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Mythical creatures land in city streets as Royal Children’s Hospital marks 150 years


One hundred UooUoos, an imaginary cross between a wombat and a dugong, have alighted on beaches, parks, laneways and landmarks across Melbourne and Geelong.

The colourful mythical creatures, each designed by a Victorian artist, have arrived in the two cities as part of an art trail to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Royal Children’s Hospital.

UooUoonicorn by Fiona Tweddle and Janie Fearon in Federation Square.

UooUoonicorn by Fiona Tweddle and Janie Fearon in Federation Square. Credit:Wayne Taylor

Melbourne artist Justine Millsom, also known as Juzpop, titled her rose- and dragonfly-adorned UooUoo (pronounced you-you), which has taken up residence at Royal Park’s nature play playground, Tammy’s Donor.

Her cousin Tammy Cipriano, who was born with cystic fibrosis, had her life saved seven years ago when a donor was found for her double lung transplant. The condition is often referred to as “65 roses”.



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Bottles thrown during Melbourne Victory vs Melbourne City W-League match



Melbourne City’s remarkable W-League turnaround against Melbourne Victory has been overshadowed by a group of Victory fans hurling bottles and abuse at City and Matildas goalkeeper Teagan Micah.

Play had to be stopped for several minutes late in Sunday’s game at Epping Stadium as referee Danielle Anderson, City captain Emma Checker and Victory skipper Angela Beard attempted to calm the crowd down.

It took the gloss off City’s thrilling 3-2 win, which was a remarkable turnaround from their 6-0 loss to the same team a week earlier.

“The behaviour of the fans at the match was not acceptable,” Micah said on Twitter after the match.

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“I am all for supporting football and the women’s game.

“However, it is simply unacceptable to have glass bottles thrown at me.

“The ground officials and security must do better to protect us.

City coach Rado Vidosic condemned the behaviour and lauded the referee’s swift action.

“Come here, support your team, that’s brilliant … but to throw things at a goalkeeper, a female goalkeeper — and she’s a Matilda — I don’t think that’s the right way of dealing with the situation,” he told reporters.

“… [Micah’s] OK. She was a little bit shaken. When someone starts throwing bottles at you, obviously it’s not nice.

“This game is televised to America, to China and some other countries and for that to be seen overseas, it just doesn’t paint a good picture.”

Victory counterpart Jeff Hopkins slammed the “unacceptable” behaviour.

“Hopefully we’ll deal with that as a club and make sure that doesn’t happen again. It’s not a good look at all,” Hopkins said.

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Professional Footballers Australia condemned the incident and welcomed the league’s commitment to a full investigation.

“The players, like all workers, have a basic right to safely undertake their profession,” PFA co-chief executive Kathryn Gill said.

The game itself was a goal-filled thriller, with Micah making five superb saves.

City’s fringe Matilda Alex Chidiac scored in the 22nd minute, with Victory defender Claudia Bunge handing City another with an own goal three minutes later.

But two spectacular goals — a 47th-minute free kick from MelindaJ Barbieri and Catherine Zimmerman’s long-range belter in the 51st — drew Victory level.

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Chidiac then slipped a ball through for City teammate Harriet Withers to score the winner in the 86th minute.

The result was made all the more impressive by the fact the week prior Victory smashed the reigning premiers 6-0 at CB Smith Reserve.

Later on Sunday evening, Newcastle and Brisbane rounded out the weekend’s action with a 1-1 draw.

Tara Andrews headed Newcastle to the lead in the 16th minute before Matildas winger Emily Gielnik equalised with her first goal of the season in the 54th.

Earlier in the round, Mackenzie Hawksby and Ellie Brush scored as Sydney FC took outright top spot by beating Western Sydney 2-0 on Saturday.

On Thursday, Emily Condon scored the winner as Adelaide beat Perth 2-1.

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City of Melbourne threatens to fine protesters for ‘excessive noise’


The men were transferred amid stormy protests to the Park Hotel from the Mantra Bell City Hotel, where they had been locked up for more than a year.

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On Wednesday, protesters demonstrated outside 1 Treasury Place, home to the Department of Premier and Cabinet and the office of Premier Daniel Andrews, calling for the men’s release.

They gave speeches using microphones and portable amplifiers.

After the protest, a City of Melbourne officer – supported by a crowd of Victoria Police officers – handed two protest organisers notices to comply with the bylaws, and told them they would be fined $500 each.

