Heritage Overlays for Lilydale and Surrounds

The society has become extremely concerned over the lack of protection given to our many historic buildings in Lilydale’s Main Street and several other significant properties in the surrounding area. The only way to ensure the survival of these buildings is for the Yarra Ranges Council to insert heritage overlays on each and incorporate each into the council planning scheme via an amendment. The owner’s neglect of the former Lilydale Fire Station has highlighted what can happen. Neglect leads to vandalism. Vandalism leads to Squatters. Squatters need to fires to keep warm. Fire out of control. Fire destroys part of the building. The owner applies for demolition and it is approved by the council on safety grounds. This is pure and simply the owner’s way of securing demolition by neglect.

Below we have listed the actions our society has taken to protect our rapidly disappearing built heritage. If like us, you are concerned email your councillors and the Yarra Ranges Council’s CEO and voice your concerns. All of their details are on the council’s website.

You can also email us at via our contact form and we will forward your comments on to the council.

Dear Councillors and Directors,
I cannot adequately convey to you all the outrage of our members over the demolition of the Lilydale Fire Station. Sadly there is nothing we can now do but you all can ensure this demolition of our town’s buildings historic buildings stops now. Attached is the list of buildings and features just in our Main Street which are not protected by a heritage overlay so can be bulldozed tomorrow by their respective owners. You have had your own Heritage Architects reports on each of the buildings since 2019 but nothing has happened. Everyone talks about wait until the Lilydale Structure Plan. While we wait our buildings our buildings can be demolished because there is no heritage overlay. You are the only ones who can protect our buildings and preserve what little heritage we have in our Main Street.
I find it amazing our own Lilydale Primary School built in 1876 has even been investigated yet.
On behalf of all our members and many angry people in the wider community ask that as a matter of urgency, council places heritage overlays on the 11 buildings highlighted in red and urgently have the buildings marked in blue assessed, specially the property at 5 Jones street which is currently up for sale and will be demolished for town houses unless you stop it.
I would welcome the opportunity to address councillors on this issue if that would be helpful.

Resolution to be considered by the members of the Lilydale & District Historical Society

At its general meeting on Saturday, July 3, 2021, the members of the Lilydale & District Historical Society unanimously passed the resolution below and added that the resolution be sent to all executive officers and all councillors as the lack of protection of the heritage commercial buildings in our municipal administrative centre is an issue for all councillors to address.

Please note:
Green is for those buildings included in the heritage overlay
Red– not included but Heritage Report with the council since 2019.

Blue – Not in overlay but need a heritage assessment carried out.

The members of the Lilydale and District Historical Society request that:
1. copies of the Heritage Reports prepared by the council’s heritage architect be sent to the society of the following properties:
a. 2 Albert Hill Road – former Deschamp’s Wine Store remnant Olive Tree. Planted late 1870s
b. 148-154 Main Street – former Oliver’s Shop. Overlay. Built 1914.
c. 161 Main Street – Olinda Creek Hotel. Built 1870-1871
d. 170-172 Main Street – former Poon Kee’s store. Built ca 1886.
e. 245-247 Main Street – former Poyner’s store. Built 1890
f. 251 Main Street – former Hutchinson’s store. Built 1889-1890
g. 267 Main Street – Crown Hotel. 3rd hotel on site built 1891
h. 279-281 – Beresford’s buildings. Built 1906
i. 284 Main Street – Wilkinson’s building. J. 2nd on site built 1884
j. 292 Main Street – Lilydale Hotel [White Dog]. Overlay. Built 1862
k. 295 Main Street – bakery. Built 1901
l. 322 Main Street – former Fire Station. Built 1938. Demolished June 30, 2021
m. 335 Main Street – former Johnston’s shop. Built ca later 1870s
n. Main Street- Jubilee Avenue. Overlay. Planted 1897
o. Main Street – War memorial. Overlay. Erected 1922.

2. That the following properties be the assessed for the inclusion in the council’s heritage overlay and reports on each be forwarded to the society:
a. 57 Warburton Highway – “Heatherlie”.
b. 1/33-61 Edinburgh Road –Dora Mitchell House.
c. 24 North Road – reputed Dutch prefabricated house.
d. 161 Mangans Road – Keppell Palmer house.
e. 101 Anderson Street.
f. 16 Crestway, “Willowbank”
g. 63-66 Castella Street – Lilydale Primary School, No 876.
h. Lilydale Railway Station Goods Shed and the railway station precinct.
i. 64 Castella Street, Lilydale – built late 1870s.
j. 5 Jones Street, Lilydale.
k. Former bowls club pavilion in Melba Park – built Main St 1921.
l. Shops 304 Main Street.

