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Grappling with Queen Vic Market management

By Meg Hill An expert on community participation has criticised the Queen Vic Market (QVM) people’s panel six months after it wrapped up, while the City of Melbourne (CoM) has revised the market’s ongoing management structure.  Dr Stan Capp, who discussed the topic of residents’ panels with Lord Mayor Sally Capp and Cr Nicholas Reece

Crime down

Latest crime statistics have revealed that criminal incident rates this year in the CBD have gone down by 3 per cent.   The figures from the Crime Statistics Agency (CSA), which tracked crime rates between April 2018 and March 2019, recorded a total of 15,842 offences in postcode 3000; down from 16,334 the previous year. 

City-first timber offices

Plans have been released for a 10-storey timber office structure above Melbourne Central shopping mall, pitched at the “socially conscious generation of worker”. The unique tower, dubbed Frame, will be the biggest timber building in the CBD and will sit atop the popular retail centre. Designs unveiled by Developer GPT Group are targeted at the

“Hack” Fed Square

By Meg Hill As Heritage Victoria deliberated on Federation Square and the state government worked on the public consultation process for its review, the square’s management invited the public to help co-design its future.  Hack Fed Square was co-hosted by Federation Square and Marketing Entourage on May 24-25 as part of Melbourne Knowledge Week.  Interested

CBD hotel sale

The Ibis Budget hotel on 101 Elizabeth St was put up for sale in June.  The three-star hotel has a central location between Collins and Bourke streets, with an immediate proximity to Flinders Street Station. The building has a notable Victorian – era façade and sits on a main shopping thoroughfare. It features 146 refurbished

Tower plan above heritage building praised

By David Schout Heritage activists have lauded an approved 19-storey office building atop the historic German Club as a “positive outcome”. The $24.5 million office building, approved by the City of Melbourne in June, will be set back 1.5 metres from the front and 5 metres from both sides of the 132-year-old building on Alfred

A night at the Nicholas

By Meg Hill The Nicholas Building contains its own collective oral history. It’s unverified and inconsistent, but stems from the imaginative character of the building and its tenants. During the building’s own “open house” on June 19, one oral testament held that in the ’20s “there was a pond in the building with a real

Calls for warmer street lighting

By Rhonda Dredge A new study has found that bright lights in the city can actually be disconcerting, making people feel unsafe as if the lighting is trying to cover up danger.  This was one of the findings of a forum on safety for women last month, hosted by independent lobby group National Council of

Local government reforms are a “backwards step”

Greens councillor for the City of Melbourne Rohan Leppert has slammed the state government’s proposed changes to multi-member ward structures as part of its plans for a new Local Government Act. It comes after Minister for Local Government Adem Somyurek announced on June 17 that the government was seeking the community’s feedback on six new

Capitol Theatre transformed

By Sarah Bartlett RMIT University’s iconic 1920s-era theatre has been transformed into a cultural and educational hub, which sees a valuable cultural asset delivered back to the community.  The 580-seat historic theatre at 113 Swanston St was officially reopened in early June by the minister for training and skills Gayle Tierney following five years of

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