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Injecting room: No other site considered, as report looms

Injecting room: No other site considered, as report looms

By David Schout The Victorian government’s bid to open the state’s second safe injecting facility has only considered one contentious CBD site despite widespread rejection from key stakeholders, as the December release of a key report looms. The site at 53 Victoria St, located below affordable housing residents and near the Queen Victoria Market (QVM),

Elizabeth St upgrades put on hold again

By David Schout Much-needed upgrades to the southern end of Elizabeth St likely won’t begin until 2021, almost four years later than first planned. Once described by former Lord Mayor Robert Doyle as “grotty” and the “ugly duck- ling” of Melbourne, upgrades on the stretch of road between Flinders St and Flinders Lane were due

“Christmas is not cancelled”

By Katie Johnson The City of Melbourne’s annual Christmas Festival will help bring Melbourne back to life with a range of COVID-safe events and enter- tainment for all ages. From socially-distanced photos with Santa to a Christmas-themed picnic area at Argyle Square, the 2020 festival will run from November 27 to December 25 with the

Tram stops for bees?

City greening has become an influential idea in recent years. But what can it look like in Melbourne? How can we green our built-up CBD and its unique spaces? A focus group set up by the Committee for Melbourne (CfM) is pushing for the greening of tram stop roofs to make new homes for bees.

City Library’s lifeline

By Jake Pike The City of Melbourne will decide the fate of the City Library on November 24, just weeks before the library’s sublease is set to expire on December 15. Council management has recommended that councillors vote to accept a new two-year lease agreement, with the possibility of a third-year renewal, at the library’s

Should the council step in to regulate short-stay operators?

By Katie Johnson With the majority of the City of Melbourne’s (CoM) 180,000 residents living in apartments, residents’ groups across the city are proposing that the council forms a dedicated unit focused on the needs of apartment-dwellers. One of the major concerns cited during a Resident’s First meeting in October was the lack of regulation

Post-war heritage on show

The City of Melbourne’s Hoddle Grid Heritage Review is leading an overdue change in atti- tudes towards post-war heritage, according to the Felicity Watson of the National Trust of Australia. The council’s heritage review is aiming to secure heritage protection for 137 buildings and is open for public exhibition until December 17. Fifty-five of the

A good place for buskers

By Rhonda Dredge Every busker adds a personal touch to their performance and Jorge Cuba is taking his gig in Degraves St seriously. He’s arrived with a trolley of equipment for this prime spot in the CBD busking circuit. Before the pandemic, buskers had to audition and fill in a form at the Town Hall.

Free parking U-turn on cars

By David Schout The City of Melbourne will encourage motorists back to the city during the Christmas period by offering free on-street parking, despite existing policy that seeks to turn cars away in favour of pedestrians and cyclists. Amid concerns of post-lockdown hesitancy among public transport users, drivers would be lured back into the CBD

Getting your head around post-COVID

By Rhonda Dredge Even the CBD has become a village during the lockdown with small businesses slowly opening their doors and offering hospitality in intimate moments that would have passed unnoticed before the pandemic. When Raj Nair returned to work in November, he rang customers to let them know their favourite magazines were back in

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