Draft Heritage Strategy
We are currently developing a draft Heritage Strategy. The Heritage Strategy will establish an Action Plan to identify how we can improve the management of our heritage under the themes of understanding, protecting, sustaining and promoting. This includes Natural, Aboriginal and European heritage.
Our Heritage Consultant held a series of workshops with City staff and with the City's Aboriginal Advisory Group, Youth Reference Group, Heritage Reference Group and with the wider community in November 2018. We also held an online public survey to inform the draft Heritage Strategy. Following the close of the public survey on 9 December 2018, the draft Heritage Strategy was completed by the City's Heritage Consultant, and is currently being reviewed. The strategy is likely to be considered by Council in February 2020, for its consent to advertise and seek public comment.
Local Heritage Strategy
A Local Heritage Survey (also known as a "Municipal Heritage Inventory") is a list of places and structures which, in the opinion of the City, are, or may become, of cultural heritage significance.
Local governments are required under section 45 of the Heritage of Western Australia Act 1990 to prepare a Municipal Heritage Inventory (MHI) to recognise the heritage importance of places to the local community.
'Cultural heritage significance' is the aesthetic, historic, scientific or social significance of a play may have for present and future generations. This term has been defined by the Heritage Council of Western Australia and is used as assessment criteria in the preparation of a MHI to evaluate the importance of a place.
The Heritage Act of Western Australia 2018 was passed by Parliament on 12 September 2018 and came into effect with Heritage Regulations 2019 on 1 July 2019.
The key changes in the new Heritage Act of Western Australia include:
- streamlined process for entering a place in the State Register
- more certainty for owners wishing to develop their heritage places
- better protections for important heritage places (including addressing demolition by neglect)
- increased transparency by publishing the Heritage Council's advice to the Minister for Heritage on the inclusion of a place in the State Register.
Our Municipal Heritage Inventory has become a "Local Heritage Survey" under the 2018 Act. One of the major changes to the Local Heritage Survey is that it can provide more flexibility to governments to include "places" of cultural significance, as opposed to "buildings" (as stated under the previous 1990 Act). Within Part 7 of the 2019 Act, the definition of "place" can refer to things that are in, on or over land, including for instance, a tree or group of trees or land under water.