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Green light for tower despite overshadowing concerns

Green light for tower despite overshadowing concerns

By David Schout A 26-storey Collins St office tower has been given the thumbs up from the City of Melbourne despite concern from council officers about overshadowing. Office tower giants Dexus had proposed the development at the “Paris end” of Collins St behind the 139-year-old heritage-listed Melville House. But officers recommended councillors reject the application

Residential lockdown begins

By Rhonda Dredge This is the kind of view many of elderly residents will have for the next few months as the CBD bunkers down to avoid the coronavirus (COVID-19).  Lynn Wenig lives on the fourth floor of a converted office block in La Trobe St. She’ll spend time watching city buildings and the greenery

Palace demolition begins

By Isabelle Harris The venue, a significant live music and performance space to many Melburnians, began life as a theatre in 1912, before rotating through use as a cinema, theatre, and church in succession. It was reinvented as The Metro Nightclub after the sale of the building in 1980, which resulted in a major internal

Underpayment charges

By Isabelle Harris A CBD clothing shop is under fire from the Fair Work Ombudsman for allegedly underpaying its staff. The clothing store 316 Melbourne and its operator Zurel Pty Ltd face charges for not adhering to a Fair Work compliance notice.  Fair Work Victoria also alleges the company and its director, Mr Ban Teik Chee,

Chart House lost

By Meg Hill City of Melbourne councillors have bemoaned their inability to save a corner of Melbourne heritage through a prolonged struggle over gradings and protection. Chart House, a cherished interwar era building at 372 – 378 Little Bourke St, will now likely be redeveloped into a 17-storey commercial tower. The nearby Melbourne House will

Gig economy grey area

By Meg Hill In November last year, food delivery drivers working for platforms like UberEats in the CBD were targeted in a Victoria Police traffic operation. Two hundred infringement notices were issued, with at least a quarter of offences relating to delivery bike users. A state government report into Victoria’s “gig economy” workforce is due

Spread art, not viruses

By Rhonda Dredge In March, Chinese curator Charlie Xiao was in McGraths Lane behind Tolarno Gallery putting up posters to promote his Instagram campaign #spreadartnotviruses. “We need to stay connected during the outbreak,” he said. “I’m inviting people to upload their artistic response to the pandemic.”  Already young artists from China have contributed pictures and a poster has

Council slams state, federal inaction on housing crisis

By David Schout City of Melbourne councillors have slammed upper tiers of government for a “disgraceful” response to the housing crisis and said “business as usual” would no longer cut it for the city. In passing a new draft affordable housing strategy, a piece of policy some conceded would not have the power to enact

Council well placed to support battling businesses

By Stephen Mayne At a time when small business is getting wiped out by the coronavirus (COVID-19), it was good to see City of Melbourne councillors nimbly come up with a $10 million support package at the Future Melbourne Committee meeting on March 17. City of Melbourne has the second strongest balance sheet of any

Telstra payphones get court approval

By David Schout The City of Melbourne has lost its long-running battle with Telstra over the right to install CBD phone booths on busy city footpaths. The Federal Court decision means the telco giant can proceed with rolling out new payphones in the city, a service the council argued was obsolete and, as they contain

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