Preston Market Precinct

Heritage Council of Victoria Registrations and Review Committee Determination was released on 18 September 2019. In short, the committee determined that the Preston Market does not reach the threshold for State-level significance for inclusion in the Victorian Heritage Register, and recommended the VPA as planning authority, should consider all the submissions and determine if the Market meets the criteria for inclusion at the local level.

The report is available for download on the Heritage Council of Victoria website and from the document library of the Yoursaydarebin/Preston Market Precinct website. Council will consider the report at its Council meeting on 14 October 2019.


We all love Preston Market.

Whether you’re a first time shopper or have been trading for generations, the Market is the beating heart of Preston. The market has served us for 49 years and will continue to feed our families, be a familiar meeting place for friends and play a central role in the lives of locals in Preston.

Darebin City Council has been listening to local community views on the future of the Preston Market site, and working to achieve the community vision which Council endorsed in 2018:

“the Market is a vibrant and diverse place for the community to gather around food and celebrate culture”.


What’s happened so far

At the Planning Committee Meeting on Monday August 19, Council considered a report that sets out what the community has told us is important for the Preston Market Precinct. Council endorsed important objectives and a list of key elements that are calling on the State Government and developer to commit to. These objectives set out the key things that need to happen for a future Preston Market Precinct to be a place for everyone, and create a liveable, safe, sustainable precinct.

Decision makers need to:

  • Value its unique characteristics of covered streets and walkways that act as public spaces, sheds, stalls and small shops as part of any redevelopment.
  • Support traders before, during and after any redevelopment.
  • Create new usable green open spaces to feature strong sustainability principles, showcase excellence in design and improve the look, feel and safety of the area.
  • Deliver social equity to the precinct via new community spaces, affordable housing, social programs, facilities, and employment opportunities.

The report and minutes from the August 19, Planning Committee Meeting can be viewed here. The objectives and key elements endorsed by Council have been described and illustrated in a document produced by the City of Darebin called The Heart of Preston.

Click the image below to view The Heart of Preston.

We’ve done this now because the State Government is preparing draft plans for new planning controls following four stages of community engagement.

What’s next

So many community members have told us what’s important and we want to make sure we’re clearly calling for the State Government and developer to commit to these things that will create the best possible outcome.

There are several steps to go before any new planning controls will be decided by the Minister for Planning, and Council will advocate for the best outcome at every stage of this process.

Council will consider its views on detailed items like where the market is located and building heights at a future meeting when all the information is available, including further advice on urban design and the impacts of any construction on traders.

Council will also consider the State Government’s draft plans when these are released later in the year. In 2020, Council expects to advocate for what’s important to the community in any formal planning processes including exhibition and review by an independent planning panel.

To show your love for Preston Market stay updated and get in touch.

If you have any questions you can send an email to futurepreston@darebin.vic.gov.au or register for updates on this page.

Heritage Council of Victoria Registrations and Review Committee Determination was released on 18 September 2019. In short, the committee determined that the Preston Market does not reach the threshold for State-level significance for inclusion in the Victorian Heritage Register, and recommended the VPA as planning authority, should consider all the submissions and determine if the Market meets the criteria for inclusion at the local level.

The report is available for download on the Heritage Council of Victoria website and from the document library of the Yoursaydarebin/Preston Market Precinct website. Council will consider the report at its Council meeting on 14 October 2019.


We all love Preston Market.

Whether you’re a first time shopper or have been trading for generations, the Market is the beating heart of Preston. The market has served us for 49 years and will continue to feed our families, be a familiar meeting place for friends and play a central role in the lives of locals in Preston.

Darebin City Council has been listening to local community views on the future of the Preston Market site, and working to achieve the community vision which Council endorsed in 2018:

“the Market is a vibrant and diverse place for the community to gather around food and celebrate culture”.


What’s happened so far

At the Planning Committee Meeting on Monday August 19, Council considered a report that sets out what the community has told us is important for the Preston Market Precinct. Council endorsed important objectives and a list of key elements that are calling on the State Government and developer to commit to. These objectives set out the key things that need to happen for a future Preston Market Precinct to be a place for everyone, and create a liveable, safe, sustainable precinct.

Decision makers need to:

  • Value its unique characteristics of covered streets and walkways that act as public spaces, sheds, stalls and small shops as part of any redevelopment.
  • Support traders before, during and after any redevelopment.
  • Create new usable green open spaces to feature strong sustainability principles, showcase excellence in design and improve the look, feel and safety of the area.
  • Deliver social equity to the precinct via new community spaces, affordable housing, social programs, facilities, and employment opportunities.

The report and minutes from the August 19, Planning Committee Meeting can be viewed here. The objectives and key elements endorsed by Council have been described and illustrated in a document produced by the City of Darebin called The Heart of Preston.

Click the image below to view The Heart of Preston.

We’ve done this now because the State Government is preparing draft plans for new planning controls following four stages of community engagement.

What’s next

So many community members have told us what’s important and we want to make sure we’re clearly calling for the State Government and developer to commit to these things that will create the best possible outcome.

There are several steps to go before any new planning controls will be decided by the Minister for Planning, and Council will advocate for the best outcome at every stage of this process.

Council will consider its views on detailed items like where the market is located and building heights at a future meeting when all the information is available, including further advice on urban design and the impacts of any construction on traders.

Council will also consider the State Government’s draft plans when these are released later in the year. In 2020, Council expects to advocate for what’s important to the community in any formal planning processes including exhibition and review by an independent planning panel.

To show your love for Preston Market stay updated and get in touch.

If you have any questions you can send an email to futurepreston@darebin.vic.gov.au or register for updates on this page.