Apsara Sabaratnam, who ran as the Greens’ lord mayoral candidate in the November council elections and was one of those issued a notice, said she would refuse to pay a fine.

“It’s very important for people like ourselves to stand our ground and the right to protest is an important right,” she said. “And when we give up some ground, what we actually doing is giving up power.”

Flemington Kensington Community Legal Centre executive officer Anthony Kelly said even if only a few people were fined, it could have a deterrence effect on other protesters.

“My opinion is that it’s inappropriate and a misuse of the laws,” he said. “It’s always dangerous when any law is used outside its original intended purpose.”

The City of Melbourne bills itself as a Refugee Welcome Zone, that takes a whole-of-council approach to supporting diverse communities. More than 50 per cent of the municipality’s residents were born overseas and speak a language other than English at home.

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A council spokeswoman said the matter would be reviewed internally before any fine was issued.

“If the use of megaphones or amplifiers at protests creates excessive noise and becomes a public amenity issue, our officers can issue verbal and written warnings, and as a last resort, an infringement,” she said.

“We give a number of verbal warnings before any infringements are issued. Issuing fines at demonstrations is not a regular occurrence and we respect the right to protest.”

A spokeswoman for Victoria Police said the City of Melbourne’s local laws restrict the use of amplifier devices to make noise without a permit.

“Victoria Police works closely with all local councils right across the state to enforce local bylaws,” she said.

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Up to 50% of city workers to return to office from Monday, mask rules relaxed


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“To get to this eight days in a row of zero is no small thing and it’s a credit to all of our public health team and a credit to all Victorians who play their part in doing so,” he said.

However, Mr Andrews predicted that many Victorians would continue to work from home, saying flexible working arrangements were no longer “a concept”, but “the lived experience for many people over a long year”.

“They’re gonna want much more flexible working arrangements,” he said.

“They can do the job from home for some part of the week and they’re going to want to do that.

“I’ve had nothing but positive feedback from many, many very big employers about productivity not really being impacted, [and] in fact, in many cases, actually being enhanced by people working in a much more flexible way.”

The return-to-work schedule was pushed back last Wednesday, when there were 28 active cases of COVID-19, and a man with no apparent link to the Black Rock cluster was diagnosed with the virus.

From Monday, up to half of all private sector workers can begin working from their desks again, while Victoria’s public service, the city’s largest employer, can bring back up to a quarter of staff.

Mr Andrews said the government had capped the return of public servants at a lower setting to give the private sector more capacity to bring workers back.

The news will be welcomed by many thousands of Victorians who have been working from makeshift home offices since March.

However, the Victorian Chamber of Commerce expects the return to be a slow, drawn-out process and major employers, including NAB, Westpac and ANZ, have said their staff will return in stages, mostly from next month.

As The Age revealed on Wednesday, a Fair Work Commission survey found that only 5 per cent of workers want to return to the office full-time.

The survey of 322 users of the social media site LinkedIn by researchers at Swinburne University found that 35 per cent of participants would prefer to work from home every day, and a majority would like to split their time between home and office.

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One of the report’s authors, John Hopkins, said most employers were developing plans to allow flexible work arrangements, but, in some cases, they were insisting workers return to the office full-time.

Industrial lawyers have warned workers could be sacked if they refuse a request from their employer to return to the office once their workplace is deemed safe and the Victorian government relaxes restrictions on attendance.

Deputy Chief Health Officer Allen Cheng said authorities were “relatively confident” there was no community transmission in Victoria, but urged people to remain vigilant.

“What we’d like to do is encourage employers to be flexible to allow staggered start times,” he said. “Employers hopefully understand the need to be flexible and to make sure that not everyone’s going into the building at the same time, but obviously it will be different for different employers.”

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Pre-COVID, almost half the estimated 1 million people who travelled into the CBD every day did so for work, leaving CBD businesses heavily reliant on office workers for financial survival.

At the 2016 census there were 37,341 residents of the CBD, almost half (45 per cent) of whom were students.

But since Australia shut its borders in March, applications by foreign citizens to study in Australia have collapsed by more than 80 per cent. The number of international students is expected to be half its pre-pandemic total by mid 2021.

Melbourne lord mayor Sally Capp said having office workers return to the CBD would be a lifeline for city retail and hospitality businesses.

