What is heritage?

    Heritage consists of the places and objects that we have inherited from the past and want to pass on to future generations. It defines us as a community: who we are and where we have come from. In other words it is "the things we want to keep". These things can include landmarks, places, buildings and contents, spaces, views, objects and the stories associated with them.

    Why is heritage important?

    Heritage is important in understanding the story of our community – its history, identity and its people. It reflects our values and promotes a sense of identity and pride. Protecting and promoting heritage can also provide environmental, social and economic benefits for the community.

    Local governments, property owners and members of the community all have a role to play in ensuring that the valuable asset of our heritage is recognised, protected, respected and promoted.

    Where can I view the draft Heritage Strategy?

    The draft Heritage Strategy is available to view electronically in this project's document library. Hard copies are also available to view at the City of Subiaco Administration Centre and Library.

    How do I make a submission?

    It is preferred that submissions are made through completing the survey on the project page, however submissions in other formats will still be considered. Submissions other than through Have Your Say Subiaco must be mailed to the City in a letter addressed to the Chief Executive Officer, 241 Rokeby Road, Subiaco or by email to city@subiaco.wa.gov.au

    What are the next steps in the project?

    All submissions will be considered prior to finalising the draft Heritage Strategy. The finalised document, along with the submissions, will then be presented to Council for consideration and endorsement.

    Where can I find out more about heritage in the City of Subiaco?

    The City’s website, at: www.subiaco.wa.gov.au/builtheritage contains a range of information relating to heritage

    What role does local government play in managing heritage?

    Local governments play an important role in managing local heritage. This includes; 

    • identifying and protecting heritage places through statutory mechanisms
    • ensuring heritage is conserved and enhanced in the assessment of development applications
    • facilitating and encouraging the conservation and enhancement of heritage places by implementing heritage incentives programs and assistance measures
    • increasing awareness and appreciation of the area's local history and heritage.

    What is a Heritage Strategy?

    A Heritage Strategy sets out how an organisation will manage its heritage and deliver on its legal obligations under various legislation including the Heritage Act 2018 and the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015. In addition it can also identify important heritage projects, incentives, assistance measures and activities that promote and celebrate local heritage.

    Heritage Strategies are not a statutory requirement however many local governments have prepared and adopted them. Local Governments with heritage strategies include the City of Vincent, City of Swan, City of Canning and City of Gosnells.  The City of Subiaco’s draft Heritage Strategy has been prepared in accordance with Heritage Victoria’s Municipal Heritage Strategies: A guide for Councils (2012).

    Why has the City developed a Heritage Strategy?

    The Heritage Strategy has been developed to provide a framework for the City’s heritage management going forward so that the City can deliver on its legal obligations and continue to achieve the objectives relating to heritage in the Strategic Community Plan, Corporate Business Plan and Local Planning Strategy. Preparing and implementing a Heritage Strategy is also a key project identified in the City’s Corporate Business Plan 2018 – 2021 that supports a number of the Corporate Business Plan's objectives.

    What is heritage listing?

    Heritage listing is the recognition that a place has cultural heritage significance and can be a way of ensuring that any proposed changes respect and retain those qualities and characteristics that make it special.

    There are different types of heritage recognition with some providing information only and others with additional statutory controls which provide greater protection.

    Local Heritage Survey (information only)

    Local Heritage Surveys (LHS) assist local governments to provide a cultural and historic record of the district; determine local government conservation policies; and provide information about local heritage that may be required under a town planning scheme for the district. Inclusion in the LHS has no implications for the development of a property over and above the requirements that are already in place as part of the City's Local Planning Scheme. LHS were previously referred to as Local Government Inventories or Municipal Heritage Inventories

    Heritage List (statutory controls)

    Individual places on a LHS that are identified as having exceptional or considerable significance to the locality are usually considered for inclusion on the Heritage List affording them statutory protection.

    Heritage Area (statutory controls)

    A Heritage Area is an area that has been assessed as having cultural heritage significance, within which it has been deemed necessary to apply special controls to conserve and enhance the streetscape(s).

    State Register of Heritage Places (statutory controls)

    Some places and heritage areas within a local government area may also be assessed by the Heritage Council of WA for inclusion on the State Register if they are deemed to be significant at the State level

    What are heritage investigation areas?

    Heritage investigation areas are identified in the City of Subiaco draft Local Planning Strategy. They are generally located within character areas and are proposed to be surveyed to ascertain whether they meet the requirements for potential heritage area designation. Investigation of these areas may result in some areas being designated as heritage areas under the local planning scheme following community consultation.

    How does the Heritage Strategy affect my property?

    If you own heritage listed property the strategy contains information on what the City is doing and will do to support owners in conserving, enhancing and promoting their heritage properties.

    Will my property be heritage listed as a result of actions in the Heritage Strategy?

    The City has legal obligations under the Heritage Act 2018 and the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2019 and the draft Heritage Strategy contains actions which demonstrate how the City will meet these obligations. This includes the requirement to maintain a Local Heritage Survey (previously referred to as the Municipal Heritage Inventory or Local Government Inventory) and to establish and maintain a Heritage List.

    The Heritage Strategy also includes a timeframe of when the City will investigate the heritage investigation areas identified in the City’s draft Local Planning Strategy.

    If your place and or street is identified as being of cultural heritage significance any proposal to consider including it on the Local Heritage Survey, Heritage List or as part of a Heritage Area will be undertaken with extensive stakeholder consultation and no decision will be made without your knowledge and prior consultation.

    The Council is committed to working closely and consulting with all stakeholders in order to ensure that the City’s heritage listings are reflective of the community’s wishes and values.

    How was the draft Heritage Strategy prepared?

    Community and stakeholder engagement was undertaken to inform the preparation of the draft Heritage Strategy including:

    • a community survey
    • two community focus groups
    • elected member workshop
    • a staff survey
    • staff focus groups.

    Through the engagement sessions feedback was received on the strengths and weaknesses of the City’s heritage management from strategic, operational and user perspectives. A vision and objectives for the Heritage Strategy were also explored.

    The results of the engagement process and a desktop survey of the City’s heritage management framework were collated into two reports which are available in the document library for this project. The reports identify strengths and key issues with the City’s heritage management, recommend a set of objectives to guide the development of the Heritage Strategy and provide key recommendations for managing the City’s heritage into the future.