Darebin Council launches petition to help save Preston Market
05.05.2021

Darebin Council launches petition to help save Preston Market

Words by Tom Parker

Preston Market is under threat from its owners to be demolished and rebuilt elsewhere.

Darebin Council has just launched a petition to help save the Preston Market as a threat looms from its current owners, Salta Properties, to demolish the market and rebuild it at another location.

What you need to know

  • Darebin Council launches petition to help save the Preston Market from being demolished by its current owners, Salta Properties
  • The potential threat could see Salta Properties look to rebuild the market at a new location
  • Darebin Council is calling on the Victorian Planning Minister, the Hon. Richard Wynne MP, to use his authority to change this proposed plan

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The hallowed Preston Market certainly needs no introduction. The northside hotspot for fresh produce, head along to Preston Market and you’ll have your weekly dining schedule sorted in one hit.

The revered food and multicultural hub has been operating for over 50 years, playing an important role in the everyday lives of Melburnians and beyond. As they say on the Preston Market website, “It’s not just a market, it’s a community”.

If the market was to be demolished, it would lose not only its heritage value but everything that makes it so special, such as its long-standing stallholders – whether it’s the beloved ARC Asian Grocery, a family-owned business providing market-goers a large array of packaged goods and fruit and vegetables, or the iconic Paradise Fresh Fruit and Vegetables, or even the popular Publique Bakery, offering the tastiest French pastries.

“Preston Market’s owners, Salta Properties, haven’t committed to protect all the things about the market that the community cares about,” the petition says.

“That’s why Darebin Council is calling on the Victorian Planning Minister, the Hon. Richard Wynne MP, to use his powers to change the planning process to make sure Salta Properties protects the market in any future development of the site.”

At the time of writing, the petition already had over 700 signees.

 

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Find out more and sign the petition here.