The City of Melbourne is undertaking a major renewal of Melbourne’s iconic Queen Victoria Market and surrounding precinct.

The renewal project aims to secure Queen Victoria Market’s place as a traditional open-air market. Through renewal we will restore the market’s heritage while delivering facilities to make the market work better for traders, customers and visitors.

Since announcing the renewal of the market precinct in 2013, the City of Melbourne has worked closely with traders, the community and key stakeholders to plan for the careful restoration and revitalisation of this seven hectare site in the heart of the city. The ideas have reinforced the need to secure the market as a traditional open air market.

Alongside the heritage market, the City of Melbourne is also planning for the surrounding precinct in order to provide for the growing community.

For more information on the market renewal program including the latest projects, visit Queen Victoria Market Precinct Renewal.



  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Community consultation - phase one

    November 2013

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    Community consultation - phase two

    April to May 2014

  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    Purchase of Munro site announced

    October 2014

  • Timeline item 4 - complete

    Community consultation - phase three

    March 2015

  • Timeline item 5 - complete

    Queen Victoria Market Precinct Renewal Final Master Plan endorsed by Council

    July 2015

  • Timeline item 6 - complete

    State Government approves Amendment C245, paving the way for planning application for the Munro site

    11 July 2017

  • Timeline item 7 - complete

    Construction begins at Munro site

    November 2018

  • Timeline item 8 - complete

    People's Panel concludes with 14 recommendations and a minority report

    19 November 2018

  • Timeline item 9 - complete

    Future Melbourne Committee accepts People's Panel Report and requests a report on market infrastructure options

    10 December 2018

  • Timeline item 10 - complete

    Future Melbourne Committee endorses new market infrastructure plan and People's Panel Report progress update released

    2 April 2019

  • Timeline item 11 - complete

    Future Melbourne Committee endorses design and costings for G Shed and Queen Street market infrastructure

    September 2019

  • Timeline item 12 - complete

    Future Melbourne Committee endorses engagement on Market Square and People’s Panel Report Progress update released

    September 2019

  • Timeline item 13 - complete

    Community consultation on Market Square

    14 October to 1 November 2019

  • Timeline item 14 - complete

    Council report on Market Square engagement

    December 2019

  • Timeline item 15 - active

    Council report on Market Square Charter

  • Timeline item 16 - incomplete

    Commencement of design process for Market Square

    May 2020 - subject to Council endorsement

Consultation history

  • Munro Library: 2022

    • January-March 2022: Consultation on Munro Library, a new community library in the heart of the Queen Victoria Market precinct.
    • August 2022: Designs for Munro Library and Community Hub approved by Future Melbourne Committee.

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  • Market Square charter: 2019

    • November 2019: Consultation on Market Square, a new 1.5 hectare public open space, replacing the current customer car park.
    • December 2019: Development of charter for Market Square endorsed.
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  • People's Panel: 2018-2019

    • September 2018: People's Panel formed. The panel focused on forming recommendations on how to deliver facilities at the market for traders and customers, including car parking.
    • December 2018: Council accepts People's Panel report and requests market infrastructure report.
    • April 2019: Council endorses market infrastructure report.

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  • Amendment C245: 2015-2017

    • October-November 2015: Engagement on Amendment C245: Queen Victoria Market Precinct Renewal. The amendment introduces planning controls to balance the heritage of the market precinct with the right type of new development.
    • July 2017: Amendment approved by Minister for Planning.
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  • Early engagement: 2013-2015

    • November 2013: Introducing the renewal and discovering what people value and want improved.
    • April-May 2014: Seeking feedback on five renewal draft concepts and six themes.
    • March 2015: Introducing and consulting on the draft Master Plan.
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