Mr Andrews said: “This will be a massive boost not only for the office workplaces in the heart of Melbourne, but the cafes, restaurants, bars and shops that rely on their business – it will be fantastic to see the city coming alive again.”

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Lime rolls out fleet of 400 dockless share bikes in Melbourne’s inner city suburbs


Lime acquired Uber’s Jump division in June, with plans to relaunch the bikes. Earlier this month they were back on Melbourne’s streets with the City of Port Phillip, City of Melbourne and City of Yarra taking part in the scheme.

Lauren Mentjox, Lime’s government relations and public affairs manager, was confident the company’s bikes wouldn’t suffer the same fate as the yellow oBikes, which were regularly dumped in the Yarra and left up trees.

“Our e-bikes have been designed to counter theft and vandalism and, weighing just over 30 kilograms each, they are also difficult to move and vandalise without booking through the app,” she said.

“We have seen seen minimal vandalism since we started operating. We will take action against anyone disrespecting our bikes.”

Carlton North man Jeremy Pereira took one of the bikes for a ride in Brunswick on Tuesday with his partner, Gianna Donnini.

“We thought they were very cool actually, we’ve been wanting to ride them for a while,” he said.

There are 400 Lime share bikes on Melbourne's streets.

There are 400 Lime share bikes on Melbourne’s streets.Credit:Eddie Jim

The bikes can be unlocked with the Lime and Uber apps and cost $1 to ride plus 45¢ per minute – 15¢ more than during the first trial. Some bikes come with shared helmets attached for riders to use.

“It’s probably a bit on the expensive side, I still think public transport is the way to go [for regular trips],” said Mr Pereira. “But for a recreational thing, on a day when you’re not doing anything, they’re great.”

Ms Mentjox said there had been just over 1200 active riders in the first two weeks, which she described as a “great number” that would increase when more bikes become available.

As for the price rise, Ms Mentjox gave a number of reasons for the higher cost, including that the bikes were maintained regularly by social enterprise Good Cycles and that the batteries were swapped every couple of days.

Lord mayor Sally Capp is all in favour of the bikes.

Lord mayor Sally Capp is all in favour of the bikes.Credit:Eddie Jim

One complaint about oBikes, which did not need to be returned to a docking station, was that they took up space on footpaths when riders were finished with them.

City of Melbourne lord mayor Sally Capp cited a memorandum of understanding between councils and Lime which required the e-bikes to be properly parked with no footpaths blocked.

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“Our busiest footpaths have been designated as no parking zones and users will be fined if they leave bikes there,” Cr Capp said.

“Previous bike share schemes launched in Melbourne did not have a local team overseeing bike locations and did not provide high quality electric bikes that were GPS trackable.”

City of Port Phillip mayor Louise Crawford said council would monitor and evaluate the service throughout the trial to determine the best outcome for the community.

“We are anticipating electric bikes will appeal to both existing and new riders as a practical and accessible alternative transport choice,” she said.

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Melbourne’s first bike share scheme, the so-called “blue bikes”, was scrapped last year by the state government a decade after it was first introduced due to low use.

The low take-up of the bikes was initially attributed to mandatory helmet laws, with the government subsidising the sale of $5 helmets from city convenience stores in a bid to encourage greater uptake.

They were followed by the disastrous influx of oBikes, which drew the ire of local councils after the Singapore-based company introduced them onto Melbourne’s streets without warning.

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Coronavirus cases force cancellation of Premier League match between Everton and Manchester City


Everton’s English Premier League match at home to Manchester City has been called off due to new COVID-19 cases reported at City.

City returned a number of positive cases for COVID-19 after confirming four positives last week, including striker Gabriel Jesus and defender Kyle Walker.

The Premier League board agreed to rearrange the game as a precaution after City lodged a request following the latest round of testing.

“The decision has been taken with the health of players and staff the priority” the league said.

“The Premier League continues to have full confidence in its protocols and rules and the way in which all clubs are implementing them.”

City have decided to shut down their first-team training facility indefinitely, with the squad set to undergo testing before any decision is made for training to resume.

“All positive cases involving players and staff will observe a period of self-isolation in accordance with Premier League and UK Government protocol on quarantine,” City said in a statement.

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Crystal Palace’s manager Roy Hodgson says he hopes the league can “survive” the rise in COVID-19 cases.(AP/Pool: Adam Davy)

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson said the COVID-19 outbreak was a concern and that it is “impossible to totally shield” Premier League players no matter what precautions they take.

