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The Victorian Government Is Asking for Your Thoughts On the Future of Federation Square

You have until the end of September to submit your feedback on the public space's future.
By Sarah Ward
August 04, 2019
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The Victorian Government Is Asking for Your Thoughts On the Future of Federation Square

You have until the end of September to submit your feedback on the public space's future.
By Sarah Ward
August 04, 2019
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Whether you regularly take advantage of its open spaces, simply rush across it while you're walking through the city or just occasionally frequent some of its sites, if you're a Melburnian, you probably have some thoughts on Federation Square. The Flinders Street spot has become a significant part of the city since it first opened back in 2002 — and, as it nears the end of its second decade, the Victorian Government is asking for input about the space's future.

As part of a review that was launched earlier this year, interested parties can supply their thoughts, wants, hopes and dreams for Fed Square during the now-open community consultation process. And, given recent events, it's likely that plenty of folks have some pretty strong views. It was only back in April that the site's planned big revamp — the controversial construction of Apple's first Australian flagship store, which would've involved the demolition of the Yarra Building — was canned after vocal backlash.

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Fed Square will still be undergoing a significant change anyway, thanks to the $11 billion Metro Tunnel. One of the project's new stations, at Town Hall, will include an entrance at Fed Square's northwest corner — as well as an underground pedestrian connection to the site and Flinders Street Station.

Taking planned developments into consideration, the current review is seeking specific feedback on how Federation Square functions as a public space and meeting place. The government is pondering opening the site up with more public space, as well as providing a better connection to the Yarra River.

If you have a burning idea, you have until the end of September to complete the Federation Square Review online survey.

Published on August 04, 2019 by Sarah Ward

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