- Guildford Historic Town to be assessed for State heritage values
Heritage Minister David Templeman today announced Guildford Historic Town will be assessed for inclusion in the State Register of Heritage Places.
Guildford Historic Town is rare as a highly intact 19th century town that still retains its original grid pattern layout around a central square.
The area is characterised by a very fine collection of predominantly 19th century buildings - some of which are individually significant - which together, illustrate the development and prosperity of the town.
The City of Swan requested that Guildford Historic Town be assessed for possible inclusion in the State Register following its own community consultation process to consider the proposal to nominate it to the Heritage Council.
The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage is preparing the assessment documentation, which will be sent to owners and other stakeholders in September to seek their views on the proposal.
While the assessment is underway, the City of Swan will refer all development applications to the Heritage Council of WA for comment.
The Heritage Council will consider all stakeholder views and make a recommendation to the Minister for Heritage, who will decide whether Guildford Historic Town should be included in the State Register.
Comments attributed to Heritage Minister David Templeman:
"Guildford Historic Town has such an important story to tell about the State's early history and development.
"As one of three towns established in Western Australia during the founding of the Swan River Colony in 1829, it is one of the State's most important historic areas.
"The Heritage Council and I want to hear from owners, tenants, and the local community about whether they would support the entry of Guildford Historic Town in the State Register.
"Places entered in the State Register can be developed to meet contemporary needs or adapted for a new use, as long as the development is sensitively done and respects the heritage values of the place."
Comments attributed to Midland MLA Michelle Roberts:
"The local community at Guildford has been pushing for heritage listing for a number of years, and it is fantastic to have a Minister for Heritage who has listened to the community and moved to formally assess the Town of Guildford for State Heritage listing.
"I urge all local homeowners, residents and business owners to have their say so that we can protect the beautiful Guildford townsite for future generations."
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