Council acts to save Melbourne’s heritage

18 June 2014 .


Larry Schlesinger, reporter for The Australian Financial Review, recounts how a wealthy investor’s plan to knock down an historic house in Victoria’s Toorak have been blocked by local residents. Xiaoyan Bao purchased an art nouveau villa in September 2013 for $19 million and applied for a permit to have it demolished in December.


Stonnington Council’s response has been to seek approval from state Planning Minister Matthew Guy to amend the local planning scheme and extended permanent heritage protection over 19 properties in St Georges Road.  This road was part of the Toorak House Precinct which during the important historical period from 1854 to 1873 made up the Colonial Government House.


Without community support these houses, and a part of our heritage and culture, can easily be lost.  Click here to read more


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