Council’s request to protect the Old Hepburn Hotel at 236 Main Road Hepburn from demolition has been supported by the Minister for Planning.
The grounds for protection are:
- its historical significance for its associations with the German and Swiss Italian gold miners, who were attracted to the area in the 1850s and 1860s.
- its rarity value as one of the longest operating hotels in the region, which was first established in 1854 as a licensed general store during the early gold rush period and has continued to operate into the 21st century.
- its high representative value as a typical German/Swiss vernacular styled hotel and licensed general store. Although the hotel was rebuilt in 1911 after the 1909 bushfires, its building tradition is representative of a specific type of small gold rush hotel, of which few remain.
The interim protection applies until the 30 April 2021 during which time Council will undertake a formal planning scheme amendment to introduce permanent planning controls to protect the site. Council is currently working with the owners of the site to ensure that any new works are respectful of the historic pub.
You can read the Heritage Place Report here: Attachment 1 – Old Hepburn Hotel Heritage Place Report
Council considered this matter at its meeting on 19 May 2020. You can read the minutes of this meeting here: Draft Public Minutes – Council Meeting – 19-05-2020