Constructed in 1938, the Old Men's Shelter at Powlett Reserve is one of the earliest surviving examples of an old men's shelter and, while it illustrates the plight of elderly men residing in inner city boarding houses, it also represents community moves toward self-help after the 1930s depression. It marks the beginning of a movement which placed value on allowing the elderly to support each other and which eventually led to the formation of senior citizens clubs. It is a notable example of the decorative use of brickwork in the 1930s.
General Exemptions:General exemptions apply to all places and objects included in the Victorian Heritage Register (VHR). General exemptions have been designed to allow everyday activities, maintenance and changes to your property, which don’t harm its cultural heritage significance, to proceed without the need to obtain approvals under the Heritage Act 2017.Specific exemptions may also apply to your registered place or object. If applicable, these are listed below. Specific exemptions are tailored to the conservation and management needs of an individual registered place or object and set out works and activities that are exempt from the requirements of a permit. Specific exemptions prevail if they conflict with general exemptions. Find out more about heritage permit exemptions here.