Christmas comes early for Fed Square with a 4-month heritage protection order

The decision by Heritage Victoria on 21 August 2018 to apply an Interim Protection Order (IPO) to Federation Square gives Victoria’s public, cultural and civic heart a much-needed reprieve until late December 2018.

This 4-month order suggests a case exists for a Fed Square heritage listing. It also states that Fed Square is under ‘imminent threat’ from the Metro Tunnel construction works in ways that ‘may detrimentally affect its cultural heritage significance’.

The order covers the entirety of Fed Square, including the Visitor Centre, ACMI and the Yarra Building. In all likelihood, it will cause delays to current construction projects. No work can be done while Heritage Victoria and the Heritage Council assess Fed Square’s heritage.

If any work is done to Fed Square while this order is in place, substantial fines or possible imprisonment are the statutory penalties.

Following the heritage assessment process, a successful Victorian Heritage Register listing would have an impact on the proposed Apple megastore.

A ‘Rally for Fed Square’ will be held on Wednesday 19 September 2018.

President of Citizens for Melbourne Tania Davidge says,

  • “Fed Square has been given a reprieve until Christmas. The Interim Protection Order allows us to take stock and think about what makes Fed Square truly special. It validates the community view that Fed Square is a place of social, cultural and civic importance.”
  • “Hopefully, after 8 months of discussion behind closed doors, Victorians will now have the opportunity to have a say about the future of their public, cultural and civic square.”
  • “In this Election year, we call on Premier Daniel Andrews and Opposition Leader Matthew Guy to commit to a state heritage listing for Fed Square.”

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