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Market vision rescued

By Shane Scanlan Lord Mayor Sally Capp has brought the City of Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market (QVM) project back from the brink. Cr Capp last year danced close to the precipice by instigating a “people’s panel” process to advise on critical infrastructure requirements and the project looked doomed when the panel last year recommended keeping

STAG ups the ante

Queen Victoria Market’s Stallholders and Traders Action Group (STAG) has pledged to reconvene and re-energise its advocacy on behalf of disaffected traders. Spokesperson Phil Cleary told CBD News, the group had recently incorporated and intended to pursue better outcomes for traders. He accused Queen Victoria Market (QVM) management of being autocratic and high-handed, and this had

E-scooters line up to launch in city

By David Schout Over 10 dockless electric scooter companies are vying to enter the Melbourne market in a bid to replace the “last mile” transport void left by O-bike. But ambitious operators are waiting on the state government, whose tough scooter laws remain unchanged. Despite big plans from companies to launch in Melbourne – including

CBD kiosks deactivated

Nine CBD kiosks will be removed by the end of the year after the City of Melbourne announced it would not renew the leases when they expire in November. All the rectangular shaped kiosks in the city will be removed, but the circular kiosks will remain. The council’s Street Trading Team Leader Hugh Kilgower said

Seven candidates to choose from

On May 18 CBD voters have seven candidates to choose between to represent them in the House of Representatives in the next federal parliament. Three-term Greens sitting member Adam Bandt, 47, again starts as favourite, with the ALP and Liberal parties throwing up new candidates and minor parties also in the hunt for the federal

$1.5 billion 555 Collins proposal

Charter Hall Group has applied for planning permission to build a 35-storey office building at 555 Collins St. If successful, the building will mark the first phase of a staged $1.5 billion development on a combined 4620 sqm, which also includes 55 King St. The proposed design includes an activated ground plane with connections between

New decking for Birrarung Marr

By Rowan Webb The City of Melbourne has acknowledged growing concern among local residents over the safety of the Birrarung Marr boardwalk. A council spokesperson confirmed a contract had been awarded to replace the existing timber deck.  One local resident and regular boardwalk runner told CBD News he had long held safety concerns about the

130 Little Collins listed

The Uniting Church Synod of Victoria and Tasmania has put its 130 Little Collins St office building on the market.  The building boasts a net lettable area of 3797 sqm, comprising eight levels of office, ground floor retail, and 15 car spaces, on a 651 sqm corner site with 53 m of frontage to Little

Queues a blurred line

By David Schout Footpath-blocking queues outside popular CBD restaurants and micro-shops has been described as a “difficult” and “no-win situation” by a City of Melbourne officer. And without a change to planning laws, it appears the issue will continue.  At a recent meeting with residents’ group East Enders, the council’s Street Trading Team Leader Hugh

Thinking small in waste management

By Rhonda Dredge Down a small alley off Flinders Lane, tucked at the back of a car park, a modest environmental experiment is turning food scraps from nearby cafes into water and compost.  Niall Haran, the co-ordinator of the experiment, takes off in his mini electric dump truck to collect the consumables. His is not

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