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Plastic bag-free CBD

Plastic bag-free CBD

The City of Melbourne is supporting the business community with preparing for the introduction of the state-wide ban on single-use plastic shopping bags. Acting Lord Mayor Arron Wood said the ban, which comes into effect on November 1, highlighted the crucial role businesses could play in reducing waste. “Our waste team regularly meets with businesses

Art grants

By Edward McLeish The City of Melbourne has awarded more than $800,000 to a diverse range of artists, as part of the latest round of its annual arts grants program. 70 artists and creative organisations have received funding for 2020, representing one of the largest cohorts of grant recipients ever funded by the City of

Market plans “a recipe for congestion”

By Sean Car CBD North residents continue to express concerns over the City of Melbourne’s proposed road and traffic changes as part of its renewal of Queen Victoria Market (QVM).  It comes after the council issued a public notice in September to discontinue parts of Franklin and Queen streets, which will form part of the

New homelessness deal on the table

By Meg Hill The City of Melbourne is close to securing a deal from the state government as part of a new approach to homelessness, according to comments made by the Lord Mayor.  Lord Mayor Sally Capp told a Residents 3000 meeting on September 5 that the state government had agreed to help fund a

Cash for containers

A “Spring Clean” of the CBD on September 21 called on the state government to establish a container deposit scheme (CDS) in Victoria.  As part of World Clean Up Day, more than 300 volunteers picked up 6120 litres of rubbish in the CBD over just two hours. One third of what was collected were beverage

Uncertainty rises despite improvements

By Sean Car The City of Melbourne’s latest renewal plans detailing the provision of new infrastructure at Queen Victoria Market (QVM) have failed to ease growing trader concerns of a day market on the decline. Councillors unanimously endorsed $38.9 million plans for new market infrastructure on September 17 in what Cr Rohan Leppert described as

Butts banned on Bourke

By David Schout Bourke Street Mall will be smoke-free from October 4 after overwhelming community support for a ban led City of Melbourne councillors to vote for its implementation.  Over 3000 people and 160 businesses were surveyed about a prospective ban earlier this year, including 1000 personal interviews on Bourke St.  Four in five people

Recycling resumes

The City of Melbourne and two other local councils restarted household recycling pick-ups on Monday, September 23 after SKM’s biggest processing plant reopened. KordaMentha took over the site and cleared 10,000 of tonnes of stockpiled waste and received a loan from the state government. The City of Melbourne was one of 33 local councils that

A grand donation

By Spencer Fowler Steen Developer Cbus Property has donated hundreds of furniture items from a recently closed four-star hotel on Spring St to homes set up by The Salvation Army across Melbourne. Beds, couches, ironing boards, lamps and other pieces of furniture were lugged out of the 164-room Mercure Melbourne Treasury Gardens hotel in late

A green transformation of our city

Advertorial by Sean Car Director of City Design and Projects at the City of Melbourne, Professor Rob Adams, knows that changing the city doesn’t happen overnight.  The lead architect and urban planner has been helping drive the vision for sustainable development in the city since the 1980s.  With inner-Melbourne’s population forecast to double by 2040,

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