The passing of Aussie rock legend Chrissy Amphlett (frontwoman for The Divinyls) last year hit the local music scene hard.
Suffering a long battle with breast cancer and multiple sclerosis, Chrissy died in New York City at the age of 53. To honor the raspy-voiced singer, Melbourne City Council has voted unanimously in favor of creating Amphlett Lane in the heart of her home state.
With The Divinyls, the Aussie singer created hits such as “I Touch Myself,” “Pleasure and Pain” and “Science Fiction.” Amphlett grew up in Geelong, Victoria, later traveling to England, France and Spain as a teenager. In Spain, she was imprisoned for singing on the street and spent three months in jail. In 1980 she met fellow band mate Mark McEntree at a concert at the Sydney Opera House and they created rock act The Divinyls. In 2006, they were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame due to the lasting impact they had on the Australian music scene.
Amphlett Lane will sit off the top end of Chinatown on Lt Bourke St near Spring St in Melbourne’s CBD, backing onto the recently closed Palace Theatre where Chrissie used to perform. Ecstatic Councilor Rohan Leppert tweeted after the vote: “Amphlett Lane—endorsed! Proud to move the motion tonight and bring about Melbourne’s next music lane.”
A petition was presented to Council last July, three months after The Divinyls singer passed. The Future Melbourne Committee immediately threw its support behind the move and the petition would later draw 7,300 signatures.
Amphlett Lane hasn’t been the only dedication made to the late artist. In 2014, Chrissy’s family, friends and Cancer Council NSW launch the I Touch Myself Project. Cancer Council NSW summarized the message of the campaign: “Detecting breast cancer early is the most important factor in beating the diseases. Through this campaign we are encouraging women to get to know their breasts better, to know what is normal for them and to participate in breast screening if they’re in the right age range.”