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Residents “shut out” from planning

Residents “shut out” from planning

By David Schout CBD residents are largely unheard in council planning matters and deserve a greater say in the city’s direction, a leading voice on citizen juries has said. Dr Stan Capp has proposed creating a panel of impartial residents to add a missing democratic layer in the city’s decision-making process. He said the council’s

Shared zone “an accident waiting to happen”

By David Schout A serious accident at a busy cyclist and pedestrian zone on Swanston St is “waiting to happen” according to a concerned user. In a detailed presentation to the City of Melbourne in June, cyclist and tram user Stephen Maguire detailed his experiences at the shared zone between Melbourne Central Station and the

A stable space for young people in need

By David Schout A world-first youth crisis accommodation centre has opened in the CBD, in what providers hope will provide greater stability for the city’s young people doing it tough. The new 18-bed facility at Frontyard Youth Services on King St allows those aged 12-25 to be housed in the same facility that offers 24/7

Citizenship blockbuster

By Alex Dalziel  On June 5, the City of Melbourne welcomed 275 new Australians in what was the largest citizenship ceremony in the municipality’s history.  The “super ceremony” at Melbourne Town Hall welcomed new citizens from from six continents all over the globe. Groups of around 20 citizens were sworn in by Lord Mayor Sally

A true man of Melbourne

By Sean Car As a 14-year resident of the CBD, our community can rest assured that the City of Melbourne’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Justin Hanney has its best interests at heart.  Having started in the role in January, Mr Hanney was given the nod for the city’s top job from a field of

CBD a winner in council budget

By David Schout Streetscape, heritage and open space works in the CBD headline the latest City of Melbourne budget The 2019-20 draft budget includes a $166 million investment in capital works – its biggest ever. Residents will be subject to a “modest” rate rise of 2.5 per cent (in line with the state government’s rate

A Green gift

By Sean Car While Greens MP Adam Bandt is to be congratulated for tightening his grip on the seat of Melbourne, the result leaves many wondering why the major parties put forward such weak candidates.  After Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s Coalition government claimed a shock victory on May 18, Bill Shorten and Labor might be

Council wages “war on congestion”

By David Schout The CBD will prioritise pedestrians and cyclists under a new 10-year transport strategy released by the City of Melbourne that aims to reduce the number of cars entering the city. The strategy includes plans to enforce 30kmh speed limits, parking prices that fluctuate subject to demand and the closure of “little” streets

Salvation Army opens new facilities

A collaborative project at the Salvation Army on Bourke St has built personal mailboxes and storage facilities for Melbourne’s homeless. The initiative was led by Salvation Army, the Collingwood Football Club, Australia Post and the City of Melbourne (CoM) – resulting in 171 personal mailboxes and more than 150 storage boxes. The previous storage facilities

“Featureless” design atop heritage building slammed

By David Schout The City of Melbourne has criticised a “plain” design directive from Heritage Victoria for a development atop the heritage-listed former Melford Motors building. An application for a nine-storey mixed-used atop the Elizabeth St building, built in 1928 as a showroom for Ford vehicles, is set to be sent to the state planning

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