Banyule heritage

Over the past several years, RBA has undertaken heritage studies across a wide range of contexts, from the inner-city commercial fringe of Melbourne and the middle-ring suburbs of Glen Eira to the rural environs of Strathbogie Shire and French Island. This year, we are excited to report that we are collaborating with the City of Banyule to review the varied and layered cultural landscapes that comprise its municipality.

Banyule heritage
Late 1840s depiction of Heidelberg’s landscape. (Source: Robert Hoddle, State Library of Victoria)

The process of identifying places of heritage value is embedded within Victoria’s heritage management and planning systems. Such outcomes are never fixed or finalised, each generation seeks to recognise those places within the historic environment they perceive as meaningful and deserving of conservation. This process of heritage designation is taken seriously, accordingly, it is guided by a robust and transparent methodology and requires that high bars – officially, thresholds – are met.

Banyule heritage
Children play in the front garden of a house in Ivanhoe, 1943. (Source: Museums Victoria Collections)

Currently, 190 individual places and precincts are subject to heritage overlays across Banyule. Working closely with the Council and drawing on the local understanding, our initial task is to create a potential schedule of heritage places, including sites hitherto overlooked, underrepresented, or that might be at-risk. A later stage will then include the preparation of citations for a select number; the overall intent being, to establish an informed and strategic basis for future heritage planning in the municipality.

RBA has already overseen a productive community session regarding the nomination process and another public consultation was intended (currently postponed due to the COVID-19 situation). Right now, however, anyone can engage with this process via the Council’s nomination portal, which will remain open until 27 March. We want to hear about what places matter to you in the area, so step to it and get involved.

Banyule Heritage
Jersey cattle at the Banyule Homestead, Heidelberg, photograph in the 1950s. (Source: Picture Victoria)
24 March 2020

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