Caulfield Racecourse Reserve heritage and development

The Caulfield Racecourse Reserve has recently been in the media in relation to building demolition, lopping of mature trees and subsequent review of the Reserve by Heritage Victoria for potential State heritage listing. The information on this page provides an update.

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Application timeline for local interim and permanent heritage

This timeline outlines Council’s application for local interim and permanent heritage controls over the Caulfield Racecourse Reserve.

August 2021

Council resolved to apply to the Minister for Planning for local interim and permanent heritage controls over the Caulfield Racecourse Reserve.

December 2021

The Minister for Planning approved Planning Scheme Amendment C229 which provides guidance for the approval of Melbourne Racing Club’s ‘Caulfield Racecourse Works Package 3-5’

Note: This amendment was not prepared by Council.

January 2022

An application was made to the Heritage Council of Victoria for an Interim Protection Order (IPO) after the Melbourne Racing Club commenced demolitions in accordance with the Works Package. An IPO is only granted if the place is likely to be of State heritage significance and there is an immediate threat to the place. 

The Heritage Council approved the IPO and directed Heritage Victoria to undertake a full heritage assessment of the Racecourse and provide a recommendation regarding whether the place meets the threshold of State heritage significance. The IPO acts as an interim State heritage listing which allows the Melbourne Racing Club to apply for approvals or exemptions to continue buildings and works at the Racecourse. Since January, Heritage Victoria have issued a number of exemptions for proposed works that are not considered to harm the cultural heritage significance of the plans.

March 2022

Heritage Victoria completed their review of the Racecourse and have recommended that the Caulfield Racecourse Reserve is considered to be of State heritage significance and should be included on the Victorian Heritage Register. Heritage Victoria's recommendation is exhibited for 60 days and any person may make a written submission.

Submissions closed 17 May 2022.

After the State Recommendation was released, the Minister for Planning wrote to Council advising that he would not approve Council’s request for interim heritage controls over the racecourse.

The Minister provided conditional authorisation for Council to commence Amendment C227 (which proposes permanent heritage controls) on the condition that the amendment was altered to consider the consequence of the approval of Amendment C229 which allows the Works Package 3-5 noted above.

April 2022

Council considered Heritage Victoria’s recommendation and resolved to adopt and forward a submission in favour of the inclusion of the Caulfield Racecourse Reserve on the Victorian Heritage Register. Council also resolved to request the Minister for Planning for an extension of time to commence Planning Scheme Amendment C227 (permanent local heritage controls) until such time as a decision is made in relation to State heritage listing.

Development update

In December 2021, The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) gazetted an Incorporated Document into the Glen Eira Planning Scheme in order to guide works packages 3 to 5 which are being undertaken for the Caulfield Racecourse Reserve. The scope of each of these works packages includes:

  • Works Package 3 (Northern Precinct Public Realm and Clubhouse)
  • Works Package 4 (New Administration Building)
  • Works Package 5 (Second track, lighting for night racing and associated facilities).

The document allows for the following buildings and works to take place:

  • Patron arrival area and public forecourt
  • Demolition of the existing Glasshouse building and works to the Clubhouse building
  • Mounting yards, parade ring and associated race day facilities
  • Administration building at the western end of the precinct
  • Second track, lighting towers, maintenance facilities and associated infrastructure
  • Upgrades to the existing track
  • Upgrades to the existing fence
  • Landscape works
  • Tree removal and relocation
  • Associated demolition works.

The Incorporated Document includes Clauses relating to further modifications required to approved plans/documents before works can commence. Each Clause defines who is responsible for the final approval of the amended plans/documents. Clauses which state that the Responsible Authority is responsible for approval are referring to Glen Eira City Council.

Related documents

Please see the Incorporated Document for further detail relating to the approval. Documents listed within each of these clauses are also attached for reference. These documents are currently being assessed and are yet to be endorsed.

Incorporated document — Works Package 3-5 [PDF 1.4Mb]

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