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Ugly blocks set to go by year’s end

Ugly blocks set to go by year’s end

By David Schout Eyesore concrete blocks at five CBD locations are set to be replaced by bollards, planter boxes and street furniture by the end of this year. Installed as a temporary measure by Premier Daniel Andrews in mid-2017 in response to the Bourke St tragedy earlier that year, the government pledged to replace them

$250 million back up

CitiPower is upgrading the electricity network in the CBD with work on its substation that will ensure the CBD is not without power for more than half an hour if an outage hits. The substation work in Chinatown’s Waratah Place laneway began in February.  CitiPower are digging four metres down to replace and connect cables

CBD a winner in council budget

By David Schout Streetscape, heritage and open space works in the CBD headline the latest City of Melbourne budget The 2019-20 draft budget includes a $166 million investment in capital works – its biggest ever. Residents will be subject to a “modest” rate rise of 2.5 per cent (in line with the state government’s rate

A Green gift

By Sean Car While Greens MP Adam Bandt is to be congratulated for tightening his grip on the seat of Melbourne, the result leaves many wondering why the major parties put forward such weak candidates.  After Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s Coalition government claimed a shock victory on May 18, Bill Shorten and Labor might be

Community left to cope

By Rhonda Dredge The east end community of the CBD has been forced to cope with the tragic aftermath of two murders since last November, with many blaming the increase in anger on the streets and the press for fuelling it.  One worker at the Heyday Hong Kong cafe spoke to CBD News about the

Council wages “war on congestion”

By David Schout The CBD will prioritise pedestrians and cyclists under a new 10-year transport strategy released by the City of Melbourne that aims to reduce the number of cars entering the city. The strategy includes plans to enforce 30kmh speed limits, parking prices that fluctuate subject to demand and the closure of “little” streets

Buddha’s Day

Federation Square was a sea of colour over the weekend of May 18 and 19 to commemorate Buddha’s Birthday.  The Buddha’s Day and Multicultural Festival is a major annual attraction, celebrating Melbourne’s multicultural and multi-faith society through traditional Buddhist ceremonies, arts, music, wellbeing lectures, world peace prayers, blessing ceremonies, children’s activities, food and much more.

New CBD police station

The CBD has a new police station, with officers from Melbourne East Police moving on April 17 from Flinders Lane to new premises at 202 Bourke St. The move was particularly gratifying for station commander Snr Snr Adam Tanner, who had been working in the move for about three years. Snr Sgt Tanner said the

Council sees the light with solar bins

By David Schout The City of Melbourne is getting smarter about its so-called “smart bins” and has recently moved a number of the solar-powered units into the sunshine. A number of the self-compacting bins, which hold around seven times the waste of a normal litter bin, have experienced power failures after their solar batteries failed

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