Ranelagh Estate Conservation

The Mornington Peninsula Shire adopted a Conservation Management Plan (CMP) for the Ranelagh Estate in Mount Eliza(PDF, 6MB) on 14 September 2009. This document assesses the cultural significance of the Griffin/Tuxen designed estate and develops policies and a management strategy to guide the future use of the Estate.

The Ranelagh CMP is a document referenced in the planning scheme and forms the background to the Clause 21.13-1 Ranelagh Estate, Mount Eliza in the Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme.

Ranelagh Residents’ Association and Ranelagh Estate Conservation Advisory Group have been working with the Shire on implementation of various actions proposed in the CMP.

What is this Conservation Management Plan?

Ranelagh Estate was designed in 1924 by Walter Burley Griffin, collaborating with Marion Mahony Griffin and surveyor Saxil Tuxen, as an exclusive Estate of holiday houses. It was listed on the Victorian Heritage Register in May 2005.

The CMP is intended to assist the local residents, statutory authorities, land owners and managers in the conservation of this important heritage place.

It provides an historical overview of the Estate and an analysis of the physical components and context as a basis for an updated Statement of Significance for the Ranelagh Estate. Substantial new work was undertaken to clarify the character that the residents value and the Griffin’s social and landscape ideas, as well as how the Estate evolved with the influence of Garden Suburb ideals and the Melbourne modern movement.

A remarkable aspect of the Estate is the development of a strong local community that was active to protect the Estate and its unique natural and cultural environment.

The context for policy formulation includes a community vision for the future management of the Estate, developed as part of the project. Policies and actions have been developed that respond to the heritage significance of the Estate and address key issues identified by Council staff, heritage professionals and the local community.

A chapter on implementation outlines six key strategy areas and potential high priority projects, with timelines for implementation.

Supporting documentation is contained in five appendices.

How can I obtain a copy of the Conservation Management Plan?

The Conservation Management Plan can be downloaded from the bottom of this webpage.

A hard copy is available for viewing at the Planning Enquiry Counter of the Shire office in Queen Street, Mornington. 

Download: Ranelagh Estate VMP Report 2011(PDF, 8MB)

Download: Ranelagh Conservation Management Plan July 2009.pdf(PDF, 6MB)

Has there been community consultation in preparing the Conservation Management Plan?

The Conservation Management Plan incorporates useful information obtained through the community heritage workshops held in February and April 2008. The input of those who attended the workshops is warmly appreciated.

Where can I get further information?

For further information please contact the Heritage and Strategy team on: 5950 1953 or email heritage@mornpen.vic.gov.au