Preston Market is built and operates on the traditional and never ceded lands of the Wurundjeri-willam.

The unusual structure of the market was designed in the late 1960s by three Melbourne University graduates. The market itself was opened in August 1970, and on the first Saturday it was open, 15th August 1970, over 20,000 people came to the market, requiring special traffic control.

By 2017, Preston Market had become the second largest market in Melbourne, with 80,000 visitors per week to the over 140 stalls and 10 kiosks.

A 2020 report from RBA Architects highlights local heritage significance in four key areas. The report very clearly concludes that the original market footprint and fabric should be protected. ‘The Preston Market has been determined to be of local historical, aesthetic, technical and social significance to the City of Darebin. As such, it is recommended that heritage protection for the site is sought by applying the Heritage Overlay.’

The Victorian Planning Authority has failed to respect the heritage values of the market and recommends that only one third of the original fabric of the building is retained. They have said nothing about how historical and cultural heritage is to be protected.

2020 was the Preston Market’s 50th birthday. Let’s make sure that in 2070 we are celebrating its 100th!

Find out more about how you can help save the market here.