Test for town’s heritage
ASSESSMENT FOR STATE REGISTER STARTING
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.
Midland MLA Michelle Roberts.