Amendment overview

Amendment process

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

It made changes to the Heritage Overlay in the Melbourne Planning Scheme for 46 places in Southbank and South Wharf. It also deleted 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 implemented the recommendations of the Southbank Heritage Review 2017, updated November 2020 (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 amendment applied the Heritage Overlay to 15 additional places and to revise or delete existing Heritage Overlay listings where buildings have been demolished or incorrectly mapped or to correct addresses or descriptions.

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.

Document library


Image gallery of the area's history

Amendment C305