In Boroondara we are privileged to live in some of the most charming suburbs in Melbourne.
Fortunately our community passionately values our heritage properties which are at the heart of Boroondara’s neighbourhood character. This is why we are placing a high priority on proactively classifying and protecting individual heritage properties and precincts through the Municipal Wide Heritage Gap Study.
The Municipal Wide Heritage Gap Study is a five-year project which began in 2016, involving the detailed assessment of nine suburbs across Boroondara - Canterbury, Camberwell, Hawthorn, Hawthorn East, Kew, Kew East, Mont Albert, Glen Iris and Ashburton.
The process of including properties in a Heritage Overlay is complex and takes a long time. I am pleased to report that Council recently adopted its first suburb study and planning scheme amendment which has now been submitted to the Minister for Planning for approval.
This marks a significant milestone, and we are hopeful the Minister will approve our recommendations. This would result in permanent heritage protection for more than 400 properties in Canterbury.
In the meantime extensive work will continue with implementing the remaining assessments. It is anticipated that all eight gap studies will be finalised in the early part of 2019, with progressive consultation and implementation to occur over the next two years. Your feedback during the consultation process is crucial and I encourage you to get involved when the opportunity arises.
Visit Heritage Gap Study to keep up-to-date with this important project.
Cr Jane Addis
Mayor of Boroondara