For Fed Square – not – Apple Square
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Our City, Our Square is convened by Citizens for Melbourne Inc.

Citizens for Melbourne is a mix of everyday Melburnians - architects, urbanists, planners and lovers of public space, arts and culture. Citizens for Melbourne launched in January 2018 and is 100% volunteer and 100% non party-political. We’re not hippies, NIMBYs, Luddites or a front for anything else.

We are also hardworking. Here’s how we campaigned in 2018.

Citizens for Melbourne believes that changes to public spaces must be transparent, follow democratic processes and deliver broad public benefits. We’re not anti-Apple - we oppose any takeover of our precious and dwindling public spaces.  (Note the emphasis on public.)

 
 

Our team

The convenors of the Our City, Our Square campaign are Tania Davidge, Brett de Hoedt, Shelley Freeman, James Lesh, Melinda Ovens, Michael Smith, Kerrin Jefferis and Rohan Storey.

Tania Davidge (spokesperson)   Tania is passionate about the importance of public space. As an architect, she believes that replacing Fed Square's Yarra Building with an Apple store would fundamentally undermine the focus of the square as a place for people, community, arts and culture.  "There is no place in Melbourne that does what Fed Square does. It is unique. Fed Square sets a benchmark for public space - nationally and internationally - and a corporate entity like Apple simply does not belong there."

Tania Davidge (spokesperson)

Tania is passionate about the importance of public space. As an architect, she believes that replacing Fed Square's Yarra Building with an Apple store would fundamentally undermine the focus of the square as a place for people, community, arts and culture.

"There is no place in Melbourne that does what Fed Square does. It is unique. Fed Square sets a benchmark for public space - nationally and internationally - and a corporate entity like Apple simply does not belong there."

Brett de Hoedt (spokesperson)   News of Apple’s proposed store inspired Brett to start a Change.org petition. 30,000 signatures later the communications consultant helped found the Our City, Our Square campaign. He’s more confident than ever that this wrongheaded decision can be reversed.  “Victorians are sick of being squashed by developers who have the government on speed dial. We need to protect public space – not privatise it.”

Brett de Hoedt (spokesperson)

News of Apple’s proposed store inspired Brett to start a Change.org petition. 30,000 signatures later the communications consultant helped found the Our City, Our Square campaign. He’s more confident than ever that this wrongheaded decision can be reversed.

“Victorians are sick of being squashed by developers who have the government on speed dial. We need to protect public space – not privatise it.”

Shelley Freeman   Shelley is a passionate Melburnian - living, working and playing in the city. Much of this has taken place at Federation Square over the years and, with her family, she is committed to seeing this place remain one for the people.  When recently asked by Channel 7 news what Federation Square meant to him, her 8-year old son replied ‘it’s a place to make friends and climb trees’…Not buy apple products!

Shelley Freeman

Shelley is a passionate Melburnian - living, working and playing in the city. Much of this has taken place at Federation Square over the years and, with her family, she is committed to seeing this place remain one for the people.

When recently asked by Channel 7 news what Federation Square meant to him, her 8-year old son replied ‘it’s a place to make friends and climb trees’…Not buy apple products!

Kerrin Jefferis   Architect and I.T. student, Kerrin loves everything architecture and technology but was saddened when he heard the news, just days before Christmas 2017, that Apple was going to knock down a part of Fed Square.  Moved to action, Kerrin sought out others who were fighting to save community public spaces and joined the Our City Our Square campaign.

Kerrin Jefferis

Architect and I.T. student, Kerrin loves everything architecture and technology but was saddened when he heard the news, just days before Christmas 2017, that Apple was going to knock down a part of Fed Square.

Moved to action, Kerrin sought out others who were fighting to save community public spaces and joined the Our City Our Square campaign.