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Green light for shed restoration

By Sean Car Heritage Victoria has given the City of Melbourne the go-ahead to undertake major heritage restoration works to preserve Queen Victoria Market’s historic open-air sheds.  As a key component of the council’s $250 million market renewal program, Heritage Victoria recently approved a permit for on-site restoration works, which Lord Mayor Sally Capp said

Where is Marriner’s Jazz Club?

By Meg Hill The long-awaited reopening of world-renowned Bennetts Lane Jazz club remains uncertain despite two rounds of planning approval. The club, dubbed by Lonely Planet as the world’s best, first closed in 2015, when its original owner Michael Tortoni sold the Little Lonsdale St property for redevelopment. Bennetts Lane had been operating for over

Red bikes in as city retries cycle scheme

By David Schout An Uber-owned company will deploy 400 electric bicycles onto Melbourne’s streets in March to fill the casual cycling void in the city. The City of Melbourne, alongside the Yarra and Port Phillip councils, announced the 12-month trial with Uber subsidiary Jump, whose dockless e-bikes are already being used in over 30 countries

Bike bans on busy footpaths

By David Schout Motorbikes will be banned from pedestrian hotspots in the CBD under a City of Melbourne plan to reclaim space for pedestrians. On February 18 the council voted in favour of a plan to ban footpath parking in eight locations within the Hoddle Grid, including overcrowded areas outside Southern Cross, Flinders St, and

Protecting nature in our city

Advertorial Did you know that the City of Melbourne is home to fluffy-pawed spiders, pobblebonk frogs and matchbox-sized microbats?  In fact, hundreds of different birds, reptiles, mammals, frogs, insects and fish species call our city home, along with a vast array of plants.  But climate change is placing significant pressure on our precious native animals

Cities unite behind new climate targets

By Sean Car The City of Melbourne is following Sydney’s lead in adopting more ambitious targets to reduce its carbon emissions.  Lord Mayor Sally Capp was joined by Lord Mayor of Sydney Clover Moore at Melbourne Town Hall on February 14 at the National Climate Emergency Summit, with the two leaders using the opportunity to

CBD bar in court

By Nick Obst The Fair Work Ombudsman recently launched court action in the Federal Circuit Court against the operators of a rooftop cocktail bar in the CBD. C&H Entertainment Pty Ltd, the operators of the Red Hummingbird bar at 246 Russell St, will face court in March alongside company director Don Haris Kumarage and manager

Needless new record set for declaring conflicts of interest

By Stephen Mayne – Former City of Melbourne Councillor While former Federal sports minister Bridget McKenzie and City of Casey councillors put on a masterclass when it comes to failing to declare or act upon conflicts of interest, the City of Melbourne councillors have gone to the other extreme. At the February 4 Future Melbourne

Pedestrian priority

By David Schout Plans for the busy southern end of Elizabeth St have been released by the City of Melbourne, including a basketball court-sized increase in space for pedestrians. The designs signal the first step of a wider effort to pedestrianise several parts of the street, which the council has called a “primary pedestrian thoroughfare”

Career moves for Wheeler Centre director

By Rhonda Dredge Wheeler Centre director Michael Williams has resigned after more than 10 years in the job and he spoke to CBD News about his decision. The Williams era at Melbourne’s solid bluestone Wheeler Centre is coming to an end and it’s time to sum up a decade of talks, events and programs aimed

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