A HERITAGE Bill has been passed to ensure better protection for heritage places in WA – including those at risk from demolition by neglect.
The Heritage Bill is the result of intensive community consultation following a State Government promise to fix the sometimes unclear heritage assessment and consultation processes.
Key changes will include a smoother process for entering a place in the State Register, certainty for owners wishing to develop their heritage places and increased transparency.
There will also be greater protection for Stateregistered places that will proceed through a mix of incentives, such as grants and access to technical assistance.
Heritage Minister David Templeman said the current Act was written 28 years ago at a time when the demolition of Perth’s built heritage was undertaken in the name of progress.