Melbourne Heritage Action was formed in the wake of the demolition of Lonsdale House, an Art Deco gem, in 2010. Like many Victorians, we were outraged that the State Government of Victoria, the City of Melbourne, Heritage Council of Victoria and the developers felt they could ignore public outcry and rob our city of a significant piece of architecture and character.
Since then Melbourne Heritage Action has been fighting for the protection, preservation and promotion of the wonderful built heritage to be found in the Melbourne central business district (CBD). We are a community-based lobby group supported by the National Trust (Victoria), with whom we work closely.
Melbourne Heritage Action believes that the current powers of the Planning Minister are too broad; that the Heritage Council of Victoria is not doing enough to defend Melbourne’s heritage; that the development community are not doing enough to adaptively reuse heritage buildings and that the City of Melbourne needs to prioritise heritage protection.
Melbourne was once known as the ‘Jewel of the South’, home to such wonders as the Federal Coffee Palace, the Fish Markets, the Australia Building and many other buildings now lost to the bulldozer. This is the time for Melbourne to assert herself again as the jewel of the south and not allow developers and governments to rob this city of more of its built heritage.
With more and more buildings under threat from inappropriate development, Melbourne’s wonderful endowment of significant built heritage is under threat.
Help us to make a difference and ensure that our children and grandchildren can enjoy the Melbourne we know and love!
If you would like to know more about what we stand for please read our manifesto. If you’d like to learn more about who we are, click here