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The Greens lead with a CBD local

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

Sally Capp promises to serve up Melbourne Restaurant Week

By David Schout and Sean Car Melbourne would host a twice-yearly, week-long festival celebrating the city’s renowned restaurants and cafes, under a re-elected Lord Mayor Sally Capp.  Revealing her idea exclusively to CBD News, Cr Capp said Melbourne Restaurant Week would be modelled on New York’s famous festival which offered fine dining at fixed prices.

Council elections … here we go!

By Sean Car With candidate nominations having closed on September 22 and the City of Melbourne now officially in caretaker mode, voters can now meet the full field that’s in front of them ahead of the council elections on October 24.  With 59 candidates having lodged with the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) for the nine

High-rise not told of COVID cases

By David Schout Central city owners’ corporations (OCs) are on high alert after news that managers at one of Melbourne’s largest high-rise apartment buildings were not informed by health authorities that residents had tested positive to COVID-19. After two residents tested positive at Southbank’s 72-floor Prima Tower, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

Extending free trams would double costs and lead to “busier service”

By David Schout Extending Melbourne’s free tram zone to include the sports, arts and biomedical precincts would cause further congestion and leave the state government $15 million out of pocket, according to the Department of Transport. At the public inquiry into expanding the zone established by the Andrews Government in 2015, the department’s now former

Council elections: what we know

By Sean Car While electoral rolls were due to close in only a number of days when the September edition of CBD News published, a lot was still unknown about the makeup of the October 24 City of Melbourne council elections.  August saw a spanner thrown in the works by the state government after a

Butchers reassure shoppers

By Rhonda Dredge With so many factors working against the meat trade, it was a miracle that butchers at the Queen Victoria Market (QVM) were still able to crack a smile on the first day of the new lockdown shopping.  Steven Saro, of Alec Watson & Son Butchers, said they had plenty of cuts to

Council rejects injecting room site

By David Schout City of Melbourne councillors have knocked back a proposed safe injecting room near Queen Victoria Market (QVM), and will request the state government remove it as its preferred site. In a U-turn decision, councillors unanimously voted to reject the “inappropriate and inadequate” site at the July 21 Future Melbourne Committee (FMC) meeting,

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