THE town of Guildford will be assessed for inclusion in the State Register of Heritage Places.
Announcing the assessment Heritage Minister David Templeman said Guildford historic town had 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,’’ he said.
“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, so keep an eye out for our letter later in the year.”
“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.”
Mr Templeman said Guildford historic town was rare as a highly intact 19th century town that still retained 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 Heritage Minister, who will decide whether Guildford historic town should be included in the State Register.