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End of the line for weather station

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

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

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