CHAR­AC­TER OF WA’S UNIQUE JEWEL NEEDS PRO­TEC­TION

Avon Valley Gazette - - NEWS -

WE stum­bled on an un­ex­pected gem while on hol­i­days.

Com­ing from a tourist area in South Aus­tralia we were look­ing for­ward to two weeks in the Mar­garet River re­gion. What a pleas­ant sur­prise spend­ing our first two days in Guild­ford be­fore we headed off south.

Firstly, a great vis­i­tor cen­tre sur­rounded by parks, her­itage build­ings and gal­leries.

With walk­ing map in hand, what a won­der­ful time cap­sule this area is. Gar­dens, her­itage build­ings, in­for­ma­tion pan­els and friendly lo­cals keen to share their pride in be­ing a part of this unique his­tor­i­cal hub and yet ner­vous about changes.

I am writ­ing be­cause we did no­tice new, out- of- char­ac­ter multi- storey build­ings, flats and other de­vel­op­ments ap­pear to be creep­ing in. I do hope the his­toric town clas­si­fi­ca­tion will re­tain and pro­tect this unique jewel in WA. STEPHEN HEDGES, Vic­tor Har­bor, South Aus­tralia

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