“The virus is spreading quite rapidly,” Hodgson said after Palace’s 1-1 draw with Leicester City.

“The fact is they [players] are human beings. They leave the football club and they go home, and they have children who are coming back from school, and they have to do their shopping.

The postponement is the second this season after an outbreak at Newcastle United forced the league to call off their match at Aston Villa this month.

City, sixth in the league table, are scheduled to travel to play Chelsea on Sunday.

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City could be hit by winds of up to 100km/h on Sunday afternoon


Victorians are being warned to brace for damaging winds and thunderstorms, which could make for dangerous bushfire conditions in some parts of the state.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) says temperatures will rise and strong, dry and gusty northern winds will hit the southwestern part of the state from Sunday morning.

By the afternoon, winds of up to 100km/h in elevated locations are expected to reach the central area, including Melbourne.

“These are the kind of winds that can blow away outdoor furniture or cause weaker tree limbs and things to come down,” meteorologist Callum Stuart of the BOM said.

“It’ll sort of be a few hours prior to the cold change coming through where the winds are a risk.”

Melbourne was expected to reach a top of 27C on Saturday and 33C on Sunday, before a cold front should bring a sharp drop in temperature.

But Mr Stuart said significant rainfall is unlikely, which could lead to heightened bushfire risk for some Victorians.

“Dry lightning is a risk up in those northwestern parts, where the fire danger is elevated tomorrow as well,” he said.

However, the danger period is expected to be short-lived, with conditions clearing by late Sunday.

The mild weather at the beginning of next week should last until about Thursday, when more thunderstorm activity is expected.



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Inner city pubs, restaurants added to long COVID-19 watchlist


Popular venues in Sydney’s inner city and inner west have been added to NSW Health’s growing warning list as authorities track COVID-19’s spread from the Northern Beaches cluster.

Strawberry Hills Hotel in Surry Hills and the Sydney Trapeze School in St Peters were among the additions announced late on Saturday night, while Manly Skiff Club and Mona Vale Golf Club’s bar and function room were added to the even longer list on Sunday.

Many of the other new sites and dates NSW Health has identified are located on the Northern Beaches, which has gone into lockdown as authorities battle to contain the outbreak stemming from Avalon.

Hundreds of people who attended Anytime Fitness in the suburb have now been told they are considered close contacts of known cases who went to the gym over several days while infectious.

“Anyone who attended the gym on any day on or after Tuesday 8 December is considered a close contact and should get tested immediately and self-isolate for 14 days after they were last at the gym,” NSW Health said in a statement.

“Additionally, anyone who attended the gym between Monday 23 November and Monday 7 December is advised to get tested and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.

“Anytime Fitness Avalon is closed until further notice and is undergoing cleaning.”

People across Greater Sydney are urged to monitor for symptoms and get tested if they feel unwell.

GET TESTED IMMEDIATELY AND ISOLATE FOR 14 DAYS:

* Oceana Traders, Avalon Beach: Monday 14 December through to Thursday 17 December inclusive. Also, anyone who bought take away from Oceana Traders are casual contacts and should get tested and isolate until they have a negative result

* Manly Skiff Club: Saturday 12 December, 12pm – 2.30pm

* Donny’s Bar, Manly: Saturday 12 December, 3:15pm – 9pm

* Old Manly Boat Shed: Saturday 12 December, 9pm – 12:30am

* Rusti Fig, Newport: Saturday 12 December, 9am – 10:30am

* Café Junior, Neutral Bay: Sunday 13 December, 12:45pm – 2.30pm

* BoThai, Crows Nest: Sunday 13 December, 4:30pm – 5:30pm

* Pearly Nails, Mona Vale: Monday 14 December, 4:30pm – 5:30pm

* Salon X, Paddington: Wednesday 16 December, 9am – 6pm and Thursday 17 December, 9am – 8pm

* Mona Vale Golf Club (bar and function room): Wednesday 16 December, 5pm – 10pm

* Garfish Seafood Restaurant, Manly: Thursday 17 December, 6:45pm – 8:30pm

* Avalon RSL, Avalon Beach: Monday 14 December, 6pm-8pm

* The Sands, Narrabeen: Tuesday 15 December, 6pm-8pm

* Salon for Hair, Turramurra: Thursday 17 December and Friday 18 December, 9:30am – 3:30pm

