The City of Melbourne is committed to protecting its rich cultural heritage as the city grows and changes.

We are reviewing the heritage of Parkville to better understand its built and cultural heritage, and to find out what makes it different to other neighbourhoods in Melbourne.

The Parkville Heritage Review is the latest study in a rolling program of Heritage Reviews to ensure we have up-to-date knowledge to protect the city’s valued places.

From 2 February to 7 March 2022 we asked the community to share their knowledge of Parkville to help inform our Heritage Review. The purpose of this initial phase of community engagement was to:

  • Identify places that need to be investigated for heritage protection in the Melbourne Planning Scheme.
  • Improve our knowledge and understanding of existing heritage places, and potentially add information to existing written documentation and records.
  • Hear from the community about the places they value and why.
  • Increase our understanding of what makes Parkville distinctive.

Current status

Following community consultation in 2022, and independent investigations, the Parkville Heritage Review was completed in October 2023.

The Parkville Heritage Review and its recommendations was supported by Future Melbourne Committee on 14 November 2023.

A request for authorisation of Amendment C444, along with a request for interim controls via Amendment C443, have been submitted to the Minister for Planning and are currently awaiting a decision.

The key recommendations of the Review are:

  • 20 new individual places (10 places are already within a heritage overlay) as new individual Heritage Overlays.
  • Changes to the existing Parkville Heritage Precinct (HO4) and the creation of four sub-precincts to reflect their distinctive phase of development.
  • Two places are identified as having potential State significance and recommended for further assessment under the Heritage Act 2017.

Follow this page for be notified of updates on the proposal and future community consultation.


  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Community consultation

    2 February to 7 March 2022

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    Information sessions

    16 February, 6pm to 7.30pm
    23 February, 6pm to 7.30pm

    Learn more

  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    Heritage Review

    Completed October 2023

  • Timeline item 4 - active

    Future Melbourne Committee Meeting

    Council to consider Amendment C443 (Interim Controls) and Amendment C444 (Permanent Controls) to implement the recommendations of the Parkville Heritage Review. Watch the recording and read the meeting minutes.

    14 November 2023

  • Timeline item 5 - incomplete

    Public Exhibition of Planning Scheme Amendment C444

    Community can make submissions on the proposed amendment.

    Early 2024

  • Timeline item 6 - incomplete

    Submissions to Future Melbourne Committee

    Council’s Future Melbourne Committee will consider all submissions which will be then referred to an independent panel to review.

  • Timeline item 7 - incomplete

    Submissions to the independent panel

    The independent panel will consider all written submissions lodged during the statutory consultation period.

  • Timeline item 8 - incomplete

    Future Melbourne Committee and Council consider the panel report

    At this stage of the process Council, having considered all submissions as well as the views of the independent panel, decides whether to ask the Minister for Planning to approve the amendment.

Community consultation

See the places and stories shared by the community that contribute to Parkville's heritage.


Header image: View along Gatehouse Street, between Morrah and Bayles Streets, 1966. Photograph by David Saunders. (State Library of Victoria, Accession No. H2003.27/108)

Get involved banner image: Water Fowl Pond at the Zoo in 1893, showing what may be remnant River Red gums. Photograph by David Syme and Co. (State Library of Victoria, Accession No. IAN01/12/93/17)

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