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TRAIN stations under threat of demolition to make way for sky high rail lines could be retained if Heritage Victoria give a council proposal the green signal.
Glen Eira Council is pushing for Carnegie and Murrumbeena railway stations and a footbridge near Murrumbeena station to have state heritage protection ahead of sky rail works.
At a meeting last week councillors voted unanimously to write to Heritage Victoria stating that the Carnegie and Murrumbeena Railway Stations were at immediate threat of demolition, and seeking immediate interim demolition protection.
Mayor Neil Pilling said under the Glen Eira Planning Scheme all three sites had heritage protection.
Cr Pilling said the council had received “a lot of concern from residents” about heritage protection for the stations and had also included it in their submission to the LXRA in March.
He said another reason the council was requesting heritage protection was because Ripponlea railway station was listed on the state’s heritage protection database and was built at the same time as Carnegie and Murrumbeena stations.
“I would like to see, if possible, that they not be demolished, and at the very least the buildings repurposed,” Cr Pilling said.
Shadow Minister for Planning David Davis also penned a letter to Heritage Victoria supporting protection for the sites.
Mr Davis wrote that he was “seeking whatever intervention you may be empowered to undertake to protect these significant public heritage properties”.
Secretary of Lower Our Tracks Inc Dianne Hunt said the council’s motion to protect the stations would be “received very well by the community”.
“The links from Murrumbeena Station to the Boyd family are well known, we’ve already been devastated by the loss of vegetation, to add complete loss of our heritage would impound the losses we all feel,” Ms Hunt said.
“The majority of families in this area stay here for generations, the complete disregard of the community in this process has been incredible.”
Level Crossing Removal Authority project director Brett Summers said the sky rail project design “strikes a balance between preserving local history and building a world class transport system.”
“We have been working with the City of Glen Eira since early this year on opportunities to reuse or relocate elements of the existing stations,” Mr Summers said.
Heritage Victoria spokeswoman Pauline Hitchins said all applications were assessed on their merit.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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