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Council wages “war on congestion”

Council wages “war on congestion”

By David Schout The CBD will prioritise pedestrians and cyclists under a new 10-year transport strategy released by the City of Melbourne that aims to reduce the number of cars entering the city. The strategy includes plans to enforce 30kmh speed limits, parking prices that fluctuate subject to demand and the closure of “little” streets

Buddha’s Day

Federation Square was a sea of colour over the weekend of May 18 and 19 to commemorate Buddha’s Birthday.  The Buddha’s Day and Multicultural Festival is a major annual attraction, celebrating Melbourne’s multicultural and multi-faith society through traditional Buddhist ceremonies, arts, music, wellbeing lectures, world peace prayers, blessing ceremonies, children’s activities, food and much more.

New CBD police station

The CBD has a new police station, with officers from Melbourne East Police moving on April 17 from Flinders Lane to new premises at 202 Bourke St. The move was particularly gratifying for station commander Snr Snr Adam Tanner, who had been working in the move for about three years. Snr Sgt Tanner said the

Council sees the light with solar bins

By David Schout The City of Melbourne is getting smarter about its so-called “smart bins” and has recently moved a number of the solar-powered units into the sunshine. A number of the self-compacting bins, which hold around seven times the waste of a normal litter bin, have experienced power failures after their solar batteries failed

Market vision rescued

By Shane Scanlan Lord Mayor Sally Capp has brought the City of Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market (QVM) project back from the brink. Cr Capp last year danced close to the precipice by instigating a “people’s panel” process to advise on critical infrastructure requirements and the project looked doomed when the panel last year recommended keeping

STAG ups the ante

Queen Victoria Market’s Stallholders and Traders Action Group (STAG) has pledged to reconvene and re-energise its advocacy on behalf of disaffected traders. Spokesperson Phil Cleary told CBD News, the group had recently incorporated and intended to pursue better outcomes for traders. He accused Queen Victoria Market (QVM) management of being autocratic and high-handed, and this had

E-scooters line up to launch in city

By David Schout Over 10 dockless electric scooter companies are vying to enter the Melbourne market in a bid to replace the “last mile” transport void left by O-bike. But ambitious operators are waiting on the state government, whose tough scooter laws remain unchanged. Despite big plans from companies to launch in Melbourne – including

CBD kiosks deactivated

Nine CBD kiosks will be removed by the end of the year after the City of Melbourne announced it would not renew the leases when they expire in November. All the rectangular shaped kiosks in the city will be removed, but the circular kiosks will remain. The council’s Street Trading Team Leader Hugh Kilgower said

Seven candidates to choose from

On May 18 CBD voters have seven candidates to choose between to represent them in the House of Representatives in the next federal parliament. Three-term Greens sitting member Adam Bandt, 47, again starts as favourite, with the ALP and Liberal parties throwing up new candidates and minor parties also in the hunt for the federal

$1.5 billion 555 Collins proposal

Charter Hall Group has applied for planning permission to build a 35-storey office building at 555 Collins St. If successful, the building will mark the first phase of a staged $1.5 billion development on a combined 4620 sqm, which also includes 55 King St. The proposed design includes an activated ground plane with connections between

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