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Beaumaris and Black Rock heritage study

In 2017 we announced plans to conduct a Mid-Century Modern Heritage Study in Black Rock and Beaumaris, which aims to identify properties from this era for potential heritage protection.


What is mid-century modern architecture?

Houses from the mid-century modern era were generally constructed between 1945 to 1970 and featured radical new modern approaches. These approaches included:

  • the use of light timber or steel framing, which was sometimes structurally daring
  • new materials like cement sheeting
  • flat or skillion roofs
  • large areas of north facing windows and easy connection to the outside deck or gardens.

About the study

The study will be conducted by independent expert heritage consultants. It will include reviewing previous studies, new research and consultation with affected property owners.

Once the draft study has been prepared and properties for possible protection are identified, affected property owners will be contacted and invited to meet with the heritage consultants and our officers to discuss their property. This will be an opportunity to present information outlining why a property should or should not be included.

The outcome of the study will be a list of buildings with architectural and/or cultural significance that are recommended for heritage protection. This could be either as an individual property or as a contributor to an intact heritage precinct or streetscape.

Why do we need the study?

The Heritage Action Plan 2017 identified that suburbs in Bayside’s south are underrepresented in the heritage overlay, in particular, Beaumaris. Mid-century modern architecture contributes to this area’s historical development and contributes to the liveability and character valued by the community.

Previous heritage studies undertaken have identified a number of properties which are considered to have potential heritage significance but currently do not have heritage protection. The mid-century modern heritage study will reassess the possible heritage significance of these properties and also identify other places which may also have heritage significance. The study will ensure that we can meet our obligations under the Planning and Environment Act 1987 to conserve and enhance those buildings, areas or other places which are of scientific, aesthetic, architectural or historical interest or of special cultural value.

What happens next?

The study will be conducted from March to August 2018 and the final study report is expected to be presented to Council in mid/late in 2018.

We may then prepare a planning amendment to introduce any recommended heritage protections into the Bayside Planning Scheme.

A planning scheme amendment is a statutory process governed by law which includes mandatory consultation with affected property owners. Council may also refer the planning amendment to an independent planning panel appointed by the Minister for Planning. A planning panel review would include an opportunity for owners or submitters to present their views.

What is the Heritage Action Plan?

The Heritage Action Plan guides our heritage work program for 10 years. The plan ensures we can:

  • Identify and protect Bayside’s heritage for the benefit of current and future generations
  • Address Council’s legislative responsibilities for the protection of heritage places
  • Have a clear heritage work program for the identification, protection, management and promotion of Bayside’s heritage assets for the coming 10 years.

The Heritage Action Plan 2017 is available from our heritage documents page.

How can I stay up to date?

If you would like to receive notification about the status of the mid-century modern study, you can subscribe to email updates.

You can also get in touch with our Strategic Planning Department by:


planningstrategy [at] bayside.vic.gov.au (subject: Beaumaris%20heritage%20review%20in%20Bayside)


(03) 9599 4341