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New homelessness deal on the table

New homelessness deal on the table

By Meg Hill The City of Melbourne is close to securing a deal from the state government as part of a new approach to homelessness, according to comments made by the Lord Mayor.  Lord Mayor Sally Capp told a Residents 3000 meeting on September 5 that the state government had agreed to help fund a

Cash for containers

A “Spring Clean” of the CBD on September 21 called on the state government to establish a container deposit scheme (CDS) in Victoria.  As part of World Clean Up Day, more than 300 volunteers picked up 6120 litres of rubbish in the CBD over just two hours. One third of what was collected were beverage

Uncertainty rises despite improvements

By Sean Car The City of Melbourne’s latest renewal plans detailing the provision of new infrastructure at Queen Victoria Market (QVM) have failed to ease growing trader concerns of a day market on the decline. Councillors unanimously endorsed $38.9 million plans for new market infrastructure on September 17 in what Cr Rohan Leppert described as

A green transformation of our city

Advertorial by Sean Car Director of City Design and Projects at the City of Melbourne, Professor Rob Adams, knows that changing the city doesn’t happen overnight.  The lead architect and urban planner has been helping drive the vision for sustainable development in the city since the 1980s.  With inner-Melbourne’s population forecast to double by 2040,

Police mark the city a “designated area”

By Meg Hill Certain police powers expanded over the past decade have become increasingly concentrated in the CBD as their focus has shifted to protests.     Victoria Police were given the power to declare a “designated area”, within which they have expanded search and move-on powers, in a 2009 amendment to the Control of

More congestion in the pipeline

By David Schout A $21 million upgrade to the CBD’s sewerage system will compound commuter delays within the Hoddle Grid for over 12 months. From this September until late-2020, a section of Lonsdale St (between Elizabeth and William streets) will be disrupted at various times to, according to City West Water, “help secure wastewater services

Council’s call to action on waste

Advertorial by Sean Car While local councils across the state continue working behind the scenes to resolve our recycling crisis, the City of Melbourne is encouraging its residents to play an active role in being part of the solution on waste.  City of Melbourne recycling program officer Ian Clarke caught up with CBD News last

“We’re not a hotel”

By David Schout  The owner of a quirky CBD caravan park has been taken to court by hotel giant Novotel for a name it claims is too similar to its own. The costly legal battle has led James Fry to self-represent at the Intellectual Property Court in Canberra, the result of which he is anxiously

Council crackdown on motorbike parking

By David Schout The City of Melbourne could install “no-stopping” signs on some of the CBD’s busiest footpaths in a bid to free-up clogged walkways. As councillors step up their bid to “reclaim footpaths” as a key pillar of council’s 10-year transport strategy, motorbikes and food delivery bikes have been targeted. The strategy, a final

Beggar déja vu

By Meg Hill “Police have arrested 77 city beggars this year, many of whom were either drug users or professional beggars.” This is a familiar start to an article about city beggars. But it’s not from the recent news surge. It’s a Herald Sun article from November 2000. This July a similar, but arguably smaller,

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