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Proposed Palace Theatre Demolition Has Fans In Uproar

Written by Greg Moskovitch on July 7, 2013

Punters young and old are up in arms over the proposed demolition of Melbourne’s Palace Theatre to make way for a 5-star luxury hotel and apartment complex.

The Save the Palace Theatre Facebook page went up soon after the news broke on Friday, and has already attracted just under 19,000 ‘Likes’. The page features multiple links to a “Save the Palace Theatre” petition targeted at Victorian Planning Minister Matthew Guy, urging him to save the iconic Melbourne venue:

[The Palace] is an iconic venue within Melbourne, that thousands of people regard highly. Not only would this be a devastating loss for an incredible amount of music lovers but the building itself has a great historical impact and should be fully heritage listed so nothing can happen to it.

We must all band together and make a stand to save a truly historical structure.

In less than 24 hours, the petition has accrued over 7,000 signatures, well on its way to reaching its stated goal of 9,000 signatures. The petition has been making the rounds on social media with the hashtag #SaveThePalace, and Triple M Melbourne personality Dave ‘Higgo’ Higgins and the radio station itself is getting behind the cause.

Some supporters have suggested holding a protest akin to the Save Live Australian Music rally of 2010 which rescued venues like The Tote, but it’s not yet known if any such event will take place. Both SLAM and Music Victoria are yet to comment on the proposed destruction of the theatre, leaving fans of the venue to take matters into their own hands.

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