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Whitsunday Regional Council is establishing the Whitsunday Local Heritage Register to helpidentify and protect properties of historical significance in the Whitsunday region for futuregenerations.
Mayor Jenny Whitney said 52 properties in the Whitsunday region have been recommended, byexternal heritage consultants, to go on the local heritage register as they provide a sense ofidentity for the local community and also reflect the unique history of our region.
“The recommended places have been proposed for inclusion in the register as they reflect theimportant historical themes of the Whitsunday region such as sugar, mining, settlement andtourism,” Mayor Whitney said.
“Some significant local buildings which have been recommended for inclusion in the registerinclude war memorials, lighthouses, pubs, cemeteries, Council Chambers, Courthouse andhomesteads to name a few,” she said.
Places recommended for entry to the Local Heritage Register have been assessed as meeting one or more of the following heritage criteria:
- The place is important in demonstrating the evolution or pattern of the region’s history. - The place demonstrates rare, uncommon or endangered aspects of the region’s culturalheritage. - The place has potential to yield information that will contribute to an understanding of theregion’s history. - The place is important in demonstrating the principal characteristics of a particular class ofcultural places important to the region. - The place is important to the region because of its aesthetic significance. - The place is important in demonstrating a high degree of creative or technical achievementat a particular period for the region. - The place has a strong or special association with a particular community or cultural groupfor social, cultural or spiritual reasons important to the region. - The place has a special association with the life or work of a particular person, group ororganisation of importance in the region’s history.
Mayor Whitney said Council will now write to the 52 owners of the properties which Councilproposes to enter into the Local Heritage Register inviting any member of the public to makesubmissions for inclusion or omission of the properties in the register.
Submissions regarding the proposed places for inclusion on the register are open until the 25th July 2014, and can be posted or emailed to Council.
Council staff will be made available to provide support to place owners and the communityregarding the proposed local Heritage Register until the end of July and interested people can call to make an appointment.
The Local Heritage Register is not a finite list and additional places may be recommended by the local community or Council for admission onto the Local Heritage Register.
Council recognises that the conservation of significance local heritage places requires flexibilityand a sympathetic approach to development applications. In most cases it is possible to conserve heritage significance whilst allowing development that ensures the ongoing use and viability of a place.
There are no obligations to undertake special maintenance on a local heritage place. The only time this does not apply is in the case of places also entered on the Queensland Heritage Register.
For more information on the Local Heritage Register process please contact Jacquelin Neave on0749450277 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The current list of properties proposed for the Local Heritage Register and Factsheets explainingthe process can be found at: http://www.whitsunday.qld.gov.au/local-heritage-register
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