Robert Doyle on GF holiday, horse-drawn carriages and Melbourne’s biggest changes
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Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle says only the AFL grand final parade saved the CBD from a public holiday ‘disaster’.
But he conceded foot traffic was higher than an average Friday, despite being lower than last year’s grand final.
Mr Doyle revealed there will be a city protest against horse-drawn carriages on Friday.
But Mr Doyle vehemently rejected criticism of the council, saying it was entirely VicRoads’ decision.
Mr Doyle said Federation Square and Birrarung Marr were the biggest physical changes Melbourne has seen in the past 25 year.
But, talking on The Herald Sun’s 25th birthday, the Lord Mayor said a cultural change was more pertinent.
Mr Doyle said the TAB had muddied its brand after posting a homophobic joke involving Bruce McAvaney’s expense.
‘It is vile. It is absolutely vile,’ he said.
‘They should be ashamed.’