* Rose of Australia, Erskineville: Tuesday 15 December, 7pm – 8.45pm

* Sydney Trapeze School, St Peters: Tuesday 15 December, 10am – 12pm (only staff and patrons who attended the class for beginners)

GET TESTED IMMEDIATELY AND SELF-ISOLATE UNTIL DECEMBER 30:

* Nomad Restaurant, Surry Hills: Wednesday 16 December, 12:45pm – 2pm

* Café Toscano (outdoor veranda area), Forster: Wednesday 16 December, 6pm-7:45pm

People who attended these venue for less than an hour during those times should monitor for symptoms, and get tested immediately if they appear.

GET TESTED IMMEDIATELY AND ISOLATE UNTIL NEGATIVE:

* Mitre 10 Mona Vale: Tuesday 15 December, 8:30am – 5:30pm and Wednesday 16 December, 8:30am – 5:30pm

* Espresso, Palm Beach: Monday 14 December, 8am – 9am

* McDonald’s Raymond Terrace: Tuesday 15 December, 11.45am -12.15pm

* Warringah Mall: Wednesday 16 December, 10.40am – 1.40pm

* High Tek Aquarium, Brookvale: Wednesday 16 December, 1.55pm – 2.55pm

* Beach Bums Café, Forster: Wednesday 16 December, 8am – 9am and Thursday 17 December, 8am–9am

* Rose of Australia, Erskineville: Tuesday 15 December after 8.45pm

* Sydney Trapeze School, St Peters: Tuesday 15 December after 10am

* Cuckoo Callay on Crown, Surry Hills: Tuesday 15 December, 11am – 12pm

* Harris Farm Warehouse, Homebush: Tuesday 15 December, 2am- 11am, Wednesday 16 December, 2am – 11am, Thursday 17 December, 2am- 1pm

* Woolworths, Riverwood: Wednesday 9 December, 3pm – 3:35pm

* Nourished Wholefood Café, Avalon Beach: Saturday 12 December, 7.15am-7.30am

* Manly Wharf Bar: Saturday 12 December, 2:45pm – 3:15pm

* The Steyne Hotel, Manly: Saturday 12 December, 3pm – 3:30pm

* Cronulla Mall,: Tuesday 15 December, 8pm – 9pm and Wednesday 16 December, 3pm – 6pm

* Navy Bear Café, Darling Point: Sunday 13 December, 10.30am – 4.45pm

* Restaurant Lovat, Newport: Saturday 12 December 2:15pm – 2:25pm and 4pm – 4:15pm

* Mona Vale Golf Club: Wednesday 16 December, 11am – 5pm

* Strawberry Hills Hotel, Surry Hills: Wednesday 16 December, 3:30pm-6pm

MONITOR FOR SYMPTOMS:

A confirmed case travelled between the following train stations during the times below:

* T1 North Shore Line, Monday 14 December, departing Artarmon 8:27am, arriving Wynyard 8:49am

* T1 North Shore Line, Monday 14 December, departing Wynyard 6:42pm, arriving Artarmon 7:01pm

* T1 North Shore Line, Tuesday 15 December, departing Artarmon 9:17am, arriving Wynyard 9:38am

* T3 Bankstown Line, Tuesday 15 December, departing St James 6:34pm arriving Erskineville 6:48pm

* T3 Bankstown Line, Wednesday 16 December, departing Erskineville 7:03am, arriving Central 7:12am

Confirmed cases also travelled on bus route 199 on Saturday 12 December, departing Avalon Beach at 12.20am and arriving at Newport Hotel at 12.45am, and departing Newport Hotel at 7am and arriving at Avalon Beach on 7.15am.

UPDATES TO PREVIOUS ALERTS:

Anyone who was at the following venues during the times below is considered a close contact and should get tested immediately and self-isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result.

* Salon for Hair, Turramurra: Any time from Tuesday 15 December to Friday 18 December inclusive

* Hair by Erika, Lane Cove: Friday 11 December, 2:30pm – 4:30pm

Also, anyone who was at Warringah Mall on Wednesday 16 December between 11.40am and 1.30pm are considered casual contacts and should monitor for symptoms, and test and self-isolate if symptoms occur.



