Test for town’s her­itage

ASSESSMENT FOR STATE REG­IS­TER START­ING

Kalamunda Reporter - - News -

THE Guild­ford As­so­ci­a­tion has wel­comed the an­nounce­ment that the his­toric town­site of Guild­ford will be for­mally as­sessed for in­clu­sion in the State Reg­is­ter of Her­itage Places.

As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Bar­bara Dun­das said the process would in­volve con­sul­ta­tion of all prop­erty own­ers in the town and an anal­y­sis of the char­ac­ter­is­tics that make the town rare and sig­nif­i­cant.

“We un­der­stand the focus would be streetscapes and listed prop­er­ties, so im­prov­ing an ex­ist­ing home would not be af­fected,” she said.

“The process and gover­nance needs to be care­fully de­tailed be­fore fi­nal list­ing and dur­ing the in­terim process.

“The devil will be in the de­tail of pos­si­ble her­itage list­ing.”

Her­itage Min­is­ter David Tem­ple­man said while the assessment was un­der­way, all devel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tions would be re­ferred to the Her­itage Coun­cil of WA for com­ment.

Mrs Dun­das queried whether com­mu­nity com­ment on devel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tions (DAs) would be con­sid­ered in the in­terim pe­riod by the Her­itage Coun­cil of WA and the City of Swan.

“When con­sid­er­ing DAs, will the Her­itage Coun­cil have to have due re­gard to the Guild­ford con­ser­va­tion precinct pol­icy?” she said.

“We be­lieve there will be a need to strengthen this pol­icy and ex­am­ine and fur­ther de­velop the City's her­itage sur­vey and list­ings.

“It is im­por­tant to en­sure not just listed prop­er­ties are pro­tected but the im­pact of ad­ja­cent devel­op­ment and other ad­ja­cent build­ings on the town in to­tal. The ba­sis of list­ing is that all parts con­trib­ute to the whole and we hope that all DAs will be con­sid­ered in terms of their im­pact on the streetscapes and the to­tal char­ac­ter of the town.”

Mid­land MLA Michelle Roberts said it was “fan­tas­tic” to have a Her­itage Min­is­ter who lis­tened to the com­mu­nity.

“I urge all lo­cal home­own­ers, res­i­dents and busi­ness own­ers to have their say so that we can pro­tect the beau­ti­ful Guild­ford town­site for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions,” she said.

The Her­itage Coun­cil will con­sider all stake­holder views and make a rec­om­men­da­tion to the Her­itage Min­is­ter, who will de­cide whether the town should be in­cluded in the State Reg­is­ter.

If listed, Guild­ford would join the West End of Fre­man­tle as a state her­itage precinct.

Pic­ture: David Baylis d480074

Mid­land MLA Michelle Roberts.

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