Bourke St FIASCO: Hey, Minister for Planning - WHAT HAPPENED!?

Bourke St FIASCO: Hey, Minister for Planning - WHAT
HAPPENED!?"

Former Eastern Arcade - DEMOLTION

(Extract from:

http://www.nattrust.com.au/conservation/heritage_news__1
)

Despite discussions with the developers regarding retention of at least the
unique 1894 Moorish style façade, and Heritage Victoria finding that it was of
local significance, the developers proceeded with their original plans for a
high-rise hotel, and demolition began in mid June beginning with the 1894
façade.

How could this happen ? There are two main reasons : Firstly, the Melbourne
City Council has not updated its list of CBD heritage buildings since 1982. At
that time this building was covered in cladding, and so it was never officially
listed. Secondly, the Minister's department was the statutory authority since
the proposal was over 25,000 m sq. Normally his office would not issue a permit
without input from the MCC, which was to be that the building should be heritage
listed first. But this input was delayed on request from the developers, pending
negotiations. However, the Minister's office went ahead and allowed demolition
because the building was not heritage listed.