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Fed Square Apple Store 2.0: fails every test that matters

Australia has the big banana, big prawn and big merino, now we have the big iPad. Continue reading

Our Fed Square Not Apple Square Poster Campaign

Citizens for Melbourne Inc. launches its #FedSquareNotAppleSquare poster campaign, kicking off the next phase for Our City, Our Square and the fight for Fed Square! Continue reading

Take #OurCityOurSquare to the Streets of Melbourne!

Today, we launch our Poster Campaign for Fed Square! That's because the fight for Fed Square is not over. According to The Age, there's an escape clause in the secret contact that the Premier could exercise to abandon the rotten Apple plan. Continue reading

Next Steps in the fight for Fed Square's future

  Our mission as advocates for quality public spaces is clearly more urgent than ever Continue reading

[MEDIA RELEASE] Our City, Our Square Week 2: Where’s the vision for Fed Square?

As Melburnians recover from White Night, Our City, Our Square is regrouping for another week of campaigning, following our successful launch last Tuesday morning. The campaign offers a vision for Fed Square: as a public space not incorporating an Apple megastore. It has facilitated over 300 letters to Premier Daniel Andrews, Planning Minister Richard Wynne and other political decision makers. The campaign is liaising with many critics of the proposal. Continue reading

[MEDIA RELEASE] Andrews Government responds to Apple megastore backlash with empty gesture

Tonight, the Department of the Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) announced the establishment of a Steering Committee and design principles to guide the design development of the Apple megastore at Federation Square. Planning Minister Richard Wynne’s approval for an Apple megastore at Fed Square from 20 December 2017 remains in place. Victorians continue to be left out of the Apple megastore decision making process. Continue reading

[MEDIA RELEASE] Andrews Government: Debate audience says no Apple megastore. A panini isn’t for Fed Square.

Last night, 300 audience members and many more people on social media joined the Open House Melbourne Debate over the future of Fed Square. Few new details emerged, except that the public have not seen the latest version of the Apple megastore. Continue reading

[Editorial] Fed Square and Apple store debate: the people reject the Andrews Government proposal.

Tonight, Our City, Our Square made a major public appearance in a debate over the future of Fed Square hosted by Open House Melbourne. The event booked out in less than an hour. Almost 300 people packed into Deakin Edge, Fed Square. Many more people watched the live online stream, and had their say on #OurCityOurSquare & #FedSqDebate social media. The public response was overwhelmingly against the Andrews Government’s Apple store. Continue reading

[Media Release] Our City, Our Square campaign to fight the Andrews Government's Apple megastore plan for Fed Square

The Andrews Government’s plan to replace Federation Square’s Yarra building with an Apple megastore is being challenged by a new community group, Citizens for Melbourne. It will launch its Our City, Our Square campaign on Tuesday, 13 February 2018. Citizens for Melbourne believe that Fed Square should be a public space for public benefit – not corporate profit. It is an incorporated association of Victorians, formed after the shock pre-Christmas announcement, and is not aligned with any political party. It has no financial backers: every dollar spent to launch this campaign has come out of the pockets of the individuals involved. Continue reading