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Questions on heritage QVM response

Plans have finally emerged of the City of Melbourne’s (CoM) development scheme for the Munro site opposite Queen Victoria Market, giving us a glimpse of a proposal with some broader merits, but mixed result for heritage at best. Only slithers on edges of the site are to be retained, making way for new community facilities,

Trees culled for construction

Up to six trees along Exhibition and LaTrobe streets have been, or are in the process of being removed for tower construction. In October 2015, a local resident noticed the removal of a tree on LaTrobe St. The resident contacted Hickory Group, the builder responsible for the removal. Hickory Group said the tree was removed

Small business recognition

The City of Melbourne is seeking nominations from eligible small businesses for its 12th annual Lord Mayor’s Commendations. The commendations celebrate and recognise the contribution that small businesses make to the success of the city.  More than 500 City of Melbourne-based small business owners have so far been recognised. Applications are open until Friday, May

A Doyle majority – what will it mean?

By Stephen Mayne Now that the City of Melbourne election results have been finalised by VCAT President Greg Garde, what will it mean for governance at city hall? The return of former deputy lord mayor Susan Riley as the vital sixth member of Team Doyle, along with the election of non-Doyle Liberal Party member Philip

Council slammed over homeless law 

By Khiara Elliott At the February 7 Future Melbourne Committee meeting, the City of Melbourne voted to potentially expand the definition of camping for rough sleepers in the CBD. Currently, it is only illegal to camp in a public place if structures such as tents are used. Under the proposed amendment, local law enforcement officers

Footpath upgrade a waste of money

Approval for major construction will see a footpath upgrade on the corner of A’Beckett and Queen streets potentially become nothing but a waste of money. The upgrade took the footpath from bitumen to bluestone and included works to the kerb, channel, footpaths, access ramps and tactile grounds surface indicators. In total, the upgrade cost $178,102

Inspirational

New William Angliss Institute students were inspired by four diverse, but complementary speakers on February 16. PR executive and former City of Melbourne marketing chair Beverley Pinder headlined the orientation day speeches with personal anecdotes, reflections and encouragement for the 160 hospitality students. She said the economic prosperity of the state was directly linked to

No progress on council vacancy

By Shane Scanlan The City of Melbourne is no closer to having it’s 11th councillor following a Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) hearing into the matter on February 21. VCAT President Greg Garde heard arguments from the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) on how votes should be counted but adjourned the case before hearing counter

Mass exodus by community staff

The City of Melbourne’s placemaking and engagement branch, which focuses on strengthening our local community, has recently been the subject of major staff losses.   The upheaval resulted from a council review of the branch in early 2016. Placemaking and engagement staff were informed of the findings in September. CBD News understands that out of

Hall of secrets

By Shane Scanlan The level of secrecy adopted by the City of Melbourne has been brought into sharp focus by recent inquiries about its approach to filling the 11th councillor vacancy. Its culture of non-disclosure has long been disturbing, but has not really been measurable because there has been nothing to compare it with. But

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