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Heritage Lists & Inventories

Reviewing a Municipal Heritage Inventory

Under the Heritage of Western Australia Act 1990, Local Government Inventories, also known as Municipal Inventories or MIs, must be compiled and reviewed by the Local Authority.  MIs are common practice in Australia, and the foundation of decision-making for a range of heritage projects and processes. 

MIs identify local heritage assets and provide the base information needed for local governments to achieve consistency, strategic direction and community support when dealing with heritage matters.

The following documents are guides to best practice for local government inventories:

Basic Principles for Local Government Inventories
Criteria for the Assessment of Local Heritage Places and Areas

Please note that these documents have not yet been updated to reflect the Planning and Development (Local Planning Scheme) Regulations 2015 (the Planning Regulations).  This work is currently in progress.

Creating a Heritage List

When compiling heritage lists, a local government may elect to include all heritage places in its MI, or a smaller sub-set of places. Standard procedures for the compilation of a heritage list are set out in the deemed provisions established in the Planning Regulations, as are the procedures for designating heritage areas.

It is usual that those places of higher cultural heritage significance are adopted into the local government Heritage List. This allows the MI to act as a general survey and store of information, while the List records places that need the protection of additional planning controls.

Finding a Consultant

The Heritage Council's inContact directory is a starting point for finding heritage consultants and obtaining quotes for a Local Government Inventory Review.  We recognise that remote regional areas may struggle to obtain competitive quotes.

The following table of Local Governments that have reviewed their MI in the last four years may assist Local Governments in finding consultants who are willing to work in the regions.

 Local Government Area MI Adoption date   consultant
Albany Under review City of Albany Staff with assistance from their Heritage Advisor
Ashburton Under review
Bassendean 2017 Hocking Heritage Studio
Belmont 2016 City of Belmont Staff
Bridgetown-Greenbushes 2018 Annabel Wills
Brookton  2016 Heritage Intelligence (WA)
Broome  2014  
Bunbury Under review  Annabel Wills Architect 
Busselton 2014 (Draft) Philip Griffiths Architects 
TPG Place Match 
Capel Under review  Leigh Barrett Heritage Advisory Service
Carnarvon 2015 Shire of Carnarvon staff 
Claremont 2017 Town of Claremont Staff with assistance from Annabel Wills Architect
Cockburn 2014 History Now
Collie 2017 Leigh Barrett Heritage Advisory Service
Coorow 2015 Shire staff supported by Tanya Henkel
Dardanup 2016 Shire staff supported by Helen Munt
Under review  
East Fremantle 2015   
Fremantle 2016 Annabel Wills Architect 
Gosnells 2016 Hocking Heritage Studio 
Kalamunda  2015 Hocking Heritage Studio
Kalgoorlie-Boulder 2016 
Lake Grace 2014
Mandurah  2014
City staff
Melville 2014  Ronald Bodycoat Heritage Architect
Mosman Park 2014 Hocking Heritage Studio
Mundaring 2016 Shire staff
Narrogin (Town) 2015 Shire staff
Northampton  2015 TPG Town Planning, Urban Design & Heritage
Pingelly 2015  
Port Hedland 2017 Heritage Intelligence (WA)
South Perth
In draft
Hocking Heritage Studio
TPG Town Planning, Urban Design & Heritage
Subiaco 2016
Swan 2017  
Tammin Under review  
Vincent 2016  City of Vincent Staff
Wanneroo 2016  Gemma Smith, Prue Griffin & Alex Muszka

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