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Aboriginal history in the Hoddle Grid

Aboriginal history in the Hoddle Grid

By Meg Hill A recently-released City of Melbourne heritage review is likely the most extensive study of the inner city’s Aboriginal history ever conducted. At the April 2 Future Melbourne Committee meeting, Cr Rohan Leppert described the effort as “completely new in local government”. The meeting discussed volumes three, four and five of the six

Questions still loom over Fed Square

By Meg Hill  Following Heritage Victoria’s decision to reject a demolition permit for the Yarra Building, Apple and the state government conceded that plans for a flagship store in the square had become untenable. The government has also announced a review to examine the square’s financial and governance arrangements. Planning Minister Richard Wynne called the

Pounding the grid’s streets

By David Schout Inspired by ultrarunner Rickey Gates’ 2000km effort of running every single street of San Francisco, Craig Roberts tried his hand at the Hoddle Grid. On a sleepy Labour Day Monday morning, as Melbourne recovered from a night of festivities and overindulgence, Roberts set out to criss-cross the CBD. Training for a sixth

Services for rough sleepers overhauled

By David Schout Grassroots homeless charities are to be linked with established housing services under a new City of Melbourne initiative to ensure well-intentioned goodwill is better harnessed in the city. As the city looks to combat an increase in people experiencing homelessness, a number of “pop-up” volunteer services have been founded in recent years.

City says no to super-sized pay phones

The City of Melbourne has drawn a line in the sand and is refusing permission for advertising on 81 more “super-sized” pay phones which, it says, are really “digital billboards masquerading as phone booths”. The council is also requesting the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) to make a ruling on whether the phone structures

Opposition grows over skinny tower proposal

By David Schout Heritage and community groups are baffled that the Royal Society of Victoria (RSV) is pressing ahead with plans for an ultra-slim 60-storey tower on the CBD’s north-eastern corner. The RSV made headlines last May when it proposed the 330m tower – which would become Australia’s tallest – on a triangular site half

Heartache for fire-affected residents

By Rhonda Dredge There were poignant family scenes at the fire-damaged Neo200 building on February 15 as residents arrived with suitcases hoping to get into their apartments, only to be turned back by security guards. Work was still underway to make the tower safe, guards said, but some residents had been informed they could return. 

Our new Moomba Monarchs

Soccer star Archie Thompson and weather presenter Jane Bunn were revealed as the 2019 Moomba Monarchs in a ceremony on February 15. Lord Mayor Sally Capp presented the monarchs the help of Ukrainian Cossack dancers from the Lehenda Dance Company and spaced-themed performers Box Wars. “I’m thrilled to announce Jane and Archie as this year’s

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