Heritage bid could protect market in Melbourne

May 2, 2017 by  

Those behind the Queen Victoria Market (QVM) in Melbourne are hopeful that it may feature on a heritage list.

The idea behind the move to get the market on the National Heritage List is to conserve the façade of the structure. The Australian Heritage Council (AHC) has been asked to address the issue prior to any redevelopment taking place. Postcard printing in West Melbourne could receive a boost if the protection of the QVM gets the green light.

Josh Frydenberg, a federal minister with responsibility for the environment, stated:

“As one of the city’s major landmarks and the largest open-air market in the southern hemisphere, the Queen Victoria Market has a long and important history.”

Trading at the market started back in 1878, and in excess of 700 traders currently operate from the site. An old cemetery shares some of the location with the market. Local history might gain from additional research into the community once living in the vicinity of the spot.

Robert Doyle, the Lord Mayor, is behind the scheme to get QVM listed, and has clarified that such a step would not interfere with a potential regeneration initiative. The project in question has been delayed because of a disagreement between some of the actors concerned.

Down the years, QVM has had a significant economic and social influence on the life of the city. The public will now be consulted on the direction of local policy.