Town Hall Renewal

South Melbourne Town Hall Restoration and Renewal Proposal

The South Melbourne Town Hall, resting on the lands of the Boonwurrung people of the Kulin nation, is one of Melbourne’s most impressive civic buildings, with a commanding location on Emerald Hill in the heart of South Melbourne.

Since 1880, the South Melbourne Town Hall has stood proudly as an icon of our suburb and since 1997, the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), as major tenants, have filled the Town Hall with worldclass performance.

Sadly, this beautiful icon has deteriorated over time and is in need of repair. Currently, some sections of the building are not safe for occupants.

ANAM’s Proposal

As current tenants, ANAM loves the building and community here, and wants to stay part of South Melbourne and see the Town Hall rejuvenated to its former glory for decades to come.

For this reason, ANAM has recently submitted a proposal to Council to invest $37.5 million into the building in the next three years to renew and restore the Town Hall.

As part of this building renewal project, ANAM, in partnership with the City of Port Phillip, will renew the building’s Main Hall and additional spaces, opening the building out for significantly increased community and cultural access including for performances, meetings, conferences, dinners and function (with discounted venue hire rates available to residents).

With this proposal, ANAM would take responsibility for maintenance of the building for the next 50 years, which will cost ANAM an additional $33 - $40 million over 50 years in effect equating to an annual rental contribution of $800,000.

The City of Port Phillip is currently considering our proposal.

Key Benefits

Our proposal offers a number of benefits to the South Melbourne community. It will:

  • Contribute to the City of Port Phillip’s vision for South Melbourne
  • Stop the building’s decline and create a valuable and contemporary asset the community can be proud of, at no cost to the community.
  • Provide opportunities for the community to gather and use the purpose-built spaces in an iconic building
  • Generate economic activity for the Emerald Hill precinct by attracting new audiences to the unique performance and event spaces in the building and provide new life through providing new performance spaces
  • Allow Council to bring an iconic building back to life
  • Continue allowing free access to high quality performances and events for local residents.
  • Ensure that this community continues to receive the benefit of being home to ANAM through to the middle of the century.

You can view our Community Information booklet here.

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