

Melbourne has been named by multinational transport giant Uberas one of three global locations to host its aerial taxi service trial in the CBD.  Uber Air seeks to link transport hubs, such as Melbourne Airport, to central CBD locations, with flight-testing due to begin in late 2020. The company said it planned to run commercial

Pre-polling proves a hit

Post-election analysis shows a high number of voters in the CBD cast their ballot paper before the May 18 federal election. As the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) reported further growth in pre-poll numbers, few places were as popular for “getting in early” as the CBD. Over 11,000 people cast their vote at the pre-poll voting

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