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Flinders Street Station People’s Choice voting closes tomorrow

The Flinders Street Station Design Competition’s People’s Choice Award voting will close at midnight tomorrow, Minister for Major Projects David Hodgett said today.

“Voting closes at midnight on Monday 5 August, so tomorrow is your last chance to have your say in the People’s Choice vote and we encourage everyone to log on, vote and tell us what you think,” Mr Hodgett said.

“What we have seen from the web site statistics and hearing anecdotally is that a relatively high number of people are visiting the site several times. What this indicates is that people are really taking their time to understand the designs and give a considered response. If you are one of those people who are yet to make up their mind, tomorrow is your last chance.

“We’ve been delighted with the response to the People’s Choice vote so far with more than 17,000 votes lodged since Tuesday 23 July and look forward to seeing the feedback the public have given us,” Mr Hodgett said.

Minister Hodgett said plans were underway to do a detailed analysis of the voting statistics and comments.

“While the primary aim of the People’s Choice Award was to determine a popular winner, the voting system also operates as a form of community consultation. Once a competition winner has been announced we will begin the task of analysing the feedback.

“The results will then be used by Government as part of its decision making and to refine and develop the winning design in the future.

“The Government wants to hear the people’s voice on the future of Flinders St and in this sense voter’s comments on the designs are as important as their ratings.

“While the People’s Choice Award voting is not factored into the jury’s decision, the design competition has been run according to the Architect’s Institute of Australia’s (AIA) guidelines which state that competitions must be judged by juries of professional architects.

“However, what the People’s Choice Award results will do is influence the Government who will make the critical decisions about the future of Flinders St Station. The voting is a chance for people to have their say heard directly by Government.

“There is only one day left, so please go to www.voteflindersst.com.au and let us know what you think about the designs and have your say on the future of the station,” Mr Hodgett said.

The results of the design competition and the People’s Choice Award will be announced on Thursday 8 August.