New Mansfield properties approved for heritage overlay
SOME 32 new places of interest have been included on the updated Mansfield Shire Heritage Overlay, with the amended list now headed to the State Government for final approval.
Open for public comment until the end of July, just a single objection was received to the proposed listings.
“We were really pleased with the process,” senior strategic planner at the Mansfield Shire, Kathy Richardson, said.
“It shows that people are happy to preserve their properties and the historic value of such.”
The one received objection related to internal controls over a property at Jamieson, and the submission was withdrawn after clarification from council.
“As a community, it’s nice that people want to be a part of preserving the area’s history,” Ms Richardson said.
A heritage overlay of 31 properties already existed within the Mansfield Shire, but a further study identified a number of new properties that council thought were also appropriate for inclusion.
“We have had a heritage consultant come in and he has put together stage one of a heritage listing for us,” Ms Richardson said at the time the overlay went up for public discussion.
“Many people don’t realise that it doesn’t have to be a home to be included on the heritage overlay – it is about identifying places of significance.
“A lot of 1980s buildings in Melbourne have significant post-modern design architecture, and they are listed.”
Not surprisingly, Jamieson has a number of properties that have been added to the overlay - places such as the Diggers Exchange Hotel, the Colonial Bank, Memorial Hall and the Post Office.
In Mansfield, the Alzburg is a new listing, as is the Mechanics Institute, High Country Apparel and the Commercial Hotel.
Less traditional places of significance that are now on the list include three Saw Dust Kilns in Mansfield, the War Memorial Gates and the Memorial Trough.
“It’s amazing what can make its way onto a heritage overlay,” Ms Richardson said.
At the September council meeting, held last week, it was resolved to send the overlay to the State Government for final approval.
For more information, or to view a complete list of the properties now included on the overlay, go to www.mansfield. vic.gov.au.
HERITAGE LISTED: An additional 32 places of significance have been included in a new Mansfield Shire Heritage Overlay. Among those to make it onto the updated list is the Mansfield Hotel, pictured.