On Tuesday 15 May, City of Melbourne councillors will vote on a recommendation to accept Heritage Victoria’s recent permit refusal for the partial dismantling, restoration and reconstruction of Sheds A-D at the Queen Victoria Market, as well as excavation to facilitate basement facilities and car parking. City of Melbourne Management has recommended that Council works with Heritage Victoria, traders, customers and other key stakeholders “to submit a revised proposal for the provision of market infrastructure”. This follows the National Trust’s recent calls to go back to the drawing board.
In response, National Trust of Australia (Victoria) CEO Simon Ambrose has issued the following statement:
We applaud the City of Melbourne for responding to the National Trust’s calls to go back to the drawing board on the Queen Victoria Market renewal plans. This is the right decision for the market, and for the community who cherishes it.
We look forward to working together with the Council and other key stakeholders to find a new way forward which respects the rich layers of the market’s heritage—from the cemetery and the market sheds, to the traders and the customers—while setting the market up for the next 140 years of trading.
The recommendation will be presented to Councillors at Tuesday’s night’s meeting by Rob Adams, Director City Design & Projects, and can be downloaded here.
Read the report in The Age by clicking here.
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