Hon John Castrilli MLA

Hon John Castrilli MLA

Former Minister for Local Government; Heritage; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests

    State Government safeguarding our heritage

    20/09/2011 12:00 AM
     
    • Discussion paper outlines proposals for new Heritage Act
    • Current legislation outdated and in dire need of change
    West Australians are being urged to help shape the development of new legislation to direct the future management of our State’s cultural heritage.

    Heritage Minister John Castrilli today released the review of the Heritage of Western Australia Act 1990 discussion paper, which sets out a series of proposals to form the basis of a new Heritage Act.

    Mr Castrilli said the current legislation, introduced into State Parliament 21 years ago, was outdated and out of touch.

    “What we need is a Heritage Act that is open, transparent and easy for the public and property owners to understand,” he said.

    “The new Act will reflect best practice in the recognition and protection of heritage buildings.

    “The discussion paper includes issues such as repair orders; simplifying registration; facilitating development; recognising local heritage; and the form and function of the Heritage Council itself.”

    The Minister said Western Australia’s heritage was a rich and valuable asset and the State Government was building a secure future for WA’s significant heritage places.

    “Heritage is about respecting the past, present and future and it is important that we set a clear statement of priorities to guide us along the way,” he said.

    “Extensive consultation is vital in the process of achieving a new Heritage Act and there are many people and organisations with a strong and personal interest in our cultural heritage.”

    The discussion paper is the second phase of public consultation, following the release of a consultation paper in April, which attracted more than 100 submissions.
     
           Fact File
    • Online version of discussion paper can be found at http://www.heritage.wa.gov.au
    • Written submissions to the Executive Officer, Office of Heritage, PO Box 6201, EAST PERTH WA 6892 or can be completed online
    • Public submissions close on Friday December 2, 2011
    Minister's office - 9213 6800