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Angst over injecting room site

Angst over injecting room site

By David Schout The Andrews government has nominated a CBD site for the state’s second medically supervised injecting room (MSIR), but a number of key stakeholders have raised concerns about the location.  Community health facility Cohealth, situated near the Queen Victoria Market, is the state government’s preferred pick for Victoria’s second injecting room. An independent

Customs Square’s new life

By Meg Hill A piece of dead space CBD land has been picked as the site for Melbourne’s first “social enterprise cluster” in a new proposal by Good Cycles. The Customs Square precinct, opposite the Immigration Museum, is in the centre of Melbourne but is not well known by its name. The piece of land

“Carparking is not heritage”: Market Square charter endorsed

By Sean Car The City of Melbourne has finally adopted the charter for its new public open space at Queen Victoria Market (QVM) after a majority of councillors voted in favour of the initiative. The governing document provides the framework that will inform the space’s design and guide its future management and operations. The park

Recycling goes solar

By Marco Holden Jeffrey The City of Melbourne has proposed a $24.7 million investment in waste management infrastructure across the city, including two new waste recovery hubs and 51 solar-powered recycling bins. City of Melbourne environment portfolio chair Cr Cathy Oke said the project demonstrated the council’s commitment to reducing litter and encouraging reuse in

Bring back the brick

By Rhonda Dredge It has been business as usual for City of Melbourne councillor Nick Reece with days full of Zoom meetings and the added load of three children at his home in Fitzroy. But while he’s been working outside the CBD and exercising along nearby streets he has fallen in love with the brick.

Vaping ban divides the community

By Tamara Clark The City of Melbourne has unanimously passed a motion proposing a ban on e-cigarettes and vaping in selected areas throughout the city.  The move comes after councillors voted in favour of a motion to amend council’s local law to align with the Tobacco Act 1987 by including vaping using an e-cigarette at

Hoping to survive

By Rhonda Dredge The CBD’s prime hipster hang-outs could be up for a shake-out as cafes begin the slow process of wooing back their customers.  Degraves St has been dead for two months, Centre Place on a drip feed and Flinders Lane empty. Journal, once a popular meeting place for the city’s literati, is offering

A short-stay “apocalypse”

By Meg Hill The city’s rental market is flooded due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic causing the short-stay market to collapse, according to real estate agents and short-stay operators. Belle Property’s Carlton and Melbourne business development and leasing manager Suzie Inglis told CBD News the CBD market was “absolutely flooded mostly with furnished properties that

Virtual business summit provides important boost

By Sean Car The City of Melbourne’s online virtual business summit on April 16 has provided valuable support to many of the city’s businesses struggling due to the coronavirus. With many businesses in lockdown and foot traffic plummeting in the central city, the council staged the online summit to provide business owners and workers with

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