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‘It’s a dump!’: Festival Hall move prompts severe reaction from Ross

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Festival Hall could be saved from the demolition because of a push to put the legendary West Melbourne building on the Victorian Heritage Register.

The Age reports Heritage Victoria will recommend its inclusion on the list today.

The move could save the home of boxing, wrestling and a long list of big music names — including the Beatles, Bill Haley and Frank Sinatra — from demolition to make way for two 16-storey towers (pictured above).

The news prompted a severe reaction from Ross Stevenson.

“Festival Hall?! It’s a dump!”

He and Burnso reckon Heritage Victoria might have its priorities wrong.

(Former Hawthorn president) Andrew Newbold sold his house; it was the most gorgeous house you’ve ever seen,” Ross said.

“It was old, stately and had beautiful gardens.

“A bloke bought it, got the bulldozer in and leveled it.

“So they’re letting that happen in the suburbs, but they’re preserving Festival Hall.

You’ve got to be joking?!

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Planning Minister Richard Wynne says plans to build two 16-storey towers could still go ahead but with restrictions.

He told Ross he thinks the move to heritage list Festival Hall will attract a lot of support.

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