The Victorian Heritage Register lists the State’s most significant heritage places and objects. These places or objects are:
- of special cultural heritage significance to the State of Victoria.
- legally protected to help ensure it survives for future generations to appreciate.
Anyone can nominate a place or an object to be added to the Victorian Heritage Register.
Heritage Victoria provides the initial assessment and recommendation then the Heritage Council of Victoria makes the final decision for the place or object to be included on the Register.
More information can be found on the State Government’s website: http://www.dpcd.vic.gov.au/heritage/victorian-heritage-register
Banyule has several places on the Victorian Heritage Register. More information on these can be found on the Banyule Heritage Database
Current nominations being considered by the State Government
Banyule Flats and Warringal Parklands
Warringal Parklands and Banyule Flats form part of a large open public space alongside the River Yarra in Heidelberg. The boundary and extent of the place is illustrated on the aerial photograph below:
The Warringal Parklands and Banyule Flats are considered to be of historic and social significance at a State level, for:
- Remnant rural landscapes being of those that inspired the nationally acclaimed Heidelberg School of Painters.
- Being a site of significant conservation struggles on a State and local level, including the 1950s Save the Yarra Campaign, the first of many community led movements to protect the Yarra River Corridor.
- Association with development of the prestige estates and tenant farmers of Heidelberg in the early 19th century.
Council lodged a nomination to Heritage Victoria for the place to the considered for inclusion to the Victorian Heritage Register in June 2014. As part of the nomination Council also submitted a detailed Cultural Heritage Assessment which provides the basis for the nomination. A copy of the Cultural Heritage Assessment can be accessed here.
Heritage Victoria has completed its assessment of the nomination and on 19 September 2014 their Executive Director advertised his recommendation for the Warringal Parklands and Banyule Flats not to be included on the Register. More information on their assessment can be found on the Heritage Victoria website.
Owners and people with an interest in the place have 60 days to comment on this recommendation in the form of a written submission. Written submissions must reach the Heritage Council before 5pm, Tuesday 18 November 2014
Submissions should be directed to the Heritage Council at PO Box 2392 Melbourne 3000, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you wish to submit please use the following form to assist you:
Heritage Council Hearings Protocol 2: Registration submission to the Heritage Council
Please note that all written submissions will be treated as public documents. You should expect your submission to be freely and wholly available to anyone seeking access to it.
Further information on the registration process can be accessed here
Sparks Reserve is currently listed as a place of local heritage significance (HO170) in the Schedule to the Heritage Overlay in the Banyule Planning Scheme.
Council has also nominated this place for the Victorian Heritage Register (VHR) as a place of state heritage significance.
The area nominated includes 10 The Boulevard (1\PS425552) & the road reserve north of The Boulevard, extending along the east side of Heidelberg Road to Fairy Street, Ivanhoe, as shown in the image below:
The Heritage Council of Victoria determines what places and objects are included on the VHR. They are currently considering Council’s nomination for this place, which is available from this link. Their process is explained here.