Town fo­rum to look at her­itage list­ing

Midland Reporter - - News -

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.

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