Town forum to look at heritage listing
RESIDENTS are being invited to attend the Guildford Heritage Forum to discuss the town’s potential heritage listing.
Heritage Minister David Templeman will attend the vent hosted by Midland MLA Michelle Roberts.
Mrs Roberts said the forum was an opportunity to gauge the level of community support and ascertain if residents would like to heritage list Guildford.
“There’s lots of evidence around the world to show where a whole precinct is listed the property value actually goes up, so generally there’s evidence that heritage listing improves the values of properties rather than detracts from it,” she said.
“If the community would like to see Guildford heritagelisted, we can then take the next step to recognise the special place that Guildford has in our state’s history.”
The Heritage Council has advised that to heritage list a precinct the size of Guildford requires consultation with stakeholders, including the council, residents and business owners to consider the benefits and impact.
The City of Swan said it was supportive of the move and had already initiated a process to nominate the locality for listing on the State Register of Heritage Places.
If listed, Guildford would join with the West End of Fremantle as a state heritage precinct in recognition of it being a very special town of first settlement in 1829.
The forum at St Matthews Church hall, Meadow Street, is from 1pm-3pm on Saturday, November 18.