With the New Year comes a time of reflection for rental providers (landlords). Should they hold on to their asset? Should they sell it? Should they change agencies?
The renewal of a vacant Little Bourke St building as part of the “Make Room” project has begun.
New Victoria Police recruits will be deployed in the CBD and a road safety operation will soon target e-scooters riders among measures to enhance safety and security.
Road traffic woes stemming from renewal works to Queen Victoria Market may drag out further after the City of Melbourne requested to extend a five-year Heritage Victoria permit for various projects.
“Circularity” is defined as the shift from the wasteful “take-make-consume-discard” common practice to a “cradle-to-cradle” mindset.
Such thinking can transform our environment by recognising the intrinsic value of materials throughout their life-cycle, and consciously reusing, repairing, refurbishing, and recycling the existing.
What practical steps can a community take to encourage the “circularity” mindset?
Let’s ensure the products we choose to build with are healthy for all species throughout time and are kept in circulation as long as possible.
September 20th, 2023
The City of Melbourne is the latest Victorian local council looking at doing what it can to mitigate the growing number of short-stay apartments in its municipality in a bid to open the market to more long-term renters in the city.
September 20th, 2023
The City of Melbourne says “now is the time” to create an Australian-first community panel on the complex issue of affordable housing.
September 20th, 2023
CBD traders say striking a balance that allows for enhanced security while maintaining a lively atmosphere will be crucial to the city’s resilience after a Bourke St tragedy claimed the life of a man.
September 20th, 2023
Property developer Mirvac has reportedly been awarded a contract to develop a contentious site known as Treasury Square at the CBD’s edge.
August 23rd, 2023 – Rafael Camillo
Communities are living organisms that are interconnected and where wellbeing must be considered holistically for successful outcomes. Nowhere is this more evident than in the heart of the city where everything has a greater intensity, vibrancy, and dynamism.
The Bourke Hill Precinct Association has asked the Residents 3000 group to share its petition, please feel free to have your say. Sign the petition at change.org/NoToInjectingRoom.
Following the success of pilot greening projects in four CBD laneways since 2017, the City of Melbourne has officially endorsed three models, which it says will help see more laneways go green in our city.
Plans for 50 studio apartments to house rough sleepers in a six-storey Little Bourke St building are progressing.
July 26th, 2023 – Rafael Camillo
“I still remember when our immediate past president John Dall’Amico and I used to take a trolley full of the latest edition of CBD News, and we would visit local businesses all around town asking them to allow us to have the paper distributed every month, from coffee shops, convenience stores and even newsagents.”
“That was done in our free time on the weekends or lunch hours, all to support and create a strong voice for our local community.”
“And, today here we are at the 100th edition! What a milestone for the team at Hyperlocal News, for Sean Car and Shane Scanlan (in memoriam), and for our CBD community too.”
“From the first article, Unleash the CBD hounds (Issue 1, August 2014), Residents 3000 was already actively participating in CBD News, followed by a series of safety related articles published during the course of the following year, written together with the team at CBD News.”
“The first of our monthly columns, Solar power in the city (Issue 17, February 2016) was written by Dr Sue Saunders, our past vice president. Sue explained what was done at Hero Apartments residential building in relation to the installation of solar panels in order to reduce costs and improve the environment.”
Lord Mayor Sally Capp says “ongoing conjecture” about where a safe injecting facility will be located in the CBD was taking a toll, as locals surrounding the Salvation Army headquarters speak out against a “ludicrous” proposal.
To support the Bourke Hill Association’s campaign against a safe injecting facility at the Salvation Army building, you can add your name to the petition at change.org/NoToInjectingRoom.
July 26, 2023 – Katherine McPherson
Guildford Lane must be one of the most photographed lanes in the CBD these days. Being photogenic was not the aim. But for a core group of residents, creating a green haven was the necessary response to the towers engulfing us.
Since the laneway greening began in 2015 (prior to the launch of the City of Melbourne’s pilot program) the nearly forgotten industrial lane has come to life. The lane is now described by some as “quintessentially Melbourne”.
