The Local Government Inventory (formerly known as a Municipal Inventory or a Municipal Heritage Inventory) is a book that refers to buildings and places which have cultural heritage significance. We’re not trying to protect or conserve these places with the inventory, we’re simply capturing stories.The Heritage of Western Australia Act 1990 requires all Local Government Authorities to compile a Local Government Inventory, a list of heritage places, within the particular Local Authority district. If you have any questions about developing a place that’s on the inventory or heritage list please contact a Senior Planning Officer on 9364 0235.
The Local Government Inventory contains Information about buildings and places in the City of Melville that are listed as having cultural significance. It was adopted by Council on 17 June 2014 and minor updates were made in January 2017. We'll do another review of the inventory in a few years, so please drop us a line you have any ideas. You can search heritage places at the State Heritage Office.
Local Government Inventory List
View a summary of the inventory list or view the full list of final place records or individual heritage listed properties below.
1. What is a Local Government Inventory? 2. What’s the difference between the Local Government Inventory and the Heritage List?
A Local Government Inventory (formerly known as a Municipal Inventory or a Municipal Heritage Inventory) is a book that refers to buildings and places which have cultural heritage significance. We’re not trying to protect or conserve these places with the inventory, we’re simply capturing stories.
3. What’s Cultural Heritage Significance?
The Local Government Inventory doesn’t have any legal power. It’s more of a place to put stories than a tool for development control. Ours is about 190 pages of photos and historical info, assessment frameworks and more. There are currently 69 places covered in the inventory (excluding those in the schedule of reserves).
The Heritage List is no more than a simple list of 35 places. Our Heritage List is made up of the best places on the Local Government Inventory, which has 69 places. The Heritage List has a bit more grunt than the inventory. You’ll need a development application for most works on a Heritage Listed place. Owners of listed places are welcome to the full range of development options – substantial modern additions, second stories, even demolition in some circumstances – it’s just a matter of doing them well.
4. Why does the City have a Local Government Inventory?
According to the State Heritage Office, cultural heritage significance is “the aesthetic, historic, scientific or social significance a place may have for present and future generations.” In the past we often thought of heritage as old buildings, but these days heritage also covers landscapes, certain trees, sites of historical interest, places of importance to our indigenous communities, parks … any place that helps tell the story of Melville.
5. What does it mean when my place is entered into the Local Government Inventory?
Every local government in Western Australia is required under Section 45 of the Heritage of Western Australia Act 1990 to prepare a list of places of local heritage significance. The Act also requires that the list be updated every 4 years. Beyond that, we’re simply proud of our City, and we’re putting the LGI together because we value the places that help define it.
6. What if I’d like to see the heritage qualities of my property better respected?
As we’ve mentioned, inventories are complied to “tell the stories” of their districts. They don’t have any power to control development.
That means a listing on the Local Government Inventory doesn’t have any implications for owners, who are free to develop their properties in accordance with the normal planning scheme provisions which apply to all properties in the City. As part of the listing process, the history of each place is carefully researched by a heritage expert. You may find out some interesting things about your property if this happens!
7. What about the State Register of Heritage Places?
Ask us about putting your property on the Heritage List.The Heritage List is different to the Local Government Inventory. The Heritage List is part of the City’s Local Planning Scheme, which offers more protection to listed properties.
As a general rule you’re still welcome to thoroughly redevelop a place on the Heritage List. You can build a second storey, construct large modern additions, remake the interior, just about anything. All we’re suggesting is that new work be done in a way that respects the heritage qualities of the site or building. We can even put you in touch with people who can help. Only fully informed and consenting owners would have properties on the Heritage List.
8. Can a place be listed in the Local Government Inventory or on the Heritage List without the owner’s consent?
Just as the listing of a place in the Local Government Inventory recognises the importance of a place to the local district, the listing of a place on the State Register recognises the significance of a place to the whole state of Western Australia. Only places of exceptional value make it to the State Register. Examples here include Heathcote, the Applecross District Hall, Wireless Hill Park and the Miller Bakehouse.
The State Register of Heritage Places is put together by the State Heritage Office. These good people carefully guide the development and even the maintenance of State Registered places. Well-looked after places offer many benefits for owners, including higher property values and the prestige associated with owning buildings of recognised heritage value. It is entirely possible for a place to be listed in the Local Government Inventory, the City’s planning scheme, and on the State Register at the same time.
9. Who can nominate a place for listing and what is the process?
No, the City won’t list a place if the owner objects. Having said that, there’s actually no need to fear a listing as there aren’t any formal development restrictions that follow from a simple entry in the Local Government Inventory. A listing may even be the perfect opportunity for an owner to learn more about the history of his or her property, and receive free of charge, expert guidance in its restoration and/or improvement. We’ve adopted an open and transparent approach to the the Local Government Inventory review, consulting with all affected owners.
There are many stages in consultation. Owners of properties proposed for listing are individually consulted. The wider community is also invited to comment and make suggestions. Councillors will examine the issues raised during consultation and make decisions if necessary.
Anyone can nominate a place for inclusion on the Local Government Inventory or Heritage List. Nominations will be placed on a list of sites for consideration in the next review in a few years’ time.
Should a place be considered worthy of listing, we’ll contact the owner and seek their consent. We also advertise a draft to the wider community and report to Council at public meetings just to be sure.