Time is tight to save Spinks

Residents accuse Planning Minister Richard Wynne of refusing to talk about saving the historic Spinks Tinsmith building at 488 LaTrobe St.

Demolition on the Victorian-era building is due to start soon to make way for a high-rise development and residents said they were counting on Mr Wynne’s decision to grant interim heritage control to save the local gem.

Sharon Vladusic, resident at the adjacent Royal Flagstaff apartments, said residents and Greens MP Ellen Sandell had submitted two petitions with 1500 signatures to Mr Wynne’s office but had not received any meaningful reply.

The ongoing finger pointing between the state government, the City of Melbourne and residents over the failure to grant interim heritage protection on the 100-year-old building has dragged on for more than 12 months.

Ms Vladusic said she had received “standard responses” from Mr Wynne.

“We are running against the time clock here. The demolition order is still in place and we are not getting any satisfactory answers from the minister,” she said.

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