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Sally Capp promises to serve up Melbourne Restaurant Week

Sally Capp promises to serve up Melbourne Restaurant Week

By David Schout and Sean Car Melbourne would host a twice-yearly, week-long festival celebrating the city’s renowned restaurants and cafes, under a re-elected Lord Mayor Sally Capp.  Revealing her idea exclusively to CBD News, Cr Capp said Melbourne Restaurant Week would be modelled on New York’s famous festival which offered fine dining at fixed prices.

Cycling, pedestrian works ramp up in quiet CBD

By David Schout As the usually bustling CBD remains quiet under COVID-19 restrictions, the City of Melbourne is pushing ahead with key works before workers and visitors return.  The council has especially ramped up the installation of new protected bike lanes, while it is also transforming the CBD’s “little streets” into pedestrian priority areas. Long-awaited

Sustainability advanced in the City of Melbourne

By Maeve Bannister City of Melbourne councillors have unanimously passed two key environmental motions, combining as a major step toward the council reaching its goal of zero net emissions by 2040.    Planning Scheme Amendment C376 Sustainable Building Design, which went before councillors at the Future Melbourne Committee (FMC) meeting on September 18, defines standards

Hanging out in the CBD

By Rhonda Dredge During the long shutdown, the owners of some of the CBD’s most treasured hang-outs have turned inwards and reflected on their former prosperity. Johnny Vakalis, proprietor of the city’s most literary café, Journal, is one local who is rethinking his model. “Perhaps I was a little complacent,” he said. “Now you have

Council elections … here we go!

By Sean Car With candidate nominations having closed on September 22 and the City of Melbourne now officially in caretaker mode, voters can now meet the full field that’s in front of them ahead of the council elections on October 24.  With 59 candidates having lodged with the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) for the nine

Over the decades

By Meg Hill Dr Andrew Lemon wrote two essays for the local history book Melbourne’s Twenty Decades – one on the 1940s and one on the 1980s. Part of his family history helps to underline what he sees as the underlying factors behind the city’s changes. Presenting a talk on September 15 to a meeting

Awareness of voting rights for internationals questioned

By Wing Kuang Having resided in Melbourne for over two years, Archit Agrawal, an international student at the University of Melbourne, believed he knew Melbourne well. But he didn’t know he could vote in the upcoming council elections.  With COVID-19 restricting international travel, thousands of international students are still living in Melbourne. However, many of

B3000+ Awards go virtual

By Jack Hayes The Melbourne Business Network (MBN) took its annual B3000+ Awards night online for the first time on September 17, which proved to be a huge success. Celebrating the accomplishments of businesses and entrepreneurs within the City of Melbourne, the awards were ushered in by Lord Mayor Sally Capp, with other notable attendees

More student accommodation

By Meg Hill Despite COVID-19’s interruption to Melbourne’s international student world, a new development application is seeking to demolish a number of buildings to build a 28-storey student accommodation building. Accord Property has submitted the $70 million proposal to the City of Melbourne, seeking to demolish the existing buildings at 192-204 A’Beckett St to accommodate

New park to go smoke-free

By Giulia Raneri The City of Melbourne has unanimously endorsed a motion making its new Market St Park a smoke-free area, in accordance with its local laws.    The smoke-free area will be sanctioned in the park between Collins St and Flinders Lane after councillors passed the motion at a Future Melbourne Committee (FMC) meeting

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