Her­itage list­ing for Guild­ford moves closer

Avon Valley Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Sarah Brookes

GUILD­FORD is a step closer to be­com­ing her­itage listed, but Her­itage Min­is­ter David Tem­ple­man has warned the process to list the precinct could be “lengthy”.

City of Swan coun­cil­lors sup­ported a mo­tion on Wed­nes­day night to start the process of nom­i­nat­ing the his­toric town to the WA Her­itage Coun­cil for en­try into the State Reg­is­ter of Her­itage Places.

Guild­ford res­i­dent Claire Scan­lan said she was pleased by the de­ci­sion.

“The min­is­ter said if coun­cil wanted to push through this her­itage list­ing they needed to show their sup­port and en­gage with stake­hold­ers be­fore mak­ing a nom­i­na­tion to the WA Her­itage Coun­cil,” she said.

“This is very ex­cit­ing for Guild­ford res­i­dents and if all goes well we will be state her­itage listed in a mat­ter of months.

“Her­itage list­ing will mean in­ap­pro­pri­ate de­vel­op­ments such as McDon­ald’s will no longer be a threat to our town.”

How­ever, Mr Tem­ple­man said the re­cent per­ma­nent reg­is­tra­tion of the West End in Fre­man­tle to the her­itage list took six years.

“The West End in Fre­man­tle is the largest sin­gle precinct to be en­tered into the State Reg­is­ter to date,” he said.

“This process was thor­ough and took more than six years to com­plete.

“The process to list a precinct, par­tic­u­larly of Guild­ford’s size, will be lengthy and re­quires sig­nif­i­cant con­sul­ta­tion with stake­hold­ers in­clud­ing the lo­cal gov­ern­ment, res­i­dents and busi­ness own­ers, to ed­u­cate them on the ben­e­fits and ef­fects of reg­is­tra­tion.

“It is re­ally im­por­tant that com­pre­hen­sive community con­sul­ta­tion oc­curs for this process.”

Mr Tem­ple­man said at this stage he could not put a time­line on how long the process would take.

“Mid­land MLA Michelle Roberts has made strong rep­re­sen­ta­tions to me about this is­sue and I am keen to hear how the community feels about the idea of her­itage list­ing the Guild­ford precinct,” he said.

“Once a nom­i­na­tion has been made, the Her­itage Coun­cil will pre­pare a thor­ough Her­itage As­sess­ment and un­der­take fur­ther sig­nif­i­cant con­sul­ta­tion be­fore mak­ing a rec­om­men­da­tion on whether the precinct should be en­tered into the State Reg­is­ter.”

Mr Tem­ple­man said list­ing the Guild­ford precinct would give it statu­tory pro­tec­tion and greater recog­ni­tion for its sig­nif­i­cance to the State’s his­tory.

“There is no doubt that Guild­ford is an his­toric- rich area,” he said.

“But strong sup­port from the Guild­ford community is im­por­tant in or­der to ul­ti­mately de­liver an out­stand­ing her­itage out­come.” He was hope­ful reg­is­tra­tion would en­hance the precinct’s ap­peal as a tourism des­ti­na­tion.

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