Following is the Yarra Ranges Council’s response to our letter.

 

Property

Status Action
2 Albert Hill Road – former Deschamp’s Wine Store remnant Olive Tree Olive Tree recommended for heritage protection and draft citation prepared  throughLilydale Heritage Review Gap Study 2019Trevor Westmore, June 2019 Recommendation and draft citation to be peer reviewed by a heritage consultant.

To be included in a PSA to implement the Lilydale Structure Plan if HO protection warranted.

161 Main Street – Olinda Creek Hotel Recommended for heritage protection and draft citation prepared  throughLilydale Heritage Review Gap Study 2019Trevor Westmore, June 2019 Recommendation and draft citation to be peer reviewed by a heritage consultant.

To be included in a PSA to implement the Lilydale Structure Plan if HO protection warranted.

170-172 Main Street – former Poon Kee’s store Included in the Heritage Overlay at HO213 No action already in the Planning Scheme
245-247 Main Street – former Poyner’s store Recommended for heritage protection and draft citation prepared  throughLilydale Heritage Review Gap Study 2019Trevor Westmore, June 2019 Recommendation and draft citation to be peer reviewed by a heritage consultant.

To be included in a PSA to implement the Lilydale Structure Plan if HO protection warranted.

251 Main Street – former Hutchinson’s store Recommended for heritage protection and draft citation prepared  throughLilydale Heritage Review Gap Study 2019Trevor Westmore, June 2019 Recommendation and draft citation to be peer reviewed by a heritage consultant.

To be included in a PSA to implement the Lilydale Structure Plan if HO protection warranted.

267 Main Street – Crown Hotel Recommended for heritage protection and draft citation prepared  throughLilydale Heritage Review Gap Study 2019Trevor Westmore, June 2019 Recommendation and draft citation to be peer reviewed by a heritage consultant.

To be included in a PSA to implement the Lilydale Structure Plan if HO protection warranted.

279-281 – Beresford’s buildings Recommended for heritage protection and draft citation prepared  throughLilydale Heritage Review Gap Study 2019Trevor Westmore, June 2019 Recommendation and draft citation to be peer reviewed by a heritage consultant.

To be included in a PSA to implement the Lilydale Structure Plan if HO protection warranted.

284 Main Street – Wilkinson’s building Recommended for heritage protection and draft citation prepared  throughLilydale Heritage Review Gap Study 2019Trevor Westmore, June 2019 Recommendation and draft citation to be peer reviewed by a heritage consultant.

To be included in a PSA to implement the Lilydale Structure Plan if HO protection warranted.

295 Main Street – bakery Recommended for heritage protection and draft citation prepared  throughLilydale Heritage Review Gap Study 2019Trevor Westmore, June 2019 Recommendation and draft citation to be peer reviewed by a heritage consultant.

To be included in a PSA to implement the Lilydale Structure Plan if HO protection warranted.

322 Main Street – former Fire Station Recommended for heritage protection and draft citation prepared  throughLilydale Heritage Review Gap Study 2019Trevor Westmore, June 2019 Building demolished following a fire. No further action.
335 Main Street – former Johnston’s shop Included in the Heritage Overlay at HO203. No action already in the planning scheme
Main Street War memorial Recommended for heritage protection and draft citation prepared  throughLilydale Heritage Review Gap Study 2019Trevor Westmore, June 2019

Property is included in the Victorian War Heritage Inventory

Recommendation and draft citation to be peer reviewed by a heritage consultant.

To be included in a PSA to implement the Lilydale Structure Plan if HO protection warranted.

57 Warburton Highway – “Heatherlie” Recommended for further investigation through Lilydale Heritage Review Gap Study 2019Trevor Westmore, June 2019 To be investigated by a heritage consultant and draft citation prepared if warranted.

To be included in a PSA to implement the Lilydale Structure Plan if HO protection warranted.

1/33-61 Edinburgh Road – Dora Mitchell House Recommended for further investigation through Lilydale Heritage Review Gap Study 2019Trevor Westmore, June 2019 To be investigated by a heritage consultant and draft citation prepared if warranted.

To be included in a PSA to implement the Lilydale Structure Plan if HO protection warranted.

24 North Road – reputed Dutch prefabricated house Recommended for further investigation through Lilydale Heritage Review Gap Study 2019Trevor Westmore, June 2019 To be investigated by a heritage consultant and draft citation prepared if warranted.

To be included in a PSA to implement the Lilydale Structure Plan if HO protection warranted.

161 Mangans Road – Keppell Palmer house Recommended for further investigation through Lilydale Heritage Review Gap Study 2019Trevor Westmore, June 2019.

A subsequent statement of significance has been prepared.

