Last October the City of Melbourne announced the largest investment in its history to renew the Queen Victoria Market, creating one of the world’s great market precincts.
We are on our way to developing a master plan to make this happen and are continuing to engage with the community, market shoppers and traders. Further community engagement will take place later this year.
In October 2014 the City of Melbourne confirmed it was the successful bidder in an Expression of Interest process for the purchase of properties at Therry, Queen and Franklin Streets, Melbourne – a site often referred to as the Munro site.
The City of Melbourne believes these properties to be of unprecedented strategic importance to the people of Melbourne and opens up new possibilities for the QVM renewal process. Read the full media statement.
In addition to the site purchase, the City of Melbourne and the Victorian Government have signed a land transfer agreement to further progress renewal. Read the full media release.
The agreement enables the City of Melbourne to proceed with developing renewal options. These options will be released during the next phase of community engagement which will run from December 2014 until the end of February next year.
People will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the benefits and constraints of various renewal options, including the car park, storage, open space, road configuration and the southern market site including the Franklin Street stores.
This feedback will help inform the development of the draft master plan, which will be released in May 2015 for further community comment before being presented to Council in June.
Our aim is to preserve the Queen Victoria Market’s heritage and authentic atmosphere, while allowing the market precinct to evolve to meet contemporary needs of traders, shoppers and the growing city.
Between now and December, the City of Melbourne will work with Queen Victoria Market and external design and heritage experts to develop these options.
We’ll announce more information about the next stage of consultation in November. Visit Participate Melbourne to register your interest in the next phase of engagement and find out more about engagement to date.
Continuing to serve Melbourne
We will continue to work closely with the management of Queen Victoria Market and traders to ensure we retain the vibrant market experience Melburnians love. The market will continue to trade throughout the renewal and any period of major or minor works.
While the City of Melbourne will have ultimate responsibility for delivering the renewal project, the Board of Directors and management of Queen Victoria Market will play a key role and will continue to manage day to day operations of the market.