A youthful Fed Square satisfied five criteria to be added to the Victorian Heritage Register. The listing protects the square as a public place, but doesn't prevent its continuing evolution.
The Victorian government plans to destroy trees and sites sacred to Djab Warrung people to make way for the Western Highway at the same time as it seeks heritage listing for the Eastern Freeway.
Federation Square may be less than 20 years old, but that doesn't mean it can't be heritage listed. Heritage value depends on many things including cultural significance