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Light the night

Light the night

The CBD was ablaze in light and colour during the White Night Reimagined festival in August.  A record 718,000 people attended the event over three nights from August 22 to 24, as the festival celebrated its seventh year in Melbourne.  Once again under the stewardship of artistic director David Atkins, the event featured more than

Police mark the city a “designated area”

By Meg Hill Certain police powers expanded over the past decade have become increasingly concentrated in the CBD as their focus has shifted to protests.     Victoria Police were given the power to declare a “designated area”, within which they have expanded search and move-on powers, in a 2009 amendment to the Control of

Fed heritage

Federation Square has been added to the Victorian Heritage Register after a year under interim protection.  The National Trust recommended the Square be added to the register in October last year in the midst of a protracted battle of activists and community advocates with Square management, Apple and the state government. National Trust CEO Simon

More congestion in the pipeline

By David Schout A $21 million upgrade to the CBD’s sewerage system will compound commuter delays within the Hoddle Grid for over 12 months. From this September until late-2020, a section of Lonsdale St (between Elizabeth and William streets) will be disrupted at various times to, according to City West Water, “help secure wastewater services

Library assault

Police are appealing to witnesses following a sexual assault at the State Library on June 27.  Investigators have been told a 20-year-old Melbourne woman was waiting outside the library at about 6.30pm. An unknown male offender approached her, struck up a conversation and asked to give her a massage before sexually assaulting her. Shortly afterwards

Heritage blocks plans

By Meg Hill The state government’s adoption of new heritage protections has ruled out a $1 billion project for Queen St – the third time plans for the property have been scrapped in six years. CBUS Australia had submitted a renewed demolition and redevelopment application for three neighbouring properties on August 5, the latest in

High-rise limits could ease by year’s end

By David Schout The state government could soften restrictions on new inner-city developments by the end of the year, according to the Property Council of Australia. At a recent Property Council luncheon, Premier Dan Andrews confirmed that changes to C270 planning controls were expected in the coming months. The C270 planning restrictions, which include mandatory

Council’s call to action on waste

Advertorial by Sean Car While local councils across the state continue working behind the scenes to resolve our recycling crisis, the City of Melbourne is encouraging its residents to play an active role in being part of the solution on waste.  City of Melbourne recycling program officer Ian Clarke caught up with CBD News last

Laneway protection

The state government has formally adopted new CBD heritage overlays proposed by the City of Melbourne in 2017. Planning Minister Richard Wynne approved the amendment on August 16. The protections emerged out of a 2017 report by architects Lovell Chen that was accepted and advocated for by the council. Amendment C271 gives the Guildford and

Future up in the air

By David Schout The future of the 136-year-old Hotel Windsor remains uncertain after Planning Minister Richard Wynne put his foot down and rejected a fourth planning permit extension for its redevelopment. Developer The Halim Group has planned to build a 26-storey luxury hotel at the rear of the building since first being granted approval by

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