Liberal Party commits to Fed Square as Victoria’s Public Square

Today, Matthew Guy committed to a future for Fed Square without an Apple store.

Guy said: “You’ve got places like Tiananmen Square or Trafalgar Square. You don’t stick a retail store in the middle of them. They’re public places. I think public places are for the public, not for corporations.” [Source: 7 News Melbourne]

Citizens for Melbourne welcomes this commitment from the Liberal State Opposition and Leader of the Victorian Liberal Party less than three months from the November state election. The Greens and Liberal Party have both come out in support of a future for Fed Square without an Apple store.

Since the announcement of the Apple Store days before Christmas 2017, petitions against the proposal have gathered over 100,000 signatures. Citizens for Melbourne is raising funds to continue fighting the proposal during the upcoming state election campaign.

Last week, Heritage Victoria applied a four-month Interim Protection Order over Fed Square to prevent any new construction while it assesses the Victorian National Trust’s heritage nomination. Heritage Victoria will draw on earlier precedents, such as the National Gallery of Victoria, which was heritage listed 14 years after its completion in 1982, and the the Victorian Arts Centre, listed the same year as its final theaters opened in 1984. [Source: ArchitectureAU]

President of Citizens for Melbourne Tania Davidge says,

  • “We applaud Matthew Guy’s recognition of the cultural and civic importance of Fed Square as a public place for all Victorians – without a retail store at its heart.”
  • “Given the public outcry, heritage nomination and forthcoming election, now is the right time to reassess the Apple store proposal at Fed Square.”

A ‘Rally for Fed Square NOT Apple Square’ will be held on Wednesday 19 September 2018.