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Cities unite behind new climate targets

Cities unite behind new climate targets

By Sean Car The City of Melbourne is following Sydney’s lead in adopting more ambitious targets to reduce its carbon emissions.  Lord Mayor Sally Capp was joined by Lord Mayor of Sydney Clover Moore at Melbourne Town Hall on February 14 at the National Climate Emergency Summit, with the two leaders using the opportunity to

CBD bar in court

By Nick Obst The Fair Work Ombudsman recently launched court action in the Federal Circuit Court against the operators of a rooftop cocktail bar in the CBD. C&H Entertainment Pty Ltd, the operators of the Red Hummingbird bar at 246 Russell St, will face court in March alongside company director Don Haris Kumarage and manager

Needless new record set for declaring conflicts of interest

By Stephen Mayne – Former City of Melbourne Councillor While former Federal sports minister Bridget McKenzie and City of Casey councillors put on a masterclass when it comes to failing to declare or act upon conflicts of interest, the City of Melbourne councillors have gone to the other extreme. At the February 4 Future Melbourne

Pedestrian priority

By David Schout Plans for the busy southern end of Elizabeth St have been released by the City of Melbourne, including a basketball court-sized increase in space for pedestrians. The designs signal the first step of a wider effort to pedestrianise several parts of the street, which the council has called a “primary pedestrian thoroughfare”

Career moves for Wheeler Centre director

By Rhonda Dredge Wheeler Centre director Michael Williams has resigned after more than 10 years in the job and he spoke to CBD News about his decision. The Williams era at Melbourne’s solid bluestone Wheeler Centre is coming to an end and it’s time to sum up a decade of talks, events and programs aimed

Coffee Palace tower endorsed

By David Schout A 34-storey office tower at the former Federal Coffee Palace site, one of the city’s “most missed” buildings, has been endorsed by City of Melbourne councillors.  The $1.5 billion proposal from Charter Hall at the corner of Collins and King streets features a plaza and laneway accessible to the public, with retail

Armed robbery

Melbourne Embona Robbery Taskforce detectives are appealing for witnesses after a watch worth more than $100,000 was stolen during an armed robbery in Melbourne in February.  Investigators have been told a man entered a jewellery store on Collins St about 10.40am on Wednesday, February 5. The man threatened staff with a syringe and smashed a

The day of the long report

By Rhonda Dredge When councillors travel overseas on the public purse they usually cobble together a couple of pages to account for their time, hoping they won’t end up in the tabloid press. When Councillor Nicholas Reece went to Copenhagen last September he was so impressed he churned out a 40-page report complete with recommendations.

An interior life

An exhibition on the fringe of the CBD is offering a glimpse into one of the country’s best collections of “beautiful things” hidden inside an old house-museum.  Fairhall is a two-storey brick house built in East Melbourne in 1860. It’s been open to the public as the home of The Johnston Collection since 1990. William

Celebrating International Women’s Day

Queen Victoria Women’s Centre (QVWC) will host a week of activities and events from March 2 to 8 to celebrate International Women’s Day.  Visitors to the QVWC, located in the heart of the CBD at 210 Lonsdale St, will experience a week-long celebration of women, culminating on International Women’s Day on Sunday, March 8.  With

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