We recently completed the South Yarra Heritage Review, the first comprehensive review of heritage in this area since the 1985. The independent review looked at all places within the study area, and made recommendations seeking individual heritage protection for 16 new places, as well as adding two new heritage precincts, one new serial overlay and extending the South Yarra Precinct (HO6). A thematic history was developed that incorporates South Yarra’s historical themes and material gathered through consultation with Traditional Owners.
The suburb of South Yarra is one of Melbourne’s oldest and most cherished neighbourhoods. Due to its affluence, the suburb has been able to demonstrate many different architectural styles by prominent architects through the years, which has become a key part of its heritage and character.
The review is implemented through Amendments C426 (Permanent Controls) and C425 (Interim Controls). C425 includes:
- Applying four (4) new individual Heritage Overlays.
- Applying one new Heritage Precinct (Yarra Boathouses Precinct).
- Revising the boundary of one place (Hoddle Bridge).
- Revising the boundary for the existing South Yarra Precinct (HO6).
- Heritage category changes for 275 places (NB: a heritage category identifies whether a place is non-contributory, contributory or significant to a precinct or individually significant).
These controls are proposed to be applied on an interim basis to ensure these places are protected while Amendment C426 progresses. At its meeting on the 8 November 2022, Future Melbourne Committee resolved to request the Minister for Planning to prepare and approve this Amendment.
The Minister for Planning has approved Amendment C425. The Amendment was gazetted on 8 June 2023.