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Three centuries and three lives

Three centuries and three lives

When residents moved into The Gill on A’Beckett Street in the early 2000s, they knew the heritage-listed building had an interesting history. Christoph Hewett said when he bought his apartment, he was told it was built in 1929 by the Salvation Army. The Gill is well known for its long service as a hostel for

Wellbeing in a heating city

Wellbeing in a heating city Advertorial by Meg Hill Melburnians look forward to summer every year, but for some groups within the community high temperatures can pose serious health risks.  The CBD environment adds its own complexities to heat health. As climate change escalates, the City of Melbourne has prioritised heat health. Between 1981 and

“Illogical” plan to lose QVM patrons

By Spencer Fowler Steen Fears have been expressed that Queen Victoria Market (QVM)  will lose business due to the proposed closure of the existing car park earmarked for a new “Market Square” . In a speech to a Friends of QVM meeting on November 20, property developer and businessman David Legge said half of QVM’s

Collins St and the homeless debate

By Rhonda Dredge You don’t expect guys with a prime Collins St address to be altruistic but King Ng and Jay Hollerich are laying their cards on the table. They’ve both signed up to do a pro bono job on a city building earmarked for people experiencing homelessness. They are both “haves” – in the

Disability access “getting worse, not better”

By David Schout Disability access in the CBD has gone backwards and has failed to keep pace with the city’s growth, according to a six-time Paralympian and long-time resident. Brian McNicholl, a Paralympic weightlifting gold medallist for Australia, said cluttered footpaths and inaccessible public transport had combined to put Melbourne well behind other big cities.

Pledge to help the homeless

By Rhonda Dredge Businesses in the CBD have agreed to provide their services pro bono to convert a multi-storey building in the city into a homeless shelter. The partially-occupied building is owned by the City of Melbourne and valued at $20 million. The deal, which was first revealed in the October edition of CBD News,

Federation Square has a new CEO

By Meg Hill In an exclusive first interview with CBD News, Federation Square’s new CEO Dr Xavier Csar said that failed efforts to build an Apple Store at the square had “catalysed” an important discussion around the future of the public space.  Management offices in Federation Square aren’t signposted. Tucked away on the eastern side

New homelessness deal on the table

By Meg Hill The City of Melbourne is close to securing a deal from the state government as part of a new approach to homelessness, according to comments made by the Lord Mayor.  Lord Mayor Sally Capp told a Residents 3000 meeting on September 5 that the state government had agreed to help fund a

Cash for containers

A “Spring Clean” of the CBD on September 21 called on the state government to establish a container deposit scheme (CDS) in Victoria.  As part of World Clean Up Day, more than 300 volunteers picked up 6120 litres of rubbish in the CBD over just two hours. One third of what was collected were beverage

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