The City of Melbourne has been at the forefront of heritage planning in Australia since the 1980s. When the first heritage controls were introduced, more than 30 studies were undertaken to document the city’s heritage.
Now more than 7,000 properties are protected under the Heritage Overlay in the Melbourne Planning Scheme. The municipality has benefited from this commitment to heritage and is renowned as one of the world’s great Victorian-era cities, with a rich diversity of heritage places.
Since the 1980s, heritage planning in Australia has become more holistic. Amendment C258 seeks to implement a new approach to heritage practice in the City of Melbourne which streamlines, modernises and improves the policy and guidance around protecting and redeveloping heritage places and to align with the current best practice grading system used throughout Victoria.