The much-loved Melbourne Star could be saved after multiple inquiries to keep it turning.
Last month, MB Star Properties Pty Ltd, said they were announcing “with a heavy heart” the attraction in Docklands would be immediately closed and the company placed into liquidation.
The closure was due to COVID-19 lockdown and travel restrictions in the state.
But the star could yet be saved, with liquidator Grant Thornton revealing they have had several inquiries to keep it operating.
They have launched a sales campaign.
The much-loved Melbourne Star closed after 15 years in operation due to COVID-19 travel and lockdown restrictions in the state. Credit: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images
The giant observation wheel has been a part of the city’s skyline for more than 15 years and it still dominates the sky, but has its lights turned off.
“It has welcomed more than 300,000 visitors every year, with international and interstate tourists making up 45 per cent of the business,” a statement from MB Star Properties Pty Ltd read.
“Unfortunately, the global COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent travel restrictions and sustained shutdowns, adding to pre-existing challenges of operating amid increased high-rise development and changes in the Docklands area, has made it impossible to sustain the business.
“The directors of the wheel are absolutely committed to doing the right thing by our dedicated team and have made arrangements to ensure all our employees will be paid their full entitlements,” the company said.
The closure of the wheel took effect last month. Credit: Facebook/ Melbourne Star
When it first opened in 2008, the 120-metre tall wheel was called the Southern Star.
It opened two years behind schedule, but then closed a month later due to structural defects including cracking and did not reopen again until 2013.
A ride in the star took 30 minutes to do one rotation.
Melburnians reacted to the closure with humour about the wheel’s troubled past.
“Melbourne Star: you were a ridiculous white elephant in a ridiculous location, but we loved you and we will miss you,” one person wrote.