Guildford a step closer to heritage listing
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.”
Guildford could be listed on the State Register of Heritage Places.