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Calls to cut Lonsdale St bus emissions

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

CBD economy back to normal in three years; Report

By David Schout Melbourne’s CBD economy will “roar back to life” and return to pre-COVID levels in the second half of 2024, new research by Deloitte Access Economics suggests.  Despite being one of Australia’s worst-hit areas as a result of the coronavirus, forecasts revealed that the central Melbourne economy “will have put the pandemic behind it

Bakery crumbles amid lockdown pressure

By Brendan Rees Melbourne’s fifth lockdown has been the final straw for a Melbourne CBD bakery, which will close within weeks. After 14 years, Bernie Fox made the gut-wrenching call to close his shop, CBD Bakery, indefinitely after tough COVID restrictions reduced his customers to a trickle. “It’s killing us. I used to have 11

COVID-19 forces city transport review

By David SchoutPhoto credit – Twitter @Melbourne Way Key transport visions for Melbourne could be adjusted after the City of Melbourne commissioned an independent review into post-pandemic trends in the city. The review would use “evidence and data to drive decisions” according to Lord Mayor Sally Capp, after COVID-19 forced a change in transport activity.

Council backs new tower near Queen Vic Market

By Sean Car The City of Melbourne has endorsed development plans for a multi-project site at the corner of Queen St and Franklin streets in the Queen Victoria Market precinct, with one of the sites progressing with a 20-storey residential tower.  Two concurrent council motions at the June 15 Future Melbourne Committee (FMC) meeting saw

Council backs a CBD safe injecting room

By David Schout Plans for a safe injecting room in the CBD remain on track despite an attempt to block it by a group of city councillors. In the most passionate debate at Town Hall in years, councillors voted 7 to 4 in support of the Victorian government’s plans to house the state’s second Supervised

Council puts down a record budget

By Sean Car The City of Melbourne has handed down a record 2021-22 draft budget of $789.9 million to help the city continue its recovery from the pandemic.  Given the challenges imposed on the city by last year’s lockdowns, the council has impressively achieved a $31 million turnaround since delivering a $57.4 million deficit in

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