Local Government Heritage Inventory (LGHI)
LGHI is a list of places that the City of Bunbury considers to have, or may have in the future, cultural heritage significance. Where there are a number of adjacent places of cultural heritage significance, they may be included as a Heritage Area.
The LGHI provides brief historical information on each place, a physical description and a level of significance.
Established and widely accepted criteria is used to determine the level of significance. These are the aesthetic, historic, research and/or social values a place may have for present and future generations. Rarity, representativeness and authenticity are also taken into consideration when assigning a level of significance.
The levels of significance are:
- Moderate/Some; and
The LGHI is simply an inventory that provides a cultural and historical record of the City of Bunbury; assists in determining heritage conservation policies; and
provides useful guidance for Councillors and staff in exercising their town planning functions, including the development and compilation of a Heritage List.
Places and heritage areas in the LGHI do not have any legal protection and are not subject to heritage provisions under the Town Planning Scheme unless they are included in the City’s Heritage List.
The Heritage List is compiled from the places and heritage areas identified in the LGHI. It does not necessarily include all places and areas. The List is adopted under the City’s Town Planning Scheme and may be changed from time to time.
In managing places in the Heritage List, City Councillors and staff have regard to the level of significance assigned to each place in the LGHI. The City’s Local Planning Policy - Assessment of Cultural Heritage Significance sets out how each level of significance is defined and managed:
Level of Significance
Essential to the heritage of the locality. Rare or outstanding example.
The place should be retained and conserved unless there is no feasible and prudent alternative to doing otherwise.
Any alterations or extensions should reinforce the significance of the place and be in accordance with a Conservation Plan (if one exists for the place).
Very important to the heritage of the locality. High degree of integrity/authenticity.
Conservation of the place is highly desirable.
Any alterations or extensions should reinforce the significance of the place.
Contributes to the heritage of the locality. Has some altered or modified elements, not necessarily detracting from the overall significance of the item.
Conservation of the place is desirable.
Any alterations or extensions should reinforce the significance of the place and original fabric should be retained wherever feasible.
Does not fulfil the criteria for entry in the local Heritage List.
Photographically record prior to major development or demolition.
Recognise and interpret the site if possible.
The City of Bunbury has identified an area of East Bunbury which is considered to have a distinctive character of heritage significance and which is desirable to conserve. This area is currently known as the Stirling Street Heritage Area. It is designated under the City’s Town Planning Scheme and may be changed from time to time.
Some Common Myths Exposed
- Inclusion of a place in the Heritage List or Heritage Area does not affect ownership or public access rights. The place remains the sole property of the owner and any person accessing that property without the owner’s consent may be deemed a trespasser under civil law.
- You can still make changes to your property if it is included in the Heritage List. Planning approval is required for all alterations, extensions, change of use or demolition. When considering an application, City Councillors and staff will have regard to the level of significance assigned in the LGHI (Local Government Heritage Inventory) and relevant Design Guidelines.
- There is no legal obligation to maintain a property included in the Heritage List other than under existing planning, building and health regulations.
- You should not have any problem insuring your property if it is well maintained to a modern standard.
Other Heritage Lists
Includes places considered to be of cultural heritage significance to the state of Western Australia. Approval of the Heritage Council of WA is required for the development of places on the Register.
Includes places considered to be of cultural heritage significance to the nation of Australia. Approval of the Australian Heritage Council is required for the development of places on the National List.
Includes places considered to be of cultural heritage significance to the community of Western Australia. There are no statutory implications but the National Trust (WA) can offer advice on the development of classified places.