Save the Beaumaris Art Group Studio

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Bayside City Council have refused to consider the Beaumaris Art Group Studio building for heritage assessment, despite considering most of its other properties as part of its current heritage nomination scheme. Instead it is continuing with a redevelopment project which could result in demolition and replacement with a new art studio.

Beaumaris Modern, a community not-for-profit group, paid for a professional heritage citation which has been submitted to both Heritage Victoria and Bayside City Council. Whilst Heritage Victoria can only consider the building for state protection, Bayside City Council has a statutory requirement to consider places of local significance for local heritage protection.

We seek your support to petition Bayside City Council to consider this citation and to undertake a thorough heritage study to inform itself of ALL places which may be of local heritage significance.

Read more about the Save the Beaumaris Art Group Studio campaign on our Facebook and Instagram sites (@savebagstudio). The citation's statement of significance is published here.

The petition will be presented to Bayside City Council as per the text below. However as the council only accepts paper petitions to be submitted to its council meetings for debate, we're also circulating a paper copy. If you live in Beaumaris or nearby and would like to sign, please Like our Facebook page and we'll provide opportunities to meet and sign.

We the undersigned hereby petition Bayside City Council to:
a. include the Beaumaris Art Group Studios building for heritage assessment in its current Mid-Century Modern Voluntary Heritage Protection scheme;

b. include the Beaumaris Memorial Community Centre precinct (incorporating all the buildings, open space & RSL Cenotaph) for assessment as a precinct or significant place in its current Mid-Century Modern Voluntary Heritage Protection scheme; 

c. consider a less wasteful, less expensive, adaptive reuse approach than demolition and upgrade the existing building, with a western extension that incorporates a gallery / new storage areas / further kiln space and additional classroom area.