News from the campaign

[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

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

How’d you like them Apples?

Writing in ArchitectureAU, Citizens for Melbourne President Tania Davidge says that the Victorian government has offered Melbourne’s “heart and soul” to Apple with a site for a new store on Federation Square. “Quite frankly, the price is too high.” Continue reading

Apple is exploiting the power of its brand to claim an important part of our city

Writing in The Age, Citizens For Melbourne Committee Member, James Lesh outlines how Apple is exploiting the power of its brand to claim an important part of our city.  Continue reading