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Greens’ plan to “bring vibrancy and visitors back to our city”

Greens’ plan to “bring vibrancy and visitors back to our city”

By Brendan Rees. Photo by Murray Enders Subsidised rent to attract businesses to the CBD, making the city more liveable for long-term residents, and funding iconic arts festivals and organisations have been proposed by the Greens. With the CBD and Docklands having been hit hard by rolling lockdowns, the party said the pandemic had “fundamentally

New trees no noxious threat to CBD as council seeks to increase canopy cover

By Brendan Rees The City of Melbourne has backed its decision to plant new trees in the CBD despite the species being deemed a “noxious weed” interstate.  Thirty-three camphor laurel trees have been planted on Exhibition St to replace London plane trees to increase canopy cover over the city and introduce the ecosystem benefits it

Relief for locals as SA border opens

By David Schout Residents in the CBD and inner Melbourne are now free to visit South Australia after dubious vaccination data had threatened to deny long-awaited family reunions. Just prior to its border reopening on November 23, the SA government agreed to accept residents from the City of Melbourne without the need to isolate for

Readings set to open new chapter in CBD

By Brendan Rees A new Readings bookshop is set to open in Melbourne’s CBD, with managing director Mark Rubbo rejoicing that the city would no longer have lockdowns “hanging over our heads”.   While the independent Australian bookshop retailer saw revenue plunge by as much as 60 per cent at its State Library store during the

Electric buses to improve CBD air quality

By David Schout Some of the harmful diesel buses that run along Lonsdale St could be replaced with electric alternatives as early as June 2022, in a move that will lessen air pollution in the CBD.  During the next nine years, 341 electric and hybrid buses will be introduced into the metropolitan network, including a

Melbourne leading the way in reducing emissions

By Spencer Fowler-Steen The City of Melbourne has released the next iteration of its Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP) signalling an ongoing commitment to achieving zero emissions by 2040. It comes off the back of the council’s successful 2016-2020 ERP which achieved emissions reductions of 76 per cent since 2011 through actions such as solar installations,

A week in the life of Bourke St

By Rhonda Dredge The last days of lockdown were moving swiftly for those connected to the block in Bourke St between Little Collins, Elizabeth and McKillop streets. A new office tower was completed, residents were moving back into their heritage apartments and a famous tea house was re-opening.  The tower, at 405 Bourke, was completed

McKillop St to become the latest smoke-free zone

By Kaylah-Joelle Baker McKillop St is the latest area in the CBD where clean air will be given priority after the City of Melbourne approved a smoking ban. Situated between Bourke and Little Collins streets, a plan for the narrow laneway to become a smoke-free zone was discussed by councillors at the Future Melbourne Committee

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