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Midland Society president Patrick Irwin in front of a property on The Avenue that was previously assessed for heritage.

City accepts heritage petition

A petition to heritage assess nine properties in the Midland Oval Redevelopment Masterplan area has been accepted by the City of Swan.

The petition, submitted on April 8 by Midland Society president Patrick Irwin, contained 133 signatures calling on the City to recognise the historical and cultural significance of nine properties and have them independently and expertly assessed for inclusion on the Local Heritage Survey.

The properties are numbers 41, 43, and 45 Sayer Street, numbers 25, 29 and 41 The Crescent and numbers 20, 22 and 24 Keane Street.

While the owners of the properties did not sign the petition, the City will now request owner permission to conduct the assessments, while 43 and 45 Sayer Street and 25 The Crescent are owned by the City of Swan.

In 2018 the City engaged Hocking Heritage Studio to assess six properties at a total cost of $4,370, and an officer’s report on the petition established the costs for this round of assessment is likely to be similar.

In addition to these nine houses, the City has also obtained owner consent to conduct a heritage assessment of 40 Byers Road after obtaining permission from the owner in relation to the Morrison Road West local development plan.

The three homes on Keane Street are currently listed in the local heritage survey as category three, with some/moderate significance to the locality, while the remaining homes are unlisted.

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