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All alone, but still smiling

All alone, but still smiling

Steve Everett was quite alone when he came to town for Vietnam Veterans Day on August 18. The 69-year-old former national serviceman travelled down from Kilmore and was expecting to catch up with old mates.  But it appeared that numbers were down this year. “Maybe it’s too cold for them this year,” Mr Everett suggested.

CBD tram stop plan revealed

The public has had its first look at the overall picture of CBD tram stop rationalisation thanks to the City of Melbourne. Frustrated by being asked their views on individual tram stop changes, councillors late last year asked to see an overall plan. The map supplied to councillors at their August 4 Future Melbourne Committee

Book celebrates club centenary

Former Premier Jeff Kennett sees a future for declining RSL clubs by opening them up to “first responder” emergency service workers. Speaking at the book launch of 100 Years, Duckboard, Fighting Spirit, by Alan Jackson, at the Mail Exchange Hotel on August 10, Mr Kennett said the issues that brought returned soldiers together 100 years

Independence celebrations

Indian Independence Day was celebrated in style last month. Federation Square was the focus of the day on August 15, which saw a flag-raising, dancing and celebrity heart-throbs. The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne also kicked off during the weekend. A Bollywood dance competition was popular with 31 teams of dancers selected from around Australia,

Councillors consistently compromised

City of Melbourne councillors were unable to assess two CBD planning applications last month because too many of them had received election campaign donations from a party linked to the developments. Planning applications for a residential tower at 278 Little Lonsdale St and a mixed-use tower at 280 Queen St were listed for consideration at

CBD has the highest wages

Docklands and CBD workers are the highest paid in the state, according to a new Federal Government report. The State of Australian Cities 2014-2014 report, which was published in July, includes a map showing the highest hourly rates in the state are being paid in postcodes 3008, 3000 and 3006 (Southbank). It reports that between

‘Work with us on market’

Councillors reacted with passion to suggestions made at the Future Melbourne Committee on July 14 that consultation around plans for the Queen Victoria Market renewal was flawed. Trader and community representatives said that, despite voicing their opinions, their views were not represented in the final master plan, which was unanimously endorsed by councillors. Cr Arron

CEO says hang on for the ride

City of Melbourne CEO Ben Rimmer has told CBD residents to hang on for a fast and furious technological wave of change. Speaking to the EastEnders residents group at the Kelvin Club on July 2, Mr Rimmer predicted driverless cars would make up a “significant proportion” of CBD traffic within 10 years. He said the

Flower power to help business

They say good things come to those who wait so, after two years, Collins St traders are excited abut achieving a 12-month trial installation of floral planter boxes. Collins St Precinct vice-president Alister Reid raised the idea with the City of Melbourne in 2013 and is delighted that it has germinated and blossomed. Mr Reid

Council treads softly on apartment standards

The City of Melbourne has made a high-level response to the State Government’s Better Apartments discussion paper, without making any specific recommendations. The council’s response, which was endorsed by its Future Melbourne Committee on July 7, outlines a number of principles it considers important but couches its ideas in neutral language. The strongest recommendation is

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