Eighteen members of the City of Melbourne’s former Queen Victoria Market People’s Panel have petitioned the City of Melbourne calling on it to withdraw a motion adopting its charter for the new public space at Market Square.
Councillors were expected to formally adopt the charter at its council meeting on May 26, which also recommended a move to pursue an indigenous name for the future public space currently occupied by the market’s carpark.
However, at the time of publishing the June edition of CBD News, former members of the People’s Panel – an initiative established by then newly-elected Lord Mayor Sally Capp in 2018 to bring consensus to the redevelopment of the market – were preparing to submit a petition to councillors requesting they withdraw the motion.
Those to have signed the petition included representatives from the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, the Boonwurrung Foundation, Wurundjeri Elder Ron Jones, United Workers Union, Friends of Queen Victoria Market, as well as market traders and shoppers.
The panel members accused council of “blatant misrepresentation” stating that its recommendations for both the redevelopment of the market and the public space at Market Square were not fully considered.
As a major component of the what will be the guiding framework informing the design and future management and operations of the public space, the council is expected to pursue an Aboriginal place name for the site in conjunction with Aboriginal Melbourne.
The charter outlines that the City of Melbourne will be accountable for the management of Market Square, including the “implementation of any agreed arrangements for Queen Victoria Market Pty Ltd use and curation of the site”, the council report stated •