The Beechworth Historic Precinct Masterplan

Submissions closed on 02 April 2021, 10:59 PM

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Bringing the past into the future

The development of a new Masterplan for the Beechworth Historic Precinct is underway, and we want you to be involved.

The Masterplan will help determine how our local community and visitors to the precinct use the space as well as the types of amenities required for a vibrant and engaging precinct.

How you can get involved

There are a number of ways to have your say on the future of the precinct:

  • Leave your ideas on our online ideas board (while we will receive your contact details in case we need to follow up on your idea, your details are not visible on the ideas wall)
  • Take our survey (make sure you scroll down to find it)
  • Or, talk to us in person by dropping into one of the three drop-in days throughout March - check out the dates on the timeline

If you would like help putting your ideas on the online ideas board, just head into the Burke Museum or Historic Courthouse any time between 10am – 5pm daily and our staff will help you.



The Masterplan will guide the future of the Historic Precinct.

We are looking for your feedback on how you currently use the Precinct and how you would like to use the Precinct in the future, as well as ideas about what stories we should tell, the roles each building should play, the types of exhibitions you would like to see and what infrastructure or amenities, such as toilets, parking, footpaths and wifi, you think the Precinct requires.

This feedback will inform a report, Experience which will be finished in July. 

The Experience report will form one part of the final Masterplan, which will go out for public exhibition when it’s completed. The date is to be confirmed.

Note: The Masterplan does not cover heritage protections or building maintenance, as these are already covered under our statutory obligations to Heritage Victoria.


For the purposes of the Masterplan, the Historic Precinct includes the Council-managed elements of the Beechworth Historic Precinct, including:

1. The Robert O’Hara Burke Memorial Museum

2. Town Hall Gardens

3. Old Beechworth Town Hall, including Beechworth Visitor Information Centre

4. Beechworth Telegraph Station

5. Beechworth Historic Court House

6. Sub-Treasury Building

7. Chinese Protector’s Office

8. Gold Warden’s Office, now housing the Forestry Museum

9. Police Stables

10. The Beechworth Police Paddock, housing the Old Stone Lockup

The Masterplan is limited to the physical boundaries of the Historic Precinct. This location is bounded by Loch, Camp, High and William Streets.

The Old Beechworth Gaol is owned and operated by a consortia of 20 local families and 4 philanthropic organisations. ACRE, who led the buyback in 2016, is one of a number of key tenants playing an activation role on the site. This group has identified development objectives and plans for the gaol precinct which so the Masterplan will not be recommending experience or development opportunities for the Old Beechworth Gaol site. Rather, it will aim to recognise and align the Masterplan to existing and proposed Gaol experiences to assist with a cohesive visitor experience.

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Indigo Shire Council’s vision is that we are a heritage shire with a bold future. Council manages a number of historic sites, including Beechworth’s Historic Precinct, and we are committed to preserving and interpreting these sites for community and visitor use.

The Beechworth Historic Precinct is one of Australia’s best preserved historic sites. Home to a number of significant buildings and parks, the Precinct is linked to many of Australia’s most important historical events.

It’s over a decade since the last plan for the Precinct was developed and this new Masterplan will help to guide the future of the precinct. We want to hear from as many of you as possible to find out what the Precinct means to you. This is an exciting opportunity for you to contribute to the vibrant future of the Precinct, so we’re eager to hear your ideas.

There are lots of ways that you can have your say, and you can start now by checking out our online ideas board, completing our survey or dropping into the Burke Museum or Courthouse for a chat.

Warm Regards,