Identify key provisions for heritage in local planning schemes, strategies and policies, and the role of the heritage list.
Local government has a pivotal role to play in heritage conservation management, as most of Western Australia's cultural heritage places are significant at a local level. This role is fulfilled largely through local governments' urban planning function. Local government is also the decision-maker for the majority of development proposals, whether these relate to places of local or State significance.
The key mechanism in managing changes to State registered places is the referral of development applications to the Heritage Council, as required under the Heritage Act 2018. As decision-maker, the local government’s determination should be consistent with the Heritage Council’s advice, which will consider impacts on the heritage values of a place.
The ‘deemed provisions’ that form part of each local government’s local planning scheme contain provisions to support the consideration of heritage as part of the decision-making process. These include:
Decision-making may be supported by local planning policies for heritage, design guidelines, and/or State Planning Policy 3.5 - Historic heritage conservation.
The Government of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.
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