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Loving the dramatic city light

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

Exceptional trees protected

This English oak tree is one of eight on private land in the CBD to be included on a new Exceptional Tree Register. The register came about at the instigation of Cr Cathy Oke who, in 2008, was asked to assist some South Yarra residents who were concerned about the potential loss of some neighbourhood

Monumental occasion for Docklands

The stunning Monument Park is being unveiled this month in NewQuay in Docklands. The $3 million, 2000sqm sculptural park binds together seven sculptures by award-winning artist Callum Morton.  Each is based on a significant City of Melbourne monument, including the “yellow peril” (Vault), Burke and Wills and the Marquis of Linlithgow. A concrete facsimile of

Fancy a rickshaw ride?

Come December and rickshaws will be a familiar sight in the city. The City of Melbourne has granted a three-month trial permit to Green Monkey Pedicabs to operate 20 pedicabs in the city. Despite safety concerns such as potential for traffic congestion on busy carriageways and safety of cyclists overtaking slower pedicabs in bicycle lanes,

This myth is busted

It is often thought that the CBD is mainly populated with young urban professionals and hipsters. But 93-year-old Bernie Greene who calls CBD home since 1996 busts this myth. And when he narrates his reasons for choosing to live in an apartment in the city, one can’t but feel nostalgic and warm. Holding dear memories

Residents find voice on planning

As the city population swells, CBD residents are beginning to find voice on development. Last month residents’ group EastEnders flagged becoming more involved and Melbourne councillors are looking at the merits of reinstating notification rights. Resident Bill Allan presented a strategy advocating activism to the EastEnders’ annual general meeting on November 11.  President Karin Dixon

Not ‘just’ a book launch

By Shine Dighe I walked into the Reader’s Feast Bookstore on Collins St prepared to cover a book launch. I did a double take as I approached the function area… did I miss the note on the dress code for the evening? The ladies in their beautiful dresses accessorised with pearls, hats and gloves and

Stay safe, say police

CBD police have reminded people to know their limitations so everyone can enjoy the festive season. City East Police Station commander Snr-Sgt Dale Huntington said there were three main factors to consider:  Planning a night out, staying safe and being wary of excessive alcohol. Snr-Sgt Huntington advised people to plan how they were getting home

Discover the CBD by bike

The City of Melbourne and Pop Up Playground are inviting people to take part in a new interactive game that will change the way they see the city.   Using a smartphone, a blue Melbourne Bike Share cycle and a helmet, the interactive game 1000 Cities turns the CBD into a mythical adventure where riders

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