About heritage

Council has a strong commitment to protect and enhance the rich historical fabric of the Shire which forms an important part of the identity of the area.

What is heritage?

In August 1979, the Burra Charter was adopted by the Australian National Committee of International Committee of Monuments and Sites. This charter provides guidance for the identification, conservation and management of places with cultural heritage significance.

A heritage place can be a site, area, land, landscape, building(s) or other work, memorials, trees, gardens, parks, places of historical events, urban areas, towns, industrial places, archaeological sites and spiritual and religious places.

Cultural heritage significance means a place with aesthetic, historic, scientific, social or spiritual value for past, present or future generations.

Identifying heritage places

All municipalities contain heritage places. Local councils have a role to play in identifying and protecting places of heritage significance. Most local heritage places are identified through a municipal heritage study, carried out by an experienced heritage consultant.

During the initial stages of the study, the community and local historical societies are encouraged to nominate sites and places of potential heritage significance. A nominated place then undergoes a heritage assessment to determine if it is of local or State significance and therefore warrants statutory heritage protection.

What house is that?

The Heritage Council of Victoria has created an enlarged, interactive online version of its 2007 "What house is that?" booklet, featuring interviews with architects, historians and residents, and a social history of Victoria's housing and the development of our suburbs.

Assessment of Heritage Significance

Heritage assessments are carried out by qualified and experienced professionals in accordance with the principles of the Burra Charter.

Assessment reports (citations) include a statement of significance that identifies the "what, how and why" of heritage protection.

Protection of Heritage Places

In the Indigo Planning Scheme, local heritage places are protected through the Heritage Overlay, which requires a planning permit to alter a heritage place.

Importantly, the Heritage Overlay does not preclude development; it simply makes sure that any new works do not adversely affect the heritage significance of the place.

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Last updated: 21 October 2011