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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 sound local heritage planning. 

MIs identify local heritage assets and provide the base information needed for local heritage planning to achieve consistency, strategic direction and community support.

The following documents are guides to the fundamentals of modern best practice in local government inventories:

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

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 chapter 7 of the Model Scheme Text, as are the procedures for designating heritage areas.

More significant places on the MI can be 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, City of Under review City of Albany Staff with assistance from their Heritage Advisor
Augusta-Margaret River, Shire of 2012 Greenward Consulting
Bassendean, Town of Under review Hocking Heritage Studio
Belmont, City of 2012 Eddie Marcus, Historian
Bunbury, City of 2014 Annabel Wills Architect 
Boddington, Shire of  2011 Elizabeth Hoek (Community Member)
Busselton, City of Under review Philip Griffiths Architects 
Canning, City of
Under review
TPG Town Planning, Urban Design and Heritage
Capel, Shire of Under review  Laura Gray
Carnarvon, Shire of 2015 Shire of Carnarvon staff 
Chapman Valley, Shire of 2012 Tanya Henkel 
Claremont, Town of Under review Town of Claremont Staff with assistance from Annabel Wills Architect
Cockburn, City of 2012 Eddie Marcus, Historian
Dardanup, Shire of Under review Shire of Dardanup staff 
Denmark, Shire of  2011 Malcolm Trail History and Heritage
Donnybrook-Balingup, Shire of  2013  Lynne Farrow Architect with Robin Chinnery Historian 
East Fremantle, Town of  Under review   
Fremantle, City of  MI updated annually Annabel Wills Architect 
Gnowangerup, Shire of  Under review   
Gosnells, City of 2011 Laura Gray
Kalamunda, Shire of  Under review  Hocking Heritage Studio 
Karratha, City of  2013  Eureka Archaeological Research & Consulting (WA) 
Mandurah, City of  Under review  City of Mandurah Staff 
Melville, City of  2014  Ronald Bodycoat Heritage Architect 
Meekatharra, Shire of  Under review  Laura Gray 
Murray, Shire of 2013 Eddie Marcus, Historian
Mundaring, Shire of
Shire of Mundaring Staff
Northam, Shire of September 2012 Shire of Northam Staff
Northampton, Shire of  Under review  TPG Town Planning, Urban Design & Heritage 
Rockingham, City of 2011 Palassis Architects
Stirling, City of Under review TPG Town Planning, Urban Design & Heritage
Vincent, City of MI updated regularly City of Vincent Staff
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