Guildford heritage forum
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.