The city is a different place first thing in the morning.
Élodie reminisces as we chat about her arrival in the Hoddle Grid a decade ago. Back then, the way Melbourne felt like a city without being a “big city” made her feel at home.
More than 70 locals attended a forum hosted by CBD residents’ group Residents 3000 on May 11, as local MPs and leaders from the City of Melbourne participated in discussions surrounding the state government’s decision to end the freeze on 1am liquor licensing.
As a resident in the CBD, there is so much to love and there are wall-to-wall cultural and sporting events.
A recent announcement by the Victorian Government that the long-awaited fast rail link to Melbourne Airport would no longer meet its mooted 2029 completion date has left many in the community frustrated, and none more so than central city residents.
Each year a Forum 3000 event hosts an official presentation from the City of Melbourne.
Established during COVID-19 to collate feedback from well-connected locals, the “Presidents of Residents” forum is now a permanent part of decision-making at Town Hall.
In 2008 the state government introduced restrictions on the granting of 3am liquor licences to new venues unless it was of economic or cultural importance to the state and a Ministerial exemption was granted.
Residents 3000 is looking to 2023 with a focus on “living in the CBD”.
In August, a Safety Summit was convened by the City of Melbourne in response to calls by Residents 3000 and EastEnders to look at the areas of concerns being expressed by members of our resident groups.
Looking to transform your balcony into a greener and lusher space over summer?
The City of Melbourne is encouraging residents to volunteer as wildlife garden guides to help preserve the city’s biodiversity and protect habitat in community, school, home, and rooftop gardens.
CBD resident Katherine McPherson has been volunteering since 2018 and said the learning experience as well as the connections she had made with the council and her neighbours had been invaluable.
““I really wanted to start introducing native plants into Guildford Lane to support the small birds, the butterflies, the insects that were starting to emerge naturally. People walk up to the lane and say this feels like a community,” she said. “
“It just brings such joy – I didn’t really know anything about plants when I first started, especially indigenous plants, so it’s been great learning.”
October 26th, 2022
Candidates vying for the seat of Melbourne in the upcoming Victorian State Election spoke with CBD residents in October about a number of key local and wider issues.
On the March 5, 2022, in his address to the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA), Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said, “if you want to keep the CBD vibrant, then we need to have more people living in the CBD”.
The recent Forum 3000 on September 1 was the community group’s AGM and 30-year birthday; a time for recapping the year’s successes and welcoming Lord Mayor Sally Capp.
A much-anticipated safety summit has been staged bringing together the City of Melbourne, Victoria Police, residents’ groups, and stakeholders to address various issues facing the city.
The recent Forum 3000 on August 4 saw a lively discussion about city waste management – a topic that concerns us all.
You live in the city? It can be a noisy place, but there are ways to cope.
A community safety summit set to be held later this year will aim to bring together stakeholders and residents’ groups to address neighbourhood safety concerns.
I would like to offer a tangible way that citizens can be involved in deliberating on issues that are difficult to resolve.
The Victorian state election will be held in November 2022 after the recent Australian federal election and the Melbourne City Council election is scheduled for October 2024.
The City of Melbourne is asking people to report graffiti and waste by scanning the QR code on bins. This is an excellent idea but more needs to be done to help bring the city up to standard.
How a city grows, what kind of place it becomes and whether it is prosperous depends on a small group of decision-makers, each of whom have different agendas and mandates. How do residents fit into the process of shaping our city’s development?
March 23rd, 2022
The leaders of the CBD’s two residents’ groups have criticised the City of Melbourne for failing to include city-dwellers in its 2022 election priorities to the state and federal governments, calling for a more “deliberative decision-making process.”
CBD residents have raised the alarm after a recent spate of assaults in the city heightened concerns about community safety.
March 23rd, 2022
In an open address to Residents 3000 last month, the City of Melbourne’s CEO Justin Hanney threw the challenge to locals to “come up with great ideas and initiatives” for the city, as he dealt with a number of contentious issues affecting the CBD.
