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Doyle blunts West Gate Tunnel opposition

Doyle blunts West Gate Tunnel opposition

By Shane Scanlan Melbourne councillors have savaged the proposed West Gate Tunnel project, despite the best efforts of the Lord Mayor to hose them down. At the Future Melbourne Committee (FMC) of July 4, Lord Mayor Robert Doyle cautioned councillors not to get too far ahead of themselves. “I would say to councillors, that we

Plenty not happening with the market

The “phoney war” over the Queen Victoria Market redevelopment continues with proponents and opponents trading blows but Planning Minister Richard Wynne is still refusing to fire the starter’s gun. Planning Scheme Amendment C245 has been sitting on Mr Wynne’s desk for about 10 months.  With broad agreement about its content, Mr Wynne’s inactivity is looking

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

CBD security slow to start up

By William Arnott With an increase in the amount of vehicular attacks in populated areas, new security measures are being planned for Melbourne’s CBD in the wake of the Bourke St murders. Premier Daniel Andrews said the State Government was working with the City of Melbourne and Victoria Police to implement “everything from bollards, planter boxes

Doyle running out of options in market chess game

By Shane Scanlan The merits of the Queen Victoria Market (QVM) renewal have sunk to the bottom of a political swamp dominated by misinformation and brinksmanship. In March, the City of Melbourne attempted to break an impasse with Planning Minister Richard Wynne by going public with its plans to develop the adjacent Munro site. Considering

VCAT out of reach of locals

By Shane Scanlan CBD locals are despondent that serious financial risk has prevented them from challenging a controversial City of Melbourne planning decision late last year. Maureen Capp and other Regency Towers residents wanted to challenge the council’s decision on November 22 to grant a permit to Brady Jones Pty Ltd for a 60 metre

Plenty of town hall intrigue to come

By Shane Scanlan Lord Mayor Robert Doyle has been returned for a third term, but he won’t have it all his own way over the next four years. Despite increasing his lord mayoral primary vote (from 41 per cent to 44 per cent), this support did not translate into the councillor election and he failed

Team Doyle removes its website

Constituents will struggle to scrutinise the performance of Team Doyle during the new council term following the removal of its website. When questioned by CBD News during public question time at the November 15 Future Melbourne Committee, Cr Doyle initially said people could find Team Doyle policies on its website. Asked whether he did not

Doyle win fails to quell market battle

By Shane Scanlan Opponents of the Queen Victoria Market redevelopment are ramping up their campaign, despite a Robert Doyle victory at the October council election. Losing lord mayoral candidate Phil Cleary says there is enough community feeling and potential political alliances to convince Cr Doyle to revisit the City of Melbourne’s development plans. “I’m extending

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