Preston Market Precinct

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Last updated 03/05/2021

For more than 50 years Preston Market has been the heart of the Preston community. But now the market’s unique values are under threat from a proposed development of the site.

The Victorian Government has opened a public consultation process on the planning controls for a future redevelopment of the Preston Market and the surrounding site.

We are concerned about the plans showing the market in a different location within the overall site. The proposals could see most of the market demolished.

Council’s position on the proposals is based on the position outlined in the Heart of Preston report. These include:

  • Retaining the market in its current site and current form
  • Retaining the use of the market, as a place for affordable fresh and diverse food that serves the northern metropolitan community
  • Protecting the existing traders so they can continue to operate through the redevelopment and in the future

Council will provide a detailed submission to the State Government, measuring the plans against our asks in Heart of Preston.

We encourage all interested residents and businesses to examine the VPAs planning controls and make a formal submission before the consultation period ends on 13 July.

You can find out more here https://engage.vic.gov.au/preston-market-precinct

We want an outcome that guarantees that the Preston Market continues to serve the community at the same location, in the same way for another 50 years and beyond. Darebin Council does not own the market and has no formal power to influence the planning controls for the future development.

That’s why Darebin Council has been calling on the Victorian Planning Minister, the Hon. Richard Wynne MP to use his powers to change the planning process to make sure Salta Properties protects the market in any future development of the site.

If you support this position, you can also sign Darebin’s petition to Protect Preston market. You can also write to the Minister to express your concerns.

Darebin has been strongly advocating to protect the market, in line with the wishes of the community. To stay up to date with the latest news on the fight to protect Preston Market sign up for updates.



Heart of Preston

On behalf of the local community, Darebin Council is fighting to ensure everything the community loves about the market is celebrated and protected in any future development.

We have been working intensively over the last two years to understand what the community loves most about Preston Market and what is most important to protect as precinct plans are drawn up by the State Government’s Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) ahead of the landowner applying them in a future housing development.

The Heart of Preston sets out Council’s community-informed vision for a future Preston Market Precinct. We believe passionately that the market must remain a place for everyone, in the same location, with a liveable, safe, sustainable precinct built around it.

You can download a copy of the updated Heart of Preston report, and our Preston Market Precinct FAQs page can help clarify some common questions and misconceptions.



Last updated 03/05/2021

For more than 50 years Preston Market has been the heart of the Preston community. But now the market’s unique values are under threat from a proposed development of the site.

The Victorian Government has opened a public consultation process on the planning controls for a future redevelopment of the Preston Market and the surrounding site.

We are concerned about the plans showing the market in a different location within the overall site. The proposals could see most of the market demolished.

Council’s position on the proposals is based on the position outlined in the Heart of Preston report. These include:

  • Retaining the market in its current site and current form
  • Retaining the use of the market, as a place for affordable fresh and diverse food that serves the northern metropolitan community
  • Protecting the existing traders so they can continue to operate through the redevelopment and in the future

Council will provide a detailed submission to the State Government, measuring the plans against our asks in Heart of Preston.

We encourage all interested residents and businesses to examine the VPAs planning controls and make a formal submission before the consultation period ends on 13 July.

You can find out more here https://engage.vic.gov.au/preston-market-precinct

We want an outcome that guarantees that the Preston Market continues to serve the community at the same location, in the same way for another 50 years and beyond. Darebin Council does not own the market and has no formal power to influence the planning controls for the future development.

That’s why Darebin Council has been calling on the Victorian Planning Minister, the Hon. Richard Wynne MP to use his powers to change the planning process to make sure Salta Properties protects the market in any future development of the site.

If you support this position, you can also sign Darebin’s petition to Protect Preston market. You can also write to the Minister to express your concerns.

Darebin has been strongly advocating to protect the market, in line with the wishes of the community. To stay up to date with the latest news on the fight to protect Preston Market sign up for updates.



Heart of Preston

On behalf of the local community, Darebin Council is fighting to ensure everything the community loves about the market is celebrated and protected in any future development.

We have been working intensively over the last two years to understand what the community loves most about Preston Market and what is most important to protect as precinct plans are drawn up by the State Government’s Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) ahead of the landowner applying them in a future housing development.

The Heart of Preston sets out Council’s community-informed vision for a future Preston Market Precinct. We believe passionately that the market must remain a place for everyone, in the same location, with a liveable, safe, sustainable precinct built around it.

You can download a copy of the updated Heart of Preston report, and our Preston Market Precinct FAQs page can help clarify some common questions and misconceptions.