CLIFFORD HAYES PRAISES VCAT DECISION TO SAVE THE LONGTERM HOME OF PAUL COX

Sustainable Australia Party MP and former film editor Clifford Hayes—renowned for his award-winning work on the 1979 hit Mad Max—has praised VCATs ruling in favour of the community, to protect the long-term Albert Park home of his former associate, the late filmmaking legend Paul Cox. The community has successfully fought a proposal for a two-storey development, which would have seen the 1880s landmark demolished. Mr Hayes hopes the decision will set a precedent throughout the area. “I am extremely pleased that on this occasion, VCAT has ruled in the community’s favour,” he said. “As a former film and television editor and producer, I knew Paul and truly admired his body of work. “I even had the pleasure of visiting Paul on set when he was filming scenes for one of his many movies inside this very building, which allowed me to truly admire the grandeur of his home. “This isn’t just a remarkable piece of Albert Park’s Victorian and Edwardian-era streetscape; it is a building with strong links to our screen and film culture—so it is extremely relieving that it is being preserved for years to come. “Hopefully this decision sets a precedent that the community will not stand by and watch our history and our heritage be desecrated.”