Posted by ABC News | February 16, 2019 09:55:07You’ve probably heard of Stoneward Mall, but it’s not the only shopping destination that has been transformed by the climate change movement.
The iconic shopping complex in Sydney’s inner west has been the subject of protests by climate campaigners in recent years, and has been labelled “the next Sydney” by a local councillor.
Melbourne’s Westfield has also been threatened with a new development, and the Melbourne Olympic Park is set to host the 2019 Winter Olympics.
So what do you think of Stewood Mall, and what could be the future for this iconic shopping precinct?
Well, we’re all very passionate about climate change and the impacts that it is having on our cities, but Stonewards are really unique in that we’ve never had any of these protests before.
This is probably the most exciting time in history for our city because we’re seeing really large numbers of people who are really committed to getting rid of all fossil fuels.
Melbournians have been protesting at the Stonewomes for years, including at the recent Melbourne Olympic Games, which the city says will create an extra 500,000 jobs, while also creating hundreds of thousands of affordable homes.
Melburnians were particularly vocal in their opposition to the redevelopment of the St. Georges St. Andrew’s Hospital site, and are currently fighting a court case over the redevelopment plans for the former Royal Melbourne Hospital site.
Melbrooks community member and former city councillor Chris Williams has been campaigning to save the Stewards shopping precinct, and he has been a strong supporter of the local environmental movement.
“There’s really nothing more iconic than Stonewall Mall,” Mr Williams told ABC News.
“I think it’s a really great place to be, a very iconic shopping centre, and I think it would be really exciting to see it changed.”
What’s behind the StEWood Mall protest?
Melbourne has a long history of resistance to climate change, and Stonewalls was a key area during the height of the first world war.
Meltonians were involved in numerous protests at the Mall in the 1920s and 1930s, including the Battle of St George’s Hill and the Battle Of Melbourne, which saw the death of about 4,000 people, according to historian Peter Kelly.
“We have a history of really being involved in protests at Stewwick Mall and in many ways, that’s why we’ve always been there,” Mr Kelly said.
“Stonewood is a very special place to me, because it’s such a symbolic place, but there’s a history there, too, and it’s something that’s been really important to me.”
Mr Kelly said the mall has long been a focal point for the Melbourne climate movement, with marches and rallies across Melbourne in recent decades.
“Melbourne was a centre for anti-nuclear demonstrations, so it’s an interesting place to see that,” he said.
What about the Melbourne Olympics?
Melbors opposition to any redevelopment at StEWOdd Mall has been met with resistance from the Australian Olympic Committee, who argue that it would only benefit the developers, and do nothing to protect Melbourne’s iconic buildings and heritage.
But Mr Williams believes that the Stowards protest has been an important step towards saving Stonewows iconic shopping area.
“The people who have protested, they’ve actually shown that they are united by a common desire to protect these buildings,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne.
“And I think that’s important, that this protest and these protests and the protests around Melbourne, to show that the whole community is behind them.”
Topics:environment,environmental-impact,climate-change,climate,environment,united-statesFirst posted February 16, 2020 14:56:05More stories from Victoria