As Melbourne’s most important civic meeting place, Fed Square belongs to all Victorians.
THE ANDREWS GOVERNMENT'S APPLE MEGASTORE:
disregards the people
The citizens of Victoria have been denied any opportunity to have a say in this decision.
Any changes to our public spaces must undergo a genuine public consultation process.
undermines Fed Square's role as our Civic Square
You go to an Apple store to buy products. You don't go to an Apple store to to watch sport on the big screen, to meet friends over a drink and a bite to eat, or to see an exhibition or cultural performance.
This decision represents an opportunistic corporate takeover of Melbourne's civic heart and soul.
ignores Fed Square's Charter
Fed Square operates under a Civic and Cultural Charter. It ensures Fed Square reflects "Melbourne’s cultural diversity" and gives back to the people of Victoria. That's why Fed Square has worked so well.
The charter does not support the type of retail offering that Apple represents.
pays no respect to Fed Square's design
The proposed store is at odds with the unique architecture of Fed Square and its purpose as a public gathering place.
We are destroying our urban and cultural heritage.
does nothing for sustainability
The replacement of a building only 15 years old by one with an unknown lifespan and undefined future is wasteful.
sets a dangerous precedent
If Victoria's premiere civic space can be taken over by Apple, what other public spaces might corporations take next?
How long until our parks, sports grounds and other cultural institutions are handed over to corporations in secret deals?
uses financial “losses” as an excuse for a failed management model
The operational costs of our Civic Square should not be met by a corporate lease.
The government funds public spaces like sporting grounds, parks and gardens, public libraries and cultural institutions.
They should continue to fund Fed Square.