City of Canning’s Council adopted an updated Local Heritage Survey and Heritage List at the last Council meeting, to meet updated Heritage Act legislation and to protect more sites with heritage significance.
The Local Heritage Survey, a statutory requirement for local government, identifies places with heritage value with the most significant sites placed on the Heritage List ensuring statutory protection under the City’s local planning scheme.
As part of the recent review undertaken in 2021, the Local Heritage Survey identified 13 new places with heritage value taking the total to 48, with five added to the Local Heritage List which now has 26 places listed.
Queens Park Primary School, South Bentley Child Health Centre, Pallottine Mission and two private houses in Queens Park have been added to the Heritage List.
While Council’s adoption of the Local Heritage Survey and Heritage List would ensure adherence to Heritage Council guidelines, the decision also grants the City the authority to protect more heritage places showcasing the City’s commitment to preserving history.
Mayor Patrick Hall said the adoption of the Local Heritage Survey and Heritage List was important to meet current legislation and said the City was at the forefront of protecting assets with cultural and historical significance.
“The City takes historical preservation seriously; we have many places of significance within the City of Canning that provide a sense of belonging and identity for many residents.
“The updated Heritage Survey and Heritage List ensures we meet current legislation but also allows us to further gauge sites that are worthy of legislative protection under the local planning scheme.
“These measures allow us to maintain and protect places that the community love and enjoy, such as Woodloes Homestead, Canning River Regional Park, Canning Town Hall and Kent Street Weir – all of which appear on the Heritage List,” he said.
The City’s commitment to heritage is also guided by the Heritage Strategy adopted by Council in 2015 to provide a framework to manage the City’s heritage assets.
Further information about the Heritage Survey and Heritage List is available at https://www.canning.wa.gov.au/places-and-events/places-to-learn/canning-libraries/local-history/heritage-services