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Beulah explores “urban farm” at its Southbank site

April 18th, 2024 - Sean Car

The developer behind what will be Australia’s tallest tower has announced yet another intriguing activation of its City Rd site while it prepares for construction: a 200sqm pop-up “macrofarm”.

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City of Melbourne partners with Origin to deliver community battery

February 2nd, 2024 - Brendan Rees

A community battery aimed at promoting affordable and sustainable energy consumption is set to be installed at the Boyd Community Hub in Southbank.

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Roaming cats could be kept at home 24 hours under new council policy

October 4th, 2023 - Brendan Rees

Cat owners may have to keep their feline companions within the boundaries of their homes “at all times” under a proposed 24-hour containment policy being considered by the City of Melbourne.

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Flood warning: Southbank at “high risk” by 2040

August 9th, 2023 - Brendan Rees

More than 16,000 properties in Southbank are at “high risk of damage” from flood waters by 2040, a new study shows, prompting an “urgent call to action”.

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Gardener taking on Australia-first pollinator program wins award

August 9th, 2023 - Brendan Rees

A passionate South Melbourne resident who is leading a charge to create an Australian-first wildlife corridor joining the Royal Botanic Gardens to Westgate Park in Port Melbourne has won a prestigious award.

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New report lays out challenges for electric vehicles in strata

June 7th, 2023 - Sean Car

A new report by peak property body Strata Community Association (SCA) has outlined the unique challenges that strata buildings face in Australia as the world transitions to electric vehicles.

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Community battery a step closer for Southbank

June 7th, 2023 - Sean Car

The federal government will provide the City of Melbourne with grant funding to install a community battery in Southbank, allowing more locals to tap into renewable energy.

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Automatic river cleaner “Geoff” lands on the Yarra

May 12th, 2023 - David Schout

Next time you’re walking along the Yarra River, look out for Geoff.

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“Floating wetlands” series makes its way upstream

May 9th, 2023 - Georgie Atkins

Additional “floating wetlands” have been introduced at the Turning Basin near Enterprize Park as part of a City of Melbourne project to support healthy ecosystems in the Yarra River.

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Survey results back Power Melbourne, as Boyd set to become home to community battery

December 7th, 2022 - Sean Car

The City of Melbourne’s plan to install neighbourhood battery assets throughout the municipality has received strong support following a community survey, with Boyd Community Hub among a list of proposed sites. 

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Some like it wet: the impacts of climate change on local plant life

December 7th, 2022 - Rhonda Dredge

Some indigenous plants have been flowering later this year because of the cool, wet weather, prompting nursery workers to worry about climate change.

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Huge increase to greening of old buildings needed to hit 2040 net zero target

November 9th, 2022 - David Schout

The current rate of buildings being decarbonised per year was nowhere near that required for the City of Melbourne to reach its commitment of net zero emissions by 2040, a report has revealed.

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Power Melbourne consultation open

October 5th, 2022 - Southbank News

The City of Melbourne is calling on feedback from the local community on potential locations for community batteries in its ambition to transition Melbourne to 100 per cent renewable energy.

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Skyfarm’s potential reimagined with latest partnership

September 7th, 2022 - Kaylah Joelle Baker

Following a partnership between Melbourne Skyfarm and Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), the rooftop car park’s urban farm has successfully harvested and donated 650 kilograms of produce to OzHarvest.

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Could MCEC’s roof be the key to unlocking a decarbonised energy system in Southbank?

August 10th, 2022 - Sean Car

A leading expert in renewable energy and advisor to the City of Melbourne’s Power Melbourne program says Southbank could play “an important role” in enabling the next steps in a decarbonised Australian energy system, amid potential plans for an “inner-city solar farm” to be installed on the roof of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC).

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Rain, rain, rain: can we expect floods?

June 8th, 2022 - Rhonda Dredge

Winter arrived this month with a full day of constant rain and locals who work by the Yarra were watching it rise with some trepidation.

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New Riverkeeper to fight for Melbourne’s iconic waterway

May 11th, 2022 - David Schout

In a wide-ranging interview with Southbank News, newly-appointed Yarra Riverkeeper Charlotte Sterrett shares her vision for the river, her thoughts on the proposed Greenline project, and the importance of pushing towards a “swimmable Birrarung”.

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Plans for community battery in Southbank

March 9th, 2022 - Sean Car

Federal Member for our local seat of Macnamara Josh Burns has announced that a victorious Labor Government would provide Southbankers with direct access to renewable energy through the installation of a new community battery.

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Collaborative plan for Yarra River, Birrarung launched

March 9th, 2022 - David Schout

After more than four years of extensive consultation with traditional owners, the community, local councils and a host of government agencies, an overarching plan for the Yarra River, Birrarung has been launched.

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Southbank local makes sustainability a priority

February 10th, 2022 - Spencer Fowler Steen

When Sara Riva moved to Southbank, she quickly realised there was something missing.

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Solar Southbank

May 8th, 2018 - Southbank News
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