Frankston station circa 1890.
If there’s a historic site or building in Frankston that you’d like to see protected, Frankston City Council wants to hear from you. The council is conducting a heritage survey and is inviting community input. Cr Brad Hill said a heritage place could include a specific site or building as well as a region or landscape, and such places can provide “essential links with the past and help us to define our shared community history”.
“Frankston has a rich history,” Cr Hill said. “Research shows that communities value and have a strong connection to the past, and protection of heritage places is an important step in maintaining the link. The Frankston Heritage Survey will help us gain insights into community values and understanding of both Indigenous and European heritage.”
The survey, which takes about five minutes to complete and closes on April 20, is part of a consultation plan prepared for the Frankston City Heritage Gap Review 2020 project. The draft final review identifies 23 places of heritage significance that warrant further consideration for heritage overlay protection in the Frankston planning scheme. “Residents have told us that they value the positive contribution heritage places make to the historical context and identity of Frankston and its suburbs, and the role that heritage makes in contributing to the importance of place and cultural connectedness,” Cr Hill said.
Residents can also make submissions to the review, and all those received by April 20 will be considered and included as part of a report to the council by the end of June.