Six free activities for local heritage lovers

Learn about Melbourne’s past and have your say on how we should protect its future through self-guided walks, a drawing class and by providing feedback on new heritage controls.

We recently completed the Hoddle Grid Heritage Review, the first comprehensive review of heritage buildings in the central city since the 1990s. The independent review took a holistic view of more than 1000 buildings, carefully considering Aboriginal, colonial, contemporary, community, tangible and intangible heritage values.

Based on our findings, we are seeking heritage protection for 137 properties and five precincts through Planning Scheme Amendment C387. The properties include 55 places that represent the best of our city’s postwar residential and commercial architecture and tell the story of Melbourne’s evolution from 1945 to 1975.

We are seeking feedback from residents, businesses and the community on Amendment C387 by Thursday 17 December. Have your say on the introduction of permanent heritage controls by making a written submission on Amendment C387 at Participate Melbourne.

Here are six ways to get involved.

1. Self-guided heritage walks

Use your smartphone to tour the Hoddle Grid on foot and learn more about heritage through interesting stories and historic images. The heritage walks are organised by themes including postwar, retailing and the rag trade.

2. Panel discussion

Hear local experts talk about Melbourne’s modernist architecture in a panel discussion planned for 12.30pm to 1.30pm on Thursday 3 December 2020. Confirm the details of this Melbourne Conversation and book your free ticket at Participate Melbourne.

3. Online information sessions

Learn about the Hoddle Grid Heritage Review and the proposed Planning Scheme Amendment C387, and ask questions to inform your feedback. Sessions will be held on Tuesday 17 November from 12.30pm to 1.45pm and Wednesday 25 November from 5.30pm to 6.45pm. Register and submit your questions.

4. Wolfgang Sievers photography exhibition

Browse seminal photographer Wolfgang Sievers’ historic photos of Melbourne’s modernist buildings.

5. Drawing class

Learn how to draw Melbourne’s ornate heritage buildings on Monday 16 November from 6.15pm in 7.15pm in this free virtual art class hosted by Laneway Learning.

6. Colouring activity

Colour in local artist Lewis Brownlie’s illustrations of some of the buildings to be protected in under the proposed planning scheme amendment.

To find out more and have your say, visit Participate Melbourne.