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Injecting room: No other site considered, as report looms

Injecting room: No other site considered, as report looms

By David Schout The Victorian government’s bid to open the state’s second safe injecting facility has only considered one contentious CBD site despite widespread rejection from key stakeholders, as the December release of a key report looms. The site at 53 Victoria St, located below affordable housing residents and near the Queen Victoria Market (QVM),

“Christmas is not cancelled”

By Katie Johnson The City of Melbourne’s annual Christmas Festival will help bring Melbourne back to life with a range of COVID-safe events and enter- tainment for all ages. From socially-distanced photos with Santa to a Christmas-themed picnic area at Argyle Square, the 2020 festival will run from November 27 to December 25 with the

Tram stops for bees?

City greening has become an influential idea in recent years. But what can it look like in Melbourne? How can we green our built-up CBD and its unique spaces? A focus group set up by the Committee for Melbourne (CfM) is pushing for the greening of tram stop roofs to make new homes for bees.

What will happen to Campbell Arcade?

By Meg Hill Tenants in Melbourne’s iconic heritage listed Campbell Arcade are holding onto hope despite doubts that still loom over the arcade’s future. Tenants were told in 2017 that their leases would end in July 2019 as work on the Melbourne Metro Tunnel would demolish one of the arcade’s walls to build an underpass

FOMO: council activation revealed

By Sean Car As Victoria slowly emerges from lockdowns, the City of Melbourne will soon look to attract visitors back to the CBD and its much-loved venues, restaurants and public spaces with a “big old dose of FOMO (fear of missing out)”. In what comes as welcome news to the city’s businesses and residents following

Outdoor dining fast-tracked

By Meg Hill Arrangements to kick start Victoria’s outdoor dining program have been sped up in preparation for Melbourne’s reopening.  A new planning exemption was announced by Minister for Planning Richard Wynne on October 21, and by end of the same week the City of Melbourne had issued more than 1000 outdoor dining permits –

Locals want space for dogs

By Meg Hill More than 250 locals have signed a petition asking for an off-leash area in Flagstaff Gardens.  The petition was started by a group of dog-owners who met through their efforts to secure an off-leash space. They’ve complained they have nowhere to walk their dogs off-leash in the CBD and have asked the

The Greens lead with a CBD local

By Sean Car At the upcoming council elections, CBD residents will have the option to vote for one of their own in Apsara Sabaratnam – The Greens party’s candidate for Lord Mayor.  And Apsara isn’t just any ordinary CBD resident … she’s lived here for 19 years.  The Sri Lankan-born Sabaratnam last spoke to CBD

Susan Riley calls time on council

By Sean Car After a decorated 15 years on council, which included being the first woman to ever be elected Deputy Lord Mayor of Melbourne, the much-loved Susan Riley has said farewell to Town Hall ahead of the October 24 elections.  Having served under three different Lord Mayors and been a pioneer for women and

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