Municipal Inventory of Heritage Places

Section 45 of the Heritage of Western Australian Act 1990 requires the council of a municipality to compile and maintain an inventory of heritage places in its district which in its opinion are, or may become, of cultural heritage significance.

The City of Greater Geraldton Municipal Inventory of Heritage Places (MI) acts as a record of the heritage places within the municipality, whilst also offering management guidelines for the conservation of those places listed. Each listing contains details regarding ownership, use, history, significance, and other supporting information.

Entry of a place into the MI is recognition of its importance to the community. A management category is allocated to each place depending on its level of significance, which provides recommendation for the future conservation of the place.

The MI acts as an aid to the City and to the community to easily identify and recognise the essence of their surrounding heritage.

The MI is designed to contribute to the conservation of the City’s heritage by:

  • Contributing to the management of the community’s resources and environment, and ensuring that change is managed with due regard to heritage values;
  • Contributing to community projects such as townscape, main street, heritage trails, local history, cultural & community plans;
  • Assisting in defining the community’s sense of place by identifying places that are a physical representation of cultural, aesthetic, historical, scientific and social value; and
  • Contributing to a body of reference information which will assist in determining the significance of individual places.

The City of Greater Geraldton Municipal Inventory of Heritage Places comprises of four parts:

To confirm whether a property is listed on the Municipal Inventory of Heritage Places, or to obtain a copy of the place record, please access the Town Planning module on the City's Intramaps Public

Heritage Conservation and Development Local Planning Policy

In order to provide guidance on the development and conservation of MI listed places, the City has developed the Heritage Conservation and Development Local Planning Policy

The objectives of the Local Planning Policy are:

  • To conserve and protect places of cultural heritage significance.
  • To ensure development does not adversely affect the significance of heritage places.
  • To ensure that sufficient information is provided to enable the local government to make informed decisions.
  • To ensure that heritage significance is given due weight in local planning decision making.
  • To guarantee that where a development is approved which involves the demolition of a heritage building, that development is actually constructed.
  • To provide guidelines for the placement of signage on places of heritage significance.
  • To ensure that signage is appropriately placed and designed to complement the heritage significance of the place.

In some instances, works may require the lodgement of an Archival Recording, which can be found here

State Heritage Register

Some places of high value are also listed on the State Heritage Register.  If you are unsure of the State Heritage status of a place, you can search the inHerit database which is administered by the State Heritage Office.

inHerit contains comprehensive information about cultural heritage places listed in the State Register of Heritage Places, the Australian Government’s heritage list, and other non-government lists and surveys.

A comprehensive explanation of the different types of heritage listings in Western Australia has been developed by the State Heritage Office.