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Recognition for small businesses

Recognition for small businesses

With the 10th anniversary of the Lord Mayor’s Commendation Awards, this year is a special year for recognition of small business owners in the CBD. The awards recognise the contribution that small businesses make to the prosperity and fabric of the city and the search is on for nominees. Bronze award nominations are sought from

Density report ‘spin’ costs credibility

By Shane Scanlan Churchill Fellow Leanne Hodyl got a lot of airplay and column centimetres last month with the release of a report which concluded that CBD apartments are being built at four times the densities allowed in Hong Kong, New York and Toyko. The City of Melbourne planner further claimed Melbourne offered developers “cheap

Tram-jam anyone?

If you think CBD trams have become awfully crowded since they were made free in the New Year, you are probably right.  But there is no way of telling. Public Transport Victoria (PTV) admits that it has no way of counting numbers, now that passengers in the free tram zone (FTZ) are not required to

Assault at karaoke bar

Melbourne North Crime Investigation Unit detectives are investigating a serious assault that left two people injured at a karaoke bar in the CBD last month. It is believed the male and female victims were drinking with a group of people at the licensed premises on Elizabeth St around 1am on January 11. The 25-year-old male

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

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