Heritage hearing for Morwell Power Station

A hearing to determine whether or not the Morwell Power Station and Briquette Factories will be heritage listed was held in Morwell today.

Three Heritage Council representatives heard from a number of speakers outlining differing concerns surrounding the future of the facilities and the overall cultural and historical significance of the site.

The Heritage Council is an independent statutory authority tasked with reviewing recommendations made by Heritage Victoria of places and objects which may be added to the Victorian Heritage Register.

The purpose of the hearing process is to allow interested parties to make submissions to the Registration Committee of the Council who will then determine whether or not the site should be added the Victorian Heritage Register.

Speakers at the hearing included Heritage Victoria’s Dr Marina Larsson and Mr Geoff Austin on behalf of the executive director who recommended the facilities be included on the register, nominator Cheryl Wragg, Coal Energy Australia, Energy Brix Australia Corporation, Latrobe City Council’s acting manager planning services Jody Riordan and Asbestos Council of Victoria/GARDS president Vicki Hamilton.

The Heritage Council is expected to publish a decision about the heritage listing within the next 60 to 90 days, although there is not a statutory deadline for this.

For more see Monday’s Express