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Hotel works to begin despite no call on 3am licence

Hotel works to begin despite no call on 3am licence

By David Schout The transformation of an historic Bourke St site into a large-scale bar and restaurant is set to begin in October, despite an unresolved bid from its owners to operate until 3am. After threatening in 2020 to “hand back the keys” for the derelict Job Warehouse should its proposed venue be forced to

Why does the City of Melbourne have the state’s lowest vaccination rate?

By David Schout Federal figures indicated that, in mid-September, the City of Melbourne had the lowest vaccination levels in Victoria. A deeper dive into the figures, however, suggests there could be an explanation for this.  By mid-September, the City of Melbourne had the worst rate of COVID-19 vaccination in the state. As one of just

City Loop safety upgrade sits idle with no contractor in sight

By Brendan Rees Workssites near Parliament Station and Flagstaff Gardens continue to sit dormant as the state government desperately tries to find a new contractor to finish a safety upgrade of Melbourne’s City Loop. The works have not been able to proceed since 2018 when the main contractor went broke.  The Department of Transport is

Protestors storm CBD after construction industry shutdown

By Brendan Rees & Rhonda Dredge Melbourne’s construction industry was been shut down for two weeks after crowds of protesters rallied in the CBD over two days in September.   Chaos erupted outside the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) office at Elizabeth St on September 20 after tensions reached boiling point over

One heroin overdose death a month in Melbourne

By David Schout A new report from the Coroners Court of Victoria has revealed that on average, at least one person died in the City of Melbourne each month during 2020 from heroin-related causes. Experts say the statistics are further proof a safe injecting room is required within the CBD. The report revealed that in

Much-loved laneway to be given new lease on life

By Brendan Rees Melbourne’s iconic Hardware Lane could undergo a transformation including pedestrian safety improvements under plans being considered by the City of Melbourne.   A proposed streetscape design has been released for the much-loved destination to ensure it remains a “vibrant, safe, and accessible laneway”. Under the plans, the current road surface would be

Fifth CBD precinct group emerges

By Sean Car & Brendan Rees A new CBD-focused precinct association, representing businesses in the growing “city north” catchment, will soon be established with the support of the City of Melbourne.  The Melbourne City North Business Association (MCNBA), encompassing Elizabeth St, from Lonsdale to Victoria streets, as well as surrounding areas, will seek to give

Council seeks Greenline feedback

By David Schout The City of Melbourne has asked for public feedback on the proposed $300 million Greenline project along the Yarra River’s Northbank. Touted as one of the city’s biggest projects in recent decades, Greenline proposes a four-kilometre pedestrian and cyclist pathway from Birrarung Marr all the way to the Bolte Bridge. And, until

Calls to cut Lonsdale St bus emissions

By David Schout Replacing harmful diesel buses that run along Lonsdale St with electric alternatives would be a “significant step” to reducing CBD air pollution, according to the City of Melbourne. In submissions to a state government inquiry into the health impacts of air pollution, a number of key bodies expressed concerns about diesel emissions

A “blatant disregard for our wellbeing”; Construction continues to impact CBD locals

By David Schout Stories continue to emerge of struggling CBD residents living next to large-scale construction. Each tale raises the question of whether local government is doing enough to protect the people they say matter most.  Sitting inside the ground floor of Michelle Redfern’s CBD townhouse, forklifts whiz by and workers bark orders just metres

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