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Council backs heritage status for Chandler Highway Bridge

4 May 2016

Council last night voted in favour of the Chandler Highway Bridge being included on the Victorian Heritage Register and will now put this submission to Heritage Victoria.

The heritage significance of the Chandler Highway Bridge is already recognised by Heritage Overlay 67 in the Yarra Planning Scheme, which covers the existing bridge situated within the City of Yarra but not the section situated within the City of Boroondara.

Last night’s decision followed a recommendation to Council from the Executive Director, Heritage Victoria to include the bridge on the Register.

The Bridge is considered significant due to its engineering and lattice truss design. In addition, it is the most substantial surviving remnant of the Outer Circle Railway Line and is associated with the 1880’s economic boom and railway expansion in Victoria.

The resolution at last night’s meeting:

1.           That Council:
(a)         notes the heritage consultant’s report and the recommendation of the Executive Director of Heritage Victoria to include the Chandler Highway Bridge on the Victorian Heritage Register; and
(b)         make a submission to Heritage Victoria supporting the registration subject to:
(i)           excluding the Alphington Paper Mill site; and 
(ii)         including a permit exemption:
a.           to allow improvements to the bridge's transport function in a manner that does not have a negative impact on the cultural heritage significance; and
b.           for minor landscape works; and
(c)         communicate to Heritage Victoria its view that the view to the bridge from the west is as important as the view from the east; and
(d)         communicate to Heritage Victoria its view that the cantilevered walkway be included in the registration.

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