Consultation is now closed
The consultation period for the draft Moonee Valley Heritage Gap Study has now closed.
Council Officers with assistance from Context (Council’s external heritage consultants) are now considering all of the feedback received from the community and, where necessary, we will make changes to the Heritage Gap Study.
A report will then be presented at a Council meeting for a final decision.
If the study is adopted by Council, it will act like a reference document for Council. It will help Council make decisions about undertaking future heritage studies.
Although the study lists priorities, it doesn’t commit Council to undertaking any of these heritage studies.
About the draft Heritage Gap Study
View the Heritage Gap Study (pdf, 1.9mb) (Appendix E, pdf, 6.94mb) (Appendix F, pdf, 30.8mb).
This study is preliminary research conducted by heritage experts who surveyed all properties in the local area to identify which ones require further investigation in the future.
This study aims to:
- identify gaps in Moonee Valley’s heritage protection by identifying all places dating from the time of European contact which are of potential heritage value and not protected by a Heritage Overlay
- provide a prioritised work program that may be used to guide which heritage studies should be undertaken in the future
This study does not:
- recommend any heritage overlays
- provide a detailed assessment of each identified place
- commit Council to any further heritage work
View our factsheet (pdf, 944kb) for more information on the study.
Which properties have been identified?
View the interactive map to find out if your place has been identified.
If your property has been identified it will be included in one or more of the groupings below.
Edwardian and Victorian heritage precincts
Letters were recently sent to all owners of properties that were identified in the draft Heritage Gap Study.
There are some precincts which have been identified to be of a mixed nature with potentially both Edwardian and Victorian heritage significance. These precincts have been indentified in two priority categories (medium and low priority) by the heritage consultant.
As a result, some residents have received two letters concerning their property; one that lists that it may included in a study that is of a medium priority and another that lists that it may be in a study that is of low priority.
When we submit a report to Council, we will recommend to Council that the properties that appear in both categories are listed only as a medium priority.
What is the proposed prioritised work program which will guide future heritage studies?
The prioritised work program groups places and precincts that are similar in theme, place-type, and/or era, which creates a series of medium to large-sized potential study areas. This allows for more efficient use of Council resources rather than undertaking spot assessments of places.
The below lists the proposed prioritised work programs which Council can use as a reference to help guide future heritage work. Places which are rare, poorly represented in Moonee Valley and with no protection are the highest priority.
High priority (proposed to be undertaken within 1-5 years)
- Shops, commercial buildings and shopping strips
Shopping strips, particularly in Essendon and near tram and train lines.
- Interwar residential buildings and precincts
Places which represent the Interwar period of 1919-40. Most of the finest representatives of this period are not yet protected.
- Transport-related places (including stables)
These sorts of places are not well represented on the Heritage Overlay, and places related to horse racing are perceived to be under threat.
- Industrial places and suburban infrastructure
These sorts of places are not well represented on the Heritage Overlay.
- Community-use buildings
These buildings have been identified because they may have social, cultural or historical significance.
Medium priority (proposed to be undertaken within 6-8 years)
- Edwardian residential buildings and precincts
Places which represent the Edwardian period of 1902-18. Late Edwardian in particular is poorly represented on the Heritage Overlay, and an important period of growth in Moonee Valley.
- Postwar residential buildings
Places which represent the postwar period of 1945-65. These places are poorly represented on the Heritage Overlay.
Low priority (proposed to be undertaken in 8+ years)
- Victorian residential buildings and precincts
Places which represent the Victorian period of 1835-1901. This period of residential development is best represented on the Heritage Overlay.
- Extensions to existing Heritage Overlay precincts
Places which could be incorporated into existing precincts in the Heritage Overlay.
- Trees and parks
Low priority as the Significant Trees Study was completed in 2013.
- Aboriginal places
None have above-ground remains; three are only locations of historic activities (but there are not buildings).
- Late postwar residential buildings
Places which represent the late postwar period of 1965-2000.
The above groupings are linked to the themes indentified in the Moonee Valley Thematic Environmental History.
For an explanation of residential housing periods and their identifying features please visit the Heritage Victoria website.
How does this affect me?
If this study has identified your property, it means that it is of potential heritage value and may warrant further investigation in the future.
At this stage no value has been assigned to any property, as a full investigation has not been undertaken. Further work will have to be carried out to establish what significance each place has, if any.
If Council undertakes a heritage study that involves your property, you will be contacted again, and further consultation will take place.
Where can I get more information?
Watch our heritage videos to find out more about heritage in Moonee Valley.
Heritage in Moonee Valley
Dispelling the myths around heritage protection
For further information please contact the Strategic Planning unit on 9243 8888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org