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ASIC reprimands Rex over failure to disclose capital city flight plans


The corporate regulator has reprimanded the airline Regional Express for failing to tell investors about plans to launch flights between Sydney and Melbourne before they were splashed across a national newspaper.

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission said on Wednesday it would restrict Regional Express (Rex) from using exemptions for reduced disclosure in fundraising documents for one year, meaning it must issue a full prospectus if it wants to raise funds from investors in that period.

ASIC has pulled Rex into line over its failure to inform the market about its capital city flight plans.

ASIC has pulled Rex into line over its failure to inform the market about its capital city flight plans. Credit:Andrew Taylor

ASIC’s action was triggered by an interview Rex’s deputy chairman John Sharp gave to The Australian Financial Review in May this year revealing the airline was considering an investment of $200 million to launch flights between Sydney and Melbourne, taking on Qantas and Virgin Australia on the highly lucrative route.

The ASX put Rex’s shares in a trading halt after the article was published on May 12, with Rex confirming to the market the following day it had “been approached by several parties interested in providing the equity needed for Rex to start domestic operations in Australia” and that the amount of equity required would be around $200 million.



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Ten tonnes of rubbish removed from city parks every weekend


Waste collected at Carlton Gardens last Monday.

Waste collected at Carlton Gardens last Monday.Credit:City of Melbourne

“While we are thrilled that so many people are enjoying our parks and gardens for their Christmas catch-ups and parties, we really need everyone to work with us on keeping our green spaces clean and safe,” lord mayor Sally Capp said.

“No one wants to see rubbish lying around in our beautiful world-renowned green spaces.”

Picnickers were surprised at how empty Fawkner Park in South Yarra was on Sunday, when the city hit 30 degrees, after months of parks being like a “festival”.

“I thought there’d be more people here,” said Hannah Stewart, who was having a picnic with a group of work friends to celebrate the end of the year.

“As soon as restrictions moved, I’d never seen a park so busy.”

Amanda Cupitt said that in the early days after stage four lockdown a trip to the park “was like being at a music festival with no music”.

Melburnians have relied on parks in recent months while groups of people were banned from visiting pubs or homes.

Melburnians have relied on parks in recent months while groups of people were banned from visiting pubs or homes.Credit:Chris Hopkins

Most people agreed they had visited parks more than usual during the pandemic, but said their dependence had cooled down now that groups can visit homes and bars.

Stephanie Stockman said the council had kept up with the sudden demand on green space, although she said there were times she had to queue for public toilets which were not particularly clean.

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“I think they did a pretty good job. Toilet facilities are not used to that inundation, so I’ll forgive them for that.”

Another group said it was more relaxing at the park now that crowds have dissipated.

“It was really bad when it was the only place you could go. But now people have some choice,” said Tim, who did not want his surname published.

Sunday was the first day that Lil had seen Fawkner Park without crowds.

“When I was walking here I was like, ‘why is nobody around?'” she said.

City of Melbourne said park rangers had been noticing more marquees, which require a permit because they can be dangerous if they aren’t properly secured.

Slacklines attached to trees are discouraged and portable generators can only be used with a permit. Portable gas barbecues are permitted in parks but must be raised off the grass and be fitted with a drip tray.

Anna MacKenzie and Hayden Dobson were having lunch and some ciders at the park on Sunday said they had relied on the park a lot during tough COVID-19 restrictions.

“During COVID, it was completely packed,” Ms MacKenzie said.

“I kind of feel like now stuff is open – restaurants and activities – I’m not coming to the park as much.

“It’s still nice for a Sunday afternoon to chill out.”

City of Melbourne is removing between eight and 10 tonnes of rubbish from its parks every weekend.

City of Melbourne is removing between eight and 10 tonnes of rubbish from its parks every weekend.Credit:Chris Hopkins

Carlton Gardens was a little busier than Fawkner Park on Sunday, but was nothing like it’s been in recent months.

The city’s garbage problem comes as the City of Yarra considers a temporary ban on alcohol at Edinburgh Gardens in Fitzroy North.

Councillors will debate how to respond to increase patronage at the park at a meeting on Tuesday, after neighbours complained of noise, rubbish, drug use and faeces in the streets.

As many as 4000 people have packed the park on sunny days over the past few months.

Yarra Council has doubled the amount it spends on maintaining toilet facilities for the summer period to $100,000. Cleaning is costing $8000 a week and $6000 worth of signs have been added to the park.

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