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City of Melbourne councillor first-term report card

City of Melbourne councillor first-term report card

This month the Melbourne City Council will be one year into its four-year term. CBD News gives councillors a report card on their performance to date. Lord Mayor Robert Doyle Staked his lord mayoralty on tackling rough sleeping and succeeding with the Queen Victoria Market (QVM) redevelopment. Started the year with a clumsy attempt to

Council denies harming carriage industry

By James Manton The City of Melbourne has effectively shut down the city’s horse-drawn carriage industry but refuses to admit doing so. The council announced in May that it would no longer renew street trading permits from horse-drawn carriage businesses after they expired on June 30. Horse-drawn carriage operator Alex MacDonald says the council has

Even more government!

By Shane Scanlan Locals were introduced to a new concept in government on September 13 with the first Inner Metro Assembly at Albert Park. Some 200 people from the municipalities of Melbourne, Yarra and Port Phillip participated in a two-hour session that attempted to set priorities for the “region”. And while there was no shortage

Local democracy is fading away

By Shane Scanlan City of Melbourne councillors are making only about a third of the number of public decisions they were making 10 years ago. Between January and July this year, CBD News counted from minutes 131 decisions made in council and committee meetings. During the corresponding period in 2007, the number was 365. Even

No more unity on Chinese New Year

By Shane Scanlan The City of Melbourne has abandoned its united approach to Chinese New Year, which critics say has undermined the potential to build a significant international event for Victoria. The council in 2014 took action to co-ordinate marketing and branding of city-wide Chinese New Year activities.  It facilitated the establishment of Chinese New

Complaints about brand new tower

Living in a tower that is regarded as an architectural beauty and an embodiment of modern urban living, Brittany Li said she did not feel the high-end living vibe. Ms Li and her boyfriend Alex Yang moved to a new high-rise residential building, Eq. Tower, on A’Beckett St last December. Developed by ICD Property and

Thanks, but no thanks – Doyle

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle has politely told opponents of the council’s Queen Victoria Market (QVM) redevelopment that he won’t be taking on their alternative development plan. At the council’s August 15 Future Melbourne Committee meeting, Cr Doyle said: “We thank you for your passion and the work you have put into it.  We are set,

The CBD through Juan’s eyes

By David Amaya Since his arrival in Melbourne, Juan Bohada has always been fascinated by everything he sees in the CBD.  The mix of cultures, languages, faces and colours inspired him to grab his camera and capture the essence of this dynamic city. Mr Bohada became a CBD local two years ago when he started

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