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$230,000 donation “buys media favour”

By Shane Scanlan A City of Melbourne councillor believes the council has bought political favour with powerful media interests with a $230,000 donation. Finance chair Cr Stephen Mayne says the decision, made behind closed doors last December, to sponsor the Good Friday Kids’ Day Out, was effectively a donation to News Corporation. Lord Mayor Robert

Councillors ‘pissed off’ at Brady Group

Developer Brady Group came under fire from Melbourne councillors on November 17 when they were asked to retrospectively approve a reduction of two levels of parking at 500 Elizabeth St. The Vision Apartments tower was completed and apparently approved by a private building surveyor without two levels of basement parking. While granting the retrospective consent

Rabble-rouser finds his niche

By Shane Scanlan Cr Stephen Mayne had outgrown the City of Melbourne almost before he got there. With peerless credentials in media, business and politics he has effortlessly grasped the role of capital city councillor and has already left an indelible mark by making the council more publicly accountable. And while there are plenty of

Council ire on property tax

The City of Melbourne has warned the Federal Government to keep its fingers out of the property-based taxation pie. The Federal Government has announced an intention to raise $200 million annually from foreign property investors. But the council says such a tax would be counterproductive and would lead to diminished new property supply and, therefore,

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