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Council eagerly seeks share bike replacement

Council eagerly seeks share bike replacement

By David Schout, Without any form of share bikes throughout the CBD, the City of Melbourne has put the call out for new e-bike operators to fill the city’s cycling void. The council is seeking expressions of interest for electric bike companies to undertake a one-year trial in the CBD, assuring locals things will be

Chinese New Year to emblazon the city

CBD locals rejoice! The Chinese New Year Melbourne Festival will soon welcome in the Lunar New Year in 2020.  For 16 days from January 24 to February 9, the city will erupt with colour and excitement as some our most treasured local landmarks, such as the Immigration Museum and Queen Victoria Market, host spectacular events.

Building a lead on climate change

Advertorial by Sean Car, The City of Melbourne continues to demonstrate the urgency in reducing carbon emissions in our city, both through its own actions and influencing others to act in the community and other levels of government.  Thanks to major initiatives such as the Australian-first Melbourne Renewable Energy Project (MREP), 100 per cent of

Driven by support

By Sean Car, The Salvation Army is in Major Brendan Nottle’s blood.  The commanding officer of the Salvos’ Melbourne Project 614 needs little introduction. For 30 years he and wife Sandra have dedicated their lives to supporting our city’s most vulnerable and much of that time has been concentrated in the CBD and its surrounds. 

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,

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