Guild­ford a step closer to her­itage list­ing

Kalamunda Reporter - - Front Page -

GUILD­FORD is a step closer to be­com­ing her­itage listed, though Her­itage Min­is­ter David Tem­ple­man has warned the process to list the precinct could be “lengthy”.

City of Swan coun­cil­lors sup­ported a mo­tion on Wed­nes­day night to start the process of nom­i­nat­ing the his­toric town to the WA Her­itage Coun­cil for en­try into the State Regis­ter of Her­itage Places.

Guild­ford res­i­dent Claire Scan­lan said she was pleased by the de­ci­sion.

“The min­is­ter said if coun­cil wanted to push through this her­itage list­ing they needed to show their sup­port and en­gage with stake­hold­ers be­fore mak­ing a nom­i­na­tion to the WA Her­itage Coun­cil,” she said.

“This is very ex­cit­ing for Guild­ford res­i­dents and if all goes well we will be state her­itage listed in a mat­ter of months.

“Her­itage list­ing will mean in­ap­pro­pri­ate de­vel­op­ments such as Mc­Don­ald’s will no longer be a threat to our town.”

But Mr Tem­ple­man said the re­cent per­ma­nent reg­is­tra­tion of the West End in Fre­man­tle to the her­itage list took six years.

“The process to list a precinct, par­tic­u­larly of Guild­ford’s size, will be lengthy and re­quires sig­nif­i­cant con­sul­ta­tion with stake­hold­ers in­clud­ing the local gov­ern­ment, res­i­dents and busi­ness own­ers, to ed­u­cate them on the ben­e­fits and ef­fects of reg­is­tra­tion,” he said.

“It is re­ally im­por­tant that com­pre­hen­sive com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion oc­curs for this process.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

Guild­ford could be listed on the State Regis­ter of Her­itage Places.

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