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City Loop safety upgrade sits idle with no contractor in sight

City Loop safety upgrade sits idle with no contractor in sight

By Brendan Rees Workssites near Parliament Station and Flagstaff Gardens continue to sit dormant as the state government desperately tries to find a new contractor to finish a safety upgrade of Melbourne’s City Loop. The works have not been able to proceed since 2018 when the main contractor went broke.  The Department of Transport is

Island Wave moves to Kensington

By Sean Car One of Melbourne’s most well-recognised pieces of public art is moving from the Queen Victoria Market (QVM) precinct to Newmarket Reserve in Kensington.  Island Wave by artist Lisa Young has been located at the Queen Victoria Market roundabout at the intersection of Queen and Franklin streets since 2003 after being launched by

Fears bicycle theft from apartment buildings “increasing rapidly”

By Brendan Rees Concerns are growing because of bicycle thefts from city apartment buildings and car parks “increasing rapidly”, despite more people working from home.    New research undertaken by Bicycle Network has revealed the City of Melbourne topped the list when it came to reported bicycle thefts in 2020 with 1298 reports.    Yarra

Melbourne confirmed for electric scooter trial

By David Schout CBD locals will soon add “electric scooter” to their list of transport options as part of a 12-month trial set to begin in coming months.  The City of Melbourne was one of four local government areas selected to test the e-scooter hire scheme, alongside two other inner-city councils (Yarra and Port Phillip)

QVM traders fear livelihoods under threat as food court undergoes facelift

By Brendan Rees Food court traders at Queen Victoria Market fear they stand to “lose everything” as the market considers new operators for its proposed revamped food hall set to open in 2022.  The market has hired hospitality consultant Future Food to help find seven food and beverage operators for its revitalised food hall after

A park for COVID conditions

By Rhonda Dredge A new park has opened in the CBD during COVID without much fanfare, giving residents and examinees a much-needed outdoor place to have lunch in the sunshine. The park, on the corner of Market and Collins streets, is narrow and runs in a north-south direction. A gap in the skyline to the

Homeless no more

By Spencer Fowler Steen About 10 months ago, Shane moved to Melbourne’s CBD with nothing but a blanket and a scooter. He used to work in Queensland climbing and cutting trees for a living, until one day a debilitating injury put an end to his career. Currently living on a pension and with an organ

Melbourne Athenaeum to receive $200,000 upgrade

By Katie Johnson The iconic heritage-listed Melbourne Athenaeum theatre on Collins St has received $200,000 from the state government to conduct urgent conservation works.  The 170-year-old art and cultural hub will use the money to repair the roof and clerestory windows as part of the government’s $2.3 million Living Heritage Program.  Melbourne Athenaeum business manager

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