NUGAS Victoria joined the call to action, supporting the protection of the Fairfield Amphitheater and its associated buildings.
The campaign was sparked by steps taken by Yarra City Council to redevelop the changing rooms in the amphitheater (also known as the pavilion) for use by the neighboring rowing club.
“As the largest Greek Australian youth organization in Australia, we want to express our deep disagreement and disappointment with the Heritage Council’s decision not to grant heritage protection to the theater,” said the NUGAS statement.
NUGAS calls on the Heritage Council to reconsider its decision and grant heritage protection due to the theater contributing to the significance of Victoria’s history and development.
“The decision not to grant heritage protection undermines the cultural significance of the theater and ignores the connection of hundreds of thousands of Greek Australians (many of whom are our members) with it who have sometimes visited it to attend plays. theater and events. The Australian Greek community is deeply connected with theater and its state protection is of paramount importance to us, ”said NUGAS.
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The youth organization led by university students also stressed the importance of the educational aspect of the amphitheater.
“Since ancient times, the theater has been one of the highest and most important forms of education and the places where plays are performed (especially the ancient Greek theater) must be protected. Especially when it comes to a theater with rare features, and which is built in a different style from almost any other theater in Australia.
“We are asking Victoria Heritage Council and Yarra City Council to learn more about this theater and its importance, as we believe that after conducting extensive research into it, it will become clear that this decision needs to be made. canceled and that heritage protection must be granted, ”concluded NUGAS.