Town heritage assessed
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.”
Midland MLA Michelle Robertssays the community wants listing for the town site.