Protect the Fairfield Amphitheatre!

Protect the Fairfield Amphitheatre!

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Helen Madden started this petition to Heritage Council and

Our precious Fairfield Amphitheatre deserves state-level heritage protection!

We request heritage protection for the Fairfield Amphitheatre and its Dressing rooms (the River pavilion) and Ticket booth (the Kiosk). The Heritage Council is deciding whether to grant heritage protection to these stunning cultural spaces.

If the Heritage Council doesn't award this protection, the Amphitheatre and related buildings will be vulnerable to disuse, disrepair and inappropriate development. Unfortunately, in April 2021 Heritage Victoria (DEWLP) recommended against protection because they were unaware of its cultural significance.

Fairfield Amphitheatre deserves state-level heritage protection because it:

  • is Victoria’s only public, professional outdoor theatre (480 seats, 11 tiers), and it pioneered open-air theatre in Australia from 1983
  • is Victoria's only Ancient Greek amphitheatre, with an extraordinary aesthetic design replicating the most famous theatres of the ancient world
  • has an acoustic phenomenon in which a person whispering on stage can be heard at the very back row
  • has a remarkable bilingual and theatrical cultural history which inspired later cultural institutions across Melbourne.*

Our precious Fairfield Amphitheatre is a jewel in Melbourne's crown!
With phenomenal attributes and a ground-breaking cultural history it deserves state-level protection.

We also request that Yarra Council protect and promote this as Melbourne’s premier and unique outdoor performing arts venue.

*The Amphitheatre story including these attributes are documented at Stork Theatre's: www.storktheatre.com.au/history/ 

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