We asked the community to help tell the story of the City of Melville by nominating places of aesthetic, historic, scientific or social significance to be included on the City’s Local Heritage Survey. Four new nominations were received and the complete Draft Local Heritage Survey 2019 was available for community comment.
Updated periodically as per the Heritage Act 1990, the City’s Local Heritage Survey is a catalogue of building and places that have cultural heritage significance. The City recognises a broad scope of listings, from landscape features and parks to historic buildings or structures.
A revised list of places that are deemed to have cultural heritage significance to the local area, including four new nominations, has been compiled for inclusion in the Survey.
New Places Nominated for Consideration by Council
What will happen with our nominations? What happens after nominations?
The nominations shared by the community were reviewed by our project team and the owner of the property will need to give their consent prior to listing on the Heritage List.
What’s a Local Heritage Survey?
Successful nominations will be listed on the Local Heritage Survey. If you miss out on nominations this year don't worry we will be reviewing the document again in another 5-8 years.
What’s Cultural Heritage Significance?
Local Heritage Surveys (formerly known as Local Government Inventories, Municipal Inventories or Municipal Heritage Inventories) are buildings or places which, in the opinion of the local government, are of cultural heritage significance.
Local Heritage Surveys can help us work with private owners to manage heritage places. Surveys are complied to “tell the stories” of their districts, rather than serve as blunt instruments for control of development.
Why is the City preparing a Local Heritage Survey?
Cultural Heritage Significance is the aesthetic, historic, scientific or social significance a place may have for present and future generations. Cultural heritage extends beyond buildings and can include landscapes, artefacts and cultural institutes. We recognize a broad scope of listings, from landscape features and parks to historic buildings or structures.
What’s the difference between the Local Heritage Survey and the Heritage List?
Every local government in Western Australia is required under Part 8 of the Heritage Act 2018 to prepare a list of places of local heritage significance. The Heritage Council ‘Guidelines for Local Heritage Surveys’ recommend period reviews of the Local Heritage Survey every 5-8 years for local governments with ongoing urban development such as the City of Melville. As our last such document dates to 2014, it’s time for us to prepare an updated version.
What if I would like to see the heritage qualities of my property better protected?
Surveys are complied to “tell the stories” of their districts, rather than serve as instruments for control of development.
A survey makes management recommendations. There are no binding 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. You may find out some interesting things about your property should it be included!
The Heritage List is different. This list is part of the City’s planning scheme and it comprises the best of places in the Local Heritage Survey. Properties on the Heritage List have significant heritage value and are worthy of some protection. A wide range of development options remains possible under these listings.
Only fully informed and consenting owners would have properties listed in the scheme.
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| ||Local Heritage Survey||Heritage List|
|Heritage Management Recommendations||Yes||Yes|
|Need for formal Development Application||Not beyond normal requirements||Yes for some works such as demolition|
|Free development advice from heritage specialist||Possible by appointment||Possible by appointment|What about the State Register of Heritage Places?
You should consider nominating your place for the Heritage List.
Registering a property on the Local Heritage Survey or Heritage List is a great opportunity for owners to learn more about the history of their property while also helping capture the stories of the City to help build a sense of community. As part of the listing process, the history of each place is carefully researched by a heritage expert, and owners can receive free advice on restoring and/or improving the property if it interests them.
Can a place be listed in the Local Heritage Survey without the owner’s consent?
Just as the listing of a place in the Local Heritage Survey is recognition of 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 of the state of Western Australia.
Only places of exceptional value in fine condition are recognised on the State Register. Local examples include Heathcote, the Applecross District Hall, Wireless Hill Park and the Miller Bakehouse.
The development and even the maintenance of State Registered places are carefully guided by the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage. While this sounds onerous to some at first, there are many benefits for owners, including significantly higher property values, and the prestige associated with owning buildings of recognised heritage value.
The State Register of Heritage Places is administered by the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage. Completely independent from the City, this department determines the suitability a nominated place for inclusion on the State Register.
It’s entirely possible for a place to be listed in the Local Heritage Survey, the City’s planning scheme, and on the State Register at the same time.
Who can nominate a place for listing and what is the process?
No, the City won’t usually list a place if the owner objects. The only exceptions are for places of exceptional heritage significance.
Having said that, there’s no need to fear a listing should it be suggested as there are no formal development restrictions that follow from the Local Heritage Survey. Indeed, a listing may well 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!
The City of Melville has adopted an open and transparent approach to the Local Heritage Survey, consulting with all affected owners.
There are many stages in consultation. Owners of properties proposed for listing are individually consulted, and the wider community is consulted more broadly. Councillors will examine the issues raised during consultation and make decisions if necessary.
Any member of the community can nominate a place for inclusion on the Local Government Inventory. Just be sure to reach us by 21 June 2019.
Your submission does not need to be more than a paragraph or two. Start with your full name, and your interest in the place you’re nominating. Are you the owner, for example?
We’ll also need the address of the place, plus a short description of it. The best submissions give us a sense of why the place might have heritage significance to the area. Here’s an example:
I’m JC Smith, owner of the dwelling at 299 Sample Street, Sampleton. My house dates to the 1920s and is in excellent condition, with most of the original materials intact. Our records show that the house originally belonged to Mr Bignotes, who owned the general store on nearby Corner Street for 30 years.
Should a place be considered significant, the City of Melville will contact the owner of the place nominated and seek their consent to list.
Once the public consultation period is closed and further research is complete, a final version of the Local Heritage Survey and Heritage List will be put to Council for adoption.
We’ll then make the final Local Heritage Survey available for public perusal at the Civic Centre and at our libraries. A copy of the survey is also forwarded to the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage.