Update: October 10, 2013
Finalised rally details:
The sun will be shining, the equipment is booked, the location confirmed!
October 12 is a day of action across the parliament precinct. Only 100 metres from the steps and without interference from other rally’s scheduled for the same time, our rally is set to take place in Parliament Reserve at the corner of Spring and Albert Street. Our cause will be clear. Here we will have more room for all of you, our ambassadors and special guests. Our generous volunteers will be out and about to steer you all in the right direction with their palace/metro rally signs from approx. 11.30am.
We kick off at 12.
See you all there!
The rally will be on the 12th of October at 12pm! Tell your friends, family, neighbours, work mates, your ex, the pizza delivery guy and everyone else you know!
More details coming soon! Remember- the 12th at 12!!
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In 2010 Melbourne’s live music culture was placed under threat from a strengthening of liquor licensing laws when the Victorian government wrongly assumed a link between music and violence. The people of Melbourne came out in force to peaceful protest which lead to a reversal of this link. Three years on Melbourne’s live music culture is once again under threat. This time however, the threat stands as a result of a weakness in policy.
Melbourne’s Heritage Gradings (Statements of Significance) were established in the early 1980’s and have not been reviewed since. Consequently a number of significant buildings within the CBD and particularly the Bourke Hill precinct lie largely unprotected.
The historic Palace Theatre (formerly the Metro) in Bourke Street is one of these buildings without protection. As a result in 2012 a Chinese investment firm was able to purchase the venue with the intent to develop the site. In 2013, they submitted plans for approval that would mean the ceasing off all live music activities at the venue and the venue itself completely destroyed in order to build a large luxury hotel and apartment complex.
A new group has emerged with the intention of preserving The Palace Theatre in its current form, as it stands, as an unparalleled live music and entertainment venue with an incredibly rich history that makes it a testament of Melbourne culture. That group is SAVE THE PALACE MELBOURNE and can be found on Facebook or at savethepalace.com. You can voice your support for the cause by visiting the website and signing the petition against this development. But more importantly join SAVE THE PALACE MELBOURNE in rallying on October 12 at 12 on Parliament’s step and show your support for saving this historic and integral venue.