The Shire of Nillumbik is committed to identifying and protecting our heritage places, buildings and objects as part of our Heritage Strategy. We have completed the Nillumbik Heritage Review Stages A & B and are now in the process of implementing the findings into our Planning Scheme.
Planning Scheme Amendment C149nill proposes to apply the Heritage Overlay (HO) to sixty-three (63) new places, create one (1) new serial listing and one (1) new precinct in the Shire, along with deleting five (5) disused overlays and amending HO49, HO50 & HO112. This is in accordance with the recommendations of the Nillumbik Heritage Review Stages A & B adopted by Council on 26 July 2022.
As part of this amendment process, Council has applied for an Interim Heritage Overlay, via Amendment C148nill, under section 20(4) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987. This amendment applies the Heritage Overlay to properties on a temporary basis while Amendment C149nill is underway. On 26 April 2023 the Minister for Planning approved Amendment C148nill, the effect of which is to apply individual Heritage Overlays to 51 places (55 property addresses being privately owned) on an interim basis, until 1 October 2024. The letter of approval can be found in the Document library under Notices. For official documentation please visit the following link:
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A total of eighty-six (86) properties will be affected by the amendment with the majority of affected properties proposed to have the Heritage Overlay applied to them. For a full list of properties and how they are proposed to be affected by the amendment, please download and read the 'C149 Property List' located in the Document Library.
Heritage is an important part of the Shire of Nillumbik and a key objective of the current Council Plan. Councils are responsible for conducting and implementing strategic work to identify and protect places of local heritage significance. This is consistent with s 4(1)(d) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987, ‘to conserve and enhance those buildings, areas or other places which are of scientific, aesthetic, architectural or historical interest, or otherwise of special cultural value’. The heritage review includes an assessment report and citations for each place, describing the history, heritage values, condition and integrity, along with a Statement of Significance. This amendment will implement the recommendations of the Nillumbik Heritage Reviews Stage A & B.
All documents relating to the amendment will be available for public inspection free of charge once exhibition commences via the ‘Planning documents on exhibition’ webpage on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s website.
The most up to date copies of both Stage A & B Heritage Reviews, the property list, all associated citations, the Nillumbik Thematic Environmental History and post WW2 addendum to the Thematic Environmental History are included in the Document Library.
The heritage citations that form the strategic justification and heritage siginficance for each property are provided for your convenience. They are sorted into their respective townships.
Council’s adopted Heritage Review Stage A, identified 10 Diosma Road as being worthy of investigation for potential State significance. In accordance with this recommendation, officers referred 10 Diosma Road to Heritage Victoria for consideration of nomination, and in October 2022 formal advice was provided by Heritage Victoria of its intent to undertake formal assessment of the place out of this nomination. This is an independent process outside of Council’s mandate under the Planning and Environment Act 1987.
Heritage Victoria undertook an inspection of the property in December 2022 and we are now waiting on further advice as to the State Significance of the property. We will provide further updates here, as they happen.
For further advice on the Victorian Heritage Registration process, please see the documents below detailing the Victorian Heritage Registration Process and what registration means for the identified property.
Exhibition concluded on 3 August 2023 and all submissions have been carefully reviewed.
Submitters have had the opportunity to speak at the Planning and Consultation Committee Meeting on 12 September 2023.
A decision on the amendment was made at the Council meeting on 26 September 2023 to request the Minister for Transport and Planning appoint an independent Planning panel to consider unresolved submissions to Heritage Amendment C149.