Last night after submissions from MHA, Southbank Residents Association and Art Deco and Modernism Society of Australia inc., Melbourne, Australia ,
Council voted unanimously to extend interim heritage protection to two Southbank Landmarks, and Heritage Overlays to two others, ahead of a wider review of heritage in Southbank and Fishermans Bend taking place this year.
Looked at last night were GP Motors at 35 City Road, now Opera Australia, Crown Chemical Co warehouse at 63 City Road, now Photography Studies College (Melbourne) , The Castlemaine Brewery Tower on Queensbridge Street, and the PMG Workshops (now Victorian College of the Arts (VCA)) on Sturt Street.
Interim protection was to extend to all four, but unfortunately two on the list, 35 City Road and 63 City Road, have recently received planning permission for complete demolition, meaning their heritage listing here will only be valid if those planned developers don’t go ahead as currently planned. Too late perhaps but better than never.
We hope council pushes strongly behind the scenes for the developers to retain at least facades on those two sites, bolstered by this listing, and we hope the remainder of the review comes back to council in short order, so that more of Southbank’s remaining heritage can be protected alongside moves to make the suburb more livaeble.
We also commend the Lord Mayor and council for seeking interim heritage protection, something the Lord Mayor has previously argued against seeking
see the full report, with detailed histories of each site, here