Guild­ford her­itage fo­rum

Avon Valley Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

RES­I­DENTS are be­ing in­vited to at­tend the Guild­ford Her­itage Fo­rum to dis­cuss the town’s po­ten­tial her­itage list­ing.

Mid­land MLA Michelle Roberts will host the event, which will be at­tended by Her­itage Min­is­ter David Tem­ple­man.

Mrs Roberts said the com­mu­nity’s in­put dur­ing the process was in­valu­able.

“This fo­rum is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to gauge the level of com­mu­nity sup­port and as­cer­tain if res­i­dents would like to her­itage list Guild­ford,” she said.

“There’s lots of ev­i­dence around the world to show where a whole precinct is listed the prop­erty value ac­tu­ally goes up, so gen­er­ally there’s ev­i­dence that her­itage list­ing im­proves the val­ues of prop­er­ties rather than de­tracts from it.

“If the com­mu­nity is in agree­ment, and would like to see Guild­ford her­itage- listed, we can then move for­ward and take the next step to recog­nise the spe­cial place that Guild­ford has in our State’s his­tory.”

The Her­itage Coun­cil has ad­vised the process to her­itage list a precinct the size of Guild­ford re­quires ex­ten­sive con- sul­ta­tion with stake­hold­ers, in­clud­ing the City of Swan, res­i­dents and busi­ness own­ers, to fully con­sider the ben­e­fits and im­pact of reg­is­tra­tion.

The City of Swan said it was sup­port­ive of the move and had al­ready ini­ti­ated a process to nom­i­nate the lo­cal­ity for list­ing on the State Reg­is­ter of Her­itage Places. If listed, Guild­ford would join with the West End of Fre­man­tle as a State Her­itage Precinct.

The Guild­ford Her­itage Fo­rum will be held at St Matthews Church Hall in Stir­ling Square, Meadow Street, 1pm- 3pm on Satur­day, Novem­ber 18.

Guild­ford was a town of first set­tle­ment by the Bri­tish in 1829.

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