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Laneways set to light city’s path to reopening and recovery

The Creative Laneways project will receive $7.5 million from the state government’s Working for Victoria fund and $1.4 million from the City of Melbourne. Executive producer Lachlan MacDowall, from the University of Melbourne, said he hoped that some infrastructure, such as light boxes or music platforms, could become permanent fixtures. …

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‘Go early or go late’: Changes flagged to keep this summer COVID-safe

The City of Greater Geelong, which covers the seaside townships of Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads, will launch a campaign encouraging holidaymakers to “embrace the space”. Geelong mayor Stephanie Asher said the push to disperse crowds would include a focus on spots not usually on the holiday trail such as …

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Deadly examples of not acting soon enough

Yes, big errors were made in Victoria which has resulted in significant hardship and the numbers could have been better. All governments made mistakes (not to excuse these mistakes), including the Prime Minister’s self-quarantine edict and the lack of border closure early on. The real culprits are those in quarantine …

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Decentralised contact tracing model ‘can’t come soon enough’

Professor Rubin said the suburban units Mr Andrews flagged last week “can’t come soon enough” and should be rolled out “as soon as practicable”. “It’s better when these teams are situated locally because they tend to know what goes in the local community,” he said. “If you live in a …

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EPA recruiting agents to ‘bug’ and raid suspected polluters

The jobs will be open to any applicant but the EPA is hoping to attract experienced current and former law enforcement and national security personnel. Among those targeted for recruitment will be forensic accountants, who will be used to track down the assets of offenders and combat “phoenix activity”, where …

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Councils step up fight against West Gate Tunnel soil dump

The city’s largest tip – Cleanaway in Ravenhall – is considering expanding its 300-hectare site by another 50 hectares to take the project’s soil, possibly by buying more quarry land from neighbouring Boral. Typically, this would probably be subject to a works approval and require a licence. The process can …

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Working from home has changed everything – for the better

Even before the “always on” office culture of email, text, WhatsApp, Zoom and Teams, I believed that putting in the hours and doing whatever it takes to get the job done was the key to success. This was instilled in me working in London in the 1990s where nobody batted …

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Extending detention powers should sound alarm bells

The explanatory memorandum to the bill provides for an authorised officer, who reasonably believes that a high risk person (someone either diagnosed with COVID-19 or a close contact) who is required to comply with a self-isolation direction and is likely to refuse or fail to comply with the direction, to …

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‘Fantastic outcome’: Victoria records 28 new coronavirus cases, announces free kinder in term four

Another eight Victorians have died from the virus, taking the state’s death toll to 745. Melbourne’s crucial 14-day case average has fallen to 44.4, its lowest level since the height of the second coronavirus wave. Free kinder to continue Victorian sessional kindergarten will remain free for most families in the …

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Orthodox Jewish leader applies to Supreme Court for religious arbitration

The Yeshivah Centre, which ran schools, religious and community programs for Melbourne’s orthodox Jewish community was criticised by the royal commission, which found: “At least until the 2000s, those in leadership positions did not report allegations of child sexual abuse to police or other civil authorities”. “In some cases, the …

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