Preston Market


Preston Market is one of the most-loved, iconic features of our city and we share our community's deep interest in its long-term future.

It’s more than a fresh food market – it’s a much-loved landmark. It inspires strong emotion in the local community, wider Melbourne and Darebin City Council for its cultural diversity, authentic market experience and a meeting place in the heart of Preston.


On 26 November 2018, Darebin Council received notification from Heritage Victoria that the Executive Director has recommended that Preston Market should not be included on the Victorian Heritage Register.

Click here for FAQs on the Heritage Victoria recommendation regarding Preston Market.


WHAT IS COUNCIL DOING?

Council is working with the Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) to listen to, and review, trader and community opinion regarding the future of the Preston Market precinct. We want to ensure the site allows for the Preston Market to thrive into the future, and contributes to a sustainable, liveable future neighbourhood.

At the September 3 Council Meeting it was recognised by Council that the Preston Market site is a designated strategic development site of state significance being well located close to transport, services and jobs. Council reaffirms:

  • The location of the site is a good location for meeting Darebin’s growing population’s needs, as it is strategically located near transport, services and jobs;
  • The site will consistently provide a hub of vibrant activity, with varied uses for residents, businesses and visitors;
  • Any future development must integrate well with the wider neighbourhood and contribute to connectivity and accessibility for pedestrians and active transport users with Central Preston as a whole;
  • The market needs to remain accessible to all traders and the community during and post construction and the new development;

You can read the Council report from the Council meeting on 3 September here.


NEXT STEPS FOR THE PRESTON MARKET SITE

The Minister for Planning has committed to five principles to which will inform the new planning controls for the Preston Market site. These principles are:

  • A thriving fresh food market
  • A diversity of land uses and vibrant amenity
  • Culturally diverse character and adaptable community spaces
  • Sustainable, liveable and accessible precinct
  • Flexible and efficient car parking and access.

The new controls will support the creation of new cycling and walking paths, better integration with Preston Station and a range of different land uses, including residential, retail and commercial. Council will now work with the VPA and the community to progress creation of new planning controls to facilitate these outcomes.

The planning review report is available for viewing here.

A phased engagement approach has been undertaken to support the project team’s preparation of recommendations. A Community Reference Group (CRG) was also established to provide the project team an opportunity to have detailed discussions with community members and representatives to support the development of its recommendations.

You can read the outcomes of the community engagement here.

We’re looking forward to continuing the conversation with our community and partners as we move to the next stage of the process which will include additional engagement to take place in early 2019.


WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Stay informed by sending an email to futurepreston@darebin.vic.gov.au to receive regular project updates. You can also follow Darebin City Council on Facebook or ask a question below.


Preston Market is one of the most-loved, iconic features of our city and we share our community's deep interest in its long-term future.

It’s more than a fresh food market – it’s a much-loved landmark. It inspires strong emotion in the local community, wider Melbourne and Darebin City Council for its cultural diversity, authentic market experience and a meeting place in the heart of Preston.


On 26 November 2018, Darebin Council received notification from Heritage Victoria that the Executive Director has recommended that Preston Market should not be included on the Victorian Heritage Register.

Click here for FAQs on the Heritage Victoria recommendation regarding Preston Market.


WHAT IS COUNCIL DOING?

Council is working with the Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) to listen to, and review, trader and community opinion regarding the future of the Preston Market precinct. We want to ensure the site allows for the Preston Market to thrive into the future, and contributes to a sustainable, liveable future neighbourhood.

At the September 3 Council Meeting it was recognised by Council that the Preston Market site is a designated strategic development site of state significance being well located close to transport, services and jobs. Council reaffirms:

  • The location of the site is a good location for meeting Darebin’s growing population’s needs, as it is strategically located near transport, services and jobs;
  • The site will consistently provide a hub of vibrant activity, with varied uses for residents, businesses and visitors;
  • Any future development must integrate well with the wider neighbourhood and contribute to connectivity and accessibility for pedestrians and active transport users with Central Preston as a whole;
  • The market needs to remain accessible to all traders and the community during and post construction and the new development;

You can read the Council report from the Council meeting on 3 September here.


NEXT STEPS FOR THE PRESTON MARKET SITE

The Minister for Planning has committed to five principles to which will inform the new planning controls for the Preston Market site. These principles are:

  • A thriving fresh food market
  • A diversity of land uses and vibrant amenity
  • Culturally diverse character and adaptable community spaces
  • Sustainable, liveable and accessible precinct
  • Flexible and efficient car parking and access.

The new controls will support the creation of new cycling and walking paths, better integration with Preston Station and a range of different land uses, including residential, retail and commercial. Council will now work with the VPA and the community to progress creation of new planning controls to facilitate these outcomes.

The planning review report is available for viewing here.

A phased engagement approach has been undertaken to support the project team’s preparation of recommendations. A Community Reference Group (CRG) was also established to provide the project team an opportunity to have detailed discussions with community members and representatives to support the development of its recommendations.

You can read the outcomes of the community engagement here.

We’re looking forward to continuing the conversation with our community and partners as we move to the next stage of the process which will include additional engagement to take place in early 2019.


WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Stay informed by sending an email to futurepreston@darebin.vic.gov.au to receive regular project updates. You can also follow Darebin City Council on Facebook or ask a question below.

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  • How were people chosen to be part of the CRG?

    Carole asked 7 months ago

    Hi Carole

    Thank you for your question. Expression of Interest for community members to become part of a Preston Market Community Reference Group (CRG) were sought through the VPA and Council communication channels.

    There was a lot of interest from a range of community members wanting to be involved in the Reference Group. Members were independently selected against the following criteria:

    •   Demonstrable interest in the project
    •   A commitment to make a constructive contribution to the project
    •   Availability to attend briefing sessions
    •   Commitment to collaboration, networking and communal capacity building
    •   Representation of local interests (resident, worker, interest group etc.)

    28 members are part of the Community Reference Group based on their individual interest and community group representation.

    The CRG will participate in a series of exploratory workshops to prepare a ‘community vision’ and understand the constraints and opportunities for the site.

    Kind Regards,

    Wendy Dinning