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Push for specialist rough sleeper service in CBD

Push for specialist rough sleeper service in CBD

By David Schout The City of Melbourne has proposed a new “specialist” support service for rough sleepers in the CBD. The site would act as both a housing referral and health support service to assist those sleeping rough within the Hoddle Grid, and would be open “up to 24/7”. The recommendation was part of the

A bumper month of news at Queen Victoria Market

By Sean Car There was no shortage of news to come out of the Queen Victoria Market (QVM) since the April edition of CBD News, with new market infrastructure, proposed food court designs and a new five-year market strategy all making headlines.  The news began ahead of the City of Melbourne’s Future Melbourne Committee (FMC)

Is Melbourne’s only world heritage site under threat?

By Meg Hill The Royal Exhibition Building and the surrounding Carlton Gardens is the only UNESCO World Heritage-listed site in Melbourne. Some heritage advocates are worried that development in the area may pose a threat to the listing. The Royal Historical Society of Victoria (RHSV) asked the director of UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre Dr Mechtild

Market reaches out to residents

By Sean Car Queen Victoria Market’s (QVM’s) CEO Stan Liacos and strategy development manager Heidi Wearne met virtually with CBD resident group East Enders on March 16 as part of the market’s increasing effort to engage with the local community post-COVID.  In a detailed presentation to residents which canvassed a number of key issues currently

Residents still “ignored” in planning matters

By David Schout The president of a CBD residents’ group has said locals continued to be ignored when it came to life-affecting developments within the Hoddle Grid. EastEnders president Stan Capp said while he understood the need to stimulate the economy in a post-COVID environment, bypassing residents’ concerns was “gobsmacking”.   He said the latest

Calls to decriminalise begging rejected by police

By David Schout Calls from legal groups to decriminalise begging have been opposed by Victoria Police, who warned it could not regulate “professional beggars” in the CBD without the law. As part of a recently-released parliamentary inquiry into Victoria’s homelessness, legal groups argued that begging offences caused vulnerable people to be unnecessarily caught within the

Hot spot at Queen Victoria Market

By Rhonda Dredge The crates were empty, the fruit and veg covered in hessian and the foot traffic virtually non-existent in A and B sheds at the Queen Victoria Market (QVM) on Tuesday, February 16. Six days earlier a customer connected to the Holiday Inn COVID cluster had walked through the sheds.  No-one knows which

“Lessons have been learned”: Fourth time lucky for bike share?

By Meg Hill In the past three years, three share bike operators have packed up and left Melbourne. Will the newest company to take the plunge prove more successful? Melbourne and share bikes haven’t had the most compatible relationship in recent years. In fact, most operators have upped and left.  Many will remember oBikes, whose

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