Protecting Melbourne’s Treasured Queen Victoria Market

In this Media Release

  • The Andrews Labor Government has approved new planning controls that pave the way for a major transformation of Melbourne’s beloved Queen Victoria Market
  • The redevelopment will create 2,500 jobs during construction, and pave the way for a precinct that will accommodate more than 60,000 jobs
  • Strict heritage controls protecting the market will be maintained, as will existing height controls over the market sheds and fresh food halls

The Andrews Labor Government has approved new planning controls that pave the way for a major transformation of Melbourne’s beloved Queen Victoria Market and the creation of thousands of jobs.

Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Planning Richard Wynne joined Lord Mayor Robert Doyle today to progress plans for the transformation of the largest open-air market in the southern hemisphere.

The redevelopment will provide desperately-needed repairs to the internationally-renowned market and give traders renewed opportunities to grow their business.

The project will deliver new cold storage facilities, power, and modern toilets, as well as improved car parking and pedestrian access.

The redevelopment will create 2,500 jobs during construction, and pave the way for a precinct that will accommodate more than 60,000 jobs.

To protect the character of Queen Victoria Market and enable works to begin, the Labor Government has approved new planning controls.

Strict heritage controls protecting the market will be maintained, as will existing height controls over the market sheds and fresh food halls.

The Government has also applied a new mandatory height control of 125 metres on the nearby Munro site to preserve and protect the market.

Queen Victoria Market has traded continuously since 1878 and now attracts about 10 million visitors every year.

Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews

“These controls will allow work to begin on this transformation of Queen Victoria Market – creating thousands of jobs and helping businesses grow.”

 “The Queen Victoria Market is the heart and soul of Melbourne and one of the great markets of the world. It’s important we protect its rich history, while we build its bright future.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Planning Richard Wynne

“We’ve given careful consideration to get this amendment right. It’s all about striking a balance between the need for development and rejuvenation and protecting the market’s heritage.”

“Queen Victoria Market and its history means so much to so many people. We’ll never compromise it.”

Quotes attributable to Lord Mayor Robert Doyle AC

“I am pleased that the Victorian Government’s announcement today will enable us to get on with delivering the biggest project the City of Melbourne has ever undertaken.”

“The recently released independent business case leaves us in no doubt that doing nothing at Queen Victoria Market is not an option. The future of the market is at risk and we must get on with this renewal to secure its future.”