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Double whammy for CBD traders

The previously joyous thoughts of another AFL grand final have turned to despair for city retailers who are about to suffer a double whammy on October 2. Not only will they have to pay severe penalty rates should they choose to open, city workers won’t be around because the State Government has gazetted a public

Book celebrates club centenary

Former Premier Jeff Kennett sees a future for declining RSL clubs by opening them up to “first responder” emergency service workers. Speaking at the book launch of 100 Years, Duckboard, Fighting Spirit, by Alan Jackson, at the Mail Exchange Hotel on August 10, Mr Kennett said the issues that brought returned soldiers together 100 years

Independence celebrations

Indian Independence Day was celebrated in style last month. Federation Square was the focus of the day on August 15, which saw a flag-raising, dancing and celebrity heart-throbs. The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne also kicked off during the weekend. A Bollywood dance competition was popular with 31 teams of dancers selected from around Australia,

Emergency intercoms

Emergency intercoms were installed at Queen St and King St taxi ranks last month. The federally-funded technology was launched on July 2. When pushed, the emergency intercom buttons connect to the City of Melbourne’s CCTV control room and capture images of the person who pressed the button. The two new emergency intercoms bring the total

Councillors consistently compromised

City of Melbourne councillors were unable to assess two CBD planning applications last month because too many of them had received election campaign donations from a party linked to the developments. Planning applications for a residential tower at 278 Little Lonsdale St and a mixed-use tower at 280 Queen St were listed for consideration at

CBD has the highest wages

Docklands and CBD workers are the highest paid in the state, according to a new Federal Government report. The State of Australian Cities 2014-2014 report, which was published in July, includes a map showing the highest hourly rates in the state are being paid in postcodes 3008, 3000 and 3006 (Southbank). It reports that between

Pro-active policing

Local police are still concerned about the number of thefts of valuable from cars as well as bicycles being stolen within the CBD. Acting Snr-Sgt Lisa Prentice-Evans, of Melbourne East Police Station, said police Operation Multi continued to target multi-storey public and residential car parks within the CBD. She said about 30 vehicles owners were

‘Work with us on market’

Councillors reacted with passion to suggestions made at the Future Melbourne Committee on July 14 that consultation around plans for the Queen Victoria Market renewal was flawed. Trader and community representatives said that, despite voicing their opinions, their views were not represented in the final master plan, which was unanimously endorsed by councillors. Cr Arron

CEO says hang on for the ride

City of Melbourne CEO Ben Rimmer has told CBD residents to hang on for a fast and furious technological wave of change. Speaking to the EastEnders residents group at the Kelvin Club on July 2, Mr Rimmer predicted driverless cars would make up a “significant proportion” of CBD traffic within 10 years. He said the

‘Ask the people’ on wages

Melbourne councillor Stephen Mayne wants local citizens to provide independent advice to council ahead of formal negotiations for the next Enterprise Agreement for more than 1000 staff. Cr Mayne told a business lunch at South Wharf on July 17 that a “people’s panel” would ideally be involved in providing a community perspective on wages and

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