Protect Melbourne's Heritage Buildings

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Many heritage-identified buildings have been lost in recent years to rogue developers, planning oversights, and unenforceable heritage controls. Now the Victorian era Spinks Tinsmiths Factory at 488 La Trobe Street is under threat despite being recognised as having heritage significance. Melbourne has had enough!

Over 10 months ago on May 2016, the City of Melbourne requested the Planning Minister to authorise Planning Scheme Amendments which should have allowed for interim, and permanent, heritage protection controls (Amendment C273 and C272 respectively). These would protect a significant number of buildings identified in the West Melbourne Heritage Review 2016, conducted by the City of Melbourne. Contrary to normal procedure, neither of the planning amendments have been exhibited and within that time frame, planning permits have been submitted which will see the destruction of the historic Spinks Tinsmiths Factory at 488 La Trobe Street. Ironically, the proposed 61-metre, 18-storey development will overshadow the William Angliss School public spaces and cast shadow on another heritage building across the road. We need the assurance of formal protections to prevent the loss of buildings with identified heritage value. This is something that has been happening for decades and at an accelerated rate in any number of municipalities in recent years.

Please sign the petition NOW and send a message to Richard Wynne, Minister for Planning to immediately apply Planning Scheme Amendment C273 for Interim Heritage Protection controls, ideally to the date of Council's request and help prevent further erosion of Melbourne's unique heritage buildings.



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