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Council crackdown on motorbike parking

Council crackdown on motorbike parking

By David Schout The City of Melbourne could install “no-stopping” signs on some of the CBD’s busiest footpaths in a bid to free-up clogged walkways. As councillors step up their bid to “reclaim footpaths” as a key pillar of council’s 10-year transport strategy, motorbikes and food delivery bikes have been targeted. The strategy, a final

Beggar déja vu

By Meg Hill “Police have arrested 77 city beggars this year, many of whom were either drug users or professional beggars.” This is a familiar start to an article about city beggars. But it’s not from the recent news surge. It’s a Herald Sun article from November 2000. This July a similar, but smaller, police

Government takes lead on cladding

By Sean Car The state government ended years of speculation last month when it pledged $600 million of taxpayers’ money to remove high-risk cladding from apartment buildings. Premier Dan Andrews and Minister for Planning Richard Wynne made the announcement on July 16, which followed recommendations from the final report of the government’s Victorian Cladding Taskforce. 

Big awards for small businesses

The City of Melbourne recognised the contribution of small businesses to the city on June 27 through the 2019 Lord Mayor’s Commendations. Lord Mayor Sally Capp said small businesses were the lifeblood of Melbourne’s economy. “The City of Melbourne is home to 13,700 small businesses whose creativity, vibrancy and flair are central to our economy,”

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

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