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Mirvac’s iconic Olderfleet now complete

Mirvac’s iconic Olderfleet now complete

By Katie Johnson A new commercial tower has been integrated with the historic Olderfleet building on Collins St after Mirvac completed its development in September.   The 38-floor, 58,000 sqm building has been in the works for three years and cost more than $800 million to develop.  Mirvac head of office Campbell Hanan said that

The Last Dance

By Meg Hill Melbourne nightlife has been put on hold indefinitely in order to prioritise health and safety. But Murray Walding’s recently published book The Last Dance has uncovered some of its forgotten past. Murray grew up in Melbourne as the city’s swing and discotheque scene was booming. He would spend his weekends dancing in

Paragon tops out

By Giulia Raneri Melbourne Developer Beulah International is a step closer to completion of its $200 million CBD tower, Paragon, on the corner of Queen and Latrobe streets after it “topped out” last month.  In what has been a turbulent year for the developer, builder Multiplex continues to forge ahead under Melbourne’s current stage four

High-rise not told of COVID cases

By David Schout Central city owners’ corporations (OCs) are on high alert after news that managers at one of Melbourne’s largest high-rise apartment buildings were not informed by health authorities that residents had tested positive to COVID-19. After two residents tested positive at Southbank’s 72-floor Prima Tower, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

Greenline council rift

By Sean Car A leak from within the City of Melbourne regarding a “top secret” plan to connect the inner city with new green spaces and cycling paths has highlighted a divide within the senior ranks of council’s management.  On August 16, the Herald Sun exclusively revealed details and renders of the council’s “top secret”

Extending free trams would double costs and lead to “busier service”

By David Schout Extending Melbourne’s free tram zone to include the sports, arts and biomedical precincts would cause further congestion and leave the state government $15 million out of pocket, according to the Department of Transport. At the public inquiry into expanding the zone established by the Andrews Government in 2015, the department’s now former

We need your support more than ever

By Sean Car The CEO of Queen Victoria Market (QVM) Stan Liacos said market traders needed the support of local shoppers more than ever to weather the “major economic storm”. Like so many, the impacts of COVID-19 have been unprecedented for the market’s traders. But Mr Liacos said that current rules around staying within a

Council elections: what we know

By Sean Car While electoral rolls were due to close in only a number of days when the September edition of CBD News published, a lot was still unknown about the makeup of the October 24 City of Melbourne council elections.  August saw a spanner thrown in the works by the state government after a

Socialists set sights on city council

By Meg Hill In the upcoming City of Melbourne election on October 24, a fresh ticket will attempt to place socialists in the council chamber for the first time. The Victorian Socialists (VS) have launched a campaign with candidates for Lord Mayor, Deputy Lord Mayor and councillor positions – promising to “challenge big business and

Fed Square review released

By Meg Hill On August 22 the state government released its recommendations from the review of Federation Square initiated last year and announced an upgrade to the square. The review, which more than 1800 people participated in, found that Federation Square was valued as a place to experience arts and culture, to participate in exciting

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