Town her­itage as­sessed

Avon Valley Gazette - - NEWS -

IN a land­mark de­ci­sion, the his­toric town­site of Guild­ford will be for­mally as­sessed for in­clu­sion in the State Reg­is­ter of Her­itage Places.

Her­itage Min­is­ter David Tem­ple­man made the an­nounce­ment on Wed­nes­day, say­ing the Guild­ford his­toric town was rare as a highly in­tact 19th cen­tury town that still re­tained its orig­i­nal grid pat­tern lay­out around a cen­tral square.

The City of Swan re­quested the town be as­sessed for pos­si­ble in­clu­sion in the State Reg­is­ter af­ter its own com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion.

The Depart­ment of Plan­ning, Lands and Her­itage is pre­par­ing the as­sess­ment doc­u­men­ta­tion.

While the as­sess­ment is un­der­way, the City of Swan will re­fer all de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tions to the Her­itage Coun­cil of WA for com­ment.

Mr Tem­ple­man said Guild- ford had an im­por­tant story to tell about WA’s early his­tory and de­vel­op­ment.

“As one of three towns es­tab­lished in WA dur­ing the found­ing of the Swan River Colony in 1829, it is one of the state’s most im­por­tant his­toric ar­eas,” he said.

“Places en­tered in the State Reg­is­ter can be de­vel­oped to meet con­tem­po­rary needs or adapted for a new use, as long as the de­vel­op­ment is sen­si­tively done and re­spects the her­itage val­ues of the place.

“The Her­itage Coun­cil and I want to hear from own­ers, ten­ants and the lo­cal com­mu­nity about whether they would sup­port the en­try of Guild­ford his­toric town in the State Reg­is­ter.

Mid­land MLA Michelle Roberts said the com­mu­nity had been push­ing for her­itage list­ing for years.

“It is fan­tas­tic to have a Her­itage Min­is­ter who has lis­tened to the com­mu­nity and moved to for­mally as­sess the Town of Guild­ford for State Her­itage list­ing,” she said.

“I urge all lo­cal home­own­ers, res­i­dents and busi­ness own­ers to have their say so that we can pro­tect the beau­ti­ful Guild­ford town­site for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.”

Pic­ture: David Baylis d480074

Mid­land MLA Michelle Robertssays the com­mu­nity wants list­ing for the town site.

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