Proposed to be included in a Heritage Overlay through upcoming general amendment.
101 Anderson Street Investigated in the Lilydale Historic Houses Precinct Study, Lovell Chen, 2009, and found to have been altered to the side and considered of insufficient architectural merit to warrant further investigation. Investigated and found not to be of heritage significance. No further action required.
16 Crestway, “Willowbank” Recommended for further investigation through Lilydale Heritage Review Gap Study 2019Trevor Westmore, June 2019 To be investigated by a heritage consultant and draft citation prepared if warranted.

To be included in a PSA to implement the Lilydale Structure Plan if HO protection warranted.

63-66 Castella Street – Lilydale Primary School, No 876 Recommended for further investigation through Lilydale Heritage Review Gap Study 2019Trevor Westmore, June 2019 To be investigated by a heritage consultant and draft citation prepared if warranted.

To be included in a PSA to implement the Lilydale Structure Plan if HO protection warranted.

Lilydale Railway Station Goods Shed and the railway station precinct Recommended for further investigation through Lilydale Heritage Review Gap Study 2019Trevor Westmore, June 2019 To be investigated by a heritage consultant and draft citation prepared if warranted.

To be included in a PSA to implement the Lilydale Structure Plan if HO protection warranted.

64 Castella Street, Lilydale – built late 1870s Investigated in the Lilydale Historic Houses Precinct Study, Lovell Chen, 2009 and deleted in Stage 3 and not included in Amendment C89 as the house had been altered. Investigated and found not to be of heritage significance. No further action required.
5 Jones Street, Lilydale Investigated in the Lilydale Historic Houses Precinct Study, Lovell Chen, 2009 and deleted in Stage 3 and not included in Amendment C89 as the house had been altered. Investigated and found not to be of heritage significance. No further action required.
Former bowls club pavilion in Melba Park There is no written record of a ‘former bowls club pavilion’ in Melba Park.  The only building in Melba Park matching that description would be the croquet club pavilion that is shown as 6 Market Street.
All of Melba Park is covered by HO207 and the croquet pavilion at 6 Market Street is specifically cited as a significant element.  There is no reference to a former bowls club pavilion
Sue to clarify if the former bowls club pavilion is the croquet pavilion.
304 Main Street – shops No previous heritage study recommendations for this property. Nomination to be provided for future consideration

Members’ Response

At our general meeting of September 4, 2021, the members of the society unanimously passed the following resolution in response to the council’s comments on each of the properties listed.

Resolution re Lilydale township heritage overlay

That

    1. The members of the Lilydale & District Historical Society thank Ms Alison Fowler for her detailed and timely response.
    2. That the members are confused as to why the heritage architect the council employed as their consultant needs to be peer reviewed. Can council please explained by it is not accepting the recommendations of its own expert; how long will the peer review take; what is the cost and in the meantime what is the protection of those buildings from demolition now?
    3. That we request peer review of Lovell Chen’s assessments of 101 Anderson Street and 64 Castella Street and that council forward to us the detailed assessment of these two properties by Lovell Chen. That the review includes architectural and cultural significance of both buildings. Please not council recently knocked back plans to turn 64 Castella Street into a restaurant.
    4. We confirm the former bowls pavilion in Melba Park is now the pavilion at the south end of the croquet field and understand it has been included in the heritage overlay for Melba Park.
    5. We request the detailed reports of all the features and buildings included in the heritage overlay for Melba Park.
    6. The members request timelines for when the heritage consultant will complete investigations into the remaining properties included in the list.
    7. That this resolution be circulated to all our members via email and social media.

This was carried unanimously.

Lilydale & District Historical Society Inc.

Contacts:
Sue Thompson (President) 0475 219 884
Joy Gothe 0405 128 964
Lorraine Smith (Court House Manager) 03 9735 1104
Email: [email protected]

Our home is the Old Lilydale Court House at 61 Castella Street, Lilydale 3140
Hours of opening:
By appointment only:
Fridays 1 to 4pm and Saturdays to Mondays 11am to 4pm.
Sundays are preferred.
Closed Public Holidays

Share Your Information with the Society!

Email us your info (and images) to:
[email protected]

Lilydale & District Historical Society Inc.

Contacts:
Sue Thompson (President) 0475 219 884
Joy Gothe 0405 128 964
Lorraine Smith (Court House Manager) 03 9735 1104
Email: [email protected]

Share Your Information with the Society!

Email us your info (and images) to:
[email protected]

Our home is the Old Lilydale Court House @
61 Castella Street, Lilydale 3140
Hours of opening:
By appointment only:
Fridays 1 to 4pm and Saturdays to Mondays 11am to 4pm.
Sundays are preferred.
Closed Public Holidays