For the more than 3700 dogs registered with the City of Melbourne (COM) in February 2021, the lack of readily accessible, safe open spaces for city doggies to play, remains an unresolved issue.
You have come to live in the city recently expecting to engage in a vibrant, inner-city lifestyle only to find relatively quiet streets and lightly occupied venues, all due to the re-emergence of the pandemic.
January 27th, 2022
The first phase of community engagement for the future of Melbourne’s CBD is now complete, with the City of Melbourne (CoM) now considering feedback on how it can make the city an even better place live. But community leaders say there is still a long list of challenges that need to be addressed to improve liveability.
November 24th, 2021
Rafael Camillo, president of Residents 3000, said Participate 3000 was a “great initiative” which allowed locals to have their say on the important issues like safety, waste, graffiti, street cleaning and planning/urban design.
It unfortunately doesn’t take many chats with other CBD owners before you realise the unique challenges of being on an owners’ corporation committee (OCC) in the city. A range of upcoming changes to the Owners Corporation Act 2006 (OC Act) have improved how OCCs will be able to operate. Yet what makes a good OCC isn’t just the law but the people in and around it.
Melbourne has been in lockdown more than any other city in the world so far during the COVID-19 pandemic – 267 days by the time major restrictions were lifted after 70 per cent of Victorians aged 16 years and over were fully vaccinated on October 22.
September 23rd, 2021 – Susan Saunders
Have you noticed that the air is clearer with less vehicle movements under COVID lockdown? Right now, we are experiencing a little of what it would be like if a high percentage of vehicles had zero emissions.
City residents tired of lockdown need to look ahead. Spring is on its way and with it, the thought of winning the COVID battle – one day soon.
How do people keep healthy and fit when they reside in Melbourne’s CBD or near surrounds?
When north-sider Deanne and her south-sider partner made peace by moving into their CBD loft-conversion, raising a child in an apartment among the alleyways hadn’t yet crossed their mind
Walking. It was one of the simplest and most joyful pleasures that many of us enjoyed during even the hardest moments of lockdown.
May 27th, 2021
The Victorian government’s eggs were firmly in one basket for the state’s second injecting facility in the CBD. But now that has failed, it has created a mess it might have avoided from the outset.
2022 will be the 30th anniversary of Postcode 3000, the 1992 planning policy that successfully brought population and, therefore, vibrant life back to a dying Melbourne city centre.
If you’re a resident or business in the city and are interested in engaging with your local community, then the Neighbourhood Marketplace is an event you don’t want to miss.
Back in July 2020, the City of Melbourne approved an accelerated budget to fast-track delivery of more safe bike lanes in the CBD.
Off-leash areas, badly-needed in parks within the CBD, could have a dual role.
The Treasury Square Gardens deal that will see developers build residential and office towers on prime public land has locals up in arms.
Residents joining together to share city delights while walking, jogging and “plogging”. Did you discover secrets that lie beyond the impressive skyline?
In last month’s CBD News, readers were reminded of the Postcode 3000 campaign. Did you know that in the same year, 1992, our community group, Residents 3000 Inc. was born?
You have heard the expression “I need some retail therapy.” Right now, approaching the end of lockdown, is that how you feel?
It is spring. A young pair of swans lay an egg. They have built a nest amongst the reeds of the river. They take turns to sit on that one, precious egg. And they sit. And sit. And sit. Patiently waiting for renewal.
September 23rd, 2020
Residents3000 held its annual general meeting (AGM) on September 3 with a meeting over Zoom where Lord Mayor Sally Capp addressed residents as guest speaker.
The recently legislated Local Government Act 2020 requires councils to adhere to the principles of community engagement and adopt “deliberative engagement practices”.
My childhood was spent (centuries ago), on a property in the far west of Victoria without television.
If this pandemic is teaching us anything, it is demonstrating the importance of relationships – to each other, to place and neighbour, and to food and plants.
