Spotswood residents are invited to have their say on proposed changes to the heritage overlays in their area.
A heritage review in March 2022 identified several areas of significance in Spotswood that should be protected.
These areas are a mix of historic industrial, commercial and civic buildings, as well as residential precincts, including some properties in Melbourne Road, Hudsons Road, Reed Street, Hall Street, Bernard Street, Craig Street and Robb Street.
The heritage review recommended adding nearly 200 properties to new or existing heritage overlays, which are proposed to be included in the Hobsons Bay planning scheme.
An interactive map allows residents to find their property and identify if it falls within any of the proposed heritage areas. Residents can view the map and all the proposed changes, have their say, or book a one-on-one online session with a Council officer at participate.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/amendment-c137.
Two information sessions will also be held for residents to ask Council officers questions about the proposed changes.
Session 1: Saturday 4 March, 10am-11 am, Hudsons Road near Spotswood IGA
Session 2: Monday 6 March, 11am-12pm at Spotswood Community House, 598 Melbourne Road, Spotswood
The amendment will be open for public feedback from Thursday 23 February to Thursday 6 April 2023.
“The buildings of Spotswood tell the story of an area that has played an important role in the history and growth of Hobsons Bay and Melbourne,” Mayor of Hobsons Bay, Cr Tony Briffa, said.
“Whether they are industrial, commercial or residential buildings, they are a significant part of our history so it’s important we protect them while also making sure we hear from local residents.
“Residents can check if their property falls within the proposed revised or new heritage overlay areas, and there is plenty of opportunity to speak to Council officers about what it would mean to them.”