EOI Depot Building in Burnley Park

Burnley Park – Cottage Update

Expressions of Interest (EOI) to develop the former Depot Building in Burnley Park closed in Jan 2015. 

Council sought expressions of interest (EOIs) from organisations interested in developing the former Parks and Gardens Depot Building within Burnley Park for a use consistent with the parkland environment.

As it has been vacant for many years, the building requires a substantial upgrade to meet both Building Code of Australia and the Disability Discrimination Act.

The building comprises two main parts – the original farmers cottage building thought to have been completed in the early 1900s and a weatherboard addition completed in the late 1970s to early 80s.  To assist with the design of the upgraded building, a Conservation Management Plan was commissioned.

An EOI from a group of experienced hospitality professionals was successful and Council consented to this group undertaking the planning process for a restaurant.  The planning process is underway. 

The planning application is for a restaurant.  As no cars will be allowed into the Park, the application includes a reduction in carparking and loading bay requirements.   To upgrade the building, the application includes works associated with a ground floor addition, including part demolition and construction.  Finally the application includes a display of flood lit business signage.

pdf format Former Caretaker Cottage_Burnley_Park_Conservation Managment Plan 20150430 (5.27 MB) prepared April 2015

Further information:

Karen Hayes
Property Services Unit Manager
9205 5711

About Burnley Park

Burnley Park covers more than six hectares, overlooks the Yarra River and is close to Bridge Road and Swan Street. The former Parks and Gardens Depot Building is located at the end of Bellevue Street.

The park's spacious grounds contain a formal barbeque area, a sporting oval with a pavilion and plenty of open space. Council completed significant works in the park in 2014 including:

  • Installation of a new 3/4 size basketball court.
  • Additional shade over the playground including new shade sails and extra cover to the existing shade structures over the sand pit.
  • Planting further Elm trees (Ulmus procera) to strengthen and replace the historic central Elm avenue.
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