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Fancy a rickshaw ride?

Fancy a rickshaw ride?

Come December and rickshaws will be a familiar sight in the city. The City of Melbourne has granted a three-month trial permit to Green Monkey Pedicabs to operate 20 pedicabs in the city. Despite safety concerns such as potential for traffic congestion on busy carriageways and safety of cyclists overtaking slower pedicabs in bicycle lanes,

This myth is busted

It is often thought that the CBD is mainly populated with young urban professionals and hipsters. But 93-year-old Bernie Greene who calls CBD home since 1996 busts this myth. And when he narrates his reasons for choosing to live in an apartment in the city, one can’t but feel nostalgic and warm. Holding dear memories

Residents find voice on planning

As the city population swells, CBD residents are beginning to find voice on development. Last month residents’ group EastEnders flagged becoming more involved and Melbourne councillors are looking at the merits of reinstating notification rights. Resident Bill Allan presented a strategy advocating activism to the EastEnders’ annual general meeting on November 11.  President Karin Dixon

Not ‘just’ a book launch

By Shine Dighe I walked into the Reader’s Feast Bookstore on Collins St prepared to cover a book launch. I did a double take as I approached the function area… did I miss the note on the dress code for the evening? The ladies in their beautiful dresses accessorised with pearls, hats and gloves and

Stay safe, say police

CBD police have reminded people to know their limitations so everyone can enjoy the festive season. City East Police Station commander Snr-Sgt Dale Huntington said there were three main factors to consider:  Planning a night out, staying safe and being wary of excessive alcohol. Snr-Sgt Huntington advised people to plan how they were getting home

Discover the CBD by bike

The City of Melbourne and Pop Up Playground are inviting people to take part in a new interactive game that will change the way they see the city.   Using a smartphone, a blue Melbourne Bike Share cycle and a helmet, the interactive game 1000 Cities turns the CBD into a mythical adventure where riders

New mega taxi rank

The City of Melbourne is trialling until the end of January a new late-night mega taxi rank on Bourke St. On Friday and Saturday nights, a section of Bourke St between Russell St and Royal Place will become a dedicated hub for people to safely and easily catch a taxi. Like the successful Queen St

Protest against removal of Palace interior

Passionate supporters of the Palace Theatre gathered on November 23 to protest the removal of interior fittings by developer Jinshan Investments. A member of the Save the Palace Committee discovered a large skip at the rear of the site in Amphlett Lane on November 21. Upon inspection, large chunks of interior plaster mouldings, smashed internal

Old club gets some girl power

Melbourne’s Kelvin Club continues its evolution from exclusion to inclusion with the election last month of three women to its board. The club is 150-years-old next year and was one of the first of Melbourne’s “gentlemen’s clubs” to admit women back in 1995. And the club is also breaching the generational divide with two of

Council compromised by donations

City of Melbourne councillors were unable to consider a planning application last month because too many of them had received election campaign contributions from the developer. On November 11, the Future Melbourne Committee was left without a quorum and was, therefore, unable to consider a Southbank planning matter relating to developer Central Equity. Central Equity

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