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Residents meet again

Residents meet again

By Meg Hill CBD residents’ group EastEnders met on June 15 for the first time since lockdown began in a Zoom meeting with Lord Mayor Sally Capp and Cr Jackie Watts. Twenty-four residents attended and were given a first-hand account by the Lord Mayor and Cr Watts of the council’s response to COVID-19. “Sally is

Strategy to ease life for elders

By Meg Hill The City of Melbourne is finalising its draft four-year plan to address the needs of older people living in the municipality.  The Melbourne: A Great Place to Age strategic plan was launched in October 2019 in an attempt to address findings that older people in the City of Melbourne were vulnerable. The

Mass protest makes a return

By Meg Hill After months of quiet the Melbourne CBD ws filled with tens of thousands of protestors on Saturday June 6, in a local iteration of Black Lives Matter protests sweeping the world.  The rally, organised by the Warriors of Aboriginal Resistance (WAR), was titled Stop Black Deaths in Custody – Justice for George

Yesterday, I was crying

By Rhonda Dredge It has been an emotional road back for businesses as they rebrand themselves for a different CBD in the interval between the old regime and the new. Some have taken advantage of the quieter streets to strengthen their connections with locals. In the old high turnover days, Corner & Bench in Hardware

Move to simplify apartment rules

By Meg Hill The City of Melbourne has moved to overhaul its relationship with apartment dwellers after three months of the COVID-19 pandemic revealed weaknesses. At a June 2 Future Melbourne Committee (FMC) meeting, councillors unanimously voted for a motion moved by Lord Mayor Sally Capp that noted the predominance of apartment living in the

“Hellmouth”: ground opens up on Collins St

By Marco Holden Jeffrey Some Melburnians were questioning if the end of the world was upon them when a sinkhole opened up on Collins St on Tuesday, June 2. The sinkhole – dubbed a “Hellmouth” by one online commenter – was discovered by a resident overnight and stopped eastbound traffic on the roadway between Queen

Fighting unemployment and climate change

By Katie Johnson To combat the two biggest challenges facing Victorians in 2020—climate change and COVID-19—the City of Melbourne has announced a new project to plant 150,000 new trees, shrubs and grasses in the municipality over the next six months.  Commencing this week, the “Greening the City” project will respond to the six per cent

Lighting up Chinatown

The City of Melbourne has begun installing 80 new permanent red and gold lanterns in Chinatown to brighten the precinct as more visitors return to the city.  Lord Mayor Sally Capp said the lanterns would adorn Little Bourke St from Swanston St to Exhibition St.  “Chinatown has been an important part of our city since

An apartment for the times

By Rhonda Dredge Local real estate agents Fletchers Projects has a property for sale directly across the street from the office they believe is ideally suited to the times. In the past, the two-level loft at 398 Elizabeth St might have been rented to students. But now there are not many around.  “I feel the

International student program resurrected

By Meg Hill The City of Melbourne will look to relaunch an old international student support program to help the community that has been badly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The council voted unanimously to undertake an assessment of The Couch International Student Program and consider funding a yearlong revival. The program ran in 2011

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