May 28th, 2020
CBD residents have turned on plans to transform the site of a run-down Bourke St building into an almost 1000-patron late-night venue.
Resident groups claim they were “misled” by developer O’Brien Group’s plans to turn the 1840s-built Job Warehouse building and two adjoining lots into a large-scale hotel, and rejected the company’s claims of having earned their support.
May 28th, 2020
The pending sale of a 1.4-hectare vacant site along the Flinders St rail corridor has divided the community over what is considered one of the CBD’s most strategically important parcels of land.
City residents get going. The online world is buzzing in the time of COVID-19 as humans do what they do well. Innovate. Collaborate.
If the restrictions go on for a long time, will our way of living change?
CBD locals can still engage with their neighbours during COVID-19 restrictions, with Residents 3000 moving its regular interactions online.
Residents 3000 president Rafael Camillo was recently invited to have morning coffee with the Lord Mayor of Melbourne Sally Capp.
The catastrophic fires this summer brought days of high air pollution to Melbourne and a heightened awareness of the effects of climate change. How are CBD residents to respond?
On a cool Spring day, I’m standing at the side of the pool scanning the water and I get a feeling of contentment that I can’t remember having in any of my many former jobs.
The importance of urban plant life on your wellbeing and that of the planet may surprise you.
A beautiful tree-covered playground in Birrarung Marr has fallen into disrepair. Once a well-designed facility had become tired and un-loved.
September 25th, 2019
The City of Melbourne is close to securing a deal from the state government as part of a new approach to homelessness, according to comments made by the Lord Mayor.
This month your correspondent is travelling as a tourist in China. It is impossible not to draw comparisons between how the Chinese organise their society compared to ours.
Just in case you didn’t know, the Flinders Quarter in Melbourne’s CBD, is the area bordered by Collins, Flinders, Elizabeth and Swanston streets.
Lord Mayor Sally Capp made back-to-back appearances at CBD resident group meetings in September.
The City of Melbourne has developed several well thought out policies to progressively ensure our city becomes greener. But can there be a better way to improve the fate of street trees?
People talk about the air pollution, the noise and the stress associated with the hustle and bustle of city life. But is this necessarily bad for your health?
Google “Future Melbourne” and you will find information about City of Melbourne’s vision for 2026 created in 2016.
Residents 3000’s moto is to ‘Connect, Inform and Support’ members and guests with their community.
The last regular monthly event was turned into a marketplace where residents were able to connect with
some City of Melbourne (CoM) agencies and Melbourne’s wonderful small businesses that contribute a
special something to life in the city.
The complex issue of what to do to relieve homelessness in the city is high on Residents 3000 members’ list of concerns.
March 27th, 2019
Lord Mayor Sally Capp’s heavily-spruiked residents’ panel is suffering a long and protracted labour and, if born, may resemble an entirely different child.
A simple internet search will bring up countless articles on the detrimental impact of plastic bags on the environment. Here are some tips to help relieve the problem.
Here is what Chris Murphy has to say about his relocation to the city. (Chris is a new Residents 3000 committee member.)
On Saturday, November 17 at 6pm, Rafael Camillo (our President) and Adam Velcek were married.
CBD residents are sick of their streets and lanes being treated as a giant ashtray and they want smokers and businesses educated or prosecuted.
Residents 3000 welcomed Sally Capp, Mayor of the City of Melbourne to its AGM followed by a serenading accordionist and refreshments.
October 1st, 2018
Local residents could soon be given a louder voice if Lord Mayor Sally Capp is successful in establishing a “residents’ panel”.
October 1st, 2018
After five years at the helm, John Dall’Amico has resigned as president and from the committee of Residents 3000.
Last year Tigers fans witnessed the cutting of the famous Big Bell Cheese at the Queen Victoria Market on the morning after its grand final win. What about this year?
CBD residents last month heard first-hand what their parliamentary representatives have so far achieved and what their future priorities were.
