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Security upgrades complete

By Edward McLeish Pedestrians now have additional protection along the Bourke Street Mall, following the completion of security upgrades by the state government.  Minister for Police and Emergency Services Lisa Neville joined the City of Melbourne and Victoria Police to celebrate the state government’s $52.5 million CBD security upgrades. “We’ve worked closely with the City

E-scooters for summer?

By Meg Hill While the state government is yet to let e-scooters into Melbourne, Lime is gunning for a summer trial in either the City of Melbourne (CoM) or the City of Port Phillip.  The company has conceded to City of Melbourne concerns about the Hoddle Grid to further negotiations in the city while the

New CE at cohealth

By Edward McLeish Victoria St based health organisation cohealth has announced the appointment of Nicole Bartholomeusz as its new chief executive (CE). Ms Bartholomeusz said it was a privilege to be appointed to the role. “I look forward to ensuring that cohealth remains a vibrant, agile and responsive organisation serving communities with the best quality

The harms of gambling

By Spencer Fowler Steen Anna Bardsley lost ten years of her life gambling in Melbourne’s CBD.  During this time she spent tens of thousands of dollars on pokies – money she said she never would’ve dreamed of spending. But now, Ms Bardsley is performing in a play called What’s Your Gamble at the Melbourne Fringe

Pedal power polo

By David Schout Described as a mix between the horseback version of the sport and ice hockey, bike polo’s entrance into Melbourne’s sporting fabric is a fascinating tale of how an organically developed sport made its way around the world. Developed in Seattle, America in the 1990s by a group of couriers on their work

Tower approved for biotech giants

By David Schout The City of Melbourne has approved plans for a 17-storey tower at the north end of Elizabeth St, paving the way for biotechnology company CSL to move its global headquarters into the purpose-built facility in 2024. The 86-metre approved project, on a site owned by private developer PDG, significantly exceeded the preferred

GoBoat arrives

A new boating operator has landed on the lower Yarra River at the Banana Alley berth, offering customers a unique way of travelling on our river.  Having won a 10-year overnight berthing license from Parks Victoria in July, GoBoat Melbourne has since relocated its business from Docklands to Banana Alley just in time for the

Carshare offers interim recycling solution

A popular car-share company is working with the City of Melbourne to offer an interim solution to Victoria’s recycling crisis in September. On September 17, GoGet announced that members of its service would be provided free-of-charge access to vans to transport their recycling to their nearest waste transfer centre. GoGet Victoria and South Australia general

Blue bikes scrapped

By David Schout After the state government’s decision to scrap the blue bikes scheme, there will soon be no casual cycling options in the CBD. Just over a year since share bike company oBike packed its bags, the joint state government and RACV blue bike initiative will be removed on November 30 after it found

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