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Councillors compromise on housing strategy

Councillors compromise on housing strategy

After more than eight years of talking about it, the City of Melbourne has a housing strategy but no one, it appears, is very happy with it. Councillors debated the strategy in December and settled on a compromise.  The majority view was that any strategy was better than no strategy at all. To the proponents

Creative pathway

Young people between 13 to 25 years engaged with professional artists as co-creators during Signal 37. The summer art program was jam-packed with workshops, mentoring opportunities, conversations, exhibitions and performances. The program offered budding artists the chance to work alongside professional artists, develop skills across a wide range of art forms and gain accreditation, opening

Riding roughshod over the law

The clippity clop of hooves on CBD streets is soothing to most but is increasingly annoying to the City of Melbourne. The council and the horse-drawn vehicle operators are locked in a bitter battle over permit conditions compliance. Some operators, the council says, are now operating without street trading permits – presenting an even greater

High hopes for the ‘other’ east-west link

Proponents of the Melbourne B1 Veloway are confident that the new State Government will accept their novel idea to separate cyclists from CBD motorists and pedestrians. If accepted and finally built, the Veloway cycle path would be “clipped” to the outside of the 1.7km railway viaduct, passing over Banana Alley and six intersections, between Flinders

Call for plan for the central city

Some order may come to the apparent planning chaos within the CBD if City of Melbourne planning chair Cr Ken Ong has his way. Cr Ong wants the council to again attempt to lead a planning scheme amendment resulting in firm rules governing built form within the Hoddle Grid area. The council attempted four years

Central city is the new Wi-Fi hub

By Shine Dighe For residents and visitors constantly on the go, it doesn’t get better than in the CBD. First came the free tram zone in the city and now get ready for free WiFi as you make your way around town. Pilots programs by Net Bay Internet, the Victorian State Government with the City

Melbourne imagined as Manhattan

This stunning image of the intersection of Bourke and Elizabeth streets by master photographer David Simmonds interprets the CBD in the vision of New York. Mr Simmonds created the work late last year as one of a series commissioned by Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific for use in 84 deluxe suites in its new property

Jury is out on further smoking bans

The City of Melbourne has completed its consultation on three new potential smoke-free zones in the CBD. The council sought views on possibly banning smoking in Howey Place, Equitable Place and Block Place. The council says it spoke with stakeholders and patrons of the lanes, conducted surveys and also collected online feedback. It says a

End of the line for weather station

After 106 years of recording CBD weather, the LaTrobe St weather observation station has been closed. The weather bureau has moved the station to a new site at Olympic Park where, it says, the readings are less affected by urbanisation. Melbourne’s weather has been measured at the site on the corner of LaTrobe and Victoria

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