On 2 August 2022, Chair of the Legislative Council Environment and Planning Committee, Sonja Terpstra MP, tabled the Committee's interim report in Parliament. The Committee made only one recommendation - that a full inquiry be undertaken at the beginning of the next parliament to ensure that the issues raised in the terms of reference can be given due consideration. National Trust CEO Simon Ambrose responded:
“Victoria has a rich, vibrant heritage represented by places, landscapes, stories, and people that make a vital contribution to our communities. Heritage is also a key economic driver for Victoria through development and tourism, and retaining and repurposing heritage buildings plays an important role in building climate change resilience.
“The Parliamentary Inquiry’s interim report paints a damning picture of the gaps in our planning system which are leading to the destruction of our heritage and green infrastructure, to the detriment of current and future generations.
“At the root of these issues is a lack of understanding of the value of heritage, continued inaction, and an ongoing failure by successive state governments to adequately resource the management of Victoria’s heritage by government and private owners.
“Put simply, leadership and resourcing at all levels does not reflect the value of heritage to the community, the value of heritage to the economy and employment, and its capacity to contribute to sustainable development.
“The National Trust calls on the Premier and Opposition leader, and all candidates standing for election in November, to support a full inquiry in 2023, and immediate action on strengthening heritage protections.”
Download the Committee’s interim report here.