Preston Market

Council is committed to a vibrant Preston Market

Preston Market is extremely important to Council and the local community. It’s more than a fresh food market – it’s a much-loved landmark and has been an important social hub for many people across Darebin and outside our city for decades. Council wants to ensure that it not only remains but also thrives into the future.

What is Council doing?

Council has reiterated its commitment to ensuring the market’s future. Our focus will be to continue to work with the Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) on its current review of planning controls and community engagement.

Community engagement is an important part of the review and so far it has included detailed workshops with a Community Reference Group (CRG). These have been run by an independent specialist consultant and will explore constraints and opportunities in more depth.

Council believes this is the best approach to safeguarding the future of Preston Market and it is committed to long-term and sustainable solutions.

What have we heard?

Our community loves the Preston Market for its authenticity, the market experience, its community meeting space and the diversity. We know this because more than 200 community members and traders told us so far what is important and unique about the Preston Market.

Information provided by traders and the community has been an important part of informing the review of the future plan for the market site. The results have been compiled by an independent consultant and are available at Victorian Planning Authority.

Phase Two:

Phase two engagement finished on Friday 8 August. A community engagement findings report will be prepared for Phase two and will analyse the broader community engagement, CRG feedback and online data.

Phase Three:

Phase three will finalise key considerations for the VPA and Council to use in the review of the planning controls and development of recommendations to be submitted to the Minister for Planning.

What can you do?

If you are interested in participating in the future phases of this project, please feel welcome to contact Wendy Dinning on 8470 8888 or by emailing futurepreston@darebin.vic.gov.au. Information about the next stages will be promoted through all of the regular Council channels including Facebook and on this webpage.

Council is committed to a vibrant Preston Market

Preston Market is extremely important to Council and the local community. It’s more than a fresh food market – it’s a much-loved landmark and has been an important social hub for many people across Darebin and outside our city for decades. Council wants to ensure that it not only remains but also thrives into the future.

What is Council doing?

Council has reiterated its commitment to ensuring the market’s future. Our focus will be to continue to work with the Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) on its current review of planning controls and community engagement.

Community engagement is an important part of the review and so far it has included detailed workshops with a Community Reference Group (CRG). These have been run by an independent specialist consultant and will explore constraints and opportunities in more depth.

Council believes this is the best approach to safeguarding the future of Preston Market and it is committed to long-term and sustainable solutions.

What have we heard?

Our community loves the Preston Market for its authenticity, the market experience, its community meeting space and the diversity. We know this because more than 200 community members and traders told us so far what is important and unique about the Preston Market.

Information provided by traders and the community has been an important part of informing the review of the future plan for the market site. The results have been compiled by an independent consultant and are available at Victorian Planning Authority.

Phase Two:

Phase two engagement finished on Friday 8 August. A community engagement findings report will be prepared for Phase two and will analyse the broader community engagement, CRG feedback and online data.

Phase Three:

Phase three will finalise key considerations for the VPA and Council to use in the review of the planning controls and development of recommendations to be submitted to the Minister for Planning.

What can you do?

If you are interested in participating in the future phases of this project, please feel welcome to contact Wendy Dinning on 8470 8888 or by emailing futurepreston@darebin.vic.gov.au. Information about the next stages will be promoted through all of the regular Council channels including Facebook and on this webpage.

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

    Carole asked 3 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