Council moves to protect peninsula’s history

Published on 09 August 2018

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Mornington Peninsula Shire Council is committed to preserving places of heritage significance on the Peninsula.

At its Planning Services Committee meeting on Monday 6 August 2018, Council resolved to request for the Minister for Planning to appoint an Independent Panel to consider public submissions received regarding Planning Scheme Amendment C214 (Heritage Overlay).

The Amendment follows the adopted Mornington Peninsula Heritage Review, Stage 2, which reviewed existing places within the Heritage Overlay and places of potential heritage significance on the Peninsula.

The Review identified places in Arthurs Seat, Capel Sound, Dromana, Fingal, Hastings, Main Ridge, McCrae, Red Hill, Rosebud and Rye for inclusion in the Heritage Overlay of the Shire’s Planning Scheme.

These places were recommended by heritage experts under the supervision of Shire staff.

Following the public consultation period, further work was undertaken which identified a number of changes to the Amendment that were considered by Council at the meeting on 6 August 2018.

Importantly, Council also resolved to remove The Avenue Precinct (McCrae) from the Amendment.

The next step is for the Panel to conduct a hearing, during which submitters will be able to make further detailed submissions to the Panel. The Panel will then prepare a report of recommendations in consideration of all submissions made, which Council will be required to consider later in the year before adopting the Amendment or not.

Shire Mayor Councillor Bryan Payne said the amendment will “contribute to the sense of place and community identity on the Peninsula by recognising and protecting sites of heritage significance, and improving understanding of the local cultural history.

“Council is committed to protecting the Peninsula’s valuable history”.

For more information visit: mornpen.vic.gov.au/planning