Melbourne City Council has requested a further redesign of the proposed Apple Store at Federation Square.
An initial redesign by Federation Square was revealed in June 2018, after workshops between Federation Square Management, the Victorian Government, the City of Melbourne and Apple.
However, the City of Melbourne has now requested a further redesign, with this decision backed by the National Trust of Australia (Victoria).
"We pursued our nomination of Federation Square to the Victorian Heritage Register to ensure that any future development at the site takes into account its architectural and cultural significance," says Simon Ambrose, CEO of the National Trust of Victoria (Australia).
"We remain concerned at the lack of community consultation in relation to the proposed Apple Store, and would like to see the urgent preparation of a masterplan to guide future changes at Federation Square.
"We encourage all Victorians to have their say on the future of Federation Square by making a submission in writing to the Minister of Planning, the Hon. Richard Wynne MP."
This comes not long after Heritage Victoria implemented a four-month heritage protection order over Federation Square, with a view to potentially heritage list the site. This order prevents the demolition of the Yarra Building (which is to be the site of the proposed Apple Store), although construction of the Apple Store was not planned to begin until next year.