New Heritage Overlays have been approved for 65 Melbourne CBD sites and laneways. 

Minister for Planning Richard Wynne has approved interim Heritage Overlays on parts of the Hoddle Grid and Southbank, as well as the iconic Guildford and Hardware Lanes. These overlays will protect Melbourne’s landmark precincts and buildings while permanent heritage controls are progressed by the City of Melbourne. 

The heritage protections will apply to 65 individual sites, two group listings and nine precincts and include:

  • Flinders Lane East
  • Drewery Lane
  • Swiss Club of Victoria (1906), Flinders Lane
  • Epstein House (1926), Flinders Street
  • Turn Verein Hall (1871), later Grand United Order of Oddfellows Hall, La Trobe Street
  • Former Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board Building (1937), Little Collins Street

“We’re protecting these beautiful old Melbourne buildings and quirky laneways so they can never be lost,” says Wynne. 

“We know how precious these places are to locals and we’ll keep them preserved for future generations.”

“I’m immensely proud that these heritage reviews are being translated into the planning scheme at last,” adds Cr Rohan Leppert, City of Melbourne’s chair of the arts. 

“Council is undertaking more heritage work than at any time in 30 years, bringing our controls up to date with community and industry expectations.”