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White Night returns

The State Government has confirmed the return of White Night Melbourne on February 20, 2016. Despite the success of the 2015 event, the government had not confirmed next year’s event until August 10. The all-night festival attracts hundreds of thousands to Melbourne’s CBD, as lights and lasers beam striking images and captivating colours across landmark

Local retailers are being marginalised

Local brands are being pushed to the outer by cashed up foreign retailers, according to a new report by CBRE. In its Market View, Quarter 1, 2015 the real estate company reports an influx of luxury foreign brands into the “Paris end” of Collins St over the past year and predicts the trend will continue.

All alone, but still smiling

Steve Everett was quite alone when he came to town for Vietnam Veterans Day on August 18. The 69-year-old former national serviceman travelled down from Kilmore and was expecting to catch up with old mates.  But it appeared that numbers were down this year. “Maybe it’s too cold for them this year,” Mr Everett suggested.

Car sharing policy failing

By Shane Scanlan Car sharing is going nowhere in the CBD for at least 12 months following a botched new policy position from the City of Melbourne. Despite declaring an ambitious expansion target (2000 spaces by 2021), officers and councillors have succeeded in only confusing the industry and themselves about a way forward. The issue

Local police campaigns continue

CBD police are continuing current campaigns during September. Acting Snr-Sgt Lisa Prentice-Evans, of Melbourne East Police Station, said Operation Minta would continue through September in an attempt to wind back illegal street begging. “The Salvos, the council and Justice Connect Homeless Law have been fantastic,” she said. Acting Snr-Sgt Prentice-Evans said police had been working with

CBD tram stop plan revealed

The public has had its first look at the overall picture of CBD tram stop rationalisation thanks to the City of Melbourne. Frustrated by being asked their views on individual tram stop changes, councillors late last year asked to see an overall plan. The map supplied to councillors at their August 4 Future Melbourne Committee

Bringing the CBD to schooling

Tour company Education Destinations is bringing Melbourne’s CBD into secondary school learning. The company offers a number of excursions to the city across a range of subjects. There are opportunities to explore across the curriculum in the CBD, including fascinating themes like Melbourne’s Aboriginal heritage, the Gold Rush and sustainable design. A highlight of the

Council is rolling in cash

The City of Melbourne is making so much money, it can’t spend it fast enough. For the past three years it has failed to spend its capital works budget.  In the last financial year, it underspent its works budget by whopping $28 million. In speaking about the council’s financial performance in 2014-15, finance chair Cr

Princess Mary Club is still standing

CBD residents opposed to the demolition of the Princess Mary Club in Lonsdale St remain confident of success. Developer Leighton Properties wants to demolish the building to make way for a 33-storey commercial tower on the site. The Wesley Historic Precinct Action Group (WHPAG) reports that Heritage Victoria is organising a peer review of a

The great CBD rip off

Editorial comment, by Shane Scanlan Melbourne CBD residents are being short-changed when it comes to community services. About 40,000 people live within postcode 3000 and a further 6000 apartments are currently under construction. The residential population will soon be 50,000 – the equivalent of a major country town – and yet there are practically zero

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