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Council to ensure no more eyesores

Council to ensure no more eyesores

By Aphrodite Feros-Fooke The City of Melbourne is encouraging owners of prominent but derelict CBD sites to take responsibility for their properties. The push is being led by the council’s finance and governance portfolio chair and environment portfolio deputy chair, Deputy Lord Mayor Arron Wood. Cr Wood said a review of the laws was currently

Little Bourke St reopens

Little Bourke St reopened on November 8 after a three-month closure for major security supply upgrades to the CBD’s electricity infrastructure.  The street was closed to traffic through a section of Chinatown in August. CitiPower crews dug four-metre deep trenches through the area and installed about 3.3km of conduit tubes.  Next year cables will be

A committee meeting to remember

By Stephen Mayne As the nation collectively groaned over petty partisan finger pointing about bushfires and climate change in recent weeks, there was a political ray of light emanating from the Melbourne Town Hall. The marathon 3 hour and 49 minute Future Melbourne Committee on November 12 will go down as one of the best

CBD roads resurfaced with used plastic

By David Schout While excess plastic on the city streets usually attracts a range of angry complaints, the City of Melbourne’s latest innovation is by contrast an environmental positive.  The council has begun resurfacing two of the CBD’s business streets using recycled plastics otherwise destined for landfill. By using items such as car bumper bars,

Collins St and the homeless debate

By Rhonda Dredge You don’t expect guys with a prime Collins St address to be altruistic but King Ng and Jay Hollerich are laying their cards on the table. They’ve both signed up to do a pro bono job on a city building earmarked for people experiencing homelessness. They are both “haves” – in the

City assault

Police are investigating an assault at a licensed premises in the CBD on October 26. Investigators have been told an unknown man assaulted the victim on level two of the Bourke St club at about 3am. The 40-year-old man was treated for non-life threatening facial injuries. The offender left with a group of people and

New foyer creates a buzz

Rhonda Dredge There’s still one floor available in the recently renovated T&G Building at the Paris end of Collins St and agents are advertising it as ideal for those with global interests. Former tenant KPMG has gone and the building has a new casual foyer complete with a bottle shop, patio, music and long, inviting

Caring for our city’s lost dogs

Summer nights and balmy days bring sensational festive celebrations in our city. For our dogs however, the bangs of fireworks and loud concerts can strike terror.  When dogs are found lost in the CBD, they’re collected and sheltered by the Lost Dogs’ Home in North Melbourne. The shelter rescued 550 pets for the City of

Voluntary housing measures have failed

By Meg Hill The City of Melbourne last month called for state-wide mandatory affordable housing provisions, admitting the developer-incentive policy had not secured any affordable housing in the city since it was adopted in 2014. “There is a shortfall of at least 5500 affordable rental homes in the City of Melbourne and that is anticipated

Unwinding with some wool

By Rhonda Dredge When you go to a Stitch & Bitch session you’re known by the patterns you choose to knit but it’s the stories that you hear that make their mark. There’s no use being modest about your choice of pattern or too philosophical about what keeps you going on a project.  “This is

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