Media Releases 2011
Heritage Victoria decision on Abbotsford Convent site welcomed
31 May 2011
Yarra City Council has welcomed Heritage Victoria’s refusal to issue a permit for the construction of a classroom building at the Abbotsford Convent site.
In February, Council advised Heritage Victoria that it did not support the proposed building being constructed in an area known as “the goat paddock”.
Yarra Mayor Cr Alison Clarke said the local and wider Melbourne community would be relieved by today’s announcement that Heritage Victoria had refused a permit for the building.
“We’re so pleased that Heritage Victoria has decided that the rural setting of the Abbotsford Convent and its surrounds is worth protecting for future generations,” Cr Clarke said.
“The proposed building would have ruined the open views that exist between the Convent, the Collingwood Children’s Farm and the nearby bike path,” she said.
“It’s just fantastic that Heritage Victoria has looked at what would have been lost, and come down on the side of protecting something of enormous value to Melbournians.”
Cr Clarke said Heritage Victoria had noted there were unused places within the Abbotsford Convent buildings that could be used by the Sophia Mundi Steiner School. The school needs to find a new location for its secondary school following the sale of its existing site in Nicholson Street, Abbotsford.
“We have sympathy for the situation that the school finds itself in, but if this building had gone ahead, our community would have lost much more than it would have gained,” Cr Clarke said.
“We’re keen to meet with all parties in coming weeks to see if a solution can be thrashed out,” she said.
Permission for the building needed to be sought from Heritage Victoria because the Abbotsford Convent site is on the Victorian Heritage Register.
More information about what had been proposed and Heritage Victoria's decision is available here.
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