News from the campaign

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

[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

Over 850 Submissions to the City of Melbourne!

Last night the City of Melbourne voted unanimously in favour to encourage the State Parliament to reboot the planning process by disallowing the planning amendment that puts an Apple store in Federation Square. Continue reading

City of Melbourne in the Hot Seat

We have an opportunity to encourage the City of Melbourne to act. Continue reading

ArchiTeam speaks out against Apple at Federation Square

ArchiTeam Cooperative, which boasts a membership base of over 600 architecture practices, has come out strongly in opposition to the Apple Federation Square plan. Continue reading

Federation Square decision cause for concern

The Australian Institute of Architects says there has been a lack of due process in the Victorian Government’s decision to allow the demolition of the Yarra Building in Federation Square and its replacement with a new Apple Flagship Store. Continue reading

A Rotten Apple

Architect and Citizens For Melbourne committee member Michael Smith takes a look at the Apple Federation Square proposal and the various issues that this controversial proposal raises. This piece in The Red+Black Architect Continue reading