Preston Market Heritage Hearing Report

The heritage hearing to determine if Preston Market is added to the Victorian Heritage Register was held on the 17th and 19th of August, 2019.

The registration committee were Mr Lindsay Merritt (Chair), Prof Stuart Macintyre, Ms Penelope Smith.

Submissions from DADA, Save our Preston Market, Darebin Ethnic Communities Council, Ethnic Communities Council Victoria, Mr Gaetano Greco, Mr Barry Pearce supported the application for registration and stressed the importance of Preston Market to the heritage of Victoria.

You can read the submission by the original architect and designers, BARRY PEARCE, Architect and Designer and DAVID RAYSON, Building Designer here:

You can read the DADA hearing submission here:

Read the submission on behalf of DADA and Save our Preston Market here:

We discovered, through the process, that Darebin Council still owns land titles in the market. We have asked the Darebin CEO and Mayor to clarify this.

The Heritage Council representative told the hearing that:

The former Broadhurst Tannery site is in the Victoria Heritage Inventory (H7922-0399).

Its significance is quite separate to Preston Market.

Archaeological investigation would be a Heritage Act Consent requirement for any disturbance or development work undertaken on the Inventory site that may affect historical archaeological remains associated with the former tannery.

The area also has blanket protection under the Act.  Under the terms of the Act it is an offence to disturb any historical archaeological remains, even for a site that is not included on the Heritage Inventory, unless a Consent has been issued by the Executive Director, Heritage Victoria.

The Heritage Council has 90 days to make a determination.