Melbourne's Queen Victoria Market has new planning controls following a meeting to approve repairs. The iconic market is in for a major transformation which will create 2500 jobs during construction.
Victoria's Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Planning Richard Wynne joined Lord Mayor Robert Doyle today to progress plans for the transformation of the largest open-air market in the southern hemisphere. The plans will offer traders renewed opportunities to grow business.
The Queen Victoria Market project will deliver new cold storage facilities, power, and modern toilets, as well as improved car parking and pedestrian access.
The redevelopment will create 2,500 jobs during construction, and pave the way for a precinct that will accommodate more than 60,000 jobs. The new planning controls are intended to protect the character of the markets and enable work to begin. The strict heritage controls will be maintained as well as the existing height of the market sheds and the fresh food halls. There is also a new height control of 125 metres on the Munro site.
Minister for Planning Richard Wynne said the height restrictions were closely evaluated.
“We’ve given careful consideration to get this amendment right. It’s all about striking a balance between the need for development and rejuvenation and protecting the market’s heritage. Queen Victoria Market and its history means so much to so many people. We’ll never compromise it.”
“These controls will allow work to begin on this transformation of Queen Victoria Market – creating thousands of jobs and helping businesses grow,” Premier Andrews said. “The Queen Victoria Market is the heart and soul of Melbourne and one of the great markets of the world. It’s important we protect its rich history, while we build its bright future.”
Melbourne's Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said he was pleased with the announcement, enabling the biggest project the City of Melbourne has ever undertaken.
“The recently released independent business case leaves us in no doubt that doing nothing at Queen Victoria Market is not an option. The future of the market is at risk and we must get on with this renewal to secure its future.”
Queen Victoria Market has traded continuously since 1878 and now attracts about 10 million visitors every year.