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Government, council remain tight-lipped on injecting room site

Government, council remain tight-lipped on injecting room site

By David Schout The state government and City of Melbourne remain tight-lipped about the location of a new safe injecting room in the city. In July a standoff saw city councillors reject a proposal for Melbourne’s second medically supervised injecting room (MSIR) to be located at the government’s preferred site near the Queen Victoria Market

Wide support for outdoor dining

By Rhonda Dredge Now is the time for cafes, pubs and restaurants in the CBD to dream large and put forward plans for extending service outdoors to laneways and pavements. Lord Mayor Sally Capp announced last month that $100 million would be available to re-open the central city (details on page 9). She invited businesses

The Greens lead with a CBD local

By Sean Car At the upcoming council elections, CBD residents will have the option to vote for one of their own in Apsara Sabaratnam – The Greens party’s candidate for Lord Mayor.  And Apsara isn’t just any ordinary CBD resident … she’s lived here for 19 years.  The Sri Lankan-born Sabaratnam last spoke to CBD

Plans revised for huge Bourke St bar

By David Schout Plans to turn one of the CBD’s oldest buildings into a stylish late-night venue have been revised following concerns from Victoria Police, the City of Melbourne and nearby residents. In April this year, hospitality and entertainment outfit the O’Brien Group submitted a planning application to turn the 1840s built Job Warehouse into

Should we be building more towers?

By Meg Hill A new development proposal endorsed by the City of Melbourne has raised questions regarding the future of towers and density in the city in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic. A Future Melbourne Committee (FMC) meeting on September 1, councillors supported a proposal for an office building to be built at 32-44

Susan Riley calls time on council

By Sean Car After a decorated 15 years on council, which included being the first woman to ever be elected Deputy Lord Mayor of Melbourne, the much-loved Susan Riley has said farewell to Town Hall ahead of the October 24 elections.  Having served under three different Lord Mayors and been a pioneer for women and

Residents assess their year

By Meg Hill Residents3000 held its annual general meeting (AGM) on September 3 with a meeting over Zoom where Lord Mayor Sally Capp addressed residents as guest speaker. Committee president Rafael Camillo presented his report to the meeting and said it had been an “honour” to serve as president despite the “very unusual year”. “It

Laneways to recovery

By Sean Car The state government has announced a six-month project to revitalise many of the CBD’s iconic laneways as part of its post-COVID recovery plans.  As part of the government’s Working for Victoria initiative, the program will see more than 150 jobs created with around 40 laneways to benefits from the upgrades.  The project

Development proposal to demolish Hub Arcade

By Meg Hill A development application to be considered by the City of Melbourne is seeking to demolish the Hub Arcade on Little Collins St and build a 12-storey residential hotel in its place.  The $35 million proposal would hold 135 serviced hotel rooms and ground floor food and drink premises, as well as two

City bears brunt of COVID-19 pain

By David Schout Inner Melbourne has suffered the worst economic hit from COVID-19 within Australia as a result of restrictions, according to research commissioned by the City of Melbourne. The local economy was set to suffer a $110 billion hit in the next five years compared with pre-pandemic projections, and see 15 per cent of

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