Panel rejects overlay for historic wharf
A PLANNING panel has accepted Glenelg Shire Council’s decision not to include the historic Fisherman’s Wharf breakwater in a heritage overlay.
Planning Panels Victoria member Con Tsotsoros released his report to the public late last week on the Glenelg Shire’s planning scheme amendment C89, which made recommendations on almost 50 extra sites proposed to be covered by heritage overlays following the shire’s Heritage Gap Study.
The old concrete structure of the wharf breakwater towards the northern end stems back to the late 1800s, and was originally listed to be covered by a heritage overlay in the study before council accepted a submission from the Port of Portland which opposed the overlay.
Gordon Stokes from the Portland branch of the National Trust said on Friday he was disappointed with the panel’s recommendation on the Fisherman’s Wharf breakwater.
“It failed to take into consideration the social significance of the site,” Mr Stokes said.
Mr Stokes said people used to fish from the structure, watch regattas from it and local people built it.
He said he would now pursue an interpretive panel about the structure through the council’s heritage advisory committee.