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Page 34 • MICEBTN - NovEMBEr 2015 MELBOUrNE Greening the city’s laneways will give its icons longer life MELBOURNE loves its laneways. They are an indispensable part of being in the city and even when they get a tad old and tired they are still well used. One – Gurners Lane, running between Collins and Little Collins – even had a Melbourne Cup win- ner bearing its name. Now the City of Mel- bourne has embarked on a big project to give the lan- eways a green makeover, with the public invited to nominate which should be tackled in the pilot phase. “There are over 200 lanes in our central city but only a small number of these lanes have greenery. This is about making Mel- bourne’s famous laneways more appealing, green and One of Melbourne’s famous laneways, photo City of Melbourne Music festival a major drawcard MELBouRNE’s St Kilda Festi- val, a mix of live music, dance, carnival rides, extreme sports, market stalls, has become Australia’s largest free music festival. With an anticipated 400,000 visitors the Festival on 14 February 2016 features music, arts and entertainment; each year the best Australian artists and talent take to various stages throughout the pre- cinct. The New Music Stage, a highlight of the Festival, features ten of Australia’s best emerging acts, with the audience favourite awarded a A$5,000 cash prize. Full programming details and event schedule to be re- leased in upcoming months. sustainable places,” explained Arron Wood, chair of the council’s environment portfolio. “From growing vertical gardens to planting trees and creating pocket parks, our laneways have enormous potential to become our city’s backyards. “We’ve got a target to cool the city’s summer- time temperatures by 40C through our award-win- ning Urban Forest Strategy and this is yet another step to green the city. By greening our laneways we can create cooler microclimates, capture storm water and continue to combat the urban heat island effect. It’s good for the environment, good for the look of our city and great for peo- ple.” Melbourne’s laneway renaissance is not only in line with city strategies but also with international trends.