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Moonee Valley City Council


Council plays an important role in conserving the heritage of Moonee Valley by protecting and managing heritage places.

In order to identify the heritage value of a property or precinct, we conduct heritage studies using independent heritage consultants.

What is a Heritage study?

Heritage studies are a detailed investigation into places which may have heritage significance. We use independent heritage experts to research the history of a place or area and provide recommendations for protection through statutory planning controls.

Heritage studies are prepared based on the priorities identified in our Heritage Gap Study. We follow State Government legislation, guidelines and processes when preparing heritage studies. We always consult with property owners and the community when preparing a heritage study.

Heritage Overlay

In order to apply the Heritage Overlay to places of heritage significance, we need to make changes to the Moonee Valley Planning Scheme through a formal planning scheme amendment. In order to amend the planning scheme, Council must seek approval from the Minister for Planning.

All planning scheme amendments are consulted on with the community. Council then reviews and considers all feedback, with all unresolved submissions heard by an independent panel appointed by the Minister for Planning.

Places of heritage significance are identified on our planning maps through the Heritage Overlay.

Heritage Strategy

Council adopted the Heritage Strategy in June 2011. This strategy identifies the work to be undertaken by Council to continue to protect and manage heritage places in Moonee Valley.

The Heritage Strategy was developed in line with the Local Government Heritage Strategies Information Guide 2010, prepared by Heritage Victoria. It sets out a list of actions for future heritage-related projects.

Download a copy of the Heritage Strategy.

Heritage Database

We have a variety of heritage places, including buildings, residential and commercial precincts, industrial, parks, trees and objects.

These heritage places reflect the different phases of the city’s development, and are documented in a number of heritage studies that have been prepared over the past 20 years.

This information is now available on the Moonee Valley Heritage Database. The database includes historic information about a particular heritage place or precinct, including a Statement of Significance (where prepared).

What studies are happening now?

Check the status of heritage projects currently going through the planning scheme amendment stage to be included in the Moonee Valley Planning Scheme.

Heritage in Moonee Valley

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