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Palace Theatre update

Palace Theatre update

Comment on local heritage significance of the former Palace Theatre in Bourke St closed on March 20. The City of Melbourne advertised an amendment to the Melbourne Planning Scheme following a decision late last year to support some aspects of the building’s heritage significance. Specifically, amendment C241 – Palace Theatre Heritage Review –suggested three changes

Accommodation and Living Fair

Natsoko Kitamura (third from left) was the lucky door-prize winner of a suite of Ikea furniture at the City of Melbourne-sponsored Accommodation and Living Fair on March 12.  Also pictured are Residents 3000 president John Dall’aAmico, Ikea marketing manager Leonardo Ortiz and Leading Snr Constable Glenn McFarlane.

Council tackles city flood risk

The City of Melbourne is about to spend $20 million on a series of environmental initiatives, which will mitigate flood risk in the Elizabeth St catchment. Endorsing the Elizabeth Street Catchment Integrated Water Cycle Management Plan at last month’s Future Melbourne Committee meeting, Cr Cathy Oke said the council’s work was leading the world. She

Reverse discrimination on graves

By Shane Scanlan Aboriginal graves are to be given special respect and significance not afforded to the remains of thousands of Melbourne’s first European settlers under City of Melbourne plans for the redevelopment of Queen Victoria Market (QVM). Under the council’s recently-released master plan for the market, the small Aboriginal section to the north of

It’s night and I’ve got garbage on my mind

By Shane Scanlan Until you move to the CBD, you don’t really think much about garbage. It becomes a major issue, however, on your first night of sleeplessness, so the City of Melbourne’s current review of its integrated waste strategy is a locally compelling subject. Residents looking for a policy shift away from the nightly

Clustering for success

Working together is a formula for success in any enterprise, so when multiple businesses co-operate, the results are even better. On March 12, Lord Mayor Robert Doyle (centre) opened “The Cluster’s” second shared workplace space at 31 Queen St.  The Cluster is home to more than 250 business who turn over more than $200 million.

Council ire on property tax

The City of Melbourne has warned the Federal Government to keep its fingers out of the property-based taxation pie. The Federal Government has announced an intention to raise $200 million annually from foreign property investors. But the council says such a tax would be counterproductive and would lead to diminished new property supply and, therefore,

Residents are the big spenders

By Shane Scanlan City of Melbourne residents spend four times as much as city workers in Melbourne’s shops, cafes and bars, new research has revealed. SGS Economics & Planning research shows that residents each spend $10,000 on retail and hospitality each year within the city. Workers spend $2500 each year on retail and hospitality, while

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