Shire eyes in­de­pen­dent her­itage list

Narrogin Observer - - News - Michael Traill

Eigh­teen Wa­gin prop­er­ties could soon be first in­clu­sions on the Shire of Wa­gin’s own her­itage list, as an ap­pointed com­mit­tee is sched­uled to meet on Novem­ber 7.

The Shire adopted the mo­tion to form the Her­itage Com­mit­tee at its last coun­cil meet­ing on Septem­ber 18, which could pave the way for the Shire of Wa­gin to in­de­pen­dently her­itage-list prop­er­ties.

This leg­is­la­tion falls in line with a new State leg­is­la­tion also passed on Septem­ber 18, the Her­itage Bill 2017, re­peal­ing the Her­itage of West­ern Aus­tralia Act 1990 and es­tab­lishes a new con­sti­tu­tion for the Her­itage Coun­cil of WA.

Own­ers of prop­er­ties in­cluded on the Shire of Wa­gin’s her­itage list would have to first seek both the coun­cil’s de­vel­op­ment ap­proval and Her­itage Coun­cil of WA’s ap­proval be­fore mak­ing changes to their prop­erty.

Both the State and Wa­gin pieces of leg­is­la­tion aim to pre­serve build­ings with sig­nif­i­cant his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance in their re­spec­tive ju­ris­dic­tions.

Shire of Wa­gin chief ex­ec­u­tive Pe­ter Web­ster said hav­ing prop­er­ties listed on an in­de­pen­dent her­itage list would do just that, while also be­ing in­cor­po­rated into the Shire’s town plan­ning scheme.

“Wa­gin has got a lot of his­tor­i­cal build­ings, there is a heap of old fed­er­a­tion-style homes here as well as what you see in the main street with the old ho­tels and town hall,” he said. “It’s try­ing to pre­serve that, that iconic old. . . build­ings that we’ve got. “We’ve lost a few over the years.” One prop­erty, the old post of­fice, on the pro­posed her­itage list is called home by Gary Flint and his wife, who in­sist they have al­ways main­tained their house since buy­ing it in 1993.

“We are both con­cerned that this (their home) is the only pri­vately owned res­i­dence on the pro­posed her­itage list­ing and that we maybe forced to main­tain the build­ing by a third party,” he said.

Wa­gin has a lot of his­tor­i­cal build­ings. Pe­ter Web­ster

The for­mer Town Hall is on the pro­posed her­itage list.

Pic­tures: Michael Traill

Tu­dor Street Foun­tain is on the list.

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