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‘CBD News’ goes on the beat

‘CBD News’ goes on the beat

By Eva Garnes On a Friday night in December, CBD News joined Victoria Police as they patrolled the streets of the CBD. Every weekend the force’s Safe Streets initiative adds to the safety of those out enjoying themselves and, after witnessing what happens on the streets after dark, I can verify that the police have

Old newsstands nurture start-ups

Eight disused CBD newsstands have been leased to up-and-coming eclectic businesses to add vibrancy to the city. The City of Melbourne announced the successful bidders for the three-year licences at the end of last year. The successful applicants will pay $300 per month and were chosen against the council’s 2011 Street Activity Policy. Services and

Bridging the social gap

The newly formed Melbourne City Southbank Lion’s Club has identified improving access to social welfare services for migrants as its primary focus for its first year in operation. Having chartered in September last year, the group is now looking forward to actively engaging with the Southbank, CBD and Docklands communities in a bid to address

Slow start for night network

The State Government’s 24-hour public transport experiment has started slowly, with only 15,000 people using the late night service after its second week. Only 10,000 people used the train, tram and bus service in its first week. This compares with an average public transport patronage of 1.46 million per day, according to figures in Public

Business fears missing Metro Rail compo

A perfect storm of bad timing has CBD trader Gerard Kelly believing he won’t be compensated when the Metro Rail Project destroys his three 12-year-old businesses. While the State Government has pledged unspecific compensation for affected businesses, the City Square hospitality operator thinks he will miss out. This is because his lease expires late this

Music fest not a picnic for all

By Jack Hayes The January 17 return of the Melbourne chapter of Piknic Électronik disturbed some Flinders Street residents. Phoenix apartment resident Edward Sanders described the noise level in his home from the festival as “obscene”. The event will run weekly until April 3 at “The Paddock” in Federation Square. Mr Sanders said that, with

Report highlights vacant apartments

Up to 15 per cent of CBD apartments could be empty, according to a report released in December. According to Prosper Australia’s Speculative Vacancies 2015 report, some 2478 CBD apartments are likely vacant if water usage data is to be relied on. And local real estate agent Scott McElroy says he’s not surprised by the

New generation of street art

School holiday program in the CBD is an off-the-scale artistic indulgence for hundreds of appreciative young people. In the case of Lily Nguyen, 20, and Levi Mills, 13, they were able to spend a week being mentored by the likes of renowned street artist Adrian Doyle at Blender Studios in Franklin St. For others it

Please bother us

CBD police want to be bothered by locals who may have noticed any suspicious behaviour or annoying or dangerous incidents. Sen Sgt Adam Tanner said people probably felt that they shouldn’t bother police with their minor concerns. “But, actually, we’d love to hear from them,” he said.  “It’s only by piecing together the multiple bits

Flagstaff active on weekends

Trains are now stopping at Flagstaff Station on weekends. The State Government says the change will improve access to Queen Victoria Market and Flagstaff Gardens, and make it easier for workers and local residents in the area to get home safer and sooner. The long awaited opening of Flagstaff Station on weekends and public holidays

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