Tech giant’s flagship store would commercialise public square, campaigners say

Opponents of a plan to build an Apple store in Melbourne’s Federation Square have started a crowdfunding campaign to raise $40m to buy the Yarra Building to protect it from demolition.

The fundraising stunt – which comes with a promise from organisers that they will never call in the pledges made by supporters – comes as Heritage Victoria is preparing to consider a development application by the Federation Square authority.

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