The Preston Market is more than a market. It is a community centre, a space of shared history and culture, and the centre of the community.

The character of Preston and Darebin in general is strongly influenced by the Preston Market. We oppose all development on the site, not only because the government’s plans intend to demolish the majority of the existing market.

Developers argue that they will ‘recreate’ the market. But whatever is built after the Preston Market is bulldozed will not have the same character or value to our community. It is naive to think otherwise. The Preston Market is unique and irreplaceable. The culture, community and distinctive character of this heart of Preston will be lost forever.

The bulldozing of the market and redevelopment of the space will turbo-charge gentrification in the area. A massive development of multiple multistory highrises will fundamentally alter the character and feel of our local neighborhood.

Our beautiful and unique community, where you can buy gozleme from one food truck and then wander a half block for African hair care essentials, will never be the same.

The bulldozing of the market and redevelopment of the space will turbo-charge gentrification in the area.

The proposed government plan is a massive outlier for current development practices in the area. With high rise buildings of over 20 storeys and others of between 12 and 16 storeys, this will bring extreme pressure onto the current Preston Market site. This will greenlight other similar developments in Darebin, permanently changing the entire area. Development pressure will in turn endanger housing prices and push out members of our community. Many elderly residents who have lived in our area all their lives risk being forced from their homes by rising costs of food and housing.

Defending the Preston Market is about saving our community, our history, and the unique culture of the area.

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