Shire to vote on her­itage

Narrogin Observer - - News - Michael Traill

An in­de­pen­dent her­itage list for prop­er­ties in the Shire of Wa­gin is look­ing in­creas­ingly likely, with a Shire her­itage com­mit­tee de­ter­min­ing ap­proval of the plan last Wed­nes­day night.

At the Shire’s next coun­cil meet­ing on Novem­ber 20, the com­mit­tee will rec­om­mend the coun­cil adopt the pro­posal.

If ap­proved, 18 prop­er­ties within the Shire’s bound­aries could ini­tially be­come her­itage listed.

If ap­proved, be­fore con­duct­ing de­vel­op­ments on those prop­er­ties own­ers would first have to re­ceive ap­proval from the coun­cil and the Her­itage Coun­cil of WA.

The prop­er­ties would also be in­cor­po­rated into the Shire’s town plan­ning scheme.

Shire pres­i­dent, and mem­ber of the Shire’s her­itage com­mit­tee, Phillip Blight said fur­ther prop­er­ties could be in­cluded on the Shire’s own her­itage list.

“We’ve had for years, what is termed a mu­nic­i­pal in­ven­tory of her­itage places, and there’s about 75 lo­cal­i­ties listed on that,” he said.

“Out of the meet­ing last week, there may be fur­ther rec­om­men­da­tions for us to re­visit or re­view that list (and) po­ten­tially put some more places onto the her­itage list.”

Mr Blight said that dur­ing the her­itage com­mit­tee meet­ing, Wa­gin res­i­dents con­cerned with the pro­posed list had their their voices heard.

“We had a cou­ple of let­ters from a cou­ple of peo­ple who were a bit con­cerned about the im­pli­ca­tions,” he said.

“They came to the meet­ing, I’d like to think we be­layed their fears.

“What we said to them is that they look af­ter their (pro­posed) her­itage-listed prop­er­ties and we ap­plaud them for that.”

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