The last few weeks of the campaign to preserve the Palace Theatre have been rather up and down. The venue was forced to close in May this year. The proposal to demolish the theatre and replace it with a W Hotel came before the Melbourne City Council Future Melbourne Committee on the 10th June. Despite lively discussion and strong arguments against the proposal by members of Melbourne Heritage Action, Save the Palace and other members of the public, the council postponed any decision until July 1st (meeting minutes available here – pdf).
On the 20th June the Minister for Planning Matthew Guy indicated he would make the height limits in the Bourke Hill precinct mandatory, a move which would scuttle the proposal for a W Hotel. The Planning Minister stated that he wished to avoid any further planning disasters like the Windsor. On the 27th June the mandatory height limits were gazetted, meaning they would need to be taken into account in any decision that was made on the proposal for 20-30 Bourke St.
At the Future Committee on the 1st July it was revealed that the developers have amended their proposal to comply with the new height limits. As the amendment was received only the night before the meeting a decision was made to postpone discussion of the proposal to a Future Melbourne meeting at some point in the future (minutes available here – pdf).
So at this stage we are waiting to see what the new proposal is, we will update the campaign page for the Palace Theatre once we have any further news.