When MHA formed in 2010 we were focused on heritage threats in the CBD as defined by the Hoddle grid. We had identified this area as one that contained numerous buildings of significant heritage value with little or not protection, and one that was subject to strong development pressures. While several other groups had worked on campaigns to protect certain sites in the CBD, there was no group dedicated to defending the the CBD against the many threats to it’s heritage buildings. Over the past five years MHA has worked hard to raise the profile of heritage issues and campaigned to give many CBD sites the protection they deserve.
In 2012, the Minister for Planning unilaterally declared that the Capital City Zone would be expanded well beyond the CBD and a part of Southbank. Since then, large scale developments have increasingly encroached on these CBD fringe areas, especially the ‘City North’ area, which doesn’t have a dedicated heritage group, and neither does Southbank. With our recent discoveries that there are many places there that are unprotected, and others that have been demolished, MHA has made the decision to expand our boundaries as seen in the map below.