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Moonee Valley Heritage Gap Study

Draft Heritage Gap Study

Council decision

At Council’s Ordinary Meeting on Tuesday, 25 November 2014, Council adopted the Moonee Valley Heritage Gap Study.

Next steps:

We will commence stage 2 studies in early 2015 following the recommended priority listings as identified in the study. High priority places and precincts include:

  • Shops, commercial buildings and shopping strips
  • Interwar residential buildings and precincts
  • Transport-related places including stables
  • Industrial places and suburban infrastructure
  • Community-use buildings

Please note that the order that we will undertake the above studies has not yet been finalised.

What changed because of feedback during the consultation period?

The draft Moonee Valley Heritage Gap Study underwent extensive community consultation between 28 July and 29 August 2014.

Over the consultation period we received feedback from 199 landowners, property managers and a small number of other interested community members.

The Draft Moonee Valley Heritage Gap Study Community Consultation Key Findings Report (pdf, 777KB) provides a summary of the feedback received.

The Response to Community Feedback Report (pdf, 1.45MB) provides a transcript of all feedback as well as Council Officer/Consultant responses and recommendations.

After reviewing the feedback received and further investigation, several changes were made to the study. These changes were:

  • 34 preliminary citations were revised to include additional historical information.
  • The boundary of one precinct and one group of houses was redefined.
  • Two places and one precinct were removed from the study.
  • Five nominations for additional places to be included in the study were accepted.
  • The priority for Victorian era places and precincts changed from ‘low’ to ‘medium’.
  • Precincts which were identified to be of a mixed nature with potentially both Edwardian and Victorian heritage significance and therefore identified in two priority categories (medium and low priority) in the draft Stage 1 Report are now listed only as a medium priority.

About the Heritage Gap Study

Adopted Version – Moonee Valley Gap Study – Stage 1 – Final Report

Adopted Version – Moonee Valley Gap Study – Stage 1 – Appendix E – Maps

Adopted Version – Moonee Valley Gap Study – Stage 1 – Appendix F – Preliminary Place/Precinct Citations

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 aimed 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?

To find out if your place has been identified please view the Final Report (pdf, 997KB).

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 identified 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 the study was adopted, we resolved 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 our 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 identified 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 heritage@mvcc.vic.gov.au

Themes of the Heritage Gap Study

Find out about the themes of the Heritage Gap Study.