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Pods plan at Queen Vic Market causes a stir but the CEO says it has “strong support”

Pods plan at Queen Vic Market causes a stir but the CEO says it has “strong support”

By Brendan Rees Queen Victoria Market’s (QVM) CEO has stood by a plan to put specialty stalls into pods to improve trader and customer experience despite opponents raising fears the iconic destination would be turned into a “shopping mall”.  The City of Melbourne is considering a proposal from QVM to improve the market’s trading format

Greens’ plan to “bring vibrancy and visitors back to our city”

By Brendan Rees. Photo by Murray Enders Subsidised rent to attract businesses to the CBD, making the city more liveable for long-term residents, and funding iconic arts festivals and organisations have been proposed by the Greens. With the CBD and Docklands having been hit hard by rolling lockdowns, the party said the pandemic had “fundamentally

New trees no noxious threat to CBD as council seeks to increase canopy cover

By Brendan Rees The City of Melbourne has backed its decision to plant new trees in the CBD despite the species being deemed a “noxious weed” interstate.  Thirty-three camphor laurel trees have been planted on Exhibition St to replace London plane trees to increase canopy cover over the city and introduce the ecosystem benefits it

Relief for locals as SA border opens

By David Schout Residents in the CBD and inner Melbourne are now free to visit South Australia after dubious vaccination data had threatened to deny long-awaited family reunions. Just prior to its border reopening on November 23, the SA government agreed to accept residents from the City of Melbourne without the need to isolate for

A “big tick of approval”: Independent review backs city’s transport vision

By David Schout An independent review of the City of Melbourne’s 10-year transport plan has “vindicated” the council’s pre-pandemic focus on public transport, pedestrians and cyclists to drive the city forward.  Seen as a key test of the “Transport Strategy 2030” — one of the council’s most important policy documents in recent years — a

New library coming to Queen Victoria Market

By Brendan Rees A brand-new community library with a roof top terrace is coming to the iconic Queen Victoria Market precinct, with hopes it could open as soon as 2023.  City of Melbourne councillors unanimously endorsed a proposal at their October 12 meeting for a three-storey library which will form part of a new $70 million council-owned community

Mooted tower near QVM could destroy iconic art laneway

By Brendan Rees An iconic street art laneway in Melbourne’s CBD could face the wrecking ball after the City of Melbourne approved plans to build an adjoining 41-storey tower development.  The 133-metre mixed-use tower near the Queen Victoria Market (QVM) proposes to have shops, 267 apartments, offices and a publicly accessible basketball court.  The proposed

Push for a better-designed city welcomes local input

By David Schout The City of Melbourne’s newly appointed Design Excellence Advisory Committee brings together industry experts, academics and community members to work through design challenges and opportunities facing Melbourne. CBD News spoke with two locals who form part of the inaugural committee. It’s been described as a “game changer” for Melbourne.  And while the

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

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