Why Stella Maris Seafarers’ Centre at 600 Little Collins Street missed out on heritage protection


“We try to make it a home away from home when they come in,” said Quinn, a volunteer for 45 years.

Being refused heritage protection was disheartening for the organisation, Quinn said, and he was concerned for the future of its home. “The whole centre was very disappointed.”

In the Catholic Trust’s submission to the planning panel, prepared by heritage consultant Bryce Raworth, it argued that the centre was “not widely known in Melbourne or considered iconic”, and it was only relevant for a small number of people.

Inside the Stella Maris Seafarers’ Centre.Credit:Scott…



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