July 26th, 2018
On meeting John Dall’Amico at the Kelvin Club, one thing becomes immediately clear when chatting in the club’s cosy surrounds; he’s very involved.
Hiding among the corporate CBD high-rise you can find amazing places.
When walking down Little Collins St recently I was surprised to note that the formerly messy lane, full of overflowing large bins and crates strewn about, was clear and open.
What is it that makes people reject a leafy suburb or an area close into the city like Southbank, East Melbourne, Docklands or North Melbourne?
There are some beautiful laneways in the city of Melbourne.
April 26th, 2018
Thanks to Residents 3000’s “meet the candidates” forum on April 5, locals got a good idea about which lord mayoral candidates have an understanding and appreciation of CBD issues.
You live in Melbourne’s CBD? The pre-conception is that your environment, with all the hustle and bustle and compact living could not possibly be healthy, compared to your suburban or country cousins. Is this so?
What a great opportunity for advancing democracy in the CBD!
What should older buildings do about electric vehicle (EV) charging facilities?
Giving more voice to residents and clear responsibilities to developers.
Tigers fans might eat cheese.
As a CBD resident, how aware are you of your building manager’s responsibilities to keep your building safe and secure?
More than half the world’s population live in cities. The United Nations estimates that five billion people will be living in cities by 2030.
Remember scrolling through monthly building approvals lists? Seeing a sign on the street about a new development and wondering why you didn’t know about it? Those days are gone.
You live in a high-rise apartment. You think someone else looks after the property – wrong.
There is not enough space to store the bins. How we can work smarter to solve the problem?
Trees make our CBD a beautiful place to live. How can residents show their love?
May 7th, 2017
Community group Residents 3000 hosted a discussion with three key speakers on homelessness in the CBD on April 6 at the Kelvin Club.
April 29th, 2017
The most popular reason that people choose to live in the CBD is its variety and closeness to social and cultural activities.
As you walk around this beautiful city what do you see? What do you enjoy?
March 29th, 2017
Up to six trees along Exhibition and LaTrobe streets have been, or are in the process of being removed for tower construction.
Residents 3000 work closely with City Precinct, an active networking group comprising many of the city’s most innovative and interesting small businesses.
Residents 3000 has an active year planned continuing to develop community awareness of Melbourne’s wonders plus the issues that we need to address to keep liveability to a high standard.
27th January, 2017
Third party planning notification and appeal rights for CBD residents are back on the agenda.
Victoria Police recently launched an innovative advice package to help residents keep themselves and their buildings safe in the city.
What did you say? The Hero apartment building in Russell St has installed a communal worm farm to reduce general waste and to provide compost for residents’ gardens.
October 22nd, 2016
Residents 3000 president John Dall’Amico and Leading Sen-Constable Glenn McFarlane have together created a new security assessment program for apartment buildings.
If you have not yet noticed, go out onto the corner of Russell and Little Collins streets and, standing outside The Crafty Squire (carefully please!), look east and upwards at the Hero Apartments building. There you will see an art creation that has been named “Quicksilver Sentinels”.
If you are a Melburnian, you have probably heard the catch phrase – “Melbourne is the World’s Most Liveable City”.
Imagine Melbourne in 2026 – what do you see?
This is a complex issue. This article is meant to provide an overview.
The Melbourne Metro Rail project, when completed, will transform the way that we move around the city of Melbourne and beyond. Travelling will be easier, faster once the proposed rail network is finished in 2026.
You live in the city? There is going to be noise but you can cope?
June 30th, 2016
CBD residents spent an evening with their local state and federal MPs last month, and ticked off the usual list of issues.
May 26th, 2016
Like many other CBD residents, Rafael Camillo has a love/hate relationship with the city.
All it takes is a keen eye, a little caring and a smart phone.
If you live in Melbourne’s vibrant CBD and you would like to feel part of a “big village” community, then become a member of Residents 3000.
March 5th, 2016
February’s issue of ‘CBD News’ highlighted both that residents love CBD living and that they increasingly want to sustain the conditions that attracted us here in the first place.