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Snapped Melbourne

Snapped Melbourne

Winners of “Snapped”, a biennial photography competition by the City of Melbourne Libraries, were announced on May 15 after a record 2000 entries were sorted through. Nearly three times the number of entries submitted last time were submitted in this competition. The competition asked photographers to capture how people work, play, live and gather in

A true man of Melbourne

By Sean Car As a 14-year resident of the CBD, our community can rest assured that the City of Melbourne’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Justin Hanney has its best interests at heart.  Having started in the role in January, Mr Hanney was given the nod for the city’s top job from a field of

Homelessness as an election issue

By Rhonda Dredge On May 2 the Lord Mayors of the capital cities held a crisis meeting to put homelessness on the political agenda in the lead-up to the federal election, urging the major political parties to appoint a Homelessness Minister to Cabinet. “Rough sleeping in our city streets is in danger of becoming entrenched,”

Bourke Street Mall could go smoke-free

By David Schout Smokers could be booted from Bourke Street Mall after the City of Melbourne sought public opinion on a smoking ban.  The popular retail and busking thoroughfare would become the 10th area in the CBD to go smoke-free, after The Causeway was the first laneway to prohibit smokers in 2014. Since then, areas

Ugly blocks set to go by year’s end

By David Schout Eyesore concrete blocks at five CBD locations are set to be replaced by bollards, planter boxes and street furniture by the end of this year. Installed as a temporary measure by Premier Daniel Andrews in mid-2017 in response to the Bourke St tragedy earlier that year, the government pledged to replace them

$250 million back up

CitiPower is upgrading the electricity network in the CBD with work on its substation that will ensure the CBD is not without power for more than half an hour if an outage hits. The substation work in Chinatown’s Waratah Place laneway began in February.  CitiPower are digging four metres down to replace and connect cables

CBD a winner in council budget

By David Schout Streetscape, heritage and open space works in the CBD headline the latest City of Melbourne budget The 2019-20 draft budget includes a $166 million investment in capital works – its biggest ever. Residents will be subject to a “modest” rate rise of 2.5 per cent (in line with the state government’s rate

A Green gift

By Sean Car While Greens MP Adam Bandt is to be congratulated for tightening his grip on the seat of Melbourne, the result leaves many wondering why the major parties put forward such weak candidates.  After Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s Coalition government claimed a shock victory on May 18, Bill Shorten and Labor might be

Community left to cope

By Rhonda Dredge The east end community of the CBD has been forced to cope with the tragic aftermath of two murders since last November, with many blaming the increase in anger on the streets and the press for fuelling it.  One worker at the Heyday Hong Kong cafe spoke to CBD News about the

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