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More poker machines for CBD

An application to carry out alterations of an Elizabeth St venue to house 20 additional poker machines has been unanimously approved by City of Melbourne councillors. The ground floor layout of the venue will be re-constructed to make room for 20 more poker machines, adding to the existing 56 at pub The Meeting Place, a

10 tonnes of rubbish!

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle claims the council has this year collected nearly 10 tonnes of rubbish left behind by rough sleepers. Speaking on May 4, Cr Doyle said the council had also increased its staffing levels to deal with homelessness on CBD streets. “This year alone, we have collected 9700 kg (9.7 tonnes) of discarded

Funds for CBD projects

The CBD is to benefit from some new capital works announced in the City of Melbourne’s draft 2017/18 budget. The council plans to allocate $1.5 million to close to traffic the eastern side of Elizabeth St, between Flinders St and Flinders Lane. It has also earmarked $800,000 for 360 more “big bellied” rubbish bins, which

Council faces “moral outrage”

By Khiara Elliott The public consultation phase of the local law amendment on rough sleeping has closed and the results were, unsurprisingly and unwaveringly, not in council’s favour. The proposed amendment dictates a change in the definition of camping and allows council officers to remove any unattended belongings of rough sleepers, as well as charge

Nature in the city a step closer

By Meg Hill The City of Melbourne is set to become a lot greener over the next 10 years with the council’s “Nature in the City Strategy” moving ahead after a 10-month online community consultation period. The strategy contains 23 “actions” designed to create a more diverse, connected and resilient natural environment; connect people to

Council elections:  Who cares?

By Shane Scanlan Municipal voters in the CBD and Southbank are the most disinterested within the City of Melbourne, recently-released data has shown. At the request of CBD News, the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) has revealed by postcode where voters did not participate in last October’s municipal election in which Team Doyle was returned with

Annual arts grants open

Artists can apply for the City of Melbourne’s 2018 arts grants from Monday, May 1. The program offers anyone with artistic ideas looking for a residency the opportunity to apply for funding. 2017 CBD-based grants recipients include Urban Seed, for its Urban Seed RAP Art program, and Radiant Pavilion for an event. Theatre and live

Robots help with drain repairs

By Melissa Chung City of Melbourne has spent $1.35 million improving the CBD’s drains and water storage using robots. The tiny robots are capable of relining almost a kilometre of drains in three to four days. Pipe replacement would normally take four to six weeks. “We can much more effectively send down these manually operated

Residents could rule at town hall

By Shane Scanlan Residential interests may dominate the next Melbourne City Council if the Coalition wins the 2018 state election. On April 1, the Victorian Liberal Party’s State Council called on a future Coalition  government to “adopt in full” Petro Georgiou’s 2014 recommendations for local government reform. Most significantly for the City of Melbourne, Mr

Munro site plans revealed

Last month, the City of Melbourne finally revealed their plans for the former Munro site, to be developed by PDG Corporation into a mixed-use development comprising a 58-storey Bates Smart-designed tower of 308 dwellings and a 300-room hotel, after the developer was awarded the rights to develop the site on CoM’s behalf.  The Munro site represents the first stage

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