C'mon, enough is enough. This is all happening under Planning Minister Justin Madden's watch and a Labor state government. How can this all be happening? Development at all costs? Profit before community good? Isn't there an organisation called Heritage Victoria, in charge of protecting our heritage? Under this state Labor government, Premier Brumby and Minister Madden, we appear to be losing buildings at a rate unparalleled since the sixties and seventies.
The Art Deco Lonsdale House, now gone.
The last remaining old Foy and Gibson building in Smith Street Fitzroy. It is only a façade, but still developers want to demolish it. Photo from Walking Melbourne.
Eastern Arcade, gone, replaced by a very ordinary looking modern building.
The lovely old Princess Mary Club, if not gone yet, soon will be.
These are generally smallish sites, but they go to make up the character of the streets where that have sat for many decades.
This one is not so small. The Argus (old Melbourne newspaper) building under threat. How could such an historic building not have any heritage protection. It could disappear without anyone being able to do anything about it. Photo from Melbourne Heritage.
But the biggest outrage of all, and the impact will be severe and pretty well permanent, is the Windsor Hotel and surrounds, half demolished and visually destroyed by a tower behind it and surrounded by assorted ugly modern buildings. Saviour of our heritage, Heritage Victoria is quite happy and satisfied with the plans, as is the government, the opposition, and the City of Melbourne and its Lord Mayor Doyle. I have yet to speak or hear or read of anyone else who approves. Photos from Save the Windsor. Sign up to the Face Book site or fill in the petition. Details at the website.