St Kilda's crusty old entertainment parks and palaces are worth holding onto - but what about the Palace next to them, built in '69. St Kilda's council apparently doesn't want St Kilda to be remembered for the Sixties. They are seeking proposals to redevelop the Palace and its big carpark. Proposals should be from private developers that can 'fix the site' while they're making a bomb building shops and flats on it. A fair deal I'm sure.
The architecture of the Palace doesn't bother me at all. My only problem with the whole precinct is that all the buildings are arse about, but I guess people didn't like the beach and sun back when it was all originally built.
Anyways, it's shaping up to be the usual Melbourne style VCAT slanging match, developers vs. heritage groups and musicians. I think it is a pity that the council couldn't set some parameters for what should happen to the site rather than leaving it all to suggestions from developers. But given the inevitable brawls, maybe it was too scared too.