The City is asking the community to nominate places of aesthetic, historic, scientific or social significance to be included on the City’s Local Heritage Survey.
Updated every four years as per the Heritage Act, 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.
City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said listing a property on the Local Heritage Survey is a fantastic opportunity for property 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 the property is carefully researched by a heritage expert and if listed, captured in the Local Heritage Survey so future generations and the wider community can learn about the history of the City,” Mayor Aubrey said.
“What’s important to note is there are no formal development restrictions for properties listed on the Local Heritage Survey. Owners are free to develop their properties in accordance with normal planning scheme provisions which apply to all properties in the City.
“In saying that, we do have a Heritage List, which is part of our Planning Scheme and comprises the best places on the Local Heritage Survey. Properties on the Heritage List have significant heritage value and may be worthy of conservation.
“For these properties, the City will work together with property owners and developers to ensure the best outcome for everyone. Development is not necessarily discouraged, we just want to ensure it is done well and in a way that respects the heritage qualities of the site.”
Nominations for the Local Heritage Survey are open now and close Friday, 21 June 2019. Nominations can be made for sites of importance to the indigenous community, sites of artefact discovery, trees of special historical significant, monuments or public art, interesting gardens, or sites associated with famous locals.
Anyone can nominate a place for inclusion on the Local Heritage Survey, but nominations need to be made during the open period and the owner of the property will need to give their consent prior to listing.
For more information on the Local Heritage Survey or Heritage List, and to nominate a place, visit www.melvilletalks.com.au/heritage.