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Rooftop attraction – an explanation

Rooftop attraction – an explanation

By Clancy Scanlan A sudden influx of daredevil youths to the rooftops of Melbourne’s skyscrapers has caught the attention of many in recent months, including the evening news. The young ragamuffins post photos taken from the top of some of Melbourne’s most iconic buildings, as well as videos of their endeavours. The videos show footage

City apartment affordability fears

Planning Minister Richard Wynne has started the long-anticipated debate on standards for apartment construction with the release last month of a discussion paper, ‘Better Apartments’. While most people agree on the need for standards relating to adequate natural light, ventilation and privacy, it is feared that mandated minimum size will adversely affect affordability. The Property

From busking to the city’s top job

New Melbourne council CEO Ben Rimmer is returning to the city which gave him a start in life – as a young busker playing violin for extra cash. The former busking-licence-holder starts work in the city’s top job on February 9. Mr Rimmer replaces Kathy Alexander who resigned last year after seven years in the

Little action on demolition dust

By Shine Dighe Largest-ever residential development on the former Age newspaper site in Spencer St is causing serious disruptions and health problems to residents and businesses. Residents are frustrated that no one is taking responsibility for the air quality and it appears the authorities are passing the buck. Residents, restaurants, shops and even bus shelters

Season’s greetings

Dear reader … Thanks for your kind words and encouragement during our first five months of operation. As this is our final publication for the year, we would like to extend our thanks and best wishes for the holiday season. Like the little girl in awe of the Myer window (pictured right) may you find

Melbourne CEO reflects on seven years at the top

By Shane Scanlan After seven years in the top job, the city’s top bureaucrat moves on this month at a time of unprecedented tensions around population growth within the CBD. City of Melbourne CEO Kathy Alexander retires on December 3, her 60th birthday. State Government approvals will likely see tens of thousands of new residents

Melburnian of the Year

Elizabeth St researcher Prof. Sharon Lewin has been named the 2014 Melburnian of the Year. The Doherty Institue director was honoured for her contribution to Melbourne’s globally-respected medical research sector and her role as co-chair of the recent AIDS 2014 conference. On November 15, Lord Mayor Robert Doyle announced the award. “It gives me great

Nightly truck procession to continue

Sleep-deprived CBD residents were offered little hope of respite from the hundreds of nightly trucks movements when the City of Melbourne discussed waste management last month. Councillors on October 14 voted to continue to pursue a policy which has seen collection numbers reduced in three small areas where compactors have been installed. In 2012 councillors

AC/DC Lane anniversary

Cherry Bar owner James Young was in a celebratory mood to mark the 10th anniversary of AC/DC Lane on October 1. His bouncer friends were also happy (on the inside) but felt it was unprofessional to smile for the camera. The venue combined the anniversary with a celebration also marking the introduction of “agent of

Council ups the ante on Victoria Market redevelopment

The City of Melbourne last month put its money where its mouth is by buying 6500sqm of land abutting the Queen Victoria Market. The redevelopment of the Queen Victoria Market is the council’s biggest project ever and the purchase of the land gives it many more options about how to go about it. Explaining the

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