The following key documents provide a framework to protect the City's important history and heritage.
The Heritage Strategy provides a framework for the heritage management in the City. The City’s heritage is an important asset as it contributes to the richness of the environment; it provides a link to the past allowing us to understand the history of where we have come from; and engenders a sense of place, identity and belonging. To ensure this asset is not lost, it is essential that the City has a clear and robust heritage management framework, which provides clarity on its commitment and approach to the conservation of its heritage.
Read the City of Canning Heritage Strategy here.
Local Heritage Survey (former Municipal Heritage Inventory)
In accordance with the Heritage of Western Australia Act 1990, local governments compile and maintain inventories of places with cultural heritage significance, now known as Local Heritage Surveys (formerly the Municipal Heritage Inventories (MHI). Local Heritage Surveys (LHS) record information for the places of heritage significance, serve as a source of information for the community and inform the local government’s decision making.
The City adopted its original MHI/LHS in August 1995 and did a comprehensive review of its MHI/LHS in 2017 and June 2022. The LHS contains Place Record Forms for each place of heritage significance. The Place Record Forms provide information on the places physical and historical significance as well as recommendations on future management of the sites and buildings.
The 2022 Local Heritage Survey document can be viewed here.
The City Heritage List was adopted by Council in June 2022. The Heritage List provides various levels of statutory protection for Management Category 1, 2 and 3 heritage places included in the Local Heritage Survey. If a place is included on the Heritage List, a development application must be submitted to the City prior to a building permit application or demolition application for any works to the heritage place.
The Heritage List is established under clause 8 of the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015 Schedule 2 (Deemed Provisions).
View the 2022 Heritage List here.
If you'd like to go for a drive which takes in some of Canning's major historic landmarks, we have one mapped out for you. A hard copy map of the Historic Drive is available from all City of Canning libraries, our Administration Building and Woodloes Museum or it can be downloaded here. Historic drives incorporating other heritage locations in Canning are being planned.
We hope you enjoy the drive!
The City of Canning has for some years hosted events as part of the Australian Heritage Festival
to celebrate the heritage within the City. The Heritage Festival has been cancelled in WA for the last few years as a result of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.
We regularly host other history and heritage-related events - you can look for them here.
For more information contact Geoff Moor on 92310627 or email email@example.com
Built in 1871 on the banks of the Canning River, the heritage-listed Woodloes Homestead is the oldest building in Canning and one of the earliest designed homes in the Swan River Colony. You can learn more about Woodloes' history here.
The Homestead is opened by the Canning Districts Historical Society on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month (closed December, January and February). You can immerse yourself in memorabilia and Victorian times past. A reconstruction of the original Cannington Congregational Church (the Church with a Chimney) is also located within the grounds and the whole site is available for wedding ceremonies and similar functions.
Address: 39 Woodloes Street, Cannington WA
For more information, contact the Canning Districts Historical Society via firstname.lastname@example.org or 0427 780 490 or visit their Facebook Page.