MEDIA RELEASE: Heritage Victoria Supports National Trust’s Nomination of Federation Square to the Victorian Heritage Register

Thursday, 18 October 2018

The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) is pleased with Heritage Victoria’s recommendation to include Federation Square in the Victorian Heritage Register.
The Trust pursued its nomination of Federation Square to the Victorian Heritage Register earlier this year, following 12 months of consultation with heritage and architectural experts, who collaboratively determined the heritage values of Federation Square are worth protecting.

In recommending Federation Square to the Victorian Heritage Register, Heritage Victoria has indicated the site meets six out of eight eligible criteria to be recognised at a state level.

Simon Ambrose, CEO of the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) said it was delighted that Heritage Victoria supported its view that Federation Square is a place of significance to all Victorians.

“Whilst it is only 16 years old, Federation Square is Victoria’s premier civic space and considered a place of historical, cultural and social significance to our state, and an architectural and engineering marvel.

“We think the state government and Federation Square management should take pride in this decision, which recognises Federation Square alongside our other great cultural institutions like the NGV, the Arts Centre, and the Sidney Myer Music Bowl,” said Mr Ambrose.

Heritage Victoria’s recommendation to include Federation Square on the Victorian Heritage Register will now be considered by the Heritage Council of Victoria, who will make the final decision on the matter.

If successfully added to the Register, whilst Federation Square may still be subject to development in the future, any proposed changes will be required to consider the site’s architectural and cultural values.

“The National Trust is not opposed to development at Federation Square, provided that any proposed changes are appropriate within the architectural and cultural context of the site,” said Mr Ambrose.

“We are confident that inclusion on the Victorian Heritage Register will not stand in the way of Federation Square’s day-to-day operations, and we support appropriate permits and exemptions that will ensure it continues to thrive as a vibrant place of gathering and celebration,” said Mr Ambrose.

Whilst the Heritage Council of Victoria considers its decision, the National Trust is calling on all Victorians to support the inclusion of Federation Square to the Victorian Heritage Register during a 60-day public consultation period.

“Anyone can make a submission supporting the recommendation, which will help to strengthen our case and show the Heritage Council how much Federation Square means to all Victorians. Submissions must be made to the Heritage Council, by 5pm Sunday, 16 December 2018,” said Mr Ambrose.

To have your say and make a submission to the Heritage Council, please visit the National’s Trust blog, for more information.

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