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A difficult comeback for Spring St

A difficult comeback for Spring St

By Rhonda Dredge Allegations of branch stacking may be dominating the powerbrokers at Spring St, but locals along this prime piece of real estate are more concerned with getting the economy going.  Restaurateurs are opening up venues and residents are hoping to see more action in their “little village”. Di Stasio Citta re-opened last month

Angst over injecting room site

By David Schout The Andrews government has nominated a CBD site for the state’s second medically supervised injecting room (MSIR), but a number of key stakeholders have raised concerns about the location.  Community health facility Cohealth, situated near the Queen Victoria Market, is the state government’s preferred pick for Victoria’s second injecting room. An independent

Customs Square’s new life

By Meg Hill A piece of dead space CBD land has been picked as the site for Melbourne’s first “social enterprise cluster” in a new proposal by Good Cycles. The Customs Square precinct, opposite the Immigration Museum, is in the centre of Melbourne but is not well known by its name. The piece of land

“Carparking is not heritage”: Market Square charter endorsed

By Sean Car The City of Melbourne has finally adopted the charter for its new public open space at Queen Victoria Market (QVM) after a majority of councillors voted in favour of the initiative. The governing document provides the framework that will inform the space’s design and guide its future management and operations. The park

Residents seek exemption U-turn

By David Schout  CBD residents angered by plans to turn the 1840s built Job Warehouse into an almost 1000-patron bar will ask the new Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation Melissa Horne to change the 3am liquor licence exemption granted by now resigned minister Marlene Kairouz. In April, Ms Kairouz granted pub operators

Recycling goes solar

By Marco Holden Jeffrey The City of Melbourne has proposed a $24.7 million investment in waste management infrastructure across the city, including two new waste recovery hubs and 51 solar-powered recycling bins. City of Melbourne environment portfolio chair Cr Cathy Oke said the project demonstrated the council’s commitment to reducing litter and encouraging reuse in

New Local Government Minister announced

Victorian Upper House Member for Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane was sworn in as the new Minister for Local Government on June 22.  The new appointment follows the sacking of former Minister for Local Government Adem Somyurek, and fellow Labor factional allies Robin Scott and Marlene Kairouz amid branch stacking allegations aired on 60 Minutes in

Council fast-tracks new cycling lanes

By David Schout New cycling lanes spanning the CBD and beyond will be installed in the next 12 months as the City of Melbourne ramps up its bicycle infrastructure pledge.  In a move that further accelerates a “bicycle-friendly city” shift, the council announced a raft of dedicated lanes that seek to both increase cyclist numbers

Hotel outbreak

At the time of publishing the July edition of CBD News, a cluster of 14 COVID-19 cases had been linked to the Stamford Plaza Hotel on Little Collins St.  A security contractor at the hotel, which has been one of many in the CBD quarantining return travellers, returned a positive coronavirus test on June 17,

Honouring the unsung heroes of the pandemic

By Marco Holden Jeffrey For every tale of hardship during the coronavirus pandemic, there has been another of kindness and selflessness. And in a one-off “community champions” edition of the Melbourne Awards, the City of Melbourne will recognise the hard work of the unsung heroes who supported their community throughout the pandemic and lockdown.  Lord

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