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Recycling goes solar

Recycling goes solar

By Marco Holden Jeffrey The City of Melbourne has proposed a $24.7 million investment in waste management infrastructure across the city, including two new waste recovery hubs and 51 solar-powered recycling bins. City of Melbourne environment portfolio chair Cr Cathy Oke said the project demonstrated the council’s commitment to reducing litter and encouraging reuse in

New Local Government Minister announced

Victorian Upper House Member for Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane was sworn in as the new Minister for Local Government on June 22.  The new appointment follows the sacking of former Minister for Local Government Adem Somyurek, and fellow Labor factional allies Robin Scott and Marlene Kairouz amid branch stacking allegations aired on 60 Minutes in

Council fast-tracks new cycling lanes

By David Schout New cycling lanes spanning the CBD and beyond will be installed in the next 12 months as the City of Melbourne ramps up its bicycle infrastructure pledge.  In a move that further accelerates a “bicycle-friendly city” shift, the council announced a raft of dedicated lanes that seek to both increase cyclist numbers

Hotel outbreak

At the time of publishing the July edition of CBD News, a cluster of 14 COVID-19 cases had been linked to the Stamford Plaza Hotel on Little Collins St.  A security contractor at the hotel, which has been one of many in the CBD quarantining return travellers, returned a positive coronavirus test on June 17,

Honouring the unsung heroes of the pandemic

By Marco Holden Jeffrey For every tale of hardship during the coronavirus pandemic, there has been another of kindness and selflessness. And in a one-off “community champions” edition of the Melbourne Awards, the City of Melbourne will recognise the hard work of the unsung heroes who supported their community throughout the pandemic and lockdown.  Lord

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

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