Southbank and South Wharf have an important industrial and manufacturing history dating back to the mid-1800s, which is reflected in the surviving built form. To protect the remaining heritage places, City of Melbourne has prepared Planning Scheme Amendment C305.

Amendment C305 implements the recommendations relating to Southbank from the Southbank and Fishermans Bend Heritage Review 2017 by Biosis. The recommendations relating to Fishermans Bend will be implemented through a separate planning scheme amendment which is expected to be prepared in 2018.

Amendment background

Amendment C305 revises existing planning controls so that all places of heritage significance in Southbank and South Wharf are protected.

The amendment proposes changes to the Heritage Overlay in the Melbourne Planning Scheme for 48 places in Southbank and South Wharf. It also proposes to delete the Heritage Overlay from one place in Port Melbourne located at 344-370 Lorimer Street and 231-249 Todd Road to reflect that an aircraft hangar that was previously in this location has been relocated to Tyabb. The Heritage Overlay is a planning provision which is used to conserve heritage places and ensure that new development does not adversely affect the significance of heritage places.

This amendment implements the recommendations that relate to Southbank and South Wharf of the Southbank and Fishermans Bend Heritage Review 16 June 2017 (the Review). The Review was a priority action out of the City of Melbourne’s Heritage Strategy 2013 and was presented to the Future Melbourne Committee in September 2017. The recommendations that relate to heritage places in Fishermans Bend will be subject to a later planning scheme amendment.

The amendment:

  • Proposes to apply the Heritage Overlay to 17 new individually significant places and to revise or delete existing Heritage Overlay listings where buildings have been demolished or incorrectly mapped or to correct addresses or descriptions. See the Heritage Overlay for individually significant places map.
  • Proposes a new heritage overlay precinct along City Road and new group listings for laneways and substations. See the Heritage Overlay for precincts and other listings map.
  • You can identify properties affected by the amendment by reviewing maps 1 and 2 in the document library. You should also review the full amendment documentation in the document library.

    A property that is affected by the amendment may be being added or removed from the Heritage Overlay, or an existing Heritage Overlay listing for the property may be being amended.

    The amendment proposes to apply the Heritage Overlay to 20 new places. These are 17 individually significant places, two group listings for substations and laneways and a new City Road heritage precinct.

    Changes to individually significant places are shown on map 1. The proposed City Road precinct and group listings are shown on map 2. Within the City Road precinct there are individually significant places, contributory places which are important for their contribution to the precinct and non-contributory places.

    Formal notice of the amendment has also been sent to owners and occupiers of properties which are affected by the amendment.

    Southbank developed first as a commercial shipping port in the mid-1800s. Early development was predominantly one and two storey brick warehouses, timber yards and factories with saw tooth roofs. More recently, Southbank has grown into a high density residential and commercial area with a world class Arts precinct.

    Did you know:

    • Southbank was an important hunting ground and food source for Aboriginal groups for thousands of years.
    • The former tracks used by indigenous people formed the alignment for modern roads.
    • Extensive swamps caused many problems for first European settlers and delayed development in this area.
    • Early immigrants to Melbourne arrived at Port Melbourne and then had to walk to the city following local Aboriginal paths through the swamplands.
    • The former Kosky brothers’ furrier business in City Road was once linked to Russian spies and the infamous ‘Petrov Affair’.
    • The former Castlemaine brewery in Queens Bridge Street includes some of the oldest buildings in the area and the former brewery malthouse is now used by the Malthouse theatre.
    • The former artificial limb factory in Sturt St manufactured new limbs for returned servicemen after the First World War.

    You can find out more about Southbank’s history in the Southbank and Fishermans Bend Heritage Review which is available in the document library.

    Submission process

    Once exhibition of the amendment is completed, all submissions will be considered by Council. Under the Planning and Environment Act 1987, Council can decide whether to make the changes requested by submissions to the amendment or request that the Minister for Planning appoint an independent panel to review and hear submissions.

    Before making a final decision on the amendment, Council will consider the independent panel’s advice. If the amendment is adopted by Council, then it will be submitted to the Minister for Planning for final approval.

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