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High hopes for the ‘other’ east-west link

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

Parking has peaked in CBD

By Shane Scanlan Car parking has peaked in central Melbourne and is now in decline. The amount of on-street and off-street parking is shrinking, with implications for residents, retailers and the City of Melbourne, which has traditionally relied on parking as a primary source of revenue. The council’s finance chair Cr Stephen Mayne says the

AGM season

By Tom Bacon For a large number of owners’ corporations at this time of the year is time for the annual general meeting (AGM). The AGM is a compulsory meeting, and must be held every 15 months at maximum. All the usual motions must be put and resolved at the AGM – the existing committee

Loving the dramatic city light

By Antony Di Mase Image courtesy: Matt Irwin Recently there has been considerable media attention on over-shadowing by tall buildings on places in the city that we consider to be sacrosanct.   Just recently, it was reported that the high-rise buildings in Southbank would cast a shadow at certain times of the year on the

Green light for spending

Melbourne’s “people’s panel” has given a green light to the City of Melbourne to increase rates, sell assets, borrow money, spend more on “green initiatives”, maintain community services and cut capital works spending. In May, the City of Melbourne determined to bring together a representative group of 43 people to help guide the development of

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