The Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne has supported Hepburn Shire Council in its request to protect the Old Hepburn Hotel from demolition.
Located at 236 Main Road Hepburn, the hotel was investigated by Council’s heritage advisor in light 2019 who determined that it warranted local heritage protection Under the Hepburn Planning scheme. The grounds for protection are:
*it’s historical significance for its associations with the German and Swiss Italian Goldminers, 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 licenced general store during the early gold rush period and has continued to operate into the 21st century;
*it’s high representative value as a typical German/ Swiss vernacular styled hotel an licenced 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.
Hepburn Shire council CEO Evan King send the interim protection applies until the 30th of April 2021.
“Council will undertake a formal planning scheme amendment to introduce permanent controls to protect the site,” he said.
“Council is currently working with the owners of the site to ensure that any new works are respectful of the historical pub. “