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Business counts the cost of holiday

Local businesses are hoping that Premier Daniel Andrews can admit a mistake and withdraw the grand final holiday by next September. Companies surveyed by CBD News were almost all universally damning of the holiday. Only William St barber Ibrahim El Osman was mildly supportive.  “City was quieter but we did OK,” he said. “But there

Melbourne Music Week offers up the goods

Back for its sixth year, Melbourne Music Week (MMW) was launched on October 7, announcing a jam-packed program, with over 100 events held across the city from November 13 – 20.   For eight days and nights, MMW will pry open basement doors, activate laneways, light up the silver screen and shake up the dance

Safer tram barriers

Local police are happy with revised tram stop barriers similar to one which almost claimed the life of an officer earlier this year. A 33-year-old senior constable came within millimetres of being killed in the early hours of June 16, when a pedestrian barrier pierced through his police van at the tram stop outside Federation

Thieves active

Local police have cautioned vigilance against theft. Acting Sen Sgt Peter Robertson of Melbourne East Police Station says bag and phone theft is particularly prevalent around Melbourne Central and QV.   “Statistics from these areas show up every month, but increases in the number of people also means more opportunity for thieves,” he said. Acting

No action on motorcycle parking

Motorcycles parked on CBD footpaths will remain legal following investigation by the City of Melbourne. Councillors in May asked officers to investigate whether motorcycles in narrow streets were impeding pedestrians. Acting engineers services manager Michael Norton reported to the October 13 Future Melbourne Committee meeting that surveys were conducted in July, August and September but

The debate about density

With CBD planning under review for the next 12 months, we can expect to see public arguments develop both for and against mandatory density controls. Speaking at separate forums in late September, influential planner Leanne Hodyl outlined a strong case for CBD density controls while Lord Mayor Robert Doyle spoke in favour of a more

When is a plan not a plan?

By Shane Scanlan The City of Melbourne launched its draft Last Kilometre Freight Plan last month, but is it really a plan? The council has expended a lot of time and effort (and money) getting parties together in search of innovative ideas around delivery of freight in the CBD. The process threw up a few

Festival kicks off with ‘Tanderrum’ ceremony

Words and photo by Katie Wong Hoy Thousands flocked to Federation Square on Thursday, October 8 for “Tanderrum”, the opening ceremony of the Melbourne Festival 2015. Traditional indigenous chants, clap sticks and smoke filled the air, entrancing the crowd as the five clans of the Kulin Nation united for the ceremony. Musical director of Tanderrum

Horse-drawn drama

By Jack Hayes An incident on Grand Final Day aroused new tensions between the horse-drawn vehicle operators, Melbourne Against Horse-drawn Carriages activists and the City of Melbourne. A teenager, who has since apologised for the incident, posted a video on social media of a horse lying on Swanston St, accusing its owner, Dean Chrichton, of

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