Heritage Practices by a Local Government
City of Karratha
The West Pilbara area, now known as the City of Karratha, has a colourful history that includes whaling, station settlements, the construction of ports and the uprooting of local Aboriginal culture.
The City is well aware of its responsibility to protect heritage places and promote its history to residents and visitors alike. Ongoing projects include the Cossack Art Awards, heritage trails and interpretive signage, consideration of heritage places in Town Planning Schemes, maintenance works on registered buildings, and resolving tenure issues within proximity to heritage places to enable tourism opportunities.
A number of heritage enhancing projects have recently been delivered by the Community Projects team. Leading up to Roebourne’s 150-year celebrations, the city planned and implemented a number of heritage enhancing projects including, Roebourne 150 entry statement statue, Roebourne Heritage Trail, Ngurin Bush Tucker Trail, a Roebourne coffee table book which incorporates historical facts, photos and oral histories commemorating the last 150 years of Roebourne, and celebration events including theatrical performance featuring local talent, live music, market stalls, a commemorative service at the old Roebourne Cemetery.
The City’s Ngurin Bush Tucker Trail is a finalist in the Heritage Tourism Product.
Shire of Murray
The Shire of Murray was one of the earliest areas of European settlement in the State. Settled in 1834, it has a rich cultural heritage with many places of heritage significance still in existence.
The council recognises its responsibility to provide for the protection of these assets, increasing budget expenditure for heritage management and conservation works. The organisation has worked hard to provide a proactive and measured response to heritage management.
The Shire has completed several projects to interpret and promote heritage places and takes great pride in the relationships fostered with the local community to achieve these projects. Highlights include the reconstruction of Edenvale Homestead and a review of the Pinjarra Heritage Trail.
City of Stirling
The City of Stirling is proud and proactive when it comes to heritage protection, with a view to maintaining the character, history and aesthetic integrity of built form in the region for all residents and visitors to enjoy.
Over the past year, the city has developed and finalised its Heritage Management Strategy to better align existing and future heritage related initiatives such as the Heritage Protection Area and associated Character Retention Guidelines for Mount Lawley, Menora and Inglewood.
The city’s commitment throughout all aspects of business provide an exceptional whole of government approach to heritage conservation.