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City of Melbourne’s Heritage Strategy for the next 15 years focuses on the city’s responsibilities as well as the areas in which it can exert its influence. The city provides statutory protection for the majority of historic heritage places and some identified Aboriginal heritage places.
The strategy also provides a framework to ensure the continued protection, celebration and enhancement of all the elements of Melbourne’s heritage.
Lord Mayor Robert Doyle highlighted the role the City of Melbourne plays in protecting our heritage at the launch of the City of Melbourne’s Heritage Strategy for the next 15 years.
“Melbourne is renowned as one of the world’s great Victoria-era cities which contains many streetscapes, parks and buildings recognised as important heritage places. The City of Melbourne has a responsibility to protect and enhance our wonderful, rich heritage for current and future generations,” he said, adding that heritage also includes our traditions, events, celebrations, art, monuments, memorials and memories.
Extensive public consultation was undertaken in the preparation of the strategy. “Input from the community has been invaluable in capturing a complete picture of what we value as heritage and how we can preserve it,” the Lord Mayor said at the launch.
The city currently manages an Art and Heritage Collection comprising objects and artworks, both indoor and outdoor. The outdoor component of the collection includes around 150 artworks, while the indoor element is made up of approximately 6000 historical and contemporary objects including civic and ceremonial and commemorative objects, sister city gifts, architectural drawings and streetscape images of Melbourne, as well as a contemporary art collection.
A wide range of details on individually-listed buildings and the Heritage Strategy are available online at: www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/heritageplanning.